CEBU CITY — An underpowered San Beda squad completed a sweep of the 2014 Cebu City Mayor’s Cup Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament with a 63-45 win over reigning Cesafi champion University of the Visayas on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.
Even with their best players staying in Manila to focus on their campaign with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA D-League, San Beda proved too much for its rivals and posted dominant wins over the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars (78-63) and the University of San Carlos Warriors (78-61) earlier in the week in the pocket tournament organized by the Cebu City Sports Commission.
San Beda led by as many as 16, 52-46, but the Lancers trimmed it down to nine, 45-54, with six minutes to go.
However, that was as close as UV got as San Beda rattled off nine straight points capped by a shotclock-beating three-pointer by Ivan Ludovice and a three-point play by Mendoza to seal the win and the crown.
Import Donald Tankoua and MVP Anthony Semerad paced San Beda’s balanced attack with nine points apiece, while Ludovice chipped in eight.
The Lancers, which finished the tournament with a 1-2 win-loss record, got 14 from 6-foot-11 reinforcement Jean Mpouma while John Abad contributed 12 markers
The Lancers were within four halfway through the third period when San Beda finished that stretch with a 12-0 flurry with baskets from Daryl Pascual, Jaypee Mendoza, former University of Cebu import Arnaud Noah and Semerad, for a 42-30 lead going to the final period.
“I know now which players would step up even under pressure. This tournament really helped me determine who deserves to play in the NCAA tournament this season,” said head coach Boyet Fernandez.