USC Warriors look to seize control, SWU Cobras try to regain their bearings in Cesafi finals Game Three
SWU is hoping to get some contribution from Mark Jayven Tallo after last season’s MVP went scoreless in Game Two. Photo courtesy of Monito Lumongsod

CEBU CITY — University of San Carlos looks to score back-to-back wins and take control of the title series, while Southwestern University hopes to bounce back from an anemic performance when the Warriors and Cobras clash in Game Three of the Cesafi finals on Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum

Gametime is at 6:30 p.m.

Tough defending earned the Warriors victory in Game Two, and USC head coach Junthy Valenzuela said there’s no change in gameplan.

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Although the defense was fine, Valenzuela was unsatisfied with the high number of turnovers and hopes the Warriors can take care of the basketball this time.

“In Game One, we had 33 turnovers. In Game Two, though we had five less, 27 is still far too many,” said the former PBA player. 

SWU coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba, meanwhile, lamented over his players’ complacency.

“There was no urgency. There was no life from the players. They played like this was just a regular season game. This is for the championship!” said Alcoseba.

The Cobras fell behind early, 5-17, and played catch up the rest of the way.

SWU tallied its lowest point total all season, with last season’s MVP Mark Jayven Tallo failing to score.

“I mean what can you do? Nothing was going in. He had an off night. He will bounce back,” said Alcoseba.

The Cobras also had a hard time defending USC’s Shooster Olago and the Warriors guards.

Olago had 17 points and eight rebounds, while Kiefer Lim scored eight, including a triple late in the game that crushed the Cobras.

“I felt like the player’s minds weren’t in the game. It was like our defensive strategy was to watch them shoot and hope that the ball doesn’t go in,” added Alcoseba.

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