CESAFI champion University of the Visayas and runner-up Southwestern University forged a rematch of their recent finals encounter after beating their respective opponents in the Southern Island stepladder phase of the 2013 National Collegiate Championship Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.
UV came up with an explosive second half to beat Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, 100-80, while SWU leaned on clutch baskets by Monbert Arong and Daryl Goloran to hack out an 82-73 win over University of San Carlos.
UV is aiming to make it back to the round of four of this tournament for the first time since 2009.
Booked automatically in the semifinals are UAAP champion La Salle and NCAA titlist San Beda.
It was a hard-earned win for SWU, weathering a furious comeback attempt by USC from an 18-point deficit. The Warriors got to within one, 66-67, but Goloran and Arong came to the rescue, making a putback and a three-pointer, respectively, to give the Cobras a 72-66 cushion with 3:04 to go.
Arong ended up with 18 markers, while Cesafi MVP Mark Jayven Tallo had 19.
Tallo scored 16 in the first half when the Cobras threatened to break the game wide open with a sizzling 25-4 run for a 46-30 halftime lead. Import Landry Sanjo had 16 points, while Fil-Canadian guard Adams Mohammed chipped in with 13.
In the first game, UV fell behind by as many as 10 before uncorking a whopping 54 points in the second half to turn the tables on the Wildcats. The Green Lancers sank seven three-pointers in the third canto, part of a 31-point outburst that turned a 36-45 deficit into a 67-66 lead.
Franz Arong led the Lancers with 21 points, while John Abad added 20.
Wowie Escosio contributed 14 points to make up for the absence of import Mike Nzuesseu, who according to sources is now with Lyceum University in the NCAA
UV (100): Arong 21, Abad 20, Escosio 14, Akomo 9, Perolino 9, Villamor 8, Santillan 8, Codilla 6, Babia 3, Cabañero 2.
HTC (80): Masaglang 23, Mahaling 20, Landicho 14, Batiller 8, Tragados 6, Roxas 6, Yusop 3, Etoundi 0, Pepito 0, Lape 0, Argentis 0, Polistico 0.
Quarterscores: 11-17; 36-45; 67-66; 100-80.
SWU (82) - Tallo 19, Arong 18, Sanjo 16, Mohammed 13, Goloran 7, F. Ortega 3, Bautista 3, Bregondo 2, Panerio 1, Siewe 0.
USC (73) - Plata 16, Salihou 10, I. Ortega 10, Oleodo 8, Rabat 8, Magat 7, Pepito 4, Amin 4, Lim 2, Guardiario 2, Adlawan 2, Romaguera 0.
Quarterscores: 15-16; 46-30; 59-51; 82-73.