CEBU, PHILIPPINES – Newly-crowned Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) champion Southwestern University slipped past local arch rival University of San Carlos, 68-66, to capture the 10th Asian University Basketball Championship (AUBC) title at the Cebu City Sports Institute.
Cameroonian import Landry Sanjo topscored for the SWU Cobras with 18 points and was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He was ably supported by JR Parker, who knocked in 17 markers, and back-to-back CESAFI MVP Mark Tallo, who chalked up a pair of three-pointers and tallied 12 scores overall.
SWU led from start to finish and enjoyed its largest lead, 52-31, midway through the third quarter. But USC came within one point, 67-66, with 8.8 seconds remaining on a three-point play by Victor Rabat.
Shooster Olago, also a native of Cameroon, led the University of San Carlos with 18 points. Scoring in double figures, too, for the Warriors were Mike Montalbo, 12, and Rabat, 10.
Baer Jang Hyun punched in five triples and scored 19 points – all in the second half – as Korea’s Myongji University rallied for a 73-70 victory over the University of the Visayas to claim third-place honors.
The Myongji White Horse fell behind by 10 points, 39-29, at halftime but quickly recovered with the three-point snipings of Baer. Following the third deadlock in the nip-and-tuck fourth quarter, Jung Junsoo broke a 67-67 tie with a three-point play with 55.1 seconds left as the Korean school took a 70-67 lead. Teammate Kim Jisu sealed the win with an unmolested layup, 73-70, with seven ticks remaining to finalize the score.
Jung, the Koreans’ top scorer in the tournament, finished with 18 points.
Jerome Napao and Alfred Codilla each scored 14 points and John Abad had three triples and 13 points for the UV Green Lancers, who had completed the elimination phase as the No. 1 seed but dropped an 81-70 decision to Southwestern University in the knockout semifinals.