University of Cebu downs University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cesafi opener
Jan Auditor led UC's fightback with his 17 second-half points. Alex Tan

CEBU CITY – Jan Auditor scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth period as University of Cebu rallied to beat University of San Jose-Recoletos, 100-96, in the opener of the 14th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball tournament on Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Rookies Justine Dacalos and Clint Suelto also came up big with 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Webmasters.

Dacalos, the main man of UC’s high school squad last year, split his charities to tie the game at 86 with 15.3 ticks to go in regulation. Suelto banked in a jumper with 16.8 seconds remaining in overtime to put the Webmasters ahead, 99-96, then made one of two free throws with no time remaining for the final tally.

Junas Misa also had 12 markers while Carlos Tabaquero had 10.

UC fell into a maze of errors and was slapped with a technical foul for improper bench decorum halfway through the final frame. That led to four made free-throws that gave USJ-R an 80-67 advantage.

However, Dacalos made a three-pointer and scored on a layup to slice the deficit to six, 74-80.

Auditor came up with nine straight points capped by a transition basket that tied the count at 85-all.

After Raymundo Catipay pushed USJ-R back in front with a free-throw, Dacalos drove down the lane and got fouled. He calmly made the first but missed the second. The Jaguars had chances to snatch the win but Iron Suano and Kevin Villafranca muffed several jumpers at the fourth period buzzer.

Villafranca paced the Jaguars with 23 points and Suano had 17.

UC completed double after also winning over the USJ-R Baby Webmasters in the juniors division, 69-55.

The scores:

Seniors

UC (100) - Auditor 36, Dacalos 15, Suelto 12, Misa 11, Tabaquero 10, Puerto 8, Villarta 4, Roche 2, Sigasig 2, Pamaran 0, Albrecht 0, Nemil 0, Codilla 0, Santander 0.

USJ-R (96) - Villafranca 23, Suano 17, Regalado 15, Labares 13, Catipay 7, Lajato 6, Galvez 5, Custan 4, Bayhonan 2, Luzoladio-Nzuzi 2, Senining 1, Navarra 0, Villahermosa 0, Dinolan 0, Tan 0.

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Quarterscores: 15-12; 27-27; 53-59; 86-86; 100-96.

Juniors

UC (69) - Isla 19, Menina 13, Dungog 10, Quiamco 9, Canonigo 7, Abejo 4, Gabisan 4, Carpio 2, Dela Rama 1, Ramas 0, Molina 0, Ubas 0, Hemida 0, Soco 0, Daligdig 0.

USJ-R (55) - Divinagracia 16, King 14, Rubas 11, Lapinid 4, Mutya 3, Belano 3, Gonato 2, Manalo 2, Guro 0, Culpable 0, Murio 0, Cabatingan 0, Bascon 0.

Quarterscores: 13-11; 29-23; 51-37; 69-55.

 

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