|University of the Visayas Green Lancers 2014 Season|
|2014 Premiere Cup:||Wins||0||Losses||6|
|Elimination Round (Group A)||Wins||0||Losses||6|
|2014 CESAFI Men’s Basketball Tournament: 3rd place||Wins||6||Losses||8|
|Battle for 3rd Game 1 (2014/9/30)||UV||61||USJ-R||61|
|Battle for 3rd Game 2 (2014/10/2)||USJ-R||75||UV||72|
|Battle for 3rd Game 3 (2014/10/4)||UV||62||USJ-R||52|
|2014 PCCL Visayas/Mindanao Champion||Wins||1||Losses||0|
|Visayas/Mindanao Finals (2014/10/17)||UV||56||USJ-R||55|
One shining moment
Where do we start?
If there’s one team that has had a crazier season than the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, it has got to be the University of the Visayas Green Lancers.
After one of the greatest comebacks in Philippine sports last year, the UV Green Lancers are at an all-time high. Then came the series of unfortunate events for the school:
May 24, 2014: The UV Green Lancers lose their 6th game in the PCCL tournament 82-69 against the UE Red Warriors. They go back to Cebu with a 0-6 slate.
July 15, 2014: 2012 Cesafi MVP and Rookie of the Year Wowie Escosio was unceremoniously kicked-out of the team. According to Jonas Panerio’s article at spin.ph, Coach Felix Belano had a problem with grades, performance, and attitude, the grand slam of getting kicked-out of not just a team but a school. Note: Escosio was not in the Premiere Cup line-up of UV
September 16, 2014: With a 4-6 slate, the UV Green Lancers made the CESAFI semifinals. However, UV FSA Jeffakins Aguara started a fight towards the end of the team’s loss to the USC Warriors. Aguara would then be kicked-out of the team. Later it was said that Aguara also had a heated exchange with UV wing Franz Arong.
November 8, 2014: Coach Felix Belano was fired by the University of the Visayas officials. Coach Gary Cortes named as new UV coach.
So that’s 4 dark moments for the team since May! So how did the team reach the PCCL Elite Eight? We might have found the answer in their sole shining moment of the season that paved the way for their entry into the PCCL Elite Eight.
After a crazy, tumultuous season, the UV Green Lancers needed a much needed breathe of fresh air. It was September 30, 2014, game 1 for the battle for 3rd in the CESAFI tournament. UV was without their FSA Jeffakins Aguara and Franz Arong.
Rookie Jerome Napao became a huge revalation for the Green Lancers squad in this game. Napao top scored for the Green Lancers with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Even without an FSA in their line-up, the UV Green Lancers grabbed 3rd place in the tournament after 3 games and, later, defeated the USJ-R Jaguars in the finals of the PCCL Visayas/Mindanao qualifier.
Who’s in, who’s out
It looks like the University of the Visayas Green Lancers will be fielding in the following players for the PCCL.
|University of the Visayas Roster for the PCCL|
|C- Jean Marie Mpouma|
|F- Chris Perolino|
|F- Leonard Santillan|
|G- Alfred Codilla|
|G- John Abad|
|Alvin Matthew Oche|
|Jun Kent Manzo III|
|Jan Monic Soliva|
Player to watch
Graduating player John Abad needed to be the star for his team after the departure Wowie Escosio. The spitfire guard stepped-up and gave these stats
Now in his final tour of duty for the Green Lancers, Abad will showcase his skills on a national stage.
The UV Green Lancers may have beaten the USJ-R 4 out of 6 times this year but it will be hard for the team to face-off against top-tier teams like the NU Bulldogs, the DLSU Green Archers, the AU Chiefs, and the USC Warriors (they are 0-3 against the Warriors this year). Moreover, the lack of depth in the front court spells doom for the Green Lancers.
Eliminated in the Elite Eight, 0-4
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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