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USJ-R, on the other hand, recovered from a second set meltdown with a gritty stand in the decider, carving out a 25-22, 15-25, 26-24 victory over Southwestern University (SWU).
Those from USJ-R were Harold Pacana, sixth, with 91 percent; and Marie Claire Cortes and Jessele Ann Echavez, seventh, 90.67 percent.
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 5.6 seconds remaining.
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.m.
Both USC and USJ-R own similar 1-4 (win-loss) records.
USPF is now tied for the top spot with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Spiking Jaguars with identical 6-0 (win-loss) records.
USJ-R's offense has sputtered in their last two games, failing to reach the 50-point mark against both SWU and UV.
In the first game, the defending champions Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras did not skip a beat as they scored their 10th straight win this season-and the fourth in a row in the semifinals-with a resounding 69-49 beating of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars.
The win also solidified USC's hold of second place in the standings behind the undefeated reigning champions University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, who hold a clean 4-0 (win-loss) mark.
DEFENDING champion University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) took over the top spot after posting its second win yesterday in the tertiary football competition of the Cesafi at the Cebu City Sports Center.