CEBU CITY — Southwestern University downed National University, 64-60, to top the 7th Mandaue City Mayor’s Cup Saturday at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex.
With the Bulldogs breathing down their necks, 59-60, and import Landry Sanjo fouling out with 59 seconds remaining, Melvin Holper bailed out SWU with a booming three-pointer from the corner off a pass from Fil-American guard Jasper Parker that gave the Cobras a four-point cushion.
NU had two chances to trim the gap but Alfred Aroga missed inside while Gelo Alolino split his charities and made it 60-63.
Parker sealed the win and the title for the Cobras with a free-throw and was named the tournament MVP.
Sanjo, SWU’s Cameroonian reinforcement, put on a dominant performance with 21 points. Cesafi MVP Mark Jayven Tallo added 12 markers, eight coming in a scintillating third period show that saw him finish one acrobatic lay-up after another over Aroga and NU’s other import Henry Betayene. Fil-Canadian Adams Mohammed added 10.
Glenn Khobuntin scored the bulk of his 13 points in the final canto, spearheading NU’s comeback with several fierce drives down the lane including a fast break bucket that capped a 9-0 run that pulled the Bulldogs to within two, 57-59, 3:19 to go.
A free-throw by Mohammed stemmed the tide, 60-57, but NU went inside to Aroga who drew two fouls inside the last two minutes. However, Aroga made only two out of the four freebies leading to the back-breaking three-pointer from Holper.
The third place game ended on an explosive note as the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars upset the reigning Cesafi champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers, 62-60, on a buzzer-beating putback by Kevin Villafranca.
The Jaguars were ahead 60-56 but the Lancers tied the game after two free-throws by Jun Manzo and a layup by Wowie Escosio off a steal at midcourt with 10 seconds left. That left plenty of time for USJ-R as Villafranca snatched the three-point miss by Ron Catipay and put it back in as time expired. Villafranca paced USJ-R with 19 points.