SOUTHWESTERN University overcame a shaky first half to beat Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-75, for its second win over its last three games in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan Wednesday
The Cobras rallied from a 21-point deficit and then broke a tight 62-62 contest behind nine straight unanswered points in the fourth period to nail the come-from-behind victory.
“We started overconfident,” said SWU assistant Mike Reyes, who called the shots for the team in the absence of head coach Yayoy Alcoseba.
The Cebu-based squad trailed, 9-21, at the end of the first period, and was down by as many as 21 points, 38-17, following a three-pointer by Jan Jamon midway in the second quarter.
“EAC had a good lead so we were able to adjust our defense. We were still down but we were already playing good defense so I told them to just continue, then we will be able to catch up,” Reyes added.
SWU improved to a 2-5 (win-loss) slate, with University of Santo Tomas as its final opponent in the eliminations before going back to Cebu.
Cameroonian Landy Sanjo dominated inside by scoring 23 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, and blocking five shots for the Cobras. Fil-Canadian Adam Mohammed added 16 markers, while Mark Panerio chipped in nine.
Francis Munsayac had 26 points, while Jamon added 24 for the Generals, who remained winless in two matches.
An altercation occurred early in the game and led to unsportsmanlike-fouls on SWU’s Monbert Arong and EAC’s Jamon.
According to eyewitnesses, the scuffle began when Arong allegedly punched Jamon during a fastbreak play. No players, however, were thrown out of the game.
SWU (80) – Sanjo 23, Mohammed 16, Panerio 9, Escobio 8, Goloran 6, Pajantoy 6, Holper 3, Bautista 3, Bregondo 3, Otida 2, Siewe 1, Ortega 0, Arong 0.
EAC (75) – Munsayac 26, Jamon 24, Onwubere 7, Tayountong 5, King 4, Arouero 4, Mallari 3, Manga 2, Castro 0, Monteclaro 0, Santos 0.
Quarterscores: 9-21; 34-44; 54-60; 80-75.