Cachuela-Thiam duo powers SWU to fifth victory

12 July 2019

CEBU CITY—Red Cachuela and Senegalese import Lamine Thiam joined forces to lead the Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras to a 76-59 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildcats in the college division of the 2019 Cesafi Partner’s Cup last Friday, July 12, at the Cebu Coliseum.

Cachuela finished with 19 points, while Thiam scattered 18 as the duo helped SWU start its second round of eliminations on a high note and nab its fifth win in seven games.

Gerald Fernandez chipped in 11 markers for the Cobras, who were never really threatened after posting leads of as many 20 points.

CIT-U continued to have a forgettable campaign as it tasted its sixth loss with only one win to show so far.

Mark Christian Kong led the Wildcats with 12 markers, while Jesse Aloro and JC Escalona added 11 apiece.

In the secondary division, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers used a strong endgame kick to chalk up a 78-68 triumph over the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors.

The Baby Panthers unleashed a 7-0 attack to turn a slim 68-66 lead into a sizable 75-66 advantage with only one minute left to play.

The run proved just enough to give USP-F its third win in seven outings.

Christopher Isabelo topped the Baby Panthers 17 points, while Antonio Octaviano had 13.

Justin Atillano scored 16 and VC Baruc contributed 12 for USC, which suffered sixth defeat in seven games.

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