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AnthonyServinio
08-04-2007, 01:48 AM
August 4, 2007
New Cebu Coliseum

Opening Game:
University of the Visayas Lancers vs. University of Cebu Webmasters

Participating Schools:
Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats
Don Bosco Technology Center Greywolves
Southwestern University Cobras
University of Cebu Webmasters
University of San Carlos Warriors
University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars
University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers
University of the Visayas Lancers

AnthonyServinio
08-04-2007, 01:49 AM
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Cesafi 7th season opens today in Cebu Coliseum


EXPECT fireworks in today’s opening of the seventh season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) at the Cebu Coliseum.

“We expect an explosive opening in a jam packed coliseum,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

A major contribution the excitement will be Filipino-American Gregory Slaughter of University of the Visayas, who had caused a stir in an otherwise humdrum basketball scene in Cebu.

Because of him, rivalry broke out between two schools, UV and University of Cebu. The two teams figured in a tug of war in attempt to tap the Slaughter for their teams.

Worth the fight?

And people will be coming to see if he is worth the fight. “People will be coming in droves to see him play,” Tiukinhoy added.

The rivalry will be settled on the basketball court as UC and UV play in the main game today slated at 3:30 p.m. after the 1:00 p.m. opening ceremony. Slaughter will sweeten things up as he plays his debut game under the mentorship of UV’s Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

Lavish opening

The opening, according to Tiukinhoy, is another thing to look forward to.

“We will have the usual lavish opening highlighted by the Palabas of different schools, who have prepared for this,” Tiukinhoy added.

UC, UV, Cebu Doctor’s University, Cebu Eastern College, Cebu Institute of technology, Don Bosco College, Southwestern University, University of San Carlos, University of San Jose-Recoletos, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and Velez College will have their own dance presentations. They are scheduled to perform the dances of countries assigned to them.

Kenneth Kernn Sesante, former captain of the UC basketball team, will be awarded a citation for setting an example that athletes don’t necessarily have to do badly in academics. Sesante is seen as proof that good athletes can be good students.

Sesante placed second in the Customs licensure exams last year.

Philippine Sports Commission chairperson William Ramirez, who has been a familiar fixture in Cesafi openings, will again be the guest of honor in the opening today. (MCB)

AnthonyServinio
08-04-2007, 01:50 AM
Sports

7th CESAFI season opens today
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, August 4, 2007


With its usual glitz and glamour, the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament will kick off today at the Cebu Coliseum highlighted by the season-opening showdown between six-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters both in the secondary and collegiate divisions.

Before the hardcourt hostilities, there will be a holy mass to be celebrated by Fr. Vicente “Vic” Uy, SVD of the University of San Carlos, Fr. Anthony Morillo, OAR of the University of San Jose Recoletos, and Fr. Jerome Constantino of Don Bosco Technology Center.

Aside from the traditional Grand Palabas, the other highlights of the grandiose affair are the selection of Miss CESAFI both in the juniors and seniors divisions and the awarding of a special citation to former UC Webmaster Kenneth Kern Sesante, who placed second in last year’s Customs Licensure Examinations.

Also, the newly-elected CESAFI officers for 2007-2008 led by president Engr. Rolando Villa of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) will also be inducted by formally inducted into officer by Commission on Higher Education (CHED) regional director Dr. Enrique Grecia.

Joining Villa at the centerstage are vice president Dr. Eldigario Gonzales of Southwestern University, secretary Fr. Anthony Morillo, OAR of USJ-R , treasurer Fr. Roderick C. Salazar, SVD of USC and board members Engr. Oscar Tuason of Cebu Doctors’ University, Atty. Augusto W. Go of UC, Dr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas of UV, Engr. Gregorio Escario of the Cebu Institute of Technology, Fr. Roland Guiao of DBTC, Atty. Teodoro Diez of Velez College, and Ms. Kho Siok We of Cebu Eastern College.

When UV and UC collide, it isn’t hard to distinguish at the bleachers as to which team the spectators are rooting for because UV faithfuls will paint the Coliseum green, while the UC fanatics will wear former president Cory Aquino’s favorite color which is yellow.

The colorful opening ceremony may not surpass the excitement of the UV-UC collision, but the basketball-loving Cebuanos should be patient to wait for the outcome of this featured encounter predicted by many as a one-sided affair in favor of the dreaded Lancers.

The Lancers are sending feelers to the Webmasters as to whom they are utilizing as starting unit. They are the 6-foot-11 Fil-Am goliath in Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter, Rino Berami, Ariel Mepaña, Michael Luga and Von Harry Lanete.

The formidable Lancers have a lot of tall men as back-up centers aside from having agile backcourt sentinels capable of wearing and tearing down their rivals.

The shorter Webmasters could only hope for a UV bad game and an excellent game for them to have the chance of winning by an upset.

The Webmasters believe that the Lancers are beatable, but as to when will that be, it’s up for them to prove because the burden of proof lies on UC. They could only hope to summon back the magic that enabled them to hand the UV Lancers their first and lone defeat so far in CESAFI history via a 75-68 decision on September 22, 2005. Interestingly, UC did that amazing feat right at the UV Gym.

amdgc82
08-07-2007, 06:33 AM
Sunstar Cebu
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
USC beats CIT for first win in Cesafi

IN their last encounter, the University of San Carlos Warriors barely survived the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) post season tournament—the Partners’ Cup.

Yesterday, in their first encounter in the Cesafi, the Warriors made sure CIT will not be given another opportunity to scare them.

Playing in its homecourt at their main campus gymnasium, USC defeated CIT, 86-79.

UV, it seems, is not the only team to parade a Filipino-foreigner, as USC also has a crowd-drawer in its midst, in the person of Filipino-Canadian Eddie Bakker, whose mother is from Ormoc.

Bakker, although not as colossal as UV’s 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter, still stands a good 6-foot-2 and provides a good size for last season’s collegiate first runnerup.

Unlike Slaughter’s entry to the vaunted Green Lancer’s machine, USC and Bakker barely caused a buzz when the Fil-Canadian signed up for the team.

Bakker did not score though, but his presence was enough to get the partisan crowd going.

In the game, USC led from start to finish and even managed to build up leads of more than 20 points.

USC kept CIT’s Sherwin Abobo in check and limited him to just 21 points. That was a far cry from his previous output of 38 in their last encounter, which almost led to USC’s demise.

In the final period, CIT was behind 86-65, when it unleashed a fiery comeback, behind Abobo, Resilla and Lamosa, with a 13-0 run, cutting the lead down to just seven. The Wildcats’ surge, however, came a little too late as time expired just as they had their intensity going. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-07-2007, 06:39 AM
USC, USJ-R off to winning starts
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Explosive guards Niño Ramirez and Lyndon Gudez brandished sizzling performances to lead their respective teams to triumph in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball event last Sunday at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main Gymnasium.

Games tomorrow
(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm CIT vs. UV (Srs.)

6:00 pm USPF vs. SWU (Srs.)

Ramirez sparkled with 28 points to spearhead the USC Warriors’ 86-79 conquest of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, while Gudez had 17 points as the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars devoured Don Bosco College Greywolves, 81-60.

Interestingly, Gudez and Ramirez are teammates with the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala in the commercial league.

Ramirez was backed up by star center Enrico Llanto and Giovanni Padillo with 11 markers apiece for the Warriors, who appeared to have already placed the victory in the bag with a 27-point lead, 66-39, with 5:54 left in the third period.

There was no sign for the Wildcats to come close except in the last two minutes when they staged a late run to lose by only seven points courtesy of a buzzer-beating triple by Eulogio Lamosa, Jr.From the opening tip-off until the late part of the fourth period, the Warriors made good defense from one end and scoring in transition on the other end to prolong the Wildcats’ agony.

If that game was only measured by decibels, USC was already unbeatable not for its big lead, but because of the air-splitting applause from the boisterous pro-Carolinian crowd.

Wildcat June Ryan Regis was unpopular in his debut because it seemed he was not in the game doing mischief that led to his ejection with two technical fouls. Thus, he will automatically sit out in their game against the mighty University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers tomorrow.

The two Sherwins - Abobo and Resilla - led the Wildcats with 21 and 10 points, respectively. The new look CIT wore beige uniforms instead of their traditional maroon jerseys.

Earlier, the Jaguars dominated the entire contest and led by as much as 23 points, 79-56 heading into the final two-minute mark of the contest. Aside from Gudez, the other bright spot on the Jaguars’ side was Jabe Delfino with 15 points.

The scores

First game

USJ-R (81) - Gudez 17, Delfino 15, Gabas 8, Ponce 8, Pogoy 6, Hatague 6, Carilla 5, Villahermosa 4, Malinao 4, Pateño 4, Antigua 2, Bibera 2

Don Bosco (60) - Sasuman 25, Alferez 10, Calooy 9, Oberes 7, Colegado 2, Alvarez 1, Enterina 1

Second game

USC (86) - Ramirez 28, Llanto 11, Padillo 11, Codilla 7, Joven 5, Igao 5, Padayao, Ferraren 5, Bercede 4, Lazalita 3, Blanes 2

CIT (79) - Abobo 21, Resilla 10, Lamosa 9, Montealto 9, Aniñon 9, Dela Cerna 8, Reyes 6, Villarba 5, Reyes 5, Lopez 2, Caballero 2

Wang-Bu
08-08-2007, 11:44 AM
^^^ Ito din ba 'yung NINO RAMIREZ na sumubok makapag-UAAP mga ilang taon ng nakalipas...?

amdgc82
08-09-2007, 12:17 AM
Lancers zap Wildcats in fight-marred battle
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, August 9, 2007

Michael Luga finished what Harlow Villanil started as the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers smothered the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 99-61, in a tumultuous match marred by a near-fight and two ejections in last night’s 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

From a sluggish start, the Lancers caught fire in the second period but not after allowing the Wildcats to take a 10-0 start and a 13-3 lead in the early goings.

Villanil heaved the go-ahead riple, 19-18, and was already unstoppable in the second period hitting three consecutive triples that sent a stern warning to the opposition as the Lancers took a 46-33 halftime lead.

The third period was a virtual shooting clinic by the Lancers, while the Wildcats were in disarray groping for points they could hardly find when the former employed a solid trapping defense.

It was when Luga, a rookie but a veteran in the commercial derby, took turns in scoring with the Lancers ripping the game apart with a eye-popping 39-point advantage with just a few seconds before the final buzzer.

The Wildcats themselves prolonged their agony when Ryan Montealto was thrown out* in the final 1:44 of the contest for throwing an elbow on Chris Victor Diputado. In retaliation, Diputado lunged a hard foul against Montealto that also caused his ejection.

CIT coach Alex de la Torre’s temper also flared up when CIT was slapped with a bench technical during the slight commotion.

In the ensuing play, Dexter Capaning and a rugged UV defender Ritchum Dennison figured in a heated altercation when Capaning reacted on an offensive foul by Dennison, which was already decided by the referee time with 1:15 left to play. Some players from both benches attempted to run into the centercourt but the proverbial coder heads prevailed in putting the situation under control.

Luga, who was fielded only late in the third period until the end of the match, led the Lancers with 19 points, while Villanil had 18 points. Even Fil-Am Gregory Fuentes Slaughter joined in the scoring fray as he exploited his height advantage scoring 11 points. Von Harry Lanete and Bonifer Sendrijas had identical 12 points for the Lancers, who have now accumulated an overall 70-1 win-loss record in six years.

The scores

UV (Srs.) (99) - Luga 19, Villanil 18, Lanete 12, Sendrijas 12, Slaughter 11, Tancongco 5, Berame 4, Mepaña 4, Lao 4, Dennison 3, Diputado 2

CIT (Srs.) (61) - Abobo 19, Aniñon 9, Resilla 6, Reyes 6, Montealto 5, Villarba 5, Dela Cerna 4, Lamosa 3, Molero 2, Capaning 2

amdgc82
08-09-2007, 07:26 AM
Thursday, August 09, 2007
‘Other rookie’ delivers
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

AS THE Slaughter mania started to calm down, the other rookies of University of the Visayas Green Lancers are starting to get noticed as the Lancers annihilated the hapless Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 99-61 , in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. yesterday.

However, the match was capped by a “boxing match” in the final minutes.

Although the Filipino-American giant Gregory Slaughter made a complete turnaround from his debut last weekend, the spotlight shifted to rookie forward Michael Luga, whose endgame savvy caught the attention of many.

Slaughter, scored only four points last game but registered 11 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes yesterday.

Luga, on the other hand, overshadowed the 24 points he scored in the entire game against University of Cebu last weekend, as he scored 19 points in the last 23 minutes of the game.

Luga needed only the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to tally his numbers and to work his magic.

In the game, the Wildcats started off with an early 12-0 blitz, before the Lancers erased this behind Slaughter and lefty point guard Harlow Chad Villanil, who rained five triples in the second period as UV completely took over the game.

In the third period, CIT, down by 21 at 41-62, had a moment of recovery towards the end of the third period with an 8-0 run, cutting the lead to 49-64 behind workhorses Sherwin Abobo, Emilio Aniñon and Sherwin Villarba.

It was only hampered in the fourth, when it became an all-Luga show.

Unstoppable

Luga was unstoppable, scoring 16 in UV’s 18-0 run that shut the door on CIT.

UV was ahead 92-59 with just a little over a minute left when, out of frustration, punches flew, fists went up and players were ejected.

CIT’s Ryan Montealto was thrown out after retaliating on UV’s Chris Diputado. Diputado accidentally struck Montealto in the face when he attempted to block Montealto’s layup, sending the latter to the free throw line.

In the ensuing play Montealto got his revenge and hit Diputado in the face. Both were then booted out.

Later, CIT’s Dexter Capaning and UV’s Ritchum Dennison were slapped with technicals after almost figuring in another fistfight.

amdgc82
08-09-2007, 07:48 PM
UV nails second win
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:53pm (Mla time) 08/09/2007

CEBU, Philippines—Rookie forward Mike Luga powered six-time defending champions, University of the Visayas Green Lancers to their second straight win after crushing the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 99-61, yesterday in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament at the New Cebu Coliseum.

Luga, a rookie in the collegiate basketball competition, but a hardened veteran in the commercial ranks, only entered the game with 2:52 left in the third period but immediately wrecked havoc on the Wildcats defense with a variety of crafty low-post moves and short-range jumpers. He scored 17 of the Lancers' first 19 points in the fourth period in a fiery 19-2 run for an 85-51 lead.

Luga who paced UV in their last game with 24 points, almost equaled that tally in just 14 minutes of action, finishing with 19 points.

Luga, though, was not the only one who caused headaches for CIT head coach Alex Dela Torre and the Wildcats as four other UV players scored in double figures.

Lefty-wingman Harlow Villanil had 18 points, 14 coming in a torrid shooting spree in the second canto where he nailed four three pointers while Bonifer Sendrijas and point guard Von Lañete each had 12 markers. UV's prized rookie Fil-Am, 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter redeemed himself from a sub-par debut and scored 11 points, grabbed eight boards, had two steals and blocked one shot.

The Wildcats, who started the game on fire, scoring 12 straight unanswered points in the first period failed to sustain their hot start as they got clobbered in the second canto, 23-12. The Lancers padded that lead to 22, 57-35, at the start of the third period but the Wildcats fought back with a 10-0 blast to cut the lead down to 15, 51-66, entering the final stanza.

Luga though, would nip that rally, handing the Wildcats their second straight loss and secure UV's hold of the top spot in the standings with an immaculate 2-0 record.

CIT's frustrations, resulted in a violent confrontation at the 1:44 mark of the fourth period when CIT’s forward Ryan Montealto elbowed UV guard Chris Diputado in retaliation for a hard foul in the previous play. Both players were ejected and will be suspended for one game. Ritchum Dennison and Dexter Capaning also almost came to blows 10 seconds later but were both restrained.

amdgc82
08-10-2007, 06:26 AM
SWU Cobras return with a bang, bury USPF by 41 points in Cesafi
Sunstar Cebu

Games Today
Cebu Coliseum
Juniors
1 p.m. – USPF vs. DBTC
2:30 p.m. – UC vs. USJ-R

THE Southwestern University Cobras opened their comeback to local collegiate basketball scene with a bang after a 103-62 drubbing over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation at the Cebu Coliseum in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi).

The win made official SWU’s return to the main collegiate league after being on a leave of absence from the Cesafi since it started in 2001. It was the champion in the final season of the Cebu Amateur Athletic Association, the forerunner of the Cesafi.

SWU is also the training ground of now PBA star Jercules Tangkay and others who made it to the pro like Miller Dennison, Pablo Tecson, Maynard Padilla and Elmer dela Cruz.

In the game, SWU was in full control leading from start to finish. It zoomed to a 25-12 lead in the opening canto and the team never looked back from there. With its brilliant playing, it was not even evident, that SWU was playing mostly with new recruits.

Rookies

This season has proven to be the year of the rookies for Cesafi as SWU, down with just five players from its original roster formed earlier this year, had to bank on its new players to survive.

Most notable of them is flashy point guard Eliud Poligrates, who was fielded in the third period. Poligrates made the court a virtual stage with his exhibition of exceptional dribbling act, his comical facial expressions and his uncanny ability to get past defenders that had the crowd cemented on their seats.

Darling

The crowd cheered him on and if not for him, they would have gone home as the game was so lopsided that people started to lose interest. Poligrates, a native of Camotes, just scored four points but topped it off with four assists.

Meanwhile, another equally show-stopping performance was that of fellow rookie, the peppery Eric Zanoria, who also wowed the crowd with his brassy stunts. Zanoria scored 17 points for the Cobras.

It was actually Mariano Canonigo, leftover from the original Cobras from the Partners Cup time early this year, who stepped up for the team at the absence of compatriots Gilbert Gallarde, Alfred Belande and Clifford Maguate.

He topped all SWU scorers with 20 points. Another rookie who had an equally brilliant debut is Rene Pacquiao, who shelled out 15 markers with nine rebounds.

Richard Gianchiand, Eleazer Armecin and Crecente Litorja were the other players scoring in double digits for SWU as they combined for 34 points for the team.

SWU (103)—Canonigo 20, Zanoria 17, Pacquiao 15, Gianchand 13, Armecin 11, Litorja 10, Jalandoni 6, Poligrates 4, Tilap 3, Ceniza 2, Valero 2

USP (62)—Rogado 9, Gulane 9, Monterde 8, Avila 8, Munez 7, Tabada 5, Mancera 5, Ybanez 4, Loberanes 3, Gerunda 2, Ortuyo 2. (MCB)

gameface_one
08-10-2007, 08:00 AM
UV nails second win


By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:53pm (Mla time) 08/09/2007


CEBU, Philippines—Rookie forward Mike Luga powered six-time defending champions, University of the Visayas Green Lancers to their second straight win after crushing the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 99-61, yesterday in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament at the New Cebu Coliseum.

Luga, a rookie in the collegiate basketball competition, but a hardened veteran in the commercial ranks, only entered the game with 2:52 left in the third period but immediately wrecked havoc on the Wildcats defense with a variety of crafty low-post moves and short-range jumpers. He scored 17 of the Lancers' first 19 points in the fourth period in a fiery 19-2 run for an 85-51 lead.

Luga who paced UV in their last game with 24 points, almost equaled that tally in just 14 minutes of action, finishing with 19 points.

Luga, though, was not the only one who caused headaches for CIT head coach Alex Dela Torre and the Wildcats as four other UV players scored in double figures.

Lefty-wingman Harlow Villanil had 18 points, 14 coming in a torrid shooting spree in the second canto where he nailed four three pointers while Bonifer Sendrijas and point guard Von Lañete each had 12 markers. UV's prized rookie Fil-Am, 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter redeemed himself from a sub-par debut and scored 11 points, grabbed eight boards, had two steals and blocked one shot.

The Wildcats, who started the game on fire, scoring 12 straight unanswered points in the first period failed to sustain their hot start as they got clobbered in the second canto, 23-12. The Lancers padded that lead to 22, 57-35, at the start of the third period but the Wildcats fought back with a 10-0 blast to cut the lead down to 15, 51-66, entering the final stanza.

Luga though, would nip that rally, handing the Wildcats their second straight loss and secure UV's hold of the top spot in the standings with an immaculate 2-0 record.

CIT's frustrations, resulted in a violent confrontation at the 1:44 mark of the fourth period when CIT’s forward Ryan Montealto elbowed UV guard Chris Diputado in retaliation for a hard foul in the previous play. Both players were ejected and will be suspended for one game. Ritchum Dennison and Dexter Capaning also almost came to blows 10 seconds later but were both restrained.

amdgc82
08-11-2007, 12:14 AM
USJ-R bantams stun UC in CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Saturday, August 11, 2007

Mark Stephen Trillo transformed himself into a one-man wrecking crew by scoring 15 of his 20 points in the fourth period as the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars seized the solo in the juniors division with a 111-96 upset over defending champion University of* Cebu (UC) Webmasters in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Association, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Danao City)
* * * * * *6:00 pm SWU vs. CIT (Srs.)
* * * * * *7:30 pm USC vs. USPF (Srs.)

Ephraim Elorde was as hot as Trillo, drilling in six 3-pointers in the final quarter to spearhead* the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby* Panthers’* 109-68 massacre of* Don Bosco Greywolves.

The Baby Jaguars, who currently enjoy the temporary lead with a 2-0 slate, preyed on the weak defense by the Junior Webmasters. As a result, six USJ-R players cashed in double figues led by Xyl Jy Ponsica with 21 points followed by Trillo with 20.

When the Baby Jaguars crushed Don Bosco last Sunday, 80-59, that victory did not hold much water but now they gained much attention to other teams especially that the Junior Webmasters trampled on the UV Baby Lancers, 104-85, in the opening day last August 4 at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Junior Webmasters paid dearly for allowing the smaller Baby Jaguars to pick up so many steals.

It would have been a different story had the Junior Webmasters were shooting well from the field just like they did* against the Baby Lancers because that will force the Baby Jaguars’ defense to spread out. Unfortunately, that brand of game was absent for UC.* *

The highly spirited Baby Jaguars only allowed the Junior Webmasters to lead twice in the early goings as they relentlessly battered their foes after wresting the driver’s seat. The win was already in USJ-R’s bag when it mounted an 18-point edge, 109-92, with just a minute left to play.

At one time, the Junior Webmasters threatened, 57-58, on a three-point play by Pelayo Cabañero early in the third period, but Ponsica and Miko Adam Marquez scored seven straight points and then Vincent Saladaga and Trillo joined the scoring fray as the Baby Jaguars installed a 77-63 advantage with 10 seconds left going into the* final period.

Earlier, Elorde had a stellar performance topping the Baby Panthers with 26 markers as they opened their season on a high note. Elorde is reportedly a former amateur pugilists before shifting his attention to basketball.

The scores

First game
Juniors
USPF (109) - Elorde 26, Bordalba 15, Cabatingan 14, Babiera 13, Dela Cruz 12, Lapiña 7, Ducay 4, Cañete 4, Abing 4, Ferraren 2, Unabia 2, Vergas 2, Misa 2, Escanilla 2
Don Bosco (68) -* Belangel 14, Lapitan 9, Ruiz 8, Mellana 6, Villahermosa 6, Belciña 5, Escaño 5, Parcon 3, Basco 2,* Gabisan 2, Borbon 1, Bacalso 1

Second game
Juniors
USJ-R (111)* -* Ponsica 21, Trillo 20, Muñez 18, Saladaga 16, Marquez 13, Regalado 12, Espiritu 5, Heredia 4, Dimaampao 2
UC (96) -* Cabañero 24, Alviva 15, Seduirifa 12, Babad 12, Pearce 11, Cortes 10, Codilla 4, Catalan 2, Solon 2, Sealana 2, Nijaga 2

amdgc82
08-11-2007, 05:38 AM
USJ-R scores shock win vs. defending champs
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, August 11, 2007

LAST year’s whipping boys in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) did not waste time losing the tag yesterday.

The University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars overpowered defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters, 111-96, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

UC came into the game from a scorching winning performance against nemesis University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Green Lancers last Saturday.

But in facing USJR, the Webmasters fizzled. UC allowed USJ-R to dominate them right from start and the reigning champs never had the chance to grab the lead.

It was a huge upset, considering USJR wound up somewhere in the bottom of the standings after registering only two wins in its six games.

Apart from this, USJ-R coach Donald Duran has a team of rookies from his training pool and is playing with only just three players from last year.

Yesterday, the Webmas-ters were obviously not expecting to face a gritty opponent and its defenses, especially from the paint, were clearly slackened, allowing USJ-R easy layups to blast off with a 50-42 lead at the end of the first half.

UC regained some composure in the second half as its center, Pelayo Cabañero, and guard, Jeff Ryan Alviva, initiated a 12-8 run that sliced the lead to just four, 54-58. USJ-R’s lead was further reduced to a hairline, 57-58, when Cabañero completed a three-point play.

16-6 rally

This was, however, the end of UC’s brief run as USJ-R answered with an equally deafening 16-6 blast, to build up a 77-73 lead, virtually setting the stage for the win.

Xyl Jy Ponsica and Mark Trillo, who played with Webmasters last year, lifted the team as they combined for 41 points to lead UC to victory.

Clint Muñez made a memorable debut as he sank in 18 markers for the team, while lanky rookie Vincent Saladaga, the brother of former USJ-R superstar Ian, displayed some of his brother’s talents as he chipped in 16 points.

In the other game, University of Southern Philippines Foundation did what its seniors counterpart could not—play decently.

Not only did the USPF Baby Panthers win, but they won with class as it routed Don Bosco College Baby Greywolves, 109-68.

Ephraim Elorde led USPF’s charge with a whooping 26 markers, while Norman Bordalba and UR dela Cruz added 15 and 12 respectively.

The league shifts venue today as it will be held at the sports center of Danao City. This will be Cesafi’s first out-of-town game.

Collegiate teams will be seeing action today. Southwestern University will try to extend its winning slate when it takes on Cebu Institute of Technology at 6:00 p.m. University of San Carlos takes on USPF in the final offering. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-12-2007, 07:14 AM
UV Lancers eye win No. 3 vs. Don Bosco in CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Sunday, August 12, 2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are thrown into a lightweight assignment against the Don Bosco Greywolves, but the real battle of the day pits the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars against the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the USC-Main gym.

Games today

(USC gym)

1:00 pm USJ-R vs. USC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm UV vs. CIT* (Jrs.)

4:30 pm UV vs. Don Bosco (Srs.)

5:30 pm UC vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

The 2-0 Lancers are gunning for their 70th win overall in their six-year domination of the league. Their game against Don Bosco may not be the main attraction for today because of the impending one-sided affair that will surely make UV the villain.

But the crowd should not fret on that because what lies ahead could offset the dull moment in anticipation of the featured USJR-UC collision.

Even if the Lancers will not take advantage of the presence of 6-foot-11 Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter, still they could deliver the lethal blows to Don Bosco with their superior manpower. And even if they miss the services of Chris Victor Diputado who is serving a one-game suspension, still it doesn’t affect the Lancers’ search for a 3-0 lead.

The likes of Eduardo Arda, Lucky Pitogo, Sylvester Tancongco, Edrian Lao and Eulogio Lasala Jr. are as good as the starting unit and they are capable of doing damage as the core of Ariel Mepaña, Michael Luga, Harlow Chad Villanil, Bonifer Sendrijas and Von Harry Lanete can do.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, hope to duplicate their 81-60 trashing of Don Bosco last Sunday but beating the Webmasters before the game could even start is easier said that done.

The Jaguars have a more formidable lineup than the Webmasters. Among the USJ-R reliables include the vastly-improved Lyndon Gudez, Mannie Gabas, Armand Ponce, Bobby Hatague, Jessmar Villahermosa, Randy Pogoy, and Ranulfo Malinao.

They will be up against UC’s fighting force of Allain Abellanosa, Jonathan Cancerna, Janssen Abella, Christian Rez, Marvin Ceniza and Kelvin Juliane, among others.

amdgc82
08-12-2007, 07:19 AM
UV guns for third win
Sunstar Cebu
Sunday, August 12, 2007

THE high and mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers are tipped to claim their third straight victory in today’s Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) as they face the Don Bosco College Greywolves at the University of San Carlos Gym.

The six-time defending champion will be playing without Chris Diputado, who is serving a one-game suspension after figuring in a fight with Cebu Institute of Technology’s Ryan Montealto in their game last Wednesday.

UV’s loss of Diputado will, however, not improve DBC chances of winning against UV, whose treasure chest of talents never runs dry. UV’s coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug still has his power rookies to depend on—forward Michael Luga, lefty pointguard Harlow Chad Villanil and probably UV’s most expensive find, Gregory Slaughter.

Meanwhile, University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars hope to continue their run as they face the University of Cebu Webmasters in the 5:30 offering.

USJ-R came off a convincing 81-60 rout of DBC, while UC was defeated by UV in the Cesafi opener. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-13-2007, 06:38 AM
Zanoria leads SWU in 2nd straight
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, August 13, 2007

FOR the first time in a long while, Eric Zanoria finally gave his hometown a reason to cheer when he pulled off a sterling performance to take the Southwestern University Cobras to their second straight victory in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Saturday night in Danao City.

Danao native Zanoria, the lanky small forward of SWU, steered the team into overpowering the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 71-48, to maintain the team’s positive run in their return to the collegiate ranks.

“We have played in Danao three times already and it was only that time when he (Zanoria) did good. It only shows signs of maturity for his part,” said SWU team manager and athletic director Ryan Aznar.

Zanoria paced the Cobras with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists to lead the team to taking its second straight win in the league.

SWU was on a neck-to-neck battle with CIT taking the lead, 19-18, in the opening frame until disaster struck the Wildcats. In the second period CIT suffered an offensive collapse. CIT’s gunmen literally misfired and only managed to score a measly five points in this quarter.

SWU then took CIT’s debacle to their advantage as they scored 14 points to take the lead for good. CIT spiraled to the bottom of the standing after remaining winless in three games.

In the main game, University of San Carlos Warriors lived through a third-quarter hell to defeat the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers, 89-80.

Down by 14 points in the penultimate period, the Panthers suddenly became possessed to erase the deficit and take over the driver’s seat, 63-62.

But just like that, whatever came into the Panthers suddenly disengaged and they started playing sloppily.

Niño Ramirez came up with 20 points, while reigning Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto added 16, as USC took its second straight win in as many games. USP suffered its second blow in the tournament.

SWU (71)-Zanoria 16, Litorja 15, Canonigo 13, Gianchand 11, Velayo 4, Pacquiao 4, Vaflor 3, Armecin 3, Jalandoni 2
CIT (48)–Abobo 14, Resilla 11, Villarba 9, Aninon 7, Reyes 4, Canete 3

USC (89)–Ramirez 20, Llanto 16, Padillo 14, Padayao 9, Feraren 8, Joven 6, Lazalita 6, Igao 5, Codilla 3, Blanes 2
USP (80)–Tabada 11, Rogado 10, Mancera 8, Moncada 8, Gerundia 6, Gulane 6, Monterde 6, Munez 6, Paradero 6, Ybanez 4, Rizane 2. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-13-2007, 06:59 AM
SWU, USC now 2-0 in CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, August 13, 2007

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras displayed another explosive performance to demolish the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 71-48, while the University of San Carlos (USC) Warrriors met strong resistance before repulsing the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 89-80, in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament last Saturday at the Danao City Sports and Civic Center.

The Cobras had a sluggish start, allowing the Wildcats to take a 19-18 lead but suddenly turned red-hot in the second period where they staged a blistering 16-0 rally to grab the driver’s seat for good, 34-19.

It was Sherwin Abobo who broke the scoring drought for the Wildcats, 21-34, but not after a long dry spell because they scored only five points in the entire second period. In that stretch, the Cobras torched 18 markers to enjoy a 36-34 edge at the intermission.

What hurt the Wildcats more was their ineptness in handling defensive pressures that they messed themselves the rest of the game, enabling the Cobras to outscore them in the final half, 35-24.* *

The Wildcats literally threw in the towel in the closing minutes of the game when they trailed by 29 points, 35-64.

Hometown hero Eric Zanoria drew warm applause from the gallery as he showed his competence by leading the Cobras with 16 points.* Chris Litorja and Marinao Canonigo chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively, as they notched their second straight win in as many games.

The Wildcats, who now fell to 0-3, was led by Abobo with 14 points followed by Sherwin Resilla with 11.

Later in the night, the Warriors took a roller-coaster ride before subduing the gritty Panthers.

A crucial triple by Johmel Igao and Paul Joven sealed USC’s second victory although it was the threesome of Niño Ramirez, Enrico Llanto, and Giovanni Padillo who did the heaviest damage on USPF’s side with 50 points combined.

The scores

First game

SWU (71) - Zanoria 16, Litorja 15, Canonigo 13, Gianchand 11, Velayo 4,* Pacquiao 4, Armecin 3, Vaflor 3, Jalandoni 2
CIT (48) - Abobo 14, Resilla 11, Villarba 9, Aniñon 7, Reyes 4, Cañete 3

Second game

USC (89) - Ramirez 20, Llanto 16, Padillo 14, Padayao 9, Ferraren 8, Lazalita 6, Joven 6, Igao 5,* *Codilla 3, Blanes 2
USPF (80) - Tabada 11, Rogado 10, Mancera 8, Moncada 8, Gerundio 7, Muñez 6, Paradero 6, Gulane 6, Monterde 6, Ybañez 4, Rizane 2

amdgc82
08-13-2007, 09:49 PM
USC, SWU log second victories
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:29pm (Mla time) 08/13/2007

Danao City, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras notched their second consecutive victories after beating their respective opponents Saturday night during the Cesafi men's basketball tournament held at the Danao Civic Center in Danao City.

The Warriors encountered some rough sailing but displayed just enough grit to dispose the University of Southern Philippines (USP), 89-80, while the returning Cobras choked the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), 71-48.

The Warriors withstood the torrent shooting of the new-look Panthers, who overhauled a 14-point deficit and take a 63-62 lead entering the final canto.

But just when things looked bleak for last year's finalists, the Panthers suddenly lost their touch and shot blanks, to which the Warriors immediately responded with a 12-2 run spearheaded by Niño Ramirez and reigning MVP Enrico Llanto.

Both players combined efforts to help give the Warriors a 75-65 lead entering the crucial stages of the game en route to the Warriors' second win in as many games.

Ramirez wound up with 20 points, 11 coming in the third canto while Llanto added 16.

Meanwhile, the Cobras continued their triumphant return to the college ranks by holding the Wildcats to just five points in the second canto, where they broke the game wide open.

Enrique Zanoria paced the Cobras with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

CIT dropped further to the bottom of the standings with an 0-3 record while USP fell to 0-2.

BOX SCORES:

First game
SWU (71) - Zanoria 16, Litorja 15, Canonigo 13, Gianchand 11, Velayo 4, Pacquiao 4, Vaflor 3, Armecin 3, Jalandoni 2.
CIT (48) - Abobo 14, Resilla 11, Villarba 9, Aninon 7, Reyes 4, Canete 3.

Second game
USC (89) - Ramirez 20, Llanto 16, Padillo 14, Padayao 9, Feraren 8, Joven 6, Lazalita 6, Igao 5, Codilla 3, Blanes 2.
USP (80) - Tabada 11, Rogado 10, Mancera 8, Moncada 8, Gerundia 6, Gulane 6, Monterde 6, Munez 6, Paradero 6, Ybanez 4, Rizane 2.
Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-14-2007, 06:35 AM
USJ-R sweeps UC with early assault
Sunstar Cebu
Tuesday, August 14, 2007


THE University of San Jose-Recoletos-Jaguars (USJ-R) join the league of the unbeaten in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) after defeating University of Cebu Webmaster, 94-81, last Sunday at the University of San Carlos gymnasium.

USJ-R now sports a 2-0 win-loss record and is, at the moment, perched at second place of the standing with USC, Southwestern University with identical slates. Defending champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers, who are 3-0 at this point is No. 1.

Shock and awe

The Webmasters were caught dumbfounded with the Jaguars’ early assault as they took off with a quick getaway at the onset of the game, building up a very early 20-12 lead. While frustrated at this surprising move, coach Rhoel Gomez also had an aggravated moment when he alleged referees were not making good judgment calls. He pointed this out with so much fervor that he was slapped with a technical.

This outburst, however, only aggravated things for the Webmasters as USJ-R came off with another blistering 8-0 run, which virtually spelled disaster for UC.

UC, on the other hand, had little help from its top slotmen Jonathan Canceran and Marvin Ceniza, who were limited to only eight points apiece.

John Malinao pulled off a spectacular performance scoring 24 points for USJR, while Armand Ponce and Lyndon Gudez collaborated for 25 points.

Allain Abellanosa, on the other hand, who shot mostly blanks from the three-point area, still managed to carve out 21 points for UC, which suffered its second loss.

Fiery run

In the other seniors game, UV won its third straight win in a slow-paced match against Don Bosco College Greywolves, 73-53.

In the juniors division, the USC Baby Warriors pulled off a come-from-behind win over the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 84-81, to register their second straight win.

After lagging behind in the first half, USC banked on a fiery run in the third period to overturn an 11-point deficit into a 61-56 lead, which set the stage for the win.

Nilton John Otida topscored for USC with 25 points, while Niño Tiu and Brian Negapatan added 16 and 14 points each.

While its college division counterparts are on a blazing winning streak, the juniors division team of UV are taking a completely opposite rout.

The UV Baby Lancers bowed to Cebu Institute of Technology, 79-86.

UV (73)–Luga14, Tancongco 11, Arda 4, Lanete 9, Slaughter 9, Denni 7, Sendrijas 6, Berami 5, Villanil 3, Lasala 2, Mepana 2
DBC (53)–De los Santos 10, Sasuman 9, Alferez 9, Calooy 8, Bugtai 5, Caballero 4, perturbo 3, Oberes 2, Alvarez 2, Enterina 1.

USJR (95)- Malinao 24, Ponce 13, Gudez 12, Hatague 11, Pogoy 9, Delfino 8, Gabas 8, Arpay 4, Carilla 4, Antigua 2.
UC (81)-Abellanosa 21, Abella 19, Canceran 8, Ceniza 8, Rez 6, Luceno 6, Espinoza 4, Connors 4, Panerio 3, Juliane 2. (MCB)

gameface_one
08-14-2007, 09:27 AM
USC, SWU log second victories



Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:29pm (Mla time) 08/13/2007


Danao City, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras notched their second consecutive victories after beating their respective opponents Saturday night during the Cesafi men's basketball tournament held at the Danao Civic Center in Danao City.

The Warriors encountered some rough sailing but displayed just enough grit to dispose the University of Southern Philippines (USP), 89-80, while the returning Cobras choked the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), 71-48.

The Warriors withstood the torrent shooting of the new-look Panthers, who overhauled a 14-point deficit and take a 63-62 lead entering the final canto.

But just when things looked bleak for last year's finalists, the Panthers suddenly lost their touch and shot blanks, to which the Warriors immediately responded with a 12-2 run spearheaded by Niño Ramirez and reigning MVP Enrico Llanto.

Both players combined efforts to help give the Warriors a 75-65 lead entering the crucial stages of the game en route to the Warriors' second win in as many games.

Ramirez wound up with 20 points, 11 coming in the third canto while Llanto added 16.

Meanwhile, the Cobras continued their triumphant return to the college ranks by holding the Wildcats to just five points in the second canto, where they broke the game wide open.

Enrique Zanoria paced the Cobras with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

CIT dropped further to the bottom of the standings with an 0-3 record while USP fell to 0-2.

BOX SCORES:
First game
SWU (71) - Zanoria 16, Litorja 15, Canonigo 13, Gianchand 11, Velayo 4, Pacquiao 4, Vaflor 3, Armecin 3, Jalandoni 2.
CIT (48) - Abobo 14, Resilla 11, Villarba 9, Aninon 7, Reyes 4, Canete 3.
Second game
USC (89) - Ramirez 20, Llanto 16, Padillo 14, Padayao 9, Feraren 8, Joven 6, Lazalita 6, Igao 5, Codilla 3, Blanes 2.
USP (80) - Tabada 11, Rogado 10, Mancera 8, Moncada 8, Gerundia 6, Gulane 6, Monterde 6, Munez 6, Paradero 6, Ybanez 4, Rizane 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-15-2007, 06:23 AM
USJ-R shocks UC
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:20pm (Mla time) 08/14/2007

Cebu, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars toppled the speedy University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 95-81, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament on Sunday at the University of San Carlos Gym.

The Jaguars surprised the Webmasters from opening tip as USJR banked on the exploits of Rommel Malinao and Bobby Hatague to erect a 32-18 lead in the first quarter.

The onslaught was slowed down in the second and third cantos, which enabled the Webmasters to catch up, 71-65, as Jansen Abella and Allain Abellanosa caught fire from beyond the arc.

However, playing the firemen role for the Jaguars were Lyndon Gudez, Randy Pogoy and crafty point guard Armand Ponce as USJR secured their second consecutive win.

UC, meanwhile, lost their second game in as many tries.

Malinao had a breakout game for the Jaguars as he led them with 24 points while Ponce contributed 13.

LANCERS NOW 3-0

In the meantime, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers notched their third consecutive victory at the expense of the Don Bosco Greywolves, 73-53.

While the final margin was not as terribly one-sided as everyone expected it to be, the Lancers still were as dominant as they were paced by Mike Luga, who had 14 markers.

In the juniors division, UV was not as lucky as the Baby Lancers were trounced by the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens, 86-79.

The USJ-R Baby Jaguars also lost to the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, 84-81.

Nilton Otida once again led the way for USC, with 25 points while Chris Tiu had 16 markers.
Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-15-2007, 06:26 AM
USC, SWU shoot for 3rd win today
Sunstar Cebu
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

THE University of San Carlos and Southwestern University hope to share the leaderboard with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers as they take on separate foes in the Cebu Schools Athletic Association Inc. (Cesafi) today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Both the USC Warriors and the SWU Cobras have 2-0 win-loss records and a win would put them on top with UV, which has a 3-0 card.

SWU, which is back in the collegiate basketball scene after six years of absence, seems to be on a hot roll and is hoping to extend this when it takes on the struggling Don Bosco College Greywolves in the first game at 4:30 p.m.

SWU hopes that rookie Eric Zanoria, who led the team to victory in Danao, will pull off another one of his tricks and contribute to the team for another victory.

The Warriors, on the other hand, will be facing a gargantuan task when they take on the hungry University of Cebu Webmasters, which is still wobbling from two straight losses.

After a lackluster game against the University of San Jose Recoletos, UC hopes Jonathan Canceran will take his spot beside Allain Abellanosa, who was left to do all the dirty work the last time around.

USC, on the other hand, will have Niño Ramirez, Enrico Llanto and Giovanni Padillo to take charge of the offense. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-16-2007, 06:18 AM
The chase is on

SWU, USC take on separate foes

Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:51pm (Mla time) 08/15/2007

Cebu, Philippines - Two teams will be trying to gain a share of the leadership in the standings along with the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers when the Southwestern University (SWU) and the University of San Carlos (USC) go up against separate opponents on Wednesday in the Cesafi seniors basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras look to continue their triumphant return to the collegiate ranks when they take on the Don Bosco Greywolves while the Warriors shoot for win no. 3 when they battle the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters.

Both SWU and USC sport 2-0 (win-loss) cards, trailing the Green Lancers, who are currently lording it over the rest of the pack with an immaculate 3-0 record.

The Cobras, powerhouses in the defunct CAAA, have been making a name for themselves in the Cesafi with impressive wins over the University of Southern Philippines Panthers and the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats in their first two outings.

A third win is expected this afternoon as they face a Don Bosco squad that is reeling after two losses in as many games.

The same however, cannot be said for the Warriors as a third win will not be captured easily, especially against the always-dangerous Webmasters.

Highly motivated after coming off two heartbreaking losses in their first two assignments, the Webmasters will be looking to barge into the win column.

UC will be leaning on the perimeter exploits of Allain Abellanosa and Jonathan Canceran, while the Warriors will be calling on their fiery guard Niño Ramirez and the reigning MVP, Enrico Llanto.
Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-16-2007, 06:20 AM
Cobras sting Wolves
Sunstar Cebu
Thursday, August 16, 2007

ONCE more, Eluid Poligrates brought glitter to an otherwise stoic match between the Southwestern University Cobras and Don Bosco College Greywolves in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., which saw the Cobras preying on the Greywolves, 79-53, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

While he may not been a hit in the statistics sheet, scoring only two points, he was nonetheless a hit with the crowd with his acrobatic moves on the court.

Fielded late in the game, Poligrates and his dribbling shenanigans may have caused more turnovers than baskets and more frowns than pats from the coaching staff, but it never failed to get the crowd’s attention.

Despite stern warnings from the coaching staff, it seemed it was second nature for Poligrates to put on a show that always got the crowd on its feet.

Meanwhile, it was a huge win for the comebacking Cobras as it put them on top of the standing side by side the mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancer with identical 3-0 records.

In the game, DBC only tasted the lead in the early goings, 5-3, behind Rudy Enterina’s triple. It, however, was put on a screeching halt with an 8-0 run courtesy of Chris Litorja and Mariano Canonigo, who took turns barraging the basket.

The first period ended with SWU leading by eight, 19-11. DBC managed to slice this down by just four with an 8-4 run, but a resounding 12-0 run sealed the game for SWU for good.

Factor

After being a major factor in their win in his hometown in Danao last weekend, Eric Zanoria maintained his momentum and once more led the team to victory as he topped the SWU scorers after sinking in 17.

Litorja added 14, while another rookie, Jerus Ceniza chipped in 13. Eleazar Armecin, who, like Zanoria is also from Danao, was also pushed into the limelight as he added 10 points for the team.

DBC, which was led by Ian Calooy with 14 markers, fell further at the bottom of the standing as it suffered its third blow in as many games. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-16-2007, 06:22 AM
Cobras swallow Greywolves to stay unbeaten in CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras rode on a furious second half uprising to annihilate Don Bosco Greywolves, 79-53, and extend their unbeaten streak to three games in a row in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Sporting a clean 3-0 slate, Cobras earned a share of the lead with the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, while the Greywolves are still hunting for the elusive victory.

Jerus Ceniza and Eleazar Armecin shone brightly for the Cobras as they did not only provide the much-needed points, but also gave out their quality time that coach Dodie Miego couldn’t ask for more. Ceniza finished with 13 points while Armecin had 10 points for the Cobras, who were so confident with their variety of offense.

Eric Zanoria, who gave the Cobras the largest lead of 26 points, 79-53, with only 19 ticks left before the final buzzer,* paced the surging Cobras with 17 points. Another reliable scorer Chris Litorja chipped in 14 markers.

There was no stopping for the Cobras since the tip-off because they controlled the tempo of the game* and were enjoying a 41-25 spread at the intermission.

Except for the comic that Eliud Poligrates rendered to the crowd with his dribbling fancy, it was a boring game almost the rest of the way.

The Greywolves rallied briefly in the fourth period to pull within 12 points, 52-64, but the Cobras raplied with a game-closing 15-1 spurt to seal the 26 points massacre.

Ian Calooy, one of the more veteran cogs from the Greywolves, topscored with 14 points, but he lacked the scoring support as no other teammate cashed in* double figures.

The scores

SWU (79) - Zanoria 17, Litorja 14, Ceniza 13, Armecin 10, Canonigo 9, Tilap 6, Gianchand 2, Poligrates 2, Velayo 2, Escober 2, Pacquiao 2

Don Bosco (53) - Calooy 14, Alvarez 6, Delos Santos 5, Oberes 5, Enterina 5, Alferez 4, Perturbos 4, Sasuman 4, Villaver 4, Apura 2

Halftime: 41-25

amdgc82
08-17-2007, 06:43 AM
Llanto saves Warriors
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Friday, August 17, 2007


HE IS silent but deadly. Smooth but sneaky. These are just a few of the factors that brought Enrico Llanto the Most Valuable Player trophy.

Less flashy than his partner Niño Ramirez, the University of San Carlos center Llanto played the biggest part in taking his team to their third straight win in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. by scoring a season-high 32 points in their 109-105 overtime victory over the University of Cebu Webmasters Wednesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win puts USC in a three-way tie with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the Southwestern University Cobras at the top of the standing with identical 3-0 win-loss records.

USC looked like it had the game in the bag in the first three periods, as it maintained double-digits lead.

However, in the final few minutes of the third, UC launched a fierce comeback and pulled an 8-0 run—capped by a buzzer beater triple from Allain Abellanosa—to slice USC’s lead to two, 70-72, going into the final round.

Break

USC managed to once more break the game open wide to take a 79-72 advantage but UC was able to pull within a manageable margin behind the efforts of Abellanosa and beanpole Christian Rez. By the 1:33 mark, UC was able to take the driver’s seat, 92-89.

Llanto then converted his charities to pull closer, 91-92, with just 30 seconds left. UC could have wrapped the game up in their favor had Jonathan Canceran sank the shot from the perimeter.

Bungled shot

He missed and the ball went to USC. Abellanosa then made the first of UC’s many end game blunders as he fouled Giovanni Padillo giving the latter two free throws.

With only a few ticks left and UC leading by just a hairline, the pressure shifted to USC’s side. Padillo could have ended the game then, but he halved his charities to tie the game, 92-all, sending it to overtime.

Padillo made up for that bungled free throw during the most crucial point in the fourth period as he scored six points in the extra period with Paul Joven.

The extended period would have been easy for the USC Warriors as they had all the chances to score when UC gave up foul after foul that sent USC to the line 11 times. The Warriors, however, missed nine shots.

Ramirez, the all-time topscorer for USC, had 22 points but was overshadowed by Llantos’ huge output. Joven scored 13, while Padillo added 12.

Abellanosa, on the other hand, had 31 points for UC.

amdgc82
08-17-2007, 07:42 PM
Llanto shines
As USC stays unbeaten in Cesafi seniors hoop
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 12:44pm (Mla time) 08/17/2007


Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
4:30 p.m. – UV vs. USJ-R (Juniors)
6 p.m. – USC vs. DBC (Juniors)

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Carlos Warriors forged a three-way tie at the top of the standings after escaping the scrappy University of Cebu Webmasters, 109-105, in overtime Wednesday evening in the Cesafi seniors basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors, who made it to the championships last year, were pushed to the hilt by the hungry Webmasters as the latter came back from a 10-point deficit late in the third period and engage USC in a furious shootout in the final period.

Enrico Llanto, who has been quiet in USC’s first two wins, exploded with 32 points, 15 coming in an explosive first period performance while Niño Ramirez added 22.

With UC hotshot Allain Abellanosa hitting his stride in the fourth canto, scoring 12 of his 31 points in that stretch, the Webmasters seized the lead with a 9-0 run to pull ahead 88-87 with less than two minutes remaining.

UC was able to extend that lead to three points, 92-89, but a tough twinner by Llanto and a free-throw by Giovanni Padillo equalized the count at 92-all with 22.7 ticks left in the ballgame.

UC had a shot to grab their first win of the tournament but a drive and dish by Abellanosa to his teammate Jonathan Canceran failed to yield results, sending the game into the extra session.

A three-pointer by Jansen Abella and a thrilling drive by Abellanosa gave UC its last taste of the lead at 103-102 in overtime as USC retaliated with seven consecutive free-throws to secure the game and their spot at the top along with the University of the Visayas and the Southwestern University.

All three share the same 3-0 (win-loss) slates./Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-18-2007, 01:44 AM
UC notches 2nd win with routing of USC
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, August 18, 2007

UNIVERSITY of Cebu (UC) collared its second win via a ball-busting rout on the way to ousting University of San Carlos, 77-71, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

UC is the defending juniors division champion of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) basketball competition.

After what looked like repeated flip-flopping in the lead, UC Baby Webmasters found themselves on the driver's seat when they opened the penultimate period with a 7-0 run, to lead, 36-34.

In what seemed like the nth time in that game, the game's favor once more turned to USC Baby Warriors' side, as another scorching run behind the efforts of USC's mammoth center Niño Tiu, nullified UC's earlier lead. USC took a precarious one-point lead, 49-48, going into the deciding period.

In the final frame, however, the Webmasters shut the door on USC behind a 5-0 run, courtesy of Joseph Sedurifa, Alfred Codilla and Raymund Babad. UC snatched the lead, at 53-49, for good. UC opened the game wider as they were able to bury USC by as much as eight points in this period.

Jeered

In the final two minutes, USC's determination allowed them to edged closer to narrow the gap by three, 71-74. Nielton Otida had a chance to close in further and turn the game around for USC, but his layup ended up stuck between the ring and the board.

UC's Babad, whose demeanor struck the crowd as bordering on arrogance, was undeterred by the crowd's jeering as he scored 21 points for UC, while Sedurifa added 17. Tiu on the other hand, topscored for USC with 21, while Otida added 17.

Both teams now share the top spot with an identical 2-1 win-loss record.

Meanwhile, in the other game, University of the Visayas finally barged into the win column after four outings at the expense of University of Southern Philippines Foundation, 84-78.

College games

Eugene Viagedor scored 19 points to lead the UV scorers. Aldwin Felisario chipped in 17, while John Abad added 16.

Norman Borde and James Babiera combined for 27 points for USPF, which now sports a 1-1 win-loss card.

Today, college games will be held once more in Danao City. The UV Green Lancers, which has an immaculate record, is set to face the win-less USPF in the collegiate division at 7:30 p.m. It will be followed by the clash between Southwestern University and USC. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-18-2007, 01:55 AM
UV juniors turn back USPF for first victory
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Saturday, August 18, 2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers finally barged into the win column after beating the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 84-78 in come-from-behind fashion last night in the secondary match of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Danao City)

7:00 pm UV vs. USPF (Srs.)

8:30 pm SWU vs. USC (Srs.)

It was actually a bumpy ride for the Baby

Lancers in their quest for their first win in three games, but because of their solid defense in the fourth period that prompted the Baby Panthers to commit blunders, they were able to protect a very precarious lead.

Soon as John Michael Abad, a pint-sized point guard, put the Baby Lancers back in front by converting two charities, 71-70, with still 3:54 left in the game, they never wilted despite maintaining only at least a three-point edge the rest of the way.

A basket by Aldwin Felisario put the Lancers ahead by four, 75-71. The Baby Panthers refused to wither not until a basket by Junard Premacio and a dagger shot by Eugen Erick Viagedor gave the Lancers an 82-75 breather with just 40 seconds left to play.

A very uspet Baby Panthers coach Camilo Go attributed their loss to their lack of defensive hustle because it was when they pressed that the Baby Lancers committed flaws and went on to an erratic ballgame only to regain composure down the stretch.

Viagedor topscored for the Baby Lancers with 19 points followed by Felisario, Abad cashed in 16 points, while Junard Premacio, the only mainstay from UV’s roster last year, chipped in 10 markers.

The Baby Panthers, who fell to 1-1, were led by Ephraim Elorde with 15 points, while Norman Bordalba and Jaime Henri Babiera had 14 and 13 points, respectively.

As of this writing last night, the USC Baby Warriors are shooting for their third straight win in as many games against the 1-1 UC Junior Webmasters.

The scores

UV (84) - Viagedor 19, Felisario 17, Abad 16, Premacio 10, Cañedo 6, Oktobre 4, Tabaquero 2, Daño 2, Ferolino 2

USPF (78) - Elorde 15, Bordalba 14, Babiera 13, Dela Cruz 12, Cabatingan 7, Lapiña 4, Escanilla 4, Ferraren 2

Halftime: 41-40

sultan
08-18-2007, 08:52 PM
Hi, Mr. Servinio, are there any tall young high school players in cebu that has the potential to make it big? ;)

amdgc82
08-19-2007, 06:41 AM
Jaguars gun for third win today
Sunstar Cebu
Sunday, August 19, 2007


THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars hope to fortify their hold on top of the standings of the collegiate division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., when they put their unstained record on the line against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats this afternoon at the Cebu Coliseum.

USJ-R, which now has a 2-0 win-loss record, is expected to cruise to its third straight win against the slumping Wildcats, which failed to clinch a victory after three outings.

Expected to carry the offensive load for the Jaguars will be their peppery playmaker Armand Ponce and John Malinao, who carried USJ-R to victory last Sunday against University of Cebu (UC).

CIT coach Alex dela Torre needs to pull out more tricks out of his sleeves in order to score an upset and a much needed win over the Jaguars.

The UC Webmasters, on the other hand, also needs to win in order to keep their bid in the Cesafi alive. They will be taking on the Don Bosco College this afternoon.

Having been a perennial top four team, UC is surprisingly at the bottom of the standings with a winless record (0-3). UC is fresh off a heart-wrenching overtime loss to USC in its last assignment.

In the earlier games, the UC Baby Webmasters hope to extend their win streak when they clashes with the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers in the first game this afternoon at 1 p.m.

The juniors teams of Cebu Institute of Technology and USJ-R will also play in the 2:30 p.m. offering before the collegiate matches. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-20-2007, 04:23 AM
Padayao rallies USC against SWU
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, August 20, 2007

UNIVERSITY of San Carlos’s Carlo Padayao showed a real threat to the Southwestern University’s bid in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Saturday night at the Danao City Sports Complex by making himself feel at home at the three-point lane.

Padayao led USC to streak to its fourth straight win, scoring 15 of his 17 point production from the arc to defeat the SWU Cobras, 67-60.

The Warriors overhauled an early assault on SWU to overturn a 6-14 deficit to a 14-all deadlock at the end of the first period. In the second frame, the Warriors, who went on a scoring splurge, applied stifling defense that only allowed the Cobras to score eight points against USC’s 14, to end the half, 30-22.

In the third canto, the Cobras displayed intensity and determination to get back into the game as they sliced the lead to just three points, 27-33, behind the five straight points scored by SWU’s Chris Litorja.

This was when Padayao took matters into his own hands.

Taking his position at the arc, Padayao’s shots from the perimeter, including that of Harvey Lazalita, came in perfect timing as it was when the Cobras were striving to get back in the game. The two jumpstarted the fiery 22-9 run, which inexorably denied the SWU squad a chance to snatch the lead back to their side and for them to suffer its first setback in three outings.

USC’s Niño Ramirez had 15, while Enrico Llanto, who scored more than 30 in his last game, only had 12 last Saturday. The stuntman, Eluid Poligrates, made up for a handful of errors in the previous games to lead SWU with 14 markers.

In the first game, University of the Visayas Green Lancers overpowered the hapless USPF, 88-55.

UV’s coach Elmer Caba-hug’s experiment in fielding his big men worked as it easily slaughtered. Greg Slaughter, UV’s priced possession, led his team’s charge with 19 markers on top of the 13 rebounds he made.

USC and UV, which fought for the championships last year, found themselves sharing the top spot with identical 4-0 win-loss slates.

UV (88)-Slaughter 19, Lanete 14, Luga 10, Villanil 8, Mepana 6, Dennison 6, Arda 5, Manigque 5, Lao 4, Diputado 4, Berame 4, Lasala 3
USP (55) Rogado 21, Mancera 6, Paradero 6, Monterde 6, Gulane 5, Ortuda 4, Ybanez 3, Tabada 2, Gerundio 2

USC (67) Padayao 17, Ramirez 15, Llanto 12, Lazalita 7, Igao 7, Padillo 6, Joven 2, Codilla 1
SWU (60) Poligrates 14, Armecin 12, Canoniga 11, Zanoria 8, Litorja 5, Escober 5, Jalandoni 4, Pacquiao 1. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-20-2007, 04:25 AM
UV, USC now 4-0 in CESAFI hoop
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, August 20, 2007

While the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers played only half-hearted in their 88-55 demolition of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors were made to work to the limit before repulsing the previously undefeated Southwestern University (SWU), 67-60, in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season on Saturday night at the Danao City Sports and Civic Center.

Thus, the Green Lancers and Warriors shared the overall lead with identical clean 4-0 slates.

The rampaging Lancers now compiled a 71-1 win-loss record overall in six years of CESAFI domination, while the Warriors are basking in their best start ever since the league’s inception in 2000.

The triumvirate of Ryan Carlo Padayao, Niño Ramirez and Enrico Llanto proved to be the most disastrous to the Cobras, whose potential scorer Eric Zanoria was in foul trouble.

Aside from having a well-balanced offensive, the Warriors also mounted an excellent defense to the Cobras allowing the others to score rather than giving Zanoria, Mariano Canonigo and Chris Litorja to do their tricks.

Padayao paced the Warriors with 17 points, while Ramirez and Llanto added15 and 12 points, respectively.

Eliud Pologrates, an adopted son of Danao from Poro, Camotes topscored for the Cobras with 14 points followed by Eleazar Armecin with 12. Canonigo chipped in 11 markers. The missing link was Litorja, who was held off to a season-low eight points.

Earlier, the 6-foot-9 behemoth Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter topscored for the Lancers for the first time in four games with 19 points as he took advantage of his height and wide frame.

Moncrief Rogado was the only bright prospect for the Panthers with 21 points.

The scores

First game

UV (88) - Slaughter 19, Lanete 14, Luga 10, Villanil 8, Mepaña 6, Dennison 6, Arda 5, Manigque 5, Diputado 4, Lao 4, Berame 4, Lasala 3
USPF (55) - Rogado 21, Mancera 6, Paradero 6, Monterde 6, Gulane 5, Ortuyo 4, Ybañez 3, Tabada 2, Gerundio 2

Second game

USC (67) - Padayao 17, Ramirez 15, Llanto 12, Lazalita 7, Igao 7, Padillo 6,* * Joven 2, Codilla 1
SWU (60) - Poligrates 14, Armecin 12, Canonigo 11, Zanoria 8, Litorja 5, Escober 5, Jalandoni 4, Pacquiao 1

pachador
08-20-2007, 05:47 AM
Slaughter with 19 pts and 13 rebounds in the 4th game* :o* whoa ! looks like we now have Slaughter as King of the ring in cebu. We'll know for sure who is the giant king of the ring for the philippines when UV gets to plays against UAAP, NCAA schools.

amdgc82
08-21-2007, 12:47 AM
Webmasters cling on
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

THE drought is over for the University of Cebu Webmasters as they claimed their first victory at the expense of the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 109-96, last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

After being in the slump losing in their last three games, the Webmasters finally saw light to salvage their win-loss slate to 1-3. Now, UC only needs to win its remaining games in order to stay in contention for the fourth place in the ranking.

UC needed the first two periods in order to build a safe 25-point wall against the Greywolves.

Three minutes in the penultimate round, DBC then started scoring on fastbreaks, outrunning the Webmasters, 12-4. DBC was on a streak in this quarter, as it was able to outscore UC, 18-30, slicing the lead to just 12, 66-78.

Barrage

DBC was, however, forever silenced in the fourth by the three consecutive triples from Allain Abellanosa and Kelvin Juliane and in less than four minutes, the Greywolves once more found themselves buried. This time UC’s lead swelled to as much as 27 points.

Abellanosa scored 19 points for UC, while Christian Rez added 16. Ricmar Perturbos topscored for DBC with 16 points.

In the other seniors game, the University of San Jose Recoletos-Jaguars continue their explosive run as they devoured Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 74-63.

USJR currently has a 4-0 slate, sharing the top of the heap together with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and University of San Carlos Warriors.

USJ-R’s wily point guard Armand Ponce scattered 15 points, while Manny Gabas added 13. CIT’s most explosive player, Sherwin Abobo, lived up to his lofty billing finishing with 23 points to once more be dispensing the most number of baskets for the team.

Baby games

In the juniors division, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers took the crowd by storm as they labored through two overtimes to beat the UC Baby Webmasters, 109-105.

The Baby Panthers took on an early offensive, 15-11, and built on their lead with the help of Ephraim Elorde who took most of the scoring cudgel in the first half.

It was no party yet, however, for the Baby Panthers after UC emerged all-out and chopped the lead down to 57-56 in the third quarter.

In the closing quarter, the win was just an arm’s length for the Baby Webmasters, who led by two in the dying seconds. A celebration was, however, hampered when USPF’s RJ dela Cruz dropped a buzzer beater basket that took the game to overtime.

In the extension, the UC Baby Webmasters, with the help of stalwarts Raymund Babad and Jeff Ryan Alviva, stopped USPF and took the game to another overtime when the game ended in another deadlock, 90-all.

In the second overtime, USPF’s Michael Cabatingan and the rest of the Baby Panthers had the final say, claiming the victory against UC. USPF’s Ephraim Elorde displayed a 29-point performance, while Michael Cabatingan and Henry Babiera each had 24 points.

Records

USPF registered its first victory after losing its first assignment. UC, on the other hand, now totes a 2-2 win-loss record.

In the other juniors match-up, the Cebu Institute of Technology Baby Wildcats bowed to the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, with an 11-point lead, 61-70.

The Baby Jaguars remained in control of the whole game not giving up a quarter, keeping the lead from CIT.

USJ-R is currently leading the juniors division as it claimed its third victory against one setback.

SENIORS BOX SCORES

USJ-R (74) - Ponce 15, Gabas 13, Pateño 8, Pogoy 8, Gudez 7, Lapiz 5, Delfino 4, Bibera 4, Malinao 4, Hatague 4, Villahermosa 2
CIT (63) - Abobo 23, Aniñon 14, Resilla 5, Montealto 5, Reyes 4, Lamosa 2, Capaning 2, Caballero 2

UC (109) - Abellanosa 19, Rez 16, Abella 12, Canceran 11, Juliane 9, Luceño 8, Amarante 7, Ceniza 7, Espinoza 6, Deparine 4, del Rosario 2, Panerio 2, Rago 2
DBC (96) - Perturbos 16, Bugtai 14, delos Sanrtos 13, Calooy 12, Sasuman 10, Lumapas 8, Apura 8, Enterina 6, Alvarez 5, Oberes 4.

(With USJ-R MassComm Intern Justin Vestil)

amdgc82
08-21-2007, 08:56 PM
USJ-R improves to 3-0, UC bags first victory
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 07:12pm (Mla time) 08/21/2007


Cebu, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars continued their chase of the league-leaders with a resounding 74-63 spanking of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars, who are currently in second place in the standings with a 3-0 (win-loss) slate behind the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers (4-0) and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors (4-0), started the game like a house on fire as they zoomed off to a 14-2 lead with all five starters scoring in the first three minutes of the game.

The Jaguars then continued their domination as they started the ensuing period very much like the first, as they went on a 12-2 run anchored on their second stringers, to extend their lead to 25 points, 38-13.

Crafty point guard Armand Ponce then capped off USJ-R’s tenacity by scoring eight of his team-high 15 points in the third period, to help the Jaguars maintain their 25-point cushion, 64-39, entering the final period and deal CIT its fourth loss in as many games.

Sherwin Abobo led the Wildcats with 23 points.

UC'S FIRST WIN

Meanwhile, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters finally got their first win of the season after routing the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 109-96.

Left for dead at the bottom of the standings after facing the three top teams in the league, the Webmasters vented their ire on the hapless Greywolves as five different players scored in double figures led by Allain Abellanosa’s 19 and Christian Rez’ 16 markers.

UC’s junior counterparts however, were not as lucky as they were upset by the University of Southern Philippines (USP) Baby Panthers, 109-105, in a double-overtime thriller.

The defending champions were in control late in the final canto and appeared to be headed to the win but USP’s JR Dela Cruz had other plans as he nailed a buzzer-

beating trifecta to send the game into overtime.

After the first overtime ended at 90-all, USP (2-1) finally dashed UC’s (2-2) hopes behind the hot hands of Ephraim Elorde, who nailed 11 of his 29 points in the second overtime.

Henry Babiera and Michael Cabatingan flanked Elorde by scoring 24 points apiece for USP.

The USJ-R Baby Jaguars also notched another win after disposing of the CIT Wildkittens, 70-61. They improved their record to 3-1 while CIT dropped to 2-2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-23-2007, 07:02 AM
USJ-R, USC stake winning runs
Winless teams look to arrest skids
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:29pm (Mla time) 08/22/2007


Cebu, Philippines - Unbeaten teams University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and University of San Carlos (USC) aim to keep their unblemished record intact when both collide in Wednesday's main game of the Cesafi seniors basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

One winning streak will surely end Wednesday night as both teams stake their immaculate records on the line, with the Warriors eyeing the solo lead in the team standings.

USC is currently tied for first place along with the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers with identical 4-0 (win-loss) records.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, are not far behind at second place with a 3-0 mark.

Before one winning streak ends, two winless teams will first try to arrest their respective skids as the Don Bosco Greywolves take on the University of Southern Philippines (USP) Foundation Panthers in the first game at 4:30 p.m.

Both teams are dwelling at the cellar with identical 0-4 marks.

The Warriors, the runners-up of last season’s tournament hurdled their first acid test last Saturday as they handed the Southwestern University Cobras their first loss of the competition with a 67-60 decision. SWU at the time, also had a 3-0 record.

While the Jaguars have yet to battle any of the league powers until today, they have, nonetheless, been nothing short of impressive with their starters playing like a well-oiled machine and meshing well with their bench. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-23-2007, 07:06 AM
Panthers notch First victory
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Freeman

When the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) was looking for someone to turn to, Moncrief Rogado responded to the challenge and led the Panthers to their first win with a scrappy 89-84 conquest of the Don Bosco Greywolves last night in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow

4:30 pm USJ-R vs. UV (Jrs.)

6:00 pm USC vs. Don Bosco (Srs.)

Rogado, the most senior of the Panthers, scored 11 of his topscoring 27 points in the fourth period when the Panther’s game was on the line.

Rogado scored one triple and six crucial charities in closing seconds of the match to help the Panthers snap out of their three-game losing jinx.

Don Bosco was looking good of winning the joust as Ricmar Perturbos and Alain de los Santos gave the Greywolves an 84-81 edge less than two minutes left in the game.

Rogado and JR Gulane, however, quickly countered by darting back-to-back hits to put the Panthers in front, 85-84, with only 38 ticks left before the final buzzer.

In the ensuing play, Jake Alferez committed an errant pass off a kick-out, forcing the ball to go out of bounds.

To stop the clock from winding down, the Greywolves fouled Rogado but to Don Bosco’s misfortune, the veteran Panther calmly sank his charities to up USP’s lead to 87-84 with 21.7 seconds left.

Again, Don Bosco had he last possession but before the Greywolves could make an attempt, Rogado won he wild scuffle for the ball and was fouled in the process by Mike Caballero.

Flashing nerves of steel, Rogado banked his two free throws with accurate precision with only a seven-tenth of a second left to settle the final tally.

Dennis Tabada, who is known for his razzle-dazzle plays, complimented Rogado in scoring with 18 points follows by Jonathan Monterde with 10.

The Greywolves, who are still winless in five games, were led by Alferez with 17 points followed by Perturbos and Delos Santos with 16 markers apiece.

The scores

USP (89) - Rogado 27, Tabada 18, Monterde 10, Moncada 6, Avila 6, Gerundio 5,* Mancera 4, Gulane 4, Muñez 3, Ybañez 2, Paradero 1

Don Bosco (85) - Alferez 17, delos Santos 16, Perturbos 16, Sasuman 10, Apura 7, Villaver 6, Lumapas 4, Bugtai 3, Colooy 3, Caballero 1, Enterina 1

Halftime: 44-40*

amdgc82
08-23-2007, 07:27 PM
USPF nails first win
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 12:46pm (Mla time) 08/23/2007

CEBU, Philippines - The University of Southern Philippines Panthers' otherwise bleak season, received some ray of hope yesterday after it bagged its first win of the season, beating the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 89-84, at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The game between the two cellar dwellers was a barnburner as the lead went back and forth until the dying moments of the game, when the Greywolves lost their bearing and surrendered their precarious three point lead at 84-81, behind a searing 8-0 run by the Panthers to end the game.

Moncrief Rogado and RJ Gulane helped USPF take the lead at 85-84. Then, two freebies by Rogado pushed the lead to three, 87-84. Don Bosco then committed a couple of crucial turnovers in the final 23 seconds while Rogado and the rest of the Panthers sealed the deal with two more free throws for their first win since the Partner's Cup tournament.

Before the game, the Panthers were in the midst of an 11-game freefall dating back to the inaugural Partner's Cup last February. They finished that competition with a 0-7 record. The Panthers opened this season with a 0-3 mark before yesterday's win.

Rogado led USP with 27 points, 11 coming in the penultimate canto. Dennis Tabada added 18 markers.

Don Bosco fell further down the cellar with a 0-5 slate. The Greywolves were led by Jake Alferez's 17 points while Rickmar Perturbos and Allain Delos Santos had 16 points apiece.

BOX SCORES:

USP (89) – Rogado 27, Tabada 18, Monterde 10, Avila 6, Moncada 5, Gerundio 5, Mancera 4, Gulane 4, Rizane 4, Munez 3, Ybanez 2, Paradero 1

DBC (84) – Alferez 17, Perturbos 16, Delos Santos 16, Sasuman 10, Apura 7, Villaber 6, Lumapas 4, Calooy 3, Bugtai 3, Caballero 1, Enterina 1.

amdgc82
08-24-2007, 06:11 AM
Still undefeated
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Friday, August 24, 2007

THE University of San Carlos was on the brink of absorbing its first setback, but thanks to a formidable sixth man—the crowd—the Warriors were given enough confidence to crawl out of a hole and beat the University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars, 84-73, in last Wednesday’s Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball at the Cebu Coliseum.

The USC Warriors, who once were branded as the doormats who could only generate a handful of supporters, now has a crowd cheering for them regularly.

Even during their game in Danao last Saturday, people came in droves, driving the long distance from the city to support their team. In Danao, USC ended the streak of the Southwestern University Cobras. That game showed the USC crowd’s influence of the Warriors’ scorching run.

Last Wednesday, when the Warriors trailed USJ-R for the whole first half, their fans were there, egging their wards on. The crowd’s presence became more apparent when ultimately, the Warriors were able to erase a 10-point deficit behind the explosive Enrico Llanto.

Llanto brought the house down when he dropped the tie breaking basket at the start of third period to put them at 40-all with USJ-R.

Then, the Warriors’ groupies let out a collective gasp when Llanto, who already fished 19 of his 21 points at this juncture, fell on the floor writhing in pain when he was brought down and forced to rest after he stepped on USJ-R defender Randy Pogoy’s foot.

Partner

At this point, Niño Ramirez, the other half of the USC hot duo, stepped up to make up for the absence of his partner.

After being held scoreless by the USJ-R defenders in the first half, Ramirez waxed hot to score nine points—spiked by two triples and a gutsy drive—in just three minutes as USC finally grabbed the lead, 52-49.

USJ-R managed to snatch back the driver’s seat with a 10-2 run, ending the third at the helm, 60-59.

However, a blistering 18-8 run in the final frame, spearheaded by the seven straight points of Sam Hermosa—who is returning to Cebu from a stint in the UAAP—and backed by Carlo Padayao, Paul Joven and Giovanni Padillo, completely banged the door on the Jaguars.

What made the win intriguing was how USJ-R, which was actually tipped to win in this matchup, crumbled in the crucial stretch and why coach Edito Salacot’s reliable men failed to be their usual productive selves in the most awaited meeting in the league.

USJ-R’s usual snipers Lyndon Gudez, Bobby Hatague, Manny Gabas and John Malinao were reduced to scoring in petty single digits.

In the end, Llanto came up with 17 rebounds on top of his 21 points, while Ramirez provided 19 points for USC.

USC’s end-game composure allowed them to break away from being tied with the University of the Visayas to take temporary leadership in the eight-team heap with five straight wins.

After ending SWU’s win streak, USC also ended the Jaguars’ streak at four games. USJ-R was paced by its second stringer Jessmar Villahermosa’s 17 markers. The Jaguars are currently at third with 3-1, next to UV (4-0).

USC (84) – Llanto 21, Ramirez 19, Padayao 9, Padillo 8, Joven 8, Lazalita 5, Feraren 3, Codilla 2 USJ-R (73) – Villahermosa 17, Ponce 12, Pogoy 10, Hatague 7, Gudez 6, Arpay 5, Pateno 5, Malinao 5, Gabas 4, Carilla 2. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-24-2007, 06:23 AM
Warriors vanquish Jaguars to grab solo lead in CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Friday, August 24, 2007

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors extended their winning streak to five games in a row with an 84-73 conquest of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars the other night in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

In a very rare coincidence, it was the same day, August 21 of last year when the* Warriors tamed the Jaguars, 80-77, that bolstered their finals bid against the powerhouse University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

The Warriors were trailing the entire first half, but eventually grabbed the driver’s seat for the first time, 50-49, on a triple by fearless guard Niño Ramirez.

In the closing minutes of the contest, the Warriors turned very impulsive behind the breakaway game of rookie Sam Jordan Hermosa, whose seven straight points including a bone-crushing triple pushed USC back in front, 66-65.

The Jaguars regained a 68-65 lead, but Giovanni Padillo buried a 3-pointer and then Ramirez connected a seven-point combustion capping a blistering 11-0 run that gave the Warriors a 77-68 breather with a little over two minutes left to play.

From that point on, there was not turning back for USC as it only allowed the Jaguars to threaten at 73-77 on a triple by Jessmar Villahermosa.

The missing link in the Jaguars’ offensive system was Lyndon Gudez and Manny Gabas, who were held off to a measly 10 points combined. Gudez was hancuffed to a season-low six points , while Gabas scored only four.

“We were prepared how to control Gudez and Gabas and we did our job,” said Warriors coach Jay Ramirez. The Warriors take on Don Bosco next Sunday before going up against the Lancers.

Enrico Llanto topscored for the Warriors with 21 points followed by Ramirez with 19 as the Warriors took the solo lead with an immaculate 5-0 win-loss record.

Villahermosa had 17 points followed by Armand Ponce and Randy Pogoy with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Jaguars, after suffered their first loss after starting the season on a bright 3-0 note.

The score

Seniors

USC (84) - Llanto 21, Ramirez 19, Padayao 9, Padillo 8, Hermosa 7, Lazalita 5, Ferraren 3, Codilla 2

USJR (73) - Villahermosa 17, Ponce 12, Pogoy 10, Hatague 7, Gudez 6, Arpay 5, Delfino 5, Malinao 5, Gabas 4, Carilla 2

amdgc82
08-26-2007, 06:50 AM
USC Baby Warriors echo seniors’ win
Sunstar Cebu
Sunday, August 26, 2007

THE University of San Carlos Baby Warriors took solo leadership in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. following their 83-61 conquest over Don Bosco College Baby Greywolves, Friday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Warriors are mirroring its seniors division counterparts to top the juniors class with a 4-1 win-loss ledger. The USC collegiate team is also hovering on top of the tertiary divisions.

Nielton John Otida and Ian Alocillo spearheaded the Baby Warriors’ cause as they scattered 16 points apiece. DBC, on the other hand, spiraled further down the cellar without a single win after three starts.

Highlights

In the other game, the University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers improved its slate to 2-2 after sneaking past the University of San Jose Recoletos, 89-83.

Today, the USC Warriors are looking at maintaining its winning streak in the league as they face the besieged DBC Grey-wolves, which is yet to win a game.

The Warriors are riding on the crest of USC’s hottest streak in the Cesafi ever, having won all of its five games.

Other than the USC regulars Enrico Llanto and Niño Ramirez, starting to make his mark in the league is Sam Hermosa. Hermosa had a breakout game against University of San Jose-Recoletos last week, when he initiated a final quarter run that served as a springboard for USC’s win over the Jaguars.

Hermosa, is also a former juniors player of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation who recently came off a stint in the UAAP.

In the other game in the seniors division, the USJ-R Jaguars will be facing the USPF Panthers.

In the juniors division, the USP Baby Panthers, who are fresh off their overtime win over the defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters will try their luck once more as they take on the USJ-R Baby Jaguars.

UV Juniors (89)- Premacio 36, Cañedo 20, Abad 13, Felisario 8, Viagedor 6, Octobre 4, Llenes 2. USJ-R Juniors (83)- Ponsica 25, Trillo 16, Regalado 13, Heredia 9, Muñez 7, Marquez 5, Saladaga 3, Espiritu 3, Dimaampao 2.

USC Juniors (83)-Otida 16, Alocillo 16, Santos 12, Nuñez 8, Tiu 8, Uy 5, Ferrolino 5, Delos Santos 4, Omolon 4, Saberon 2, Sumayang 2, Carbon 1. DBTC Juniors (61)- Belciña 14, Belangel 14, Mellana 10, Escaño 9, Parcon 4, Ruiz 4, Villahermosa 3, Basco 2, Gabison 1. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-26-2007, 06:52 AM
Red-hot Warriors gun for sixth win
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Sunday, August 26, 2007

The rampaging University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors shoot for their sixth consecutive victory in as many starts as they take on the listless Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves today in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

1:00 pm Don Bosco vs. CIT (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USJR vs. USPF (Jrs.)

4:00 pm USC vs. Don Bosco (Srs.)

5:30 pm USPF vs. USJR (Srs.)

USC clashes with Don Bosco at 4:40 pm , right before the University of San Jose- Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars try to bounce back from a previous setback when they collide against the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers.

As usual, the Warriors will rely on the lethal tandem of Enrico Llanto and Niño Ramirez, who continue to sow hardcourt terror against their previous five opponents.

Lyndon Gudez, Manny Gabas and Ranulfo Malinao, on the other hand, are among the stars to watch out in the Jaguars camp as they seek to jump back into the winning track after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of the Warriors.

Meanwhile, the* USC Baby Warriors pounded on the Don Bosco juniors, 83-61, to grab the temporary lead in the secondary division with an improved 3-1 win-loss record.

The Baby Warriors ran roughshod against the Greywolves from start to finish and posted their largest lead at 26 points, 47-21, late in the third period.

Nilton John Otida topscored for the Baby Warriors with 16 points followed by Ian Alocillo and Miko Santos with 14 and 12 markers, respectively.

Danilo Keslo Belangel, Lorenzo Jay Belciña and Adrian Mellana were the only bright spots for the Greywolves, who are still searching for that elusive victory.* Belangel and Belciña each had 14 points while Mellana scored 10 in a losing cause.

The scores

USC (83) - Otida 16, Alocillo 14, Santos 12, Tiu 8, Muñeza 8, Uy 5, Ferrolino 5, Delosa Santos 4, Omolon 4, Saberon 2, Sumayang 2, Carbon 1

Don Bosco (61) - Belangel 14, Belciña 14, Mellana 10, Escaño 9, Borbon 4, Ruiz 4, Villahermosa 3,* Basco 2, Gabison 1

Halftime: 35-19

amdgc82
08-27-2007, 06:52 AM
Lancers slaughter Cobras
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, August 27, 2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers extended their winning run to five games in a row after they walloped the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 73-55,* in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season, which was played for the third time on Saturday night at the Danao City Sports and Civic Center.

Earlier, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters repulsed a spirited endgame rally by the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats to pull off an 89-88 cliffhanger.

The pro-SWU fans were delirious at the start as the Cobars were dictating the tempo of the match. But the Cobras folded up starting in the third period, allowing the Lancers to stage a daring breakaway.

Except for the 6-2 start, the Lancers never lead in the entire first half and were even down by three points at the intermission, 32-35.

However, Michael Luga put UV back in front 36-35, and the Lancers went unstoppable from that point on.* A barrage of points from Luga, Ritchum Dennnison and Chris Victor Diputado sent the Cobras reeling the rest of the way.

Dennison paced the Lancers with 14 points followed by Diputado with 12 and Luga 11.

Zanoria and Chris Litorja had 16 points for the Cobras, who suffered their second straight defeat after an impressive 3-0 start.

Earlier, Alain Abellanosa scattered 18 points as the Webmasters improved their win-loss record to 2-3.

The Wildcats had a chance to win, but JR Regis bungled what could have been a potential game-clincher with six seconds left to play. Thus, the Wildcats stayed winless after five games, so far.

The scores

First game

UC (89) - Abellanosa 18, Luceño 15, Canceran 13, Abella 11, Ceniza 10, Del Rosario 6, Juliane 5, Rez 4, Panerio 3, Flanco 2, Dieparine 2
CIT (88) - Resilla 26, Aniñon 23, Abobo 14, Capaning 8, Dela Cerna 6, Montealto 5, Regis 4, Villarba 2

Halftime: 46-36

Second game

UV (73) - Dennison 14, Diputado 12, Luga 11, Slaughter 8, Tancongco 8, Mepaña 6, Lasala 4, Berame 4, Lanete 2, Sendrijas 2
SWU (55) - Zanoria 16, Litorja 16, Canonigo 8, Gianchand 7, Jalandoni 6, Poligrates 2

Halftime: 32-35

amdgc82
08-28-2007, 05:41 AM
UV still unbeaten
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 05:39pm (Mla time) 08/27/2007


Danao City, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers shook off a rough start to beat the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 73-55, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament last Saturday at the Danao Civic Center in Danao City.

The Green Lancers banked on their defense down the stretch to hold down the Cobras and cruise to their fifth straight win in as many games.

UV seemed lost early on as it played uninspired basketball and trailed, 32-35, at halftime.

The Green Lancers turned their focus on their tenacious defense in the second half as they held SWU to just 11 points to grab a 50-46 in the third.

UV then turned it up another notch in the final period as it clamped down on the Cobras even tighter, giving up just nine points while scoring 23 of their own to complete the rout.

Ritchum Dennison paced UV with 14 points while Chris Diputado chipped in 12. Mike Luga added 11 markers.

SWU, which suffered its second straight defeat and fell to 3-2 (win-loss), was led by Chris Litorja and Zanoria, who each had 16 points.

In the other game, the resurgent University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters claimed their second straight win as they edged the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 89-88.

The Webmasters led by as much as 14 points but slacked down the stretch to allow CIT to crawl back into the ballgame.

CIT had a chance to get their first win of the season but JR Regis misfired on their last possession as time expired.

The Wildcats are now sharing the bottom of the standings with the Don Bosco Greywolves with identical 0-5 slates. UC improved to 2-3.

BOX SCORES:
UV (73) – Dennison 14, Diputado 12, Luga 11, Tancongco 8, Slaughter 8, Mepana 6, Berame 4, Lasala 4, Lanete 2.
SWU (55) – Zanoria 16, Litorja 16, Canonigo 8, Gianchand 7, Jalandoni 6, Poligrates 2.
Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-28-2007, 05:44 AM
USC nails 6th straight win
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Enrico Llanto sparkled with 21 points as the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors improved their clean slate to 6-0 with an 88-73 bashing of the listless Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves in the* 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm CIT vs. USPF (Srs.)

6:00 pm USC vs. UV (Srs.)

In the main game, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars clobbered the smaller University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 89-73, to quickly jump back to the winning track after falling prey to the Warriors in their previous game.

The Warriors, however, face an uphill climb in fulfilling their bid of a record 7-0 start as they face next six-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in tomorrow’s main offering at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the secondary matches, the USPF Baby Panthers defeated the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 84-79, while the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens clawed the Don Bosco bantams, 79-62.

The Warriors dominated the game all the way and were maintaining a 20-point lead in the final period, the last was at 74-54 with a little over six minutes left to play.

Llanto was backed up by Sam Jordan Hermosa and Niño Ramirez with 25 points combined.

Glenn Ford Bugtai, Ricmar Perturbos and Philip Oberes scored 16 points each for Don Bosco, while Ian Calloy chipped in 15 markers.

In the other game, Gerry Carilla topped the Jaguars’ offense for the first time this season with 11 points as USJ-R improved their win-loss record to 4-1.

As usual, Moncrief Rogado was the topgrosser for the Panthers, but his 26-point output again went for naught as the Panthers suffers their fourth loss against only one victory.

The scores
Juniors

First game

CIT (79) - Gerali 21, Almario 18, Espinoza 11, Brigoli 7, Taghoy 7, Santos 5, Borinaga 4, Gallo 2, Aton 2, Fuentes 1
Don Bosco (62) - Villanueva 18, Belangel 12, Belciña 7, Lapitan 5, Gabison 4, Mellana 4, Perez 4, Escaño, Mangubat 4

Second game

USPF (84) - Elorde 22, Dela Cruz 14, Bordalba 9, Ferraren 9, Cabatingan 7, Ducay 3, Abing 2, Vergas 2
USJ-R* (79) - Regalado 19, Heredia 16, Marquez 10, Ponsica 8, Muñez 7, Dimaampao 7, Espiritu 7, Trillo 6

Third game
Seniors

USC (88) - Llanto 21, Hermosa 13, Ramirez 12, Ferraren 8, Bakker 8, Padayao 5, Igao 5, Joven 5, Gallarde 3, Bercede 2, Lazalita 2, Padillo 2, Codilla 2
Don Bosco (73) - Oberes 16, Perturbos 16, Bugtai 16, Calooy 15, Lumapas 6, Villaver 4

Fourth game

USJ-R (89) -* Carilla 11, Hatague 10, Villahermosa 10, Delfino 9, Gudez 8, Antigua 7, Malinao 6, Gabas 6, Arpay 5, Duran 5, Pogoy 4, Pateño 4, Lapiz 2, Bibera 2
USPF* (73) - Rogado 26, Tabada 16, Gulane 8, Avila 4, Rizane 3, Gerundio 3, Mancera 2, Muñez 2, Moncada 2, Ybañez 2

amdgc82
08-28-2007, 02:52 PM
USC pads streak
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 01:01pm (Mla time) 08/28/2007

Cebu City, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors continued their unrelenting assault of the top spot in the standings as they captured their sixth straight win by routing the Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves, 88-73, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors have proved to be unstoppable this season as they have taken on all comers behind the front-court brilliance of reigning MVP Enrico Llanto and the superb sniping of wingman Niño Ramirez. Sunday’s game was no different as both players delivered the goods combining for 33 points in the lopsided match.

USC moved ahead of the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers for the lead in the standings as they improved their record to 6-0 (win-loss).

The idle Lancers are not far behind with a 5-0 record. Both squads will collide in an explosive match-up tomorrow.

In the other game of the seniors division, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars improved to 4-1 after making quick work of the hapless University of Southern Philippines (USP) Panthers, 89-73.

Lefty shooter Gerry Carilla paced USJ-R’s balanced scoring with 11 points, while Bobby Hatague and Jesmar Villahermosa contributed 10 markers apiece.

The losses for Don Bosco and USP further plunged them to the bottom of the standings with a 0-6 and 1-5 mark, respectively.

In the juniors division, the USP Baby Panthers beat the USJ-R baby Jaguars, 84-79, while the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens also were victorious against the DBC Baby Greywolves, 79-62.

Box scores:
First game
USC (88) – Llanto 21, Hermosa 13, Ramirez 12, Bakker 8, Feraren 8, Joven 5, Padayao 5, Igao 5, Gallarde 3, Codilla 2, Padillo 2, Bercede 2, Lazalita 2.
DBC (73) – Oberes 16, Perturbos 16, Bugtai 16, Calooy 15, Lumapas 6, Villaver 4.

Second game
USJ-R (89) – Carilla 11, Hatague 10, Villahermosa 10, Delfino 9, Gudez 8, Antigua 7, Malinao 6, Gabas 6, Duran 5, Arpay 5, Pogoy 4, Pateno 4, Lapiz 2, Bibera 2.
USP (73) – Rogado 26, Tabada 16, Ybanez 10, Gulane 8, Avila 4, Rizane 3, Gerundio 3, Moncada 2, Munez 2, Mancera 2.
Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-29-2007, 06:30 AM
Zero-loss USC Warriors, UV Lancers showdown
Sunstar Cebu
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

THOUGH they have racked up six straight wins, the University of San Carlos Warriors will be eyeing a different statistic when they go up against the juggernaut University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the main game today at the Cebu Coliseum—No. 2.

The Warriors, which owns the best win-loss record in the league at 6-0, will be trying to be just the second team to beat the Lancers in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. when they clash today.

Aside from having the rare honor of beating the Lancers in Cebu, the Warriors will also be trying to gain outright entry to the semifinals should they end their elimination round campaign undefeated.

In the other game today, tailenders University of the Southern Philippines and Cebu Institute of Technology will gun for a better place in the standings at each other’s expense. USPF is currently sixth with a 1-4 mark, while CIT is winless in five tries.

Cesafi rules stipulate that a team who remains spotless after the first phase of the elimination round will sit out the quarterfinal round and earn outright entry to the semifinals.

From winning once in four years in the final year of the CAAA to being a contender last year, the Warriors are off to their best start in the Cesafi.

But standing in the way of the Warriors are the Lancers, who has lost only once since the Cesafi started in 2001.

And beating the Lancers is something USC hasn’t done in six years. They failed thrice last year, falling once in the finals and getting swept in the three-game championship series.

Reigning Most Valuable Player Enrico Llanto and partner Niño Ramirez will have their hands full as they try to lead the Warriors past a solid UV lineup that boasts of the impressive rookie, Michael Luga, wily point guard Chris Diputado, and veteran centers Ariel Mepaña and Rino Berame.

Aside from the four, UV coach Elmer Cabahug also has another ace up his sleeve—6-foot-9 Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter.

Though Llanto and Ramirez will have Edward Bakker, Ryan Padayao and Dennis Ferraren for backup, the depth of the UV bench could swing the tide for the Lancers’ sixth straight win in the elimination round, ending the Warriors’ surprising run. (ML/ESL)

amdgc82
08-29-2007, 06:35 AM
Clash of the titans in CESAFI today
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Already in their most amazing start, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors hope to show some wonders tonight as they stake their unblemished record against the more revered University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in the battle of undefeated teams in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Not just the solo lead is being disputed, but also bragging rights as to who’s the real boss in CESAFI this season. The Warriors are gunning for a seven-game elimination round sweep, while the UV Lancers are trying to assert their status as the undisputed CESAFI champion for six years now.

More to that, the match is also a rematch of last year’s finals won by the UV via two-game whitewash.

What makes the USC roster interesting this time is that its deadly one-two punch of Enrico Llanto and Niño Ramirez have gained a certain amount of maturity gleaned of their experiences playing in the commercial circuit with the multi-titled M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Jewelers.

No doubt Llanto and Ramirez are ripe to the picking. They could score a lot and they capable of delivering the goods when it matter most for the Warriors.

But the question is how the Warriors will dispose UV’s tall frontline anchored on the 6-foot-11 Gregory Fuentes Slaughter, Ariel Mepaña, and Michael Luga. They are expected to draw support from Harlow Chad Villanil and the high-leaping Sylvester Tancongco from Cagayan de Oro.

UV’s pesky defender Ritchum Dennison will have his match in Paul Norman Joven and Johmel Igao, while Ryan Carlo Padayao is a potential scorer for the Warriors that will be ranged against the Lancers’ streak-shooter Von Harry Lanete.

amdgc82
08-29-2007, 06:06 PM
Titans clash
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:03pm (Mla time) 08/29/2007

The top two teams in the Cesafi seniors basketball tournament collide on Wednesday with both squads hoping to continue their impressive winning runs this season.

The unbeaten University of San Carlos Warriors and the University of the Visayas Green Lancers take center stage in the main game of Wednesday's twinbill at the Cebu Coliseum in what could be a preview of this year's championship showdown.

Both teams have set the bar this season with the league-leading Warriors surprisingly rattling off six straight wins with the Lancers trailing closely at second place with a 5-0 (win-loss) mark.

Sparks will fly in the game on Wednesday evening as the rejuvenated Warriors take another crack at the Green Lancers,who beat USC in last year’s championship series.

After years of being tagged as the league’s doormat, USC finally broke out of its shell last season, making the finals for the first time only to be rudely awakened by the Lancers.

The Warriors will try to ease the bitter memory of that setback today as their dynamic duo of reigning MVP Enrico Llanto and fiery guard Nino Ramirez spearhead the charge along with rookie revelation Sam Hermosa, Giovanni Padillo, Carlo Padayao and Paul Joven.

Such a thing, though, will be no easy task as the Lancers will be clogging the lane with bruisers Ariel Mepana, Rino Berame and 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Greg Slaughter.

Hounding the perimeter will be Von Lanete, Ritchum Dennison, Chris Diputado and Harlow Villanil.

Meanwhile, in the first game, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats’ search for their first win of the season continues today when they face the University of Southern Philippines Panthers.

CIT is at the bottom of the standings with a 0-6 slate while USP barely has its head above water with a 1-5 record. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-30-2007, 06:42 AM
CIT logs first win
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats razed down the hapless University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 80-53, for their first win in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:00 pm USC vs. UV (Jrs.)
5:30 pm UC vs. CIT (Jrs.)

As the Wildcats kept pounding on, the Panthers never showed any resistance and there was not even a little amount of gesture of countering the flurry of baskets by CIT.

The Wildcats easily broke into the shallow defense by the smaller Panthers that they have the luxury to burn the hoops right from the opening tip-off.

As Wildcats coach Alex dela Torre just relaxed at the bench, Panthers’ coach Raul Latonio Sr. could only shake his head in dismay as his players never showed any interest to win.

The Wildcats led by as much as 28 points, 72-44, less than five minutes left in the contest.

Sherwin Abobo had 20 points for the Wildcats, who are now tied with their victim with similar 1-5 win-loss record.

Moncrief Rogado topscored for the Panthers with 17 points, but the rest of his teammates could not score more than nine points.

The scores

CIT (80) - Abobo 20, Resilla 12, Montealto 12, Caballero 8, Dela Cerna 6, Regis 6, Capaning 5, Aniñon 4, Reyes 2,* Molero 2, JR Reyes 2
USPF (53) - Rogado 17, Monterde 8, Gerundio 6, Ybañez 6, Moncada 5, Paradero 2, Tabada 2, Avila 2, Gulane 2, Mancera 2, Muñez 1

Halftime: 32-10

amdgc82
08-30-2007, 03:48 PM
UV OVERPOWERS USC
Routs erstwhile-leader USC for 6th straight win
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 12:37pm (Mla time) 08/30/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The once mighty roar of the University of San Carlos Warriors was reduced to a mere whimper yesterday, deadened to silence by the unmatched power of six-time defending champions, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers, who toppled the erstwhile league-leaders, 93-77, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament, at the packed New Cebu Coliseum.

While “young and fresh” may have been the battlecry of the youngblood Warriors, who before the game was in the midst of a hot six-game streak, they were simply outgunned by the hardened veterans of the towering Lancers in a rematch of last year’s finals.

UV's frontline of 6-foot-7 beanpole Rino Berame, 6-foot-4 Mike Luga and prized 6-foot-11 rookie Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter, had a field day against the interior defenders of USC, scoring easy putbacks and layups, to help the Lancers erect a 25-14 lead in the opening canto and a 46-28 edge at halftime.

The two teams then matched each other point for point, to put the score at 74-56 entering the final canto.

The Warriors then mounted a furious assault in the fourth period with a 10-4 run punctuated by a three-pointer by point guard Paul Joven, to slash UV’s lead to 12, 66-78, at the 5:03 mark.

However, UV quickly countered with baskets in the shaded lane by Luga and booming trifectas from Berame and Ariel Mepana to secure their sixth win in as many games, and assume solo-leadership in the standings.

Luga led the Lancers with 18 points, while Berame Chris Diputado added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

USC was paced by reigning MVP, Enrico Llanto, who bullied his way to 18 markers. Fiery guard Nino Ramirez and longshot Carlo Padayao, each had 15 points for the Warriors, who finished the elimination round with a 6-1 mark.

In the first game, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats finally grabbed their first win, routing the University of Southern Philippines Panthers, 80-53.

amdgc82
08-31-2007, 04:25 AM
UV strangles USC to remain unbeaten
Sunstar Cebu
Friday, August 31, 2007

THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers showed an overflowing Cebu Coliseum just why they are the defending champions of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi)---because they can.

The UV Green Lancers have been the best team in the Cesafi for the last six editions. As far as reputation goes, it’s a hard thing to shake off.

Powered by an all-star, gigantic cast, the UV Green Lancers arrested the University of San Carlos Warriors’ six-game winning streak, overpowering the latter, 93-77, in what seemed like a rematch of last year’s finals.

The Warriors’ grit and determination were simply not enough to match UV’s size, as UV went on to take solo leadership in the collegiate division with a 6-0 win-loss slate. USC ended the elimination round at a sure second place, with 6-1.

UV coach Elmer Cabahug banked on size to outmatch the Warriors. Cabahug’s starting five, led by six-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter and six-foot-seven Rino Berami, were enough to hold off USC.

UV was able to build up a confident lead early in the first frame, ending it with 25-14. Things only worsened for the Warriors as the lead bloated to 46-28 at the turn.

Michael Luga led UV with 18 markers, while Berami and Chris Diputado combined for 31 points.

Enrico Llanto led USC with 18, as Niño Ramirez and Carlo Padayao added 15 points each.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats finally barged into the win column as it thrashed the University of Southern Philippines Panthers, 80-53. Sherwin Abobo led CIT with 20 points.

CIT is now tied with its victim with an identical 1-5 card.

UV (93) – Luga 18, Berame 16, Diputado 15, Dennison 10, Lanete 9, Slaughter 8, Tancongco 8, Mepana 5, Sendrijas 2, Lasala 2
USC (77) – Llanto 18, Ramirez 15, Padayao 15, Joven 13, Hermosa 9, Padillo 4, Bakker 2, Lazalita 1. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-31-2007, 04:28 AM
Lancers disarm Warriors to grab solo CESAFI lead
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Friday, August 31, 2007

The mighty University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers continued to stomp on every obstacle blocking their way, this time victimizing the previously unbeaten University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in lopsided fashion, 93-77, to grab the solo lead in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Wednesday witnessed by a mammoth crowd of 6,000-plus at the Cebu Coliseum.

As they stretched their win streak to six games in a row, the evergreen Lancers also negated the USC Warriors from scoring a seven-game elimination round sweep. Overall, UV now has compiled an incredible 75-1 win-loss record in an absolute CESAFI domination for six years now.

The Lancers are expected to accomplish what USC failed as the six-time league champions take on the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars next week at the USC Gym.

Although Fil-Am goliath Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter showed some signs of improvement, the main attraction was Michael Luga, who topped the Lancers’ scoring chart with 18 points followed by Rino Berame and Chris Victor Diputado with 16 and 15 markers, respectively.

The other Lancer who finished in double figures was Ritchum Dennison with 10.* Von Harry Lanete scored nine, while Slaughter and the flashy Sylvester Tancongco donated eight markers apiece underscoring UV’s balanced attack.

Each team actually had four players scoring in double figures. Enrico Llanto netted 18 points for the Warriors, Niño Ramirez and Ryan Carlo Padayao cashed in 15 points apiece followed by Paul Norman Joven with 13.

The only difference is that UV’s manpower is too powerful for USC, or any other CESAFI team, to contain. So dominant the Lancers are that their third stringers are as lethal as their starting unit.

Imagine, Slaughter and Ariel Mepaña being substituted by Berame and Luga. That alone can send shivers down the spines of UV’s opponents.

It was an all-UV show the entire contest. At one point, the Lancers mounted a 25-point lead, 60-35, and the closest the Warriors could come was at 66-78 on Joven’s triple off the glass with 5:03 left in the game.

amdgc82
09-01-2007, 06:16 AM
USC Baby Warriors avenge seniors, dump UV Baby Lancers
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, September 01, 2007

Games today
Cebu Coliseum
Juniors
1:00 p.m. – USC vs USPF
2:30 p.m. – UV vs DBTC
Seniors
4:00 p.m. – CIT vs DBTC
5:30 p.m. – USJ-R vs SWU

THE University of San Carlos Baby Warriors did what its seniors division counterparts could not do – defeat the University of the Visayas.

The USC Warriors’ lost by 16 points to bitter rivals UV Green Lancers. Last Thursday, USC’s high school team, the Baby Warriors, retaliated by burying the UV Baby Lancers by 17 points, 85-68, at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Warriors, bottom-dwellers in the rankings in past years, are already carving a niche in the juniors class this season with a string of impressive wins over top teams. The Baby Lancers are just their latest victims.

With the win, the Baby Warriors are now leading the juniors division with four wins against one loss.

UV led in the first period, 18-21, but the lead was erased by a scorching 38 points in the second quarter for USC to take control of the game for good.

USC’s center, Chris Tiu, notched 21 points to lead the charge. Brian Negapatan added 14 points.

The loss is UV’s third, against just two wins.

In the other game, defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters improved its slate to 3-2 after pulling off a lopsided 94-66 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens, which stepped down the standing to 2-3.

Pelayo Cabañero led UC with 18 points, while Alfred Codilla added 16. Leymund Babad and Jeff Alviva added 15 and 12 points respectively.

Today, four games are scheduled when the Cesafi resumes at the Cebu Coliseum.

University of San Jose-Recoletos and Southwestern University rekindle their rivalry when the two teams go up against each other in today’s main offering.

USJ-R, currently at third sport with a 4-1 record, and SWU, which has a 3-2 card, last faced off in the semifinals of the Partners Cup earlier this year. In that meeting, USJ-R defeated the Cobras in the semifinals on their way to the championship round. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-01-2007, 06:18 AM
USC bantams crush Baby Lancers
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Saturday, September 1, 2007

The University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors overwhelmed last year’s runner-up University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, 85-68, to seize the solo lead in the secondary division of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season on Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.
Games today

* * (Cebu Coliseum)
* * 1:00 pm USC vs. USPF (Jrs.)
* * 2:30 pm UV vs. DBTC (Jrs.)
* * 4 pm CIT vs. DBTC (Srs.)* *
* * 5:30 pm USJR vs. SWU (Srs.)

In the other secondary game, defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters thumped the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens, 94-66, to create a wild scramble for the top four spot.

Today, exciting collegiate games are up again as the University of San Jose- Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars test the mettle of the skidding Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in the 5:30 pm mainer, right after the CIT Wildcats take on the Don Bosco Greywolves.

A day after the mighty UV Lancers demolished the USC Warriors, 93-77, the Baby Warriors did what their older counterparts failed to do.

The Baby Warriors simply stamped their classes against the Baby Lancers, who were a mess in all facets of the game.

Niño Jed Tiu scattered 21 points as the Baby Warriros regained the top spot with a 4-1 win-loss record. Rookie Bryan Negapatan chipped in 14 for the Carolinians followed by Ian Alocillo and Nilton John Otida with 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

Junard Premacio had 17 points for the Baby Lancers, but had little help from the rest of his teammates.

Later in the day, Pelayo Cabañero III, Alfred Codilla and Leymund Babad connived for 49 points as the Junior Webmasters improved their win-loss record to 3-2.

Slippery point guard Jeff Ryan Alviva was at it again, brandishing his dribbling prowess and precision quarterbacking in UC’s victorious campaign. Alviva, a Nike Elite camper, finished with 12 points, while Joseph Sedurifa added 10.

Seldon Clint Gerali netted a game-high 19 points for the Wildkittens, who fell to 2-3.

* * The scores

* * First game
* * USC (85) - Tiu 21, Negapatan 14, Alocillo 12, Otida 11, Carbon 7, Sumayang 6, Santos 5, Omolon 4, Ferolino 3
* * UV (68) - Premacio 17, abad 15, Viagedor 13, Felisario 10, Cañedo 7, Daño 2, Octobre 2, Llenes 2
* * Halftime: 38-33

* * Second game
* * UC (94) - Cabañero 18, Codilla 16, Babad 15, Alviva 12, Sedurifa 10, Pearce 8, Catalan 6, Solon 5, Sealana 4
* * CIT (66) - Gerali 19, Almario 11, Taghoy 9, Espinosa 9, Santos 7, Abarquez 5, Piezas 4, Borinaga 2
* * Halftime: 47-31

amdgc82
09-01-2007, 02:37 PM
USC, UC down foes
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 12:17pm (Mla time) 09/01/2007

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. – USC vs. USPF (Jrs.)
2:30 p.m. – UV vs. DBTC (Jrs.)
4 p.m. – CIT vs. DBTC (Srs.)
5:30 p.m. – USJ-R vs. SWU (Srs.)

The University of San Carlos Baby Warriors continued their giant-killing ways as they beat last year’s finalist University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers, 85-68, in the juniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The league-leading Baby Warriors now have a 4-1 (win-loss) slate while the Baby Lancers dropped to 2-3.

Chris Tiu scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to bury the Baby Lancers.

The defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters, on the other hand, improved to 3-2 after crushing the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens, 94-66, in the other game.

The Wildkittens never stood a chance from the get-go as UC’s Jeff Alviva, Leymund Babad and Pelayo Caballero conspired in a searing run in the first half to break the game wide open.

Caballero topscored for the Baby Webmasters with 18 points while Babad and Alviva added 15 and 12, respectively.

The Wildkittens dropped to 2-3.

Action resumes today with a quadruple-bill headlined by the much-anticipated seniors division match-up between the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and the Southwestern University Cobras.

The Jaguars have raced off to a 4-1 slate, good for solo third place in the standings while the Cobras have cooled off, losing their last two games, for a 3-2 record.\Jonas Panerio

pachador
09-03-2007, 12:44 AM
Beermen vanquish CESAFI All-Stars
By Caecent No-ot Magsumbol
Monday, September 3, 2007
Dondon Hontiveros put up a great show before his adoring Cebuano fans, cashing in 17 points to lead San Miguel Beer to a 90-86 triumph over the CESAFI All-Stars during their charity basketball match yesterday at the full-packed Cebu Coliseum.

The Beermen were trailing most of the way, including at 41-47 at halftime, but unloaded a 16-2 bomb in the final four minutes of the game to change the course of the match in their favor.

Hontiveros was backed up by Larry Fonacier and Enrico Villanueva with 12 markers apiece as the Beermen reminded the CESAFI young guns that experience is sometimes sharper than youth on the hardcourt.

The Beermen seemed too complacent at first, allowing the CESAFI stars to stage several rallies, but the visiting pros took care of the business with finesse when the game was on the line.

Ariel Mepaña topscored for the CESAFI All-Stars with 16 points. The only other double-digit scorer for CESAFI was 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter, Mepaña’s UV teammate with 12 markers.

After the match, the CESAFI players of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug got some enlightening words from San Miguel head coach Siot Tanquincen, saying that if they only play harder, they would go places just like Hontiveros.

“They’re good. They play tough. They really know what to do. Just keep on practicing and play their best at all times,” said Tanquincen.

Hontiveros plans to donate proceeds of the highly-successful event to finance scholarship grants to poor but deserving students.

Last year, Hontiveros spearheaded two similar events for-a-cause. Income of the first event was donated to the landslide victims in Guinsaugon, Leyte, while the second was for the benefit of the less privileged kids of Don Bosco Boys Home, which holds a special place in Dondon’s heart being a Bosconian.

The scores

SMB (90) - Hontiveros 17, Fonacier 12, Villanueva 12, Espinas 9, Wilson 8, Calaguio 7, Eman 7, Tugade 7, Ildefonso 6, Gonzales 3, Tenorio 2

CESAFI All-Stars (86) - Mepaña 16, Slaughter 12, Zanoria 9, Llanto 8, Deputado 7, Abellanosa 6, Berame 6, Abobo 5, Llanete 4, Luga 4, Ramirez 3, Gudez 2, Malinao 2, Rogado 2

pachador
09-03-2007, 02:39 AM
September 03, 2007
Cesafi stars give SMB tough time

FOR a college selection playing against a professional basketball team, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) All Stars showed the future looks good for the top sport in the country.

San Miguel Beer won, that was a given, but not by much, 90-86. The Cesafi players showed they were no pushovers, making Beermen work for the win in a charity match played before an overflowing Cebu Coliseum.

All through the first three periods, the Beermen were struck dumbfounded when they came face to face with a gritty and talented lineup.

In the first period, the Cesafi team went on a 14-7 run, banking on two triples by Southwestern University’s Eric Zanoria, to turn an 11-17 deficit into a 25-24 lead by the end of the period.

In the second period, the Cebuanos leaned on a scorching 13-0 rally behind University of the Visayas’ Ariel Mepaña, University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s Moncrief Rogado, to build a nine-point lead, which they kept throughout the period.

Everything unraveled for the Cesafi squad, however, in the third period. The bigger Beermen started chipping on the lead, coming to just a point behind, 67-66, by the end of the quarter.

In the final quarter, the Cesafi All Stars were silenced for good as Chris Calaguio scored all of his points at this juncture to help San Miguel snatch the driver’s seat, 75-69.

With the help of Cebuano Dondon Hontiveros and Danny Espina, San Miguel took over the game. What Cesafi did for the last three quarters, Hontiveros and his squad did in just a short while eye as they took over the lead and held on to it until the game ended.

Hontiveros, a former University of Cebu player, was the star in yesterday’s game, proving that he still has a loyal following in the city.

“I went to the game to watch Dondon,” said one spectator yesterday.

Every move by the Cebuano basketball star was received with booming cheers from the crowd.

Hontiveros led SMB with 17 markers while Larry Fonacier and Enrico Villanueva added 12 each.

The game, which Hontiveros organized, will benefit under-privileged but deserving students of Cebu.

Mepaña starred for Cesafi, leading the team with 16 points. His school teammate, Gregory Slaughter, who is another crowd favorite, contributed 12 points.

The scores:

San Miguel (90) – Hontiveros 17, Villanueva 12, Fonacier 12, Espinas 9, Wilson 8, Eman 7, Calaguio 7, Tugade 7, Ildefonso 6, Gonzales 3, Tenorio 2.

Cesafi All-Stars (86) - Mepana 16, Slaughter 12, Zanoria 9, Llanto 8, Diputado 7, Berame 6, Abellanosa 6, Abobo 5, Lanete 4, Luga 4, Ramirez 3, Rogado 2, Gudez 2, Malinao 2. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-03-2007, 06:05 AM
Cobras prevail over Jaguars
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, September 03, 2007

SOUTHWESTERN University arrested a two-game losing slide in style as it pulled off a 90-88 overtime win over University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars in the collegiate division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc basketball tournament Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win was a retaliation of sorts for the Cobras, as they lost to the Jaguars when the two squads last faced each other in the Partners Cup semifinals earlier this year. The Jaguars won that encounter but only after two extensions.

The Cobras were leading by five points in the final minute of regulation period. The win was within reach for the Cobras until Lyndon Gudez fired a triple and John Malinao hit the equalizer with just 2.1 seconds left.

Eric Zanoria sank fadeaway jumper in what the Cobras thought was the game winner.

Overtime

The point, however, was contested by USJ-R, which argued that the shot was done after the buzzer. The officials agreed and the game came into overtime.

In the extension, Mariano Canonigo led the Cobras by scoring eight points as they took the lead at 90-82. The game almost came into another extension when the Jaguars sliced the lead once more to just two, with back to back triples from Jesmar Villahermosa and Gudez.

It was a recurring nightmare for the Cobras. In the Partners Cup semis, SWU squandered their lead, going into two overtimes before losing to the Jaguars.

With the win, the two teams are now tied at the third spot with 4-2 records. Richard Gianchand led the Cobras’ scoring rampage with 28 points while Canonigo contributed 20 points.

The scores:

SWU (90) – Gianchand 28, Canonigo 20, Litorja 13, Zanoria 10, Poligrates 7, Pacquiao 6, Escober 3, Jalandoni 2, Tilap 1.
USJ-R (88) – Gudez 22, Malinao 15, Villahermosa 11, Gabas 9, Ponce 8, Hatague 8, Delfino 5, Pogoy 4, Arpay 2, Bibera 2. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-03-2007, 06:27 AM
Underdogs steal the show in CESAFI cagefest
The Freeman
Monday, September 3, 2007

It was a day of the underdogs yesterday as the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras and Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves stunned their favored foes in the collegiate action of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The SWU Cobras prevailed over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars via a 90-88 cliffhanger , while the DBTC Greywolves shocked the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildctas, 85-79.

Richard Gianchand dished out a season-high 28 points and Mariano Canonico had 20 markers as the Cobras led from start to finish to snap out of their two-game losing streak and* improve their win-loss mark to 4-2.

Lyndon Gudez fired 22 points for the Jaguars, but had little help from the rest of his teammates save for Ranulfo “John” Malinao and Jessmar Villahermosa, who scattered with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Earlier, Glennford Bugtai had 17 points for the Grweywolves, who notched their first and only win in their last game in the elimination round.

The scores

First game

Don Bosco (85) - Bugtai 17, Perturbos 13, Calooy 11, Apura 10, Oberes 9, Alferez 9, Caballero 5, Sasuman 3, Enterina 3, Lumapas 2
CIT (79) - Abobo 28, Resilla 20, Caballero 8, Aniñon 5, Capaning 5, Villarba 5, Dela Cerna 4, Regis 2,* Reyes 2

Second game

SWU (90) -* Gianchand 28, Canonigo 20, Zanoria 10, Poligrates 7, Pacquiao 6, Escober 4, Jalandoni 2
USJ-R (88) - Gudez 22, Malinao 15, Villahermosa 11, Gabas 9, Ponce 8, Hatague 8, Delino 5, Pogoy 4, Arpay 2, Antigua 2 (GGM)

gameface_one
09-04-2007, 07:50 AM
Cobras escape Jaguars in overtime



Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:53pm (Mla time) 09/03/2007


Cebu, Philippines - The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras escaped with a 90-88 overtime victory over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament last Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras appeared to be headed for the upset victory as they led by five points, 78-73, with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

However, the Cobras collapsed and USJ-R took full advantage and managed to tie the game at 78-all with 2.1 seconds remaining.

Controversy then set in as Enrique Zanoria banked in a tough jumper at the final buzzer to seemingly win the game for SWU.

Officials conferred with one another and decided that the shot came after the buzzer, thus sending the game into the extra session.

The Cobras again led 90-82 with 40 seconds remaining in overtime but the Jaguars once again came storming back, cutting the lead down to two points behind consecutive trifectas by Jesmar Villahermosa and Lyndon Gudez.

Two missed free-throws by Zanoria down the stretch gave the Jaguars the opportunity to tie or win the game, but Gudez’ shot at the buzzer came up short, giving the win to the Cobras.

The win forged a tie at the third spot as the two teams now share a similar 4-2 (win-loss) record.

Richard Gianchand top-billed for the Cobras with 28 points. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-05-2007, 05:07 AM
Jaguars tangle with UV Lancers today
Sunstar Cebu
Wednesday, September 05, 2007

WILL the University of San Jose Recoletos-Jaguars (USJ-R) succeed where all the others failed?

That is to defeat the virtually insurmountable University of the Visayas Green Lancers when they face off today in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball competition at the University of San Carlos gym.

The task may be daunting considering UV is virtually indestructible, but USJ-R has done it before.

UV, the six-time defending champion, has only lost in the Cesafi regular season once in six years—to University of Cebu in the eliminations of 2005.

USJ-R defeated UV in the championship series of the off-season competition, the Partners Cup, earlier this year.

USJ-R is still reeling from its overtime loss to newcomer Southwestern University Cobras last week and is thirsting to avenge that loss when it takes on the Lancers in the 6 p.m. main offering.

The Lancers, on the other hand, is in a familiar territory, they seat on top of the standings—undefeated after six games.

Beermen

UV will be led by Rino Berame, Mike Luga, Ariel Mepana, Von Lañete and Gregory Slaughter, all fresh off a brush with the big timers of the Philippine Basketball Association—the San Miguel Beerman, last Sunday.

Meanwhile, USJ-R will have Jan Malinao and Lyndon Gudez, who played with the UV stalwarts against SMB.

The curtain raiser, on the other hand, pits the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters against the University of Southern Philippines Panthers (USPF).

UC is trying to muddle through a 2-3 win-loss ledger and its chances of making it to the top four are hanging by a thread.

The top four teams after the elimination round will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the next phase.

UC needs to win its next two games in order to replace either SWU or USJ-R, who are currently at the third and fourth places with identical 4-2 win-loss records.

USPF for its part, needs to win to wiggle itself out of a three-way tie with Don Bosco College and Cebu Institute of Technology at the bottom of the standing. All three hold 1-5 ledgers. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-05-2007, 05:08 AM
UV eyes 7-0 sweep
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The unbeaten University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers aim to complete another sweep as they take on the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in their final elimination round match today in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, inc. (CESAFI) basketball season, which shifts action to the USC-Main gym.

In the opener, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters renew their bid of advancing to the semifinals as they go up against the University of Southern Philippines (USPF) Panthers.

It will be a new season of “sweeping” business for the Lancers, who have been habitually scoring a sweep in five out of their six championships. They only failed to apply the broom when they lost to UC, 68-75, at the UV Gym in the 2005 CESAFI cage wars.

Again, the Lancers will bank on their superior ceiling, quickness and shooting prowess, while the Jaguars just hope everything already mentioned will not go into UV’s favor.

The luxury of having a superior manpower is the Lancers’ main weapon, so deadly that they are envied by other teams who are all aching to cut their throat.

The hulking 6-foot 11 figure in Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter is one thing the Jaguars and practically the rest of UV’s potential contenders must be concerned of. But even in the worst case scenario, Slaughter will just become a lame duck, as there are other tall men capable of fortifying the Lancers’ defensive wall.

Having an incredible 75-1 win-loss record in six years of supreme CESAFI domination, the Lancers have all kinds of artillery one needed in a battlefield. So powerful they are not likely to be beaten easily.

Rino Berame, Ariel Mepaña and Michael Luga are just among the Lancers top guns who are expected to deliver, while the Jaguars rely on Lyndon Gudez, Armand Ponce, Ranulfo Malinao, Manny Gabas and Randy Pogoy.

The Jaguars have one final attempt at gaining outright semifinal ticket and they should make up from their 88-90 loss to the SWU Cobras last Sunday.

amdgc82
09-05-2007, 05:01 PM
UV stakes unbeaten record against USJR
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:51pm (Mla time) 09/05/2007

Cebu City, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) will get the last chance to tarnish the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers’ spotless record as the two teams clash in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament on Wednesday at the University of San Carlos gym.

The task, though, ill be grueling considering that six other teams have failed this season and only two other squads have succeeded in that endeavor over the past six years.

As fate would have it, USJ-R just happens to be one of them.

The Green Lancers have already tasted defeat at the hands of the Jaguars in the Partner’s Cup earlier this year as the two teams met in an exciting four-game championship series, which UV won.

So far this season, UV has compiled a 6-0 (win-loss) record and is coming off a win over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, are still smarting from a 90-88 overtime loss to the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

In the first game, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters will try to gain ground on trying to make it to the top four when they face the luckless University of Southern Philippines (USP) Panthers.

UC currently holds a 2-3 record and needs a win to catch up with third and fourth placers USJ-R and SWU, who both have 4-2 slates.

USP also needs a win to avoid a date with UV in the next round. They are currently in a three-way logjam in last place with Don Bosco and Cebu Institute of Technology with 1-5 records. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-06-2007, 05:11 AM
Rogado’s breakout game lifts USPF over UC
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Thursday, September 06, 2007

AFTER a yearlong lackluster performance, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers suddenly spewed fire to round up their elimination bid in style as they routed the University of Cebu Webmasters, 97-80, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) collegiate basketball yesterday at the University of San Carlos gym.

The Panthers, which used to be a strong force, finally rediscovered the flame that had evaded them the entire season.

The Webmasters suffered a slow death at the hands of the Panthers as they slowly built up the lead right from the opening canto. It first led by just four, in the first period before increasing it to seven, 47-40, at half time.

Things got worse for UC as Mocrief Rogado and Renato Gulane dominated the paint in the penultimate period that nullified the triples fired by the webmasters squad to pad USPF’s lead, 69-60.

Instead of pulling themselves together, the Webmasters continued to crumble in the deciding period. With Rogado at the helm, USPF continued its relentless attacks.

As Rogado put on his best game yet, UC stalwart Allain Abellanosa was unproductive and the usually dependable spitfire started shooting blanks and scored only one basket in the most critical period.

Fate

The first four minutes of the final period saw USPF attacking the basket furiously, resulting in a 13-2 run which virtually sealed the Panthers’ fate.

With the win, USPF lifted itself out of the dungeon to improve its win-loss slate to 2-5, to detach itself from the three-way logjams with tailenders Don Bosco College and Cebu Institute of Technology.

UC, on the other hand, squandered all chances of making it to the top four as it dropped to 2-4. Had UC won this match and its last game against Southwestern University, it could have stood a good chance of making it to the coveted top four.

Those in the top four will enjoy a twice-to-beat edge in the second phase of the competition.

Rubbing elbows with the big names in Philippine basketball did Rogado good as he pulled off a breakout game, scoring 30 big points for USPF. Rogado played for the Cesafi all stars against San Miguel Beermen in a well-received charity game last Sunday.

He is only the second player this season to have barged into the 30-point margin. USC’s Enrico Llanto currently owns the season’s best mark with 32 points.

Gulane added 20, while Dennis Tabada and Jonathan Monterde combined for 22 points for USPP’s cause.

USPF (97)—Rogado 30, Gulane 20, Tabada 12, Moncada 10, Monterde 9, Paradero 7, Avila 5, Ybañez 4.

UC (80)—Abellana 18, Abellanosa 16, Deiparine 11, Canceran 8, Juliane 8, Ceniza 5, Connors 5, Panerio 4, del Rosario 3, Rago 2.

amdgc82
09-06-2007, 05:13 AM
USPF five drubs UC in CESAFI: Gives USJ-R free ride into semis
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, September 6, 2007

The smaller and rookie-laden University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers weaved one big magic as they shackled the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in dominating fashion, 97-80, last night in the 7th Cebu* Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the USC-Main gym.

The Panthers just proved too hot for the hapless Webmasters to handle when they mounted a 25-point lead, 93-68, on John Paul Ybañez’s basket with 2:40 left in the game.

Ace player Moncrief Rogado had another monster performance for the Panthers finishing with 30 points, just two points shy from the season-best 32 points posted by Enrico Llanto of the second-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Rogado’s was heavily backed up by Renato Gulane with 20 points followed by pint-sized guard Dennis Tabada with 12.

The Webmasters suffered an interlude of scoring droughts so ominousthat* even topgunner Allain Abellanosa incurred several misses and could have scored more than 16 points had his barrage of triple attempts went in.

It was a sorry loss for the Webmasters, who at 2-4, already lost a chance of barging into the semifinal round.

Abellanosa’s back-up scorer Janssen Abella topscored for the Webmasters with 18 points.

As of this writing last night, the unbeaten University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers were eyeing a seven-game sweep as they slugged it out with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars.

UC’s loss was USJ-R’s gain as it assured the Jaguars of a slot in the semifinal phase.

The scores

USPF (97) -* Rogado 30, Gilane 20, Tabada 12, Moncada 10, Monterde 9, Paradero 7, Avila 5, Ybañez 4
UC (80) - Abella 18, Abellanosa 16, Diperaine 11, Juliane 8, Canceran 8, Ceniza 5, Connors 5, Panerio 4, Del rosario 3, Rago 2
Halftime: 47-40

bleachertalk
09-06-2007, 11:28 AM
Anthony, with your permission, just made a correction here.....USJR defeated UV last night, 84-71.

LATEST SENIORS STANDINGS
(Games through September 5, 2007)

University of the Visayas 6-1
University of San Carlos 6-1
University of San Jose-Recoletos 5-2
Southwestern University 4-2*
University of Cebu 2-4*
University of Southern Philippines 2-5
Don Bosco Technology Center 1-6
Cebu Institute of Technology 1-6

* UC & SWU still have a game left.

LATEST JUNIORS STANDINGS
(Games through September 1, 2007)

University of San Carlos 5-1
University of Southern Philippines 3-2
University of Cebu 3-2
University of the Visayas 3-3
University of San Jose-Recoletos 3-3
Cebu Institute of Technology 2-3
Don Bosco Technology Center 0-5

Howard the Duck
09-06-2007, 09:23 PM
paano ang sistema ng playoffs dito?

amdgc82
09-07-2007, 05:54 AM
Jaguars chew Lancers
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Friday, September 07, 2007

THREE years after they absorbed their very first setback in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) the ego of the mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers received another bruise when they fell to the University of San Jose- Recoletos (USJ-R), 84-71, Wednesday night at the University of San Carlos gym.

This is only UV’s second loss in the regular season of the six-year-old league. Despite this, the loss has not tainted UV’s reputation of being the champion for as long as Cesafi exists.

The USJ-R Jaguars won over the Green Lancers early this year, but it was in an off season tournament—the Partner’s Cup. UV got back and won the Cup.

UV head coach Elmer Cabahug brushed aside their Partners Cup loss since “it is not the regular Cesafi season anyway”. Now, UV can not use the off-season card as the Jaguars proved that their previous win was no fluke when they overpowered the Lancers right from the tip off to the finish.

It was by far, the undermanned UV’s most pathetic showing, as it only scored a measly nine points in the opening frame when it faced a very well-prepared USJ-R squad, who scored 23.

The Green Lancers initiated a blistering comeback to chop down USJ-R’s lead to just six at the end of the first half, 32-38, behind the 23 points they scored in this period.

For many, it looked like the trademark comeback of UV, which, after allowing its opponents to dominate the early parts of the match, would detonate a comeback bomb to eventually win the game.

Not this time though.

Devil

As their lead slowly dissipated, the Jaguars, instead of resigning to the fact that UV will eventually win, regrouped during the halftime break and mapped out an assault plan, which included unleashing the devil in sharp shooter Lyndon Gudez.

USJ-R rallied behind Gudez’ assault as he scored 10 of his 22 points in the third to cushion its lead, 66-54, going into the final frame.

UV now had little time to recuperate. Instead of getting back on track, the now overworked UV squad continued to slide as the refreshed and rejuvenated Jaguars went into action posthaste with a 13-9 run, behind a triple and two three-point plays of Gudez.

When the Jaguars were enjoying a 15-point lead, 78-63, the biggest in the game with just three minutes left, UV workhorses Mike Luga, Von Lañete and Rino Berami could only shake their heads in disbelief and frustration.

Gudez led USJ-R as he hoarded 22 markers. Jan Malinao and Bobby Hatague combined for 22 points. Luga led UV with 20, while Lañete and Berami added 19 each.

Despite the loss, UV still remains on top of the eight-team field with 6-1 win-loss slate with USC, which UV defeated. USJ-R is at third place with a 5-2 record. The three teams, together with fourth placer Southwestern University, will enjoy twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinal round next week.

amdgc82
09-07-2007, 05:59 AM
USJ-R plunges upset axe on UV
By Gabby G. Malagar
Friday, September 7, 2007

In a victory that was worth a fortune for any team in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc., the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars plunged the upset axe on the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in convincing fashion, 84-71, in the other night’s 7th CESAFI basketball season at the USC-Main gym.

For almost two years, the Lancers proved so invulnerable in the CESAFI because the first time they lost was on September 22, 2005 when they were vanquished by the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 75-68, right at their own turf.

Down by six points at halftime, three Lancers were also downed with a flu - Ariel Mepaña, Eulogio Lasala, Jr. and Sylvester Tancongco, a promising rookie from Cagayan de Oro. That greatly crippled UV’s offensive system.

Also, the Jaguars’ stifling defense abased the presence of 6-foot-11 skyscraper Gregory-Fuentes Slaughter. And for the Fil-Am rookie, it was his most horrible evening in the local hoopdom as his smaller rivals did not pay a little respect to him and instead rendered him scoreless in the game.

With their defense working and shots clicking, the Jaguars dominated the Lancers and sealed UV’s doom when they posted a 12-point lead, 80-68, with less then two minutes left to play.

Lyndon Gudez had a monstrous performance in leading the Jaguars with 22 points, while Ranulfo “John” Malinao and Bobby Hatague chipped in 12 and 10 markers, respectively, in USJ-R’s most memorable triumph, so far, is the league’s six-year history.

“Sa amo lang gyud tong paningkamot. Team efforts ra to,” said Gudez moments after the Jaguars negated UV from completing a seven-game elimination round sweep.

The Jaguars finished the classification phase at third place overall with a 5-2 win-loss record.

The Lancers, on the other hand, are tied with the University of San Carlos (USC) with similar 6-1 win-loss records, but gained top seeding going into the next round by virtue of winner-over-the-other rule.

bleachertalk
09-07-2007, 07:49 AM
paano ang sistema ng playoffs dito?


For the CESAFI college playoffs, it's the traditional 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, etc.... However, the higher seeded teams have a twice to beat advantage. The winners of these ties move on to the semis (best of 3). The finals is a best of 5 affair.

For the high school division, # 1 seed gets an automatic semis seat since there are only 7 teams. Playoffs start off with 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5.

amdgc82
09-08-2007, 04:34 AM
Cobras take on UC
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, September 08, 2007

Games today
USC Gym
Juniors
1:00 p.m. – CIT vs. USP
2:30 p.m. – UC vs. DBC
Seniors
4:00 p.m. – UC vs. SWU

SOUTHWESTERN University Cobras hope to end their elimination round with a better standing in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) basketball tournament.

The Cobras, who returned to mainstream collegiate basketball only this year, is gunning to make it to the top three in the rankings when they take on University of Cebu Webmasters in Cesafi’s main offering at 4:00 p.m. today.

If the Cobras win over UC, it will be tied with University of San Jose-Recoletos with 5-2. But since they won over USJ-R in a nerve-wracking overtime, SWU will take the third place while USJ-R will be relegated to fourth.

But as early as now, the Cobras are already assured of a spot in the top four and enjoys a twice to beat edge when it plunges into action in the quarterfinal phase.

UC recently came off an embarrassing loss to the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers last Wednesday. If it wins, SWU will remain at fourth and will still be UC’s opponent in the next round.

SWU will be leaning on its towers Mariano Canonigo, Richard Gianchand, Richard Jalandoni and Rene Pacquiao and Eric Zanoria.

UC, on the other hand, needs to tighten its team work as it rallies behind Allain Abellanosa, Jonathan Canceran and Jansen Abella. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-08-2007, 04:44 AM
Cobras shoot for semifinal berth
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras shoot for a semifinal berth when they go up against the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters today at the end of the elimination round of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the USC-Main gym.

Games today

(USC gym)
1:00 pm CIT vs. USP (Jrs.)
2:30 pm UC vs. DBTC (Jrs.)
4:00 pm UC vs. SWU (Srs.)

The Cobras could spring a surprise as the fourth qualifier when they shoot for a rare victory against the Webmasters. In several goodwill matches, the Webmasters always came out the victory against the Cobras including their battle for third place honors in the Partner’s Cup last March.

But the Webmasters should bear in mind that from that time when they defeated SWU, the Cobras were not yet as cohesive as they are now.

The Webmasters should not only forget that the Cobras are the latest conquerors of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars. The fact that the Jaguars defeated the mighty University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers by 13 points, 84-71, the Cobras are definitely no pushovers.

Tonight’s game is so important for the Cobras because a victory will gave them the fourth seeding and the twice-to-beat advance heading into the semifinal round.

The same holds true for the Webmasters. Like the Cobras, they are also in a must-win situation hoping to clinch the fourth spot passing through the backdoor.

The Cobras are currently toting a 3-3 win-loss record, while the Webmasters have a 2-4 win-loss card.

The Cobras will be bannered by the likes of Eric Zanoria, Mariano Canonigo, Richard Gianchand, Chris Litorja, Ritchie Jalandoni and Eliud Poligrates.

For the Webmasters, they will count the most from the Allain Abellanosa-Jonathan Canceran tandem along with* Janssen Abella, Marvin Ceniza, Kelvin Juliane, Robert Sting Espinoza, and Joel Dieparine.

Crucial secondary matches are also up today to determine who are the top four qualifiers in the division.

amdgc82
09-09-2007, 06:30 AM
Cobras bring down Webmasters, 79-55
Sunstar Cebu
Sunday, September 09, 2007

THE Southwestern University Cobras formalized their entry to the top three of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) with a big win yesterday at the University of San Carlos gym.

The Cobras, the freshest team in the Cesafi, continued its giant-killing ways as they wrapped up the elimination round with a 79-55 bashing of the University of Cebu Webmasters for a 5-3 win-loss card.

Before defeating UC, SWU also defeated strong contender, University of San Jose-Recoletos, which is the only team to defeat the six-time champion University of the Visayas in the elimination round this year.

This is a huge boost for the Cobras’ comeback bid in the collegiate basketball. It dominated the basketball scene of the Cebu Amateur Athletic Association (CAAA)—the forerunner of the Cesafi—before disbanding when with the CAAA folded.

Identical records

Now, on its first year back on the mainstream, SWU finds itself hanging out with the big guns in the most coveted top four –UV and USC on top with identical 6-1 win-loss slates and USJ-R below them with 5-3.

All four teams enjoy twice- to-beat edge coming to today’s quarterfinal round.

It did not take a lot of effort for the Cobras as the Webmasters hardly put up a fight as they allowed SWU to abuse them.

The bigger Cobras were able to build up a 10-point lead at the turn, 37-27. Chris Litorja then took his spot at the three- point arc and bombed the third period with triples.

With the help of Richard Gianchand, Eric Zanoria and Ritchie Jalandoni, the Cobras were able to build up as much as a 31-point margin.

UC enters the quarterfinal round at sixth place and punishe itself further as it sets up a meeting with SWU. Now UC needs to defeat SWU twice to advance to the semifinal round.

In the other games yesterday, the juniors team of the University of Southern Philippines defeated Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens, 66-59, to make it at second place. The UC Baby Webmasters, the defending juniors champion, defeated Don Bosco Greywolves, 84-66, to settle for third place.

The quarterfinals match between number one team, UV and number eight team Cebu Institute of Technology takes place this afternoon before USC faces 7th placer Don Bosco College.

The collegiate action will take place after the opening of the women’s division.

Since there are only three girls teams after the Cebu Doctors’ College backed out, it is now only down to USC, USJ-R and USC. The games between the three teams will only serve to determine rankings and which team will form the bulk of the Cesafi team in the Private Schools Athletic Association.

amdgc82
09-09-2007, 06:34 AM
Cobras gain twice-to-beat edge
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras bludgeoned the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 79-55, to gain a twice-to-beat advantage over the same rivals in last night’s lopsided match of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the USC-Main gym.

Games today

(USC gym)
2:30 pm USJ-R vs. USC (Women’s)
4:00 pm UV vs. CIT (Srs.)
5:30 pm USC vs. DBTC (Srs.)

Again, the Cobras caught the Webmasters in their worst fighting mood and they wisely used it as a leverage to dictate the tempo of the game from start to finish. They kept pounding on the Webmasters with a barrage of unanswered baskets since the opening tip-off.

Eric Zanoria pumped in 18 points for the Cobras, who finished the elimination round with a 5-2 win-loss record. Although they are tied with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, they earned the third spot by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.

Although Zanoria is not comfortable playing at the pointguard position, he still lived up to his usefulness owing to his hardcourt experience over rookie guards Eliud Poligrates and Joseph Escober.

The Webmasters were apparently not in their usual deadly form since they were clobbered by the USPF Panthers. They fell to sixth place with a 2-5 win-loss card.

Allain Abellanosa had another ice-cold performance to finish with only eight points. It was Janssen* Abella who topped the Webmasters with 14 points.

The Cobras made a statement in their rare victory over the Webmasters by mounting an imposing 32-point advantage, 67-35, at the start of the fourth period courtesy of their dauntless attacks and near flawless offensive.

Earlier, the USPF Baby Panthers topped the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens, 66-59, to finish the classification round at second place with a 4-2 slate.

In the other secondary tussle, the UC Junior Webmasters demolished Don bosco, 84-66, to move into third place. Only the top qualifier USC Baby Warriors are assured already of the semifinals slot in the secondary division owing to their their 5-1 win-loss mark while the rest will still have to go through playoffs.

The scores
First game
Juniors
USPF (66) - Babiera 14, Dela Cruz 13, Cabatingan 7, Elorde 7, Misa 7, Ferraren 4, Demana 3, Ducay 2
CIT (59) - Gerali 14, Taghoy 14, Santos 9, Espinosa 9, Piezas 4, Borinaga 4, almario 3, Maglasang 2

Second game
UC (84) - Sedurifa 17, Cabañero 16, Codilla 12, Alviva 12, Babad 11, Solon 10,Tindoy 2, Cortes 2, Catalan 2
Don Bosco* (66) - Balbuena 16, Lapitan 12, Belciña 11, Belangel 9, Villahermosa 7, Gabison 4, Parcon 2, Borbon 2, Manngubat 1

Third game
Seniors
SWU (79) - Zanoria 18, Canonigo 14, Jalandoni 12, Gianchand 11, Litorja 10, Poligrates 5, Tilap 5, Escober 2, Pacquiao 2
UC (55) - Abella 14, Luceño 12, Abellanosa 8, Dieparine 7, Canceran 4, Flanco 3, Ceniza 3, Del rosario 2, Panerio 1

amdgc82
09-10-2007, 06:16 AM
Green Lancers reclaim pride
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, September 10, 2007

THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers are back on their winning track after redeeming themselves on the ground after their humbling experience last Saturday.

The Lancers vented their ire on the hapless Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 85-57, in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) at the USC Gym yesterday.

UV, the top seed after the elimination round, booked a ticket to the semifinal round while the Wildcats, the No. 8 finisher, bid goodbye to their season with the defeat.

In the women’s basketball, the Lady Warriors started its bid with a 71-46 bashing over the University of San Jose-Recoletos Lady Jaguars.

Following a humbling 71-84 defeat to the USJ-R Jaguars last Thursday, the Green Lancers were all business from the start, but victory was already looming at the horizon as the Wildcats showed no fire from the opening jump.

With their superiority in skills and height, the Lancers started strong scoring 22 points against the tentative 16 of CIT.

Michael Luga started to bring fire on the Lancers as the 6-foot-4 power-playing forward led UV to a devastating 20-14 blitz as the game tilted on to the heavyweights as the first half closed at 42-30.

With Luga scoring the game high 28 points and Von Harry Lanete contributed 15 and Chris Diputado finishing with 12, the Lancers erected their biggest lead of the game, 81-51, with little over two minutes left in the game.

With only the Sherwins—Abobo and Resilla—scoring 15 and 10, as the only Wildcats who logged double-digits, CIT’s season is over early.

Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors limited USJ-R to only three points in the first quarter while scoring 19 and then made a 27-4 third quarter rampage to put the game away for good.

USJ-R tried to bring life back with a 19-9 run in the second, but the game was over when the devastating third quarter came into picture.

USC (71)—De Los Reyes 19, Oro 14, Ceniza 13, Alerta 9, Cañete 9, Andaya 6, Tan 3, Gualdario 2, Lim 2, Comahig 2. USJ-R (46)—Canitoy 23, Donayre 8, Rodil 4, Villondo 4, Trazona 3, Locaylocay 2, Ito 1. Quarters: 19-3; 28-22; 55-26; 71-46.

UV (85)—Luga 28, Lanete 15, Diputado 12, Arda 9, Sendrijas 8, Tancongco 4, Mepaña 3, Dennison 2, Manigue 2, Lasala 2. CIT (57)—Abobo 15, Resilla 10, Montealto 7, Aniñon 6, Reyes 5, de la Cerna 4, Molero 2, Regis 2, Villarba 2, Lopez 1. Quarters: 22-16; 42-30; 62-42; 85-57. (RCM)

amdgc82
09-10-2007, 06:27 AM
Lancers enter semis
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, September 10, 2007

Six-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers claimed the first semifinals slot with relative ease after demolishing the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 85-57 in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the USC gym.

In the distaff side, the University of San Carlos (USC) Lady Warriors shot down the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Lady Jaguars, 71-46.

The Lancers were relentless in their assault, unleashing a barrage of triples in the fourth period to rip the Wildcats apart with a 30-point lead, 83-53, going into the final minute of the ballgame.

So blistering, the Lancers nailed a total of 11 team triples, four of them during their ruthless fourth quarter uprising. They did it even if Harlow Chad Villanil was not fielded in along with Rino Berame, who were meted a disciplinary action for not attending their practice yesterday. The 6-foot-11 Fil-Am behemoth Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter also did not play due to a minor injury.

Michael Luga, who topscored for the Lancers with 28 points, had two triples, while Von Harry Lanete had five triples of his 15 points. Chris Victor Diputado had his own outside sniping scoring all 12 points from beyond the arc.

The scores

Women’s

USC (71) - Delos Reyes 19, Ono 14, Ceniza 13, Andaya 6, Alerta 5, Cañete 5, Tan 3, Lim 2, Cuadero 2, Comahig 2
USJR (46) - Canitoy 23, Donayre 8, Villondo 4, Rodil 4, Trazona 3, Locaylocay 2, Samante 1

Seniors

UV (85) - Luga 28, Lanete 15, Diputado 12, Arda 9, Tancongco 8, Mepaña 3, Lasala 2, Dennison 2, Manigque 2
CIT (57) - Abobo 18, Resilla 10, Montealto 7, Aniñon 6, Reyes 5, Dela Cerna 4, Regis 2, Molero 2, Villarba 2, Lopez 1
Halftime: 42-30

AnthonyServinio
09-11-2007, 02:03 AM
FINAL SENIORS STANDINGS
(Games through September 9, 2007)

1 University of the Visayas 6-1
2 University of San Carlos 6-1
3 Southwestern University 5-2
4 University of San Jose-Recoletos 5-2
5 University of Southern Philippines 2-5
6 University of Cebu 2-5
7 Don Bosco Technology Center 1-6
8 Cebu Institute of Technology 1-6

Quarterfinal Pairings (higher seed has twice-to-beat advantage):
#1 UV vs. #8 CIT (UV wins series, 1-0)
#2 USC vs. #7 DBTC (USC wins series, 1-0)
#3 SWU vs. #6 UC
#4 USJ-R vs. #5 USPF

FINAL JUNIORS STANDINGS
(Games through September 8, 2007)

1 University of San Carlos 5-1
2 University of Southern Philippines 4-2
3 University of Cebu 4-2
4 University of the Visayas 3-3
5 University of San Jose-Recoletos 3-3
6 Cebu Institute of Technology 2-4
7 Don Bosco Technology Center 0-6

Quarterfinal Pairings (higher seed has twice-to-beat advantage):
#1 USC - seeded to the Semifinals
#2 USPF vs. #7 DBTC
#3 UC vs. #6 CIT
#4 UV vs. #5 USJ-R


LATEST WOMEN'S STANDINGS
(Games through September 9, 2007)

University of San Carlos 1-0
University of Cebu 0-0
University of San Jose-Recoletos 0-1

amdgc82
09-11-2007, 06:07 AM
Cesafi caging
UV cruises to semifinal
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:45pm (Mla time) 09/10/2007

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers advanced to the semifinals after demolishing the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 85-57, in their quarterfinal round of the Cesafi men's basketball tournament on Sunday at the University of San Carlos gym.

The top-seeded Lancers had no use for their twice-to-beat incentive as they pounced on the eighth-seeded Wildcats in the third period, going on an 11-0 run, to establish a 19-point lead.

Picking up the slack in the absence of stalwarts Rino Berame, Harlow Villanil and prized 6-foot-11 Fil-Am rookie Gregory Slaughter was wily forward Mike Luga, who tallied nine of his game-high 28 points in that stretch to break the game wide open.

The Lancers will now await the winner of the match between the fourth-seed USJ-R, and the fifth-seed University of Southern Philippines Panthers. The Jaguars will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in that match-up.

In the first game, the University of San Carlos Lady Warriors routed the USJ-R Lady Jaguars, 71-46. Zacky Delos Reyes led the way for USC with 19 points.

amdgc82
09-11-2007, 06:08 AM
Greywolves sneak; Warriors on guard
Sunstar Cebu
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

THE University of San Carlos Warriors took the shorter yet rocky route to the semifinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum as they repulsed a pesky Don Bosco Greywolves, 64-59, in their quarterfinal match-up last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors had to fend off a surprisingly gritty Greywolves, which after just lagging behind in the first half, suddenly sprang back to life in the final half to catch the Warriors by surprise.

The Warriors, which enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage going into the quarterfinal round, almost squandered this edge when the Greywolves, down by double figures the whole game, recovered in the final stretch and looked to be on track.

The Greywolves were able to slice the lead by 10 going into the final period and even moved in closer 56-57, in the final three minutes.

Proving to be the thorn to the Warriors’ throat were Philip Oberes and Jake Alferez, who initiated the Greywolves’ searing run. Their efforts, however, have all gone to naught as the more experienced Warriors managed to compose themselves to eventually seal the game in their favor.

Niño Ramirez scattered 21 points for USC, while Enrico Llanto, who seeks to be drafted in the Philippine Basketball League and who currently leads this year’s top scorers for Cesafi, was not his usual self as he only choked up seven markers.

USC now joins University of the Visayas in the semifinals. USC will be facing the winner between Southwestern University Cobras and University of Cebu Webmasters in the semis, while UV will take on the winner between University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars and University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

USC (64)—Ramirez 21, Padayao 9, Llanto 7, Lazalita 6, Hermosa 5, Igao 3, Gallarde 3, Padillo 3, Codilla 2
DBC (59)—Alferez 12, Oberes 11, Apura 10, Perturbos 9, Bugati 8, Calloy 4, Enterina 3, Caballero 1. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-11-2007, 06:09 AM
USC survives Don Bosco scare to reach CESAFI cage semis
The Freeman
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The second-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors went through some scary moments before advancing into the semifinal round with a marginal 64-59 victory over the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves last Sunday in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the USC-Main Gym.

The Warriors nearly staggered when Marjun Apura pulled the Greywolves within a hairline, 56-57, in the final 3:08 mark, but Enrico Llanto, Sam Jordan Hermosa, and Niño Ramirez went 5-of-6 from the foul line to pad their lead to six points, 62-56, with less than a minute left in the ballgame.

Apura hit a triple in the final 13.3 seconds to put the Greywolves closer again, 59-62, but Ramirez calmly sank in his two charities to give the Warriors a 64-59 breather, which turned out to be the final outcome.

Ramirez led the Warriors with 21 points. No other USC cager scored in double figures. Llanto was held off to only seven points as the Warriors almost suffered an upset loss to the roaring Greywolves.

The Greywolves were led by Jake Alferez with 12 points followed by Philip Steven Oberes and Apura with 11 and 10 markers, respectively. (GGM)

amdgc82
09-11-2007, 07:57 PM
USC makes semis
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:51pm (Mla time) 09/11/2007

Cebu City, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors advanced to the semifinals of the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament after defeating the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 64-59, last Sunday at the USC gym.

The second-seeded Warriors followed in the footsteps of early qualifier and defending champions, University of the Visayas Green Lancers, who qualified for the next round after their lopsided win over the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats.

The Warriors, however, had to bleed for the ticket into the semifinals as they struggled in the second half before finally repulsing the pesky Greywolves.

Don Bosco, who was seeded seventh, hung around for the first three periods, and were surprisingly down by just 10 points entering the final canto, 51-41.

The Greywolves took advantage of the careless miscues of the rusty Warriors by converting on easy fastbreak baskets on the open court to get to within a solitary point, 56-57, with 3:10 remaining in the ballgame.

The Warriors’ vast experience in pressure-packed situations, though, kicked in just in time as Enrico Llanto restored order on the ensuing possession, sinking a free-throw while his runningmate, Niño Ramirez, followed suit, hitting four freebies down the stretch to preserve the win and end Don Bosco’s season.

Ramirez carried the scoring cudgels for USC, tallying 21 points. Nobody else scored in double figures for the Warriors as the reigning MVP, Llanto, was held down to just seven points.

USC will now await the winner of the quarterfinal tiff between the Southwestern University Cobras and the University of Cebu Webmasters.

The third-seeded Cobras hold the twice-to-beat advantage in that encounter, which will commence on Wednesday.

BOX SCORES:
USC (64) Ramirez 21, Padayao 9, Llanto 7, Lazalita 6, Hermosa 5, Igao 3, Gallarde 3, Padillo 3, Codilla 2.
DBC (59) Alferez 12, Oberes 11, Apura 10, Perturbos 9, Bugati 8, Calloy 4, Enterina 3, Caballero 1.
/Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-12-2007, 08:17 PM
SWU, USJ-R gun for semis slots
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Unless the lower ranked teams survive, the quarterfinal round will end tonight with the third-seed Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras and fourth-ranked University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars eyeing to complete the four-team semifinal cast in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras are poised to dump anew the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, whom they overwhelmed last Saturday, 79-55.

Armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, the Cobras’ mindset is to eliminate the Webmasters right at their turf where the latter scored only one win in four games.

They maybe a rookie team in the CESAFI, but the Cobras take pride for their* winning tradition especially during the Cebu Amateur Athletic Association (CAAA) years where they established a storied rivalry against the University of the Visayas (UV) Lancers.

Therefore, it will not be too much of a surprise if the Cobras finish off the Webmasters tonight.

The good thing for the Cobras is that they have transformed their rookies into a hard-fighting crew, who have shown potentials as legitimate title contenders. Their frontliners include Eric Zanoria, Mariano Canonigo, Richard Gianchand, Ritchie Jalandoni, and Chris Litorja.

The only possible way for the Webmasters to live and fight another day is to turn on their one-two offensive punch in Allain Abellanosa* and Jonathan Canceran up to the maximum level. The two must show an explosive game to back up the likes of Janssen Abella and Marvin Ceniza.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, also enjoy a twice-to-beat privilege when they seek a repeat of their 89-73 victory over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers.

USJ-R’s Lyndon Gudez would be very tough to clamp down offensively, while* Armand Ponce would be too slippery to catch.* Ranulfo Malinao, Manny Gabas and Randy Pogoy would love to play physical and they are expected to eat up the defense of the smaller Panthers.

The Panthers have only Moncrief Rogado to rely upon and he would be lucky if he gets sufficient support from the rest of his teammates.

Having finished as fifth seed was the least USPF coach Raul Latonio Sr. expected considering that there are only two players left from his old roster in Rogado and Henry Mancera.

amdgc82
09-12-2007, 08:18 PM
Eyeing the semis
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:02pm (Mla time) 09/12/2007

Cebu City, Philippines - The comebacking Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars gun for semifinal seats on Wednesday when they face separate opponents in the resumption of the quarterfinal round of the Cesafi basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The third-seeded Cobras will be taking on the sixth-seeded University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters while the fourth-seeded Jaguars battle the fifth-seeded University of Southern Philippines (USP) Panthers.

Both SWU and USJ-R will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in their respective matches.

The Cobras and the Jaguars are looking to join the six-time defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers and last year’s finalist University of San Carlos Warriors in the semifinals.

The Lancers will face the winner of the tiff between the Jaguars and the Panthers while the Warriors clash with the victor of the SWU/UC bash.

The semifinal round will be a best-of-three affair.

The Cobras are looking to duplicate their 79-55 win over the Webmasters in the last match of the elimination round.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars will also try to run roughshod over the Panthers, who they beat, 89-73, in the elimination round.
/Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-13-2007, 06:06 AM
UC Webmasters deleted
Sunstar Cebu
Thursday, September 13, 2007

THE Southwestern University Cobras have started to regain their lost ground in collegiate basketball as they formally entered the semifinal round of the Cebu School Athletic Foundation Inc. college division with a lopsided win over the University of Cebu Webmasters, 100-66, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras, the newest team in the Cesafi, formally shed off the underdog skin as they barely exerted any effort in thwarting a surprisingly submissive Webmasters.

The UC team, which has always made the top four in the previous seasons, was reduced to smithereens by the Cobras. Instead of displaying their old form, UC blundered. What UC had accomplished instead, was lodging a new record of playing the most pathetic first two periods this season.

It only scored eight points, breaking the erstwhile lowest production in the first period of nine points by the University of the Visayas.

SWU banked on a 26-0 assault in the first few minutes to open the floodgates against UC. The first period run was spearheaded by Eric Zanoria, who scored 12 points in this quarter alone.

UC only managed to score from the triples of Jonathan Canceran and Kelvin Juliane, to end the opening canto, 35-8.

This was virtually the end of the Webmasters as things only turned worse for them in the next period. Instead of bouncing back, it maintained the same performance—or lack of it—and still scored eight points in this quarter to end the half with a 43 point deficit, 59-16.

UC tried to get back on its feet and outscored the Cobras in the penultimate round 27-14, but this was not enough for them to recover.

Zanoria ended the game on top of the SWU scorers with 21 markers. Chris Litorja and Rene Pacquiao scored 16 and 15 for SWU, while Richard Gianchand added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

SWU booked a semifinal outing with early qualifier University of San Carlos, who earlier earned entry to the semis with defending champion University of the Visayas. UV will be facing the winner between University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and the University of Southern Philippines Panthers. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-13-2007, 06:08 AM
SWU sets several records in 34-point blowout of UC
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, September 13, 2007

The red-hot Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras last night terminated the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in record-establishing fashion, 100-66, to advance into the semifinal round of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The third-seed Cobras, playing with a twice-to-beat advantage, went off to a blazing 26-0 start, the longest rally in the league, so far. The Webmasters only broke their silence when Jonathan Canceran banked a 3-pointer with 3:28 left in the first period.

As they scored 35 in that stretch, the Cobras held off the Webmasters to only eight points - the league’s lowest in a single quarter. Only Canceran, Kelvin Juliane and Joel Dieparine scored for the Webmasters in the first 10 minutes of play.

With their offense seemed like a furious volcanic eruption, the Cobras literaly breathe fire and brimstone to melt the Webmasters away, mounting as much as 45 points lead, 59-14 - by far the highest advantage posted by any team in CESAFI’s six-year history.

After that, the Webmasters scored two more points, but still their* paltry16-point output at halftime is an all-time low since the league’s inception in 2000.

Playing without injured top gunner Allain Abellanosa, who hurt his knee during practice, the Webmasters fired back with a 26-11 run but still they* trailed by a mile, 43-73.

The closest UC could come was at 25 points, 50-75, early in the fourth quarter.

Eric Zanoria topped SWU’s scoring chart with 21 points, even as three others chipped in twin figures. Chris Litorja had 16 points followed by Rene Pacquiao with 15 and Richard Gianchand with 14.

The Webmasters, who appeared still groggy of their 55-79 loss to the Cobras last September 8, were led by Canceran with 20 points. Janssen Abella had 12 points, while Rommel Luceño added 10 markers in a losing cause.

amdgc82
09-13-2007, 06:08 PM
Cobras cruise to Cesafi semis
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:42am (Mla time) 09/13/2007

CEBU CITY, Phillippines - The Southwestern University Cobras claimed a semifinals berth after routing the University of Cebu Webmasters, 100-66, in their seniors division quarterfinals match of the Cesafi basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The comebacking Cobras needed just the first quarter to determine the outcome of the lopsided match as they buried the Webmasters, 26-0 anchored on the hot shooting of ace wingman Eric Zanoria, who drained 12 of his 21 points in that stretch. The Cobras took a 35-8 lead in the first period.

Things turned from bad to worse for the Webmasters when they fell behind by as much as 45 points before the half ended, as the Cobras scored at will and tallied 24 points in the second canto for a, 59-16 lead at the turn.

The Webmasters tried to show some semblance of a fight in the ensuing canto where they outscored the Cobras, 11-0 and trimmed their deficit to 32. The Cobras though, held their ground behind the three-point shooting of Chris Litorja and the inside play of Rene Pacquiao to end the Webmasters' tumultuous season.

Zanoria complemented his scoring spree by grabbing eight boards and dishing eight assists. Richard Gianchand also notched a double-double performance, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while Pacquiao had a breakout game, tallying 15 markers. Litorja also added 16 points for the Cobras.

SWU will now face last year's finalist, the University of San Carlos Warriors in a best-of-three semifinal series which will determine who will advance to the championship round. The defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers are waiting for the winner of the tiff between the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and the University of Southern Philippines Panthers.

BOX SCORES:

SWU (100) Zanoria 21, Litorja 16, Pacquiao 15, Gianchand 13, Jalandoni 8, Tilap 8, Ceniza 8, Poligrates 6, Escober 3, Vaflor 2
UC (66) Canceran 20, Abella 12, Luceno 10, Julianne 7, Ceniza 5, Connors 5, Flanco 5, Deiparene 2

amdgc82
09-14-2007, 09:03 AM
Jaguars pull through
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Friday, September 14, 2007


THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars cruised to the semifinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) with an easy 87-71 win over University of Southern Philippines Foundation last Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum to complete the list of semifinalists of the collegiate basketball tournament.

The Panthers of Coach Raul Latonio were determined to breaking into the top four, hence, the discharge of a searing rally in the first half, where they ended up trailing by just a tolerable six points, 37-43.

After winning over the mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers, the Jaguars realized that it will be a big step backward if they lose to USPF. Upon realizing this, the Jaguars went to work right away, blasting the Panthers from contention with a 15-4 run at the start of the third.

USJ-R is only the second team in the six-year-old league to hand a loss on UV, which owns the championship tiara for the last six seasons.

USPF stalwart Moncrief Rogado, who is currently the second top scorer in the league, tried to keep USPF’s bid alive, but his one-man act could not keep up with the rampaging Jaguars.

Rogado, who scored a game-high 25 markers, earlier logged the second highest individual score this year with 31 points in their game against University of Cebu. He temporarily takes the second spot in the scorers’ list to top scorer Enrico Llanto of University of San Carlos.

Lyndon Gudez nicked 18 points to lead USJ-R’s charge, while Jabe Delfino added 15 markers. Bobby Hatague and Villahermosa each scattered 12 points for the Jaguars.

USJ-R enters the semifinal round together with other qualifiers UV, USC Warriors and the Southwestern University Cobras.

All four teams, who came out in the top four after the elimination round and enjoyed twice-to-beat advantage going into the quarterfinals, need not to pull out their second chance cards as all won their respective matches the first time around.

UV, the six-time defending champion will renew its rivalry with USJ-R, which defeated the mighty Lancers the last time they took on each other during the elimination round.

USC, on the other hand, UV’s runner up last year, will face the SWU Cobras in the best-of-three semifinals.

The semifinal round will be on Sept. 26 at the Cebu Coliseum, while the All-Star competition will be on Sept. 23.

amdgc82
09-14-2007, 09:14 AM
Jaguars boot out Panthers
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Friday, September 14, 2007

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars booted out the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers in convincing fashion, 87-71, to complete the semifinal cast in the collegiate division of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Thus, the Jaguars joined topseed University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras into the penultimate round.

Meanwhile, today marks the start of the secondary playoffs with the top-ranked USC Baby Warriors enjoying an outright semifinal seat. The next three ranked teams will enjoy twice-to-beat incentives over their respective foes.

The Jaguars, who could probably be the only team capable of beating the UV Lancers in the semifinals, were just testing waters in the first half as they shifted their offense to higher gear right at the start of the third period to produce a lopsided decision.

Making matters worse for the Panthers was when their top gunner Moncrief Rogado had to be rested for a few minutes in the third quarter due to led camps. He still managed though to topscore for the Panthers with a game-high 25 points.

The Jaguars made the most out of the opportunity to blow a seven-point edge, 43-37, into an 18-point bubble, 69-51, heading into the final 10 minutes of the contest.

Lyndon Gudez had 18 points to lead the Jaguars, while Jabe Delfino finished with 15 points. Bobby Hatague and Jessmar Villahermosa chipped in 12 markers apiece.

amdgc82
09-15-2007, 06:14 AM
Revamp needed
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:54am (Mla time) 09/14/2007

MANILA, Philippines - In the wake of their embarrassing exit from the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament, the once-proud University of Cebu Webmasters are looking to start anew and overhaul the entire roster in the hopes of ridding itself of the “bad weed” that festered the lineup all season long.

This was divulged to Cebu Daily News by UC basketball consultant Atty. Baldomero Estenzo in an exclusive interview yesterday morning.

“I don’t expect us to be champions. I only expect them to play to the best of their abilities. Anything less than that would be a failure and based on the results, they did not play their best,” said Estenzo.

“Looking at this situation, it might not be worth keeping anymore. There might be a revamp,” added Estenzo.

The move comes a day after the Webmasters’ humiliating 100-66 quarterfinal loss to the Southwestern University Cobras.

It was a forgettable game for UC head coach Rhoel Gomez and the rest of the Webmasters as they scored a record low of eight points in the first period, 16 in the first half and trailed by as much as 45 points to the comebacking Cobras.

After years of fruitful success in the Cesafi cage wars, the Webmasters have faltered this season, winning just two out its seven games in the elimination round.

Making matters worse is the detrimental conduct of some players, which Estenzo heavily frowned on.

“The players should be role models, perform in class and behave well on and off the court. Dapat disiplinado unta. If they want to be boxers, dapat didto na lang sila sa ALA gym or sa RWS gym,” said Estenzo, referring to Christian Rez and Alfie Amarante, who were kicked off the team for an unfavorable off-court tussle.

Gomez on the other hand, admitted that it has been a very tumultuous season, especially with all the injuries to his players.

“Naglisud jud mi. Kumpleto unta mi sa preparation pero kulang man mi sa tawo so useless gihapon,” said Gomez in a phone interview.

Gomez added that he is amenable to the proposed revamp and that things will be discussed more when he, along with the rest of his staff, meets with Estenzo today.
/Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-15-2007, 06:15 AM
Wildkittens claw meek at Webmasters, 84-82
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, September 15, 2007

THE Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens earned another lease in life when it pulled off a come-from-behind bashing by defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters, 84-82, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Luckily for the Baby Webmasters, since they are enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage being a top two team going into the quarterfinals, they still have a chance to redeem themselves and snag a ticket to the semifinal round in the rubbermatch today.

Down by 18 points in the third quarter, the Wildkittens made a huge recovery in the crucial fourth canto behind the Carl Almario Jeffrey Taghoy and Kane Borinaga, to finally be at par with the Baby Webmasters, 74-all with just 2:59 in the game clock.

The three were at the forefront of the Wildkittens’ assault as they initiated a searing 24-18 run that put the game into deadlock for the first time.

CIT finally tasted the lead when Clint Gerali halved his charities, 75-74, and never looked back from there. UC only managed to get tangled with CIT in two more deadlocks before succumbing to the Wildcats’ newfound strength.

Borinaga and Gerali sealed the Webmasters’ coffin as they scored the game’s last six points in the final 40 seconds of the game.

Gerali topscored for CIT with 17 markers, while Taghoy had 16. Leymund Babad carried the scoring cudgels for the Webmasters with a game-high 21 pointers.

Meanwhile, University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers shortened their agony as they advanced to the semifinal round after thwarting Don Bosco College in a lopsided 96-60 victory.

The Baby Panthers wanted to get the job done early that they restricted the Baby Greywolves to just six points in the first period.

Today, another quar-terfinal match will take place at the same venue.

Number four team University of the Visayas Baby Lancers face University of San Jose Recoletos, which is ranked number five after the elimination round with the Lancers enjoying a twice to beat edge.

CIT (84)—Gerali 17, Taghoy 16, Borinaga 13, Brigoli 8. Piezas 6, Santos 6, Espinosa 3, Abarquez 3, Aton 2, Fuentes 2
UC (82)—Babad 21, Cabañero 17, Codilla 14, Sedurifa 9, Alviva 7, Pearce 6, Solon 4, Sealana 3, Catalan 2. (MCB)

Schortsanitis
09-15-2007, 11:18 PM
In fairness to UC, I think they likely would've performed better, had the 6'8" Junemar Fajardo had not been injured & forced to sit out the rest of his season.

amdgc82
09-16-2007, 05:32 AM
Baby Jaguars stomp Baby Lancers, 84-77
Sunstar Cebu
Sunday, September 16, 2007

THE University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars banked on a blistering last quarter run to defeat the University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers, 84-77, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum to keep their bid for a semis slot in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) alive.

The Jaguars had been gasping for air for the first three periods and were never able to have a taste of the lead. Upon entering the fourth period, however, the doors opened for the Jaguars.

Left behind 46-53 going into the final frame, the Jaguars snatched the game’s favor to their side behind a 13-2 rally spearheaded by Xylgy Ponsica. Ponsica rained eight points during this juncture, anchored on back to back triples, for the Jaguars to take over the driver’s seat, 59-55.

However, the Jaguars received a fatal blow when Ponsica was sent to the sidelines because of foul trouble allowing when the Green Lancers to get back on track.

The Lancers took back the lead, 65-64, with just four minutes left, behind the efforts of Jonard Premacio. Without Ponsica, the Jaguars could have lost hope. But in the absence of their top gunner, Miko Marquez and Clint Muñez stepped up.

Marquez and Muñez then rekindled their dying fire and got the Jaguars back on their feet as they once more led, 76-70, and never looked back from there.

Since the Lancers enjoy a twice-to-beat edge, the two teams will meet again today to determine which team enters the semifinals against the top team University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, who automatically earned a semis slot.

In the other game yesterday, the University of Cebu Lady Webmasters trounced the USJ-R Lady Jaguars, 81-44.

amdgc82
09-16-2007, 05:35 AM
UC juniors forge KO match vs. UV
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Sunday, September 16, 2007

Aided by stroke of luck, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars overcame a horrendous free-throw shooting to gun down the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, 84-77, in come-from-behind fashion and live and fight for another day in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Thus, the Baby Jaguars forged a sudden-death duel against the Baby Lancers on Wednesday, in the same way with the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens after they subdued the twice-to-beat University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters the other day, 84-82.

The winners in this Wednesday’s double knockout encounter will advance into the semifinal round.

The Baby Lancers were ahead most of the way and enjoyed a 53-46 lead at the end of the third period, but the Baby Jaguars staged a ferocious uprising in the windup to change the course of the match in their favor, 59-55, on back-to-back triples by Xyl Jy Ponsica.

Clint Muñez topscored the Baby Jaguars with 21 points, most of them in the fourth period, while Ponsica added 18 points. Another fourth quarter hero was Mico Marquez, who finished with 12 points followed by James Regalado with 11 and Mark Stephen Trillo with eight.

Junard Premacio fired a game-high 27 points for the Baby Lancers, while John Michael Abad and Eugene Viagedor chipped in 19 and 13 points, respectively, in a losing cause.

Earlier, three-time champion UC Lady Webs trampled on the USJ-R cagebelles, 81-43.

The scores

Women’s

UC (81) - Pilot 16, Nieves 16, Lanuza 16, Abella 7, Lanik 5, Veña 4, Durazo 4, Nicolas 4, Madrio 3, Rigor 2, Ferraren 1, Gracia 1
USJ-R (43) - Canitoy 14, Trazona 11, Samante 7, Villondo 4, Donayre 3, Ho 2, Yburan 2

Juniors* ** * *

USJ-R (84) - Muñez 21, Ponsica 18, Marquez 12, Regalado 11, Trillo 8, Heredia 7, Espiritu 4, Dimaampao 3
UV (77) - Premacio 27, Abad 19, Viagedor 13, Daño 4, Cañedo 4, Auditor 2, Octobre 2, Llenes 2, Sintos 1 Halftime: 31-35

amdgc82
09-17-2007, 05:47 AM
UC avoids collapse; beats CIT for final four spot
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, September 17, 2007

THE University of Cebu Baby Webmasters survived a determined Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens to advance to the semifinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball tournament with an 89-81 sneaker in the quarterfinal match last Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Webmasters, the defending juniors division champion, had enjoyed a twice to beat edge going into the quarterfinal round. They, however, fell to the Wildkittens in their first outing, forcing Saturday’s decider.

In their second game, UC looked headed at the same path they took in their first game building up a double-digit lead only to lose its footing in the final stretch.

CIT got back on track with a 19-point run in the fourth period to slice UC lead to just four, 79-83 in the final four minutes.

Before the Wildcats’ wildfire spread further, Joseph Sedurifa came in to douse it as he scored three straight baskets that silenced the Wildcats for good.

Sedurifa finished with 16 points but it was Leymond Babad, who topscored for UC with 20.

UC will take on University of Southern Philippines Panthers in the semifinal round.

Despite losing, CIT’s Clint Gerali still had a reason to smile as he made a game-high 32 point production. The other semifinalist for the juniors division is University of San Carlos, which earned an automatic place in the semifinal round after topping the juniors division.

UC (89)—Babad 20, Cabanero 17, Sedurifa 16, Codilla 9, Pearce 7, Alviva 6, Sealana 5, Palileo 3, Tindoy 3, Catalan 3
CIT (81)—Gerali 32, Taghoy 15, Santos 12, Borinaga 7, Espinosa 5, Piezas 4, Abarquez 3, Almario 3. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-17-2007, 05:48 AM
UC bantams oust Wildkittens
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, September 17, 2007

Defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters weathered a huge offensive breakdown in the windup to eliminate the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens, 89-81, and advance into the semifinals of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

So far, there is only one game left unsettled pitting the fourth-seed University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers against the fifth-ranked University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars. The sudden-death match will be played on Wednesday, with the winner earning the right to face topseed University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors in the semis.

The Junior Webmasters, on the other hand, will clash next with the second-ranked* University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers.

Again, the Junior Webmasters squandered a 49-35 advantage in the third period, but recovered in time to avoid another upset by the Wildkittens.

Seldon Clint Gerali presided over CIT’s fourth-quarter uprising that pulled them within just a hairline, 63-64, with still 6:51 left in the game.

However, the last time the Wildkittens could come close was at 65-67 as the Junior Webmasters played tough at crunchtime behind the efforts of guards Jeff Ryan Alviva and Cherwill Solon, team captain Leymund Babad, and Joseph Sedurifa, whose back-to-back shots in the dying seconds bailed UC out of danger.

Babad finished with 20 points for the Junior Webmasters, while Sedurifa chipped in 16 markers.

Gerali pumped in 21 of his 38 points in the final period, but his singular offensive outburst couldn’t make any different for the Wildkittens. Jeffrey Taghoy and Johnlerry Santos connived for 27 points in a losing cause.

The scores

UC (89) - Babad 20, Cabañero 17, Sedurifa 16, Codilla 9, Pearce 7, Alviva 6, Sealana 5, Palileo 3, Tindoy 3, Catalan 3
CIT (81) - Gerali 38, Taghoy 15, Santos 12, Borinaga 7, Espinosa 5, Piezas 4, Almario 3, Abarquez 3

amdgc82
09-19-2007, 06:29 AM
Judgement day
Sunstar Cebu
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

THE University of Cebu Lady Webmasters will try to protect their throne in the women’s division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. when it faces perennial nemesis University of San Carlos Lady Warriors in today’s championship match at the USC gym.

The game is slated at 4:30 p.m. before an equally important game in the juniors division scheduled at 6 p.m.

The winner in the women’s match will form the core of the team that will represent Cebu in the regional meet of the Private Schools Athletic Association.

The University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers will also try to keep their title bid alive when it takes on the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars in a winner-take-all-quarterfinal match.

The Baby Jaguars managed to extend the quarterfinal round to today’s playoffs when they bashed the twice-to-beat Baby Lancers in their first outing last Saturday.

USJ-R will once more lean on the heroics of Clint Munez and Xyl Ponsica in their crucial match today. The duo carried the Jaguars to victory last Saturday with end game heroics.

Fortune

With this, the Baby Lancers, last year’s finalists, which have been trying to keep their heads above the water all season long, will hope to end the Jaguars good fortune today to snag the last semifinals slot of the juniors division

The winner in today’s game will face the University of San Carlos in the semifinals.

This is the first time in the history of Cesafi that the USC Baby Warriors finished on top after the elimination round. The Warriors also enjoyed a bye in the quarters and are just waiting whom to face in the semis. The other semifinals match up is between the defending champion University of Cebu Baby Webmasters and University of Southern Philippines Baby Panthers. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-19-2007, 06:30 AM
UV juniors face USJ-R for last semifinal berth
By Gabby G.. Malagar
The Freeman
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers and the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars play a do-or-die game today for the last semifinals slot in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the USC gym.

The Baby Jaguars forced a winner-take-all match after scoring a gritty 84-77 victory last week against the Baby Lancers, who enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage going into the game.

Tonight’s winner will play top qualifier University of San Carlos Baby Warriors in the semifinals.* Second seed University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers will take on the University of Cebu Junior Webmasters in the other semis duel.

The Baby Lancers have themselves to blame for last week’s debacle. They got too aggressive in the second half and committed silly fouls that put them in the penalty with six minutes left in the third period and as early as eight minutes in the fourth quarter. USJR’s players took advantage of UV’s penalty situation by canning free throws awarded them to put the game away.

The Baby Lancers will rely on Junard Primacio, John Michael Abad and Eugene Viagedor, among others while the Baby Jaguars will counter with Xyl Jy Ponsica, Clint Muñez, Miko Adam Marquez, James Regalado and Mark Stephen Trillo.

Spicing up tonight’s KO match between the Baby Lancers and the Baby Jaguars is the championship game of the women’s division pitting grandslam champion University of Cebu (UC) Lady Webmasters against the University of San Carlos (USC) Lady Warriors.

amdgc82
09-19-2007, 08:25 PM
Baby Lancers try to avoid upset against Baby Jaguars
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:03pm (Mla time) 09/19/2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Green Lancers take one last crack at making it to the semifinal round when they battle the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars in their rubbermatch in the quarterfinals of the Cesafi basketball tournament on Wednesday at the University of San Carlos gym.

The Baby Lancers will be trying to avoid a disastrous end to their tumultuous season as they aim to avoid an upset at the hands of the resilient Baby Jaguars.

USJ-R foiled UV’s chance of getting to the next round last Saturday as they pulled off an 84-77 win to setup the winner-take-all encounter on Wednesday.

UV made the championship round last season on the strength of their dynamic duo of Phil Mercader and Edrian Lao. However, with the tandem gone, the Baby Lancers have struggled to stay afloat, barely snatching the fourth-seed after the elimination round.

The winner of Wednesday's playoff match will face the top-seeded University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors in the semis. The other pairing pits the second-seeded University of Southern Philippines Baby Panthers against the defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters.

In the first game, the defending champions University of Cebu Lady Webmasters aim for a repeat when they face Jessamine “Zacky” Delos Reyes and the rest of the USC Lady Warriors in the championship game of the women’s division./Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-20-2007, 05:45 AM
USC finally wins title
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Thursday, September 20, 2007

FOUR tries. This was how long it took the University of San Carlos Lady Warriors to finally usurp the championship crown of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball crown from perennial champion University of Cebu Lady Webmasters.

A seasoned and bigger Lady Warriors, drawing strength from a partisan crowd at the USC gym, ended UC’s reign with an 82-65 win yesterday, avenging three years worth of losing the championship title to UC.

USC star forward Jessamin “Zacky” delos Reyes showcased just why she has become a fancied lady cager in the collegiate level during their win.

Until yesterday, delos Reyes, who is a holder of various individual trophies has never taken the team to a Cesafi title since the division was introduced four years ago.

Delos Reyes pulled off a monumental third quarter performance, when she scored 11 of her 18 points to allow her team to build up a virtually insurmountable lead going into the final period, 63-48.

The Webmasters were only able to put up a fight against the formidable and bigger Warriors in the first half when they only allowed USC to lead by four, 15-19.

USC, however, managed to tip the scales in their favor for good when the second period came as it padded its lead to 10, 37-27 behind the heroics delos Reyos and Diane Cañete.

With a loss looming in the horizon, the former champions had somehow resigned to the fact that they will finally be letting go of their title as their shooters and plays failed to work.

In the final period another, Warrior earned her 15 minutes of fame as Ayumi Ono made her presence felt. A sophomore recruit, Ono, with the moves and size identical to delos Reyes’, scored the bulk of her 17 points for USC’s charge. Junelle Narciso and Roanne Tan provided the necessary offensive charge of the Warriors as they scattered 12 and 10 points, respectively.

With the win, USC will be forming the bulk of the team which will represent Cebu in the regional Prisaa later this year.

USC (82)—Delos Reyes 18, Ono 17, Narciso 12, Tan 10, Lim 4, Ceniza 4, Cudero 4, Andaya 2, Canete 2, Conching 2.
UC (65)—Lanuza 18, Fernandez 9, Nieves 9, Lanik 7, Manaug 6, Madrid 5, Nicolas 4, Vena 2, Piloto 2, Duazo 1.

amdgc82
09-21-2007, 04:09 AM
Baby Lancers survive USJ-R, 76-72
Sunstar Cebu
Friday, September 21, 2007

THE University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers saved themselves from a mighty bashing when they fended off the gritty University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, 76-72, to save the final semifinals slot of the juniors basketball of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc last Wednesday at the University of San Carlos gym.

After losing to the Jaguars in their first quarterfinal match-up, the Lancers were determined to take this game. Down by almost 10 points in the first half, UV unleashed a furious third quarter run to take over and eventually win the game.

The Green Lancers had to fend off the Jaguars who were wrecking havoc in the first two periods and were leading by as much as 10, before losing steam in the third canto.

By this time, the Baby Lancers, all refreshed and rested from the half time break, got back on track and blasted off with a 15-4 run behind the gallant efforts of Eugene Viagedor and Junnard Premacio to turn the game around for good, 37-34.

It was at that point that the Jaguars found itself on the wrong end of a come-from-behind win as they trailed until the end.

They, however, never backed down without a fight even forcing the Lancers to a deadlock thrice before the quarter ended.

In the payoff period, the Baby Lancers lifted off as Premacio and Aldwin Felisario literally took turns in barraging the basket converting points every chance they got.

Premacio and Felisario combined for 17 points in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter for UV to lead, 68-64 in the 2:01 mark.

Grit

The Jaguars showed their grit, never allowing the Lancers to get ahead by as much as five points and closed in 70-72, behind Xyl Ponsica, Clint Muñez and Jaime Regalado.

US-R had a chance to extend the game to overtime when Ponsica intercepted the ball with less than 20 seconds left. He, however, failed to covert it.

UV’s John Abad then scored four straight points to seal the game’s outcome, formalizing the team’s entry to the semifinal round.

Premacio topscored for UV with 21 points, while John Auditor and Felisario added 11 each.

UV, last year’s runnerup, is up for a tall order as it will be taking on the top-ranked USC Baby Warriors.

USC earned a sweatless entry to the semis after coming out on top of the eight-team field in the elimination round.

amdgc82
09-22-2007, 05:23 AM
Baby Lancers secure seat in Cesafi’s finals
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:50am (Mla time) 09/21/2007


CEBU CITY, Philippines - The University of the Visayas Baby Lancers survived a gritty stand by the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars as they beat the latter, 76-72, in their all-important quarterfinal rubbermatch last Wednesday at the University of San Carlos gym.

The Baby Lancers had to bank on their incredible resiliency as they came back from as many as 10 points down and turn the game around at the onset of the second half en route to a seat in the semifinal round.

Down by eight at halftime, 21-29, the Baby Lancers seized the lead, 37-32, behind a searing 15-4 charge anchored on baskets from UV forwards Eugene Viagedor and Junnard Premacio.

After getting shellshocked, 84-77, in their first encounter in the quarterfinals last Saturday, the Baby Lancers used the lessons of that shocking loss and utilized it well, as they shut down their opponents’ guards all evening long.

USJ-R’s Xyl Ponsica was limited to just eight points, after scoring 16 in the first match.

However, the Baby Jaguars would not fold that easily as they kept abreast of last year’s finalists, behind the gallant efforts of Clint Muñez and Jaime Regalado, to trail by just two, 49-51, entering the penultimate period.

With Premacio scoring nine points and stocky center Aldwin Felisario adding eight in the fourth, UV held on to a precarious 72-70 lead with less than a minute remaining in the game.

USJ-R had several chances to send the game into an extra session but a missed basket from the left baseline by Ponsica and a costly turnover by Miko Marquez doomed the Baby Jaguars’ chances.

A basket and two split freebies by UV’s John Abad finally booked the Baby Lancers’ ticket into the next round, where they will face the top-seeded USC Baby Warriors, who are well-rested after gaining automatic entry to the semis after topping the elimination round.

BOX SCORES:

UV (76) Premacio 21, Auditor 11, Felisario 11, Canedo 10, Abad 8, Viagedor 5, Dano 4, Ferrolino 4, Llenes 2.
USJ-R (72) Marquez 17, Munez 16, Regalado 10, Ponsica 8, Trillo 7, Heredia 6, Espiritu 4, Saladaga 4. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-22-2007, 05:25 AM
Star-studded games today
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, September 22, 2007

FOLLOWING a strenuous two rounds of action in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., the premier inter-collegiate league in Cebu will take its much needed breather as the Cesafi All-Stars take center stage tomorrow at the Cebu Coliseum.

As practiced, teams will be divided according to the zone where they belong to and pool together select players to form East and West teams that will go against each other for the All Stars title.

In between games, there will be performances from cheerdance teams from four schools.

The East team includes University of the Visayas, University of San Carlos, Don Bosco College and University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

The West team will have University of San Jose Recoletos, University of Cebu, Southwestern University, Cebu Institute of Technology.

Team

Apart from being coached by UV’s Elmer Cabahug, the East team is made up mostly of UV team members Harlow Villanil, Chris Diputado, Mike Luga, Von Lañete, Ritchum Dennison, Ariel Mepaña, Rino Berami and Greg Slaughter.

Completing the East team are USC’s Niño Ramirez, Carlo Padayao and Enrico Llanto with Glen Bugtai and Ricmar Perturbos of DBC and Dennis Tabada and Moncrief Rogado of USPF.

The West team, which will be handled by SWU head coach Dodie Miego will be banking on his own wards Eric Zanoria, Chris Litorja, Ritchi Jalandoni, Richard Gianchand and Mariano Canonido.

West will be beefed up by USJ-R’s prolific guard Arman Ponce, Jessmar Villahermosa, Manny Gabas and John Malinao, UC’s Allain Abellanosa and Jansen Abella, CIT’s scoring machine Sherwin Abobo and Sherwin Resilla.

Power

The members of the West team in the Juniors division are Clint Muñez, Joshua Heredia, Xyl Ponsica, Miko Marquez, Mark Stephen Trillo, Jaime Regalado of USJ-R, Ken Borinaga, Jeffrey Taghoy, Seldon Clint Gerali, Ralp Erwin Espinosa, John Leroy Santos of CIT, Rodrienne Babuena, Danilo Belenguez of DBC and Leymund Babad, PElayo Cabañero of UC. UC coach Reggie Licanda will be calling the shots.

The East team will be composed of USC’s Francis Dave Omolon, Nilton John Otida, John Philip delos Santos, Ian Adlawan, Carl Ruko Santos, UV’s John Michael Abad, Junard Premacio, Eugene Viagedor, Jade Cañedo, USP-F’s JR dela Cruz, Ephraim Elorde, Norman Bordalba. Jaime Babiera, Rey Cabatingan.

Apart from the basketball competitions, there will also be three-point shootout in the college division with this year’s best perimeter shooters and the slam dunk competition. It will be highlighted by the three-point shootout of former Cesafi stars and alumni of Cesafi-member schools. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-23-2007, 06:35 AM
Cesafi’s best meet in All-Star
Sunstar Cebu
Sunday, September 23, 2007

THE East meets the West.

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. teams group together and fight in friendly matches in today’s Cesafi All-Stars at the Cebu Coliseum.

The member schools are divided into two groups; the East, composed of powerhouse University of the Visayas Green Lancers, University of San Carlos Warriors, Don Bosco College and University of Southern Philippines Foundation; and the West, composed of Suthwestern University, Cebu Institute of Technology, University of Cebu and University of San Jose Recoletos.

The Juniors squads take on each other first at 1 p.m followed by the slam dunk contest and the three point shootout.

Aside from the collegiate three-point contest, a shootout of former Cesafi players and a local basketball star in alumni caging will take place before the senior division’s All-Star game follows at 4 p.m.

amdgc82
09-23-2007, 06:37 AM
7th CESAFI All-Star Games today
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Sunday, September 23, 2007

The cream of the crop in both high school and college divisions of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. will convene today to show off their wares including their shooting prowess and leaping ability as the CESAFI holds the seventh edition of its annual All-Star Games starting at 1 pm at the Cebu Coliseum.

Aside from the swashbuckling double-header, a 3-point shootout and slam dunk contest among the finest stars of CESAFI will also be witnessed by the Cebuano hoop buffs.

To add glamour to the keenly-awaited show, there will be a 3-Point Shootout Challenge of former CESAFI players/alumni featuring the legendary triggerman Felix Duhig and Chester Cokaliong, a famed streak-shooter who already collared 15 3-point king crowns in his career that started when he formed the Cebu Eastern College Alumni Basketball Association (CECABA) in 1999.

Last year, the East swept the West All-Stars via a 96-89 decision in the seniors category and by an 85-61 verdict in the high school level.

With UV’s coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug back as East All-Stars mentor, they are poised to retain the crown they won against the West of coach Dodie Miego. Likewise, the East of coach Roland Remedio will try to keep the juniors crown against the chargers of Reggie Licanda for the West side.

The East roster in college division are Chris Victor Diputado, Von Harry Lanete, Ricthum Dennison, Michael Luga, Ariel Mepaña, Rino Berame, Harlow Chad Villanil, and Gregory Slaughter of UV, Glenn Ford Bugtai and Ricmar Perturbos of Don Bosco Technology Center, Dennis Tabada and Moncrief Rogado of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, and* Ryan Carlo Padayao, Niño Ramirez, and Enrico Llanto of the University of San Carlos.

Their juniors counterparts are Niño Jed Tiu, Francis Dave Omolon, Nilton John Otida, John Phillip de los Santos, Ian Adlawan and Cark Ruko Santos of USC, UR de la Cruz, Ephraim Elorde, Norman Bordalba, Jaime Henri Babiera and Rey Michael Cabatingan of USPF and John Michael Abad, Junard Premacio, Eugene Erick Viagedor and Jade Cañedo of UV.

The West seniors squad is composed of Eric Zanoria, Chris Litorja, Richard Gianchand, Ritchie Jalandoni* and Mariano Canonigo of SWU, Armand Ponce, Jessmar Villahermosa, Lyndon Gudez, Manny Gabas, and Ranulfo Malinao of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Sherwin Abobo and Sherwin Resilla of Cebu Institute of Technology* and Allain Abellanosa and Janssen Abella of the University of Cebu.

Playing for the West juniors are Clint Muñez, Joshua Heredia, Xyl Jy Ponsica, Miko Marquez, Mark Stephen Trillo and James Regalado of USJ-R, Ken Borinaga, Jeffrey Taghoy, Seldon Clint Gerali, Ralph Erwin Espinosa and John Leroy Santos of CIT, Rodrienne Balbuena and Danilo Belongel of DBTC, and Leymund Babad and Pelayo Cabañero III of UC.

Vying for the 3-point title are defending champion Lanete, Dennison, Abella, Abellanosa, Ramirez, Padayao, Gudez, Ponce, Litorja, Zanoria, Rogado, Abobo and Marjun Apura, while the entries in the slam dunk contest are defending champion Eulogio Lasala, Jr., and rookie Sylvester Tancongco of UV, Jonathan Canceran of UC, Manny Gabas of USJ-R, Ritchie Jalandoni and Richard Gianchand of SWU and Ricmar Perturbos of Don Bosco.

amdgc82
09-23-2007, 06:42 AM
CESAFI in High Gear
BLEACHER TALK By Rico S. Navarro
The Freeman
Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fasten your seat belts and hold on tight. The CESAFI has shifted to high gear and there’s no slowing down. With the elimination round over, the dust has settled with four teams stepping up to the plate to find out who’s who in local college ball.

And the big question remains, can anyone stop UV? CESAFI’s version of the Final Four features the top-ranked UV Lancers going up against #4 USJ-R. The other half of the draw has the #2 USC Warriors facing #3 SWU Cobras. The semis start on Wednesday with the UV-USJR series kicking things off.* The semifinal format is a best-of-three series with the winners facing off in a best-of-five finals.

The interesting thing about the semis is that UV is facing the only team to which it lost in the elimination round. Believe it or not, the mighty Lancers aren’t invincible after all. While many will say that UV was crippled with its key players recovering from the flu in that game, we can’t take away the gallant effort put up by USJ-R. In that game, the Jaguars used a combination of speed and a choking full-court trap to frustrate UV.

Their game revolves around the leadership of Armand Ponce who leads their transition offense and anchors the full-court trapping defense that Coach Edito Salacut loves to use. Lyndon Gudez is the main beneficiary of the transition game being the best finisher of the break for the Jaguars. John Malinao has improved drastically, having mastered his medium range jumper and his “Ramon Fernandez” elegant running shot. He excels when he doesn’t have to bang bodies against the wider bodies of the UV front line inside the paint. For the Jaguars to win again, they’ll have to follow the same game plan but expect a healthier UV line-up eager to erase the memory of only their second defeat in CESAFI history.

UV will always be UV. They have so many weapons to throw at you, but I think the most crucial element is the presence of Von Harry Lañete. He’s the kind of player who can make or break UV. When he has an off-night or is forced to carry the load all by himself, UV doesn’t play too well. He also tends to lose his composure when having to bring the ball up against a full court press. This is where UV will need the steady playmaking of Chris Diputado as Lañete slides to the off-guard position. Among the players who should be tapped to score a lot are Michael Luga and Harlow Villanil. They bring match-up problems to USJ-R especially when made to play as wingmen. Their big men will also have the edge inside. Ariel Mepaña is due for a break-out game and can easily push his weight around against the smaller “big” men of USJ-R. Rino Berame will also exert his presence against Malinao and Manny Gabas. Don’t expect much from 6-11 rookie Greg Slaughter if USJ-R decides to turn the game into a sprint.

In the other battle, USC will want to prove that its appearance in last year’s finals is not a fluke. But they’re facing a more mature and hungrier SWU side that has already over-achieved itself in its rookie year back in the league. Enrico Llanto will once again be at the forefront of the USC offense. He has proven time and again to be the best inside operator in the league despite standing only 6-2. His quick moves to the basket, reverse lay-ups and turn-around jumpers are almost unstoppable, and SWU’s big men will have their hands full trying to contain Llanto.

The other half of USC’s dynamic duo that dates back to their USC-Mango days is Niño Ramirez. If Llanto is tied down inside, Ramirez serves as the bail-out guy with his long-range shooting. He also blends this with his slashing ways to the hoop when clamped down outside. Carlo Padayao gives USC a legitimate third option that’s dangerous from three-point land, while Sam Hermosa and Paul Joven have proven that they can take care of the offense if Llanto and Ramirez take a break. USC’s weakness is its shallow bench that goes only as deep as eight or nine players. Giovanni Padillo and Harvey Lazalita are the only legitimate threats who can provide the much-needed spark of the bench.

SWU is in a nothing-to-lose scenario and they’ll surely use this to their advantage. They weren’t expected to end up #3 in its rookie year where their players seemed to have matured quickly through the season. They’ll be relying on the inside-outside game of lefty Eric Zanoria. But the key to a SWU win is if they know what real options they have at point guard at game time. Coach Dodie Miego has been so frustrated at the show-boating ways of Eliud Poligrates that he often uses Zanoria as a big point guard. If Poligrates can settle down and run the offense as he’s supposed to, then SWU will be able to maximize its many options. Aside from Zanoria, SWU has reliable role players like Richard Gianchand, Mariano Canonigo and Cris Litorja. Canonigo and Gianchand are “little” big men who do the dirty work while Litorja is deadly beyond the arc aside from being a good finisher of their fast break.

But before we forget, the CESAFI takes a one-day break as it holds its annual All-Star Day today at the Cebu Coliseum (pls. see separate story). Call it the calm before the storm as fans will be treated to a day of all-star games and exciting side events.

Then it’s time for the real thing. UV, USC, SWU and USJ-R will get down to work as the CESAFI heats up with its Final Four.

You can reach me at bleachertalk@yahoo.com.

amdgc82
09-24-2007, 05:21 AM
Team dominates secondary, college games
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Monday, September 24, 2007

THE East team once more showcased its grit as it won in both the high school and college games of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) All-Stars event winning over the West teams yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the college division, the East team composed of University of the Visayas Green Lancers, University of San Carlos Warriors, University of Southern Philippines Foundation dismantled a seemingly tough West team of Southwestern University, University of San Jose Recoletos, University of Cebu and Cebu Institute of Technology, 99-90.

The East actually had to bear with a tough West team, which was able to take hold of the driver’s seat in the first period, leading by as much as 10, 24-16.

In the second, initiated a comeback as it dropped an 11-2 run, to take the lead, 27-26, to eventually end the first half 35-all.

In the third, a resilient Niño Ramirez and partner-in-crime Enrico Llanto put up a valiant effort as they blazed the East team’s trail to victory as they scored the 14-7 run of the East to take the edge, 49-42.

At this juncture, it virtually became a fight between the West and the Lancers and coach Boy Cabahug fielded his reliable men to finish the job. The game turned around with the East at the lead, 68-59, behind a buzzer-beating triple from Chris Diputado, who threw a precarious shot from half court.

The West then showed just how dangerous it could be as it attempted to make another comeback in the payoff period.

Down by nine, USJR’s Manny Gabas, Lyndon Gudez and John Malinao initiated a 14-5 run to take the lead for the last time, 77-75 the East erased this when it retaliated with a 14-4 rally to build up an insurmountable lead for good.

Gabas topscored for the West after scoring a game-high 21 points, while Gudez added 13.

Luga was named MVP of the seniors division after topscoring for the West with 14 points.

In the juniors class, the East defeated the West, 102-94. UV’s John Abad was named the juniors MVP after finishing with 16 points.

East (99)—Luga 14, Ramirez 13, Perturbos 11, Diputado 11, llanto 10, Lañete 9, Slaughter 8, Mepaña 5, Bugtai 2. West (90)—Gabas 21, Gudez 13, Malinao 11, Ponce 11, Abobo 10, Villahermosa 7, Gianchand 7, Abella 3, Jalandoniu 2, Zanoria 2, Resilla 2, Litorja 1.

amdgc82
09-24-2007, 05:24 AM
Last second shot hoists ‘Boy Cabs’
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, September 24, 2007

FORMER collegiate basketball stars highlighted the side events of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. All-Stars yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

For Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, Al Solis, Rhoel Gomez and Jun Cabangca, being out of the limelight does not make them less good in their craft

In the three-point shootout of the ex-varsities division, which Cabahug dominated, these former stalwarts turned varsity coaches, were able to pull off better and exciting performances than those playing for the college division.

The “seniors” contest was supposed to be a one-minute and 30-second round, but in the championship round, the finalists decided to up the level and asked that 30 seconds be shaved off from the time.

In the first round, Cabahug was able post 19 points and improved to 20 points for the final run en route to the win.

Cabahug was the last shooter in the last round. Before him, his assistant coach in the University of the Visayas Green Lancers Al Solis, who had 19 points, looked headed for the win as time was running out on Cabahug and he still had 18 points. However, Cabahug released the last and winning ball, which is worth two points, was sailing through the air when the buzzer sounded and went smack into the ring for the win.

The other participants of the shootout were Cebu City Vice Mayor Mike Rama, businessman and basketball aficionado Chester Cokaliong and UC juniors head coach Reggie Licanda.

In the collegiate division, University of San Jose Recoletos’ Jessmar Villahermosa scored 20 points to win over other finalists Von Lañete of UV and Marjun Apura of Don Bosco College.

In the slamdunk competition, Southwestern University’s Eric Zanoria was the sole player who showed sterling performance in his final two of the four attempts to earn perfect 10’s from the judges to take the victory.

In his first try, Zanoria had the generic two-handed dunk before upgrading to a more impressive stunt, letting the ball bounce catching it and making a one-handed dunk before traipsing from the basket to overpower defending winner Eulogio Lasala. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-24-2007, 05:27 AM
East dominates West anew in CESAFI All-Star Games
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, September 24, 2007

For the second straight year, the East All-Stars showed mastery over their West rivals by snatching the college and secondary titles in the 7th annual Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) Inc. All-Star Games at the Cebu Coliseum.

Coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug led his East All-Stars over the West All-Stars of coach Dodie Miego, 99-90, while the juniors of Roland Remedio came from behind to earn a 102-94 victory over the West side mentored by Reggie Licanda.

UV players won both the collegiate and juniors MVP awards again this year. Michael Luga, who led the East All-Stars with 14 points, won the college trophy, while John Michael Abad, who scored 16 points, won the juniors trophy.

Basketball aficionados got a first class treat in the shooting and slam dunk competitions with Jessmar Villahermosa (USJ-R) winning the 3-point shooting contest, while Eric Zanoria (SWU) taking the slam-dunk derby.

In the CESAFI player/alumni contest, coach Cabahug beat his assistant Al Solis to win the 3-point shooting crown. Cabahug had to sink the money ball to win and he did just that. Mutli-titled 3-pointer shooter Chester Cokaliong failed to advance to the finals after faltering in the elimination round.

The scores:

First Game: Juniors

EAST (102) – Abad 16, Viagedor 11, Premacio 11, Bordalba 10, Alocillo 8, Tiu 8, Elorde 7, Santos 7, Dela cruz 6, Cabatingan 5, Delos Santos 5, Babiera 4, Cañedo 2, Otida 2
WEST (94) – Cabañero 23, Borinaga 13, Gerali 11, Ponsica 10, Taghoy 9, Regalado 8, Santos 7, Muñez 6, Babad 6, Marquez 2, Herdia 2, Belangel 1, Trillo 1 Halftime: 40-50

Second Game: Seniors

EAST (99) –*Luga 14, Ramirez 13, Perturbos 11, Diputado 11, Llanto 10, Berame 9, Lanete 9, Slaughter 8, Dennison 7, Mepaña 5, Bugtai 2
WEST (90) – Gabas 21, Gudez 13, Maliao 11, Ponce 11, Abobo 10, Gianchand 7, Villahermosa 7, Abellla 3, Jalandoni 2, Zanoria 2, Resilla 2, Litorja 1 Halftime: 35-all

amdgc82
09-24-2007, 08:34 PM
All East
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:28pm (Mla time) 09/24/2007

The East squads continued their dominance over their West counterparts as they captured wins in both the juniors and seniors division of the Cesafi All-Star festivities at the Cebu Coliseum.

The dynamic duo of Nino Ramirez and reigning MVP Enrico Llanto combined with the stars of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers to lead the East to a 99-90 win over the West.

Ramirez and Llanto collaborated for 12 points in the third period as they went on a 14-7 run early in the second half to take a 49-42 lead.

Then the Green Lancers continued what the Warriors started as Mike Luga, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado rained trifectas from downtown, capped off by a buzzer-beating heave from past halfcourt by Diputado to take a 68-59 lead heading into the final period.

However, the West squad did not go without a fight as it took over the lead in the fourth period behind the brilliance of University of San Jose-Recoletos aces Manny Gabas, Lyndon Gudez and Jan Malinao. The trio anchored a sizzling 16-5 run to push the West to a 75-73 lead.

The East had no intentions of losing the ballgame as it quickly retaliated with a 15-5 blast of their own to put the game away.

Luga was named MVP of the seniors division after tallying 14 points.

UV Baby Green Lancer John Abad completed the awards sweep as he was named MVP of the juniors division ballgame after steering his East squad to a 102-94 win over the West. Abad scored 16 markers.

SIDE EVENTS

Multi-titled University of the Visayas head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, on the other hand, edged his assistant coach Al Solis in the three point shootout of the ex-varsity/alumni to lead the list of winners in the side events.

Vaunted sniper Chester Cokaliong failed to make it to the next round, after tallying just 12 points in the first round.

In the slam dunk competition, Southwestern University star Eric Zanoria ruled the skies as he punctuated his win with a perfect score of 50 with a tricky one-handed spread-eagled flush, after bouncing the ball hard on the court and catching it in mid-air.

The three-point shootout also crowned a new champion as University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguar Jesmar Villahermosa dethroned reigning champion, Von Lanete of UV.

BOX SCORES:
East (99) Luga 14, Ramirez 13, Diputado 11, Perturbos 11, Llanto 10, Berame 9, Lanete 9, Slaughter 8, Dennison 7, Mepana 5, Bugtai 2
West (90) Gabas 21, Gudez 13, Malinao 11, Ponce 11, Abobo 10, Gianchand 7, Villahermosa 7, Abella 3, Resilla 2, Jalandoni 2, Zanoria 2, Litorja 1. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-26-2007, 06:29 AM
UV seeks vengeance
Sunstar Cebu
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

THE University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars will try to continue their dominance over defending champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars ended UV’s reputation as an unbeaten team in the Cesafi as they defeated them in the elimination round. The bigger challenge for the Jaguars now is whether they could kick the Lancers out of contention and out of the throne the Lancers have comfortably nestled in for the last six years.

Meanwhile, UV having been tagged as the mighty team as it was able to go on for years and never give up a single game, eyes payback after being humiliated by USJ-R twice in a row in a year.

The first time they lost to USJ-R was during the Partner’s Cup earlier this year. Before that, UV’s last loss was recorded two years ago against the University of Cebu in the Cesafi elimination.

In their last encounter, UV was missing some of its main men who had to sit it out because of flu. This time around, UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug will make sure that his team is all well for this crucial stage in the competition.

UV will be manned by Ariel Mepana, Von Lanete, All-Stars MVP Mike Luga, Greg Slaughter and Rino Berami.

3-point king

USJ-R Coach Edito Salacot, on the other hand, will be powered by All Star three-point shootout winner Jessmar Villahermosa, Manny Gabas, John Malinao and Armand Ponce.

The collegiate semifinals is set at 6 p.m. following the juniors division semis between the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors and UV Baby Green Lancers.

It has been weeks since the Baby Warriors were at battle as it earned a free pass to the semis after topping the elimination round. UV, on the other hand, is still hot from its win over USJ-R Baby Jaguars in the quarterfinal round. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-26-2007, 06:31 AM
CESAFI semis start
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Forget the elimination round. Forget the All-Star Games.

It is a different ballgame as topseeds University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors plunge into semifinal action in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today:

(Cebu Coliseum)
4:30 pm USC vs. UV (Jrs.)
6 pm USJR vs. UV (Srs.)

The Lancers open their bid for a seventh straight title with the fourth-ranked University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars. UV is seeking revenge over USJ-R, after that stinging 84-71 loss to the Jaguars in the elimination round.

Meanwhile, the Baby Warriors, who made it to the semifinals as the number one seed for the first time in the history of the league, go up against the embattled UV Baby Lancers, who has to beat the USJ-R Baby Jaguars in a do-or-die game last week to reach the semis.

Basketball aficionados are expecting a David-versus-Goliath type of game between the Lancers and Jaguars. The Lancers enjoy height advantage over the Jaguars, but the latter have a more solid and intact roster from last year, that seemed to have matured this season.

Height has been UV’s weapon in CESAFI since 2001 with the hulking 6’6’ Joseph Ronald Quinahan, who has just signed up with Alaska. This year, UV has a tower in 6’11” Fil-Am Gregory Fuentes Slaughter to man the slot.

Aside from Slaughter, UV has Rino Berame and Ariel Mepana among its front liners. Their back-ups are Lanete, Ritchum Dennison, Chris Victor Diputado, Harlow Chad Villanil, Bonife Sendrijas, and rookies Sylvester Tancongco and Michael Luga.

The Jaguars will try to offset UV’s height advantage with top gunner Lyndon Gudez, slippery guard Armand Ponce, Bobby Hatague, Manny Gabas, Randy Pogoy, Ranulfo Malinao and Jessmar Villahermosa.

Meanwhile, the Baby Warriors are hoping to win anew today versus the Baby Lancers. Should they win, they will advance into the finals for the second straight year. Last year they made it to the finals but lost to eventual champion UC.

amdgc82
09-27-2007, 05:49 AM
Semifinal starts
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 01:48pm (Mla time) 09/26/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - Top-seeded teams University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors will be looking to take the first step towards gaining a finals berth as they kick off the semifinals of the Cesafi basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Warriors will be facing the fourth-seeded UV Baby Lancers in the juniors division, while the six-time defending champions Green Lancers will be battling the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in the seniors division. The twinbill starts at 4:30 p.m.

The spotlight will undoubtedly be on the UV-USJ-R tiff as the Lancers are expected to have vengeance on their minds.

The Jaguars embarrassed the Lancers in the elimination round, 84-71, which was UV's only setback this season.

In addition, the Jaguars now own the distinction of having two wins over the mighty Lancers in a span of a year. USJ-R also dented UV once in the Cesafi Partner’s Cup finals earlier this year.

The Lancers did not have their full arsenal in their first round matchup after half the team was downed by the flu.

Such will not be the case on Wednesday evening as head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug will be armed with recently crowned All-Star MVP Mike Luga, Greg Slaughter, Rino Berame, Von Lanete and the rest of the vaunted Green Lancers.

The Jaguars will try to counter with Manny Gabas, who topscored in the All-Star game last Sunday with 21 points, along with Lyndon Gudez, Jan Malinao, three-point shootout champion Jesmar Villahermosa and cat-quick point guard Armand Ponce.

In the juniors division, the Baby Warriors will be seeing action after a three-week layoff against a UV squad that barely made it into the semifinals.

USC notched the semis berth outright three weeks ago after topping the elimination round with a 5-1 record while UV had to scamper past USJ-R in the quarterfinals. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-27-2007, 05:51 AM
UV clobbers top seed
Sunstar Cebu
Thursday, September 27, 2007

THE tenacity of the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors in the elimination round was nowhere to be found when they faced the University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers in the semifinals of the juniors basketball of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Green Lancers, fourth-ranked in the juniors division bashed the top-seeded USC, 84-63, to take Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals series.

Yesterday was a complete turnaround on what transpired in the elimination round. The Warriors, who had a no-sweat entry to the semis for being the top team, were trampled by UV, who had to scamper to get a slot to the semis.

UV had to get past University of San Jose-Recoletos, beating it twice to make it to this point in the tournament.

The Baby Warriors were only able to flaunt the grit they had when they clobbered UV in the elimination round in the first two periods.

The gamed ended at a low 15-all at the first quarter and remained tied at 32-all at the turn.

UV managed to get past the Warriors in the second half as they rode on the blunders of the error-prone Warriors.

Wasted charities

While UV’s Carlos Tabaquero and John Abad rained triples that built up the team’s lead, the Warriors were squandering easy baskets. The biggest blow was when Abad fouled Brian Negapatan and Kyle Santos from the three-point lane. From the six possible points they could have made from it, USC was only able to sink in one.

The Warriors wasted nine charities in this period alone and the third canto ended with UV at the helm, 53-46, and carried on with the advantage until the game ended.

In the decisive round, the Baby Green Lancers then leaned on the heroics of Junard Premacio, Eugene Viagedor and Abad, who was the All-Stars MVP. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-27-2007, 05:53 AM
Baby Lancers close in on finals
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, September 27, 2007

The UV Baby Lancers moved within a win of advancing to the finals of the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament after trouncing top qualifier University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, 83-64, in their semifinals game last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Lancers struggled in the early stages of the game before forging a 32-all deadlock at halftime. The UV juniors wiggled out of the jam with Aldwin Felisario on the firing end to build a 53-46 third quarter advantage.

John Michael Abad, the All Star Juniors MVP, then took over in the last quarter and conspired with Felisario, Junard Premacio and Eugene Viagedor to bag the victory. Abad topscored for UV with 22 points, with Felisario Premacio and Viagedor scoring 15, 12, and 11 points respectively.

The Baby Warriors will try to force a winner-take-all game when they collide with their tormentors in the second game tomorrow.

As of press time, topseed University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers were still playing fourth-ranked University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in the collegiate semifinals encounter.

The scores:

UV (Jrs.) 83- Abad 22, Felisario 15, Premacio 12, Viagedor 11, Tabaquero 9,* Auditor 5, Sintos 2, Octobre 2, Llenes 2, Cañedo 1
USC (64) — Otida 9, Alocillo 9, Delos Santos 9, Santos 8, Negapatan 8, Omolon 7, Tiu 7,* *Uy 3, Sumayang 2, Nuñeza 2 Halftime: 32-all

amdgc82
09-27-2007, 11:01 PM
UV claims game one
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:46am (Mla time) 09/27/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The University of the Visayas Baby Lancers regained their winning touch yesterday by shocking the top-seeded University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, 83-64, in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal series in the juniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Lancers, who made the finals last year but struggled heavily this season, looked like title contenders once again, as they smothered the Baby Warriors in the second half with their swarming defense, which turned USC's vaunted scorers into dismal offensive performers.

After playing through a nip-and-tuck first half which saw the score tied at 32-all at the bend, the Baby Lancers took cue from their All-Star MVP John Abad, whose two trifectas in the third period, helped the Baby Lancers take a 53-46 lead.

Abad then capped his brilliant stint by helping hold off the Baby Warriors, when the latter closed to within eight points, 64-56. The lefty sniper scored 10 points in the penultimate period, connecting on a booming three-pointer and a spectacular drive down the middle of the lane, to put UV back by 16, 72-56 and out of USC's reach.

Aldwin Felisario, Junnard Premacio and Eugene Viagedor also contributed heavily on UV's cause with 15, 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, the top-seeded Baby Warriors were a shadow of their former selves as they seemed rusty from a three-week layoff after clinching a semifinal berth by topping the elimination round. The Baby Warriors also dampened their cause by missing more than a dozen free-throws in the second half.

The loss was only their second all season long. Nilton Otida led USC’s scoring chores with two other players, with nine points.

BOX SCORES:

UV (83) Abad 22, Felisario 15, Premacio 12, Viagedor 11, Tabaquero 9, Auditor 5, Sintos 4, Llenes 2, Octobre 2, Canedo 1
USC (64) Otida 9, Delos Santos 9, Alocillo 9, Negapatan 8, Santos 8, Omolon 7, Tiu 7, Uy 3, Nuneza 2, Sumayang 2.

amdgc82
09-28-2007, 06:11 AM
The stuff of champions
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Friday, September 28, 2007

BASED on the first game, this year’s semifinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. may not be for the faint of heart.

The crowd at the Cebu Coliseum last Wendesday was treated to an exciting battle that saw Green Lancers surviving, albeit barely, a gritty University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 80-79, in Game 1 of their semifinals series.

The win enabled the defending champion to place one foot in the final round.

All it needs now is to continue to suppress the Jaguars, who had never shown this much brass even in their win over the Lancers in the elimination round.

Armed with determination of a fighting squad, the Jaguars had the Lancers struggling in the early goings of the game, and it even looked as if the Lancers were up for another shameful loss.

The Jaguars went on to lead by as much as 18 points in the first half, rattling the Lancers, who could not find their target.

The half-time break gave the Lancers a chance to regroup and they put their game face on when they returned.

The Lancers, anchored by Rino Berame, Ariel Mepana Mike Luga and Ritchum Dennison, rallied back with a 20-4 run to overturn the game’s tempo in their favor, 63-59, going into the final frame.

The Jaguars were not willing to give up right away. As the Lancers strutted their usual form, the Jaguars still managed to keep up with their opponent as they tied the game at 76 behind a three-pointer from Jabe Delfino in the 1:17 mark.

UV snatched the lead back, 78-76 when Berami went past a pack of Jaguars with less than a minute left.

Various calls from the referees, which were against the team they were rooting for, earned the ire of some spectators that led one to throw a bottle of beverage.

Bottle

That bottle flew just over the side of a special guest, former PBA commissioner Noli Eala, who was enjoying the game.

Fortunately, they were pacified right away by the commissioners Felix Tiukinhoy and his deputy Danny Duran.

By this time, every single person in the coliseum was at the edge of their seats as USJ-R had two chances of winning.

Delfino had the opportunity to score the winning triple in less than 20 seconds, but the ball just bounced off the ring.

After another turnover, Ryan Arpay took his position at the left flank in the final two seconds, hit a pressure-packed triple but still missed his target.

Chris Diputado grabbed the rebound, forcing the Jaguars to foul him.

With two charities, victory was so imminent that Dennison went hugging the court banging his fist in sheer joy as the mighty Lancers were saved from what looked like another bashing.

Diputado sank in his two freethrows to assure them of the win before Delfino beat the buzzer with a triple, but that was not enough to overturn the decision.

Luga, who was the All-Stars MVP, led UV with 20 points, while USJ-R was led by Lyndon Gudez who had 13 markers.

The Lancers though still could not celebrate as they still need to win Game 2 this Sunday still at the Cebu Coliseum.

amdgc82
09-29-2007, 05:03 AM
Webmasters sturdy in semis
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, September 29, 2007

THE University of Cebu Baby Webmasters pulled tricks up their sleeves to snuff out the fire of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers, 96-89, to lead in the semifinals series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) juniors basketball yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The match-up was Game One of the best-of-three semis engagement and the win had put the defending champs up front in the battle.

The game saw the lead shifting sides every so often with one team not able to build up a confident lead the entire game.

Leadership

UC led in the first quarter, but did not go further than an eight-point mark as Henry Babiera kept USPF afloat and the team’s bid alive as he scored the bulk of his 26 points in this period that allowed the Baby Panthers to pin the UC squad up on the wall ending the first half at 45-all.

Another see-saw battle ensued in the penultimate round that ultimately saw UC leading 72-70, behind the efforts of Joseph Sedurifa, Codilla and Marty Pearce.

USPF pushed the Baby Webmasters’ patience to the hilt with their never-say-die attitude. The Baby Panthers opened fire at the start of the fourth period when Ephraim Elorde shattered the silence with a three-pointer for USPF to snatch the lead, 73-72. Little did the Baby Panthers know that this will be the last time they take hold of the driver’s seat.

Performance

UC detonated a torrent of baskets courtesy of Leymund Babad and the acrobatic pointguard Jeff Ryan Alviva. However, Elorde had an answer.

He scored nine straight points in the first four minutes into the fourth period forcing for four deadlocks that kept USPF’s head above the water.

Babad then took charge and spearheaded 11-4 run, which silenced the Baby Panthers for good.

Alviva top-scored for UC with 16 points, but USPF’s Babiera scored the game’s highest mark of 26 points, which was spiked by six triples.

Redemption

Pelayo Cabañero and Pearce scored 15 each, while Babad and Sedurifa fished 14 and 13 respectively.

USPF still has a chance to redeem itself in game two this Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum. If UC still wins, they will be the ones advancing to the final round against the winner in the other semis match-up between the University of San Carlos and University of the Visayas.

UC (96)—Alviva 16, Pearce 15, Cabanero 15, Babad 14, Sedurifa 13, Codilla 9, Taboada 7,Palileo 2, , Tindoy 2, Catalan 2, Sealana 1
USP (89)—Babiera 26, Elorde 17, Bordaldba 13, Ferraren 12, Canete 9, dela Cruz 9, Cabatingan 3. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-30-2007, 05:20 AM
Tough win
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Sunday, September 30, 2007

THE University of San Carlos Warriors overhauled a bad second quarter run to edge out Southwestern University Cobras, 75-70, in their first semifinal encounter of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Friday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was a tight match all throughout as both team fought tooth and nail determined to win Game 1 and take the leeway in the best-of-three semifinal affair, until Sam Jordan Hermosa slipped into the heroes shoes in the final period.

After five deadlocks in the final quarter, Hermosa sank in a triple to get out of the 66-all deadlock and took the lead that silenced the Cobras for good. Hermosa put an end to a game-long exchange of leads and numerous logjams.

Coming into the semifinal game, the Warriors were the more confident team owing to their championship experience and seniority in the collegiate basketball scene as opposed to the just-formed SWU Cobras.

But the Cobras, who have long stripped off the underdog tag, fought back with the same ferocity as the Warriors, even overturning a 5-point setback in the opening canto to a 34-29 lead at half time.

This was after the Cobras were able to hamper the Warriors offensive, to just eight points in the second period—all from the free throws of Enrico Llanto, Robert Codilla and Sam Jordan Hermosa.

The intangible duo of Llanto, the reigning MVP and Niño Ramirez teamed up with Carlo Padayao to save the team from a dilemma as they were able to rally for the Warriors to hoist the team back in the game.

Ramirez caped the comeback and hit the equalizer from the arc to tie the game at 45.

What happened next was a furious exchange of rallies and the lead. SWU banked on three-point king Chris Litorja and the high-flying shooting ace Eric Zanoria to remain at close range.

The game almost took a rather ugly turn when things got heated and trash talk flew and elbows and feet not where they should be in the guise of defense. SWU captain Richard Gianchand had to ask the referees for assistance after the third quarter and the referees had to call the attention of both skippers to warn their teammates to keep their cool.

The Cobras crumbled in the final two minutes as the Warriors, with all their championship appearances, remained calm and repulsive.

In the entire game, the Cobras piggy-backed on just six people Zanoria, who had a game-high 22 markers, and Litorja with 14, Richard Gianchand, Eluid Poligrates and Mariano Canonigo, who were the only ones scoring for the team.

Meanwhile, USC was paced by Llanto and Ramirez, who had 20 and 19 markers respectively.

Losers in game 1 of their respective semifinals will have a chance to redeem themselves as Game 2 of all the semis matches will be held today at the Cebu Coliseum.

USC (75)—Llanto 20, Ramirez 19, Padayao 9, Hermosa 9, Codilla 6, Joven 6, Lazalita 4, Igao 2,
SWU (70)—Zanoira 22, Litorja 14, Poligrates 12, Gianchand 10, Armecin 8, Canonigo 4.

amdgc82
09-30-2007, 05:22 AM
UV, USC seek to finish off foes
The Freeman
Sunday, September 30, 2007

A rematch of the last year’s finals is brewing up as the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers try to close out their best-of-three semifinal series against the University of* San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, while the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors shoot for a two-game sweep over the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras today in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum)

1:00 pm USC vs. UV (Jrs.)
2:30 pm USPF vs. UC (Jrs.)
4:00 pm UV vs. USJ-R (Srs.)
6:30 pm USC vs. SWU (Srs.)

Likewise, a return bout with defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters and* last season’s losing finalist Uiversity of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers is also in the offing as both are eyeing to wrap it up in the secondary division.

Rookie Warrior Sam Jordan Hermosa made a sudden burst of action by scoring five straight points, while Niño Ramirez hit a another basket to lift the Wariors to a 75-70 victory over the Cobras to take a 1-0 upstart in their race-to-2 series.’

Hermosa scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead triple, 69-66, with over two minutes left in the game. He padded the lead to five with a short jumper, 71-66, while Ramirez gave the Warriors enough breathing space with a 73-66 lead with only 49 ticks before the final buzzer.

Norman Joven nailed the insurance points for the Warriors, 75-68 before Cobras’ Chris Litorja settled the finally tally.

After enjoying a 34-29 lead at halftime, the last time the Cobras were on top was at 45-43 on a triple by rookie guard Eliud Poligrates midway in the third period.*

Enrico Llanto, who was unstoppable at the post, led the Warriors with 20 points followed by Ramirez with 19.

The scores

USC (75) - Llanto 20, Ramirez 19, Hermosa 9, Padayao 9, Joven 6, Codilla 6, Lazalita 4, Igao 2
SWU (70) - Zanoria 22, Litorja 14, Poligrates 12, Gianchand 10, Armecin 8, Canonigo 4 Halftime: 34-29 (GGM)

amdgc82
10-01-2007, 05:08 AM
UC, UV tread the boards on old juniors rivalry
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, October 01, 2007

DEFENDING champion University of Cebu Baby Webmasters and their runner up University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers will renew their rivalry as they once more take on each other in the championship round of the juniors division basketball competition of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. after cutting short their respective semifinals series yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The two teams faced each other in the championships last year, which saw UC taking the crown.

Yesterday, the Webmasters showed some flair when they ousted the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers, 97-80, in a match almost capped by a brawl.

UV Baby Lancers, on the other hand, bashed topseeded team University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, 74-63, in the other match.

UC started off strong and built up a decent lead in the first period, 28-22, which bloated to almost 20 towards the end.

USPF was down, 49-37, at the end of the turn when the squad of coach Camillo Go tried to bounce back with a 12-4 run, to slice UC’s lead to just four, 49-53. The Panthers’ run was, however, put to a screeching halt by a booming triple hit by Marty Pearce.

This held off the Panthers who were supposedly starting to gain ground. USPF’s bid started to dim when Pearce’s triple-opened the floodgates for UC. The Webmasters poured in 10 straight points to get ahead by a solid margin, which they maintained until the end.

In the final two minutes, UC’s Leymund Babad, who had been in trouble before for his cocky antics got in trouble against another USPF defender. USPF coaches accepted the referee’s decision, which got their player slapped with a technical for second motion.

USPF, who were clearly losing the game, did not walk out of the game, but out of frustration, in the final ticks, came back on court and just stood there until time ran out. Babad led UC with 21 markers, while Pearce had 20.

Meanwhile, in the other game, USC, which entered the semis on top of the ranking, fought tooth and nail against the Baby Green Lancer but only in the first two frames.

They were held to a low-scoring third period, when they only scored 11, which led to their demise. UV was paced by John Abad, who scattered 21 points.

UV (74)—Abad 21, Cañedo 13, Auditor 8, Felisario 8, Tabaquero 7, Daño 2, Octubre 5.
USC (63)—Alocillo 14, Otida 11, Santos 9, delos Santos 6, Nuñeza 6, Carbon 5, Tiu 4, Ferolino 3, Omolon 3, Sumayang 2.

UC (97)—Babad 21, Pearce 20, Codilla 14, Cabañero 13, Alviva 10, Cortes 3, Solon 2, Palileo 2, Catalan 1.
USPF (80)—Cabatingan 20, Elorde 13, Ferraren 12, Babiera 11, dela Cruz 11, Bordalba 8, Misa 3, Depana 2. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-01-2007, 05:11 AM
UC vs UV for Juniors crown
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, October 1, 2007

Defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters and the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers returned to the finals for another grudge rematch as they both nosed out their respective rivals via a two-game sweep in the 7th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The best-of-three finals in both the secondary and collegiate divisions will start on Wednesday. As of press time last night, the UV Green Lancers were still playing the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars with the former needing just a win to play for a seventh consecutive title.

The Baby Lancers nailed the first finals slot after scoring a 74-63 victory over topseed USC Baby Warriors while the Junior Webmasters comfortably returned the finals with a 97-80 win over the smaller University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers.

Down by two at halftime, 32-34, the Baby Lancers outscored the Baby Warriors, 23-11, in the third period, for a 55-45 lead. USC, however, rallied in the fourth quarter and moved within four, 59-63, with 3:27 left in the game, and within three, 63-66. UV then took advantage of a missed triple attempt of USC’s John Philip Delos Santos and scored eight straight baskets to seal the victory.

UV’s point guard John Michael Abad scored 21 points while his back-up Jed Cañedo added 13 points. Ian Alocillo paced the Baby Warriors with 14 points with Nilton John Otida scoring 11 points.

The Junior Webmasters trailed in the early going, 2-11, but quickly regrouped through the heroics of Alfred Codilla and took a 49-37 lead at the half. From there, UC took control of the game and led 82-62. The Baby Panthers made a last ditch rally and cut the lead to nine points with 2:23 left but the Junior Webmasters answered back to put the game beyond reach.*

Leymund Babad led UC with 21 points including four triples; Pearce had 20 points while Codilla and Pelayo Cabañero III finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Rey Michael Cabatingan led the USPF with 20 points in a losing cause.

First Game:
UV (Jrs.) (74) –* Abad 21, Cañedo 13, Premacio 10, Auditor 8, Tabaquero 7, Octobre 5, Daño 2
USC (Jrs.) (63) –* Alocillo 14, Otida 11, Santos 9, Delos Santos 6, Nuñeza 6, Carbon 5, Tiu 4, Ferolino 3, Omolon 3, Sumayang 2
Halftime: 32-34

Second Game:
UC (Jrs.) (97) –* Babad 21, Pearce 20, Codilla 14, Cabañero 13, Sedurifa 11, Alviva 10, Cortes 3, Palileo 2, Solon 2Catalan 1
USPF (Jrs.) (80) –* Cabatingan 20, Elorde 13, Ferraren 12, Babiera 11, Dela Cruz 11, Bordalba 8, Misa 3, Demana 2
Halftime: 49-37

amdgc82
10-02-2007, 06:02 AM
A day of upsets
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:47pm (Mla time) 10/01/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters and the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers arranged a rematch for the juniors division title of the Cesafi basketball tournament after the two squads swept their respective opponents in the semifinals on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was the day of the underdogs as the third seeded Baby Webmasters closed out the second-seeded University of Southern Philippines (USP) Baby Panthers, 97-80, while the top-seeded University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors were upset by the fourth-seeded Baby Lancers, 74-63.

The triumphant teams booked seats in the championship round after winning their respective best-of-three series, 2-0.

UC’s high-octane offense was in full-effect in Sunday's game as its starters riddled the listless USP defense with baskets from all over the court.

The barrage was led by Leymund Babad and Marty Pearce, who combined for 41 points, with the former scoring 21 markers.

Pelayo Cabanero and point guard Jeff Alviva also shone for UC with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

In the other game, the Baby Lancers found their winning groove just in time especially after struggling early in the season.

This proved to be bad news for the top-seeded Baby Warriors, who saw their incredible season go down the drain at the hands of UV’s John Abad.

Abad, who scored 22 markers in Game 1, followed up his brilliant showing in the semifinals by tallying 21 points to lead the Baby Lancers to the title rematch.

BOX SCORES:
First game:
UV (74) – Abad 21, Canedo 13, Auditor 8, Felisario 8, Tabaquero 7, Octobre 5, Daño 2.
USC (63) – Alocillo 14, Otida 11, Santos 9, Delos Santos 6, Nuneza 6, Carbon 5, Tiu 4, Ferolino 3, Omolon 3, Sumayang 2.

Second game:
UC (97) – Babad 21, Pearce 20, Codilla 14, Cabañero 13, Alviva 10, Cortes 3, Solon 2, Palileo 2, Catalan 1.
USPF (80) – Cabatingan 20, Elorde 13, Ferraren 12, Babiera 11, dela Cruz 11, Bordalba 8, Misa 3, Depana 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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10-02-2007, 06:04 AM
USJ-R hands UV first playoffs loss in 6 years
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Tuesday, October 02, 2007

THE University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars accomplished two things no team in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. has ever done before—beat the University of the Visayas Green Lancers twice in one season.

On the other hand, the University of San Carlos Warriors earned an early entry to the championship round after defeating a hapless Southwestern University Cobras, 72-49. USC would have to wait though after USJ-R extended their series with a 77-75 win in Game 2.

The Jaguars lost an 18-point advantage in Game 1 and did not want the same scenario in Game 2. Last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum, the Jaguars still managed to build up a lead, but this time, they maintained it.

“We were just very lucky,” said USJ-R head coach Edito Salacot.

The Jaguars indeed were overflowing with luck as they were almost perfect from the arc. Behind outside shooters Jabe Delfino Jan Malinao and Lyndon Gudez, the Jaguars struggled past the UV giants in the second period to wrest the lead, 38-36, at the turn.

The Jaguars’ sticky defense held off the Lancers’ scoring in the third period, limiting them to fish points from free throws to build a comfortable lead, 61-54.

USJ-R opened the closing frame with back-to-back triples from Malinao and Edwin Bibera to further pad their lead.

With the comfort of a 73-60 lead, the Jaguars’ defense started to slacken, which was an opportunity for the Lancers to pull their acts together.

Five minutes into the fourth, UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug sent his towers Rino Berami, Ariel Mepaña, Ritchum Dennison, who jumpstarted a fiery 12-2 run—spiked by a triple from Dennison in the last 53 seconds—to slice the lead to just three, 75-72.

Triple

Malinao then put life back into the lifeless Jaguars, with an assurance basket in the final 27 seconds, to lead, 77-72.

With 13 seconds left, 3-point specialist Dennison attempted a triple that could have sliced the lead but was blocked by Bobby Hatague.

Mepaña then accomplished Dennison’s foiled attempt as he sank in a triple in the final three seconds, to edge closer, 75-77. However, time ran out and UV had to accept the fact that they were duped and will just have to make it up in game three.

“This is now anybody’s ballgame. We were lucky in Game 1 because we overturned an 18-point deficit. We are not so lucky this time,” said Cabahug. “We can’t be complacent with USJ-R. This is a very intact team and we need to prepare for Game 3.”

In the other game, the SWU Cobras’ long and winding trip to this point in the competition came to a screeching halt when they fell not just to the superiority of the Warriors but to their shaky feet.

“We caved in to pressure,” said SWU athletics head Ryan Aznar.

It was the worst game of the Cobras to date. They only gave a fight in first period when they dictated the game’s tempo, 22-14. What caused their demise was scoring just four points in the second and third periods.

The USC squad, which knows how to work out a crowd, was well-covered from all angles with reigning MVP Enrico Llanto at the post and Niño Ramirez and Carlo Padayao in the perimeter and a bevy of camera-wielding fans all around them.

“The team was gelling well and I am happy that we get another shot at getting the crown,” said USC head coach Jay Ramirez.

This will be USC’s second straight appearance in the Cesafi finals. It lost to perennial winner UV last year.

amdgc82
10-02-2007, 06:06 AM
Warriors advance to finals; Jaguars forge rubbermatch
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors barged into the seniors division finals of CESAFI basketball by defeating the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 72-49, in their semifinal game Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors, however, have to wait for their finals opponent after the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars edged the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 79-78, also on Sunday night to force a winner-take-all game tomorrow.

The Warriors trailed 14-22 in the first period but turned things around in the second period with 14-4 run to seize the lead 30-26 at the half.

Another scoring spree, a 21-4 surge in the third period made it 51-30 for the Warriors, who coasted along in the fourth quarter to play in the finals for the second straight year.

“Nalipay lang mi nga ni-abot gyug mi’g finals. Bahala na lang unya sa championship kung unsa-on namo’g diskarte,” said Warriors’ coach Jay Ramirez.

Niño Ramirez topscored for the Warriors with 16 points. Enrico Llanto had 14 points while Ryan Carlo Padayo had 11 points.

Only rookie Eliud Poligrates scored in double figures for the Cobras, netting 11 points.

In the other semifinal game, the Jaguars showed they have learned from last game’s mistakes by stopping a fourth quarter rally by the Green Lancers and by making pressure-packed free throws.

The Jaguars led 75-62 with less than three minutes left in the game but the Lancers came within 72-75 after a 10-0 rally capped by Ritchum Dennison’s triple, with 56 seconds left in the game.

After USJ-R’s Ranulfo Malinao scored for a 77-72 count, Bobby Hatague blocked Dennison’s three-point attempt but Ariel Mepaña recovered the ball and pushed UV to within two, 75-77. In the ensuing play, Hatague was fouled and sank two free throws for a 79-75 lead. Mepana then hit a triple as time expired.* * * * * * *

“It’s still anybody’s ballgame in Game 3. We’re just lucky to have won in Game 1” said Lancers’ coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug. “They were lucky their shots were falling in and they deserved to win,” he added.

Edwin Bibera had a breakaway game for the Jaguars with 16 points while Malinao and Lyndon Gudez contributed 14 and 12 points respectively.

Mepaña topscored for the Lancers with 22 points while Rino Berame chipped in 19 points.

The scores:
First Game:
USJ-R (Srs.) (79)* Bibera 16, Malinao 14, Gudez 12, Delfino 9, Hatague 7, Antigua 6, Gabas 6, Ponce 4, Arpay 4, Pogoy 4, Villahermosa* 3
UV (Srs.) (78) –* * Mepaña 22, Berame 19, Luga 12, Slaughter 11, Lanete 7, Dennison 5, Tancongco 2 Hafltime: 38-36

Second Game:
USC (Srs.) 72 –* Ramirez 16, Llanto 14, Padayao 11, Joven 9, Galalrde 6, Padillo 5, Bakker 2, Lazalita 2, Ferraren 2, Bercede 2, Codilla 1
SWU (Srs.) 49 – Poligates 11, Gianchand 9, Canonigo 8, Zanoria 5, Litorja 4, Jalandoni 4, Ceniza 3, Escobee 3, Tilap 2 Halftime: 30-26

amdgc82
10-03-2007, 05:15 AM
Series tied
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:30pm (Mla time) 10/02/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are mired in the fight of their lives, as they were pushed to the brink of elimination after losing to the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 79-78, in Game 2 of the Cesafi seniors basketball tournament semifinals last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win by the Jaguars pushed the series to a sudden-death Game 3 on Wednesday with the winner advancing to the championship round to face the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

The Warriors disposed the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 72-49, in Game 2 to sweep their best-of-three semis match-up.

The Jaguars led by as much as 13 points, 73-60, in the final period but the Lancers come roaring back to within just two, 77-75, off a three-pointer by forward Ariel Mepana with eight ticks left on the clock.

However, wingman Bobby Hatague showed nerves of steel as he called on his vast experience in the Cesafi cage wars, sinking two free-throws on the ensuing possession to put the game away.

Mepana sank another trifecta with no time left to peg the final tally.

Jan Malinao topscored for the Jaguars with 14 points, while Lyndon Gudez continued his stellar showing in the semis with 12 markers.

The Warriors made their way back to the championship round after routing the comebacking Cobras despite struggling early in the game.

After facing a 14-22 deficit, USC banked on its tenacious defense and held the Cobras to just four points each in the second and third periods to build an insurmountable lead and eventually end the Cinderella-like run of SWU.

The Warriors triple-threat combo of reigning MVP Enrico Llanto, Nino Ramirez and Carlo Padayao shone brightly for USC as they combined for 41 points.

USC’s stingy defense also held SWU’s star forward Eric Zanoria to a measly five-point production after scoring 22 in Game 1.

BOX SCORES:
First game
USJ-R (79) Malinao 14, Gudez 12, Bibera 10, Delfino 9, Hatague 7, Antigua 6, Gabas 6, Pogoy 4, Arpay 4, Ponce 4, Villaber 3.
UV (78) Mepana 22, Berame 19, Luga 12, Slaughter 11, Lanete 7, Dennison 5.

Second game
USC (72) Ramirez 16, Llanto 14, Padayao 11, Joven 9, Gallarde 6, Padillo 5, Bercede 2, Hermosa 2, Lazalita 2, Bakker 2 Feraren 2, Codilla 1.
SWU (49) Poligraters 11, Gianchand 9, Canonigo 8, Zanoria 5, Jalandoni 4, Litorja 4, Ceniza 3, Escober 3, Tilap 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-03-2007, 05:16 AM
All or bust!
Sunstar Cebu
Wednesday, October 03, 2007

FOR the first time in their fabled six-year reign of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., the University of the Visayas Green Lancers found their dominion threatened to collapse.

Today, at the Cebu Coliseum, the Green Lancers, who are fighting to survive in the league, are putting their storied reputation on the line when they take on the merciless and title-hungry University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars in Game 3 of their best-of-three semifinals.

The winner gets the last slot for the championship round of the collegiate basketball.

Being on the semifinals is supposedly just like any regular route the Lancers tread on their way to harvesting title after title for the past six Cesafis. This year, however, the normal routine took a devastating detour, when the Jaguars got in the way for another semis sweep for the Lancers, to extend the series.

Last Sunday, the Jaguars put another dent on the Lancers’ egos for the second time this year, when they won 79-78, to tie the series to one win each.

Today, the Lancers need to have an answer to the Jaguars’ stifling defense in order to thwart USJ-R for good and move on to the finals, where University of San Carlos is already waiting.

USJ-R, whose second stringers Jabe Delfino, Archie Antigua and Edwin Bibera provided the surprising assistance to trigger-happy shooters Jan Malinao, Lyndon Gudez and Manny Gabas, banked on that defensive stance to win.

“Defense and a lot of luck is the key,” said USJ-R head coach Edito Salacot after last Sunday’s game.

The Green Lancers need to rediscover the source of the strength that has given them six titles.

Last Sunday, only Ariel Mepana, Rino Berami, Michael Luga and Greg Slaughter scored in double-digits, an unlikely scenario for the deep Lancers.

Guards Von Lañete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado, who used to contribute to the Lancers’ offense, need to step up in order to win today’s game.

Meanwhile, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers and the USC Baby Warriors take on each other in the 4:30 curtain raiser, in the battle for third place in the juniors division. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-03-2007, 05:18 AM
Lancers or Jaguars?
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Will UV move to the finals and go for its seventh consecutive title or will USJ-R end the six-year reign of UV?

Tonight, basketball aficionados will know the answers to these questions when six-time and defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers play the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in a do-or-die encounter at the Cebu Coliseum.

The winner will earn the right to meet the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors for CESAFI’s collegiate championship.

Priming up tonight’s rubbermatch is the battle for third place in the secondary division between the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors and the University of Southern Philippines (USPF) Baby Panthers.

The Lancers have been in quandary in the current best-of-three semifinals against the Jaguars. In the first game, they have to overcome a 17-point deficit to escape with an 80-79 victory. In the second match, UV were in the hole again by 13 points in the last three minutes but its rally was stopped by the Jaguars in a 78-79 loss.

The Jaguars seem to have the Lancers’ number this season. They are the only team to beat UV twice in one season including a resounding 84-71 conquest in the elimination round.

For the record, the Jaguars beat the Lancers in the Partner’s Cup with the Jaguars donning the colors of VFI Hotdogs while the Lancers played for CDO Hamburgers. If that counts, then the Jaguars have beaten the Lancers three times this year.

The Lancers will rely on their championship experience. They will exploit their height advantage with 6-11 Fil-Am Gregory Fuentes Slaughter, Ariel Mepana and 6-8 Rino Berame. UV also enjoys a formidable backcourt in Von Harry Lanete, Chris Victor, Diputado, with shooters Michael Luga and Harlow Chad Villanil adding more firepower.

The Jaguars are no pushovers, however. They have proven they can be a potent force in the hard court after Sunday’s victory.

They have reliables in Lyndon Gudez, Armand Ponce, Boby Hatague, Ranulfo Malinao, Randy Pogoy, Jabe Delfino, Manny Gabas and Jessmar Villahermosa. They also have rookie Edwin Bibera, who played like a veteran and delivered for the Jaguars last Sunday.

amdgc82
10-03-2007, 05:20 AM
SWU exceeds targets in comeback
Sunstar Cebu
Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A NEOPHYTE in the finals is just too good to be true.

Armed with pure and raw talent with sheer determination and huge dreams as their main driving force, the Southwestern University Cobras returned to the collegiate basketball scene after a six-year absence without any expectations, being the newest squad in the eight-team field.

But the Cobras plunged into the competition full of surprises. In the elimination round, the Cobras went on a killing spree defeating not just the perennial lower-ranked teams of Cesafi but even the highly-touted ones like the University of San Jose-Recoletos and University of Cebu and finished the elimination round in the top three.

It was Cindrella story in the making and people were hoping to see the underdog in the finals.

“We exceeded expectations,” said SWU athletic director and manager of the basketball team, Ryan Aznar, whose main aim for joining this year is just for exposure. Until their surprising run.

The Cobras won its quarterfinal assignment against UC, one of the pre-season favorites, to book a semis outing with University of San Carlos.

“We did not expect to make it this far into the game,” Aznar said.

Fate

However, fate caught up with them. In the best of three semifinals, the Cobras’ inexperience was finally bared as it lost to USC in straight games.
“Our players caved in to the pressure. It was our worst game to date. It was very unfortunate that it had to happen during the most important and crucial game of the season,” Aznar said.

Aznar, however, added that this setback is no reason to give up. The Cobras, who as of the moment are still in the running for third place against a still to be determined foe, will get up and move on and this time, they will be stronger.

“There will be changes for next season. Our players Cleford Maguate, Ard Diango, Gilbert Gallarde and Alfred Belande will now be beefing up the team,” said Aznar.

This will be an assurance that the Cobras will be there next season more lethal than ever with heads held high and fangs bared. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-04-2007, 04:51 AM
Now or never
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:23pm (Mla time) 10/03/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers will be putting it all on the line as they try to keep their storied six-year dynasty alive when they battle the rejuvenated University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in a sudden-death Game 3 of the Cesafi seniors semifinals at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers’ unmatched dominance in the Cesafi cage wars have finally met their match in the face of the impressive Jaguars, who have managed to shatter their opponent’s aura of invincibility with two wins against UV this year.

The most important win was USJ-R's 79-78 win in Game 2 last Sunday, which equalized the series and pushed the two teams to the winner-take-all encounter on Wednesday . UV won Game 1, 80-79.

The Green Lancers will be fighting to stay alive with its big guns composed of Mike Luga, Ariel Mepana, Rino Berame and Greg Slaughter.

The winner of Wednesday's matchup will go on to face the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, who earlier qualified for the championship round after sweeping their series against the Southwestern University Cobras.

In the first game, the two top teams in the juniors division will surprisingly slug it out for third place honors when the top-seeded USC Baby Warriors face the second-seeded USP Baby Panthers.

USC was ousted by the UV Baby Lancers while USP was routed by the defending champions UC Baby Webmasters, in their respective semifinal pairings. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-04-2007, 04:52 AM
USP takes third place
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Thursday, October 04, 2007

AFTER making an impression as the most feared team in the juniors basketball of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), the University of San Carlos came home empty-handed after getting clobbered by the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, 86-83, in the battle for third place yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The USC Baby Warriors finished the elimination round on top of the standings and in fact gained an automatic semifinals berth.

However, they fell to University of the Visayas in the semis. A title-favorite at first, the Warriors ended their gallant run on a sour note, as they lost to the Baby Panthers.

The Baby Panthers made an early offensive onslaught to go up by 10 points at the first period. This was erased when the Baby Warriors initiated a comeback in the second quarter, and outscored USP, 26-16, to level the game at 40 at the turn.

What sealed the coffin on the Warriors was when the Panthers detonated a 13-0 run at the start of the third period behind Dennis Ferarren, Henry Babiera, Ephraim Elorde and Rey Cabatingan, to post a commanding 53-40 lead.

The Warriors, however, managed to edge closer at the end of the final period when Nilton John Otida scored a triple to chop the lead to three, 83-86, in the final seven seconds.

Brian Negapatan had a chance to equalize in the final four seconds but his pressure-packed triple just bounced out of the ring.

Ferraren and Cabatingan provided the muscles for the Panthers as they topped the USPF scorers with 19 apiece.

USPF (86)—Ferraren 19, Babiera 19, Elorde 13, Cabatingan 10, Bordalba 8, Dela Cruz 7, Unabia 4, Escanilla 2, Canete 2, Misa 2.
USC (83)—Nuneza 15, Delos Santos 9, Negapatan 9, Carbon 7, Saberon 6, Tiu 6, Alocillo 6, Uy 6, Otida 4, Omolon 3, Adlawan 2.

amdgc82
10-04-2007, 04:54 AM
Baby Panthers good for third
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, October 4, 2007

Second-seed University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers last night escaped with an 86-83 victory over topseed University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors to finish third in the secondary division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) 7th basketball season at the jampacked Cebu Coliseum.

As of press time, the winner-take-all semifinal game between defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars was still in progress.

The championship games in both the seniors and juniors division will start on Saturday with a new format. The seniors division* will be a best-of-five affair; the juniors a best-of-three.*

The Baby Panthers took the half with a slim 42-40 advantage. They protected their lead and were in control of the ballgame until some lapses in the end game that allowed USC to claw within 83-86. USC’s rookie Bryan Negapatan, however, missed a triple that could have sent the game into an extra period.

By finishing fourth, the Baby Warriors wasted what was shaping up to be its best season. They started the season playing with a lot of aplomb, topping the elimination round, only to squander a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals against the UV Baby Lancers.

USPF relied on Henry Jaime Babiera and Dennis Ferraren who scored 19 points apiece. Babiera had many unstoppable low-post moves while Ferraren provided the outside snipping. Epraim Elorde added 13 markers and Rey Michael Cabatingan chipped in 10 points for USPF.

Kim Jordan Nuñeza broke out from his season-long scoring drought and topscored for the Baby Warriors with 15 points while Delos Santos scored 10 points.

The scores:
USPF (Jrs.) 86 - Babiera 19, Ferraren 19, Elorde 13, Cabatingan 10, Bordalba 8, Dela Cruz 7, Unabia 4, Cañete 2, Misa 2, Escanilla 2
USC (Jrs.) 83 - Nuñeza 15, Delos Santos 10, Negapatan 9, Santos 9, Carbon 7,* Alocillo 6, Saberon 6, Tiu 6, Uy 6, Otida 4, Omolon 3, Adlawan 2 Halftime: 42-40

amdgc82
10-04-2007, 03:15 PM
Disappointing
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:37am (Mla time) 10/04/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers hammered the last nail into the coffin of the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors' disappointing season in the juniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament.

This after the Baby Panthers captured third place honors with an 86-83 win over the Baby Warriors yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The loss was the last straw for USC's downward spiral, which saw it go from being the a top contender down to fourth place.

USC snatched a semifinal seat long before any other team after zooming to a 5-1 (win-loss) record in the elimination round.

However, things turned for the worst for the Baby Warriors as they fizzled out against the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers in the semifinal round.

USPF also suffered the same fate in the semifinals as the second-seed was upset by the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters.

USPF dealt the death blow to the Baby Warriors early in the third canto, as they went on a searing 13-0 run, anchored on the hot shooting of Dennis Feraren, Henry Babiera, Ephraim Elorde and Rey Cabatingan.

USC tried to fight back in the waning seconds of the final period, as it cut the lead down to just three points, 83-86, after a trifecta by forward Nilton Otida with four ticks remaining in the ballgame.

On the ensuing play, USPF point guard Norman Bordalba was sent to the charity stripe but failed to capitalize on his opportunities, bungling on both attempts.

However, Bryan Negapatan's potential game-tying heave from the right wing rimmed in and out to seal USC's fate.

Feraren and Babiera led the way for USPF with 19 points apiece while USC got plenty of contribution from revelation Kim Jordan Nuneza, who had 15 markers.

BOX SCORES:

USPF (86)- Ferraren 19, Babiera 19, Elorde 13, Cabatingan 10, Bordalba 8, Dela Cruz 7, Unabia 4, Escanilla 2, Canete 2, Misa 2.
USC (83)- Nuneza 15, Delos Santos 9, Negapatan 9, Carbon 7, Saberon 6, Tiu 6, Alocillo 6, Uy 6, Otida 4, Omolon 3, Adlawan 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-05-2007, 04:17 AM
UV’s toughest victory
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Friday, October 05, 2007

THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars fell short in ending the dynasty of six-time champion University of the Visayas Green Lancer in a game decided by the final shot.

The mighty Green Lancers held on to dear life to endure 120 minutes of hell before escaping by the skin of their teeth, 79-78, in their do-or-die semifinals series Game 3 in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. Wednesday night in the overflowing Cebu Coliseum, in a game that winningest coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug claims was his most challenging ever.

“It was the hardest that we had to go through in the Cesafi and it was just the semifinals,” said Cabahug.

For their seventh straight finals appearance, the Green Lancers renew their rivalry with the University of San Carlos Warriors in the best-of-five battle, which will start tomorrow.

For most, at that night and in that game, USJ-R was the better team but the breaks just did not work for them.

“USJ-R was the better team. They were the hungrier ones. It just was not for them because they had all the chances,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

To take down the Green Lancers and rewrite Cesafi’s history book were the missions that took the Jaguars years to prepare. It, however, came crashing down when their opponent, the reigning champions, prevailed owing to their wide championship experience, not to mention a powerhouse lineup.

Cabahug credited his skipper Ariel Mepaña for the win, saying that he had worked double hard.

“He was very focused during the game and was happy when we won. He was after all the team captain and had we lost, it would not be good for him,” Cabahug said.

Ferocity

As both teams fought with the same level of ferocity the entire game, everything boiled down to the final seconds. All the chances in the world were with the Jaguars but they failed to capitalize.

USJ-R failed to exploit the Lancers’ foul problem early in the fourth and missed six free throws in this period. USJ-R was ahead by three, 72-69 in the final four minutes, when the now emotional Lancers yanked out all the tricks off their sleeves to carve a 9-0 run behind Rino Berame, Von Lañete and Mike Luga, to lead 78-72 with just 44 seconds left.

The win was at arms length for the Lancers, but the determined Jaguars just would not give up that easily. Bobby Hatague made an easy basket in the 34-second mark before cunning playmaker Armand Ponce intercepted two consecutive UV ball possessions and with the help of Jan Malinao, converted two baskets in a span of four seconds to level the game at 78 with 15 seconds left.

It was after this scenario when all of USJ-R’s hardwork started spiraling down the drain. Lyndon Gudez was called for a foul in the ensuing play, putting point guard Lañete on the free throw area, where he then halved his charities to put UV up front by a precarious 79-78 lead.

Gudez, who is known for his three-point abilities, fired and missed a trey. After wrestling with the UV defenders, USJ-R wrested the ball and had 1.6 seconds left to score.

However, instead of aiming for an easy undergoal basket, Ponce passed the ball to Hatague at the top of the arc, and with little time to do anything he was forced to shoot against two defenders and missed badly.

The final miss sent the coliseum rocking as the crowd was divided to screams of disappointment and of celebration.

The end of the game did not pacify the crowd and the taunting even got more intense. UV fans came running to the USJ-R bench, pushing the banners in the faces of the USJ-R players. That angered the players, some of whom looked like they were about to elbow the fans.

Berame led UV with 18 points, while Lañete and Ritchum Dennison had 12 points each.

UV (79)—Berame 18, Dennison 12, Lanete 12, Luga 10, Mepana 10, Sendrijas 6, Villanil 6, Diputado 5.
USJ-R (78)—Hatague 16, Ponce 15, Gabas 14, Malinao 10, Villahermosa 7, Gudez 7, Carilla 5, Lapiz 3, Bibera 1

amdgc82
10-05-2007, 04:19 AM
Lancers fend off Jaguars in another CESAFI thriller
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Friday, October 5, 2007

Unpredictable at the start but in the end, it was nothing but just like a well-scripted stage drama wherein the director wanted to finish the three sequels in the same way.

This was the real scenario after the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers fended off another spirited challenge by the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to pull off a 79-78 squeaker in their knockout Game 3 to advance into the finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) collegiate cage wars for the seventh consecutive time the other night at the jampacked Cebu Coliseum.

The CESAFI fanatics waited for three days to know who will earn the right to face the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the best-of-five finals. And after 40 minutes of suspense-filled hardcourt action, they did - interestingly with the same outcome in Game 2 where the Jaguars won. The difference this time is that UV was the victor.

The Lancers took the series opener also by the narrowest of margins, 80-79, making their showdown with the hard-fighting Jaguars as the closest semifinal duel ever in the league’s seven-year history.

The Lancers-Warriors race-to-3 championship battle, which is also a first in CESAFI under the reins of commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. will kick off tomorrow.

However, the secondary title match between the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters and the UV Baby Lancers will only be a best-of-three series as well as the battle for third place in the seniors division between the Jaguars and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

It was one heck of a match the Cebuanos did not regret to see despite the beads of sweat running through the sides of their cheeks because it had been a close encounter the entire way.

The Jaguars dropped straight to the floor when the final attempt of guard Armand Ponce did not fall through. Teammate Bobby Hatague made a follow-up, but missed as the gameclock expired, prompting the Lancers to burst into frenzied celebration while leaving the Jaguars and their large throng of supporters in funeral silence.

The Lancers were ahead by six, 78-72, with just 44 seconds left to play, but the Jaguars countered with a 6-0 run to tie the count at 78-all with 18 ticks remaining before the final buzzer.

In the return play, Von Harry Lanete split his charities off a Lyndon Gudez foul to give the Lancers a shaky 79-78 lead with 15 seconds to go. The Jaguars had a chance to plunge the dagger into UV’s heart, but Ponce failed to convert what could have been the biggest shot in his life.

Rino Berame, whose three-point play sparked a 9-0 run that put the Lancers on top for good, 78-72, topped Lancers with 18 points. Lanete and Ritchum Dennison had 12 points each, while Michael Luga and Ariel Mepaña chipped in 10 markers apiece.

Hatague and Ponce paced the Jaguars with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Gabas pitched in 14 markers. Unfortunately, Randy Pogoy and Jabe Delfino were held scoreless, while Edwin Bibera, who had a breakaway game in Game 2, tallied only a matchstick.

amdgc82
10-06-2007, 04:40 AM
Not now
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 12:56pm (Mla time) 10/05/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - History will have to wait for another day as the University of the Visayas Green Lancers escaped elimination after carving a 79-78 victory over the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in the sudden-death Game 3 of the Cesafi seniors division semifinals last Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The finale could not have been drawn up any better as it went down to one final shot.

After battling tooth-and-nail the entire game, the Jaguars seemingly had momentum on their side and were poised to end the Green Lancers’ six-year dynasty as center Manny Gabas converted a tough three-point play to put them ahead, 72-69, with 4:06 remaining in the final canto.

However, much as they have done so over the past six years, the Lancers summoned their championship experience, unloading a 9-0 tear capped off by a lefty layup by Mike Luga for a 78-72 lead with 44.2 seconds left.

The Jaguars came roaring back as Bobby Hatague cut the lead down to four with 34.3 ticks remaining. Then, two consecutive steals by USJR were converted into a fastbreak basket by point guard Armand Ponce and a tip-in by center Jan Malinao to tie the game at 78-all with 20 seconds on the clock.

The ensuing possession proved to be the decider as UV’s point guard Von Lanete was fouled by USJR’s Lyndon Gudez at midcourt to send him to the charity stripe.

The former then capped off his gutsy nine-point performance in the penultimate period by converting on a free-throw to put UV ahead for good, 79-78.

Gudez had a good look on a wide-open three pointer from the left wing, but missed it badly. USJ-R recovered the possession and had 1.6 seconds to win the game but Hatague’s desperation heave from the top of the key with two defenders draped over him, bounced off the rim.

Rino Berame had 18 points for the Green Lancers, who will face the University of San Carlos Warriors in a best-of-five title starting tomorrow at the same venue.

BOX SCORES:

UV (79) – Berame 18, Dennison 12, Lanete 12, Luga 10, Mepana 10, Sendrijas 6, Villanil 6, Diputado 5.
USJ-R (78) Hatague 16, Ponce 15, Gabas 14, Malinao 10, Villahermosa 7, Gudez 7, Carilla 5, Lapiz 3, Bibera 1. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-06-2007, 04:43 AM
UV captain hopes to lead team to familiar ground: winners’ spot
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, October 06, 2007

IF the ship sinks, the captain goes down with it.

This was what University of the Visayas Green Lancers team captain Ariel Mepaña had in mind when faced with the possibility of losing the title during their scary semifinals encounter with University of San Jose-Recoletos last Wednesday.

“I couldn't explain how pressured I was being the captain of the team, which the coach said is his best and strongest team ever, the team that has won the championships for the past six years. There was a lot of burden to bear,” Mepaña said.

But he refused to drown in the pressure and, upon the instruction of UV head coach Boy Cabahug, Mepaña donned his fighting face.

“Coach told me to keep my emotions in check because it will only affect my teammates if I show them that I was nervous,” Mepaña said.

UV will be like wounded but hardened warriors going into today’s title encounter, after getting the scare of their lives in their semifinals encounter with University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars, which they needed three games to oust.

It will be renewing its rivalry with last season’s runner up, University of San Carlos Warriors. In the game, Mepaña will once more try to be the glue that holds the team together.

“With USJ-R, we went through a lot of shock and we will definitely learn from it when we play in the finals,” said Mepana.

The Warriors will be a tough opponent to break. Just like the Jaguars, USC, also intact from last year, is hungry for a title and like any other team, has wanted to be the one to cause the downfall of the mighty Green Lancers. And with their loss last year, USC is seeking vengeance. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-07-2007, 04:52 AM
Lancers’ lowest register
Sunstar Cebu
Sunday, October 07, 2007

THE worst year of the Lancers hath come.

The University of San Carlos Warriors drew first blood in the best-of-five championship of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball competition, 69-61, over defending six-time champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers in a game that could be USC’s best performance to date yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

For the past six years, the Lancers were almost untouchable winning almost all of their games that losing is a term foreign to them. This year, they lost in the elimination and in the semifinals. Before, Game 1’s and championship series were their forte as they always win it by sweep. Not this time. Not while the Warriors are their opponents.

The USC Warriors have never defeated the UV squad ever and they couldn’t have chosen a much better time to do so as they bashed UV in Game 1 of the championship series giving them the advantage going into today’s Game 2.

Owing to their stifling defense and excellent perimeter shooting, the Warriors were able to build up a strong wall of a 21-point lead, 47-26, going into the penultimate round.

Their intesity, however, wavered and their third quarter performance almost did the Warriors in after they only scored a pathetic seven points. “They became too confident in the third period that was why we lost a lot of chances,” said USC coach Jay Ramirez.

The Warriors let their guards down, allowing the Lancers to rally 26 points in this period behind UV point guard Chris Diputado, who scored points including two triples to chop off their deficit to just six going into the final priod. Luckily the Warriors then were cushioned by the 21-point advantage as they entered the fourth still at the helm.

In the fourth, UV had put a mark on USC center Enrico Llanto, who was hampered from scoring at his post. What he could not accomplish offensively, Llanto made up for it in defense as he went on blocking a handful of UV’s attempts.

Up by just three, 52-49 at the start of the fourth, Niño Ramirez slipped into the hero’s shoes and scored seven straight points on fastbreaks to widen the margin once more to 10, 59-49, which was too much for UV to recover from as time was running out on them.

Ramirez led the Warriors with 22 points, while Llanto had 18.

UV will try to redeem themelves in today’s game two, which will be at 6:00 tonight after the battle for third and the highschool finals series. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-08-2007, 02:23 AM
Lancers reclaim rule
Sunstar Cebu
Monday, October 08, 2007

THE University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers snatched the throne back to their custody after usurping it from defending juniors division champion University of Cebu Baby Webmasters, 98-86, in Game 2 of the best-of-three finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Green Lancers collared their fifth title, losing the crown only twice—first over University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) and over UC last year.

Yesterday, the Baby Green Lancers were determined to cut the series short as they had to move heaven and earth to overhaul an 18-point deficit and overturn the game’s favor to their side.

After being tied at 30 in the second frame, UC, behind the heroics of Leymund Babad then floored the gas pedal to hurtle a 20-0 run to pad the lead, 48-30.

Being down by this much did not dampen UV’s determination as it came back from the halftime rest more spirited. After being derailed in the second period, the Baby Lancers got back on track as they opened the third quarter with a scorching 16-2 run, to snatch the lead 60-56 and to take the game’s tempo to their side.

This effort was spearheaded by Aldwin Felisario, who scored 10 of his 25 points in this period.

After a series of lead changes, UV finally managed to stand on solid ground, when UC committed various unforced errors to cement the lead. Another shower of baskets, 11-2, from UV greeted UC in the final period. UV’s 77-64 lead did not scare the Webmasters as they fought back and were able to edge closer, 83-87, when they answered the Lancers run with a 20-10 boosting.

This was, however, all the Webmasters could heave as the remaining time was virtually played on UV’s half of the court.

John Abad added 16 points for UV. Babad, on the other hand, led UC’s losing charge with 19 markers.

Meanwhile, the University of San Jose Recoletos-Jaguars collared the third place diadem in the collegiate division after sweeping their series over Southwestern University Cobras with an 80-81 sneaker.

The Cobras had the chance to extend the series to a rubber match game 3 as they were leading by ten in the final two minutes 80-70. However, just like in their past games where wins were probable, the neophyte Cobras crumbled to the pressure as they allowed the Jaguars to overpower them with an 11-0 run towards the end of the period.

Trigger happy Lyndon Gudez topscored for USJ-R with 25 points. Mariano Canonigo led SWU’s charge as he also scored 25.

USJR (81)—Gudez 25, Pogoy 9, ponce 9, Hatague 8, Gabas 7, Malinao 5, Villahermosa 5, Arpay 2, Carilla 2, Delfino 2, Bibera 2.
SWU (80)—Canonigo 25, Zanoria 15, Escober 9, Jalandoni 6, Gianchand 8, Litorja 3, Tilap 2. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-08-2007, 02:26 AM
Baby Lancers rule again
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Monday, October 8, 2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers beat the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters, 98-86, last night to sweep their series for the juniors championship of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) at the Cebu Coliseum.

UV trailed 30-48 late in the second period but outscored the Junior Webmasters, 28-12, in the decisive third period to get back into the game. With momentum going their way, UV erected a 15-point advantage, 81-66, with 7:04 to go in the fourth quarter.

However, the resilient Junior Webmasters refused to give up and crept to within four, 83-87, still with over two minutes left in the game. The Baby Lancers, however, showed their endgame savvy by thwarting any UC rally to take the crown.

“Nalipay lang ko nga nakuha namo ug balik ang titulo,” said coach Pepito who steered the Baby Lancers to five CESAFI titles, three against the USJR Baby Jaguars, one against the CIT Wildkittens in 2005 and now against the Junior Webmasters.

Aldwin Felisario rose to the occasion by scoring 25 points for UV, while Cañedo and Viagedor with 14 and 13 points respectively.

Babad topscored for the Junior Webmasters with 19 points, Pelayo Cabañero had 16 points and Joseph Sedurifa had 10 points for UC.

Earlier, the USJR Jaguars scored a come-from-behind 81-80 victory over the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras to snatch third place honors in the collegiate division.

The Cobras were looking to extend the series when they led by 10 points, 80-70, with only 2:35 left in the game after an Eric Zanoria slam. The Jaguars, however, mounted a rally that rattled the Cobras.

Lyndon Gudez paced the Jaguars with 25 points. Mariano Canonigo scored 25 points and Zanoria netted 15 points for the Cobras.

The scores:
First Game: (for 3rd)
USJ-R (Srs.) (81)-Gudez 25, Pogoy 9, Ponce 9, Hatague 8, Gabas 87, Malinao 7, Delfino5, Villahermosa 5, Bibera 2, Carilla 2, Arpay 2
SWU (Srs.) (80)-Canonigo 25, Zanoria 15, Litorja 13, Escober 9, Gianchand 8, Jalandoni 6, Tilap 2 Halftime: 32-43

Second Game: (Championship)
UV (Jrs.) (98) -Felisario 25, Abad 16, Cañedo 14, Viagedor 13, Tabaquero 10, Premacio 8, Auditor 6, Llenes 4, Daño 2
UC (Jrs.) (86)- Babad 19, Cabañero 16, Sedurifa 10, Pearce 9, Sealana 7, Codilla 7, Tindoy 5, Cortes 4, Solon 4, Palileo 3, Catalan 2 Halftime: 42-52

amdgc82
10-09-2007, 06:07 AM
Juniors champs
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:50pm (Mla time) 10/08/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines- The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers made their way back to the pantheon of juniors basketball as they claimed their fifth title in the Cesafi basketball wars with a 98-86 win over the defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters in Game 2 of their best-of-three title series on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win completed the series sweep for the Baby Lancers and gained vengeance for their title loss last year against UC.

The title was their fifth crown in seven years. This year's title proved to be most contentious as they had to battle through a tough elimination round before peaking at the right time during the crucial playoffs.

UV won Game 1, 82-73.

The Baby Lancers was just the hungrier team as they climbed back from an 18-point deficit, 48-30, after the Baby Webmasters dropped a huge 18-0 blast behind Leymund Babad.

UV, though, had an answer and it came in the form of a game-changing 16-2 run at the onset of the third period to snatch the lead for good.

At the helm of that charge was Aldwin Felisario, who tallied 12 of his game-high 25 points during that stretch to help UV take a 58-52 lead and ultimately a 70-64 advantage heading into the final canto.

UC tried to claw its way back into the ballgame and crept to as close as four points, 83-87, after a layup by Babad with 2:01 remaining in the game.

UV, though, responded with an 11-0 blast behind Felisario and, guards John Abad and Eugene Viagedor, to effectively put the game away.

Felisario had ample help from his teammates as Abad tallied 16 points while Jade Canedo had 14 markers.

Viagedor and Tabaquero also scored in double figures for UV with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars claimed third place in the seniors division as they swept the Southwestern University Cobras with an 81-80 win in Game 2.

BOX SCORES:
UV (93) - Felisario 25, Abad 16, Canedo 14, Viagedor 13, Tabaquero 10, Premacio 8, Auditor 6, Llenes 4, Dano 2.
UC (86) - Babad 19, Cabanero 16, Sedurifa 10, Pearce 9, Codilla 7, Sealana 7, Tindoy 5, Solon 4, Cortes 4, Palileo 3, Catalan 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-09-2007, 06:09 AM
2nd-half assault evens UV-USC series
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Tuesday, October 09, 2007

DEFENDING champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers overcame a humbling bashing in Game 1 and managed to level the field in the best of five championship series when they exacted revenge on the University of San Carlos Warriors, 94-75, in the “most intense series” of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

“This is the most intense and the most emotional for us,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, who had steered the Lancers to the past six Cesafi titles and who could not sit down the entire game last Sunday.

“Before, you see me sitting on the bench, it was because the players can handle the game themselves, but they were somehow lost so I had to take charge,” Cabahug said.

It was a huge comeback for the Lancers not only because of the their 69-61 loss in Game 1, but because they were down by 17 points and were once more on the verge of another loss before jolting back into life en route to level the series.

The Green Lancers, who have been struggling since the semifinals with their perimeter shooting going bland, woke up from the slump and started a heavy shower of three-point attacks that gave them the victory.

Von Lañete, Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Ariel Mepaña gave the Warriors the surprise of their lives when they scattered seven consecutive three-pointers at the end of the third quarter and in the payoff round, which opened the floodgates for a 27-0 windfall to finally seal the deal.

Not only were their shooters rekindled, their defenses also got more intense in this period as they pushed back the Warriors’ shooters to scoring only six points in the crucial quarter and limited USC’s dynamic duo of Niño Ramirez and Enrico Llanto to only 12 points each.

Deja vu

The match actually started like the first game, with the Warriors on the driver’s seat and leading by as much as 17, 48-32, in the final half.

It was déjà vu as the slow-starting UV squad also let out a fiery comeback in the third period with 32 points to cut the lead to just four, 64-69. USC only needed to maintain the distance, but the fourth quarter happened.

“It is back to being a best-of-three finals,” said Cabahug as the series is tied at one game each. This is the first time that the Cesafi collegiate basketball finals was stretched to five games after holding best-of-three finals in the previous editions.

UV captain Ariel Mepaña was at the forefront of his team’s campaign scoring 25 points for his team. Lanete added 18, while Dennison and Rino Berame had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

amdgc82
10-09-2007, 06:10 AM
Lancers win, series now 1-1
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers turned back the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 94-75, in Game 2 to even their best-of-five championship series for CESAFI’s collegiate crown.

Game 3 is set today at 6 pm at the Cebu Coliseum. Whoever wins tonight will have the proverbial psychological advantage going into Game 4 on Thursday.

Again, UV struggled in the early stages of the game and was down 32-48 at the half. Defeat stared at the Lancers when the Warriors stormed to a 53-34 advantage in the third period. This time around, UV showed why they are the champions. As if on cue, the Green Lancers put together a torrid 25-0 run bridging the third and fourth periods, to tie the count at 69.

The Lancers completed the turnaround by keeping the Warriors scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the final period while building an 85-71 lead with 1:39 left in the game.*

This time UV’s shooters stole the show, finding their marks especially in the fourth quarter run where they made five triples. Lanete hurt USC the most by hitting fourth triples including one that tied the count at 69, rousing the delirious pro-UV crowd into frenzy.

The USC Warriors compounded their fourth quarter woes with poor shooting. Unlike in Game 1 where they were hitting their shots, this time around they were hitting bricks. UV also put the clamp on Nino Ramirez rendering him ineffective in orchestrating USC’s offense.

Ariel Mapena topscored for UV with 23 points laced with two triples. Lanete had 18 points; Ritchum Dennison added 13, with three triples, while Michael Luga and Rino Berame adding 12 markers apiece.

Llanto and Ramirez, the Warriors’ scoring duo, finished with 12 points each while Padayao and Giovanni Padillo had identical 10 points.

The scores
UV (Srs.) (94) - Mepaña 23, Lanete 18, Dennison 13, Luga 12, Berame 12, Slaughter 6, Diputado 6, Sendrijas 2
USC (Srs.) (75) - Llanto 12, Ramirez 12, Padillo 10, Padayao 10, Hermosa 6, Lazalita 6, Codilla 4, Igao 4, Gallarde 4, Bakker 3, Ferraren 2, Blanes 2
Halftime: 32-48

amdgc82
10-10-2007, 04:14 AM
Here comes UV
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 02:55pm (Mla time) 10/09/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - While the game’s start was exactly reminiscent of their previous encounter, the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers made sure that the ending would be entirely different.

The defending champions Green Lancers equalized the best-of-five Cesafi basketball tournament seniors division title series at 1-all following their 94-75 win over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in Game 2 last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

With their six-year title reign precariously hanging in the balance following their 69-61 loss in Game 1, the Green Lancers showed exactly the heart of a champion as they came back from a 17-point deficit to stun the Warriors.

Just like in Game 1, the Warriors got off to fast start, going up by 17 points several times during an intense second canto offensive display.

Similarly, the Green Lancers made their move at the onset of the second half as they rallied to come to within just five points, 64-69, behind the stellar shooting of Von Lanete and Mike Luga.

The duo combined for 17 of UV’s 32 points during that stretch.

In Game 1, the Warriors were able to repulse the furious charge by the Green Lancers.

In last Sunday’s game, any attempts to withstand the comeback by UV proved to be futile for USC.

The Green Lancers finally showed their might by going on an incredible 24-0 run to put the game away for good.

After struggling with their perimeter attack for most of the playoffs, the Green Lancers broke out of that slump as they canned six trifectas in Game 2.

UV guards Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Lanete accounted for two conversions each in that searing run to turn what was a five-point deficit into a 85-69 bulge.

UV’s feisty defense also played a key role as it held USC scoreless with 1:40 remaining in the ballgame.

It also stymied USC's Nino Ramirez and reigning MVP Enrico Llanto as both managed only 12 points apiece, after combining for 40 in Game 1.

UV captain Ariel Mepana topscored for UV with 25 points.

BOX SCORES:
UV (94) - Mepana 25, Lanete 18, Dennison 13, Luga 12, Berame 12, Slaughter 6, Diputado 6, Sendrijas 2.
USC (75) - Ramirez 12, Llanto 12, Padillo 10, Padayao 10, Lazalita 6, Hermosa 6, Codilla 4, Gallarde 4, Igao 4, Bercede 3, Feraren 3, Blanes 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-10-2007, 04:18 AM
Lancers surge ahead
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Tuesday, October 10, 2007

UNIVERSITY of the Visayas wily point guard Harry Von Lañete, who had been silent in the past few games, woke up from deep slumber to lift his team to taking Game 3, 80-68, over the University of San Carlos Warriors in their best-of-five championship series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

For the past games, UV had proven to be slow starters, which had always given their opponents an opportunity to get ahead first as was the case in Game 1.

In their two losses to University of San Jose Recoletos and to USC, their opponents always built up good lead, and by the time that the Lancers get their offense running, it was too late.

Yesterday, UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug had the team warm up while the coliseum was only starting to fill up and the early workout seemed to power up Lañete, who exploded early with a furious first quarter that the floodgates for the Green Lancers.

Lañete became the barometer for the Lancers’ game success. If he clicked in the early periods, he dictated the outcome of the game. This was the scenario yesterday and the Warriors failed to stop it.

In Game 2, Lañete scored 18 points, and UV won. Yesterday, Lañete scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as UV dominated the whole game.

USC only managed to edge closer in the second period when Enrico Llanto scored eight straight points to slice UV’s lead to just three, 30-33. However, Lañete, initiated a 12-2 run, spiked by two triples, which sealed their fate for good.

A strong defensive stand, and excellent perimeter shooting—the factors that gave the Warriors the victory in Game 1 were missing yesterday. Its top gunners, including Carlo Padayao, was reduced to scoring just 9 points.

The dynamic duo of Llanto and Niño Ramirez, on the other hand, succumbed to the overwhelming presence of the gigantic UV’s defenders as they only scored 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, the physical match during Game 2 prompted USC to file a complaint with the commissioner’s office. They asked commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy to review a video tape showing referees’ failure to make calls.

Tiukinhoy said that it cannot be helped that games get physical since basketball is a contact sport. He, however, met with the referees prior to yesterday’s game to remind them to be more alert.

USC head coach Jay Ramirez also seemed still fired up Game 2 and during the warm up, he gave UV’s Ritchum Dennison a piece of his mind.

Dennison, in turn, retaliated and even challenged Ramirez to hurt him. That prompted the coach to stand up and shout at Dennison, which led deputy commissioner Rico Navarro to try and pacify Ramirez.

Game 4 will be tomorrow at the same venue. Before the game starts, the Cesafi will award the the winners in the juniors and girls divisions, while the special awards —Most Valuable Player and mythical five for both high school and college—will be named. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-10-2007, 04:19 AM
UV closes in on 7th crown
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers inched closer to a seventh consecutive CESAFI collegiate basketball crown after beating the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 80-68, in Game 3 of their best-of-five series last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers will go for the crown in Game 4 tomorrow.

Bouyed by their dominating conquest of USC in Game 2, UV played heads-up basketball from the start and never allowed USC to settle down.

Coach Boy Cabahug employed an outside-inside game to break the Warriors. With Von Harry Lanete, Michael Luga, Chris Victor Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Harlow Chad Villanil making eight triples among themselves, UV stamped its class over the Warriors for the second straight game.

With UV’s shooters peppering the basket, USC had to extend their perimeter defense enabling 6’8” Rico Berame and other big men free access in the shaded area.

The Warriors tried to get back into the game by snipping from beyond the arc but they missed the shots they were usually making in the previous games.

UV collared the rebound every time USC misses a shot then score on easy transition layups.

The Green Lancers led 45-32 at halftime.

Lanete paced UV with 21 points with Luga netting 13 points, Mepana had 12 and Diputado scored 10 points.

Enrico Llanto starred for USC with 16 points while Ramirez had 12 points.

The scores:
UV (Srs.) 80 – Lanete 21, Luga 13, Mepana 12, Diputado 10, Dennison 8, Villanil 7, Berame 7, Sendrijas 2
USC (Srs.) 68 – Llanto 16, Ramirez 12, Padayao 9, Lazalita 9, Hermoso 8, Codilla 6, Padillo 4, Gallardo 2, Joven 2

Howard the Duck
10-11-2007, 01:21 AM
matindi pala dito. best of five ;D

amdgc82
10-11-2007, 05:27 AM
Green Lancers inch closer to Cesafi title
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 03:23pm (Mla time) 10/10/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - After enduring some of the toughest tests this year, the defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers have suddenly found themselves just one win away from bagging its seventh consecutive title in the Cesafi seniors basketball tournament.

This after the veteran-laden crew of head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug carved out an 80-68 victory over the upstart University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in Game 3 of their best-of-five championship series on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

UV now has a crucial 2-1 series lead and could wrap up the series with a win on Thursday at the same venue.

Humbled by their 69-61 loss in Game 1, the Green Lancers have finally woken up to snuff the audacity out of their opponents behind their potent three-guard combination of Von Lanete, Chris Diputado and Ritchum Dennison.

The Warriors also shot themselves in the foot as they once again crumbled when it mattered the most, failing to score a single point until halfway through the penultimate canto.

After slashing UV's lead down to just six points, 56-62, the Warriors collapsed under the tremendous pressure put forth by the Lancers as UV uncorked a pivotal 9-0 blast punctuated by a three-point play by UV center Rino Berame to erect an insurmountable 15-point bulge, 71-56.

USC was down by just three points, 30-33, in the middle of the second canto, when UV cranked up its play to break the game wide open, 42-30.

At the forefront of that run was Lanete and Luga, who peppered the USC defense with open perimeter jumpshots and easy layups.

Lanete, the younger brother of Purefoods guard Chico Lanete, was the sparkplug in UV's crucial win on Tuesday as he tallied a game-high 21 points while Luga had 13 markers.

Conversely, the normally-fluid USC offense sputtered all game long as Enrico Llanto and Nino Ramirez were kept in check.

Llanto managed just 16 points while Ramirez had 12. Nobody else scored in double figures for the Warriors.

BOX SCORES:
UV (80) - Lanete 21, Luga 13, Mepana 12, Diputado 10, Dennison 8, Berame 7, Villanil 7, Sendrijas 2.
USC (68) - Llanto 16, Ramirez 12, Lazalita 9, Padayao 9, Hermosa 8, Padillo 7, Codilla 6, Bakker 4, Joven 2, Galarde 2.

amdgc82
10-11-2007, 05:29 AM
Lancers smell victory
Sunstar Cebu
Thursday, October 11, 2007

WILL the best-of-five championship series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. end in today’s Game 4 at the Cebu Coliseum?

The organizers seem to think so as the awarding ceremonies will be held this afternoon prior to the main offering, which is Game 4 of the collegiate championships between defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers and University of San Carlos Warriors at 5 p.m.

Today’s game is a must-win for the Warriors to keep their title bid alive. After the Warriors claimed Game 1, it became an all-Lancers show as UV swept the next two games to lead the series 2-1.

The Warriors need to keep their cool and step up their defense so they could shackle the unstoppable UV guards. On top of their concerns are Von Lañete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado, who went on scoring splurge in the last two games.

USC head coach Jay Ramirez admitted after their win in Game 1 that though they lacked the talent of the powerhouse UV squad, they made up for it in their stifling defense.

Like in Game 1, USC needs to put its defense into play and put the UV guards away. This is a must since these are the people who dictate UV’s victories.

Offensively, Enrico Llanto needs to play decoy and trust his teammates more to do the scoring, while the other Warriors need to step up and not leave Llanto and partner-in-crime Niño Ramirez do all the dirty work as the two can’t win the game alone

If the perimeter shooting of the powerful USC duo plus Carlo Padayao and Sam Hermosa clicks today and they outscore the slow-starting Lancers, then they will have a chance to recuperate and extend the series to a deciding Game 5.

Before the game, the awarding ceremonies for the other winners will take place.

Those who will get an award are women’s basketball champion USC Lady Warriors and runnerup University of Cebu. High school division champion UV Baby Lancers will be awarded as well as the University of Cebu, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and USC Baby Warriors.

In the collegiate division, University of San Jose Recoletos and Southwestern University will also be awarded and the high school and collegiate Mythical Five and Most Valuable Players will also be named. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-11-2007, 05:31 AM
Lancers go for clincher tonight
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Thursday, October 11, 2007

The formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers shoot for their seventh straight CESAFI collegiate basketball crown tonight when they take on the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in Game 4 of their best-of-five finals series at the Cebu Coliseum.

With a 2-1 advantage, the Green Lancers can take home the title after their 5 pm battle unless the Warriors can pull another ace up in their sleeves and force a rubbermatch.

Before the crucial game,* secondary champion UV Baby Lancers, women’s title-holder USC Lady Warriors and their runners-up will receive their trophies in a simple* awarding ceremony. Also, the MVPs for both college and high school will be feted together with the Mythical Five members.

UV’s main weapon in the last two games has been their torrid outside shooting. The company of Von Harry Lanete, Chris Victor Diputado, Ritchum Dennison, Michael Luga and Harlow Chad Villanil were connecting from the three-point region with impeccable accuracy.

Unless the Warriors can stop UV’s dreaded long-range bombers, they can kiss their season goodbye.

The Warriors have been in a fix the last two games. They tried to extend their defense to cover the shooters of UV but then when they do, UV’s guards were quick to dish off the ball to their slotmen in the shaded area.

6-foot-11 Fil-Am giant Gregory Fuentes Slaughter and other big men Rino Berame and Ariel Mepaña have yet to dominate the scoring, but they offer an option if UV’s outside gunners conk out.

While UV’s shooters are clicking, USC’s snipers are clattering. USC has been relying heavily on its feared one-two punch in Enrico Llanto and Niño Ramirez. When they are off, it rubs to other players.

Thus, the Warriors should also draw support from the likes of Ryan Carlo Padayao, Sam Jordan Hermosa, Giovanni Padillo, Norman Paul Joven and Harvey Lazalita if they want to live and fight for another day.

Another key to USC victory is to throw up a tenacious defense just like what it did in its Game 1 upset of UV.

amdgc82
10-12-2007, 06:44 AM
UV eyes 7th title
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:42am (Mla time) 10/11/2007

Game today (Cebu Coliseum)
5 pm - UV vs USC (Game 4, Srs. championship)

Game 4, best-of-five, UV leads 2-1

Seventh heaven is but a breath away for defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers as they gun for their seventh crown in as many years tonight, against the University of San Carlos Warriors in Game 4 of their best-of-five championship series in the Seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament, at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers head into tonight’s dogfight armed with a 2-1 edge and a mammoth psychological advantage.

In spite of the resolute challenges put forth by the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in the semifinals, and then, the Warriors in the finals, the Green Lancers of head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug are are set to reaffirm they domination and complete a season unlike any other.

After losing Game 1, 69-61, the Lancers came roaring back, easily winning Game 2, 94-75, and Game 3 last Tuesday, 80-68.

At the helm of that resurgence has been wily point guard Von Lanete, who, after managing just three points in their Game 1 loss, bounced back with guns blazing, scoring 18 in Game 2 and 21 in Game 3.

Opening up the perimeter attack of UV has been the stellar inside play of Lancer big men Rino Berame, Mike Luga and team captain Ariel Mepana.

On the other hand, the Warriors of head coach Jay Ramirez will be fighting to keep their season from ending in very much the same way as last year, where they lost to the Jayford Rodriguez-led Lancers also in the finals.

However, in order to extend the series to a do-or-die fifth game, USC must get more from its dynamic inside-out duo of reigning MVP Enrico Llanto and fiery guard Nino Ramirez. The longtime USC tandem exploded for a combined 40 points in their Game 1 win but has averaged just 26 markers in their two losses.

Meanwhile, the league will award the best and the brightest of the basketball tournament in the juniors and seniors divisions with the awards ceremonies set before the ballgame.

The much-coveted MVP award along with the mythical five members will be feted by Cesafi commissioner Fekix Tiukinhoy.

amdgc82
10-12-2007, 06:47 AM
Warriors force Game 5
Sunstar Cebu
Friday, October 12, 2007

THE University of San Carlos lived up to their moniker and showed everyone why they are called the Warriors. Because they never give up.

The USC Warriors were at death’s door in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. a little shove and they could have been gone. However, they put up a fight simply by refusing to accept their doom when they handed the once invincible University of the Visayas Green Lancers another bashing, 80-77, yesterday at the overflowing Cebu Coliseum to level the championship series 2-2.

Because of this, the Cesafi will have its longest series ever in seven years as it is forced to play a deciding fifth game.

With their six championship titles seriously hanging on the line, the Lancers came into the game pressured for a seventh straight crown. On the other side of the court, the Warriors, plunged into action with lesser tension.

“We were not pressured at all. We had nothing to lose,” said USC head coach Jay Ramirez after the game.

Pressured or not, the Warriors, who all came from their respective finals exams, played with so much hunger for the win, that they challenged the Lancers in a neck-and-neck battle at the start and overturned UV’s lead to their side with an 8-0 run to close the first period, 22-18.

From there, USC dictated the game’s tempo, outscoring the bigger Lancers, 41-32 in the second frame peppered by the three-pointers of Giovanni Padillo, Paul Joven and Carlo Padayao.

In the third quarter, when the Lancers usually wake up from their slumber, things instead got worse for them as the Warriors zoomed to their biggest lead, 51-35, as the dynamic duo of Niño Ramirez and eventual Most Valuable Player Enrico Llanto initiated the 10-2 run in the opening of the penultimate period.

Adding more problems to the UV offense is the disqualification of reliable shooting guards Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado to fouls. However, they still managed to edge closer at 72-74, with 1:58 left on the game clock.

Llanto lived up to his being MVP despite getting booed during the awarding ceremony, when he scored two all-important baskets to silence the Lancers and his critics for a 78-72 lead in the final minute of the game.

Llanto, Cesafi’s first back-to-back MVP, scored 16 points, but Ramirez, who never made it to the mythical five proved that he deserves some recognition for his explosive series-high 27 points. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-12-2007, 02:03 PM
TWO ALL
Warriors beat Green Lancers in Game 4 of Cesafi finals
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:30am (Mla time) 10/12/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - With the University of the Visayas Green Lancers' heads up in the clouds in anticipation of their seventh crown, the University of San Carlos Warriors unexpectedly brought them crashing back down.

The Warriors extended the Cesafi seniors division best-of-five championship series to a winner-take-all fifth game with a pulse-pounding 80-77 victory over the Lancers in Game 4 yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors of head coach Jay Ramirez simply refused to lose as they stood tall in the face of enormous pressure to defeat the defending champions and equalize the thrilling series at two-games apiece.

“We played with no pressure. I just told the players to have fun and enjoy the game no matter how it ends. I'll tell them the same thing come Game 5,” said a triumphant Ramirez after the game.

With most pundits all but writing off USC after their crushing losses in Games 2 and 3, the Warriors displayed the heart and resiliency of a clear-cut contender, building a 16-point lead in the third period and then holding off the Lancers in crunchtime.

The Warriors led, 51-35, at the onset of the second half behind the efforts of two-time MVP Enrico Llanto and Nino Ramirez.

However, just as they have in the last three games of the series, the Lancers came storming back behind the inside plays of Mike Luga and Ariel Mepana.

USC's lead was cut to just seven, 55-62, at the end of the third canto but the assault of UV continued in the final period as little-used rookie wingman Sylvester Tancongco came on to score the Lancers' first six points to peg the score at 61-65.

The Lancers closed in to within just two, 72-74, after a basket by UV center Rino Berame with two minutes remaining in the ballgame but the Warriors refused to blink as they found the answer to their prayers in Llanto and Ramirez once again.

Llanto converted on a tough fadeway jumper on the left baseline to extend the lead to four, 76-72.

Ramirez, who was disheartened before the game by his controversial snub from the Mythical Five squad, then poured his emotions into the last two points of his game-high 27 markers, as he made a looping runner from the left flank to put USC comfortably ahead, 78-72, with 1:03 left.

A basket by Mepana and a free throw by Berame allowed UV to come to within just three points with 9.9 ticks left but two pressure packed free throws by USC forward Sam Hermosa sealed the deal for the Warriors. Game 5 is set for tomorrow at 4:30 pm at the same venue.

BOX SCORES:

USC (80) - Ramirez 27, Llanto 13, Joven 9, Padillo 7, Padayao 6, Hermosa 6, Lazalita 4, Igao 3, Feraren 2, Bakker 2, Codilla 1.
UV (77) - Lanete 14, Mepana 14, Berame 14, Dennison 11, Luga 10, Tancongco 6, Diputado 4, Slaughter 2, Sendrijas 2. /Correspondent Jonas

amdgc82
10-12-2007, 02:04 PM
USC’s Llanto bags second straight MVP plum
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:30am (Mla time) 10/12/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - Warriors' Enrico Llanto capped off his tremendous performance in the Cesafi basketball tournament this year with a bang as he claimed the Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive season.

Llanto was awarded yesterday before Game 4 of the championship series, which was won by the Warriors (see banner story).

The 6-foot-3 hotshot of USC proved his worth in this year's cage wars by towing his Warriors to the second best record in the elimination round en route to making a repeat appearance in the finals against the defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers.

Llanto was joined in the Mythical Five team by UV big men Ariel Mepana and Rino Berame, University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars' Armand Ponce and Southwestern University Cobras' Eric Zanoria.

In the juniors division, UV Baby Lancer forward Junard Premacio captured the MVP plum, besting his teammate, John Abad for the much-coveted award.USC's star forward Jessamine Delos Reyes was named MVP of the women's tournament. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

franz_inwurdz
10-12-2007, 09:26 PM
wow. a real series thriller. :o

amdgc82
10-13-2007, 05:26 AM
It’s all or nothing today
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, October 13, 2007

WILL the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors complete their fairy tale run or will the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers live up to its history of Cesafi dominance and claim its seventh straight championship?

That will be known today as the two teams play game five, the final game in what has become the longest series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), at the Cebu Coliseum.

USC’s gallant run in this year’s Cesafi brought it to the finals. It scored the first win in the championship series only
to lose the next two games.

Last Thursday, USC lived up to its Warriors moniker by playing strong to even the series and forge today’s winner-take-all encounter.

Giving it all

Will UV crack under pressure today? Will they run out of luck? Will the Lancers see the end of their storied Cesafi reign?

Sacrifice. That was the word scribbled on the Lancers’ mirror in their dugout during game 4. UV will need a healthy dose of that if it wants to protect their dynasty, which has so far produced six Cesafi championsips---all the titles of the league.

“I do not know what Game 5 holds. But one thing’s for sure, we will be there and giving all that we have to give for this game. And we all want to be remembered that way,” said USC head coach Jay Ramirez.

The Lancers clearly have the advantage when it comes to size and, arguably, talent. They will need to unleash all that if it wants to clobber the hard-working Warriors.

UV will still be manned by its powerful pillars Rino Berami, Ariel Mepana, and the forces behind their victories Von Lanete, Mike Luga, Ritchum Dennison, and Chris Diputado.

USC, meanwhile, goes into this afternoon’s game hungrier for the title. It will be now or never, especially that this will be the last year of the team’s dynamic duo--- Niño Ramirez and two-time most valuable player Enrico Llanto. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-13-2007, 05:31 AM
UV, USC Face Moment Of Truth
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, October 13, 2007

Will the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors pull off the biggest upset in the seven-year history of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball or will the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers reassert their reign as the undisputed king of collegiate hoopdom in the region.

These weighty questions will be answered today as the Warriors and the Lancers collide for one last time this season, dancing to the tune of Abba hit “The Winner Takes It All” in the deciding game of their blockbuster best-of-five title showdown in the 7th CESAFI cage wars at the Cebu Coliseum.

Show time is set at 4:30 pm.

The Warriors stretched the series into its full route after escaping with an 80-77 victory in Thursday’s Game 4 - a fitting icing on their cake as USC’s main man Enrico Llanto was honored at halftime as the regular season MVP. Interestingly, Lady Warrior Jessamine de los Reyes bagged the award in the women’s division.

With the series now tied at two games apiece, the pressure shifted to UV’s side and being the underdog, the Warriors have nothing to lose, but have everything to gain should they emerge the victor including a memory that would never be forgotten in the pages of CESAFI storybook.

Too bad when the Lancers needed to seal the deal and celebrate their seventh consecutive championship, some of their vital cogs including Chris Victor Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and even Michael Luga were not in their usual deadly forms.

Beating UV is actually easier said than done especially if you’re playing against a decorated team which has a pride to protect and a vast championship experience to brag about.

The Warriors, however, are fighting for prestige. And with the strong will to win and big heart they’ve shown, they might end up playing the spoiler’s role.

For the Lancers, this is their longest season tarnished with four defeats. Still, the odds are in their favor and they remain a solid crowd favorites over the Warriors.

In Game 4, only Von Harry Lanete was in the game among the three guards because Diputado and Dennison were busy hacking the guys they defended that resulted to their disqualification on fouls.

While Rino Berame and Ariel Mepaña played fairly enough, they still fell short of the crowd’s expectations.

It was also very timely for the Warriors that Ryan Carlos Padayao, Giovanni Padillo, Sam Jordan Hermosa, Paul Norman Joven and Harvey Lazalita stepped up bigtime on both ends of the court.

Everything is now back to scratch.Today is the moment of truth for the two worthy finalists who both deserved a a big applause and adulation for giving the Cebuanos a classic hardcourt entertainment.

But back to where we started, will it be the Lancers or the Warriors who will come out smoking the victory cigar? Take your pick.

amdgc82
10-13-2007, 05:39 AM
Pages: David and Goliath: The battle ends today
By John Pages
Matchpoint
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, October 13, 2007

GREG Slaughter is 6’11”. That’s the height of Goliath. But when he drove down the lane and jumped, ready to slam a dunk—he was blocked! A reed-thin player named Robert Codilla, seven inches shorter, sprang his legs upward and skyrocketed to block the ball and embarrass Slaughter. The crowd erupted. Eyes enlarged. It was the play of the game.

The game? Six-time defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) versus the University of San Carlos (USC). Can the Cesafi finals be any more thrilling?

Last Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., I sat at ringside beside fellow Sun.Star Cebu writer Marian Baring. The Freeman’s Caecent No-ot Magsumbol and Cebu Daily News’ Jonas Panerio sat near. Behind were the two Gullas cousins, Jiji and Didi, owners of UV. Cesafi Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy sat across, beside Atty. Frank Malilong.

Holding the game microphone was Deputy Commissioner Rico Navarro.

We saw two teams with the same color green. But one team loomed tall and large: UV. Apart from Slaughter The Giant Slayer, there was Rico Berame, another behemoth who stood 6’8”. The rest of the team were six-footers.

Even coaches Elmer “Boy” Cabahug and Al Solis stood tall. That’s UV.

USC? Slim, thin, youthful but—and an important asset—much quicker. Against Goliath, all USC players were first-named “David.” Led by the outstanding point guard Paul Joven and the energetic and aggressive play of Niño Ramirez, who top-scored with 27, the USC Warriors looked like a high school squad against the six-time defending collegiate champs, UV Green Lancers.

But right from the opening shot, USC led. First with a 7-0 burst. At first quarter’s end, they led 22-18. Same during half-time, USC led 41-34.

In this Cesafi finals, they were down 2-1 in a best-of-five series and if they lose Game 4—they’re gone. So USC played with energy. Just like their head coach Jay Ramirez, who barely sat down and screamed plays and held his arms up and showed unbridled emotion—his team played with the same vigor and spirit.

USC’s Enrico Llanto, who, just minutes before the game started was proclaimed season MVP (his second in a row), showed why he’s tops.

Whenever he held the ball, he never panicked. He took a few seconds to ponder, he’d dribble, then maneuver, then score. He scored 16 points.

The Cebu Coliseum crowd? I’ve watched PBA games there but never a crowd as inspired as last Thursday’s. Drums rolled. The fans of the green-and-yellow team would chant, “GO, USC! GO, USC!” Seconds after, the fans of the green-and-white team would counter, “UV! UV! UV!” Next, USC screamed, “DEFENSE... DEFENSE!” Then, the UV band played the Sinulog beat.

In the third quarter, USC led by more than 10 points. Same in the fourth quarter. But with only 2:20 left in the game, USC succumbed to the pressure and was up by only two points, 72-70. UV was near. I turned my head to look at Jiji Gullas who sported a wide, big grin. So did the thousands of UV fans. “If we win this game,” UV thought,
“we’re champs! SEVEN IN A ROW!”

But the Warriors inside USC wouldn’t allow that. They scored, then scored again until the seconds ticked and when the buzzer sounded, USC won, 80-77.

But wait. Before anybody celebrates, last Thursday’s game—though a thriller—is nothing compared to 3 p.m. today. It’s Game 5 with the winner to be declared champions.

My pick? Call me biased: My dad finished at USC. So did my brother Charlie, sister-in-law Michelle and, just last June, I enrolled at USC to pursue a Masters in Education degree. So, I’d betray my school if I say I wouldn’t want UV’s long reign to end. Go, USC!

Remember this when you face Goliath: David won.

(john@pages.ph/www.pages.ph)

gameface_one
10-13-2007, 08:36 AM
USC’s Llanto bags second straight MVP plum



Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:30am (Mla time) 10/12/2007


CEBU CITY, Philippines - Warriors' Enrico Llanto capped off his tremendous performance in the Cesafi basketball tournament this year with a bang as he claimed the Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive season.

Llanto was awarded yesterday before Game 4 of the championship series, which was won by the Warriors (see banner story).

The 6-foot-3 hotshot of USC proved his worth in this year's cage wars by towing his Warriors to the second best record in the elimination round en route to making a repeat appearance in the finals against the defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers.

Llanto was joined in the Mythical Five team by UV big men Ariel Mepana and Rino Berame, University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars' Armand Ponce and Southwestern University Cobras' Eric Zanoria.

In the juniors division, UV Baby Lancer forward Junard Premacio captured the MVP plum, besting his teammate, John Abad for the much-coveted award.USC's star forward Jessamine Delos Reyes was named MVP of the women's tournament. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-14-2007, 05:09 AM
Seven-for-seven in '07
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
Sunday, October 14, 2007

THE University of Visayas needed its little-known Lancers to put up a gallant stand against the University of San Carlos Warriors in the sudden death Game 5 to clinch its seventh straight Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. Basketball title with an astounding 82-71 win.

Lancer mentor Elmer “Boy” Cabahug pulled out Sylvester Tancongco and Harlow Villanil out from their usual supporting roles to offset the Warriors big fighting heart.

Rookie Tancongco peppered the USC defense with 12 markers and capped his all-around performance with a rejection on the defensive end, while finishing a breakaway in one play.

Villanil, who finished with 10 points, on the other hand, doused USC’s hope to claw back into the game with a lay up and a booming 3-pointer for a 60-42 count nearing the final period.

Cabahug had Bonifer Sendrijas as part of his secret weapon that limited the MVP Enrico Llanto to just 12 points.

“They are my secret weapons. Sendrijas defended Llanto last year when we defeated them in the finals. It had worked then, that’s why I put it into play again tonight,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug added that he only took advantage of Tancongco, the Cagayan de Oro recruit, in the final and most crucial game because he seemed jittery in the early parts of the season.

Talented

“I know how talented he was that was why I made him dictate the game and he clicked and he was responsible for the big lead in the first half,” Cabahug said.

“I was pressured because coach gave me a responsibility but I am happy that he gave me playing time and my teammates were very supportive of me,” said Tancongco.

The seven-time champion coach said that their victory was a fitting birthday gift to UV owner and congressman Eddie Gullas, who celebrated his birthday yesterday.

The Lancers managed to put up a confident lead at halftime, 40-18. The Warriors, however, came out blazing in the third canto, when they opened the period with an 11-2 run to ultimately end the period with 27 points.

Still, the Warriors were behind, 45-60, going into the closing period and the Lancers protected their lead to continue their dominance Cebu’s collegiate basketball.

Meanwhile, former USC athletic director Fr. Vic Uy took time out from his Philippine Sports Commission duties to be at the sideline with his Warriors on their most important game of the year.

“Well done! They did very good. Winning would have been a bonus but they did very well,” said Uy, who flew back to Manila after the game.

In the jam-packed and emotional game, Commisisoner Felix Tiukinhuy and USC coach Jay Ramirez figured in a word war after the latter complained of the calls in favor of the Lancers. Tiukinhoy said that it was a fair game.

Ramirez and his assistant Mike Reyes, however, saw otherwise as USC got clobbered without a whistle. At one instance, Niño Ramirez got clawed in the left shoulder by Ritchum Dennison, which left huge red marks, but it was Niño, who was called for a foul instead.

amdgc82
10-14-2007, 05:11 AM
UV makes it 7 in a row
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Sunday, October 14, 2007

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers won their seventh consecutive CESAFI college basketball title with a convincing 82-71, victory over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in last night’s Game 5 at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers made sure their names would be on the history books as early as the second quarter when they zoomed to a 40-18 halftime lead.

UV used a different strategy in Game 5 by inserting rookie Sylvester Tancongco in the starting lineup. The ploy worked wonders for UV as Tancongco scored 12 points for the Green Lancers.

UV got USC in trouble by employing a sticky defense on Enrico Llanto. Bonifer Sendrijas had the enviable task of shadowing the league’s MVP and he made things miserable for him. Despite scoring 12 points, Llanto was obviously bothered by the defense put on him as he couldn’t execute the plays called out by coach Jay Ramirez.

“The bottom line was that we were able to stop Llanto and he (Sendrijas) deserved credit for that and all praises to Tancongco as well who carried the team and delivered when his services where needed most,” said jubilant UV coach Boy Cabahug.

Cabahug dedicated the win to UV President and Cebu 1st District Representative Eduardo R. Gullas who celebrated his birthday yesterday.

With his partner unable to make his moves, Ramirez tried to rescue USC but he too couldn’t find a whole in the suffocating UV defense.

So, when the duo sank, USC sank with them as well.

“Na-unhan lang mi nila ug dugay mi naka-adjust,” (“They jumped the gun on us and it took us a while to adjust.”) explained USC coach Jay Ramirez.

USC finished runner-up for the second straight time. The Warriors of Jay Ramirez, however, have nothing to be ashamed of They can hold their heads high despite the loss because they have shown they can be a potent force and the two wins against UV are a testament to that.

Too bad, they were unable to deliver in the game that mattered most.

Diputado led all scorers with 22 points. Mepana contributed 13 points, Tancongco had 12, Dennison scored 11 and Villanil netted 10 for UV.

Ramirez was USC’s main man with 16 points while Llanto and Hermosa scored 12 points apiece.

The scores:
UV (SRS) 82 – Diputado 22, Mepana 13, Tancongco 12, Dennison 11, Villanil 10, Luga 6, Sendrijas 5, Berame 3
USC (SRS) 71 – Ramirez 16, Llanto 12, Hermosa 12, Padayao 9, Padillo 7, Joven 5, Lazalita 4, Igao 3, Ferraren 2
Halftime: 40-18

HOW THE SERIES WENT:
Game 1 USC 69 UV 61
Game 2 UV 94 USC 75
Game 3 UV 80 USC 68
Game 4 USC 80 UV 77
Game 5 UV 82 USC 71

amdgc82
10-14-2007, 05:14 AM
USC & UV
BLEACHER TALK By Rico S. Navarro
The Freeman
Sunday, October 14, 2007

CESAFI Finals 2007. This is what basketball is all about. And I’m pretty sure Dr. James Naismith will agree with us if he had been part of the ongoing championship series between USC and UV. As I write this column, the opening tip-off of Game 5 is about to take place, so I’m sure you would’ve read somewhere else here who won the championship.

And so I ask: Why is the ongoing USC-UV CESAFI Finals the biggest draw of local sports these days?

Given the scenario, there doesn’t seem to be a logical reason why one would want to watch the games. There is no air-conditioning. It’s hot, cramped and stuffy. Yet the Cebu Coliseum is packed to the rafters. You won’t see TV cameras, a row full of photographers, a VIP row or a special table for the press. No indicators that it’s a big league thing. And the highlight of all this is that it’s all absolutely commercial-free! No streamers of cell phone companies, no halftime gimmicks care of a sponsor, no TV commercial breaks. But if you step into the Cebu Coliseum, you can literally feel the tense (and wild) atmosphere of the biggest show in town.

And the crowd! It’s mad. It’s mayhem. It’s almost surreal. It’s simply awesome. No other crowd can match the screaming loyal fans of UV and USC. Both sides have turned the coliseum into a cheering match and I’m sure that the level of noise has already reached record levels even if there is no official tool to measure this. It’s plain obvious and based on common sense.

No other basketball event in 2007 has been able to draw this kind of madness and mayhem. Not even the PBA. The CESAFI Finals is undeniably the biggest basketball show in town.

And iT’s all because the CESAFI is all about pure and unadulterated basketball. No more, no less. Let’s give credit where it’s due. USC has risen to the occasion to prove that a David can indeed beat a Goliath. They’re out to show the world that the school doesn’t need a massive basketball program to make its presence felt in the local basketball family. They’re out to prove that a roster of ordinary, regular everyday students can match up against a basketball power. And since fans always love the underdog, they’ve done a great job of living up to the tag.

For UV, they’re out to make a statement that seven is heaven. Winning seven straight CESAFI trophies is what their season is all about, and they’re not backing down from this goal. Destiny and legacy are the goals that UV would like to achieve as they stretch their goals. The tougher the better. If they’re going for a decade of dominance, then the number “7” is a crucial link to this goal.

In the end, fate will dictate that the team with the nobler and realistic goal will eventually come out on top.

Both sides don’t have anything more to prove. For USC, I take my hat off and make a deep bow of reverence. Never before was USC expected to make it to a championship series. Each time a CESAFI or CAAA season is announced, USC never figures to be in talks about title favorites. But they’ve reached the finals for two straight years. The unique coaching tandem of Jay Ramirez and Mike Reyes has developed a system that has brought the best out of a bunch of regular athletes who are head and shoulders much smaller than the opposition.

On a personal note, I’d like to see USC come out on top just to prove that a school known for academic excellence can also be tops in sports. It’s a tall order, but a USC championship will be a trigger for all other schools that they too, can do the same thing. In the end, it will benefit the entire league as all schools will now be saying, “If they can do it, I can do it, too.”

UV’s drive for destiny has been tested and pushed to the limit this year. After two losses to USJ-R and two more to USC in the finals, UV has suddenly been brought down to earth and made to take a serious look at the mirror. The semifinals and finals have been a major test of character for UV. Win or lose, I’m sure UV has finally realized that it’s not asy being # 1 with everyone going for their throats. But this is also an opportunity to prove that they can even get stronger as a sports power and leader.

As the basketball tournament comes to a close, CESAFI’s contribution to local basketball is now simply unmatched and will be a tough act to follow. USC and UV have been the lead stars in this show and deserve our gratitude and praise.

You can reach me at bleachertalk@yahoo.com.

amdgc82
10-18-2007, 05:16 AM
Pages: UV: The University of Victory
By John Pages
Match Point
Sunstar Cebu
Thursday, October 18, 2007

SEVEN years. That’s how long the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. has existed. And ever since it began, one school has dominated the league’s No.1 sport, basketball.

The University of Victory.

Yes. Don’t call UV the University of the Visayas. I’m calling it by another name. Isn’t it fitting to call the school that’s won starting in 2001, won again the year after, won again and again until last weekend when it faced the University of San Carlos (USC)? And what did UV do last Saturday? In the season-finale? Game 5? It performed the
one act that it performs best: It won again.

University of Victory.

“We heard mass Saturday morning,” said Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, the PBA star-turned-UV coach, when I spoke to him on the phone the night after their 82-71 championship victory. “Sir Eddie Gullas, who was celebrating his birthday that day, was there. And so was the whole Gullas family. I promised Sir Eddie that we’ll win that afternoon... And we delivered.”

No doubt, UV was challenged. “Against USC, we reached Game 5,” added Cabahug. “In the semis against USJ-R, that was our toughest fight in seven years. Imagine this: We won Game 1, 79-78. In Game 2, we lost, 78-79. And, believe it or not, in Game 3, we won, 79-78!”

How long will this seven-year undefeated run last? I asked.

Boy Cabahug smiled on the other end of the phone. Humble, approachable, relaxed—yet ultra-competitive—Cabahug credits the support of the Gullas family.

“The Cesafi finals always falls near the birthday of Sir Eddie and, each time, we promise him the trophy. So far, we haven’t failed.”

USC?

I called Jay Ramirez, the head coach of the USC Warriors. His voice was hoarse but—like The Energizer Battery that he is during a game, always pumping his fists and waving those muscled arms, motivating them, yelling his warriors to fight on—head coach Jay Ramirez was upbeat. Yes, they lost, he said, but yes, they stood as winners. Last year, they reached the same Cesafi finals but lost 2-0. This year, they won Game 1, won Game 4, and almost toppled the UV giant.

“Let’s give credit where it’s due,” wrote The Freeman columnist Rico Navarro, also the Deputy Commissioner of Cesafi, last Sunday. “USC has risen to the occasion to prove that a David can indeed beat a Goliath. They’re out to show the world that the school doesn’t need a massive basketball program to make its presence felt in the local basketball family. They’re out to prove that a roster of ordinary, regular everyday students can match up against a basketball power. And since fans always love the underdog, they’ve done a great job of living up to the tag.”

“On a personal note,” added Rico, “I’d like to see USC come out on top just to prove that a school known for academic excellence can also be tops in sports. It’s a tall order, but a USC championship will be a trigger for all other schools that they too, can do the same thing. In the end, it will benefit the entire league as all schools will now be saying, ‘If they can do it, I can do it, too.’”

Rico is right.

David almost slayed Goliath. With centers as tall as 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-8 Rico Berame, the UV Green Lancers were almost toppled by the smaller, quicker USC Warriors. And while the UV squad went undefeated from 2001 to 2004—not a single loss in the regular season nor the playoffs—this ’07, they lost four times. A sign that the underdogs—the Davids—are hurting Goliath.

In all, 2007 was the best in Cesafi history—and maybe tops in all of Cebu collegiate history. When I watched the UV-USC Game 4 last Thursday, drums rolled, green and white balloons danced, shouts reverberated against the parquet floor, and sweat dripped from the faces of the thousands of spectators who swelled the Cebu Coliseum.

“No other basketball event in 2007 has been able to draw this kind of madness and mayhem. Not even the PBA,” said Rico Navarro. “The Cesafi Finals is undeniably the biggest basketball show in town.”

(john@pages.ph/www.pages.ph (http://www.pages.ph))

fer15
10-19-2007, 03:40 PM
karon pa ko k.basa sa mga articles about the championship sa cesafi..haiz..one day we'll defeat UV..one day..

thadzonline
10-22-2007, 10:10 AM
its almost time, some other CESAFI team will dethrone the Lancers..

ankle breaker
11-24-2007, 04:34 AM
its almost time, some other CESAFI team will dethrone the Lancers..

but it didn't happen this year. maybe next year it will be realized.

thadzonline
11-24-2007, 06:04 PM
its almost time, some other CESAFI team will dethrone the Lancers..

but it didn't happen this year. maybe next year it will be realized.

Maybe

ankle breaker
11-28-2007, 04:12 AM
if the report is true that USC has a new 6'9" recruit, then it's their next year.

thadzonline
11-28-2007, 08:41 AM
So far, the 6'9" guy has not shown up yet in the USC scrimmages