SWU shocks La Salle in PCCL

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Monday, December 9, 2013

SOUTHWESTERN University (SWU) turned up the heat in overtime, defeating reigning UAAP champion De La Salle University (DLSU) on Monday, 68-58, on its first semifinal assignment in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

It was a sweet victory for the Cobras, who are actually set to return to Cebu on Friday if they fail to book a seat in the best-of-three finals.

"I told the guys, don't ever think that when you step on that court, we don't have a chance to win. If we just play our game, we have a chance," said SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba in a chance interview.

After blowing a three-point lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter, the Southern Islands winner sank three triples to keep the Green Archers at bay during the five-minute extension.

Two of those three-point shots came from reliever Melvin Holper, who had nine markers, all from downtown.

Monbert Arong, meanwhile, iced the match with another dagger to make it 67-58 with 1:16 left.

"It's an honor to win against the UAAP champion," said Alcoseba, whose boys will face NCAA champion San Beda on Tuesday and Luzon-Metro Manila winner Far Eastern University on Thursday at the Arena in San Juan City.

Four SWU members finished in double figures led by lefty guard Arong with 17 points. Mark Tallo, who once played for La Salle, added 13 points while Adams Mohammed and Landry Sanjo contributed 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

Jeron Teng had an unproductive day, tallying only seven points in 30 minutes of action. The Archers played without main bigman Arnold Van Opstal, who is still recovering from a sore hip.

Van Opstal watched from the bench wearing the team's green and white jersey.

Thomas Torres paced La Salle with 12 points while Jason Perkins added 10. (Sunnex)

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