University of Cebu Jrs take Game 1
CEBU CITY—The University of Cebu Junior Webmasters shocked the fancied Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles in Game 1, 73-63, of their best-of-three series of the 2015 CESAFI Juniors Division Finals here.
Nobody gave the Junior Webmasters a chance against the Magis Eagles, who are the two-time defending CESAFI Juniors’ Division Champions, with a team made up of players, who were taller and bigger.
The Junior Webmasters started slowly, as the Eagles led late in the first quarter, 20-11, before Joseph Santome hit a 3-point pointer to cut the lead to six at the end of the 1st period.
Jason Abejo took over in the second quarter, scoring seven of 15 points in the 1st half, including a rare 4-point play as the Webmasters grabbed the lead, 29-27, midway through the quarter, and extended the lead to six, 33-27 at halftime.
The Magis Eagles rallied with a 8-2 run in the third frame behind former Batang Gilas under-16 member Jed Cedrick Colonia and Eroll Pastor, but UC countered with Froilan Mangubat and Luigi Gabisan, who led a 12-5 run that extended their lead, 47-37, late in the period before Colonia hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer which cut the lead to seven.
UC’s diminutive guard, the 4’10” Jelmart Umpad, however, started to take over the offense, scoring 10 points before they bucked a Patrick Yu-led run in the fourth.
Umpad, however, saved the Juniors Webmasters from total collapse as he scored six out out of the last eight points as the Webmasters preserved the win.
Mangubat was named the Best Player of the game for UC. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Abejo, Gabisan and Umpad combined for 40 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists. Patrick Yu had 13 points for the Magis Eagles, while Wayne Kirby Bersaluna scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Pastor added 11 points. But Colonia struggled and finished with only nine points, 7 rebounds and five assists.