No. 2 SEED and heavy title-favorites Southwestern University Cobras will try to get the last ticket to the finals against third seed University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in the semifinal match of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball Tournament in the Cebu Coliseum tonight.
The winner will face the University of San Carlos Warriors in the best-of-five championship series after USC booted out defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers, 67-58, last Tuesday.
The Cobras-Jaguars standoff will be preceded by the USC Baby Warriors and University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers battle in the high school division quarterfinal round at 5:15 p.m.
The Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildkittens joined top seed Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles in the double-round robin semifinal match after eliminating the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters, 78-67.
Both the Cobras and the Baby Warriors enjoy twice-to-beat incentives over their opponents.
Coach Yayoy Alcoseba is primed to win this match as they clearly have the numbers of the Jaguars despite losing their final match last Saturday that had SWU finish at No. 2.
However, the strength of the Jaguars has been unpredictable owing to the vast improvement of the team since the opening game loss to the UC Webmasters last Aug. 2.
Coach Jun Noel is expected to give the Cobras a run for their money since Jaguars team captain James Regalado is healthy and back on his deadly form.
Regalado is best remembered for his explosion during the All-Star Game last Sunday that led the South team to erase a 20-point lead before eventually falling to the North team. Aside from Regalado, forward Kevin Villafranca could also play a factor in tipping the odds in the Jaguars’ favor.
Compounding the Cobras’ woes is the doubtful status of power forward Daryl Goloran and swingman Adams Mohammad, who are still on the injured list. RCM