SOUTHWESTERN University tries anew to finish off University of the Visayas and prevent the series from going to a winner-take-all match as the Cobras and Lancers collide in Game Four of the Cesafi men’s basketball finals on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Cobras were ready to party as they led, 62-51, with less than five minutes to go in Game Three but the Lancers rallied to win in double overtime, 89-82, to avoid a series sweep.
Now SWU hopes to make the necessary adjustments to keep import Landry Sanjo from foul trouble. The Cameroonian fouled out with 4:42 left in the game, clearing the path for UV’s Cameroonian reinforcement Mike Nzuesseu and John Abad down the stretch.
“Basketball is a game of adjustments so we have to make some adjustments come Game Four. In Sanjo's case, he needs to manage his fouls a lot better. The 26 points of Mike Harry was because Sanjo fouled out ,” said SWU head coach Yayoy Alcoseba after practice session on Monday.
“Again we have to be focused on our gameplan. No heart, no chance,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Lancers are hoping that the momentum they have gained will carry over to Game Four.
“With the win, we got our confidence level up one notch higher. The team morale is high but we will not be complacent. I still want to see my players execute our gameplan from start to finish,” said Belano.
Belano believes they can still do better in rebounding, transition defense and free throw shooting after making just half of their 48 attempts from the stripe in Game Three.