SWU-Phinma frustrates USC to end two-game slide

6 October 2019

CEBU CITY—After two straight losses, the Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras finally got their rhythm back, defeating the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 66-61, on Sunday, October 6, in the college division of the 2019 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

SWU-Phinma improved to 5-2 (win-loss) and did it behind Senegalese reinforcement Lamine Thiam and Dyll Roncal, who each scored 13 points.

Thiam was all over the floor as he also tallied 19 rebounds, three steals and one block.

Roncal was clutch down the stretch as he converted in the paint that shattered a 61-all standoff with 38.1 seconds left.

The Cobras would ice the win with crucial hits from the charity stripe as they dealt the Warriors their third loss in seven games.

In the high school division, Isaiah Blanco converted a free throw with no time left to lift the defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters to a thrilling 65-64 win over the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons.

The game was tied at 64 when Blanco hoisted a three-pointer just as the final buzzer sounded.

The son of PBA legend Dondon Hontiveros missed the shot but a foul was called on Peter Rosillo.

Blanco bungled the first two gift shots but UC heaved a huge sigh of relief when he finally made the third attempt, sealing the Baby Webmasters’ sixth win in as many games.

Blanco tallied 13 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, while Roderick Acenas added 12 markers.

It was CEC’s fourth loss in seven outings.

Meanwhile, the Don Bosco Greywolves scored a huge upset after they nipped the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers  67-61.

 Jose Zaldy Dizon helped Don Bosco improved to 4-3 by tallying 17 points. Dean Barrera chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds, while playmaker Jayson Almero piled up four points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Fritz Banzon and Albert Sacayan wound up with 13 markers apiece for UV, whose four-game win streak came to an end to fall to 4-2.

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Photo courtesy of Cesafi Media Bureau

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