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Thursday, September 26, 2013
THE defending champions Southwestern University Cobras again proved their dominance over the University of the Visayas Green Lancers with another masterful 71-60 victory in Game 2 last night at the Cebu Coliseum to move a win away from clinching the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) college basketball title.
The Cobras now lead in the best of five championship series, 2-0, after their fifth win over the Lancers this season. It was also their eighth straight win over UV, counting their Game 4 and 5 wins in last year’s finals and the Southern Island
Championships of the PCCL last year.
UV had shown some life, especially in the first half, but the Lancers failed to sustain the fire when the Cobras started to get their game going.
More bad news for the Lancers was the ejection of Francisco Arong who was slapped with a disqualifying foul after he tried using fist in fouling the driving Monbert Arong at 2:41 mark of the third period.
Arong will be serving an automatic suspension on Game 3, which is probably the last game for UV this season if the Lacners can’t make the necessary adjustments.
One good thing for UV going to Game 3 is their improving free throw shooting as they they went 16 of 31 last night and they also won the battle for the rebounds.
With John Abad getting into his groove, UV had a good first half and was even leading by as many as four points at the start of the second quarter and held on to the lead for five minutes before the game slowly slipped out of their hands.
After trailing 21-18, SWU outscored the Lancers 20-12 to take a 38-33 lead at the half.
UV kept SWU within the distance but after moving within 41-43 at the 6:19 mark, the Cobras readily dropped a crippling 17-0 run to build their biggest lead of the game, 58-41 before allowing the Lancer to break a five-minute drought with three straight points.
Unfortunately for UV, nothing significant happened in the final quarter as they only traded baskets for the next seven minutes. The Lancers got a slim window of opportunity in the last three minutes, when SWU’s Cameroonian center Landry Sanjo had to play with four fouls.
But still, UV failed to capitalize this chance as SWU’s defense forced them to take outside shots rather than challenging the inside defense of the Cobras.
In the end, it was Sanjo who capped the game with two layups for the final score.
Sanjo scored the game high 20 points on top of 20 rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks, team skipper Monbert Arong added 16 points and Mark Jayven Tallo finished with 10.
Abad was the lone UV player to score in double-digit with 16 points.
Earlier, the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars evened their best of three series for third place following a thrilling 76-75 win over the University of San Carlos Warriors.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 26, 2013.