SOUTHWESTERN University advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 National Collegiate Championship with a 68-60 victory over University of the Visayas in the battle for the Southern Island crown on Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Cobras got some measure of revenge after being beaten by the Lancers in the Cesafi finals.
Cameroonian import Landry Sanjo scored 25 points and Monbert Arong had 24 for the Cobras, who led by as many as 25 points.
SWU advances to the semifinal round where UAAP champion La Salle and NCAA titlist San Beda are seeded. The winner of the Metro Manila-Luzon qualifiers will take the last spot in the Final Four.
It was a rough and tumble match with four unsportsmanlike fouls being called on UV, while Lancers head coach Felix Belano was ejected from the game with 1:13 left in the third for protesting a foul.
The Cobras looked set to take the win without much resistance as they led, 23-7 after the opening frame and pushed that further to 25, 34-9, on an 11-2 run in the second quarter.
Even without their head coach, the Lancers rallied and got to within four points, 58-62, with a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer by John Abad, 1:53 to go.
But SWU managed to hold on, allowing UV just two points from there.
Nigerian import Steve Akomo had 15 markers for the Lancers, whose Cameroonian reinforcement Mike Nzuesseu is reportedly already with NCAA team Lyceum Pirates.
SWU (68) - Sanjo 25, M. Arong 24, Mohammed 6, Panerio 3, Bregondo 3, Goloran 3, Bautista 2, Siewe 2, Tallo 0, Ortega 0.
UV (60) - Akomo 13, Abad 10, Codilla 9, Perolino 7, Escosio 7, F. Arong 6, Babia 3, Santillan 3, Cabañero 2, Octobre 0, Marquez 0.
Quarterscores: 23-7; 37-16; 49-35; 68-60.