UV Lancers ad­vance to PCCL Nat’l Fi­nals

The Freeman - - SPORTS - (EBV)

The Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers swept the Naga Col­lege Foun­da­tion Tigers in their best-of-three fi­nals series with a de­ci­sive 89-72 vic­tory in Game 2 to clinch the Re­gional Cham­pi­onship of the 2018 Philip­pine Col­le­giate Cham­pi­ons League (PCCL) last Fri­day night at the Ar­ca­dia Ac­tive Lifestyle Cen­ter in Davao City.

Prior to that, the reign­ing Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion, Inc. (CE­SAFI) grand­slam cham­pi­ons un­der the tute­lage of Gary Cortes had to get past Visayas cham­pion Cole­gio de Sta. Ana de Vic­to­rias and Min­danao ti­tlist Holy Trin­ity Col­lege to seize the PCCL Vis-Min ti­tle.

The Lancers then wiped out Lu­zon/NCR re­gional cham­pion Naga Tigers to ad­vance to the Na­tional Fi­nals where they will face ei­ther the UAAP cham­pion Ate­neo Blue Ea­gles or the NCAA crown-hold­ers San Beda Red Li­ons on Jan­uary 21 in Manila.

Win or lose, the Lancers al­ready matched their best ever show­ing in the 15-year his­tory of PCCL when they fin­ished run­ner-up to Ate­neo in 2007, thanks to the new league for­mat.

The last time the Lancers made it to the Fi­nal Four was in 2014 when they out­lasted the Univer­sity of San Car­los (USC) War­riors, 63-60, in an all-Cebu duel to set­tle for third place honors.

The UV Lancers led by coach Gary Cortes cel­e­brate after win­ning the Re­gional Cham­pi­onship of the 2018 Philip­pine Col­le­giate Cham­pi­ons League (PCCL) last Fri­day at the Ar­ca­dia Ac­tive Lifestyle Cen­ter in Davao City. PCCL PHOTO

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