Can UV fight back?-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
IT MAY be a matter of time before the defending champions Southwestern University Cobras trample nine-time champion
University of the Visayas Green Lancers for their second Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) college division title.
Given the mediocre showing of the Lancers in Game 1 against the well-oiled Cobras, after tonight’s Game 2, the Cobras could be just a win away from the title.
Before Game 2 of the finals, the University of San Carlos Warriors and the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars will face off for Game 2 of their series for third place at 5 p.m.
Last Tuesday, UV received one of its worst beatings from the Cobras this season when they lost Game 1, 64-52.
“We’re making some adjustments. We were hurt by our offense in Game 1, but that should not give us a reason to give up on this championship.
The championship is not won in just one game. We lost from the charity line, going 10 of 26,” Belano told Sun.Star Cebu before adding that SWU really hurt them by converting 18 rebounds to 13 second-chance points.
The Lancers had been hounded by the same mistakes since they lost to the Cobras, 70-66, during the elimination round encounter last Aug. 17.
UV also lost to the Cobras, 68-64, in the semifinal round last Sept. 10 and 77-70 last Sept 19 in the second round of the semis.
In all of those losses, UV failed to contain SWU’s silent operators—power forwards Bernie Bregondo and Daryl Goloran—the Cobras’ main weapons in the offensive boards.
The two also combined for an average of 14.0 points in their four encounters.
Belano is bent on correcting that mistake and is hoping these adjustments will work wonders in tonight’s second game of the series.
“We will continue to play good defense and execute our offense well and still limit their backcourt. We’re down with the loss but we are not out yet. I keep telling the boys, ‘Keep your heads up and go to war armed with a strong desire to win the battle.
With God, nothing is impossible,’” Belano said.
However, Belano is also expecting SWU to make adjustments that would give star players Mark Jayven Tallo and Monbert Arong a respite from UV’s tight defense.
Tallo was held to just eight points and committed eight turnovers, while Arong only made nine points.
On their side, Belano will try to look for a way to free his leading scorer John Abad from the tight defense of SWU to give themselves a fighting chance for the title.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 26, 2013.