Just one more win needed for UV to make it to Na­tion­als

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are just a win away from clinch­ing a spot in the 2018 Na­tional Col­lege Cham­pi­onship after they slipped past the Naga Col­lege Foun­da­tion (NCF) Tigers, 76-72, in Game 1 of the best-of-three se­ries of the Philip­pine Col­le­giate Cham­pi­ons League Re­gional Cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the Ar­ca­dia Ac­tive Life­style Cen­ter in Davao City.

UV head coach Gary Cortes re­ported that they had a tough time con­tain­ing NCF’s two for­eign play­ers, es­pe­cially Em­manuel Ojuola. How­ever, they even­tu­ally broke through, thanks to the Green Lancers’ fre­netic de­fense that threw a wrench into the of­fense of the Tigers.

“Nak­abawi ta sa trap­ping de­fense nato,” said Cortes of the Green Lancers, the three-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons in the Ce­safi.

The Tigers are out for vengeance after they were beaten by UV in last year’s edi­tion of this same tour­na­ment, 85-82.

UV goes for a sweep in Game Two, set for Thurs­day, 4 p.m. at the same venue.

Should UV come away vic­to­ri­ous, they will head off to Manila and will face off against the win­ner of the game be­tween NCAA cham­pi­ons San Beda and re­cently crowned UAAP ti­tlist Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity.

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