Cortes, a resident of Talisay City who graduated magna cum laude from USJ-R
Padilla was at the right place at the right time as he scored the go-ahead putback to push USJ-R
up, 87-86, followed by Jaybee Mantilla canning both of his freebies to give the hosts a three-point edge with 5.
Aside from the foreigners that boast of superior height and experience, USJ-R
must also contend against the likes of the reigning champions, the powerhouse Hope Christian School, De La Salle-Lipa, Central Philippines University, Leyte National High School, Angeles University Foundation, Ateneo de Davao and Baguio City National High School.
USC stunned USJ-R
, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20 in the boys' championship game and routed STC, 25-12, 25-23, 25-14, to bag the girls' crown.
The University of Southern Philippines Foundation and USJ-R
also battle for third place in the women's division today at 6 p.
Both USC and USJ-R
own similar 1-4 (win-loss) records.
SWU hit its stride and outscored USJ-R
, 46-15, in the next 20 minutes of action to take control of the game.