CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters stunned the entire New Cebu Coliseum by upsetting the defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 85-77, to take Game 1 of their Best-of-3 collegiate title series in the CESAFI basketball tournament, Wednesday, October 11.
Never having won against the Green Lancers during the double round elimination, the Webmasters did not only end the 12-game streak of the defending champions but they also never allowed them to taste the lead in the entire ballgame.
The Webmasters transformation from an average team to a title contender by their new head coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba is never more felt this season than in their Game 1 victory.
"Oo because in the first place, when I have a team and I am the coach, I would expect that we would win but it is easier said than done, sayon ra isulti nga gusto ta mudaug (It is easy to say that we want to win) but we have to do it, and we have to do it right.
And, I was telling my players that if you want us to win, you have to have faith in yourself, believe in yourself that we can win. So, how can we do that, first we have to believe in ourselves, we don't think about UV, just believe in ourselves and believe in the team, we can win," said Alcoseba, when asked if he had expected the Webmasters to win Game 1.
One of the keys in the Webmasters win was the shuffling of their lineup wherein some of their players were given a longer gametime than the regulars that Alcoseba usually field in a ballgame. Although the play was still centered on their Cameroonian import Frederick Ngoh Elombi who almost had a near perfect shooting accuracy except from the free throw line.
Elombi led the Webmasters with another double-double performance sinking 23 points and pulling 12 boards. He also had 5 assists and blocked 3 attempts from the Green Lancers.