CEBU CITY — The Cesafi basketball finals ended with the Cobras claiming the title with a 3-2 series win, highlighted by some big baskets and a clash of coaches.
University of San Carlos coach Junthy Valenzuela accused Southwestern University mentor Yayoy Alcoseba of hitting his player, resulting in a third-quarter confrontation at midcourt.
Then the latter claimed the former applied a little too much pressure during the post-game handshake, and the two almost got into a scuffle.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed both times on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.
Alcoseba, who has earned a reputation for his ferocity in the league, denied hitting a USC player.
“He (Valenzuela) thought that I hit his player. I didn’t do such a thing. I didn’t even know his player was there and we just bumped into one another. It really was nothing,” the Cebu provincial board member said.
"Then later on, I extended my hand to shake his and he gripped it hard. One thing led to another but it’s all water under the bridge now," alcoseba added.
The two coaches have had a history of animosity dating back to a preseason scuffle in Minglanilla when Alcoseba accused Valenzuela of instructing his Warriors players to rough up the Cobras.
The former Red Bull guard vehemently denied the accusation.