CEBU CITY — University of Cebu gained a share of third place with a 79-62 win over University of Southern Philippines Foundation on Thursday in the Cesafi basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Webmasters improved their win-loss record to 6-3, same as the idle University of the Visayas.
Southwestern University leads with a 7-2 record.
The UC Webmasters made their move late in the third period with a 10-0 run sparked by Tosh Sesay of Sierra Leone and Rodel Gravera to go up, 56-40.
UC extended their lead to 18 points, 66-48, after another shot by Gravera off a feed by Darrel Menina.
UC briefly let their guard down and USPF took advantage as they brought the deficit down to 10 points, 62-72, after an uncontested basket by Alje Mendez. However, Menina continued his string of clutch plays as he shut the door on the Panthers with a nifty layup and two free-throws to raise their lead back to 14, 76-62, with under a minute remaining.
Sesay had an impressive performance of 27 points, 23 rebounds and six blocks while Menina scored 23 and dished off seven assists.
Sameen Swint scored 13 for USPF, which remained winless in five games in the second round and are 3-8.