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Monday, September 30, 2013
DERAILED for the first time, the Southwestern University Cobras will try to complete their unfinished business as they go all-out to secure their second Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) college basketball title in Game 4 of the best-of-five championship series at 5 p.m. today in the Cebu Coliseum.
However, with their newfound confidence, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers are expecting to play even better now that they have broken their jinx against SWU and have pierced the mantle of invincibility of the Cobras.
The 89-82 double-overtime win of the Lancers last Sunday showed that UV has reacquired the strength that left the Lancers since losing Game 4 of last year’s finals series.
“The job is not yet done. We’ve just won one game while SWU is one game away from winning (the championship). We need to work harder. I reminded my players that in a championship series, we need to work as a team in order to achieve what we want.
During my days in the PBA, we were leading 3-2 in the series but still we lost because the other team was more determined. That’s what I wanted to remind them. The war is not yet over,” UV head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. told Sun.Star Cebu.
Belano is hoping that the Game 3 victory would open up opportunities for them to make a comeback.
“Hopefully, it would open up something good for us. But we know SWU is a great team, and well coached. I’m sure they will make adjustments for Game 4. We, too, will have some adjustments, and I hope that we can keep our momentum,” Belano added.
SWU head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba, who is known to be outspoken, offered only a few words for Game 4.
“We will make the adjustments,” Alcoseba said in his text message.
Adjustments could mean finding a way of freeing MVP Mark Jayven Tallo from the tough defense of the Lancers, minimizing their fouls, keeping Landry Sanjo in the game, finding another source of points and limiting turnovers.
Although Bernie Bregondo and Daryl Goloran, and team skipper Monbert Arong were making huge offensive contributions in Game 3, the Cobras missed the usual offensive output of Tallo and Adams Mohammed, who only had six and five points, respectively.
SWU also needs behemoth Fabrice Seiwe to make a contribution to ease up the load of Sanjo, who was forced to play extra minutes in order to keep UV from taking the momentum.
Aside from making defensive and offensive adjustments – both teams also needed to correct their free throws shooting as it plays a crucial role.
UV improved on its foul shooting and hit above 50 percent, while the erstwhile efficient free throw shooters of SWU dropped below the halfway mark and only made 13 of 28 last Sunday.
Meanwhile, honored along with Tallo last Sunday in the Mythical 5 Team were Monbert Arong, UV’s John Abad, University of San Jose-Recoletos’ Miguel Tabaloc and Cebu Institute of Technology-University’s Joshua Dela Cerna.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 01, 2013.