PDA

View Full Version : University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars Den



thadzonline
10-16-2007, 04:05 PM
Abet Guidaben, Jojo Lastimosa, Roger Yap and John Ferriols are some of the more familiar names in Philippine basketball who once played for USJ-R.

USJ-R owns the distinction of being the first team to beat UV twice in a regular season and shares the distinction of beating the Lancers the most times in a regular season(2 wins) with the USC Warriors.

Josenians, Adelante!

yokam
10-16-2007, 06:46 PM
The UV-USJR semifinals duel was one that should go as one of CESAFI's greatest matches and series. Though UV won the series 2-1, the standings really never told a lot about the games. Each of the three games were decided by only a point. UV never had total control over the series as what they used to have and do against their opponents in recent years.

michaelb
10-16-2007, 07:49 PM
thadz,yokam,

Please post players names and respective height nang mgarespetive schools para sa mga readers na hindi pamilyar sa CESAFI basketball,
at least magkakaruon nang point of comparison sa ibang liga like UAAP and N
CAA.
MAraming salamat.

thadzonline
10-17-2007, 08:46 AM
The Jaguars were just unfortunate that the Lancers had lucky breaks in the endgame of their semifinals series, after all, UV had an average height of 6-3, with Greg Slaughter 6-11. USJ-R's most reliable postmen were but 6-4(Mannie Gabas) and 6-3(John Malinao). They have a sweet-shooting guard though in Lyndon Gudez listed at 5-11

yokam
10-19-2007, 04:34 PM
USJ-R Jaguars 2007

Antigua
Bibera
Carilla
Delfino
Gabas
Gudez
Hatague
Malinao
Pateño
Pogoy
Ponce
Villahermosa

Reserve List: Latosa

Head Coach: Edito Salacut

ankle breaker
11-24-2007, 04:19 AM
USJ-R Jaguars 2007

Antigua
Bibera
Carilla
Delfino
Gabas
Gudez
Hatague
Malinao
Pateño
Pogoy
Ponce
Villahermosa

Reserve List: Latosa

Head Coach: Edito Salacut

with ramirez out of USC and rowe is still untested. several players for UV will also graduate then it will be a 4 race battle in CESAFI next season. SWU, UV, USJR & USC.

thadzonline
11-25-2007, 12:26 PM
USJ-R Jaguars 2007

Antigua
Bibera
Carilla
Delfino
Gabas
Gudez
Hatague
Malinao
Pateño
Pogoy
Ponce
Villahermosa

Reserve List: Latosa

Head Coach: Edito Salacut

with ramirez out of USC and rowe is still untested. several players for UV will also graduate then it will be a 4 race battle in CESAFI next season. SWU, UV, USJR & USC.


what could be new for the Jaguars in 2008? ANy new addition to their line up should be interesting

ankle breaker
11-28-2007, 03:51 AM
USJ-R Jaguars 2007

Antigua
Bibera
Carilla
Delfino
Gabas
Gudez
Hatague
Malinao
Pateño
Pogoy
Ponce
Villahermosa

Reserve List: Latosa

Head Coach: Edito Salacut

with ramirez out of USC and rowe is still untested. several players for UV will also graduate then it will be a 4 race battle in CESAFI next season. SWU, UV, USJR & USC.


what could be new for the Jaguars in 2008? ANy new addition to their line up should be interesting

that's a good question and anybody who can answer it is as good as me. ;D

thadzonline
11-29-2007, 07:49 AM
What could this Latosa listed as reserve bring into the table? hmmmm

ankle breaker
11-29-2007, 10:14 PM
being a reserve this year, we can't say anything about him not unless he's going to play this coming partners cup.

thadzonline
11-30-2007, 07:40 PM
sometimes, if a team is loaded at one position, they can put one good player in the reserve list and reserve his playing years to the maximum 7 years..but yes, USJ-R hardly is 2-deep in every position so maybe not much to expect from a reserve unless he is sitting out to straighten out his academics

ankle breaker
12-01-2007, 12:02 AM
USJR is quite ok with gabas and malinao at the helm.

thadzonline
12-02-2007, 09:28 PM
Gabas and Malinao are decent big men, but then again when they're up against UV, they need more than just 2 decent big men, although I'd say based on recent CeSAFI results, Jaguar guards can keep up

ankle breaker
12-04-2007, 03:59 AM
maybe next year, they have found new ones to compliment chainsaw and janmals.

thadzonline
12-04-2007, 10:48 AM
lol...quite good at creating monickers aye

ankle breaker
12-05-2007, 04:32 AM
i dunno what's the monicker of lyndon gudez.

thadzonline
12-31-2007, 08:38 PM
"bag of goodies" look promising lol

thadzonline
01-06-2008, 09:22 PM
USJ-R takes their game seriously and is strong at all positions, good starting lineup and deep bench. recently, they have added volleyball star Abulaiz Soliman to the fold but was used sparingly in his first game

ankle breaker
01-09-2008, 03:20 AM
"bag of goodies" look promising lol

oldies but goodies

thadzonline
01-09-2008, 07:33 AM
Gudez and Justiniani plays alike...shooters with solid slashing moves

ankle breaker
01-23-2008, 11:45 PM
i saw gudez while playing for ML. he's really promising but he needs more training to keep in pace with manila trained guards.

thadzonline
01-24-2008, 12:50 AM
Gudez needs some body toning

gameface_one
02-04-2008, 05:37 PM
USJ-R mentor warns Jaguars against complacency



Cebu Daily News
First Posted 16:07:00 02/04/2008


Fifteen straight wins, a newly captured title and still, the Bibbo Hotdog-University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars will not be taking anything lightly.

This is what USJ-R head coach Edito Salacot thinks as his team gets ready to battle the Aspac Bank-University of Cebu Webmasters in the championship series of the Reinforced Partner’s Cup on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Fresh off a championship finish in the Fortuna Cup and riding high on the crest of an incredible 15-game winning run, the Jaguars will be gunning to draw first blood in Game 1 of the best-of-three tiff on Tuesday.

“Dili na kasiguradohan ang UC. Nagkalisod biya jud mi atong second game namo sa ilaha sa elimination round,” said Salacot in an interview last Saturday.

The Jaguars swept the Webmasters in their encounters in the eliminations.

“Kung sa conditioning, lamang jud sila sa amoa. Pero kung sa personnel, murag lyamado mi ana nila. Ang pinakadako lang jud namo na problema kay unsaon namo pag-contain ni (Junmar) Fajardo,” said Salacot.

The 6-foot-7 giant has been a huge headache for the Jaguars in both contests as he is averaging 38 points against Bibbo Hotdog. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

ankle breaker
02-05-2008, 01:06 AM
hadlok sila ni fajardo?

thadzonline
02-05-2008, 05:37 AM
coach Salacut is downplaying his chances saying that he has a disadvantage in personnel especially now that Jabe Delfino is back in the lineup after that scary injury..the Jaguars are 2 deep at every position and you can't say that with UC who I'd say has a shallow bench..The Jaguars are also better-coached, better-manned, more experienced

ankle breaker
02-06-2008, 05:28 AM
thadz, what's the result of the game 1 of their title series?

thadzonline
02-06-2008, 03:43 PM
USJ-R 108, UC 101..Junmar Fajardo had 37 points but fouled out and UC squandered a 13-point first quarter lead to trail 0-1 in the series...The Jaguars' cause was helped by 4 straight 3 pointers from luther Luke Justiniani in the final minutes that enabled the Jaguars to pull away by 13 points

ankle breaker
02-07-2008, 03:36 AM
fighter jud ni si fajardo da. tag-as kaayo ug score.

thadzonline
02-07-2008, 08:09 AM
ugma na ang game 2

ankle breaker
02-19-2008, 11:46 PM
pilde lang sila pag game 2.

thadzonline
02-20-2008, 04:19 PM
Fajardo was held to 21 points in Game 2, his lowest output so far in the Partners Cup

ankle breaker
02-27-2008, 05:29 AM
mao to pilde sila. ;D

thadzonline
02-27-2008, 09:09 AM
even when he scored 41, pilde man gihapon sila...in the game about 3:45 left, I saw Abatayo give up so early by the look on his face..Down by 4 at that point, UC easily crumbled after that, The Jaguars probably sensed the weakness of Abatayo's spirit and they went to the man he was guarding: Justiniani

ankle breaker
03-14-2008, 11:21 PM
naa jud ing ana nga player sa? dali kaayo ma dejected. walay fighting spriit. dili angayan mahimong player.

thadzonline
03-15-2008, 11:51 AM
experience and hunger should address that problem

ankle breaker
04-01-2008, 12:41 AM
in fairness, kusog lang jud ang lineup sa USJR ni coach eddie salacot.

thadzonline
04-01-2008, 09:48 AM
oh well, USJ-R is well coached. Mura sad na Yeng Guiao sistema ni Salacut, maskin kinsa pwede moclick if everybody else is having a bad game

thadzonline
04-27-2008, 12:07 AM
Just got word that Jessmar Villahermosa transferred to FEU

billabong
04-27-2008, 10:52 PM
jp alcaraz, dennis daa, jercules tangkay, joel co, marlon piodo, almonte, daruca, sumanpan, ug uban pa.

thadzonline
05-06-2008, 08:51 AM
Jaguars are keeping their cards close to the chest...who could be their key additions?

thadzonline
05-15-2008, 09:21 AM
6'4" Bert Amores from Foundation U Dumaguete saw action for the Jaguars against USC in the Lhuiilier Summer Showdown. He is big but seems to move in a very awkward way, but hey, don't be deceived, he works hard on the court constantly looking for position and trying to use his bulk

JR Dela Peña also seem promising at the small forward spot, could be filling in for Hatague

Lester Senining, point guard from USJ-R high school also added..I saw that guy play in the Lhuillier Under-21 tourney and is dependable, let's see how he does in college at 5'5" estimate

thadzonline
05-15-2008, 09:22 AM
against USC last night Ponce had at least 7 steals, this guy is definitely among the most kulit in Cebu, a guy you'd love to hate playing against and would love to have on your team

ankle breaker
05-21-2008, 03:08 AM
confirmed na ang pagtransfer in villahermosa sa FEU?

thadzonline
05-21-2008, 12:42 PM
USJ-R has so far activated JR Dela Peña and Ralph Lester Senining

ankle breaker
05-21-2008, 09:28 PM
so villahermosa is really transfering to FEU.

thadzonline
05-22-2008, 09:22 AM
yep, he is according to servinio but he should sit out a year

ankle breaker
05-23-2008, 03:42 AM
i thought UAAP has a 2 year residency rule. it's the NCAA who's having the 1 year residency rule.

thadzonline
05-23-2008, 08:30 AM
he is a transfer from a local school and not a fil-for so I guess the 2-year residency is for foreign-bred players

ankle breaker
05-23-2008, 11:39 PM
but i heard that locals too are included in the rule. like for example a player transfers from NCAA to UAAP or vice versa.

thadzonline
05-24-2008, 11:01 AM
better ask the guys at the capital :)

ankle breaker
05-28-2008, 12:07 AM
yeah, you are right. we need some confirmation from them.

thadzonline
06-26-2008, 07:58 AM
but i heard that locals too are included in the rule. like for example a player transfers from NCAA to UAAP or vice versa.

probably between UAAP and NCAA but not from CeSAFI

USJ-R are early favorites for the CeSAFI

Schortsanitis
06-26-2008, 09:32 AM
I THINK that the rule is, in the UAAP, for players transferring from NON-UAAP schools, the residency is only 1 year. There has been a lot transfers from players from the NCAA, CAACUP, NAASCU, etc.

ankle breaker
06-26-2008, 09:36 PM
too bad leniency in some leagues rules are quite abused by some players. i think a common denominator is needed here with regards to residency and transfers.

thadzonline
08-08-2008, 01:00 AM
other related articles can be found at http://usjrjaguars.blogspot.com

thadzonline
08-08-2008, 09:20 PM
USJ-R stats against UC:

http://www.basketballcebu.com/7august2008.htm

thadzonline
08-15-2008, 09:30 AM
USJ-R are 4-0 for the tournament and looks like they are going straight to the top seeding of the quarterfinal round

thadzonline
08-20-2008, 01:06 AM
USJ-R is 5-0 after beating SWU, 73-66..USJ-R is making the best of their last chance for the last dance

Get_Blazed
08-21-2008, 08:26 PM
Bakit naka sticky tong thread?

thadzonline
08-21-2008, 10:17 PM
sorry, forgot to unsticky it when I moved it here from the CeSAFI board.

gameface_one
08-23-2008, 09:10 AM
We are just awiting for commish to create the forum.

King_stag
08-27-2008, 08:55 PM
USJR streak

Inquirer.net

In the day's other seniors game, the league-leading University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars continued their onslaught as they captured their sixth straight win with a clinical 79-71 victory over the Don Bosco Greywolves.

Armand Ponce had 12 for the Jaguars, who led by as many as 20 points in the game.

In the juniors division, the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors notched their second straight victory after edging the Don Bosco Baby Greywolves, 58-54.
The University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters tallied the most lopsided win of the season as they creamed the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 105-56.

thadzonline
08-27-2008, 11:00 PM
USJ-R face UV on Sunday, Its interesting to second-guess whether USJ-R will purposely drop one game to get an easier opponent in the playoffs.

If USJ-R wins, they will be seeded number 1, USC at number 2,Uv at number 3 and either UC or SWU at number 4. Should the top seeds advanced, USJ-R will be up against UV in the semifinals.

Should USJ-R lose, they will be seeded second, UV at first and USC at third. USJ-R will avoid UV and face a lighter opponent in UC or SWU in the semifinals.

But will they swap bragging rights for a lighter semifinal assignement? Your guess is as good as mine

ankle breaker
08-28-2008, 09:35 PM
if that will happen. i guess USJR will never land in the finals. karma will be their best enemy and to think. the teams involve here are capable to pulling an upset against them so to speak.

thadzonline
09-10-2008, 09:09 PM
http://usjrhaguars.blogspot.com/2008/09/usj-r-jaguars-playing-beautiful.html

a_ron
09-29-2008, 08:46 AM
USJR can bet UV easily go Jaguars

Joescoundrel
08-08-2013, 03:47 PM
Thadz, didn't know where else to put this, lazy bastard that I am, just move it if you think this is OT here ___

Baby Lancers nail 2nd win

By Emmanuel b. Villaruel

(The Freeman) | Updated August 7, 2013 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers blew hot and cold but turned to a sizzling offensive in the windup to fend off the gritty University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 66-57, in yesterday's lone juniors division match of the 13th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) men's basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

Meanwhile, CESAFI commissioner Felix "Boy" O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. announced that there will be no games this Thursday as the league pays its respect to the death of Oscar "Jun" Jereza, Jr., owner and vice president of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF).

The Baby Lancers were in full control after cruising to a 12-2 start, but were continually threatened by the big-hearted Baby Jaguars who did not fold up in the face of a decisive rally by the taller and bigger UV cagers.

The rookie-laden Baby Jaguars were completely outclassed by their formidable foes in almost all facets of the game, but their fighting spirit, stifling defense and the excellent playmaking skills of Vince Winson Castro, Vince William Huevos and Earl Jofflet Ponte kept them going before the Baby Lancers launched their final wave of attack.

After being down by as much as 18 points, 37-55, late in the third period, the Baby Jaguars of coach Marlon Piodo fought back with aplomb, dropping a 10-0 bomb to trim the huge deficit down to a single digit, 47-55, with still 7:15 left to play.

Emmanuel Villamor, however, ended UV's four-minute scoring drought with a buzzer-beating shot that sparked a 10-0 blitz, giving the Baby Lancers a heavy sigh of relief with a commanding 65-47 lead at the final 4:21 mark of the contest.

With the win already in UV's pocket, the Baby Jaguars capped their decent showing by closing the match with a 10-1 run to lose by only nine.

Villamor and six-foot center Prince Litton Cañete finished with 15 points each, while Jun Kent Manzo and Ernesto Limitares fired 10 markers as the Lancers coasted to their second straight victory in as many starts.

Kherlie Pino was the lone double-digit scorer with 17 points for the Baby Jaguars. (FREEMAN)

Joescoundrel
08-13-2013, 09:56 AM
UC, USJ-R look to bounce back

Cebu Daily News

8:49 am | Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

5 p.m. – Don Bosco vs. UC (Juniors)

6:30 p.m. – UC vs. USJ-R (Seniors)

THE UNIVERSITY of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters try to bounce back from losses in their previous games when they tangle in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. men’s basketball tournament today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars fell to the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers last Saturday night, 80-91, to even their record at 1-1 (win-loss). The Webmasters also fell to the very same Lancers in their opening assignment, 62-81.

These two squads actually fought for the third place trophy last season with the Jaguars coming out on top.

But with both squads parading nearly new lineups, the action is expected to be fierce as they try to establish their place in the league’s pecking order this season behind the league powerhouses, UV and the reigning champions Southwestern University.

With the exit of star guard Brian Heruela, the Webmasters are still looking for their identity as they look for contributions from all corners.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, have seemingly found theirs in prized rookie finds Rendell Senining and Fletcher Galvez, both coming from the juniors titlists, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles. / Correspondent Jonas Panerio

Joescoundrel
08-14-2013, 09:55 AM
Lancers pin down Jaguars for second win in CESAFI

By Gabby G. Malagar

(The Freeman) | Updated August 12, 2013 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Mike Harry Nzessue and Hernal "Wowie" Escocio scored huge baskets in the windup as the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers survived a spirited challenge by the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 91-80, for its second straight win in the 13th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) men's basketball tournament last Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers took a 46-33 halftime lead, but the Jaguars started strong in the third using an 11-2 run behind the hot hands of James Regalado and rookie Fletcher Galvez to pull within just four points, 44-48. The Lancers, however, retaliated with a 16-2 blast to post an 18-point advantage, 64-46, within the three minutes in that stretch.

Behind the efforts of Christian Parker, Ralph Christian Senining and his younger brother Rendell Thomas Senining, the Jaguars threatened for the last time at 72-79 with still five minutes left to play as the Lancers finally put the game away behind the five-point cushion by Escocio, a triple by Francisco Arong, Jr. and a monster slam by Nzessue.

The three triples of Venhur Villamor in the second half also gave the Lancers a huge offensive boost as he finished with 12 points, but it was Nzessue who topscored for UV with 18 points followed by Escocio with 15 markers.

Galvez paced the Jaguars with 16 points, while Regalado had 15 points. Miguel Tabaloc and Rendell Senining chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, in a losing effort.

The scores

UV (91) - Nzessue 18, Escocio 15, Villamor 12, Codilla 9, Abad 8, Akmomo 7, Mendoza 6, Cabañero 6, Arong 3, Octobre 2, Perolino 2

USJ-R (80) - Galvez 16, Regalado 15, Tabaloc 11, R. Senining 10, C. Parker 9, Lajato 7, C. Senining 4, M. Parker 4, Sanchez 3, Cinco 1

Joescoundrel
08-14-2013, 09:58 AM
USC on a roll, now 4-0 in SBP tourney

(The Freeman) |

Updated August 13, 2013 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) SBP team is on a roll and is virtually unstoppable. The defending champions coasted to their fourth straight win with a 63-22 annihilation of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) at the resumption of the SBP division games of the BEST SBP Passerelle Twin Tournament at the USC North Gym. USC jumped on their opponents from the opening tip, outscoring them 11-1 in the first period. The lead grew to 29-5 at halftime and it was cruise control through the last two periods.

Antonio Czar Octaviano led USC with 12 points while Vince Razo added 10.

In other games of the SBP division played over the long weekend, the University of the Visayas (UV) outlasted Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC), 32-26, while CEC stopped SHS-AdC, 51-27.

In Passerelle division, USC scored its second straight win via a thrilling 67-62 win over Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu. Down 31-19 at halftime, USC clawed back slowly but surely by going to their press in the third quarter and cutting the lead to 50-46 going into the payoff period.

USC then kicked off the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run to take the lead for good at 57-50. SHS-AdC countered to cut the lead to 60-58, but USC stretched the lead to 65-60 to put the game out of reach.

John Galinato led USC with 15 points while Scott Aying added 13.

In other Passerelle division games, UV jumped on SWU, 72-10, while Cebu Eastern College stopped USJR, 93-36.

The BEST Center SBP Passerelle Twin Tournament is on its 28th season of providing a venue of competition for the Under 15 and Under 12 age groups nationwide. The Cebu champion will face off against the champions from Bacolod, Iloilo and Roxas for the Visayas Regional Finals, with the Visayas champion qualifying for the national finals. The games are also held in cooperation with RCBC Savings Bank. (FREEMAN)

Sam Miguel
09-04-2013, 09:32 AM
USC takes third spot after elimination round with 80-59 rout of USJ-R Jaguars

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

7:32 am | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Games today:

USJ-R Basak

5 p.m. – UV vs. UC

6:45 p.m. – USC vs. CIT-U

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors emphatically took the third seed heading to the quarterfinal round as they battered the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 80-59, at the close of the elimination round of the 13th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. men’s basketball tournament last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors got off to a fast start and repeatedly turned back several comeback attempts by the Jaguars to claim the win and finish the elimination round with a 4-2 (win-loss) record.

USC will face off against the sixth-seeded University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters on Friday, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

USJ-R, on the other hand, will face the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildcats tomorrow. The Jaguars will also have a twice-to-beat bonus by virtue of their top four finish.

Victor Rabat got the Warriors off to a fast start by scoring seven of his 19 points in that pivotal first period. He also sealed the victory with a three-pointer, his fourth of the game, that put USC on top by 20, 70-50, with 4:51 remaining.

Import Ahmed Salihou and Stephen Que tallied 12 points each while Christian Laude chipped in 10 markers for USC, which set the tone of the game early as they led, 17-4. The Jaguars came within nine on several occasions but the Warriors broke the game wide open with a 14-0 blast led by Rabat, Que and Ian Ortega for a 56-32 lead late in the third.

USJ-R was led by the 12 of Miguel Tabaloc and the 11 of Christian Parker.

In the juniors division, the UC Baby Webmasters spoiled the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons’ bid for the second seed with a 77-72 win.

Justine Dacalos was the biggest thorn on CEC’s side as he scored 29 points to push UC to a 3-5 record, good for the seventh seed in the next round.

UC will be tangling with the second-seeded University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers (6-2) while the third-seeded USC Baby Warriors (6-2) will be facing off against the CIT-U Wildkittens (3-5).

Both UV and USC will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage. The Dragons’ loss dropped them to 5-3. Worse, it had dire consequences as they now must face the fifth seeded University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers in the quarterfinal round.

Sam Miguel
09-25-2013, 09:28 AM
Cobras take Game One with gritty 64-52 win over UV

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

8:04 am | Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The defending champions Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras dug deep to outlast the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 64-52, in Game One of the best-of-five championship series of the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament before a raucous crowd at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

With their most productive player of the night Daryl Goloran and top import Landry Sanjo fouling out one after another late in the game, the Cobras turned to the crucial makes of Bernie Bregondo, Monbert Arong and Mark Jayven Tallo to log the win and take a step closer towards a second straight title.

SWU’s golden boy Mark Jayven Tallo played out of rhythm most of the game when ranged against the physical defense of UV but luckily had Goloran—a reserve forward—step up to lead the team with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Sanjo finished with 10 points, 14 boards and four blocked shots while Arong added nine points and five rebounds.

Tallo gave up the ball eight times but made up for it with eight points, six rebounds and seven assists, including two straight drop passes in the dying seconds to Arong and Fabrice Siewe that led to buckets which doused UV’s comeback attempts.

“We really had to solve the double-teams that they were throwing at (Mark Jayven) Tallo,” said SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba. “At first, he kept on forcing the issue but I told him to stay at it and find the open man. Fortunately for us, he did it in the end.”

The Cobras’ fluid offense was subdued by the deliberate pace of the Lancers early on but the former was still able to find ways to score and take a 49-39 lead to the final canto. UV persevered behind the surprise performance of Miko Marquez, who sparked a 13-5 run that got them within five, 54-49.

Compounding the woes of the Cobras were the disqualification of Goloran at the 3:47 mark and Sanjo with 2:13 remaining.

Mike Nzuesseu and Wowie Escosio had 12 apiece for UV while Marquez wound up with 10.

In the first game, the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series for third place with an 82-72 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars.

Game Two of the both series will be played tomorrow at the same venue.