WITH the series reduced to a best-of-three, rivals Southwestern University Cobras and the University of San Carlos Warriors will gun for that pivotal win in Game 3 of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) college finals series tournament at the Cebu Coliseum tonight.
The 6:45 game will follow the Southern Islands Championship of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League between the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars at 5 p.m.
The Jaguars earned the right to face the Lancers after beating VisMin champions University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, 88-82, last Tuesday.
Both coaches—Raul Alcoseba of SWU and Junthy Valenzuela of USC—know there is no room for mistakes at this point of the series.
“Desire to win. Defense. Make open that shot and patience in offense,” the usually outspoken Alcoseba said in a short text message to Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.
During its 53-46 loss in Game 2, SWU shot poorly from the field and star guard Mark Jayven Tallo was held scoreless.
On defense, the Cobras allowed USC to score 10 fastbreak points and nail six triples. The Warriors also had 24 free throw attempts.
“(The series) is down to a best-of-3, we need to win tomorrow (today). We should minimize our turnovers and improve our free throw (shooting).
In Game 1, we had 33 turnovers, yesterday (Tuesday) it was down to 27. Maayo unta ug mogamay pa ugma. We should control the production of Tallo, (Jasper) Parker, (Giovanni) Luz and (Landry) Sanjo,” Valenzuela said.
During their 59-55 loss in Game 1, the Warriors allowed Tallo to score 10 points and Luz, 15.
But the Warriors have gotten over that loss already and in Game 2, showed no signs of slowing down.
In both games, USC dominated the battle of the boards with Shooster Olago clearly outperforming Sanjo twice.
But while the imports of both teams will provide the usual numbers—the production of the locals could determine who win will the title.
For Game 3, Alcoseba said they will try to pressure the Warriors and force them to commit more turnovers.