Yayoy ex­pects UV fight­back in Game 2 today


A WIN does not a cham­pion make.

This was the point that Univer­sity of Cebu (UC) Web­mas­ters head coach Yayoy Al­coseba ham­mered home to his wards as they try to fin­ish off the Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in Game 2 of the best-of-three fi­nals se­ries in the 17th Ce­safi men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment, today at what will surely be a packed Cebu Coli­seum.

The Web­mas­ters pulled off the mother of all up­sets by stun­ning the Green Lancers in Game 1, 85-77, to take a 1-0 se­ries lead and stand a vic­tory away from re­turn­ing to the throne UC last perched on in 2011, when it still stood on the broad shoul­ders of cur­rent PBA su­per­star June Mar Fa­jardo.

Clinch­ing the crown tonight will be eas­ier said than done as Al­coseba is an­tic­i­pat­ing a huge fight­back from the proud Green Lancers.

“They will come back strong. It’s the UV spirit. So we have to take the chal­lenge and play the right way,” said Al­coseba, who took on the job of tak­ing over the Web­mas­ters just a few weeks be­fore the sea­son started.

The re­sults have been stag­ger­ing as Al­coseba has im­bibed his fear­less ap­proach to his play­ers, never more than in the wan­ing mo­ments of Game 1 when the Green Lancers threat­ened at 67-68 af­ter trail­ing by as much as 16 points.

UC sen­tinels Fred­er­ick Elombi, John Ja­bello and Jus­tine Daca­los then stood up to the up­ris­ing and sank one dag­ger bas­ket af­ter another to put down UV and stand on the precipice of Ce­safi great­ness.

“The word fear isn’t in my vo­cab­u­lary. Same with my team,” Al­coseba added.

UV as­sis­tant coach Van Halen Parmis ad­mit­ted that his wards failed to keep up with UC whose con­fi­dence ran high from open­ing tip to the fi­nal buzzer.

“We weren’t able to play good de­fense. We will make ad­just­ments. I’m sure the boys will be ready come Game 2,” said Parmis.

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