CEBU powerhouse University of the Visayas scored an emphatic 157-55 victory over host Philippine College Foundation (Valencia, Bukidnon) at the start of the 65th BAP-National Student Basketball Championship in Don Carlos, Bukidnon.
The Felix Belano-coached Green Lancers, who lost to the South Western University in the 2012 CESAFI finals, were bolstered by Cameroon recruits Nlzelsses and Babia,who tallied 35 and 17 points, respectively.
Codilla also chipped in 17 markers.
Defending NSBC titlist Jose Maria College of Davao made short work of Pilgrim College of Cagayan de Oro City, 95-72, in the six-team tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), headed by president Senator Antonio Trillanes and supported by Don Carlos, Bukidnon Mayor Felix Manzano and Vice Mayor Jude Palmada.
BAP treasurer Tony Fabico and BAP provincial director Ruel Daba represented Sen. Trillanes during the colorful opening ceremony.
University of Luzon from Pangasinan, on the other hand, split its two assignments.
The Dagupan- based team, which is also being supported by Dagupan City Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez a nd BAP Region 1 Board Chair Jack Vidal, demolished Philippine College of Foundation of Valencia, Bukidnon,101-64.
University of Luzon received 15 points from Dennis Cuaresma and 13 each by Jeffrey Vitales and Kevin Sespene.
The champion of the 5th NSBC will qualify to the 10th Asian University Basketball Championship in September 2013 in Metro Manila.
The AUBC will be hosted by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF) and the BAP, with support from Agri Nurture Inc (ANI), Cobra Energy Drink, San Miguel Corporation, Bestank and Healthy Options.