DEFENDING champion Southwestern University and the University of the Visayas moved a step closer to a title rematch with victories at the start of the semifinal round of the 13th Cesafi men’s basketball tournament Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.
SWU downed University of San Jose-Recoletos, 66-53, while UV routed University of San Carlos, 83-68, in the double round-robin semis. The top two teams at the end of this round will advance to the best-of-five championship series.
African import Landry Sanjo had 18 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for SWU, while Monbert Arong added 13 points, Mark Jayven Tallo scored 12 and Adam Mohammed chipped in with 11.
The Cobras set the tone early, scoring the game’s first 17 points before USJ-R made a basket.
Meanwhile, the UV Green Lancers used a 12-0 blast in the second period to turn a 26-20 lead into a 38-20 cushion.
Import Mike Nzuesseu led UV with 17 points and seven boards, while Rhaffy Octobre had 13, John Abad pitched in 12 and Chris Perolino contributed 11.
In juniors action, Cebu Eastern College stunned defending champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, 63-62, ending the Magis Eagles’ 22-game winning streak dating back to their perfect season last year.
Alfonso Alviso made the putback that turned out to be the game winner. SHS-AdC had a shot at stealing the win but guard Gio Laguyo misfired as time expired.
Mark Roa finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds while Alviso had 16 points.
In the other game in the juniors division, the USC Baby Warriors survived the UV Baby Lancers, 83-81. Clint Suelto had a stellar game with 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.