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UV nears 9th title

First Posted 11:34:00 10/29/2009

Game today (Cebu Coliseum)

5:30 pm ? UV vs UC

Srs., Game 4, Finals, Best-of-Five

Reigning MVP Greg Slaughter of the University of the Visayas quickly quashed talks that he has been supplanted by the University of Cebu's June Mar Fajardo as the CESAFI basketball?s most dominant big man.

This after the 7-foot giant scored yet another double-double in leading the Green Lancers to the cusp of their ninth championship title following their dominant, 81-67 win over the Webmasters, in Game 3 of the best-of-five Finals in the seniors division late Tuesday night.

Slaughter had 22 points and 11 rebounds, his third double-double performance in as many games, and forced his 6-foot-10 counterpart into another sub-par performance as the Lancers rebounded from their heartbreaking Game 2 loss to lead the series, 2-1, and move within a win from securing their ninth straight crown.

UV will be gunning for that feat today at 5:30 pm when the two squads clash once again in Game 4. UV's eight-title run is the longest in the country's collegiate basketball history.

Fajardo scored 24 points and grabbed nine boards but shot poorly from the field, making just nine of his 21 attempts. UC also shot a miserable 29% from the field.

While Game 2 was a pulse-pounding war, Game 3 was far from being one as the Green Lancers broke the game wide open in the third period behind Slaughter and an unlikely hero in rookie guard Eman Calo.

UV led 32-27 at the turn but UC tied the score at 34-all behind the quick points of rookie forward Franz Bernil. Slaughter and Calo then responded by scoring four points each in a 12-2 salvo that established a 46-36 for the Green Lancers who also ended the third canto with a 7-0 run capped off by a three-point play by Calo that put them in front, 53-41, heading into the fourth period.

The lead reached a high as 15, 60-45 and UV held off any comeback attempts by UC behind eight more points by Calo, who ended up with 15 markers. Veteran sniper Ritchum Dennison was also a key cog as he scored 10 of his 17 points in the final stanza.

UC?s supporting cast once again went AWOL as apart from Fajardo, nobody else managed to score in double-digits.

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