VALUABLE lessons learned take the sting out of the Cobras loss.
Southwestern University coach Yayoy Alcoseba admitted the Cobras were beaten by a better team and although they failed to bag the trophy, he believes they bring home experience that will serve them well in the future.
"The Manila teams play with the composure, the shot selection, very disciplined. That we have to learn," said Alcoseba after SWU bowed to the La Salle, 61-70, in Game Two of the final at The Arena in San Juan.
"They have a better program than us. A UAAP team is better than a Cesafi team, obviously," he said.
"But that was a good series. We made a run and it came down to just five points but the foul, the technical foul, that was the game changer, but no alibi. La Salle isn’t the UAAP champion for nothing."
SWU actually went 1-2 against La Salle in the tournament, pulling off a 68-58 overtime win in their opening match a week ago, and managed to get past several UAAP and NCAA teams to reach the title series.
"I'm very proud," he said, noting that they managed to keep it close in the final. La Salle won the opener of the best-of-three title series, 64-54.
"We were not blown out by 30 points. In the last quarters we were there but we came short. Hopefully we can do better in the next year of PCCL."