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    USPF Panthers down UC Webmasters for first victory in Cesafi

    Sep 11, 2019
    PHOTO: Ron Tolin

    CEBU CITY — American wingman Sameen Swint and rookie guard Neon Chavez hit some crucial shots down the stretch as University of Southern Philippines Foundation beat University of Cebu, 78-72, in the 2019 Cesafi basketball tournament on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

    Chavez gave the Panthers a spark at the start of the fourth, draining three consecutive three-point shots in a 16-5 run that put USPF in front, 65-59, with a little over seven minutes remaining.

    Then, with UC threatening at 72-74 after two straight layups by ace guard Darrell Shane Menina, Swint came up with a huge triple from the corner to give USPF some breathing space at 77-72, time down to 1:02.

    The Panthers then shut the door on the Webmasters, forcing Paul Galinato and Luigi Gabisan into missed threes and denying Menina of a fastbreak bucket to seal the victory and even their record up at 1-1.

    Swint ended up with 30 points and six rebounds, while Chavez had 19 points, three assists and three steals.

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    Sierra Leone’s Tosh Sesay had 19 points and 20 rebounds for UC.

    Menina contributed 15 points, eight assists and two steals for the Webmasters, who slipped to 0-2.

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