FORMER national champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu crushed the University of San Carlos, 91-76, to win the Cebu leg of the 2014 Seaoil National Basketball Training Center Elite League Sunday at the Capitol Parish gym.
Eleven players scored in a pivotal second period surge that gave the Magis Eagles a 51-37 halftime lead. The Eagles were ahead by five, 22-17, in the initial 10 minutes of action where Steven Co kickstarted the run with two three-pointers.
The Eagles were able to remain ahead and seal the win in an intense and fight-marred final period.
The Eagles were ahead by 17 markers when Jan Jaboneta and USC's Jean Antigua clashed while diving for a looseball. The commotion ended with SHS-AdC head coach Sai Bacalso and USC forward Kervin Villagracia getting thrown out of the game.
Jaboneta finished with 25 points, with 10 coming in the fourth period, and was named as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Arnie Padilla, son of former PBA player Onie Padilla and a member of the Philippine under-16 squad, added 19 points.
Scott Aying paced USC with 16 while Paul Galinato added 14.
The Eagles and the Baby Warriors will compete against the best high school teams in the country in the league’s national finals starting on March 6.
In Division 2 action, San Isidro Parish School bagged the title with a 69-58 win over St. Louis Mandaue.
Mark Labrador led all scorers with 22 points, while Most Outstanding Player awardee Joshua Ramas chipped in 18.