UV Pushes USC To A Do-or-die Game 5
Photograph by June Escudero
Oct. 17, 2015, Cebu Coliseum — The supposed-closeout game for the Wariors began with Warriors guard Giovanni Laguyo, scoring the first basket of the game. There were some notable adjustments made by the Lancers, who sat their star guard Jun Manzo III at the start of the game, adding extra firepower to their second unit.
The Warriors made it rain from downtown in the first, including two from Rabat and one apiece from Magat and Lim. The quarter ended with a four-point advantage in favor of the Warriors, 15-11.
To start the second, the Warriors failed to take advantage of a series of wide attempts made possible by solid screens set by their big men, but was able to capitalize from the Lancers’ missed free-throws and managed to open up an 8-point lead heading into the half.
Coming out of their half-time huddle, the Lancers had an impressive 11-0 run and found themselves back in the ball game. To make matters worse for the Warriors, import Shooster Olago incurred his third foul with still 9:14 left in the third. The Warriors, along with several pesky plays courtesy of Giovanni Laguyo and Charles Pepito, were able to keep up despite Olago on the bench. USC led the game after three quarters of play, 44-41.
With Olago only two fouls away from getting fouled out, defense beneath was compromised and UV import Steve Akomo had a momentum-changer, converting a dunk that brought the UV crowd up on their feet. Coach Reroma of USC called several timeouts to utilize different rotations on the floor, but the Lancers proved too much to handle as they top the Warriors with a final score of 60-52 in game four to force a fifth and deciding game on Tuesday.
Steve Akomo was announced best player of the game, who garnered a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds after just scoring an underwhelming 9 points the previous game.
A new champion will be crowned this Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6 p.m. at the Cebu Coliseum.