TWO marquee collegiate match-ups are in store in the second day of action of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum today.
Defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers will face the stubborn Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats at 4 p.m., while the Southwestern University Cobras take on the much-improved University of San Carlos Warriors in the main game at 5:30 p.m.
In the curtain-raiser game, the USC Baby Warriors will play the Don Bosco Technological Center Greywolves at 1 p.m. while the Baby Lancers face the Wildkittens at 2:30 p.m.
USC is slightly favored against the Cobras today as SWU’s Cameroonian players Landry Sanjo and Justin Aboude are in sick bay.
SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar told Sun.Star Cebu that the hardworking and indefatigable Sanjo had surgery due to ulcer, while Aboude was diagnosed to have heart problems.
“They will be playing but, we will take it to them slowly. Sanjo is recovering fast but for now he is not yet in top condition. Aboude’s case is very dangerous because it involves his heart condition. The doctor said it was something about his diet or his lifestyle back in Cameroon that caused this condition,” Aznar said.
Coach Yayoy Alcoseba will be forced to give extra minutes to Bernie Bregondo and Daryl Goloran along with Rey Mark Acuno and recruits Kim Anthony Labitad and Dan Audris Lagbas.
But even without the Cameroonians, USC will have to be on alert since SWU’s locals are as dangerous as ever.
With the reigning MVP Mark Jayven Tallo finding another depth to his game and the addition of Fil-Am Jasper Parker, Anton Pardo and Jovannie Luz – the Cobras still has the meanest front court line-up in the league. (RCM)