THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers will shoot for the equalizer in Game 2 of the best-of-5 2015 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate finals at the Cebu Coliseum at 6 p.m. today.
On the other hand, the University of San Carlos Warriors will try to move closer to winning their first college title in 59 years after taking Game 1, 76-70. USC last won a crown in 1956, in the early years of the Cebu Amateur Athletic Association (CAAA), the predecessor of the Cesafi.
“We need to minimize our fouls. What put us into that situation (17-point deficit), was because of our fouls. Steve (Akomo) sat most of the third quarter because he already had four (personal) fouls. My big men were also in foul trouble early. Alwin (Aguirre), Arvie (Cabañero) and even (Jerome) Napao were all in foul trouble, that’s why I had to use sparingly my rookies (Jayson) Balabag and (Michael) Macion to fill up the void in the middle,” UV head coach Gary Cortes told Sun.Star Cebu.
Cortes also admitted that he had to field point guard Alfred Codilla, who was playing with fever.
“What people did not knew, was that Codilla was playing with fever. He had fever last Thursday and we have to ask him to play to give (June Kent) Manzo a break. Codilla was still dizzy when he played. That is why we had to give (Vincent) Mendoza, more playing time,” Cortes said.
Cortes said they will also field Leonard Santillan today, the former Batang Gilas who aggravated an ankle injury in practice. Santillan sat out in Game 1.