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10-21-2008, 04:09 PM
Any news about the the COBRAS Lady Volleybelles?

10-21-2008, 04:11 PM
Who are the players for the coming VAAA?

10-21-2008, 09:23 PM
The Cobras women's volleyball squad fell to the USJ-R Lady Jaguars in the semis. But next season should be a different story with Gendrauli no longer a rookie

10-23-2008, 11:10 AM
Whom are the players for the coming VAAA. Any development lately with the coming of AMBOHOT?

10-23-2008, 01:17 PM
next year pa lageh na si ambohot. porbida!

10-25-2008, 07:48 PM
Pikon ka, hahahahahahahahahaha...

10-25-2008, 08:18 PM
Pikon ka, hahahahahahahahahaha...


10-26-2008, 10:36 PM
wa man sayang ang bandwidth. I already mentioned Ambohot wil be coming next year as per Ryan Aznar and you still keep asking ;P

ankle breaker
10-27-2008, 11:55 PM
no CESAFI teams are allowed to join the rival VAAA this season. tsk tsk tsk...
if that's the case, BIT-IC is now going to be the best bet to win the crown probably against WLC or WNC. they had beaten the other teams in the zonals last month.

10-28-2008, 12:58 AM
WNC is not entered sa VAAA. Sayang because SWU and UV figured sa VAAA finals last season and they wont be joining

10-28-2008, 08:10 AM
i still hope there will be CeSAFI teams joining.
if theres none, ACT is my bet. ;D

10-28-2008, 10:20 AM
me too, ACT! ACT could keep up with the CeSAFI's top teams and had a history of wins and close loses against SWU, USC and even UV

11-01-2008, 08:48 PM

Bakit di kasali ang cOBRAS sa partners cup comes january? Just curious.

11-02-2008, 10:46 AM
the Cobras have also not participated in the past edition of the Partners Cup because they joined the VAAA

11-03-2008, 02:17 PM
But this season's partner's cup, kasali na ang COBRAS! May new players ba sila, any info about
the team. Thanks...

11-03-2008, 03:04 PM
most likely its the same roster who played in the recently concluded CeSAFI 2008 minus Eric Zanoria and Richel Jalandoni with the addition of Jefferson Pria and re activation of Roger Caytuna

11-04-2008, 10:23 AM
any info about fria? i have seen caytuna na sa university grounds, kaliwete and a defensive player.
a big loss without zanoria and jalandoni.

11-05-2008, 09:39 AM
Zanoria already used up his eligibility..estor_boot what happened to Jalandoni?

Jefferson Pria is an ex-JRU Heavy Bomber. SWU should be stronger with the return of Nuñez, Armecin and Poligrates plus the activation of Pria. Nuñez should be able to cushion the impact of the loss of Jalandoni and Cobras fans can also hope Pria is a good enough replacement for Zanoria

11-05-2008, 10:28 AM
Height and position of Pria? Any info about the players on the reserved lists.
What about Canonigo?

11-05-2008, 01:37 PM
As estor_boot already mentioned in a previous post, Canonigo did not make the most of the second chance given to him.

11-05-2008, 02:23 PM
Zanoria already used up his eligibility..estor_boot what happened to Jalandoni?

Jefferson Pria is an ex-JRU Heavy Bomber. SWU should be stronger with the return of Nuñez, Armecin and Poligrates plus the activation of Pria. Nuñez should be able to cushion the impact of the loss of Jalandoni and Cobras fans can also hope Pria is a good enough replacement for Zanoria

Jalandoni gave up basketball because his father wanted him to concentrate on his studies.
As for Nuñez.. well, i heard hes having trouble with his grades right now. so i dont know.. ;D

11-05-2008, 03:22 PM
Sayang si Nunez pag ganun, he is really Mythical 5 material

ankle breaker
11-06-2008, 10:57 PM
kawawa pala cobras next season. sana tuloy si ambohot para naman exciting parin.

11-15-2008, 07:09 PM
Are the COBRAS rarin to go for the coming VAAA season.?

11-25-2008, 09:58 AM

Any development/news about the COBRAS!

11-26-2008, 06:59 AM
no longer joining the VAAA cguro bcoz of the CeSAFI ruling prohibiting cesafi schools from joining

11-26-2008, 08:09 AM
no longer joining the VAAA cguro bcoz of the CeSAFI ruling prohibiting cesafi schools from joining

its actually more on "because-UV-backed-out", thadz. ;D

11-26-2008, 10:09 PM
That CESAFI Kume sucks!

11-27-2008, 01:04 AM
rly? I was assuming SWU was the lone vote in that 6-1 decision against allowing CeSAFI teams to join VAAA.

12-17-2008, 10:16 AM
Any new development for the cobras?

01-02-2009, 12:09 PM
Happy 2009!

CESAFI PARTNERS CUP is coming...... Who are the current players for the COBRAS!
Any new recruit sa team?

01-09-2009, 08:28 AM
Any new development for the cobras?

Jalandoni is back.

Richard Gianchand and Gilbert Gallarde will be playing for the Cobras in the Partner's Cup.

01-09-2009, 09:40 AM
estor_boot, any truth to the rumors that Gallarde was in teh UV reserve team? How tall is Pria?

01-09-2009, 10:30 AM
i dont think theres truth to it bai thadz because Gallarde enrolled at SWU last summer up to this current semester. i also heard from the coaching staff that Gallarde* has one year of eligibility left to play for CeSAFI.

as to Pria, im not sure about his height yet.

01-09-2009, 01:06 PM
yup I think dungan dungan ra na sila Maguate, Belande ug Gallarde so naa pa siya eligibility. I hope he straightens out and it will really give SWU a solid frontcourt with Gallarde, Maguate and Nunez plus Jalandoni, Divinagracia and Pacquiao.

01-12-2009, 03:58 PM

Can i know the current players for the incoming partner's cup for the cobras!
Thanks alot.

02-03-2009, 08:33 AM
Can i know the position of PRIA AND ALBARILLO? Height?
Gallarde is another big addition for the team......

03-15-2009, 07:59 PM
Whats the latest bout the COBRAS!

Any new players in town?

04-07-2009, 03:45 PM
mao diay na wala na ci ambohot diri magdula sa Davao. teammates cila ni nunez sa agro diri sa davao. ambohot was once a participant in the nike training.

04-07-2009, 08:29 PM
Is AMBOHOT, a player now for the COBRAS!

That would be great acquisitions. With the way the cobras run during the concluded partner's cup, team is more solid in every position esp " THE SAINT".


04-07-2009, 10:11 PM
no word yet on Ambohot. Rumors are circulating he might already be in a UAAP school

04-21-2009, 08:45 PM
Are you sure na mag UAAP si AMBOHOT?

Wat about for the National Student Basketball, sino-sino ba ang nasa line-ups
for the cobras? Asan na si Ceniza? Any other new recruits?

04-22-2009, 10:43 AM
word is Ambohot is now with FEU..

04-27-2009, 09:04 AM
Any info about the NSBC in Butuan City?

04-27-2009, 09:23 AM
Any info about the NSBC in Butuan City?

SWU, UC share top honors in NSBC tilt
Updated April 27, 2009 12:00 AM
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - So serious with their campaign, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters fell five points short of celebrating what would have been a rare double championship in the National Students Basketball Championships after losing to the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras anew, 78-73, in the collegiate final at the Urios College gym in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

UC earlier secured the secondary crown after the Junior Webmasters escaped with an 89-88 win over the Philippine Christian College based in Cagayan de Oro City.

While 6-foot-9 UC giant June Mar Fajardo was in his usual best scoring 35 points, it proved that the 21-point haul by Alfred Belande was bigger as it helped in giving the Cobras a rare back-to-back championships. SWU won last year's title by stunning the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

Eliud Poligrates chipped in 18 points and Eric Zanoria added 11 points for the Cobras.

In the juniors division, Roger Pogoy topscored for UC with 21 points ,while Zandro Panlileo finished with 10 points.

The scores

Final, Juniors

UC (89) - Pogoy 21, Panlileo 10, Tindoy 9, Taboada 9, Labolabo 6, Navaja 6, Codilla 6, Ampoon 3PCCC (88) - Dalio 19, Aquino 17, Labantog 9, Acaylar 9, Tabuelnon 5

Second game - Final, Seniors

SWU (78) - Belande 21, Poligrates 18, Zanoria 11, Armecin 8, Pria 6, Gallarde 4, Diango 4, Gianchan 2, Litorja 2, Jalandoni 2

UC (73) - Fajardo 35, Rogado 17, Pao 6, Mohamad 6, Abella 3, Juliane 2, Luceño 2, Vernel 1, Cayanong 1 Halftime: 35-30. - GGM (THE FREEMAN)

04-27-2009, 01:36 PM
Meaning to say, we are back to back champions, again.......

" THE SAINT" makes a miracle game again....

Any new recruit for the cobras? For the incoming CESAFI?

05-04-2009, 08:43 PM

05-04-2009, 10:32 PM
estor_boot kana si Litorja ba, gikan nag Don Bosco?

05-08-2009, 09:03 PM
LITORJA, is one of the best shooting guard in the COBRAS line up, other than BELANDE and ARMECIN.

Any new development on the cobras? Any new players?

05-15-2009, 04:46 PM
there is talk in town that UC will take over SWU. Should that talk be true, the merger of the Cobras and Webmasters will be a titan in Cebu basketball Fajardo, Pao, Quilantang, Rogado and Abella teaming up with Maguate, Nunez, Belande, Poligrates and Django. wow!

05-16-2009, 11:36 AM
How come?

05-18-2009, 08:33 AM
estor_boot kana si Litorja ba, gikan nag Don Bosco?

im not sure thadz, ive talked to the guy before. he is from mindanao, he never mentioned he had played for any Cebu school before SWU.

05-18-2009, 08:45 AM
there is talk in town that UC will take over SWU. Should that talk be true, the merger of the Cobras and Webmasters will be a titan in Cebu basketball Fajardo, Pao, Quilantang, Rogado and Abella teaming up with Maguate, Nunez, Belande, Poligrates and Django. wow!

i dont think the Aznars will let go of SWU. in fact, there is a current legal battle among two factions of the family on who is the legitimate set Board of Directors. ;D

anyway, updates fot the Cobras:

CSD Builders draw first blood vs. Cobras
Updated May 18, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The CCC-CSD Builders tamed the undermanned Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 78-69, in the opener of their best-of-three finals series in the 1st Vice Mayor Rudy Espinosa Cup basketball tournament at the Barba Sports Complex in Toledo City.

Jared Kane Abatayo lived up to his billing as the team's top defensive guard by topscoring for the Builders with 15 points.

Commercial veterans Jerry Jaca and Franklin Nailon also rose to the occasion, but it was Sherwin Abobo's 12-point contribution that mattered most because he kept on firing back everytime the Cobras scored in transition.

Jaca and Nailon donated 13 and 11 points, respectively, even as Aldrin Ocañada added 10 points for the Builders, who needed only one win to pocket the P70,000 champion's purse.

The Cobras really felt the negative effects playing without star players Alfred Belande, Eric Zanoria and Eliud Poligrates.

Top playmaker Ard Diango led the Cobras with 15 points, while Jeff Pria scored 13. Rene Pacquiao and Ritchie Jalandoni chipped in 21 points combined.

The Rudy Espinosa Cup is supervised by Toledo City Councilor Jun Borja. Estoy Jaranilla serves as the tournament director assisted by technical committee member Edwin Dejacto.

The scores

CCC-CSD (78) - Abatayo 15, Jaca 13, Nailon 11, Ocañada 10, Delos Santos 9, Redulosa 3, Arnado 3, Sayson 2

SWU (69) - Diango 15, Pria 13, Pacquaio 11, Jalandoni 10, Litorja 8, Armecin 6, Caytona 4, Albarillo 2. – GGM (THE FREEMAN)

i heard Janno Nuñez is currently training with UV. hes been taken out because he only passed his PEs for the school year 2008-09. ;D

Poligrates has not joined practices for two weeks already. he is currently in Manila, he told me he's just taking a vacation but some of his teamates said he's there to "try out".

05-18-2009, 09:13 AM
probably the reason why Ryan Aznar told me they are looking for another big man. Pero bai estor_boot, dugay naman ning rumor about Nunez transferring to UV but Ryan denied it and he is still enrolled at SWU as of this semester. And about ni Poligrates naay na mention nga i-elevate si Ortuya daw. UV and USC played a game at Banilad last night, wala ko nitan-aw pero gi txtan ko ni amamangloy, naa daw mga 3 new tall guys ang UV, I suppose around 6'3 to 6'5 sa iyang description

05-18-2009, 03:49 PM
naa pa c django? he was also used sparingly pag Partners Cup halos wa ko kita niya niduwa.

And ask sad ko kumusta na ang hamstring injury ni Maguate?

05-19-2009, 11:22 AM
Mr. Ryan Aznar wanted to just place Nuñez in the reserve roster bai, but it was the team manager's (Matti Aznar) decision nga tangtangon na lang jud si Nuñez. he was warned after he failed his subjects pag first sem, pero wala man ghapon nag usab. naa man ghapon si diango thadz, morag siya man ang starting point guard sa cobras jud. anyway, nibalik na si poligrates. ;D

05-19-2009, 11:29 AM
natabunan lang cguro sa focus to si Django kay grabe ka strong ang personality ni Eliud sa backcourt hahaha

05-19-2009, 07:16 PM
Wat about Ompad? Is Nunez still a cobras? What are those rumors, is it true about transferring?
Pls clarify....

05-22-2009, 08:48 AM
Cobras seize Toledo cage crown
Updated May 22, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines – The gritty Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras had to wade through rough waters at the endgame before fending off the CCC-CSD Builders, 79-76, in the deciding match of their best-of-three finals series to clinch the open division crown of the 1st Vice Mayor Rudy Espinosa Cup basketball tournament on Wednesday night at the jampacked Barba Sports Complex in Toledo City.

As time dwindled down in the 40-minute skirmish, it was still nobody’s game especially when veteran guard Raul Redulosa cooly sank a pair of free throws to pull the CSD Builders within just a hairline, 76-77, with 32 ticks left before the final buzzer.

Lucky luck continued to smile at the Builders as they regained ball possession after the Cobras tapped the ball out of bounds.

In the ensuing sequence, Redulosa threw an inbound pass to thee-point artist Aldrin Ocañada but the ball was intercepted by SWU’s Eric Zanoria, who then dashed for a breakaway layup to ensure the Cobras’ triumph.

Zanoria was without doubt the man of the hour for the Cobras with a game-high 26 points, 14 of which he sprayed in the first period.

Aard Diango added 13 points as the Cobras went home P70,000 richer.

Ocañada paced the Builders with 22 points, while Franklin Nailon and Danny delos Santos contributed 32 points combined as they pocketed P50,000.

The Ave Maria Sancturay Park.USJ-R Jaguars already settled for third place after routing the the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights.

The event served as one of the highlights of Toledo’s annual fiesta celebration on June 11-12 in honor of its patron saint San Juan de Sahagun.

City councilor Jun Borja, who sponsored the preliminary game dubbed as the “Battle of Badings”, and tournament director Estoy Jaranilla assisted Vice Mayor Rudy Espinosa in awarding the trophies and cash prizes to the winners.

The scores

SWU (79) - Zanoria 26, Diango 13, Gallarde 9, Poligrates 9, Armecin 8, Jalandoni 6, Belande 4, Litorja 2, Pacquiao 2

CCC-CSD (76) - Ocañada 22, Nailon 19, Delso Santos 13, Jaca 8, Abobo 6, Abatayo 4, Redulosa 2 Halftime: 43-37 – GGM (THE FREEMAN)


06-04-2009, 07:55 PM
Any news lately for the COBRAS?

Any new recruit?

07-10-2009, 08:30 AM
Any new info about the COBRAS! New players info?

07-15-2009, 09:33 PM
Who is ORTUYO?

07-16-2009, 08:37 AM
ortuyo is a former USPF guard

07-17-2009, 09:01 AM
No other new players for the COBRAS?

07-17-2009, 10:00 AM
daug diay cobras sa exhibition versus UC. It goes to show di pa kaayo hinog ang UC

07-17-2009, 08:28 PM
Yeah, cobras won against webmasters.


07-24-2009, 08:55 AM
Sino yung mga rookies for the COBRAS, 4 daw? Any info about them?

07-24-2009, 04:43 PM
Sino yung mga rookies for the COBRAS, 4 daw? Any info about them?

Kevin Barro
Junrey Ortuyo
Zandro Palileo
Kevin Wagas

I'll check on the others but Palileo is a big man from UC juniors(height range between 6'3-6'6, but he's a little slow)

07-24-2009, 07:24 PM
Cool. Hope you have there stats ( height/position ).. Sino na ang nawala sa team, wala na ba si zanoria wat
about litorja, ceniza, ompad, tilap.... From wer this other rookies played sa high school, am curious about BARRO AND WAGAS.?

09-12-2009, 01:38 PM
any news about the cobras?

09-27-2009, 03:27 PM
Wagas and Barro are about as tall as Armecin(6'2 or 6'3) but have rarely seen action this season. Ortuyo is a pure PG who has become the main PG sub for SWU. Palileo btw is only 6'3 max

10-29-2009, 02:50 PM
Is POLIGRATES no longer playing for the COBRAS, is he a player now for the cebuana lhuiller..What about MAGUATE and BELANDE, lalaro pa rin ba sila sa cobras next season?

10-29-2009, 04:25 PM
banned for life na sa CeSAFI si Poligrates for gross dishonesty. SO even if he has eligibility left, hindi na cya makakalaro. Maguate and Belande should play next season kung hindi matutuloy ang suspension ng SWU for refusing to obey the CeSAFI suspension order in the semifinals against USC

12-13-2009, 11:37 AM
Any news about the COBRAS? Any new players? What is the verdict about that suspension?
Hope they can play next season.......

12-18-2009, 08:39 AM
just an update for this team. ;D

no new players as of now.
Poligrates has withdrawn all his enrolled subjects for the 2nd semester. so most likely he is out of the Cobras already.
i heard Belande has no more playing years left. (this is yet to be verified)
coach Dodie Miego has relinguished his post.
ast. coach Bong Begontes took over the head coach duties.

12-19-2009, 06:12 PM
But Maguate is still with the team?

02-02-2010, 04:40 AM
gil wagas is currently enrolled at swu. . . .

02-02-2010, 11:50 AM
he actually played last season but did not see much action

02-02-2010, 07:00 PM
Is maguate and belande is with the team?

04-17-2010, 10:53 PM
Who is DADANG? Nice game againts the LETRAN KNIGHTS....

06-22-2010, 10:27 PM
cesafi is coming again....sino2 ang mga players fo the coming season....any new players?

03-05-2011, 11:18 PM
Partner's Cup na...sino-sino kaya ang nasa line up ng cobras?

06-22-2011, 11:16 PM
sino2 kaya mga hold-overs sa cobras? and recruits?

07-09-2011, 01:35 PM
I expect a good season for the SWU Cobras with multi-title and cebu's legend Coach Yayoy Alcoseba.

07-11-2011, 05:58 PM
expect good season but we want to expect good players also...who are they?????

10-31-2011, 11:54 AM
I expect a good season for the SWU Cobras with multi-title and cebu's legend Coach Yayoy Alcoseba.

They are now fighting for the champion.It is also the first time in CESAFI history that the UV Green Lancer fail to advance to the Championship.

02-18-2012, 12:31 PM
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY will hold try-outs for Luzon-based players!

February 21, 2012
EARIST Gym (under the Nagtahan Flyover)
9:00 AM

Open to all graduating high school seniors and transfer players 24 years of age and younger with no PBL or PBA D-League experience. Successful applicants will be given scholarship at one of Cebu's better universities. The Cobras are handled by the legendary coach and Cebu City Councilor Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba.

02-27-2012, 12:53 PM
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY will hold FINAL try-outs for Luzon-based players!

March 1, 2012
Ynares Sports Arena-Pasig City
9:00 AM

Open to all graduating high school seniors and transfer players 24 years of age and younger with no PBL or PBA D-League experience. Successful applicants will be given scholarship at one of Cebu's better universities. The Cobras are handled by the legendary coach and Cebu City Councilor Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba.

12-24-2012, 10:13 PM
so.... where to mbala? staying with swu or going somewhere else?

07-19-2013, 02:18 PM
^ Gone.

I hear a former St Benilde import found his way south. Is it true he is now with the Cobras?

Sam Miguel
08-06-2013, 10:05 AM
Stronger SWU Cobras all set for title defense

By Emmanuel B. Villaruel

(The Freeman) | Updated July 30, 2013 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Even just a single glance at their lineup one could already make an impression that they are a formidable fighting force on the hardcourt.

They have a plethora of talents that could readily send shivers down the spines of their rivals. Simply put, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras have all the key components to become a champion team again.

But with all humility, SWU coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba still downplays their chances of defending their basketball throne in this year's 13th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) season set to kick off this Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

"Of course that is our goal, to defend our title. We have new talents at hand, but I can't say we are stronger now until we become champion again," said Alcoseba.

Under Alcoseba's command, the Cobras completed what is by far the greatest comeback in the league's 11-year history, wiping out an 18-point fourth quarter deficit to stun the University the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 73-72, in the classic finale of their best-of-five series and pocket their first CESAFI crown last season.

The Cobras then were led by the versatile Benoit Mbala, a 6-foot-6 Cameroonian banger whose spectacular performance during the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) made him an envy among Manila teams. Tempted by lucrative offers, it did not take long for Mbala to say goodbye to SWU and shift allegiance to the La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP.

"Mbala's departure was a big loss for us because he was an extraordinary player," said Alcoseba. "But with our new big guys, we can compensate on that."

Alcoseba was referring to their twin Cameroonian towers in 6-foot-11 Fabrice Siewe, a 17-year-old behemoth who wears a size 17 shoes, and the 6-foot-6 Landry Sanjo, whom he described as an all-around player with sharp shooting ability.

"Siewe is a relatively young player whose skills still need to be polished. The good thing is that he keeps on improving and we're working doubly hard on it. He and Sanjo will surely add breadth to our campaign this season," said Alcoseba.

The Cobras only have three holdovers from their previous roster in top gunner Monbert Arong and hardworking forwards Bernie Bregondo and Daryl Goloran, but they easily filled up the slack by signing up Fil-Am players Francis Ortega, Adams Mohammad, and Melvin Holper as well as three veteran guards Nelson Otida, Jabe Bautista and Mark Panerio, who were formerly with the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

They have also spotted Raymark Ocuno, a promising 6-foot5 center from Tubod, Lanao del Norte, but it is a no-brainer among pundits that SWU's most valuable catch is no other than the spunky playmaker Mark Jayven Tallo, a former high school star from the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Baby Wildcats who had a brief stint with La Salle in the UAAP.

"Tallo gives us leadership. He will be our anchor for the next three years that he will be playing for us," said Alcoseba of his prized guard, who snatched the juniors MVP trophy after he steered the Baby Wildcats to their first ever CESAFI crown in 2010.

Alcoseba could safely say that they are now a bigger team with a deeper bench given his current set-up.

But the legendary Cebuano coach gamely admitted that they still have a lot of things to work on.

"We're bigger now with a deeper bench. We just don't know if it will show in our first four games," said Alcoseba. "Also, there are still some aspects of our game that we have to improve on like our passing and our defense."

With regards to their highly-anticipated rivalry with the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, Alcoseba said he doesn't think about it at all as they're preparing not just for one team for the league as a whole.

"The UV-SWU rivalry has been there for several decades already and there's nothing new about. We will treat it just like one of our games," said Alcoseba.

For now, the Cobras have set their focus on keeping their crown and they will take it one game at a time.

"It's a big challenge for us to score a repeat. It's not easy, but we will try very hard most especially that the Southwestern community is expecting us to be champion again." (FREEMAN)

Sam Miguel
08-06-2013, 10:08 AM
^^^ Fabrice Siewe is maybe a legit 6-foot-9, no way he is 6-foot-11, but looks like a solid 270 pounds. Landry Sanjo is maybe a legit 6-foot-5, possibly 6-foot-6 in his sneakers.

What happened to that other African, Aboude...?

Would that Adams Mohammad be the same fellow that was caught along with Anthony Hargrove smoking marijuana somewhere near the FEU campus in Morayta?

08-06-2013, 10:57 AM
^ Yup, Adam is the same pot head and, afaik, he is Fil-Canadian

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:20 AM
Sweep for SWU, SHS-AdC

Cebu Daily News

9:34 am | Monday, September 2nd, 2013

THE DEFENDING champions Southwestern University (SWU) and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) earned a sweep of their respective divisions as they came up with separate victories in the 13th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The SWU Cobras, champions of the men’s division, blasted the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USP-F) Panthers, 88-63, to finish the elimination round with a perfect 6-0 (win-loss) record. The SHS-AdC Magis Eagles, on the other hand, won over the USP-F Baby Panthers, 80-75, to record a clean 9-0 record in the juniors division.

SWU and SHS-AdC now automatically advance to the semifinal round by virtue of their finish atop the standings after this initial round.

Making the Eagles’ feat more impressive is the fact that the win was their 23rd in a row dating back to their 14-game romp in the league during last season’s march to the championship.

Philippine under-16 team member Arnie Padilla led the way for the Eagles with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

SWU got another solid outing from import Landry Sanjo, who tallied 19 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and three assists.

In the second game of the men’s division, the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildcats nabbed the fifth seed after they beat the University of Cebu Webmasters, 88-61.

In the other game in the juniors division, the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors won over CIT-U, 73-70, for their sixth win in eight outings. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

09-11-2013, 09:54 AM
Cobras score repeat victory over arch-nemesis UV Green Lancers

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

9:21 am | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

5 p.m. – USC vs. SHS-AdC (Jrs.)

6:45 p.m. – UV vs. CEC (Jrs.)

There’s just no stopping the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

The defending champion Cobras took a step closer towards returning to the finals by registering their second win in a row in the semifinals, beating bitter rivals the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 68-64, in the 13th Cesafi men’s basketball tournament last night at the packed Cebu Coliseum.

Clearly, the Cobras have the Lancers’ number as UV has not beaten SWU since Game Three of last year’s championship series. Yesterday did not yield a different result as the Cobras broke away from their opponents by scoring the first 10 points of the fourth canto and then held on to the win in spite of several lapses during crunchtime.

Mark Jayven Tallo lifted his stock once again as he scored a game-high 21 points on top of six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

African import Landry Sanjo was also a key figure in the victory as he tallied 18 points and added 14 rebounds, six blocks, two assists and two swipes.

In the first game, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors logged their first win in this round after routing the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 80-62.

Stephen Que paced the winners with 21 points while reinforcement Ahmed Salihou had 19 points, 14 boards and four blocked shots.

The first round of the semis of the juniors division wraps up today with a pair of potentially-explosive match-ups.

The Cebu Eastern College Dragons hope to complete a sweep of their assignments when they battle the UV Baby Lancers while the reigning titlists Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles and the USC Baby Warriors gun for their second win in three games against one another.

Sam Miguel
09-25-2013, 09:26 AM
Cobras take Game One with gritty 64-52 win over UV

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

8:04 am | Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The defending champions Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras dug deep to outlast the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 64-52, in Game One of the best-of-five championship series of the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament before a raucous crowd at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

With their most productive player of the night Daryl Goloran and top import Landry Sanjo fouling out one after another late in the game, the Cobras turned to the crucial makes of Bernie Bregondo, Monbert Arong and Mark Jayven Tallo to log the win and take a step closer towards a second straight title.

SWU’s golden boy Mark Jayven Tallo played out of rhythm most of the game when ranged against the physical defense of UV but luckily had Goloran—a reserve forward—step up to lead the team with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Sanjo finished with 10 points, 14 boards and four blocked shots while Arong added nine points and five rebounds.

Tallo gave up the ball eight times but made up for it with eight points, six rebounds and seven assists, including two straight drop passes in the dying seconds to Arong and Fabrice Siewe that led to buckets which doused UV’s comeback attempts.

“We really had to solve the double-teams that they were throwing at (Mark Jayven) Tallo,” said SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba. “At first, he kept on forcing the issue but I told him to stay at it and find the open man. Fortunately for us, he did it in the end.”

The Cobras’ fluid offense was subdued by the deliberate pace of the Lancers early on but the former was still able to find ways to score and take a 49-39 lead to the final canto. UV persevered behind the surprise performance of Miko Marquez, who sparked a 13-5 run that got them within five, 54-49.

Compounding the woes of the Cobras were the disqualification of Goloran at the 3:47 mark and Sanjo with 2:13 remaining.

Mike Nzuesseu and Wowie Escosio had 12 apiece for UV while Marquez wound up with 10.

In the first game, the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series for third place with an 82-72 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars.

Game Two of the both series will be played tomorrow at the same venue.

09-30-2013, 09:55 AM
Green Lancers avoid sweep with double overtime Game 3 win

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

8:54 am | Monday, September 30th, 2013

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers lived to see another day as they rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth period to stun the defending champions Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 89-82, in an incredible double-overtime affair in Game Three of the best-of-five finals series of the 13th Cesafi men’s basketball tournament last night at the raucous Cebu Coliseum.

With their backs square against the wall, the Lancers pulled out all the stops and took advantage of the absence of SWU import Landry Sanjo, who fouled out with 4:42 left in regulation, to overhaul a 51-62 deficit. Then, they snatched the win in the second overtime behind gutsy performances by Alfred Codilla, John Abad and Mike Nzuesseu.

UV still trails 1-2 in the series but will go for the equalizer in Game 4 tomorrow at the same venue.

Nzuesseu broke out of his series-long stupor and scored 26 points, including a lay-up that put UV in front, 85-82, with 48.7 seconds left in the second extra session. After a turnover by SWU’s other import Fabrice Siewe, Abad sealed the game with four makes from the charity stripe to finish with 20 points. Codilla added 11 while surprise starter Leonard Santillan tallied 10 points to go with four rebounds and two steals.

“I just told them to stay focused and stick to the game plan,” UV head coach Donbell Belano said. “Dako sad na factor ang pagka-foul out ni (Landry) Sanjo as he really is a presence inside. Si (Leonard) Santillan, grabe ang ginapakita sa practice and we’re happy that he produced.”

The win put a stop to UV’s five-game losing streak to SWU this season, and the Cobras’ 14-game winning run.

SWU was ready to party after a nifty spin and lay-up by the league’s newly-named MVP Mark Jayven Tallo put the Cobras in front, 62-51, with 4:59 left in regulation.

Disaster struck as Sanjo committed a looseball foul, his fifth and last one. UV then pounced and went on a 10-0 run led by Nzuesseu, Codilla and Venhur Villamor that got the Lancers within one, 61-62.

After a three by SWU guard Adams Mohammed, UV tied the count at 65-all off two freebies by Abad and a fadeaway jumper by Wowie Escosio. The Lancers eventually took the lead off a corner three-pointer by Abad with 14.6 ticks left in regulation. Monbert Arong tied the game at 68-all with a long trifecta.

Abad missed a floater at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

The Lancers had a shot at winning the game in the extra session as they led, 77-74, after a bucket by Nzuesseu and a free throw by Codilla. But SWU tied the game again at 77-all with another three-point shot from Arong from the exact same spot where he made the game-tying basket in regulation.

UV had a chance to win the game on its last possession but Chris Perolino missed a wide-open jumper from the free throw area as time expired.

In the second overtime, the Cobras last held the lead at 80-79, after two free throws by Arong but Codilla pushed UV in front with two free-throws of his own while Abad extended it further, 85-82, with a crafty teardrop with 1:33 left to play. Siewe closed the gap for SWU with a bankshot but Nzuesseu and Abad conspired for the crucial points down the stretch to hack out the win.

Sanjo led SWU with 23 points while Arong, who was named to the Mythical Five earlier in the afternoon, added 16. Tallo, also a Mythical Five member along with CIT-U’s Joshua dela Cerna, UV’s Abad and the University of San Jose-Recoletos ‘s Miguel Tabaloc, finished with 14 assists but had just six points.

Sam Miguel
10-02-2013, 09:09 AM
UV outlasts SWU in Game 4 to force winner-take-all Game 5

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

7:24 am | Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

In less than a week, the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers have turned themselves from meek prey to confident predators.

They completed the transformation yesterday when they upended the defending champions Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 71-66, in Game Four of the Cesafi men’s basketball Finals at the packed-to-the-rafters Cebu Coliseum.

With the win, this best-of-five finals series is now tied at 2-2.

Widely considered to be down and out of it after losing the first two games by double-digits, the Lancers proved all the doubters wrong as they cut the Cobras down to size with their transition offense and perimeter shooting in the first half to build a sizable advantage.

They needed every bit of that cushion as they withstood a furious comeback by SWU to seize the victory and send this war of attrition to its final battle – Game Five scheduled tomorrow at the same venue.

UV is now on the brink of both history and redemption as no team has ever come back from a 0-2 deficit in the finals to win the title.

A win in Game Five would also gain UV sweet vengeance for the title loss that it suffered at the hands of these very same Cobras last season.

Mythical Five guard John Abad provided the spunk and leadership for UV as he came up with a masterful performance, finishing with 24 points, eight assists, five rebounds and five steals.

The 5-foot-7 guard pitched in 15 points in the first half that helped put UV in front, 43-29.

Wowie Escosio added 14 points while Franz Arong, back from his one-game suspension, chipped in 11 markers.

UV head coach Felix Belano said he motivated his troops by sharing with them the biblical story of Daniel, the man who came away unscathed in the presence of lions.

“We really want to fight until the end and play like there’s no tomorrow,” Belano said. “I can see that the focus is really there for my players, which is how we made all those free-throws and outside shots. But still, we want to remain humble and come out fighting in Game Five.”

The league’s newly-crowned MVP Mark Jayven Tallo scored a game-high 28 points for SWU, which came to within five, 64-69, in the last 1:37 of the fourth after trailing by as many as 18 in the third.

SWU had several chances to come even closer but UV made its free throws down the stretch to preserve the important win.

11-21-2013, 01:45 PM
SWU makes Final 4

By Rommel C. Manlosa

Thursday, November 21, 2013

THE Southwestern University Cobras will make their second straight appearance in the Final Four after beating bitter rivals University of the Visayas Green Lancers, 68-60, in the step-ladder Sweet 16 tournament of the 2013 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras banked on a 25-point lead in the second quarter to survive the end-game challenge of the Lancers, who played without head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. in the final quarter.

Belano was thrown out of the game, after he boldly contested an unsportsmanlike foul called on guard Francisco Arong.

The referees did not like Belano’s actions and decided to send him out of the playing venue with still with 1:13 left in the third period.

That was the only time Belano contested the referees call, despite his team trailing as much as 34-9 in the second period.

Belano, however, was frustrated the way the Lancers played the game in the opening half, allowing SWU to score 10 straight points before scoring their first two points.

However, nothing seemed to work for the Cesafi champions in the entire first half while SWU played flawlessly, holding UV to just seven points in the entire first quarter and holding them scoreless in the first seven minutes of the second.

And while SWU was playing like well-oiled machine, UV struggled and often resorted to a few unsportsmanlike fouls.

John Abad was slapped first at the 5:02 mark of the second when he tripped the airborne Mark Jayven Tallo, then team skipper Cris Perolino was slapped for rough-housing Monbert Arong three minutes and 30 seconds later.

UV found life in the second half and moved within 15 points, 32-47 before they missed five of six free throws that could have changed the complexion of the game.

The ejection of Belano and the unsportsmanlike foul on Arong was a breather for SWU.

UV then started the fourth period with seven straight points to cut the lead to seven, 42-59 at the 7:41 mark, but another unsportsmanlike foul was called against the Lancers.

11-21-2013, 02:16 PM

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SEIZES PCCL SOUTHERN ISLANDS CHAMPIONSHIP after toppling CESAFI champion and arch rival University of the Visayas 68-60 at the Cebu Coliseum!!!

The Cobras will fly to Manila for the PCCL National Collegiate Championship Final 4 wars this December.....

12-10-2013, 10:20 AM
What a way to start their PCCL campaign...

Southwestern stuns De La Salle in PCCL

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras overcame a flat start and took charge in overtime to upset the UAAP champions De La Salle Green Archers, 68-58, in their first game of the round-robin Final Four of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Monday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

SWU guard Mac Tallo, a former Green Archer, spearheaded the Cobras’ charge in overtime on his way to a 13-point, six-rebound, and six-assist performance.

Tallo assisted on the go-ahead basket, a booming triple from Melvin Holper with 2:59 to go in the extension that put SWU ahead 61-56. After two free throws by Thomas Torres put La Salle within striking distance, Tallo again found Holper beyond the arc for another triple.

Tallo also assisted on the dagger, finding team captain Monbert Arong in the corner for a three-pointer that made it 67-58 with 1:17 to go.

La Salle had a chance to cut into the deficit, but Jeron Teng and Almond Vosotros’ close-range attempts were bothered by SWU center Landry Sanjo, who had given the Cobras a tremendous defensive effort all game after struggling to find his touch on offense.

“Ang dami kong sacrifices na ginawa and it paid off,” said Tallo, who played for La Salle for one season before abruptly leaving and returning to his hometown of Cebu. “Nagpapasalamat ako na nakalaban ko ulit sila, at nag-improve din ako.”

The Cobras could not find their mark in the opening quarter, and had several scoring droughts while La Salle leaned on Jason Perkins to take a 16-9 first quarter lead.

But behind a full court press, the Cobras clawed their way back in the game in the second frame, coming to within three points, 23-26, after a lay-up by Arong. La Salle ended the first half strong, however, with Torres getting a lay-up and Robert Bolick making two free throws to put the Archers ahead, 30-23, at the break.

Arong came alive in the third quarter, while the SWU defense held La Salle to only six points in the period. SWU took their first lead of the second half with 6:58 left in the game off a corner three by Holper, and an Arong jumper made it 46-43 with 5:48 left.

La Salle was unable to connect on their field goals, but they were able to cut into the deficit thanks to their free throw shooting.

After freebies by Sanjo put SWU ahead, 52-49, with 1:24 to go, Jason Perkins scored on a lay-up, and Teng split his charities, to tie the contest with just 46 seconds remaining.

Sanjo then missed a potential game-winner for SWU. Vosotros' field goal was short, and Perkins could not convert the putback, sending the game to an extra five minutes.

La Salle kept in step with SWU for the first couple of minutes of overtime, but could not respond when the Cobras began finding their range from beyond the arc.

Sam Miguel
12-12-2013, 09:50 AM
Yayoy urges Cobras to beat Tamaraws or head back to Cebu

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

9:00 am | Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Games today (The Arena)

2 p.m. – SWU vs. FEU

4 p.m. – San Beda vs. La Salle

SOUTHWESTERN University head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba has one simple message for his players which he hopes will sink in on the eve of arguably, their most important game this year.

“Win or go home.”

These are the bare odds that the Cobras find themselves ranged against when they take the floor against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the final day of the semifinal round of the 2013 National Collegiate Championship today at the Arena in San Juan City.

The Cobras had a shot at securing a place in the finals series but bungled it with a listless performance that saw them get plastered by the reigning NCAA rulers, the San Beda Red Lions, 49-77 last Tuesday.

Nigerian import Ola Adeogun was the chief catalyst in bringing the Cobras back down to earth as he tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds in a dominant show of force inside the shaded lane.

After stealing the show with impressive performances in their opening game stunner against La Salle, Mark Jayven Tallo, Monbert Arong and Melvin Holper played like mere mortals once again, scoring just two points each after combining for 39 against the Archers.

SWU hopes to regain their winning form today and make it back to the finals for the first time since the University of the Visayas did it back in 2007 when the Lancers lost to Ateneo in the championship game.

Standing opposite them will be an undermanned FEU team that not only lost their vaunted backcourt of UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia to the pro ranks but will also be missing their star forward, Mark Belo and head coach Nash Racela who are both with the Sinag Pilipinas team that is currently playing in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

Battling for the other championship slot are San Beda and UAAP champions, La Salle, with that game set for 4 p.m. The Archers bounced back from their 58-68 loss to SWU with an 80-60 rout of FEU the other day.

05-26-2014, 01:42 PM
SWU serves UE a lesson in power, relentlessness
By Rick Olivares, Unblogged Sports (philstar.com) | Updated May 26, 2014 - 11:38am
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LAPU-LAPU CITY – It was the University of the East’s turn to face all these questions after they were pounded mercilessly all game long by Southwestern University en route to a 80-63 loss that saw them bounced from the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

The SWU Cobras answered their own questions about their own resolve after flopping big time in their match against new nemesis La Salle the day before in a 64-59 defeat.

The Cobras won their fifth match in six outings and advanced to the quarterfinals of the premier collegiate summer basketball league because of the following:

Landry Sanjo

The night of SWU’s loss, I had a chat with the Cameroonian. He got so emotionally caught up in the match with La Salle that he forgot to keep his head in the game. His two fouls on Arnold Van Opstal when the Green Archers forged ahead were of the frustration kind. Sanjo said that he’d play his usual smart but power game against UE.

And he set the tone for the game. He relentlessly attacked UE and got Charles Mammie, Chris Javier and Moustapha Arafat in foul trouble.
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He was the paragon of power and hustle. Sanjo finished with 34 huge points – best in the tournament so far while grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing off three assists, and chalking up a steal and a block. He had more points that all the UE centers put together.

He was highly active in every quarter, including the fourth when UE chopped the lead down to nine. His three-pointer with 50 seconds left was the coup de grace for SWU.

According to my Cebuano media friends, after SWU lost Ben Mbala to La Salle, everyone has been trying to find their own version of Sanjo, a power player with a incredible work ethic.

Cobras shot the daylights out of the Hoops Dome

Just when UE was trying to figure out a way to stop Sanjo, Jasper Parker kept the defense honest with his outside shooting (6-13). When either Tallo or Parker went to the bench, Anton Pardo came in and blew the Red Warriors away on 7-11 shooting. Daryl Goloran hit his 15-footers.

Collectively, SWU shot 53 percent from the field. A lot of those baskets (even a few from Parker) came from inside the paint. They went back to what got them those first four wins and that was by pounding the rock inside.

The Cobras were able to sustain their level of intensity

SWU took three of the four quarters. And yet there was no drop off in their play even if they gave up the third period that UE took (scoring 20 to the 25 points of the Red Warriors). With the bench of Goloran, Pardo, and Justin Aboude delivering quality minutes, it afforded the starters valuable rest time.

Mac Tallo didn’t shoot too much this time around but he was solid at quarterback as he passed for eight assists (2:1 ration on assists to turnovers) while adding a steal and a block.

What happened to UE?

The saying in the vernacular is, “Naunahan sila ng SWU.” Once SWU got the jump on them for a 12-2 lead in the first period, they never stepped off the gas pedal. UE was unable to impose its style of basketball with their trapping defense.

The trap worked in the third period and a portion of the fourth but the 20-point lead was a little too much to overcome.

The inability of the centers to stop Sanjo was their undoing. The help sagged inside leaving a lot of room for Parker and Pardo to check their gun sights before firing for effect.

When UE tried to get those points back, their own gunners in Bong Galanza and Paul Varilla (both with zero points) fired blanks.

Their only three bright spots were Dan Alberto who scored nine points but was checked in the second half. Chris Javier finally stood up to the taller opposition (it took a near fight with Charles Mammie -- that was eventually resolved -- during the halftime break to set him off). Javier finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, and one assist but gave up a crucial turnover at the height of UE’s rally. Nevertheless, it is hoped that this could be the game where he finally contributes on a regular basis.

The last bright spot for UE was Roi Sumang. What hasn’t been said about this kid who has been playing through injuries (and he had this niggling thigh injury for the past couple of weeks that hurt his explosiveness).

When UE made its comeback, Sumang drove every time and got and-ones on Tallo (twice) as well one each on Goloran and Adam Mohammed.

Losing Gino Jumao-as to two unsportsmanlike fouls hurt UE for there was no other facilitator. Renz Palma tried his best but was whistled for quick fouls rendering him largely ineffective.

When UE chopped the lead down to nine with 2:34 left in the third after Roi scored the second of his and-ones on Tallo, the Red Warriors couldn’t get a break from the referees. Three non-calls for traveling and two over-the-back fouls. While that hurt their momentum, that doesn’t mean they would have won it because for a while, they stopped SWU but were unable to convert because they would turn the ball over or take some bad shot.

It is clearly a painful loss. However, like SWU a day before, this is something they should learn from and serve them in good stead in time for the UAAP.

05-26-2014, 02:11 PM
Jasper Parker's road
By Rick Olivares (philstar.com) | Updated May 24, 2014 - 1:53pm

MANILA, Philippines – When Jasper Parker leaves the school dorm at Southwestern University, even after four months in Cebu, he still isn’t sure where the roads lead.

“I don’t know where they lead to,” Parker laughs. “But they gotta lead somewhere. I’ll figure it out.”

Cebu isn’t Orange County, California where Parker grew up, “But it isn’t so bad. It takes some getting used to though.”

Parker was originally supposed to head to Manila and play for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws but he took a detour to Cebu where he found a home with SWU. “I guess it’s easier for my transition to the Philippines because my mother’s family is from here.”

Jasper doesn’t speak much Filipino as it was hardly used at home. “I did know ‘salamat’ and a few other words but that’s pretty much it.”

If speaking the vernacular is difficult how much more in Cebuano. “My other teammates – Landry (Sanjo) and Adam (Mohammed) can understand it or even speak some if it so they do the translating for me. But at least in Cebu, they speak English as well so it isn’t much of a problem.”

It is on the court where the 5’10” Parker lets his game speak for himself.

He’s given the SWU Cobras another dimension with his quarterbacking and superb outside shooting drawing comparisons to a young Jimmy Alapag. His addition, along with the sweet shooting Anton Pardo had made up for the loss of Monbert Arong who transferred to FEU and the sidelining of sniper Melvin Holper who has back problems.

“I’ve seen Jimmy play and I am flattered by the comparison,” said Jasper. “But I have still ways to go.”

Growing up in California, Parker was a Los Angeles Lakers fan. He was even happier when Steve Nash joined the Lakers even if he has yet to recapture his form in Phoenix. “I try to incorporate some what Steve does but of course, you have to find your own style and game. But yep, I’m a Steve Nash fan.”

In Cebu, he hoped that he will help the SWU Cobras unseat the University of the Visayas Green Lancers as CESAFI champions. But before that, there’s the matter of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup. SWU head coach Yayoy Alcoseba has made no bones about winning the pre-season tourney. “Last year was a learning process for us,” said the coach. “This year we want to take even bigger steps. We’d like to win it.”

“The games held here in Cebu are huge not only for us but the other Cebuano teams (University of San Carlos and UV),” explained Parker. “In Manila, it is up to us to adjust to the environment, the game atmosphere, and even the calls. So here it is the other way around.”

It isn’t only his team that needed to adapt, he himself had to adjust to the heat, the environment, and the calls. “In my two games in Manila, I fouled out every time and coach says I need to stay on the floor if I want to help my team,” noted Jasper. “Just reaching in is tough because the referees immediately blow the whistle whether you touch the opposing player or not. It’s something I am not very conscious of.”

He played one year in Irvine Valley College before coming to the Philippines. Prior to that, Parker starred for the Sunny Hills High Lancers in Fullerton, California where he averaged 13.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

For the Cobras, Jasper is averaging 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 0.5 steals in four matches in the Filoil Cup while logging in 26.5 minutes per outing.

And with SWU at 4-0, they have a good chance of advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament. But they have to win their last two games if they want to realize that ambition.

When speaking of long term ambition, aside from leading SWU to cage glory, Parker hopes to finish and get his degree in SWU then if possible play in the Philippine Basketball Association. “I hope that from here is Cebu, my road leads to the PBA. But we’ll see. I gotta figure that out.”

05-27-2014, 11:16 AM
^^ in short Parker-Arong trade ^^

Sam Miguel
08-07-2014, 10:08 AM
Cesafi board upholds commissioner's decision allowing SWU's newly-acquired import to play

From: Jonas Panerio

August 6, 2014, 12:55 pm

Bendly Valdor went scoreless in his first game with the Cobras but is expected to contribute to the team in his next games.

CEBU CITY – The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. board has upheld the decision of league commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy allowing American import Bendly Valdor to play for Southwestern University this season.

“After careful review, reflection and deliberation, the Cesafi Board has determined that the decision of the Commissioner to allow Bendly Valdor to replace Justin Aboude in the Cesafi 2014 basketball tournament is justified,” the Cesafi board said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

University of San Carlos filed a protest saying Valdor, from Deerfield Beach High School in Florida, should not have been allowed to play because he was included in the SWU lineup long after the screening of athletes.

Valdor was tapped to replace Justin Aboude, who was recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease. The 6-foot-2 wingman was brought in just last week and on Friday was given clearance to play by the Cesafi commissioner’s office.

In a letter sent to all the participating schools last week, Tiukinhoy cited “humanitarian reasons” and the “spirit of sportsmanship” in allowing Valdor to play.

Valdor, who traces his roots to Haiti, is set to see action on Thursday when the Cobras seek their second win of the season, as they face off against the surprising Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats.

CIT-U is riding high on the momentum of their 67-60 victory over the University of the Visayas on Sunday, their first over the Green Lancers in the 14-year history of the league.

Though he went scoreless in his first game against the University of San Carlos, Valdor’s teammates believe it is only a matter of time before Cebuano fans get to see his true potential.

“He’s going to be unstoppable. He flew in just last week and had only a couple of practices before playing against USC. He’s going to be very hard to guard. He’s the best import not just in Cebu but in the country,” boldly said SWU’s Cameroonian import Landry Sanjo.