CEBU CITY – The defending titleholder University of the Visayas Green Lancers dominated the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats on all fronts, winning by a whopping 60 points, 113-53, for their third victory in a row in the 17th Cesafi men’s basketball tournament on Sunday night at the New Cebu Coliseum.
UV’s reserves stole the spotlight as Jayson Balabag led five scorers in double-figures with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field.
Jerome Napao added 14 points, four boards and four steals, Ted Saga double-doubled with 14 points and 11 boards, Sheldon Gahi finished with 12 and Coleen Testa drilled in 11 for a Green Lancer squad that has found its groove, winning its third straight after dropping their season-opener.
The writing was already on the wall as early as the first half, which ended with UV ahead by 34, 54-20, thanks to a 32-9 second period surge.
Mariel Munez and Steve Bucao were the few bright spots for this struggling Wildcats squad – which has now lost five straight – with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
UV (113) Balabag 20, Napao 14, Saga 14, Gahi 12, Testa 11, Albina 8, Villaceran 8, Soliva 7, Sackor 6, Tarrosa 5, Hassan 3, Segumpan 3, Cabahug 2.
CIT-U (53) Muñez 13, Bucao 10, Jabines 6, Kong 9, Laguna 5, King 4, Mumar 2, Rosell 2, Sable 2.
Quarterscores: 22-11, 54-20, 85-39, 113-53