THEY might be the smallest in the league, but the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters have shown they have the biggest heart.
The UC Webmasters, who parade the smallest but quickest guns, will try to make the final four for the first time since 2012 when they face the hungry University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in the final day of the elimination round of the 2015 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) College basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.
The game is at 5:15 p.m. and will be followed by the University of the Visayas Green Lancers’ (9-2) match against defending champion Southwestern University Cobras (7-4) at 6:45 p.m.
The last time UC made the final four was when Quinton Brian Heruela and Luigi Bercede fought tooth and nail to make the semifinal round.
Now, the undersized but motivated Webmasters will try to match that achievement, relying on the scrappy talents led by Justine Dacalos, Garciano Puerto Jr., Melvin Botuhan and Clint Suelto.
UC need to win this game in order to get the chance to take the last slot to the semifinal round through the tie breaker system.
USJ-R, however, needed just to win the match in order to move to the next round.
Currently, the Jaguars are ahead of the team standings with a 5-6 card, while UC is at 4-7. The other semifinal contender is the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats, who finished the elimination round with a 5-7 record.
In the main game, 10-time champion Green Lancers will try to keep the no.1 spot as they play the defending champion Cobras for the second time this season.
The first meeting was an exhausting 57-48 win by the Lancers last Aug. 27. But after the 74-43 win of the Lancers over erstwhile league-leader University of San Carlos Warriors last Sunday, UV is primed to score a repeat over the SWU and take the No.1 seed into the semifinal round.
SWU, on the other hand, is on a two-game slide. It lost to USJ-R, 68-63, in overtime last Sept. 13 and 82-75 to the Webmasters last Sept. 19.