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    Dragons down Baby Lancers to sweep semifinal round

    Sep 12, 2013
    Marc Obado comes up with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Dragons. Photo courtesy of Monito Lumongsod

    CEBU Eastern College swept the first round of the semifinals as they came back from a nine-point deficit in the last two minutes to nip University of the Visayas, 67-65, in the 13th Cesafi basketball tournament Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

    The win was the Dragons’ third in a row heading to the All Star break this weekend. CEC leaned on several defensive stops including Chris Salac’s steal that led to the game-winning fastbreak lay-up by Marc Obado with 5.2 seconds left.

    Obado finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, Alfonso Alvizo scored 12 and Mark Roa had 11 points.

    Meanwhile, defending champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Eagles won their second straight game in the semifinals, beating University of San Carlos, 78-72.

    Jair Igna scored 32 points, just a day after scoring 28 against the University of the Visayas. The Davao City-native made 13 points in a telling second period stretch that saw the Eagles outscore the Baby Warriors, 24-14, to erect a double-digit advantage.

    Igna added 10 more in the final canto, keeping USC at bay when they made a last-ditch effort to come back.

    Philippine under-16 team member Arnie Padilla added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Gio Laguyo chipped in 10 points and seven boards.

    Behind 56-65 with 2:02 left, the Dragons dug deep to trim the lead and were able to tie the score with a three-pointer by Richmond Buli-Buli from the right wing, 31.6 on the clock.

    UV still had a shot at winning the game but instead, had the ball stolen away from Jun Manzo by Salac, who then passed the ball to a streaking Obado for the go-ahead basket. The Baby Lancers sealed their demise as Ernesto Limitares missed a wide-open three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer.

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    Marc Obado comes up with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Dragons. Photo courtesy of Monito Lumongsod
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