CEBU CITY – Rookie guard Sheldon Gahi scored six straight points in the last two minutes as University of the Visayas downed University of Cebu, 86-79, at the start of the semifinals of the 8th Cesafi Partner’s Cup on Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Green Lancers battled back from a 61-54 deficit entering the fourth after UC guard Justine Dacalos put on a scoring display in the third by scoring 12.
Gahi finished with 20 points as the Worthy Green Lancers took the early lead in the single round-robin semifinal round.
Rey Suerte had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while team captain Josue Segumpan had 15 markers.
Import Bassiere Sackour had 14 points and eight assists, while Jerome Napao had 12 and eight.
UV grabbed the upper hand 76-74 behind free-throws by Sackour and Suerte.
UC answered right back as Mark Olmilla shot in a spinning lay-up to trim the deficit in half. Gahi scored in transition and countered another basket by Dacalos with a floater of his own to keep UC at bay.
A Gahi basket gave UV an 82-76 lead with 30 ticks remaining.
Dacalos scored 29 points while Gileant Delator chipped in 16 for the Highlands Webmasters.