SOUTHWESTERN University hopes to play steadier after a shaky opening match as it goes for a 2-0 lead in the Cesafi men’s basketball finals against University of Visayas on Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.
Head coach Yayoy Alcoseba admitted SWU played an “awful game” in the series opener, winning 64-52 despite committing 30 turnovers, and now they try to take control of the best-of-five championship.
“I just reminded the boys to stay hungry and to never be satisfied. We need to stick to our gameplan and really take care of the ball,” said Alcoseba.
Tallo, who turned the ball over eight times, vows to work even harder to make an impact in Game Two.
“It’s a lot of hard work going up against UV’s defense. I just have to react off my instinct and get my teammates more involved in the game,” said Tallo, who made up for his turnovers by scoring a crucial three-pointer and issuing two assists in the final two minutes of the match.
The Lancers have not won in four matches against the Cobras this season, but UV coach Felix Belano believes they can still bounce back in the title series.
“The championship will not be won with a single game. We will continue to play good defense, execute our gameplan and limit their backcourt. But at the same time, we also have to improve on our free-throw shooting (10-of-26) and the amount of second-chance points we gave up (18) because those really hurt us the most,” said Belano.