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11-06-2007, 06:07 AM
Basketball patron puts up ‘worry-free’ tourney
Sunstar Cebu
Tuesday, November 06, 2007

BASKETBALL enthusiast Lorenzo “Chao” Sy said he wants to put up as much competitions as he can.

True to his word, Sy is organizing a twin event, the Inter-City and the inter-collegiate this December aimed at giving another the collegiate varsity teams more exposure after the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. season.

The competition will be dubbed the Hotel Fortuna Cup II Inter-Collegiate Basketball Competition. The first time the Hotel Fortuna Cup was staged was during the pre-season of the Mindanao-Visayas Basketball Association.

To entice more teams to join, Sy said he will take away the concerns of the coaches when it comes to the safety of the players.

“I pledge to shoulder any expenses incurred should an injury befall any player while playing for the Inter-collegiate league,” Sy said.

The champion and the runnerup will receive P25,000 and P15,000, respectively.

“We will only give prizes to the top two so that the teams will really work hard to win,” Sy said.

On top of the roster of the competing teams is University of the Visayas, which had earlier expressed its concern about joining another league because of safety reasons.


UV, considered the strongest team in Cebu and the seven-time champion of the premier basketball league Cesafi, will be meeting resistance from its Cesafi antagonist University of San Carlos and with the rest of the top four teams of the Cesafi—University of San Jose Recoletos and Southwestern University with Salazar Institute of Technology and the Asian College of Technology.

The winning team in this match up will get a chance to face either Letran, De La Salle University or Ateneo de Manila in a goodwill match in January in time for the Sinulog celebration.

The teams will be divided into two brackets, and each will play a round-robin match with the top two moving to the cross over semifinals.

The competition will start on Dec. 1 until Dec. 5 so as not to conflict with the Partners Cup, which will open on Dec. 9. (MCB)

11-06-2007, 06:09 AM
Lavish opening bash for 1st Cebu Inter-City caging on Nov. 17
The Freeman
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Everything is now in place for the grand opening of the 1st Cebu Inter-City Basketball League set on November 17 at the Don Celestino Martinez, Sr. Memorial Coliseum in Bogo City.

Event organizer and BAP-SBP Cebu Province director Lorenzo “Chao” C. Sy said the event was initially slated to kick off on November 10 but was moved a week later upon the request of some competing teams, which need ample time for preparation and ensure all their needs are being taken care of.

“The November 17 date is already final. We’re looking forward to a lavish and pompous opening ceremony as assured by the host city of Bogo,” said Chao Sy in a news conference yesterday at the La Fortuna Bakery-Sto. Niño branch.

Among the highlights of the opening salvo is the selection of Best Muse, with the top three beauties getting P3,000, P2,000, and P1,000, respectively. Non-winners will receive P500 apiece.

A total of eight cities will see action in the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP)-sanctioned cagefest that offers huge cash prizes to the top three performing teams. These are Bogo, Danao, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu in the North Division, and Cebu, Toledo, Carcar, and Talisay in the South Division.

They will play in a double round robin, home-and-away format in the elimination round. The top two teams per division will advance into the crossover semifinals, with the winners slugging it out for the championship in a best-of-three series.

Hotel Fortuna Cup 2

Chao Sy, on the other hand, declared that it’s all systems go for the 2007 Hotel Fortuna Cup 2 Invitational basketball tournament scheduled to be held from December 1 to 5 at the Cebu Coliseum. “This is really my main thrust. Hold more tournaments to keep Cebu basketball alive and thriving,” said Chao Sy.

Unlike in the inaugural edition of the Hotel Fortuna caging last summer where teams from the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA) were seeing action, Chao Sy said the event is going to be an inter-collegiate action this time.

Among the schools which have already signified their intent to join the competition are seven-time CESAFI champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers, and Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights.

The contending squads will be divided into two brackets that will play in a single round robin format in the elimination. The top two teams per bracket will move into the crossover semis. The winners will then fight for the championship in a winner-take-all affair.

The champion will receive P25,000, while the runner-up will take home P15,000. The organizers will also shoulder the expenses of any player who will be injured while playing in the five-day tilt. — EBV

11-06-2007, 06:21 AM
great, more basketball action for Cebu

11-10-2007, 01:17 AM
More exposure, more experience for the players. I just hope that fans and students from the respective schools will still give their all out support.

Let's make Cebu a collegiate basketball power in the Philippines.

01-19-2008, 05:58 AM
With Cebu Zonals out, Sy to focus on Hotel Fortuna Cup
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:30:00 01/18/2008

FOLLOWING the cancellation of the Cebu Zonals for the National Students' Basketball Championship (NSBC), sportsman Lorenzo “Chao” Sy shifted his focus to the staging of the Hotel Fortuna Cup basketball tournament set to kick off on Jan. 22 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Sy said that Cesafi teams Southwestern University (SWU), University of the Visayas (UV), University of San Carlos (USC) and University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SC-SIT), Asian College of Technology (ACT) have already expressed their readiness to compete.

According to Sy, before UV, USC, USJ-R and SWU will be allowed to join, he was told by Cesafi president Rolando Villa to secure pertaining documents from BAP-SBP regional head Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba stating that the Hotel Fortuna Cup is recognized by the BAP-SBP.


“Once we get that ‘permit’, Cesafi will allow its members to join,” said Sy.

“Actually, with due respect to Councilor Alcoseba, I don't need to ask permission from him since I am the province director of BAP-SBP,” said Sy.

“This Hotel Fortuna Cup will be held in Cebu which is under my jurisdiction and does not need to be approved by the regional head. But just to make everything in order, I will talk to Councilor Alcoseba and I'm confident that we will get what we want from him.”

In a separate interview, Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhuy said its up to the schools to decide whether they will join or not.

“Its their (Cesafi schools) judgment,” said Tiukinhuy.

The Hotel Fortuna Cup will give P15,000 to the champion while the first and second runners-up will get P10,000 and P5,000, respectively. /Correspondent Calvin Cordova

01-22-2008, 05:54 AM

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Hotel Fortuna rolls off with five teams

ANOTHER intensifying collegiate basketball war will open today as the Hotel Fortuna Cup 2 Collegiate basketball tournament will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Cebu Coliseum.

Five teams had confirmed participation to the six-day tournament: the University of San Carlos Warriors, University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights, Southwestern University Cobras and Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers.

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers begged off from the tournament after their confirmed their entry to the 2008 MVBA Sinulog Cup, which is scheduled to kick off this Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum also.

“UV asked to back out because they will be playing in the Sinulog Cup, which will be a tougher tournament next week and in addition they are going to wear the Hotel Fortuna-Boljoon uniform,” tournament organizer Lorenzo “Chao” Sy said during the press conference held yesterday at the La Fortuna Bakeshop in Sto. Niño branch.

Without UV, competition will be stiffer as P15,000 will be up for grabs for the winning team. Runners up will pocket P10,000 and P5,000 respectively.

In addition, Sy who is both an official of the Basketball Association of the Philippines and the BAP-Samahang Baskitbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP), decided not to sanction the tournament by any organization.

“I just want to promote basketball. No politics, ” he added.

Today, the USC Warriors will parade its dynamic duo Niño Ramirez and Enrico Llanto and its Filipino-American recruits as they open the tournament against the USJ-R Jaguars at 5:30 p.m. while in the main game, the ACT Cyber Knights will play the SWU Cobras starting at 7 p.m.

The competition will adopt a single round robin format with the top two teams ducking it out for the knockout championship.

According to Sy, this tournament serves as a tune-up games for the schools who will be participating in the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship, which will be on Feb. 25 to March 2 here.

Except for USJ-R, the other five schools are going to play in the national championship, giving Cebu a better chance to win the national title. (RCM with MCB)

01-22-2008, 05:56 AM

USC gets Fil-Ams for La Fortuna cagefest
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Two Fil-Ams from Guam will reinforce the University of San Carlos Warriors as they go up against the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars today in the opening salvo of the La Fortuna Cup II at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games Today (Cebu Coliseum)

5:30 pm USC vs. USJ-R

7 pm ACT vs. SWU

Former PBA player Peter Jao introduced five-foot-eleven Alfred Vitug, who can play both the point guard and off-guard positions, and JP Cruz, a 5’8” forward, yesterday, during the press conference at La Fortuna-Sto. Niño Branch.

The five-day tournament is sponsored by La Fortuna Bakery, Pepsi Cola and Nature’s Spring.

The champion in the tourney will receive P15,000, the second gets P10,000 and the third will go home with P5,000.

The other game pits the Southwestern University Cobras versus the rookie team Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights. The other entry, Salazar Institute of Technology drew a bye.

Among the points raised during yesterday’s gab was the responsibility of the organizers should players get hurt during the tournament.

Businessman and organizer Lorenzo “Chao” Sy assured the participating teams that they provide assistance, as much as they can, to any of the players who will be injured during the tournament.

Ticket prizes are at P100 for the ringside, P50 for the lower box and P20 for the general admission. Students will get a 50% discount on all seats. (GGM)

01-23-2008, 06:24 AM

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Jaguars beat USC Warriors

THE veterans of the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars delivered the killer blows to frustrate the University of San Carlos Warriors, 92-80, victory in the opening game of the Fortuna Hotel Cup 2 Inter Collegiate Basketball Championship at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Lyndon Gudez, Manny Gabas, Luther Justiniani, Randy Pugoy and Arman Ponce struck harder in the final four minutes as they all combined for 59 points to beat the Warriors.

Just after the Warriors moved within three, 70-73, coach Edito Salacot’s main cog dropped a 13-4 blitz, while holding the Warriors without a field goal for four minutes to erect a double-digit lead 86-74 with 1:59 remaining in the game.

USC’s main men Niño Ramirez, Enrico John Llanto and Paul Joven tried their best to bail the Warriors from defeat but the tough defense of the Jaguars proved to be unforgiving.

The Jaguars started their good defensive rotation strong with a man-zone half-court pressure that gave them the momentum early in the game.

Although they failed to cash in most of the turnovers of the Warriors, the efforts of holding down the assault of the Jaguars proved to be tiring for USC down the stretch.

With USJ-R keeping the tempo of the game, USC was playing catch up for most of the way, leading only once 9-8 at 3:47 of the first quarter and tying the game four times, at 27, 29 and 35 in the second quarter and at 42 at 7:49 of the third.

Other than those moments when the Warriors were about to sneak past the Jaguars, USJ-R held their ground steadily and never wavered until Salacot sent his main cogs for the win. (RCM)

01-23-2008, 09:30 PM

Veteran smarts
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:46:00 01/23/2008

(Cebu Coliseum)
5:30 p.m. – SIT vs. ACT
7 p.m. – USC vs. SWU

In a game between Cesafi's powerhouse squads that was as tight as any could be, the team that blinks first faces defeat.

Unfortunately for the two-time runners-up University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, they did just that as they allowed the old reliables of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to bury them, en route to a 92-80 loss in the opening game of the Hotel Fortuna Cup 2 on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

After battling tooth-and-nail in the first three periods, USJ-R turned to its veterans Lyndon Gudez, Armand Ponce and Luther Justiniani to orchestrate a short 7-0 blast to erect an 80-70 lead.

The trio went on to score half of the team's production in the final canto while displaying superb defense on two-time Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto to come away with the victory.

The bullstrong Llanto was held to just 15 points, and was scoreless in the fourth period.

Justiniani, Gudez and Ponce combined for 41 markers with Justiniani leading the way with 15 points.

Manny Gabas also scored in double figures with 12 points.

USC, though, will get another crack at a first win in the five-team tournament when it faces the revamped Southwestern University Cobras in the main game on Wednesday at the same venue.

Asian College of Technology will face the Salazar Institute of Technology in the curtain raiser.

Box scores:
USJ-R (92) Justiniani 15, Gudez 14, Ponce 12, Gabas 12, Villahermosa 9, Malinao 8, Hatague 6, Pogoy 5, Pateno 4, Bibera 2, Eguia 2, Lapiz 2
USC (80) Llanto 15, Ramirez 13, Igao 9, Padayao 6, Cortez 6, Bautista 6, Feraren 4, Joven 3, Codilla 3, Hermosa 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-24-2008, 05:17 AM

Thursday, January 24, 2008
ACT outlasts SIT, 90-84

THE ASIAN College of Technology Cyber Knights(ACT) defeated the Salazar Institute of Technology Skyblazers(SIT) in a nail biter, 90-84 in the 2nd Hotel Fortuna Cup last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Elmer Aparice was an unstoppable scoring machine both in the painted area and beyond the arc. Aparice finished with 28 points to lead all ACT scorers, while Joel Vistal contributed 21 points.

Aparice finished with 19 points in the first half alone to tow ACT to a 10-point lead, 46-36, at the turn.

SIT fought back and managed to narrow the lead to just two, 83-81, with 2:26 in the fourth quarter.

However, ACT stopped SIT’s momentum with six straight baskets before things got heated at the end of the match.

With 11.2 seconds left in regulation Kenneth Tampus fouled Vistal, sparking a heated exchange. Furious, Vistal threw the ball at Tampus, who retaliated with a punch.

Both were both given technical fouls and Tampus, who was a key contributor in scoring and rebounding, got his 5th personal foul and was out of the game for good.

Vistal shot one of his free throws then Calma shot a 3-pointer in the final 6.3 seconds but that proved to be too late.

In Tuesday’s ballgame Southwestern University Cobras trampled the ACT with, 97-83. Clifford Maguate was the leading scorer for the Cobras with 23 points, while Alfred Belande scored 19 points and Eric Zanoria added16. (EKA)

01-24-2008, 10:11 PM

ACT Knights bounce back
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:31:00 01/24/2008

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

5:30 pm – USJ-R vs SIT
7 pm – USC vs ACT

THE Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights made up for their lackluster performance in their first outing, by beating the Salazar Institute of Technology Skyblazers, 90-84, in the Hotel Fortuna Cup 2, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Crushed by the powerhouse Southwestern University Cobras, 97-83, in the main game last Tuesday, the Cyber Knights vented their ire on the Skyblazers on an incredible first half performance by Elmer Aparice to take a 46-36 lead in the second period. Aparice, a burly forward, tallied 19 points while wingman Joel Vistal had 13 before the halftime buzzer.

The lead ballooned to 14 in the third canto as Aparice continued his dominating showing by scoring four quick points, for a 57-43 tally. However, foul trouble sent him to the bench which opened the door for the Skyblazers, who jumped to an, 11-0 run, cutting the lead to just three, 63-66, heading into the final stanza.

SIT crept to within a basket, 81-83 with 2:26 remaining before the Cyber Knights finished the game with a 7-3 run, for their first win. Tempers ran afoul with 11.2 seconds left as SIT's Kenneth Tampus and Vistal got into a brief altercation, resulting in technical fouls on each player.

Aparice wound up with 28 points for ACT while Vistal added 21 points.

In last Tuesday's match, the SWU Cobras dominated the game from opening tip-off, and led by as much as 27 points, en route to the easy win. Clifford Maguate paced the Cobras with 23 points, while Alfred Belande and Eric Zanoria, had 19 and 16, respectively.


ACT (90) Aparice 28, Vistal 21, Doy 10, Batiancila 9, Nunez 7, Dela Pena 6, Suico 5, Paraguya 4, Valencia 2

SIT (84) Calma 18, Tampus 15, Jabadan13, Gacramo 9, Amarado 6, Rabaya 6, Gabica 6, violango 5, Ong 2, Kintanar 2, Aribal 2 /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-25-2008, 05:59 AM

USJ-R, SWU share lead in La Fortuna cagefest
Friday, January 25, 2008

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars stymied a late rally by the Salazar College-Salazar* Institute of Technology (SC-SIT) and scored a 114-109 victory to share the lead with Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in the ongoing La Fortuna Cup II basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

* 5:30 pm SIT vs. USC
* 7 pm SWU vs. USJR

Luther Justiniani and Manny Gabas sank pressure packed freethrows late in the game to give USJ-R the cushion after SC-SIT came within 100-104 with a triple by Gilbert Violango, Jr., 46 seconds left in the game.

Justiniani finished the game with 23 points for the Jaguars while Bobby Hatague contributed 20 points for the team’s second victory.

Violango led the Skyblazers with 26 points after back-up point guard Jun Gabia needed three stitches to close a cut he suffered during the game. Benjie Calma also had a big night with 20 points.

Meanwhile, the SWU Cobras also chalked up their second straight victory, the other day, with a close 90-84 victory over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Peppery guard Eliud Poligrates, who sometimes drew the ire of Coach Dodie Miego for being too fancy, settled down in this game and scored 21 points for the Jaguars. His buddy, Eric Zanoria chipped in 19 points.

Clifford Maguate and Alfred Belande, former USPF Panthers, were a great help in steadying the Cobras’ offense that started to waiver in the face of a furious fourth quarter rally by USC led by Niño who finished with 16 markers.

The La Fortuna II caging is sponsored by Hotel Fortuna, La Fortuna Bakery, Pepsi Cola and Nature’s Spring.

The scores:

USJ-R (114)- Justiniani 23, Hatague 20, Ponce 18, Gudez 14, Gabas 8, Bibera 7, Pogoy 6, Malinao 4, Pateño 3

SC-SIT (109)- Violango 26, Calma 21, J. Tampus 17, Jabadan 11, Aribal 11, Gabica 9, Ong 6, Kintanar 5, Amarado 4, JP Tampus 2 Halftime: 49-46 (GGM)

01-25-2008, 06:00 AM

Friday, January 25, 2008
Hatague, Justiniani tow USJ-R over SCSIT

BOBBY Hatague scored 14 of his 20 and Luther Luke Justiniani went nine-of-nine from the free throw line to lead the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars to a thrilling 114-109 victory over the undersized Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers in the opening game of the Hotel Fortuna Cup 2 Inter-Collegiate Basketball Championship at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Hatagaue and Justiniani had an awesome 22-of-23 free throw shooting clip that kept the Jaguars afloat when the hard-fighting Skyblazers rained triples and aggressive plays in the entire fourth quarter.

The win earned the Jaguars a share of the leadership with the Southwestern University Cobras at two wins each.

However, that record will end today as both teams are set to fight in the opening match at 5:30 p.m. today.

The Jaguars have the edge in offensive firepower as they averaged 102 points per game against SWU’s 93.5. But the Cobras, however, proved to be tougher in defense as it limited its opponents to just 83.5 against USJ-R’s 95.5.

In the main game, two winless squads—the Skyblazers and the University of San Carlos Warriors—will shoot for their first win in the tournament.

At press time last night, USC was still playing Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights in the main match.

The Jaguars had it tough against the Skyblazers as the smaller and shorter SCSIT players crushed the board hard and hustled on defense.

Not even the string of turnovers that USJ-R forced in the final period could dampen the spirits of the Skyblazers as they continued to pound the taller and more exposed opponents with 3-point shots and fast break points.

However, the story changed when SCSIT’s bruiser Jeff Tampus fouled out of the game at the 2:10 mark and the Jaguars diligently sank their free throws unlike the previous quarter when they went 8-of-14.

The last time the Skyblazers gave the Jaguars a scare was in the final 46.1 seconds of the game after Gilber Violango Jr. sank a triple that put SCSIT behind 100-104. (RCM)

01-26-2008, 06:50 AM

Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:57:00 01/25/2008

The University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and the Southwestern University Cobras vaulted into a tie for the lead in the standings after posting impressive wins against their respective opponents in the Hotel Fortuna Cup 2 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Both stand atop the leaderboard with identical 2-0 slates after the Jaguars slipped past the Salazar Institute of Technology Skyblazers, 114-109, yesterday and the Cobras defeated the University of San Carlos Warriors, 90-84, in the main game Wednesday evening.

In yesterday's match, the Jaguars had trouble getting rid of the Skyblazers, who surprisingly kept the game close behind the three-point bombs of Benjie Calma and Gilbert Violango.

USJ-R turned to Bobby Hatague and Luther Justiniani as both fired 14 and 11 points, respectively, in the final canto to buoy the Jaguars.

With SIT within just four points, 104-100, after Violango hit the last of his five three-pointers, the Jaguars displayed their ice-cold veins as they hit 10 straight free-throws to notch their second straight victory of the tournament.

Justiniani top-scored for USJ-R with 23 markers while Hatague had 20 points.

SWU, on the other hand, leaned on the breakout game of Camotes-native Eliud Poligrates, who scored 21 points while also getting significant numbers from Eric Zanoria who had 19 and Clifford Maguate, who added 14 markers.


USJ-R (114) Justiniani 23, Hatague 20, Ponce 18, Gudez 14, Gabas 8, Bibera 7, Pogoy 6, Malinao 4, Pateno 3

SIT (109) Violango 23, Calma 21, Tampus 17, Jabadan 11, Aribal 11, Ong 6, Kintanar 5, Amarado 4, Tampus 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-26-2008, 06:53 AM

USJ-R nears La Fortuna cagefest crown
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, January 26, 2008

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars took advantage of a fourth quarter collapse by the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras to score a 95-85 comeback victory last night in the La Fortuna II Cup at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today: (Talisay gym)

7 pm SIT vs. SWU
8:30 pm USJR vs. ACT

The win put the Jaguars on top of the standing with a 3-0 slate. Only a blow-out loss to the Asian College of Technology tonight will prevent the Jaguars from advancing to the one-game final.

Southwestern University Cobras were in control of the ballgame and were ahead 73-65 entering the final period when the Jaguars made a run and crept to within 82-83. A booming triple by Lyndon Gudez made it 85-83 and the Jaguars took control from then on as the Cobras folded.

The Cobras (2-1) will try to gain the other final seat when they play Salazar College-Salazar Institute of Technology (CS-SIT) in the first game of the twinbill tonight.

Should USJ-R lose and SWU win, then a triple tie ensue between USJ-R, SWU and SC-SIT. The tie will be broken via the quotient system.

Meanwhile, the ACT Cyber Knights beat the University of San Carlos 84-76, the other day, to keep their title hopes alive should they prevail against USJ-R.

The scores:

USJR (95) – Gudez 20, Villahermosa 17, Justiniani 10, Gabas 10, Pogoy 9, Ponce 8, Pateño 7, Bibera 6, Malinao 6, Hatague 2

SWU (85) – Zanoria 24, Maguate 14, Diango 11, Belande 6, Gianchard 6, Litorja 6, Armecin 6, Poligrates 5, Jalandoni 4, Divinagracia 2 Halftime: 33-44

01-26-2008, 03:29 PM

A step closer
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:33:00 01/26/2008

The University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars took one step closer to claiming a championship berth as they outclassed the Southwestern University Cobras, 95-85, in the battle of the undefeated teams in the Hotel Fortuna Cup 2 yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars climbed back from a 12-point deficit in the second half to keep their record unblemished after three games.

Seemingly frustrated by the erratic play of his main weapons, head coach Edito Salacot of USJ-R turned to his shock troopers to complete the comeback win.

Led by the outside shooting of Jessmar Villahermosa and the frenetic defense of Edmar Pateno, the Jaguars managed to slice the lead down to just six, 65-71, heading into the payoff period.

A 12-5 run finally put USJ-R in the driver’s seat at the 5:50 mark of the final stanza, 76-75, before the starters put the game away, scoring the game’s last nine points en route to the convincing victory. USJ-R improved to 3-0 (win-loss) while the Cobras fell to 2-1.

Gudez led the way for the Jaguars with 20 points while Villahermosa chipped in 17.

Justiniani and Manny Gabas each had 10 markers.

The top two teams in the five-team tournament after the elimination round will advance to the winner-take-all championship game while the third and fourth placers will battle for the third place trophy.

Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos Warriors continued their downwards spiral as they fell to the Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights, 82-74, in the main game Thursday evening.

ACT now holds a 2-1 record while USC remains winless with a 0-3 record.


USJ-R (95) Gudez 20, Villahermosa 17, Justiniani 10, Gabas 10, Pogoy 9, Ponce 8, Pateno 7, Malinao 6, Hatague 2
SWU (85) Zanoria 24, Maguate 14, Django 11, Belande 6, Litorja 6, Poligrates 5, Armecin 4, Divinagracia 2. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-28-2008, 01:58 AM

USJ-R vs SWU in La Fortuna II Cup championship
Monday, January 28, 2008

The University of San Jose -Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars beat the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights 98-86 to advance to the knockout final of the La Fortuna Cup II.

USJ-R will face off with the Southwestern University on February 1 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Earlier, the Cobras took the first final slot with a lopsided 105-80 victory over newcomers Salazar Colleges-Salazar Institute of Technology (SC-SIT).

The Jaguars is the slight favorite in the final showdown after sweeping the single round robin elimination round with a 4-0 slate. Counting their games in the Reinforced Partners Cup, the team had now won 12 straight games.

ACT will battle USC for third place in the curtain raiser for the championship.

The La Fortuna Cup is sponsored by the Hotel Fortuna, La Fortuna Bakery, Pepsi Cola and Nature’s Spring.

The scores:

USJR (98) — Justiniani 20, Gudez 15, Pogoy 14, Ponce 9, Hatageu 7, Malinao 6, Villahermosa 6, Pateño 4, Soliman 4, Duran 2

ACT (86) — Nuñez 26, Aparioce 16, Vistal 16, Paraguya 9, Dela Peña 8, Batiancila 7, Doy 5 (GGM)

01-28-2008, 01:59 AM
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Monday, January 28, 2008
Jaguars battle Cobras for La Fortuna Cup title

THE University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and the Southwestern University Cobras booked slots to the final round of the second Hotel Fortuna Cup after finishing first and second in the elimination round last Saturday at the Talisay City Sports Complex.

Both teams punctuated their elimination round bids with emphatic victories over separate opponents in Talisay.

The USJ-R squad kept a steady hold of the top spot after winning all of their matches, ending their elimination round with a 98-86 win over the Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights to pluck the first slot to the finals with a 4-0 win-loss record.

The SWU Cobras, on the other hand, advanced to the title round after trouncing the hapless Salazar Institute of Technology Skyblazers, 102-77, to take the second place with a 3-1 ledger.

The top two teams will battle it out in the do-or-die title round, which stakes P15,000 for the winning team.

In the game, after holding on to precarious leads in the first period, the Jaguars initiated a blazing 15-0 run in the second period to enjoy a 22-point lead going into the final half. Nothing was stopping the Jaguars as they toyed with their opponents until the final buzzer sounded.


Luther Justiniani led the Jaguars’ assault with 21 points, while Randy Pogoy and Lyndon Gudez were the other two players scoring in double digits with 16 and 15, respectively.

In the other game between SWU and ACT, SWU’s Eluid Poligrates, who used to be the one frequently reprimanded for his theatrics on court that usually cost the team their victory, showed a different side and lifted the team to win.

Poligrates scored 27 markers for the team. His presence became more apparent in the final stretch when he initiated the 23-5 run, which eventually sealed the deal for the Cobras.

Eleazar Armecin added 16 points, while Richard Gianchand and Mariano Canonigo scattered 11 each.

All however is not lost for ACT as it managed to arrange a ticket to the battle for third place against the University of San Carlos. The final round is set on Feb. 1 at a still to be determined venue.

USJ-R (98)—Justiniani 21, Pogoy 16, Gudez 15, Ponce 9, Gabas 8, Hatague 7, Malinao 6, Villahermosa 6, Pateno 4, Suliman 4, Duran 2. ACT (86)—Nunez 22, Vistal 18, Aparice 16, Paraguya 9, Batiancila 7, Valencia 5, Doy 5 (MCB)

02-03-2008, 06:43 AM

USC winds up third in La Fortuna hoop
By Gabby G. Malagar
Sunday, February 3, 2008

Giovanni Padillo scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the final quarter to buoy the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors to an 89-84 victory over the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights and clinch the third place honors of the 1st La Fortuna Cup basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Padillo’s heroics were better felt late in the fourth period when he stole the ball after a mad scramble for possession and completed a three-point play that gave the Warriors a three-point lead, 85-82, with only 20 ticks left before the final buzzer.

Padillo also grabbed the last rebound of the game and then hit two free throws to settle the final tally.

The Cyber Knights actually took a 71-65 edge on a three-point swing by JC Ver Paraguya, but they paid dearly for not being consistent with their free throws. Elmer Aparice muffed two crucial free throws* when the Warriors were already poised of wresting the driver’s seat.

Interestingly, Aparice’s charities gave the Cyber Knights a shaky 78-75 lead,* but Padillo hit a game-tying triple, 78-all. The last time the Cyber Knights were on top was at 79-78 as Padillo handed back the lead to the Warriors for good, 80-79.

Padillo was heavily backed up offensively by Niño Ramirez and Joven Sid Cortes with 15 points apiece.

Paraguya paced the Cyber Knights with 22 points followed by Aparice and Vistal had 14 markers each.

The scores

USC (89) - Padillo 18, Ramirez 15, Cortes 15, Joven 6, Gallarde 6, Bautista 6, Bakker 5, Hermosa 5, Blanes 4, Codilla 4, Igao 2

ACT (84) - Paraguya 22, Aparice 14, Vistal 14, Nuñez 13, Doy 7, Batiancila 7, Cadiz 4, Valencia 3, De la Peña 2

02-04-2008, 06:42 AM

Monday, February 04, 2008
Jaguar man

VETERAN guard Luther Luke Justiniani played like a man possessed for the University of San Jose-Recoletos as he scattered 29 points including six triples to lead the Jaguars to a 102-83 mastery over the Southwestern University Cobras in the knockout championship game of the Hotel Fortuna Cup 2-Inter-Collegiate Basketball Championship held at the Cebu Coliseum last Saturday.

The University of San Carlos Warriors, on the other hand, scored a come-from-behind 89-84 win over Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights to win the third place trophy.

The Cobras were pretty much tough customers in the first half as they managed to stay close behind the Jaguars despite the early assault of Justiniani who came in as neutralizer for USJ-R in the second.

After USJ-R had a slim 19-18 lead at the opening quarter, SWU took over the driver’s seat following a 7-3 blitz.

However, Justiniani kept the Jaguars afloat as he scored 11 in the second while his scoring partner Lyndon Gudez also made his presence felt by nailing five markers. John Malinao also scored four to give USJ-R a 46-43 lead at the turn.

The third quarter proved to be a trying moment for the Cobras as the Jaguars suddenly erupted with a 17-6 binge for a 63-49 lead midway to the third.

From thereon, the Cobras crumbled into pieces as the Jaguars comfortably erected an 82-65 lead going to the fourth quarter.

Despite the huge efforts from Eric Zanoria, Lloyd Poligrates and Chris Litorja, the Jaguars seemed to play flawless basketball and coach Dodie Miego seemed to give up all hopes in the final three minutes of the game.

Aside from Justiniani, Malinao, Jessmar Villahermosa, Gudez, Bobby Hatague and Arman Ponce all scored in douuble digits, while Zanoria, Poligrates and Litorja combined for 37 points for the Cobras.

Meanwhile, hardworking Giovanni Pardillo played the unlikely hero for the University of San Carlos Warriors in defeating the Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights.

Pardillo scored 12 of USC’s 16 points in the final three minutes as the Warriors completed the surprise win over the Cyber Knights.

USJ-R received the top prize P15,000, SWU got P10,000 and USC went home with P5,000 all courtesy from tournament organizer Lorenzo “Chao” Sy. (RCM)

02-04-2008, 06:43 AM

USJ-R bags La Fortuna Cup
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, February 4, 2008

Veteran Luther Luke Justiniani scored 29 points to help the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) beat Southwester University (SWU) Cobras last night in the knockout final of the La Fortuna Cup II at the Cebu Coliseum.

Justiniani played heads up basketball throughout the match and was at the forefront of USJ-R’s masterful 102-83 victory over SWU. Justiniani’s performance enabled him to capture the MVP award of the weeklong tournament.

>From a close 46-43 halftime lead, the Jaguars unleashed a big scoring spree to start the third quarter and slowly built up a big lead. USJ-R then went for the kill in the final period to bag the championship without dropping a game. The Jaguars went 6-0 in the tournament.

Coach Edito Salacut said he was very happy with the way his charges played in the championship. He added that the team played unselfish basketball and never let the pressure of maintaining an unbeaten run affect them.

Aside from Justiniani, five other Jaguars scored in double figures with Malinao hitting 14, Villahermosa scoring 12, Gudez and Hatague chipping 11 apiece and Ponce making 10 points.

Jabe Delfino, who suffered a head injury during the elimination round, played with a bandage around his head and scored eight points.

Eric Zanora led SWU with 14 points with Poligrates and Litorja managing 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The championship was worth P15,000 for the Jaguars while SWU came home with P1o,000. The champions also received a beautifully handcrafted trophy from Lorenzo “Chao” Sy who represented the main sponsors La Fortuna Bakery and La Fortuna Hotel.

The scores:

USJR (102) - Justiniani 29, Malinao 14, Villahermosa 12, Gudez 11, Hatague 11, Ponce 10, Delfino 8, Pateño 2, Pogoy 2, Bibera 2, Gabas 1

SWU (83) - Zanoria 14, Poligrates 12, Litorja 11, Diango 9, Maguate 9, Belande 8, Jalandoni 6, Canonigo 5, Gianchand 5, Armecin 2, Ceniza 2

Halftime: 46-43

02-05-2008, 06:51 AM

USJ-R downs SWU anew, wins Fortuna Cup tiara
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 16:12:00 02/04/2008

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars sent the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras packing with a resounding 102-83 victory in the championship game of the 2nd Fortuna Cup Inter Collegiate Championship last Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras, considered to be one of the most dominating teams in the Cebu collegiate scene in the defunct CAAA, were aiming to claim their first title since 2000 but were instead met by a Jaguars team bent on asserting their dominance after a disappointing third place finish in the Cesafi cage wars.

The Cobras went toe-to-toe with the Jaguars early on but lost steam in the second half en route to a runner-up finish.

A huge 17-3 tear in the third, anchored on the baskets of Jan Malinao and Bobby Hatague, ripped the Cobras apart as the Jaguars established leads of as many as 18 late in the period.

Two consecutive trifectas in the final period from Luther Justiniani erected USJ-R’s biggest lead of the game, 85-65.

The Jaguars have proven to be the biggest thorn on the side of the Cobras as this was the second time that they have lost a championship bout to USJ-R.

SWU also lost to USJ-R in the inaugural championship series of the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association.

The Cobras were also denied a third place finish by the Jaguars in the Partner’s Cup and the Cesafi basketball tournament last year.

Justiniani led the way for USJ-R with 29 points and was adjudged as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

The win netted USJ-R the P15,000 cash prize while P10,000 went to SWU, for its runner-up finish.

Box scores:
USJ-R (102) Justiniani 29, Malinao 14, Villahermosa 12, Gudez 11, Hatague 11, Ponce 10, Delfino 8, Bibera 2, Pogoy 2, Pateno 2, Gabas 1
SWU (83) Zanoria 14, Litorja 11, Django 9, Maguate 9, Belande 8, Poligrates 7, Jalandoni 6, Canonigo 5, Gianchand 5, Ceniza 2, Armecin 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio