Shooster Olago holds his own in showdown of Cameroonian imports in Cesafi final
Shooster Olago helps University of San Carlos move within a win of the Cesafi title. Photo courtesy of Jayson Perez

CEBU CITY — Double-double machine Landry Sanjo has struggled to hit the usual numbers for Southwestern University as University of San Carlos’ Shooster Olago has held his own in the showdown of Cameroonian reinforcements in the Cesafi men’s basketball finals.

The series is tied with the deciding Game Five set on Sunday at 6 p.m.

After lording it over the field early in the season with averages of 22 points and 12 rebounds, Sanjo has been rendered mortal by USC’s defense, anchored on the physical and frisky activity of Olago.

In the four games of the finals, Sanjo has averaged just 11.75 points and five rebounds, all while battling Olago and foul trouble.

“Battling (Landry) Sanjo is very tough. Sometimes, I do well. Sometimes, I don’t. But I just try my best to stand between him and the basket,” said USC’s soft-spoken pivotman whose game has grown by leaps and bounds since arriving here in Cebu in the summer.

Although Olago struggled in the series opener, committing nine turnovers in a 55-59 loss, he bounced back to score 17 points and pull down eight rebounds, turning the ball only twice. Olago also displayed his versatility, at one point hitting a three-pointer.

“Yes, it was a rough game. But I just listened to Coach (Junthy Valenzuela) and minimized the turnovers, and do my best every time I’m out there,” added Olago.

Valenzuela was all praises of his prized import afterwards but emphasized that Olago remains a work in progress.

“Wing played talaga yan si Olago. Ang challenge palagi para sa amin coaches is yung pagpapalaro sa kanya sa loob ng shaded area. Pero okay naman kasi nakikinig talaga siya at madaling natututo,” said the former PBA player turned coach.

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