SWU coach: UV on a roll-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
FANS at the Cebu Coliseum are in for a treat this afternoon as the best-of-five championship series for the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) College Division goes down to a deciding Game 5 at 4 p.m.
This game will be a battle of skills, talent, determination, will and heart and for those with a heart ailment, it may be wise to skip the game.
The defending champions Southwestern University Cobras and nine-time titlists University of the Visayas Green Lancers will be giving all they’ve got in this ultimate clash that is going to add another chapter to their historic rivalry.
Now that the tide has completely turned around, SWU head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba admitted that the ball is now in the Lancers’ court.
“UV now has the momentum and confidence. Tomorrow (today) they have the advantage and if we cannot match their aggressiveness and intensity, we are in trouble,” Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu.
But UV head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. warned his players not to take this game lightly.
“Overconfidence has no space on a team that vies for the crown. If our wins will go to
our heads, then we are bound to fail. Overconfidence can ruin our team play and trust with each other,” Belano said.
SWU was poised to win the title as it held a 2-0 advantage entering Game 3 last Sunday but out of nowhere, UV struck back, winning Game 3 in double-overtime and Game 4 last Tuesday to forge the deciding match.
“UV wants it more than us. It was in the first quarter that the game was won,” said Alcoseba of Game 4. “But anything can happen in the 5th game. I told my players that it’s a do-or-die game. We should stay focused and match UV’s aggressiveness.”
Belano, for his part, credited the conditioning, chemistry and character of his team.
“Our team lived up to our conditioning, chemistry and character mantra in basketball.
Championships are earned the hardest way. We played like it was the end of times. Sir Eddie Gullas emphasized that the Lancers should play like there is no more tomorrow, play with a big heart, defend courageously and make free throws,” Belano said.
UV is focusing on its pick and roll defense which allowed Season 13 MVP Mark Jayven Tallo to score 28 points and Landry Sanjo not fouling out despite playing the entire game.
For the past two games, SWU struggled on its free throws, one of the causes of their back-to-back setbacks, while UV had improved much since shooting a poor 12 of 26 from the line in Game 1.
Tonight, free throw shooting will again play a crucial role and the team that makes most free throws will surely dictate the tempo of the game.
SWU won Game 1 and Game 2, 64-52 and, 71-60, while UV equalized the series following an 89-82 double overtime win in Game 3 and the dominating 71-66 victory in Game 4.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 03, 2013.