Banking on experience-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
THE University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors hoped their experience in the recently concluded 2013 University Games in Bacolod will be enough to carry them through the tough road that awaits them in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) on Nov. 19 in Ormoc.
Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr., the Warriors’ team manager and the chairman of the board of trustees of the USC Warriors Alumni Association, told Sun.Star Cebu that what the team earned from the weeklong tournament was very helpful in its quest to become a contender for the Southern Island title.
“Ang experience sa mga players sa UniGames dako kayo og ikatabang. Labi na kay ilang nakaduwa ang mga teams like University of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo, La Salle nakahatag nila og taas nga kompyansa going to the PCCL,” Martinez said.
Although the Warriors failed to advance beyond the quarterfinal round after losing to fellow Cesafi team the University of the Visayas Green Lancers, USC was satisfied with the achievement that left them with more room to improve before waging another war against the rest of the Visayas teams.
“After the brief break, we will resume our practice this week and we will try to fill up one spot that is left by point guard Jerry Seno who had an ACL injury during the Cesafi tournament,” Martinez continued.
The USC coaching staff headed by head coach Julian Macoy is going to replace Seno with Ian Bensig, who was on the reserve list prior to the start of the Cesafi regular season, but proved to be a valuable addition during the team’s UniGames campaign.
Being the third placer in the Cesafi gave USC a ticket to the Sweet 16 and they will play the champion of the Visayas regional qualifier, which could be the West Negros University (WNU) Mustangs.
If they could get past WNU, they will play Southwestern University Cobras for a slot to the Southern Island Championship.
“Ang Southwestern gyud ang among gi preparahan og maayo. We know nga strong kayo ang Cobras. In fact ka upat na man gani mi nila napildi.
But hopefully, with our newfound strength and with the experience our players got from the UniGames, mabali na unta ang tempo sa hangin,” said Martinez.
USC will start its campaign in the PCCL on Nov. 19 against the champion of the Visayas Regional Conference, then play SWU for a slot in the Southern Island Championship that will be held in the Ormoc City Super Dome.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 04, 2013.