[B[SIZE=6]]‘Win or go home’
By Rommel C. Manlosa
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
PUSHED against the wall, the Southwestern University Cobras are hoping to correct the mistakes of Game 3 in order to survive for one more game.
Commit those mistakes again and the University of the Visayas Green Lancers will be celebrating an unprecedented 10th championship if they win today’s Game 4 of the 2012 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) College Basketball Championship Series at the Cebu Coliseum.
Game time is 5:30 p.m. but Cesafi Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy and the Cebu Coliseum management advised spectators to come earlier to avoid the long lines.
The coliseum will open its gates at 3 p.m., while they will try to address traffic and parking woes to accommodate the expected huge crowd.
Citom Chairman Sylvan “Jack” Jakosalem told Sun.Star Cebu that traffic enforcers will be deployed along Leon Kilat and Sanciangko Sts. to man the traffic flow, which is expected to get heavy from 4 p.m.
With its hope to win its first Cesafi title getting dimmer, SWU coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba is egging his boys to do better.
“Win or go home,” was his short but honest comment.
UV coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr., knows that SWU will try to get back in track that is why he and his coaching staff prepared the Lancers for an all-out war this afternoon.
“Yes definitely. They will try to bounce back, but we are ready. This is what we had prepared for one year and it (title) is just a win away, the chance is already there.
We will go for it,” Belano said.
SWU played a solid game for 26 minutes last Monday but collapsed gradually right after Benoit Mbala’s in-your-face dunk over Steve Cedrick Akomo at the 4:10 mark of the third.
In fact, the Cobras were leading in three periods before they lost composure in the final period.
“We will try to minimize our turnovers, make those free throws and grab rebounds.
These were the things that made us lose last time,” Alcoseba added.
SWU committed a total of 27 turnovers while UV gave up only nine. The Cobras, however, were more accurate in free throws, missing only 15 of 39 attempts (62 percent) against UV’s 12-of-24 free throw clip (50 percent). But it was the four straight misses in the last 17.4 seconds that mattered most.
The guards will be the center of attraction in this afternoon’s game – SWU’s Monbert Arong, who scored nothing in Game 3, Bonifacio Guillena, Joseph Nalos and Benito Ortuyo have to play over the above the level of UV’s John Abad, Phil Mercader, Eman Calo and Jerome Silva to force a deciding game.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 03, 2012.