14 July 2019
CEBU CITY—The Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras charged back from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 82-70, in the college division of the 2019 Cesafi Partner’s Cup last Sunday, July 14, at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Cobras stared at a 28-39 deficit at the turn but Senegalese import Lamine Thiam went to work, sparking a huge 17-3 rally for SWU, which stole the lead, 45-42, going into the final period.
SWU didn’t let-up in the final stanza as another run—a 14-2 tear—ultimately broke the backs of the Jaguars as they surged to a commanding 69-54 edge.
Thiam led the Cobras’ sixth win in eight games, while Dyll Roncal and Shaquille Imperial chipped in 20 and 16, respectively.
Miguel Gastador tallied 20 points and Arnold Azangque had 17 for the Jaguars, who dropped to 2-6 (win-loss).
In last Saturday’s games, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters thumped the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 102-85, while the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers edged out the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 89-87.
UC climbed to 6-3 behind Tony Sesay, who erupted for a tournament-high 35 points. Shane Menina donated 23 markers, while Rodel Gravera, Luigi Gabisan and John Jabello added a combined 37 points.
UV, on the other hand, stayed unbeaten after eight games after they came back from a 17-point deficit.
Jiesel Tarrosa and Sheldon Gahi topped UV with 16 points apiece, while Michael Maestre contributed ed 14 markers.
USC, which slid to 3-5, was led by Froilan Mangubat’s 30 points.
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