SOUTHWESTERN University staked its claim as one of the best collegiate teams in the country by toppling De La Salle, 68-58, in overtime on Monday to jumpstart its semifinal campaign in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.
The reigning Southern Islands champions, the Cebu-based Cobras unloaded a barrage of three-pointers then showed steely resolve in the extra period to defeat the reigning UAAP titlists in the opening game of the single-round Final Four.
“It’s not only an important win, but a big win against the UAAP champion. We showed we can compete against them,” said Cobras coach Yayoy Alcoseba, whose team faces another giant in NCAA champion on San Beda Tuesday.
Mark Tallo impressed in his first game against his former team as he left his imprint in the overtime where he scored four points and assisted on two treys to lead the Cobras.
In all, Tallo, who went back to Cebu and transferred to SWU after failing to impress during his tme with La Salle last year, registered an all-around effort of 13 points, six boards, six assists.
The Cobras trailed in the first three quarters before stepping up in the payoff period to force the extra session.
Monbert Arong finished with a game-high 17 points, five boards, two assists, and two steals for the Cesafi titlists, who also drew a solid showing from African slotman Landy Sanjo, who tallied 11 points, 13 boards, four blocks, and three steals.
SWU (68) – Arong 17, Tallo 13, Mohammed 12, Sanjo 11, Holper 9, Goloran 4, Siewe 2, Pardo 0, Bautista 0, Panerio 0, Bregondo 0.
DLSU (58) – T. Torres 12, Perkins 10, Teng 7, Salem 7, Vosotros 6, N. Torres 4, Tampus 4, Montalbo 2, Dela Paz 2, Reyes 2, Bollick 2.
Quarterscores: 9-16; 23-30; 33-37; 52-52; 68-58.