UV dethrones SWU-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
CEBU (Updated) -- The University of the Visayas (UV) dethroned Southwestern University (SWU) on Thursday and grabbed its 10th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) College Division men's basketball crown after taking the deciding Game 5 of the best of five finals series,64-62.
SWU was poised to win the title as it held a 2-0 advantage entering Game 3 last Sunday but out of nowhere, UV struck back, winning Game 3 in double-overtime and Game 4 last Tuesday to forge the deciding match.
The defending champions SWU Cobras and nine-time champions UV Green Lancers gave it all in this ultimate clash.
SWU won Game 1 and Game 2, 64-52 and, 71-60, respectively, while UV equalized the series following an 89-82 double overtime win in Game 3 and the dominating 71-66 victory in Game 4.
Fresh from a 2-game winning streak, the Lancers were all-out in the 1st Quarter running their plays and playing a hustle game. Hernal “Wowie” Escocio drew first blood for UV with his perimeter shooting and post play.
Unlike in the past meetings with SWU, the Lancers began attacking the Cobras’ defense. John Abad, Francsico Arong, and Leonard Santillan began cutting the defense of SWU only to pass it to their bigmen for the finish.
SWU also did not back down as Adams Mohammed answering a triple and forward Daryl Goloran working the post. It was a rubber match from the start with the Lancers only leading 2 points at the end of the 1st period.
Midway in the 2nd Quarter, the table officials called for a timeout as one of the digital scoreboards got busted. According to some reports, the wires were purposely cut.
The Cobras were hot on the tails of the Lancers with Season MVP Mark Jayven Tallo nailing 2 treys for SWU along with contributions from Landry Sanjo, Daryl Goloran, and Bernie Bregondo.
The Lancers, on the other hand, were able to keep their momentum. And answer all the challenges being hurled against them by the defending champions. SWU gained a 1-point lead at the end of the 2nd Quarter, 29-28.
In front of almost 8,000 screaming fans in the jam-packed Cebu Coliseum, Cesafi Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy announced that the game will be delayed since both teams do not want to play without a working scoreboard.
He said the scoreboard technician is still on the way and it will take about an hour to arrive in the Coliseum.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, who is in the venue, even acted as a mediator for both camps to find a solution on whether to resume the game or just reschedule it until the problem is fixed.
Rama said both camps have agreed to postpone the game if the technician still doesn’t arrive after 15 minutes. He was even met with boos from the crowd.
Rama also said that Cebu City needs a better coliseum.
'This game is for the people'
After further deliberation between the UV and SWU camps, both agreed to continue the game without the scoreboard.
“Kaning duwaa para nis katawhan," said SWU coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoceba.
The finals game resumed “barrio league-style” using two whiteboards on each side of the court as scoreboards. With no shot clock and game clock, the announcer doubled his time providing the shot clock and the running time.
Championship to win
Both teams got back into the action in the 3rd Quarter. The Lancers kept their intensity thanks to point guard John Abad who was the key in winning Games 3 and 4. Abad nailed a triple followed by sneaky lay-ups to the basket contributing 11 points. Fransisco Arong also nailed a triple followed by slam dunk by Steve Akomo.
UV held on to a 7-point lead at the end of the 3rd period, 49-42.
Game 5 proved to be a rubber match as SWU’s Sanjo became busy in the painted area in the final quarter getting shot after shot and drawing fouls from UV. The Lancers meanwhile summoned all the strength they have to keep the Cobras at bay.
It was a crucial end game for both teams in the 1:23 mark as SWU’s Tallo sank a triple to tie the match 60 all. Lancer’s Escocio rose to the occasion for the Lancers to regain the lead 62-60.
SWU’s Bernie Bregondo, however, scored the equalizer, 62 apiece. After several exchanges of possession, the Lancers were able to get the ball with 7 seconds to go in regulation time.
Escocio erased all doubts being last year’s MVP when he nailed a put-back in the last second to get a 2-point lead against the defending champions and give the UV Green Lancers their 10th Cesafi Title. (Buen Josef Andrade/Sunnex)