|SouthWestern University Cobras 2014 Season|
|2014 Premiere Cup: 4th place||Wins||6||Losses||3|
|Elimination Round (Group A)||Wins||5||Losses||1|
|Battle for 3rd (2014/6/9)||CEU||73||SWU||58|
|2014 CESAFI Men’s Basketball Tournament: Champions||Wins||12||Losses||4|
|Finals Game 1 (2014/10/13)||SWU||59||USC||55|
|Finals Game 2 (2014/10/14)||USC||53||SWU||46|
|Finals Game 3 (2014/10/16)||SWU||60||USC||49|
|Finals Game 4 (2014/10/17)||USC||56||SWU||48|
|Finals Game 5 (2014/10/19)||SWU||64||USC||49|
One shining moment:
2014 was the coming out party for the SouthWestern University Cobras. During the Premiere Cup, the Cobras showed that they could hang with the big boys of Manila after a 5-1 slate in Group A of the summer league. That group included fellow CESAFI members University of the Visayas and University of San Carlos and NCAA Final Four entries Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas. The school only had three losses in the tournament, two against eventual Premiere Cup champions DLSU and to NAASCU Champions Centro Escolar University Scorpions.
If the team had one shining moment in the 2014 season, it has got to be Game 3 of the CESAFI finals against the University of San Carlos Warriors. The game was tied 10-all after the 1st quarter and was still close until the end of the 3rd quarter at 44-41. In a great display of defense, the Cobras limited the Warriors to just 8 points in the 4th quarter to take the pivotal Game 3 with a score of 60-49. It was an amazing group effort by the Cobras with Mac Tallo leading the way for the Cobras by chipping in 12 points, 4 rebounds, a steal and a block shot.
Who’s in, who’s out:
The team will bring in a complete line-up to the PCCL. They have a solid starting five with Landry Sanjo at Center, midrange shooter Bernie Bregondo at the four, lockdown defender Adams Mohammed at the 3 spot, and the great back court of Jasper Parker and Mac Tallo. The team also has a deep bench with Daryl Goloran and Justin Aboude backing-up Sanjo and Bregondo and former FEU standout Jovanie Luz backing-up Tallo.
Imaginary trade alert #1: Was Jovanie Luz traded for next year FEU guard Monbert Arong?
Line-up cheat sheet
|C – Landry Sanjo|
|PF – Bernie Bregondo|
|SF – Adams Mohammed|
|SG – Mark Tallo|
|PG – Jasper Parker|
|Rey Mark Acuno|
|Kim Anthony Labitad|
|Dan Audris Lagbas|
|Antonio Tomas Pardo|
Player to watch
Everyone knows the story of Mark Tallo. Tallo committed to the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, was lined-up by the De La Salle Green Archers but moved back to Cebu in a span of one year.
Imaginary trade alert #2: Was Mark Tallo traded for next year DLSU Center Benoit Mbala?
Anyway, it was a good move for Mark Tallo as the kid became a superstar down south. During the 14th season of the CESAFI, Mark Tallo averaged 11.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.6 spg. The glaring stat is Tallo’s rebounding rate. For a guard and in a league dominated by giants, 5.5 is a lot! Moreover, Tallo’s defense has improved leaps and bounds.
The marquee match-up for the Cebu leg of the PCCL has got to be the 1st game between the DLSU Green Archers vs. the SWU Cobras. There are a lot of storylines behind the game including Mbala and Tallo facing-off against their former teams. The PCCL life of SWU hangs in this game as they could either end the elite eight 3-1 or 2-2 (yes, we are predicting them to beat AU and USC).
Eliminated in the Elite Eight with a record of 2-2
Source: Various articles from the voice of southern basketball, Jay Panerio. Follow him on Twitter for all your southern basketball updates @jaypanerio
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