SWU takes silver in PCCL

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SOUTHWESTERN University (SWU) placed second to De La Salle University (DLSU) in the 2013 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) after being swept in Game 2 of the best-of-three finals on Tuesday, 70-61, at the Arena in San Juan City.

But the ranking hardly matter to SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba as his wards came out fighting until the end.

"I'm very proud. At least we're not blown out by 30 points or 28 points," he said.

The Cobras were hard-pressed to extend the series to a deciding Game 3, which is supposedly on Thursday. Armed with this mission, they took a 13-9 advantage with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter only to be wiped out by the Archers' 10 straight points to end at 19-13.

SWU tried to turn things around as it moved within five, 56-51, with 7:14 left in the payoff period. However, Daryl Goloran was sent out of the court for his fifth infraction and got a technical foul because of misbehavior.

La Salle led by as much as 17 points on Robert Bollick's lay-up yet SWU still found a way to stop the bleeding.

The Cobras had another surge, making it a seven-point game with 40.8 ticks left, 61-68. Time wasn't on their side though as Jason Perkins scored a jumper to register the final score.

"No alibi. La Salle is not UAAP champion for nothing," said Alcoseba, whose wards will return to Cebu on Wednesday.

Archers mentor Juno Sauler returned the favor, praising SWU for their unwavering spirit.

"They just keep fighting. Even in Game 1, they were down but they still found a way to rally," he told reporters.

Landry Sanjo finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Mark Tallo had 15 while Goloran and Monbert Arong tallied 12 and 10, respectively.

The Cobras duplicated the runner-up finish of bitter rival University of the Visayas Green Lancers, who lost to the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in 2007.

They took home P300,000 in cash and sports equipment while Tallo and Sanjo made it to the Mythical Team.

La Salle's Jeron Teng was named Finals Most Valuable Player. The team also got P600,000 in cash and sports equipment.(Sunnex)

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