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Sunday, May 4, 2014

THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the University of San Carlos Warriors are back home after getting whipped by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan City.

On Wednesday, the Southwestern University Cobras will have their turn to showcase their wares.

So far, it is only the SWU Cobras who have proven they can be at par with Manila teams.


SWU won three of eight games in last year’s Premier Cup edition, beating UAAP champions De La Salle Univeristy Green Archers and Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) last December. The Cobras also defeated National University Bulldogs and JRU Bombers in pocket tournaments held in Manduae City and Minglanilla last month.

UV and USC are going home after playing three games that only served to teach them they have a lot to learn to become at par with the Manila squads.

“What we have experienced here is that we need to learn fast. My players honestly admitted that they were star-struck playing against players whom they saw on TV. But it is a reality check,” UV head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. said.

Belano stressed that he has been urging his players to do extra practice sessions of their own to improve their skills and lift weights to gain more muscles.

“Skills wise, we have the edge but skills will flaw away once the game get a little physical. That is where the extra muscles would come in handy. I’ve been telling them this ever since, but nobody heeded my calls, now we paid for it dearly,” Belano said.

UV lost all its three games in Manila, 83-61 to the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Altas last April 30, 77-71 to the Warriors last May 2 and 73-63 to the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers last Saturday.

USC head coach Junthy Valenzuela shared Belano’s observation.

”Our players need more muscle. And we’re poor in executing our game plans. In addition, we need more speed and our players need to learn to read game situations.

Another thing, we need to have more experience. It’s different here in Manila, there are a lot of tournaments where their players can gain experience and exposure. In Cebu, it is only the Cesafi tournament that we get to play,” Valenzuela said.

USC finished its Manila swing with a 1-2 record—beating UV and losing to JRU, 78-61, and UPHSD, 71-61.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 05, 2014.


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