First big news in the Unigames: West Negros University (WNU, old alma mater of Nonoy Baclao, before he was “discovered” by ADMU), one of Negros’ finest, if not its finest team, beats Cebu’s University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) by eight points, 75-68
In their next game, USJ-R then lost to Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC, a possible team to join the NCAA next season or so), also by eight points 73-81
WNU then later gives the UAAP’s 2008 champion team, the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), a big scare, reportedly trailing by only a point in the third quarter, before eventually losing the game by eleven points, 72-61.
USJ-R being shut out from the finals is a big surprise, as they are not just a CESAFI Final Four team, they were the runner up in this year’s tournament. Cebu was supposed to have the best league outside of the UAAP and the NCAA, and yet here they were, losing to Negros’ WNU.
Not only that, they also lost to EAC, a team that isn’t even in the NCAA (yet?). But I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt: Maybe they weren’t taking these University Games seriously, and/or that maybe they were thinking too far ahead for the PCCL. At any rate, the losses were still kinda embarassing, to say the least.
WNU certainly not only got a lot of respect in this tournament, but also a lot of attention. Alfie Villariza, WNU’s starting Point Guard, was consistent in their defeat of USJ-R, and their good showing against AdMU. Kinda small, though, at only 5’6″. But teams like AdMU could need a Guard in their lineup soon. If he’s young enough, he could be a prospect. Possibly another “import” from WNU.
WNU’s Center Winrich Posoc also is an interesting player. Kinda short at 6’2″, but just like his former alumni Nonoy Baclao, a defensive shotblocking specialist, getting 4-5 blocks game in and game out all throughout the tournament.
These two will definitely be worth watching in the coming PCCL wars.