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amdgc82
01-04-2008, 08:03 AM
2008 NSBC zonals slated Jan 9 to 13
Cebu Daily News
Friday, 4 January 2008

Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) Cebu Province Director Lorenzo "Chao" Sy gears up for a busy year as he leads the staging of the Cebu Zonals for the 2008 National Students' Basketball Championships slated Jan. 9-13 at the Cebu Coliseum.

So far, a total of six schools have signified their intention to join the five-day tournament sponsored by Hotel Fortuna, La Fortuna Bakery, Pepsi Cola and Nature's Spring.

Leading the cast is seven-time CESAFI champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers along with University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights and Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SC-SIT) Skyblazers.

Chao Sy said that they will also invite the other Cebu-based schools such as the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers and Don Bosco College Greywolves.

The top two finishers in the tournament will represent Cebu in the Nationals Students Championships, scheduled on February 25-March 5 also at the Coliseum.

Aside from the top two teams, Sy said they are also planning to send the third placer to the National Finals because as a host city, Cebu might be given the privilege to have three representatives in the national tilt.

Aside from the men's collegiate division, a separate tournament for the women's and juniors will also be held.

For more information, call sy at tel. no. (032) 254-0741/CORRESPONDENT CALVIN D. CORDOVA

Nike Air
01-04-2008, 08:54 AM
Who will represent the NCR contingent?

AnthonyServinio
01-05-2008, 12:39 AM
* * *SORRY BUT I have to make some clarifications regarding this tournament -- this is a continuation of the decades-old National Inter-Collegiate and Inter-Secondary tournaments organized by the old discredited Chinese-controlled Basketball Association of the Phillippines (BAP). The hosting rights were granted to Cebu by the BAP during its so-called "National Congress" held last month in Manila.* This was the same congress that saw the election of Prospero Pichay as the new BAP President.

* * *Cebu's Lorenzo Chao Sy attended the said congress and accepted the hosting chores because he is a very generous man who is just doing his share for the sport he loves without thinking of the politics around the scene.* For years, he has silently donated a small fortune to help propagate basketball in Cebu.* He hopes the top schools of the NCAA and UAAP accept his invitation to play in Cebu.

amdgc82
01-06-2008, 07:37 AM
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/jan/06/yehey/sports/20080106spo12.html
Sunday, January 06, 2008

National Students Basketball in Cebu

ALL is set for the staging of the 61st National Students Basketball Championship from February 24 to March 1 in Cebu City.

Basketball Association of the Philippines President Prospero Pichay said a total of 48 teams from different regions are joining the annual tournament which will return to the Queen City of the South after 12 years.

The tournament has three categories—high school boys (20 teams), senior collegiate men (20 teams) and senior collegiate women (eight teams).

“We look forward to another successful staging of the National Students Basketball Cham-pionship and we would like to thank Cebu for hosting this prestigious event,” said Pichay, who will grace the formal launching of the tournament in a press conference to be hosted by BAP Region 7 Director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy next week at the Fortuna Hotel in Cebu City.

PRISAA President Emmanuel Angeles, also the owner of Angeles University Foundation which is the defending senior men’s champion, and BAP Secretary-General Graham Lim are also invited to attend the tournament launching in Cebu City.

Cebu was chosen as this year’s host after its bid was approved during the BAP National Congress held in Manila on December 12. Present were Pichay, BAP Chairman Rep. Luis Villafuerte, BAP Vice-Chairman Gov. Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur and the members of the BAP executive board.

Last year, the National Students Basketball Championship was held in Ibahay, Aklan. In 2006, Legazpi City in Albay hosted the senior men’s and women’s divisions while the high-school division was held in Daet, Camarines Norte.

JonarSabilano
01-07-2008, 09:29 AM
It's easy to see that the press release mentions only the BAP, not the SBP-BAP as a whole. Were Pato and MVP consluted first before the BAP pushed through with this plan?

amdgc82
01-08-2008, 06:15 AM
Zonals elims on Jan. 12
Sunstar Cebu
Tuesday, January 08, 2008

THE hardcourt action of the Cebu Zonals elimination for the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship is moved to Jan. 12 to give way to the request of some schools.

BAP-SBP Cebu director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy announced the postponement after he received requests from prospective participants to move the opening of the qualifying tournament three days later.

“The schools plead to postpone the opening because their players are not yet in shape since the holidays. I have to give in because it is what they want and I am just here to implement what they want,” Sy told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

The Cebu Zonals was originally scheduled to open this Wednesday, but instead Sy announced that there will be a meeting for participating teams this Friday (Jan. 11) at the La Fortuna Bakery Sto. Niño branch at 12 noon.

The postponement might also bring some good news to the schools.

Sy will seek the clearance from the national organizer—the Basketball Association of the Philippines to have four Cebu schools into the national tournament, which will be on Feb. 25 to March 5 here.

“I will have a meeting with (Prospero) Pichay (BAP president) this Thursday in Manila. He wanted me to fly there for the finalization of the NSBC championship. But I will be requesting him to give Cebu, since we are the host, four slot to the national finals,” Sy said.

If this request will be granted, Cesafi seven-time champion and 2007 National Collegiate Champions League finalist University of the Visayas Green Lancers will be awarded with one slot without going through the Zonal competition.

Sy earlier announced that Cebu would get three slots, which will go to the top three finishers. But if the BAP national leadership will grant his request, Cebu will see four schools playing for the national title at home.

The event will be from Jan. 12 to 14, 16, 19 and the finals on Jan. 20. (RCM)

amdgc82
01-10-2008, 06:08 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-10&sec=7&aid=45362
January 10, 2008 08:20 PM Thursday

Cebu back as host of national students’ caging *

CEBU* City -- Twelve* *years after it last* hosted* *the* *National* *Inter-Collegiate and* *Inter-Secondary* Basketball Championships, also known* as* *the* National* Students* Basketball Championships, in 1996, the* “Queen* City of* the* South “* will* once* again roll the red* carpet for* the* *more than 45 teams* that* will converge* in* *the* city to vie for the* distinction* as* *national champions.
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Organizers of the* Cebu cagefest, led by* Basketball* Association of the* Philippines (BAP)* *vice-president for* Visayas Lorenzo “Chao” Sy, have scheduled* the* *national* championships on Feb. 25 to March 2,* right* after a* month-long* inter-zonals (eliminations) in* the* country’s different regions.
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Cebu itself* will* *be* holding its own zonals here at the Cebu Coliseum on Jan. 12-21, as* the* *province’s* top* colleges gear up to try to wrest the crown from defending* champion Angeles University Foundation, which won last year’s title in Ibajay, Aklan.
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Southwestern* University, which* won* the* national* championship at* the* expense of* the University* of* Manila when it hosted the NSBC in* 1996,* will try to* reclaim its* *eminent position* in* *national basketball* alongside other Cebu teams such as Cebu Doctors College and University of Visayas, among* others.
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Sy, who once* managed a slew of* top collegiate players* in the 70s which include Manny* Paner, Danny Florencio* and several* others who later* made it* *to* the* pro* leagues, said he accepted the challenge of hosting the* *national basketball championship to try to regain* Cebu’s basketball glory.
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“This is going to be a huge event in Cebu. We will try* to involve everybody* here who loves basketball.* We* all know that the province of Cebu* has* contributed* countless players to the* *national cause and with* this* tournament, we will again* *showcase* Cebu’s innate* talent in the* sport,” said Sy, who owns and manages La* Fortuna Hotel and Bakery here in downtown Cebu City.* *
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La* Fortuna Bakery has also one other branch in California in the United States.
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Sy* *is* slated* to* fly* back to Manila* with* *Cebu referees* commissioner Boy Murillo to meet with BAP* president* and Federation of School Sports* *Associations of the* Philippines* *(FESSAP)* * chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay* and* other* basketball officials to fine* tune the* preparation for the* *national cagefest.
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The* amiable* basketball official* *said* 20* teams* *will* be contending for* the* *national championships in* the* seniors division, another* 20* *in the juniors side* and six squads in the women’s division.
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Sy said he has already sponsorship letters to Globe* Telecoms* and other big firms in a bid to make the* week-long tournament a* rousing success* and* a* memorable* event for basketball-crazy Cebuanos.
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“Cebuanos love basketball with a passion, maybe more* than the other provinces in the country.* That’s why* we’re doing* everything to make* this* tournament a huge success,” Sy said.*

amdgc82
01-10-2008, 07:14 AM
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Cesafi faces new test
Sunstar Cebu

ANOTHER test of its authority falls on the officials of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi).

Cesafi officials are once more in a fix on how to keep its member schools in line now that the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) will hold the Cebu Zonals elimination for the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship.

“I would like to reiterate that the board resolution penned last year forbidding Cesafi member schools from competing in non-Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP)-sanctioned competitions remains,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy during last Tuesday night’s staging of the Partners Cup in Inayawan Gym.

Cesafi is a stakeholder of BAP-SBP, the national sports association that replaced BAP, which still exists.

“We do not need to tell them not to play,” said Tiukinhoy, after he was informed by Cesafi president Rolly Villa that no invitation ever reached their office.

Cesafi officials and its member schools seem headed for another clash just like what happened with the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA).

Despite the board resolution, three schools joined VAAA and the three schools in turn were snubbed when Cesafi started the Reinforced Partners Cup.

Four Cesafi-member schools, led by seven-time defending champion University of the Visayas, will be taking part in the Cebu Zonals set to open on Jan. 12 and their participation poses a problem for the Cesafi honchos.

Organizer

UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug yesterday confirmed to Sun.Star Cebu they are joining the Cebu Zonals, which is supposed to be the qualifying for the 2008 National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC), a BAP competition which will be hosted by Cebu.

Organizer Lorenzo “Chao” Sy, who is the Cebu Province head for BAP-SBP and the Region 7 director of BAP, earlier said the competition will promise more exciting matches as it will feature schools from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

However, a check with BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio says otherwise.

“That (Cebu Zonals) is not sanctioned by BAP-SBP. He (Sy) never cleared it with me. What is that? Is that a cycling competition?” said Gregorio.

Like the Cesafi, the UAAP and NCAA are stakeholders of BAP-SBP and are likewise barred from joining non-sanctioned events.

Sy, however, clarified that he did not have the competition sanctioned because he wanted all interested teams to join, regardless of affiliation.

“No affiliations, nor organizations. I am just doing this for the love for basketball,” said Chao.

Sy added that when Prospero Pichay (new BAP president) asked him to spearhead the organization of the league, he immediately said yes out of respect and for his passion for the sport.

Sy said that while he failed to inform Gregorio, he saw to it that he informs Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba, who is the regional head of BAP-SBP.

“He (Alcoseba) gave me the go signal. I was not able to inform Gregorio because he is in Manila,” Sy said.

Sy also pleaded to stop making issues out of things because he is merely trying to give an avenue for local players to compete. “This competition is open to any school who is interested. If they want to join, they can. If they don’t they have the option not to,” he said. (MCB)

amdgc82
01-11-2008, 06:03 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-11&sec=7&aid=45464
January 11, 2008 06:46 PM Friday

AUBC slots at stake in national students’ caging*

FOUR berths to the Asian Universities Basketball Championships are at stake when the 62nd National Students Basketball Championship, the biggest and most presitigious collegiate basketball competition in the country, reels off on Feb.25-March 2 at the Cebu Coliseum.
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Twenty teams* from Metro Manila, host Cebu* and other regions in the country are set to see action in the week-long competitions organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), headed by Prospero Pichay, in cooperation with long-time Cebu sports patron Lorenzo “Chao” Sy.
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Three slots are allotted to the National Capital Region (NCR), while two berths are earmarked for Cebu, a privilege given to the host province.
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The NCR eliminations are set to begin on* Jan. 20, while the Cebu qualifying tournament will begin tomorrow (Jan. 11).
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“This is going to be a very competitive tournament because only the best in all 16 regions will play. There will be no seeding so every team will have to work hard to earn a slot,” said Pichay during the formal launching of the event at the Aloha Hotel along Roxas Blvd.
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Also present during the launching were Sy, also the* BAP Region 7 director; BAP secretary-general Graham Lim,* BAP external lawyer Atty. Romeo Magtanong, Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) head* Chito Narvasa and multi-titled coaches Bay Cristobal,* Boysie Zamar, Ato Tolentino and Turo Valenzona and sports official Tanny Gonzales.
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Angeles University Foundation-Pampanga, which bagged the title last year,* faces a tough task of winning back-to-back title.
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This is the first time that the annual tournament* will be held in Cebu, the hotbed of basketball in the Visayas, since 1996 when Southwestern University* won the title against University of Perpetual Help.
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Sy assured all teams* that this year’s tournament in Cebu will be a memorable one.
“”We are very excited. It has been a long time since the National Students was held in our province so we promise to make this one very special,” said Sy, owner of the Hotel Fortuna and La Fortuna Bakery in Cebu .
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Sy said* Cebu’s top collegiate teams* --* Southewestern University, University of Visayas, Cebu Doctors College and University of San Carlos* --* have all confirmed their participation.
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Controversy erupted the last time the National Students competition was held in Cebu 12 years ago after a melee broke out during the semifinal match between NCR’s University of Manila and Cebu-based Southwestern University wherein the last finals slot is at stake.
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UM coach Loreto Tolentino complained about biased officiating and engaged the crowd in a shouting match that resulted in a fracas.
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SWU eventually won the match against UM and beat Perpetual Help for the title.
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“I assure you it won’t happen again. We will take necessary measures to ensure a fight-free competition,” Sy vowed.
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Sy said 200 local police will be deployed in the vicinity of the venue and even inside the coliseum from the general admission to ringside area.
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Negotiations are also under way for* *the* *staging* *of the* * national inter-secondary* and* *women’s tournaments* in* *nearby* Bogo City.
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“We're* still* *threshing out some* minor* details, but I’m confident* that we can finalize everything by next week,” said Sy, who is set to meet with representatives of Bogo City government* *to* *lay out* plans for the staging of* the* tournaments* *simultaneous* *with* *that of* *the* inter-collegiate* in Cebu City.* Ed Andaya

amdgc82
01-11-2008, 06:07 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan11/spor3.htm
FRIDAY |JANUARY 11, 2008

No team seeded in cagefest

TWENTY top men’s teams from all over the country will vie for honors as Cebu City hosts the National Students Championships anew after controversially staging the event more than a decade ago.

Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga will try to clinch back-to-back titles although it won’t be a walk in the park since it will not be seeded and still has to go through a qualifying tournament.

Three slots are allotted to the National Capital Region, a perennial title contender, while two berths have been earmarked for Cebu Province, a privilege given as host of the basketball competition slated from Feb. 25 to March 2 at the Cebu Coliseum.

"This is going to be a very competitive tournament because only the best in all 16 regions will play. There will be no seeding so every team will have to work hard to earn a slot," said Basketball Association of the Philippines president Prospero Pichay.

The annual tournament will be held in Cebu for the first since 1996 through the initiative of BAP vice-president for Visayas Lorenzo Sy.

"We are very excited. It has been a long time since the National Students was held in our province kaya we will make this one very special," said Sy.

The National Students competition held in Cebu 12 years ago was marred by controversy after a melee broke out during the semifinals match between NCR’s University of Manila and Cebu-based Southwestern University.

UM Coach Loreto Tolentino complained about biased officiating and engaged the crowd in a shouting match that resulted in a fracas. SWU won the match against UM and faced University of Perpetual Help in the championship round. SWU eventually won the title.

"I assure you it won’t happen again. We will take necessary measures to ensure a fight-free competition," Sy vowed.

amdgc82
01-11-2008, 06:10 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080111114089.html
Friday, January 11, 2008

UAAP, NCAA schools snub BAP tourney
By WAYLON GALVEZ

REIGNING COLLEGIATE champions De La Salle University and San Beda College will not take part in the National Students basketball championship organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) next month.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim said the Lions have yet to receive an invitation, but would not play in the event set Feb. 26-March 3 in Cebu City.

A La Salle team official, who asked not to be named, said the Archers won’t take part in BAP-organized events and are committed only to play in tournaments sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

Far Eastern University is also not joining, according to FEU official Anton Montinola.

"No. Hindi kami sasali dyan. We Support the SBP," Montinola said.

Aside from San Beda, La Salle and FEU, other schools snubbing the Cebu event are Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East of the UAAP, and Jose Rizal University of the NCAA.

"We know that at the end of the day, all the distinguished members of the NCAA and the UAAP understand our vision (in the SBP)," SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said.

BAP president Prospero Pichay, a former congressman, yesterday announced that the top teams from the UAAP and the NCAA will be invited to the Cebu tournament.

BAP hardliners have refused to cooperate with the SBP, led by telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan, the recognized federation of FIBA

Meanwhile, the BAP announced that four berths to the Asian Universities Basketball Championships are at stake in the National Students Basketball Championship.

The BAP said that 20 teams from Metro Manila, host Cebu and other regions in the country are set to see action in the week-long competitions. Three slots are allotted to the National Capital Region (NCR) while two berths are earmarked for Cebu, a privilege given to the host province.

The NCR eliminations are set to begin on Jan. 20, while the Cebu qualifying tournament will begin tomorrow.

The tournament was formally launced yesterday with Pichay declaring the event to be a very competitive tournament because only the best in all 16 regions will play.

amdgc82
01-11-2008, 06:14 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080110126

Nat’l students caging returns to Cebu
By Joey Villar
Friday, January 11, 2008

Cebu will host the Basketball Association of the Philippines’ National Inter-Collegiate and Inter-Secondary Basketball Championships, also known as the National Students Championship, slated Feb. 26 to March 3 at the Cebu City Coliseum.

“We’re happy to announce that this prestigious event will be hosted by Cebu,” said BAP president Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr. in yesterday’s media launch at the Aloha Restaurant in Manila.

Host Lorenzo Sy, the BAP vice president from the Visayas, said they would make it a point to make the weeklong event an exciting and memorable one.

“We will make sure of it because this is the first time since 1996 that we’re hosting this big event,” said Sy. “Also, security will not be problem because we’ll be deploying 200 uniformed policemen at the venue.”

The tournament also stakes four berths to the Asian Universities Basketball Championship.

The event also features the country’s best collegiate teams although the top schools from both the UAAP and NCAA are not participating.

Back-to-back NCAA champion San Beda, reigning UAAP titlist De La Salle, University of the East, Ateneo de Manila, Jose Rizal and Far Eastern U are among the teams that have indicated they will not be participating.

“We haven’t received any invitation from them,” said coaches Frankie Lim of San Beda and Ariel Vanguardia of Jose Rizal.

“No we will not participate,” said Ateneo board representative Ricky Palou.

“No. We will support SBP tournaments,” said another board member Anton Montinola of FEU.

Bren Perez, also a board member of UE, said they might skip the event since they will participate in a number of tournaments like the Fr. Martin Cup and the Home-and-Away games.

Pichay said all the schools are invited but they must undergo the regional qualifiers to make it to the finals.

myktristan
01-11-2008, 01:12 PM
It's easy to see that the press release mentions only the BAP, not the SBP-BAP as a whole. Were Pato and MVP consluted first before the BAP pushed through with this plan?


what's going on na naman sa SBP at BAP? may rift ulit? baka ma-suspend na naman tayo ng FIBA? Pichay vs MVP ba ito?

JonarSabilano
01-11-2008, 02:02 PM
It's easy to see that the press release mentions only the BAP, not the SBP-BAP as a whole. Were Pato and MVP consluted first before the BAP pushed through with this plan?


what's going on na naman sa SBP at BAP? may rift ulit? baka ma-suspend na naman tayo ng FIBA? Pichay vs MVP ba ito?


The BAP isn't even supposed to exist in the first place. Walang rift within the SBP ranks. Si Pichay at Graham Lim lang talaga ang nagpapagulo ng lahat. Pichay to further his political ambitions, Lim to wrest back control of RP basketball.

MonL
01-11-2008, 04:03 PM
It's easy to see that the press release mentions only the BAP, not the SBP-BAP as a whole. Were Pato and MVP consluted first before the BAP pushed through with this plan?


what's going on na naman sa SBP at BAP? may rift ulit? baka ma-suspend na naman tayo ng FIBA? Pichay vs MVP ba ito?


The BAP isn't even supposed to exist in the first place. Walang rift within the SBP ranks. Si Pichay at Graham Lim lang talaga ang nagpapagulo ng lahat. Pichay to further his political ambitions, Lim to wrest back control of RP basketball.


That will not happen as both were soundly discredited/disowned/ignored in the last political exercises in their respective arenas that they participated in.

AnthonyServinio
01-12-2008, 01:16 AM
* * *A CHECK with New Cebu Coliseum manager Ben Tulda reveals that today's booking for the Cebu City Zonal eliminations for the 2008 National Students has indeed been cancelled.

* * *I pity Lorenzo Chao Sy. He is a kind-hearted and generous businessman (La Fortuna Bakery, Hotel Fortuna) who just wants to help the sport he loves so much by spending his own money to organize and sponsor tournaments. Too bad he to gets embroiled in the mess brought about by too much politics within the sport.

* * *After last year's Unity Congress held at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City, the old discredited Chinese-controlled BAP ceased to exist as the FIBA affiliate for the Philippines.

* * *They are now treated like any other ordinary basketball league or organization under the BAP-SBP umbrella wherein they may conduct their own tournaments and programs. The crucial thing here is that they can never deal with FIBA and send Philippine teams to FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.

* * *However, when these BAP activities run counter to the plans of the BAP-SBP, this is where the trouble begins.

pachador
01-12-2008, 01:42 AM
i have talked to lorenzo sy at his bakery in west covina, california, and he struck me as a clever, smart businessman so where was his brain when he decided to organize this BAP championships?

if he wants to avoid controversy, all he simply has to do is avoid associating with BAP unless SBP sanctions it. thats just common-sense.

a common problem i find with many filipino officials is that their personal side, family ties and blood connections and amor propio is very very closely interwined with the public office position they hold which is very bad because if they lose an election or an issue, they take it personally, and it becomes a long-running , never ending vendetta. not logical at all.

similarly, if they have a relative , a son or uncle who commited murder or corruption, they try to bail them out instead of punishing them. very unprofessional not to mention being thick-skinned.

amdgc82
01-12-2008, 02:53 AM
Sy asks Cesafi: Play for pride
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, January 12, 2008

BASKETBALL patron Lorenzo “Chao” Sy appealed to members of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) to play for the pride of Cebu and allow their schools to compete in the Cebu Zonal elimination for the 2008 National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC).

After Cesafi’s continued refusal to let member schools play in other tournaments, Sy pleaded to the schools to play for passion and pride, being this year’s NSBC host team.

“We should play for the honor of Cebu. (We last hosted the NSBC) in 1996.

Since then, we clamored for national titles. Now that it is here in our backyard, let’s play and give the Manila teams a tough competition,” Sy said during yesterday’s press conference.

Confirmed

Three Cesafi members gave their commitment to play in the NSBC – the University of San Carlos Warriors and the Southwestern University Cobras which will play in the Zonals and powerhouse University of the Visayas Green Lancers, which will automatically advance to the NSBC.

University of San Jose Recoletos, which was represented by its athletic moderator Dioscoro Himotas, could not say yet whether it will join.

Because of the reluctance, Sy decided to move the Cebu Zonals to Jan. 22 to give them time to decide.

Aside from USC and SWU, Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights and Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) have already confirmed joining the competition.

The USC Lady Warriors will be the lone representative of Cebu to the NSBC.

Sy said UAAP teams University of the East Red Warriors, Far Eastern University Tamaraws and University of Sto. Tomas Tigers, along with NCAA’s Jose Rizal University Bombers and San Sebastian College Stags will be participating in the NSBC.

Next week, BAP president Prospero “Butch” Pichay will come to Cebu to formally announce the hosting of the NSBC. (RCM)

amdgc82
01-12-2008, 02:59 AM
Cebu Zonals reset to Jan. 22
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman
Saturday, January 12, 2008

Noted sports leader Prospero “Butch” Pichay is coming over to Cebu next week to formally announce the Queen City of the South’s hosting of the National Students Basketball Championships in both the collegiate and secondary divisions at the Cebu Coliseum.

The tournament will be held from February 26 to March 2.

In a luncheon meeting yesterday at the La Fortuna-Sto Niño branch, businessman and BAP-SBP Cebu Province Director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy announced that the Zonal eliminations supposedly to start today has been moved to January 22 to give participating teams ample time to prepare and for those undecided teams to make up their minds.

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers has confirmed its participation in the National Students Championship but will no longer play in the Zonals. The Green Lancers was seeded in the championship because they are the seven-time champion of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI).

So far, those who confirmed to see action in next week’s Zonal eliminations are SWU, USC, ACT and SIT. Two more teams, USJ-R and USPF, are still undecided although they sent representatives to the meeting, athletic directors Dioscoro Himotas and Camilo Go, respectively.

In the secondary level, the UV Baby Lancers will compete in the Zonals even if they are the CESAFI junior champions. They will play along with USC and SIT.

Sy said it is about time to bring back the National Students Basketball Championships to Cebu because it has been 12 years since the city last hosted the games in 1996, with local bet SWU Cobras winning the title over the UV Green Lancers.

According to Sy, he had no second thoughts in bidding to host the games and beat two other cities, Manila and Dagupan because, “this is for the pride of Cebu.”

He said that Pichay is not backstopping the event for his political ambitions but genuinely wants to help develop grassroots basketball in the region.

amdgc82
01-13-2008, 07:15 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080113spo2.html

SBP WARNED
RP students’ cagefest being used in a scam?
By Julius Manicad
01/13/2008

The 62nd National Students’ Basketball Championship (NSBC) that the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) wants to revitalize got snagged yesterday with an unexpected revelation that revealed the true identity of the other half of the merger.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio yesterday claimed to have received an electronic mail from Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) deputy-secretary general Mark Joseph that warned him about a supposed “scam” in a regional tournament which the BAP wants the merger to bite.

Gregorio just recently revealed plans to re-organize the NSBC and offered its would-be champion a ticket to the Asian University Basketball Championship (AUBC).

Joseph, however, torpedoed the plan, claiming to have received an official statement from the Asian University Sports Federation questioning the legitimacy of the AUBC.

It was the BAP, now headed by losing senatorial candidate Prospero Pichay, which dangled the prize.

The BAP has refused to give up its control over the NSBC and has been continuously holding the National Collegiate and Secondary basketball championships despite the apparent snub by the country’s top schools and leagues.

Recent championships have been subject to ridicule among top stakeholders of the sport as the meets could only attract second-rate squads from Manila and the provinces, taking away their chance at further developing the sport.

The BAP, under Chinese citizen Graham Lim, was accused of mishandling the affairs of basketball and has been in a never-ending search for a leader who could challenge the SBP control of the merger.

Pichay was named BAP president recently as Go Teng Kok, BAP’s former president and who is also the athletics association leader, could not measure up with SBP top honcho Manny V. Pangilinan.

The SBP, however, seems to find it hard to rebuild the sport long damaged by the BAP’s leaderhip’s lack of direction.

Only recently, Gregorio proposed to merge the University Athletic Association of the Philippines with the National Collegiate Athletic Association— the country’s top collegiate leagues who run their affairs independently.

The proposal was shot down by both leagues, prompting Gregorio to seek everyone’s approval to revitalize the NSBC, which is presently being handled by the BAP.

But Joseph was quick to warn the SBP.

“I would just like to inform you about the so-called Asian University Basketball Championships is apparently a scam or misrepresentation by some questionable organizers. (For your information) so that the public will not be fooled,” Joseph told Gregorio.

Even BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan shattered his silence on the issue, formally junking the BAP move.

Pichay, incidentally, was the first to throw his hat into the BAP-SBP presidential race and issued a statement that he is willing to challenge Pangilinan or whoever will be ranged against him.

“Any activity, program or event related to basketball and requiring national federation must have the prior sanction of the BAP-SBP. The absence of which will make the such program, event, or activity unofficial and thus not approved by BAP-SBP and not sanctioned by Fiba, the world-governing body in basketball,” Pangilinan said in a statement.

“I am issuing this statement to reach out to all basketball stakeholders to unite and support our national federation,” Pangilinan added.

Amid the possible deadlock, Gregorio admitted clarifying the matter with Christian Tan during their recent meeting with Pangilinan. Tan is his co-chairman in the BAP-SBP referees’ commission and the former vice-president of the BAP.

Tan, however, just gave him a dry smile and declined to comment.

“I asked him about it and he refused to comment. I don’t know what he meant,” Gregorio said. “I will not analyze, let’s just see what happens on April (in the BAP-SBP elections).”

AnthonyServinio
01-14-2008, 03:40 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080113spo2.html

SBP WARNED
RP students’ cagefest being used in a scam?
By Julius Manicad
01/13/2008

. . .

Gregorio just recently revealed plans to re-organize the NSBC and offered its would-be champion a ticket to the Asian University Basketball Championship (AUBC).

Joseph, however, torpedoed the plan, claiming to have received an official statement from the Asian University Sports Federation questioning the legitimacy of the AUBC.

. . .

But Joseph was quick to warn the SBP.

“I would just like to inform you about the so-called Asian University Basketball Championships is apparently a scam or misrepresentation by some questionable organizers. (For your information) so that the public will not be fooled,” Joseph told Gregorio.

* * *THE AUBC is nothing but*a joke tournament!

* * *It was organized sometime around 1998 or 1999 by Chinese citizen Graham Lim in cooperation with his "friends" Carl Ching and Shin Dong Pa.* Manila hosted the first two stagings of the event.

* * *The first champion was the University of Manila Hawks.* I forgot who they beat in the finale held at the Hawks' gym.* What I personally watched the finals in 2000(?) wherein Saint Francis of Assisi beat a team from Chinese-Taipei at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.* The MVP was Al Vergara.

* * *A couple of years back, the AUBC went to Dumaguete City.* What was weird was that they just got a couple of teams from Dumaguete and Cebu's University of San Carlos to represent the Philippines.* To save on travel expenses perhaps?

* * *Last year was the all-time low for the tournament.* Hosted by Naga City, the Philippines was represented by EAC-Manila, RTU and . . . a commercial selection from Bicol consisting of a lot of players older than 25!* Indonesia fielded a club team, ASPAC!

* * *Finally, I even doubt the credibility of the foreign teams that visit the Philippines for this joke tournament.* Even in the first two editions, I really feel that they are not students as some look very old.

amdgc82
01-14-2008, 06:31 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080114spo1.html

BAP ALREADY LOSING GROUND
AUBF blasts BAP’s NSBC
By Julius Manicad
01/14/2008

The illegitimate Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) completely lost whatever credibility it has in the international basketball circuit as the Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) strongly denied that the Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF) has the authority to host the 6th Asian University Basketball Championships (AUBC).

In an online statement issued yesterday, AUSF, the continental arm of the International Olympic Committee-sanctioned International University Sports Federation (Fisu), clarified that the AUBF is not under its auspices making its tournaments such as AUBC illegitimate and illegal.

The BAP is dangling four slots to the AUBC in its pet project, the 62nd National Student Basketball Championship, in Cebu City on Feb. 25 to March 2.

The AUBF is allegedly composed of a group of basketball personalities like Carl Menky Ching, Shin Dong Pa and Chinese citizen Graham Lim, the secretary-general of the old BAP. The AUSF also claimed that the AUBF is not recognized by either Fisu or International Basketball Federation.

“The secretariat of the AUSF officially announced that the AUBF has no relationship with the AUSF, and the AUBF has no right to host the Asian University Championship,” the AUSF said in an official communiqué to the Philippine Olympic Committee.

“According to the by-laws of the Asian University Games (AUGs) and Asian University Championships (AUCs), the AUGs and AUCs are properties of AUSF. Only the AUSF executive committee and steering committee have the power to award the hosting rights of AUGs and AUCs to members of the AUSF”

BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) executive director Patrick Gregorio admitted that with the BAP’s revival of the NSBC without their authority, the unity forged between the two erstwhile warring factions has completely eroded.

And the cracks on their relationship would surely surface when the organization holds its first elections this April.

“I’m sure it will have an impact on the elections,” Gregorio said in a telephone conversation. “But we’re not thinking about that as of now. All we are doing is to stand solidly by our president (Manny Pangilinan) and support all his projects. It’s up to the other side whether they want to cooperate or not.”

The BAP through its president, losing senatorial candidate Prospero Pichay, showed its true color recently when it launched the NSBC without even informing Gregorio or whoever fropm the BAP-SBP. And despite the lack of support from some Metro Manila-based leagues like the UAAP and the NCAA, the BAP still pushes through with its project.

Pichay, ironically, has thrown his hat into the political arena of the BAP-SBP as he already admitted that he is ready to challenge Pangilinan for the presidency of the local basketball body.

amdgc82
01-19-2008, 05:36 AM
Cebu hosts nat’l game
Sunstar Cebu
Saturday, January 19, 2008

IT’S all green lights for the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship, which will be hosted by Cebu City for the first time since 1996 with the Cebu Coliseum as its main venue.

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Prospero “Butch” Pichay, together with BAP secretary general Graham Lim, confirmed the staging of the annual basketball championship during the launching and press conference held at the Hotel Fortuna Grand Hall yesterday.

“We don’t care what the other people may say. What we are concern of is the development of the grassroots level that is why we will be holding the 2008 NSBC will happen right here in Cebu City on Feb. 25 to March 2,” Pichay said.

Pichay, who is also the president of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, said the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) should not boycott the event because this tournament will benefit their athletes.

“Boycott is a negative word. The word boycott is not good to the sport. You’re not doing a good did to the sports if you boycott. Those who are calling for boycott are not sincere to develop basketball in the country. They are negating our programs of basketball. But it’s not too late. Let’s not make politics here.

I’m here as BAP president, I’m here to promote basketball, come up with good ideas. I’m inviting them (Cesafi teams) to join,” added Pichay.

Pichay clarified that the BAP is not going to compete with the BAP-SBP, which is headed by business tycoon Manny Pangilinan.

“We are on the same boat. We have the same purpose, we should be one—united and no politics should interfere in our efforts to develop the Philippine basketball. Me, as president of the BAP, my program is to develop the young Filipino players, the grassroots level and not on depending on hiring Filipino-American players, who have to passion in playing for the country but for the money they could get into their own pockets,” Pichay stressed.

48 teams will join the NSBC—20 in the collegiate level, 20 in the high school competition and eight in the women’s division.

According to Lim, the 2008 NSBC receives no financial support from any local government units. The tournament is bankrolled by private institutions and most of the money come from Pichay himself. (RCM)

amdgc82
01-19-2008, 07:05 PM
Call for unity
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:51:00 01/19/2008

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Prospero “Butch” Pichay called for unity, urging all sectors to rise above politics and join hands in promoting the country's basketball development.

Pichay's call came after some schools decided to snub the upcoming 2008 National Students' Basketball Championship (NSBC), which will be hosted by Cebu late February.

“Boycott is a negative word. The move to boycott NSBC is a counter productive move. We are here to organize tournaments because it is in the tournaments that you hone your skills since the more you play the better you become,” Pichay said in yesterday's press conference for the formal launching of NSBC at the Hotel Fortuna.

A Cebu Zonals for NSBC was earlier planned but was scrapped after the Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc. (Cesafi) barred its teams from playing in the annual tournament, citing that it is organized solely by the BAP and not by the entire BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP).

‘NOT OUR LOSS’

“They don't want to join because it is organized by the BAP but by not joining, they are not undermining the BAP but they are undermining the basketball in the country,” Pichay added.

“Actually, their decision to skip NSBC is not our loss. Its their loss,” said Sy.

Pichay is aware of the plan of BAP-SBP to create a tournament similar to NSBC and the BAP top honcho said that his group is willing to participate.

“We are not here to compete with the BAP-SBP and we are willing to cooperate with their activities,” said Pichay.

“When I accepted the job as president of the BAP, I was sincere in accepting the challenge of improving the status of basketball in the country. I am not here to play politics. I had enough of politics during my nine-year stint in the congress,” added Pichay.

Pichay is hoping that more schools will participate in the NSBC, including those schools that are unwilling to join because of their affiliations.

“My challenge to them is to rise above politics and if they cannot do that, they don't deserve to be there,” he said. Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

amdgc82
01-26-2008, 03:15 PM
http://www.baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/sports5.asp

Students cage, BBABL slated *
by Jogin Tamayo*

The Basketball Association of the Phi-lippines (BAP) will hold a regional elimination tournament here for the National Students Basketball Championship on Feb.* 26* to March 3 in Cebu City .

The champion will represent the Cordillera region in the national finals.

Top schools University of Baguio, St. Louis University, UC-BCF, and Philippine Military Academy are expected to join.

Athletic directors, coaches or school representatives will be having a meeting on Jan.21, 10 a.m. at the University of Baguio athletic office.

Meanwhile, the 2008 Baguio-Benguet Amateur Basketball League will kick off two divisions this February according to BBABL commissioner Ben Cruz.

BBABL will start with the Open division-six feet and below ca-tegory and the 35 years old and below bracket.

Organizers have scrapped the employees division in the meantime.
Interested team managers and coaches are invited for an organizational meeting on Friday, Jan.25 at 6 p.m. at Mandarin Restaurant.

alex15
01-27-2008, 08:01 PM
Kung ikukumpara natin yung program ng SBP at BAP...Ang SBP talagang gustong maibalik yung RP sa mundo ng Basketball, yung BAP puro PAPOGI lang dahil alam nila madaming pera sa basketball >:( >:( >:(

tapos si Pichay gustong maging presidente, dapat umuwi nalang siya at magtanim ng pechay......GO MVP!!!!!!

JonarSabilano
01-28-2008, 11:05 AM
http://www.baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/sports5.asp

Students cage, BBABL slated *
by Jogin Tamayo*

The Basketball Association of the Phi-lippines (BAP) will hold a regional elimination tournament here for the National Students Basketball Championship on Feb.* 26* to March 3 in Cebu City .

The champion will represent the Cordillera region in the national finals.

Top schools University of Baguio, St. Louis University, UC-BCF, and Philippine Military Academy are expected to join.

Athletic directors, coaches or school representatives will be having a meeting on Jan.21, 10 a.m. at the University of Baguio athletic office.




Hindi na talaga nadala.

amdgc82
02-12-2008, 06:44 AM
PILGRIM* Christian College* completed a double celebration in the Region 10 eliminations for the Naitonal Studnets Basketbal Championships here.
* *
PCC* defeated* *Sacred* *Heart of* * Jesus Montessori School (SHJMS), 58-56,* to capture* *the* *boys* *high school* crown* and outplayed* *Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT),* 74-61, to bag the* men’s* college* title.
* *
Liceo de Cagayan University was uncontetsed in the* women’s bracket.
* *
City* *Councilor Atty. Adrian L. Barba* *attended the championship games, along with* * Barangay Chairman Al* *Legaspi of Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City.

AnthonyServinio
02-19-2008, 01:14 AM
* * *ACCORDING TO my source, the following schools have already confirmed their participation in the coming 2008 National Students Basketball Championship in Cebu City organized by the old discredited Chinese-controlled BAP:


University of Luzon (Ilocos Region)
Angeles University Foundation (Central Luzon)
University of Perpetual Help System-Jonelta (Southern Tagalog)
Western Leyte College (Eastern Visayas)
Pilgrim Christian College (Northern Mindanao)
Father Saturnino Urios University (CARAGA)
Las Pinas College (NCR)

No word yet on the representatives from the host region Central Visayas (which has been allegedly given five slots), Cagayan Valley, Cordilera, Bicol, ARMM, Western Visayas, Davao Region, Western Mindanao and Socsargen. The NCR may add a team or two.

stonecold316
02-19-2008, 01:56 AM
Panggulo talaga BAP. Walang magawang matino. Puro naman corrupt at sariling interest iniisip! Kaya bagsak ang basketball sa RP dahil sa wala silang kwenta.

stonecold316

oca
02-19-2008, 08:24 AM
These schools just want to play. Since the SBPs existence is not felt in their respective areas, they'll join any tournament that will give them a venue to compete.

Whatever be one's opinion of the BAP, they are actually smart enough to cater to the needs of these schools.

Don't bother to argue about the consequences of these schools participation, that they actually undermine the SBP.

As one school official told me last year, "Wala kaming pakialam sa politika, gusto lang namin maglaro."

amdgc82
02-21-2008, 06:30 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080220133

UV, other Cebu teams ready for Nat’l Students Basketall C’ships
Thursday, February 21, 2008

Five Cebu bets including seven-time Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, are ready for the weeklong action in the National Students Basketball Championship Inter-Collegiate at the Cebu Coliseum from February 25 to March 2.

Aside form UV; the other Cebu teams are two-time losing finalists University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, former inter-collegiate champion Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights and the Salazar College-Salazar Institute of Technology (SC-SIT) Skyblazers.

Tournament organizer, businessman Lorenzo “Chao” Sy said that participating teams from other regions including the bets from Manila are scheduled to arrive on February 23.

The visiting college and high school teams will be in separate billeting areas with the collegiate teams staying at the YMCA apartments while the high school teams will be at the Cebu City Sports Center at Abellana National School.

The five Cebu bets, because they are playing on home turf, are slightly favored especially the Lancers who are eager to make a serious run for the crown this year. Despite dominating the local CESAFI wars, UV has yet to win a national title under Coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

Playing before a home crowd will definitely give the Lancers a big boost, as they were quick to say that they didn’t have crowd support when they lost to Ateneo during last years’ CCL final.

However, the dark horse in this tournament seems to be Las Piñas College who allegedly has two tall Nigerians in its roster. The names of those two players are not available yet but their names will be released as soon as the team departs from Manila.

So far, the participating teams in the collegiate division are University of Luzon, Angeles University Foundation, Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas, University of Perpetual Help-Biñan, West Leyte College, Immaculate Christian Archdiocesan School of Zamboanga, Pilgrim Christian College, Fr. Saturnino Unico University, St. Vincent de Paul University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the ACSAT and City College of Manila. (GGM)

amdgc82
02-24-2008, 06:46 AM
BAP-SBP cautions UV (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/02/24/sports/bap.sbp.cautions.uv.html)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE National Schools Basketball Competition is just a day away but it is still being hounded by controversies as the conflict between Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and BAP once more came into play.

And caught in the crossfire is fan favorite and seven-time Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. champion University of the Visayas.

UV, which has been touted as title favorite had formalized their entry into the league, which is being organized by the BAP, the organization which BAP-SBP replaced.

BAP-SBP is making it clear that UV might not get away from this fracas unscathed.

This had been the source of controversy as BAP-SBP is not allowing it.

Yesterday, BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio sent a text message with the final decision of BAP-SBP on the matter.

Gregorio said that earlier yesterday, UV president and Congressman Eddie Gullas sent a text message to BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan to ask for his blessing for their participation in the tournament.

Position

Pangilinan, however, remained firm. "MVP will take the position that SBP cannot give its consent because of the bad precedence it will make," said Gregorio in a text message.

Gregorio further said that if UV will force its way, they might lose their good standing with BAP-SBP.

"It is up to UV if they play or not or on what to do at this point. In any event, BAP-SBP reserves the right not to invite UV in any tournaments in the future," he added.

UV on the other hand, is very much interested in joining. UV head coach Elmer Boy Cabahug said that as far as they know, they have not been told by Gullas to pull out of the competition.

"We just want to set aside politics and just play. We in the basketball team, the athletic department, the Gullases, and we are also sure, the Cebuano community wants to see UV play," he said. (MCB)

amdgc82
02-24-2008, 06:52 AM
Good News, Bad News (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080223179)
BLEACHER TALK By Rico S. Navarro
Sunday, February 24, 2008
www.philstar.com

First the good news. Cebu is hosting a national-level basketball tournament called the National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC). This starts tomorrow and will last until early next week. For such a feat, the local basketball family must be jumping for joy and proudly telling the whole country about it. After all, this is a national thing, isn’t it? But why aren’t we doing just that? Why aren’t Cebu’s basketball leaders trumpeting the event in the same way that the local Cebu horse owners group proudly hosted the Governor’s Cup last week? Even the drag racing competition at the SRP seems to be a louder event, and it’s technically only for the rich and their fancy cars.

I’m afraid this is where the bad news comes in. The NSBC is not as “national” as it really is. While the ‘NSBC” as a tournament title indicates that it’s a national collegiate tournament, it just isn’t. The only thing national about this is that the country’s different regions of are represented. Outside of that, it might just turn out to be something else. Given the level of competition of the teams playing in the tournament, I’m afraid the use of the title “national” might just backfire on the event’s organizers. In the end, the NSBC is going to simply become the BAP’s national collegiate tournament, but not the country’s official collegiate championship.

Let’s face it. When sports organizers and fans talk about a “national” tournament, they expect the best of the best to be part of the tournament. Fans will be looking forward to watching intense basketball action featuring the best of all regions. The big question here is if this is what the NSBC has to offer for fans in the coming week. A quick look at the roster of teams participating in the tournament is sure to draw more raised eyebrows than smiles of excitement and anticipation. Is this the kind of reaction events managers want?

I have nothing against the participation of Cebu’s UV, USC and SWU, but where are the country’s best collegiate teams? Where is De La Salle, Ateneo, FEU, San Beda or Letran? I must admit that I’m not at all familiar with all the other schools playing in the tournament, and I’ll apologize in advance to these schools for the slip-up. But I also suggest that we ask the ordinary basketball fans if they’re familiar with all these visiting teams. If the fans are familiar with all the schools that will be here in the next few days, then I apologize again. Maybe they are the best teams out there after all.

While all this might sound surprising, it really isn’t such a new development at all. The BAP-organized NSBC has long been ignored and given very low importance by the big boys of college ball from the UAAP and NCAA. I’ve stopped counting, but I can’t remember the last time a legitimate UAAP or NCAA champion joined an NSBC tournament. For the record, the last NSBC champion is West Negros College of Bacolod (if memory serves me right). On the local front, UV and SWU won NSBC championships in the 90s, but have stayed away this past decade.

If the big boys aren’t paying too much attention to the NSBC, then which national league are they supporting? Actually, their loyalty is stronger to their “home” leagues more than a national level tournament. The likes of Ateneo, UE and De La Salle will always look at the UAAP championship as the ultimate goal of a season. Anything else is just a bonus. On the other side, San Beda, Letran and the rest of the NCAA family also consider the NCAA championship as the only real thing that matters.

The Collegiate Champions’ League (CCL) is the other tournament that has made that bold attempt to become the national collegiate tournament of the country, obviously competing with the NSBC for bragging rights in this department. And if we are to gauge its level of competition and over-all organization, it looks like the CCL has a brighter potential than the NSBC. But then again, it’s too early to declare it as being better than the NSBC since the league is less than a decade old. Neither did it help when UAAP champions De La Salle decided to pull out from the 2007 tournament at the last-minute.

The other even worse news is that once again, the split between the two major factions that were supposed to have united as one under one umbrella organization is highlighted anew. I’ll no longer go into details of this intramurals but one thing clear is that the basketball family isn’t united on this issue with each side claiming to have the solutions to all our problems.

I find it rather odd that while it looked like the BAP-SBP had made little achievements along the way, the BAP seems to be hell-bent on going its own way. The NSBC is just another feature of this split. It sure looks like the BAP doesn’t appreciate the way the other “boys” are running the show and you can be sure they’ll have more to say in every major issue or event.

Like it or not. Today is a sad day in Philippine basketball. But then again, let’s not give it anymore importance so that it doesn’t get blown out of proportion. Let the BAP’s “national” tournament go on if only to prove a point.

* * *

Time-out: Happy birthday to Chuchay Verches and Gigi Parco! >>> You can reach me at bleachertalk@yahoo.com or 0923-342-8193 (for SunCell subscribers).

amdgc82
02-24-2008, 01:30 PM
Good News, Bad News (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080223179)
BLEACHER TALK By Rico S. Navarro
Sunday, February 24, 2008
www.philstar.com

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For the record, the last NSBC champion is West Negros College of Bacolod (if memory serves me right).
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The last champion (2007) of NSBC is Angeles University Foundation. West Negros College was champion last 2006.
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/mar/06/yehey/sports/20070306spo1.html

nastrans
02-24-2008, 02:25 PM
However, the dark horse in this tournament seems to be Las Piñas College who allegedly has two tall Nigerians in its roster. The names of those two players are not available yet but their names will be released as soon as the team departs from Manila.

LPC will be parading Ben Bikonte (a Wesley Snipes look-alike) and the other player that I forgot the name but I think it starts with the letter U.



So far, the participating teams in the collegiate division are University of Luzon, Angeles University Foundation, Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas, University of Perpetual Help-Biñan, West Leyte College, Immaculate Christian Archdiocesan School of Zamboanga, Pilgrim Christian College, Fr. Saturnino Unico University, St. Vincent de Paul University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the ACSAT and City College of Manila. (GGM)


If I'm not mistaken, Perpetual Binan or at least the core of that squad reached the finals of the PRISAA regionals in Batangas and as for CCM, it's quite surprising to see them in this tourney when they are the worst team or one of the worst teams in the recent NCRAA season.

amdgc82
02-25-2008, 06:03 AM
NSBC caging fires off this pm (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=2008022464)
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, February 25, 2008

The country’s finest collegiate teams will showcase their talents starting today with the opening of the 52nd National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) at the Cebu Coliseum.

A simple opening ceremony will kick off the week-long tilt starting at 1 pm.

As of this writing last night though, the schedule of games were still being decided in a coaches’ meeting presided over by league organizer and BAP-SBP Cebu Province 7 director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy at La Fortuna Hotel.

Seven-time CESAFI champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers will spearhead Cebu’s campaign even as the likes of Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, University of San Carlos (USC), Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers, and newcomer Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights are out to pull some major surprise.

In the juniors side, Cebu fielded in a similarly competitive contingent that includes the UV Baby Lancers, the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters and Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles.

amdgc82
02-25-2008, 06:07 AM
USC, SWU back out of NSBC; UV stays (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/02/25/sports/usc.swu.back.out.of.nsbc.uv.stays.html)
Monday, February 25, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

DESPITE stern the stern warning given by Basketball Association of the Philippine-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Cebu’s most sought-after team University of the Visayas will push through with its bid in the National Schools Basketball Championship, which starts tomorrow.

The UV Green Lancers will play the University of Luzon at the Cebu Coliseum in the main game at 7 p.m. tonight.

Two other Cebu schools, the Asian College of Technology and the University of San Carlos backed out of the event, which is organized by BAP.

BAP is no longer the national governing body for basketball as Fiba has already recognized BAP-SBP.

However, the new group is still in a quandary as BAP still continues to organize competitions and in the process, invites BAP-SBP members to join their events, causing confusion and rift among members.

The other day, BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio issued a stern warning on UV, threatening them that if they force their way, they might suffer consequences in the future.

Future events

Gregorio said that UV might not be invited in future competitions of BAP-SBP.

On this note, a source, who asked for anonymity, said there is a chance that UV could no longer join the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., which is a stakeholder of BAP-SBP.

If worse comes to worse, it might hurt UV’s chances of defending their Cesafi title, which they kept for seven straight years.

Yesterday, Gregorio said that they are reaching out to UV and is pleading for them to help out the national sports association.

“SBP president Manny Pangilinan is reaching out to UV to please help us and support the NSA for the sake of our national programs,” Gregorio said.

Cabahug said that one of the main reasons that they want to join is to play for Cebu.

The competition will be joined by different schools from all over the nation and UV stands a good chance of bringing home the bacon for the home fans.

Last year, UV finished second in the Collegiate Championship League, which also attracted some of the country’s toughest teams. As the National Schools Basketball Championship will be staged in Cebu, it makes UV hungrier to finally win a national title in front of home fans. (MCB)

amdgc82
02-25-2008, 06:15 AM
Students’ cagefest in Cebu (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-02-25&sec=7&aid=50635)
February 25, 2008 07:59 PM Monday*
www.journal.com.ph

CEBU City --* The 62nd National Students Basketball Championships, the* country’s biggest* and longest-running* basketball* competition, finally* *comes off the wraps* *today* *(Monday, Feb.25)* with no less than Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)* president Prospero* “Butch” Pichay* as guest of* honor* at the Cebu Coliseum.
* *
Pichay,* Cebu sports* patron* and* *BAP regional director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy* and* Vice* Mayor* Mike Raba (? Rama) will personally make the* *ceremonial toss during* the 1 p.m. opening ceremony.
* *
Also* expected* *to* grace* *the* *event* sponsored by La Fortuna Hotel and Bakery,* Natures Spring* Mineral Water, Air21, Healthy Options and Converse.* *is* BAP secretary-general Graham Lim.
* *
Defending champion Angeles University Foundation opens* *its* bid* *for* back-to-back* championship* *when* it* *meets Surigao Education* Center in the* *featured match* at* 2:30 p.m.
* *
The Pampanga-based Great* *Danes defeated* National Capital Region (NCR) representative* *AMA Computer University Titans in* the championship held* in* Ibahay, Aklan last* year.
* *
Southwestern University, one* of* *three teams of host Cebu, will also begin its campaign against* SCUAA champion Polytechnic University at 5:30 p.m.
* *
The* two other Cebu teams, University* of Visayas and Salazar Institute* of Technology,* also make* *their debut* against Luzon-based squads* *University of* *Luzon* and* Philippine* Christian University-Dasmarinas, respectively.* *
* *
In all, a total of* 31 teams* --* 21 in* the collegiate division and 10 in the secondary level -- are competing in the tournament
* *
Four* matches* are* on tap in the* high school bracket* to be held* simulataneously at* the Minglanilla gym.
* *
Multi-titled* Benedictine International School takes the floor against* Pilgirms Christian College in* the* main game at 3 p.m.
* *
The Diliman-based Tigersharks* of coach Beaujing Acot are* installed as* one* of* the* *favorites, along with the UV Lancers.
* * The entries:
* * College
* * Group A -- Angeles University Foundation, PCU-Dasmarinas, Surigao Educational Center, Salazar Intitute* of Technology
* * Group B -- City College of Manila, Polytechnic* University of the Philippines, Pilgrims Christian College, Southwestern.
* * Group C -- University of Visayas, University of Luzon, St. Vincent de Paul College,* University of Perpetual Help-Binan.
* * Group D -- ACSAT-Dumaguete, Western Leyte College, Universal* College* of* Nursing,* Immaculate* *Conception , Asian College.
* * High School
* * Group A* *-- Benedictine* *International* School,Melchor Memorial School-Aklan, Leyte* National High School, Zamboanga del Norte Natioanal High* School, University of Visayas.
* * Group B* --* Salazar Intitute of Technology, Pilgrims Christian College,* University of Pangasinan, Kid’s World Academy, Bohol Intitute of* Technology.

gameface_one
02-25-2008, 02:08 PM
New controversy



Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:17:00 02/24/2008


The opening of the 2008 National Students' Basketball Championships (NSBC) is just a day away but it seems that another controversy is set to spoil the tournament before it could actually take off.

According to a reliable source who asked not to be identified, the participation of the Cebu-based schools is now in peril after Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) regional director Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba allegedly sent a letter to its member schools urging them not to join the tournament.

“We at the BAP-SBP—as the only basketball governing body recognized by FIBA in the Philippines—is strongly preventing or discouraging any Cesafi or VAAA member team to participate in the upcoming NSBC,” Alcoseba said in a letter, a copy of which was given to CDN by the source.

Cesafi and VAAA are members of the BAP-SBP.

“The said tournament is organized by the defunct Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), which is not recognized by BAP-SBP,” Alcoseba added.

The letter did not state whether a penalty will be imposed for those teams which will continue to join.

The Cebu-based schools that initially expressed their intention to join the tournament, which is set to open tomorrow and will last until March 2, are the University of the Visayas, Southwestern University, University of San Carlos, Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology and Asian College of Technology.

Of the said teams, USC and ACT are most likely to pull out.

“The coaches of ACT and USC are very close to Alcoseba and they are expected to follow the order,” the source said. “Even the VAAA teams are expected not to join because they have high regards to Alcoseba being the founder of the league.”

Tata Merced is the head coach of ACT while Jay Ramirez is coaching USC. Merced and Ramirez serve as assistant coaches to Alcoseba in the M. Lhuillier squad.

UV, SWU and USC are members of the Cesafi and VAAA, while SCSIT and ACT are part of the VAAA. UV head coach Boy Cabahug could not even confirm whether the Green Lancers will still join the tournament.

“So far, I can't say if we will still join. Personally, I want to join but I have to wait for the order of our school president,” said Cabahug.

Asked for his reaction in the recent developments, event organizer and Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) Region 7 Director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy, said the tournament will push through even without the Cebu teams.

“It's really up to them if they will join or not. I will respect the decision of BAP-SBP but nobody can stop from holding the NSBC,” said Sy.

CDN tried to get the side of Alcoseba but calls were unanswered. Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

amdgc82
02-25-2008, 04:30 PM
Students’ caging under way (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports4_feb25_2008)
By Arman Armero

CEBU CITY—The Sinulog Festival may be over, but the excitement lingers in the air as the 62nd National Students’ Basketball Championship gets going today at the historic Cebu Coliseum here.

The week-long basketball festival, which garnered some of the best high school and collegiate bets from the country’s 16 regions, opens with simple but colorful rites to be attended by high-ranking officials of the organizing Basketball Association of the Philippines, led by its president, former Surigao Rep. Prospero Pichay, secretary-general Graham Lim and lead Cebu organizer and Region VII director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy.

Also expected to attend the star-studded rites are Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Vice Mayor Mike Rama and other high-ranking provincial and city officials.

The hostilities formally start at the Cebu Coliseum with the game pitting top National Capital Region qualifier City College of Manila against Pilgrim Christian College from Cagayan de Oro (Group B) at 7:30 a.m., to be followed by the game between St. Vincent de Paul College against the University of Perpetual Help-Biñan (Group C) at 9 a.m.

Western Leyte College and University of Cebu (Group D) clash at 10:30 a.m., while defending champion Angeles University Foundation tests the mettle of Surigao Educational Center (Group A) at 12:30 p.m.

Other schedules pit Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas against Salazar Institute of Technology at 4 p.m., Polytechnic University of the Philippines vs. Southwestern University at 5:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Archdiocese School vs. Asian Computer Technology at 7 p.m., and the University of Visayas against University of Luzon at 8:30 p.m.

In the high school division to be played at Millanilla (Minglanilla) town here, Melchor Memorial School (Aklan) debuts against UV at 8 a.m., followed by the clash between Leyte National High School and Zamboanga del Norte National High School at 9:30 a.m., while the last two games pit PCC against Bohol Institute of Technology and University of Pangasinan vs. Kid’s World Christian Academy.

Sy said the presence of several Cebu-based teams in the nine-day tournament organized by the BAP and sponsored by La Fortune Hotel and Bakeshop, Converse and Nature Spring Mineral Water, only underscores the Cebuano’s passion for the game, despite efforts from other sector to try to disrupt the games.

amdgc82
02-25-2008, 04:32 PM
UV is lone Cebu team in NSBC seniors division (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20080225-121084/UV-is-lone-Cebu-team-in-NSBC-seniors-division)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:33:00 02/25/2008

The controversial 2008 National Students' Basketball Championships (NSBC) comes off the wraps today with only one Cebu-based school playing in the collegiate division.

The collegiate battle will be played at the Cebu Coliseum, while the secondary division will be held at the Minglanilla Sports Complex.

The opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Cebu Coliseum. Before the formal opening, three games will be played starting at 8 a.m.

Initially, five collegiate Cebu-based teams signified their intention to join but it is only the University of the Visayas (UV) which will be pushing through with its participation.

“There is no order from our school president (Eduardo Gullas) to back out, so our decision is we will play,” UV head coach Boy Cabahug said.

“Sir Eddie told me that we will play not because we are siding with the BAP. The tournament will be held here in Cebu and it will be ironic if there will be no Cebu team. We are even spending just to play outside Cebu, now that the tournament is in Cebu, why will we not play?” Cabahug added.

Cabahug said that UV is willing to face the consequences of their decision to play.

The withdrawal of some teams came after the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) issued a warning to its member schools not to join the tournament, which is organized by the BAP.

Those who backed out were the University of San Carlos , Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology and Asian College of Technology.

Southwestern University has yet to decide as of press time whether it will join or not.

Although they withdrew in the collegiate battle, SCSIT will compete in the secondary division along with UV, Sacred Heart School-Jesuits, and University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

Joining UV in the collegiate division are University of Luzon-Dagupan of Region I, Angeles University Foundation of Region 3, Philippine Christian University-Dasmarinas and University of Perpetual Help-Binan of Region 4, Western Leyte College of Region 8, Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School of Region 9, Pilgrim Christian College of Region 10, Fr. Saturnino Urino University and Saint Vincent De Paul College of CARAGA Region and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Asian College of Science and Technology, City College of Manila and Las Pinas College of NCR.

Other secondary competitors are Bohol Institute of Technology-International College, Dumaguete's St. Louis School-Don Bosco, University of Pangasinan of Region I, Kids World Christian Academy of Region 4, Aklan Polytechnic of Region 6, Leyte National High School of Region 8, WLC, PCC, FSUU, SVDPC and NCR's Benedictine International School and St. Jude College. /Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

amdgc82
02-26-2008, 05:59 AM
SWU joins UV in BAP National Championships (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/02/26/sports/swu.joins.uv.in.bap.national.championships.html)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

IN a sudden turn of events the Southwestern University Cobras disregarded the stern warning issued by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) and decided to try its luck in the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) organized 2008 National Students Basketball Championships at the Cebu Coliseum.

BAP-SBP executive director earlier warned that schools who join the BAP competition may no longer be invited in their events.

SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar said it was the management which made them changed their mind after earlier deciding not to join the tournament.

“To make it clear, I and the school president has decided not to participate in the NSBC, but the management (school owner) want us to join the competition. So we have to abide by that decision,” Aznar said.

Earlier, SWU together with the University of San Carlos Warriors and Asian College of Technology Cyber Tigers pulled out from the competition, leaving only the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers as Cebu’s representative in the competition.

However, SCSIT also backed out from the collegiate competition, choosing to just concentrate its efforts on the high school competition. (RCM)

amdgc82
02-26-2008, 06:02 AM
CCM edges PCC in NSBC caging (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080225155)
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Isaac Crisostomo hit a buzzer-beating layup to carry the City College of Manila (CCM) to a 105-103 victory over the Pilgrim Christian College (PCC) of Cagayan de Oro City at the start of the 2008 National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

7:00 am UCN-P vs. WLC

8:30 am ACSAT vs. ICAS

10:00 am SWU vs. SEC

11:30 am PUP vs. CCM

1:00 pm PCC vs. ADD

2:30 pm UPH vs. UL

4 pm UV vs. SVDPC

5:30 pm SEC vs. AUF

7:00 pm SWU vs. PCU

8:30 pm ACSAT vs. UCN-P

As of this writing last night, the game between defending champion Angeles University Foundation (AUF) of Pampanga against the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Dolphins of Dasmariñas as well as the battle between Cebu’s University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of Luzon.

Adding big boost to the week-long tilt is the entry of Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras. They will take on SEC in the morning and then the PCU Dolphins in the afternoon.

The Lancers are again scheduled to play today against St. Vincent de Paul College (SVDPC) of Dumaguete.

In the other games, the University of Perpetual Help (UPH) escaped with a 94-91 victory over the SVDPC, while the West Leyte College (WLC) Mustangs had to pass through the wringer before getting rid of the hard-fighting Zamboanga City-based Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School (ICAS), 102-99.

In the Inter-Secondary action staged at the Minglanilla Sports Complex, the UV Baby Lancers routed Aklan’s Melchor Memorial College (MMC)of Aklan, 92-63.

The rest of results in the secondary division were not yet available to the media as of presstime.

amdgc82
02-26-2008, 06:12 AM
Defending champs get NSBC hoop bid going (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080226-121217/Defending-champs-get-NSBC-hoop-bid-going)
By Calvin Cordova
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 04:48:00 02/26/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Four close games marked the opening of national collegiate wars here with defending champion Angeles University Foundation leading the winners’ bandwagon as it scraped past Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas, 112-109, in the National Students Basketball Championships at the Cebu Coliseum.

University of Perpetual Help edged out Saint Vincent de Paul College, 94-91, Western Leyte College outlasted Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School, 102-99, and City College of Manila survived Pilgrim Christian College, 105-103.

Sixteen schools, divided into four brackets, have signed up in the collegiate division.

Bracket members will play in a single round-robin format with the top two teams in each bracket advancing to the crossover quarterfinals. Quarterfinal winners will then advance to the crossover semifinals.

The inter-secondary division attracted eight teams divided into two groups.

The games were played under the shadow of a pullout by a bulk of schools from the Cebu collegiate leagues apparently because they feared sanctions from the governing Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

The schools reportedly received a letter from the SBP “discouraging” them from joining the league, a source told the Cebu Daily News.

The Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights, University of San Carlos Warriors and Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers were among those that backed out.

amdgc82
02-26-2008, 06:25 AM
Angeles, Perpetual in big starts (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-02-26&sec=7&aid=50758)
February 26, 2008 08:24 PM Tuesday*
www.journal.com.ph

CEBU CITY* -- Defending champion Angeles University Foundation brought down Philippine Christian University-Dasmarinas,* 112-109 , to* launch its title-retention bid on a bright note in the 62nd National Students Basketball Championships at the Cebu Coliseum.
* *
Matthew Carney scattered 32 points and* three other players also scored in double figures to lead the Great Danes of coach Eric Gascon to victory.
* * *
Backing up Carney were Lemuel Manalang , who scored 23 points; Chucky* Gomez, who added* 22’ and Michael Gomez, who contributed 18.
* *
Sharing* the* *limelight were City College of Manila, which edged Pilgrims* Christian College,* 105-103, in Group B;* Southern Tagalog titlist* University* of* Perpetual Help-Binan (Laguna), which nipped St. Vincent* de* Paul* College-Surigao, 94-91, in* Group C; and* Western Leyte College, which* downed Immaculate Conception Artdioscis* School-Zamboanga, 102-99, in Group D.
* *
Marlon Dela Cruz, Raymar Marte and Christian Quinones* combined* for* 60 points for CCM of coach Randy Alcantara.
* *
De la Cruz fired 21 points, Marte added* 20 and Quinones contributed* 19 for the Merlions.
* *
Mark Daanoy* and Norman Inala* led Pilgrims College with 30 and 27 points, respectively.
* *
The Binan, Laguna-based Saints of coach Vic Escudero and manager Bert Tamayo relied on Anthony Ramos (20 points), Lord Casajeros (19),* Raymund Lingal* (17), Paulo Medrano (11) and Dick Anquilo (10)* to grab the lea din Group C.
* *
St. Vincent , which represents CARAGA region,* was paced by Reysan Anciertro with 19 points, Edgar Caomate with 18 and Ryan Adonis with 14.
* *
Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Prospero “Butch”* *Pichay* made the ceremonial toss* during the colorful opening ceremony, assisted by BAP Region 7 Director Lorenzo* “Chao”* Sy,* Cebu City vice Mayor Mike Rama, BAP* secretary-general Graham Lim and auditor Tony Fabico
* *
Pichay, making his first appearance as BAP president* in a national tournament, delivered a short speech lauding the students-athletes’ participation in the* event, while reserving harsh words to those whom he* accused as “anti-sports and anti-basketball.”* * * * * *

“Those who were calling to boycottt this tournament are anti-basketball and anti-sports. Let us put an end to politics in sports. Let the players play.* That’s our only intention here. If they call for a boycott,* to me, that’s being anti-sports.* They do not deserve to be in sports,” said the former Surigao congressman.* *
* *
Pichay was referring to the call made by officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas here to boycott the tournament, targeting top collegiate schools like University of the Visayas,* Southwestern University and University of San Carlos.
* *
But UV, the reigning champion in Cebu’s school-based tournament here, held* its* *ground and decided to join the tournament* *while SWU, which was reported to have also boycotted the tournament,* confirmed* that it too woul join the week-long tourney.*

amdgc82
02-26-2008, 06:32 AM
Cebu teams give student caging cold shoulder (http://www.malaya.com.ph/feb26/spor5.htm)
www.malaya.com.ph

EXCEPT for University of the Visayas, all Cebu-based teams invited to join the 61st (62nd) National Students Basketball Championship organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines have given the tournament a cold shoulder, leaving organizers with a thin field of just 14 teams in the seniors division.

Raul Alcoseba, BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas regional director for Cebu, yesterday said the BAP faced difficulty organizing its pet tournament after the withdrawal of nearly all Cebu-based teams a day before the opening rites.

A former ally of BAP secretary-general Graham Lim, Alcoseba, who joined the SBP last year, took the opportunity to confirm his loyalty to the cage body organized by the international basketball federation (FIBA) and its president, Manny Pangilinan.

"We’re not participating because the tournament just widens the rift between the SBP and the BAP," said Alcoseba, speaking on behalf of the Cebu Schools Athletic Association Inc. "We also have our own tournament in November so I don’t see the use of joining there.

"The SBP is the organization recognized by FIBA, so what’s the use of joining a tournament is not enjoying the recognition of the world-governing body?"

Cebu-based teams, including those from the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association opted to pull out. Powerhouse UV, led by BAP hardliner Eduardo Gullas, is the reigning champion of CESAFI.

Alcoseba confirmed that University of San Carlos, Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology, and Asian Institute (College) of Technology joined the withdrawal list while Southwestern University was having difficulty making a stand. There are reports, however, that Southwestern eventually joined the tourney.

"I don’t think it would be successful, especially with the absence of top-caliber teams from the UAAP and NCAA," Alcoseba said.

myktristan
02-26-2008, 08:40 AM
Defending champs get NSBC hoop bid going

By Calvin Cordova
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 04:48:00 02/26/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Four close games marked the opening of national collegiate wars here with defending champion Angeles University Foundation leading the winners’ bandwagon as it scraped past Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas, 112-109, in the National Students Basketball Championships at the Cebu Coliseum.

University of Perpetual Help edged out Saint Vincent de Paul College, 94-91, Western Leyte College outlasted Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School, 102-99, and City College of Manila survived Pilgrim Christian College, 105-103.

Sixteen schools, divided into four brackets, have signed up in the collegiate division.

Bracket members will play in a single round-robin format with the top two teams in each bracket advancing to the crossover quarterfinals. Quarterfinal winners will then advance to the crossover semifinals.

The inter-secondary division attracted eight teams divided into two groups.

The games were played under the shadow of a pullout by a bulk of schools from the Cebu collegiate leagues apparently because they feared sanctions from the governing Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

The schools reportedly received a letter from the SBP “discouraging” them from joining the league, a source told the Cebu Daily News.

The Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights, University of San Carlos Warriors and Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers were among those that backed out.

Link: http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080226-121217/Defending-champs-get-NSBC-hoop-bid-going

amdgc82
02-26-2008, 03:44 PM
Pichay hits BAP-SBP (http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20080226-121282/Pichay-hits-BAP-SBP)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:30:00 02/26/2008

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president and former congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay hit on the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) after the latter discouraged its member schools from joining the 2008 National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC).

“They (BAP-SBP) are anti-sports. If you order a boycott, you don't deserve to be in sports. Why would you boycott a tournament when it is for the welfare of the athletes since it is by playing in tournaments that athletes enhance their skills,” said Pichay, who attended the NSBC opening on Monday at the Cebu Coliseum.

It shall be recalled that five collegiate teams from Cebu have earlier expressed their willingness to join in NSBC but when BAP-SBP came out with a letter disbarring them from joining, most of them backed out.

Part of the letter that was relayed by a reliable source to Cebu Daily News (CDN) said: “We at the BAP-SBP — as the only basketball governing recognized by FIBA in the Philippines — strongly preventing or discouraging any Cesafi or VAAA member team to participate in the upcoming NSBC.”

That letter prompted the Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights, University of San Carlos Warriors and Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers to back out.

Those who stood firm on their decision to compete were the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the Southwestern University Cobras.

USC, ACT, UV, SWU and SCSIT play for VAAA, which is sanctioned by the BAP-SBP.

USC, UV and SWU are also part of the CESFAI, which is also under BAP-SBP.

Unless permitted, BAP-SBP bars it members from competing in any tournament not sanctioned by the organization.

UV showed up in the opening ceremony while SWU was nowhere to be found.

Last minute

But while the opening ceremony was in progress, Boy Murillo, one of the tournament organizers, got a call from SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar, who confirmed the Cobras' participation.

BAP Region 7 director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy said the Cobras' participation was sealed after Pichay called up SWU owner Bombi Aznar to convince him to join the annual tournament.

“I want to thank UV and SWU for believing in basketball. It is about time that we stop playing politics in sports. I have so much of politics during my nine-year stint in congress,” said Pichay, who was joined by BAP secretary-general Graham Lim and other BAP officials in the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, four close games marked the opening of the collegiate battle with defending champion Angeles University Foundation leading the winners' bandwagon, beating the Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas, 112-109.

University of Perpetual Help edged out Saint Vincent de Paul College, 94-91, Western Leyte College outlasted Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School, 102-99, City College of Manila survived Pilgrim Christian College, 105-103, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines eked past Ateneo de Davao, 109-104.

The University of the Visayas and the University of Luzon were still playing as of press time. /Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

AnthonyServinio
02-27-2008, 12:53 AM
Pichay hits BAP-SBP (http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20080226-121282/Pichay-hits-BAP-SBP)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:30:00 02/26/2008

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“They (BAP-SBP) are anti-sports. If you order a boycott, you don't deserve to be in sports. Why would you boycott a tournament when it is for the welfare of the athletes since it is by playing in tournaments that athletes enhance their skills,” said Pichay, who attended the NSBC opening on Monday at the Cebu Coliseum.

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“I want to thank UV and SWU for believing in basketball. It is about time that we stop playing politics in sports. I have so much of politics during my nine-year stint in congress,” said Pichay, who was joined by BAP secretary-general Graham Lim and other BAP officials in the opening ceremony.

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KASAMOK!!!

amdgc82
02-27-2008, 04:54 AM
Pichay extols Cebu’s support to NSBC (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080226172)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Basketball patron Prospero “Butch” Pichay aborted what could have been an inevitable boycott of other host teams in the National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) simultaneously hosted by Cebu City and the municipality of Minglanilla.

Pichay told NSBC organizer Lorenzo “Chao” Sy that he was grateful to the change of heart by the administration of the University of San Carlos (USC), Southwestern University (SWU), and the Asian College of Technology (ACT), allowing their respective collegiate teams to see action in the week-long tilt.

Except for the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers who stood pat on their decision to compete in the annual caging, USC, SWU and ACT heeded the order of the BAP-SBP leadership not to join the tournament.

Upon learning that USC, SWU and ACT have withdrawn their participation, Pichay persuaded the management of the concerned teams to reconsider their decision because snubbing the tournament would tantamount to being “anti-sports.”

“Don’t mess with me. Let’s put an end to this politics in sports,” was the bold message by Pichay to the Cebuano teams. “We should cooperate with each other and help one another to help promote sports in the regions,” added the former three-termer solon from Surigao City.

With the host teams’ sudden turnaround, Pichay said he can now sense the success of Cebu’s hosting of the NSBC because he is sure that competition will be at a higher level and of greater dimension. (GGM)

amdgc82
02-27-2008, 04:56 AM
UV annihilates SVDPC to reach NSBC q’finals (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080226171)
By Gabby G. Malagar
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers rolled to their second straight victory via a 112-78 thrashing of Surigao’s St. Vincent de Paul College (SVDPC) to advance into the quarterfinals of the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC) last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The UV Lancers of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug shoot for a three-game elimination round sweep today when they battle University of Perpetual Help of Biñan, Laguna at 2:30 pm.

The Lancers were led by Harlow Chad Villanil who sank seven 3-pointers of his game-high 31 points. Von Harry Lanete chipped in 17 markers followed by Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter with 16.

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, on the other hand, kicked off its championship campaign with an 87-65 mauling of Surigao Education Center (SEC) of Surigao City.

The results of the game between the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the Immaculate Christian Archdiocesan School of Zamboanga as well as that of the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights against the City College of Manila were not yet available as of this writing last night.

In the other games, UCN-Parañaque beat Western Leyte College (WLC) Mustangs, 93-79, ICAS nipped ACSAT, 89-58, CCM edged out PUP, 103-95, PCC tamed ADD, 78-73, and UL vanquished UPH, 108-77.

The scores

(UV vs. SVDPC)

UV (112) -Villanil 31, Lanete 17, Slaughter 16, Lasala 14, Calo 8, Sendrijas 6, Diputado 4, Tancongco 4, Lao 4,* Arda 2,* Mepaña 2, Luga 2, Dennison 2

SVDPC (78) - Adonis 14, Dubluis 13, Avila 11, Narega 11, Caomatan 10, Acierto 8, Talingting 5, Tamaño 2, Solonia 2, Afable 2

(SWU vs. SEC)* * * * * * * * *

SWU (87) - Belandi 15, Zanoria 14, Gianchand 14, Pologrates 8, Sanico 8, Litorja 5, Tubongbanua 5, Ceniza 4, Diango 4, Maguate 4, Divinagracia 2, Armecin 2, Jalandoni 2

SEC (65) - Esmejarda 17, Ellan 17, Flores 11, Andoy 11, Mollaninida 4, Montinola 3, Mamolo 2

amdgc82
02-27-2008, 04:59 AM
UV books first quarterfinal seat in NSBC (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/02/27/sports/uv.books.first.quarterfinal.seat.in.nsbc.html)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

CEBU teams displayed a rare show of force as they took their respective opponents to school in the 2008 National Student Basketball Championships held at the Cebu Coliseum.

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers displayed a mammoth performance to win their second straight game and book the first quarterfinal seat of the tournament.

Last Monday evening, the Lancers drowned University of Luzon-Dagupan 136-82, then last night, UV preyed on the shorter St. Vincent de Paul College for a 112-78 victory.

Not to be outdone, the Southwestern University Cobras opened their bid for another national title with an 87-65 mastery over the Surigao Education Center Mariners, while at press time the Cobras were being tested by the Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas Dolphins.

With its two victories, the Lancers are the first to make it to the quarterfinal round and will have to play another tournament toughie, the University of Perpetual Help-Biñan at 2:30 p.m. today.

Against UL, UV started hot in the first, leaving the Dagupan City-based opponent 36-17 and was never threatened the rest of the way.

Yesterday, Harlow Villanil wrecked havoc by scoring 13 in the second and added 10 of his 31 points in the third to lead the Lancers to their second victory.

Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos Warriors and the Asian College of Technology Cyber Tigers were facing separate foes at press time at the Minglanilla Sports Complex.

The Warriors were playing Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School of Zamboanga City, while the Cyber Tigers were facing the City College of Manila.

UV (112)—Villanil 31, Lañete 17, Slaughter 16, Lasala 14, Calo 8, Sendrijas 6, Tantongco 4, Diputado 4, Lao 4, Arda 2, Luga 2, Mepaña 2, Dennison 2.
SVDPC (78)—Adonis 14, Dubluis 13, Avila 11, Naraga 11, Caomate 10, Acierta 8, Talingting 5, Tamaño 2, Afable 2, Salania 2. (RCM)

amdgc82
02-27-2008, 05:08 AM
UV, Southwestern lead Cebu’s campaign (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-02-27&sec=7&aid=50896)
February 27, 2008 08:12 PM Wednesday* *
www.journal.com.ph

*
* * * *Standings
* * * *Group* A
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * W* * L
AUF* * * * * * * * * * * * *1* * 0
SWU* * * * * * * * * * * * 1* * 0
PCU-Dasma* * * * * * * 0* * 1
Surigao* EC* * * * * * * 0* * 2

* * * *Group B
CCM* * * * * * * * * * * * 2* * 0
PUP* * * * * * * * * * * * *1* * 1
Pilgrims CC* * * * * * * 1* * 1
Ateneo de Davao* * * 0* * 2
Asian College* * * * * * x* * x

* * * *Group C
UV* * * * * * * * * * * * * * 1* * 0
Perpetual* Help* * * * * 1* * 0
Univ. of* Luzon* * * * * *0* * 1
St. Vincent* * * * * * * ** 0* * 1

* * * *Group D
UCN* * * * * * * * * * * * * 1* * 0
W. Leyte* * * * * * * * * **1* * 1
Immaculate* * * * * * * * 1* * 1
ACSAT* * * * * * * * * ** * 0* * 1
U. San* Carlos* * * * * * *x* * x
* *
CEBU* CITY -- Cebu-based* * teams* made* their* presence* felt as University* of* Visayas* and* Southwestern* *University trounced* separate* *rivals* in the 62nd* *BAP-National* Students* Basketball* *Championship at* the* Cebu Coliseum* here* late* Monday.
* *
The* UV* Lancers* demolished University of* Luzon,* *136-82, while* SWU Cobras* pulverized Surigao Education Center, 87-65, in* *a* *pair* of* *lopsided* victories that* boosted Cebu’s chances* to* regain* the* title* in* the country’s* *oldest* collegiate championship.
* *
Led* by* 6-11* Fil-Am* Gregory* Slaughter and* *handled* by former* PBA* player-turned-coach* *Elmer Cabahug,* the* Lancers dominated* the* *game* from start to finish* to* join* University of* Perpetual Help -Binan* for* *the lead* in* *Group C.
* *
Slaughter ,* a* *20-year-old* son of an American and Cebuana mother,* shone brightest* *by scoring 20* points and grabbing 11 rebounds to the* *delight of a big* Cebuano crowd.
* *
Rechum Dennison* and* * Eman Calo* added 18* *points* *apiece and Harry* Lanete,* *Jun* *Lasala, Chris Diputado* and Harlou Villanil* *contributed 10* * points each* for UV, owner* of* a* *record* seventh* *straight* *CESAFI* championship.
* *
The* Dodie* Miego-coached Cobras, who* bagged the* crown when* *the* *“Queen City of the South” last hosted this tournament* in 1996,* relied* on* *Alfrea* Belandi,* *Eric Zanoria* and Richard* Giandona.
* *
Belandi led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Zanoria and Giandona with 14 points apiece.
* *
SEC* got* 17 points each from* AJ* Esmejana and Albert Ellar.
* *
Equally* *impressive* was* * City College* of* *Manila, which* * nipped* Polytechnic University of* *the Philippines, 103-95, for* the solo lead in* Group B.
* *
Jaymar* Marte and Jervy Estacio combined for 50 points to lead* the Merlions of Randy Alcantara to* their second straight win.
* *
Christian* Quinones* also scored* in* double figures for* *CCM, which is* *being supported by Manila* Mayor Alfredo Lim and MASCO* chairman Nino Dela Cruz.
* *
In* *other* games,* * Immaculate* Conception School defeated ACSAT-Dumaguete, 89-59,* *and* *Universal College of* Nursing-Paranaque* crushed Western* Leyte* *College, 93-79 in Group* D.
* * * *
Dexter Garcia scattered* a game-high 29 points* to* *power the Green* Voyagers to* their* first win in two outings in* *the tournament* * supported by Fortuna Hotel, Nature’s* Spring ,* *Air21* and Converse.

myktristan
02-27-2008, 04:37 PM
Cebu teams back in action
By Arman Armero
Link: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports1_feb27_2008

CEBU CITY—Only minutes after Southwestern University reconsidered its earlier stand and rejoined the 62nd National Students’ Basketball Championship, two other top Cebu college teams made a beeline back into the graces of the week-long tournament yesterday.

University of San Carlos and Asian College of Science and Technology, which had earlier followed SWU’s decision to boycott the tournament on orders of officials of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, had a surprising change of heart and are back into the tournament roster. This complicated an already heavy schedule but at the same time, gave the Cebuano basketball fanatics here more reasons to cheer their home teams.

At least two Cebuano teams, the Elmer Cabahug-coached University of Visayas and the SWU Cobras, who won the crown when the Queen City of the South last hosted this tournament in 1996, started the Cebuanos’ title drive on a bright note, following convincing victories over separate opponents at the historic Cebu Coliseum.

The UV Lancers, who paraded a 6’11” behemoth in Gregory Slaughter, made its debut late Monday night against University of Luzon and ran away with a 136-82 rout for their first win in Group C of the tournament organized by the BAP-Region VII and sponsored by Converse, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water and Fortuna Hotel and Bakeshop.

The 19-year-old Slaughter, son of an American and a Cebuana, dominated the paint and finished with a team-high 20 points.

The SWU Cobras also debuted in style yesterday, handily winning over Surigao Educational Center, 87-65, also for its first win in Group A.

But it was a Manila-based team, the City College of Manila, which now leads the pack with a 2-0 (win-loss) card following its upset victory over Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 103-95, to lord it over in Group B.

CCM won over PCC, 105-103, in its debut last Monday.

Also posting wins late Monday and yesterday morning were Immaculate Conception Archdiocese School, which topped Acsat-Dumaguete, 89-58, in Group D, and Universal College of Nursing-Parañaque over Western Leyte College, 93-79.

Also yesterday, Pilgrim Christian College from Cagayan de Oro slipped past Ateneo de Davao, 78-73, for its first win in two games in Group D. Ateneo took its second straight loss.

amdgc82
02-28-2008, 06:23 AM
UV routs first two foes in NSBC hoop (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20080227-121489/UV-routs-first-two-foes-in-NSBC-hoop)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:33:00 02/27/2008

Powerhouse University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers lived up to their lofty billing by chalking up two easy wins in the inter-collegiate action of the National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) at the Cebu Coliseum.

Last Monday, the Boy Cabahug-coached Green Lancers overwhelmed University of Luzon (UL) of Region 10, 136-82, and followed that up with another 112-78 victory against Saint Vincent de Paul College (SVDPC) of Caraga Region.

Those two wins allowed the Green Lancers to become the first quarterfinalists in Group C.

UV banked on a balanced attack in trouncing UL with eight Green Lancers scoring in double figures.

Six-foot-11 behemoth Gregory Slaughter powered his way to 20 points, while Eman Calo and Ritchum Dennison contributed 18 each.

It was Harlow Villanil's turn to shine against SVDPC, turning himself into a one-man wrecking crew with his game-high 31 points.

Villanil caught fire from the three-point land, converting seven triples to help UV sealed the 34-point rout in the tournament sponsored by Fortuna Hotel, Nature's Spring and Converse.

Aside from UV, another Cebu-based school jumped to a rousing start when late-entry Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras mangled Surigao Education Center, 87-65.

Alfred Belande led the Cobras with 15 points.

Change of heart

Meanwhile, after their early decision to back out, the University of San Carlos (USC) and Asian College of Technology (ACT) finally decided to join the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)-organized competition.

USC, SWU and ACT contemplated to join the tournament after the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) discouraged them to join, citing that the cagefest is not sanctioned by the organization.

“I am glad that they decided to join. I appreciate their gestures since this will be good for the sport of basketball especially here in Cebu,” said BAP Region 7 Director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy.

USC and ACT were set to play late last night against Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School of Region 9 and City College of Manila of NCR, respectively.

BOX SCORES:
UV (136)- Slaughter 20, Calo 18, Dennison 18, Lasala 14, Lanete 10,Villanil 10, Diputado 10, Luga 10, Tantongco 7, Mepaña 7, Sendrijas 6, Arda 4, Lao 2.
UL (82) – Nativio 24, Ilao 17, Calalad 12, Callao 9, Flores 6, Cubo 4, Panunciar 4, Caiña 2, Cubo 1, Franada 1.

UV (112)- Villanil 31, Lanete 17, Slaughter 16, Lasala 14, Calo 8, Sendrijas 6, Tantongco 4, Lao 4, Diputado 4, Luga 2, Mepaña 2, Dennison 2, Arda 2.
SVDPC (78) – Adonis 14, Dubluis 13, Naraga 11, Avila 11, Caomate 10, Acierta 8, Talingting 5, Afable 2, Tamaño 2,Salania 2.

SWU (87)- Belande 15, Gianchand 14, Zanoria 14, Poligrates 8, Suico 8, Litorja 5, Tubongbanua 5, Ceniza 4, Django 4, Maguate 4, Armecin 2, Divinagracia 2, Jalandoni 2.
SEC (65) – Ellan 17, Flores 11,Esmejudo 17, Andoy 11, Mollanida 4, Mentenola 3, Mamolo 2. /Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

amdgc82
02-28-2008, 06:25 AM
All-Cebu show looms in NSBC, UV Lancers top Group C; SWB Cobras gun down defending champ AUF (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080227149)
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, February 28, 2008

All four host teams made it into the quarterfinals with the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras topping their* respective brackets in the 62nd National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

7 am USC vs. WLC

8:30 ACT vs. PCC

The Lancers ruled Group C following another 99-57 rout of the University of Perpetual Help of Biñan, Laguna, while the Cobras swept Group A after escaping with a 94-92 victory over defending champion Angeles University Foundation* (AUF) of* Pampanga.

The Lancers and the Cobras completed the classification round with similar clean 3-0 slates.

The Cobras banked on the last-second heroics of Eliud Poligrates, who sank the game-winning layup with 1.8 seconds remaining in the contest. Alfred Belande paced the Cobras with 20 points followed by Clifford Maguate and Poligrates with 16 markers apiece.

Later in the day, the Lancers feasted on their massacre of the tournament.* * *Von Harry Lanete topscored for the Lancers with 16 points even as the other UV cagers cashed in double figures.

On the other hand, the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights moved within a win of dominating Group B after scoring two straight wins.* They clobbered Ateneo de Davao, 104-67, before slamming the City College of Manila (CCM), 107-81, the other day at the Minglanilla Sports Complex.

Joel Vistal and Michael Cadiz had 18 and 17 points for ACT, while Dondon Nuñez donated 14 points.

Likewise, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors also needed one win to sweep Group D as they defeated the Universal College of Nursing-Parañaque (UCN-P), 82-75 to follow up their 89-67 disposition of the Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School (CAS) of Zamboanga City.

The scores

First game

ACT (104) - Vistal 18, Cadiz 17, Nuñez 14, Batiancila 13, Aparice* 11, Dela Peña 9,* Doy 8, Valencia 5, Pontemayor 5, Suico 4

ADD (67) - De Peralta 19, Madelo 17, Castello 11, Tresplacios* 6, Nakan 5, Hiquial 3, Sta. Ana 2, Guinguing 2

Second game

SWU (94) - Belande 20, Poligrates 16, Maguate 16, Gianchand* 12, Ceniza 8, Armecin 7, Litorja 7, Diango 6, Divinagracia 2

AUF (92) - Manarang 22, Carney 21, Gomez 16, Gigante 8, Banawa 8, Musni 7, David 5, Santos 5, Mallari 4, Fuertez 1

Third game

UV (99) - Lañete* *16, Lasala 12, Slaughter 11, Dennison 10,Mepaña 8, Luga 8, Lao 8, Villanil 6, Arda 5,* Diputado 5, Sendrijas 4,* Calo 3, Tancongco 3

UPH (57) - Anquilo 14, Amonelo 14, Casajeros 12, Lingal 8, Reys 4, Caringal 3, Albo 2

amdgc82
02-28-2008, 06:27 AM
Cebu teams stay clean in NSBC (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-02-28&sec=7&aid=51002)
February 28, 2008 07:50 PM Thursday*
www.journal.com.ph

CEBU CITY -- The* *62nd* *National* Students* Basketball Championship is* fast* turning out* to* be an* all-Cebu show.
* *
Southwestern University, University* of* *Visayas, University of* San* Carlos* and* Asian College of* Technology are making sure about* it.
* *
SWU,* seeking a fitting follow-up to its title triumph* in 1996,* brought down defending champion Angeles University* Foundation, 94-92, behind the last-minute* heroics* of* Lord* Poligrantes* at* *the* Cebu* *Coliseum.
* *
Poligrates’ game-winning* *basket* with* *two* seconds* left* came* after* Matt* Carney nailed two* *pressure-packed* *free* throws* *to tie the* score* *at* 92-all* with 10 seconds left.
* *
The win -- the* third* in* as many* matches -- enabled the Dodie* Miego-coached* Cobras* to top* Group A in* this annual tournament* organized* *by* the* Basketball* Association* of* the Philippines* (BAP)* under* Prospero “Butch” Pichay.
* *
Alfred Belande* *topscored* with 20 points* for* *SWU, which also won* *over* Surigao* Educational* Center, 87-65;* and* *Philippine* Christian* *University-Dasmarinas, 95-71.

Lemuel* Manarang* and Carney* paced the Great Danes with* 22* and 21* points, respecitvely.
* *
Equally* *impressive* *was* UV, which* *routed* *St. Vincent* de* Paul* College, 112-78, and* University of* *Perpetual Help-Binan, 99-57,* for* a similar 3-0 sweep of Group C.
* *
Handled by coach Boy Cabahug,* the* Lancers* drew* balanced* scoring* attack* from* *Harlou* Villanil,* Von Hary Lanete,* *Gregory* Slaughter* and* *Jun Lasala to keep their unbeaten record.
* *
University of* San Carlos trounced* Immaculate Conception, 89-67, and* *Universal College of* Nursing - Paranaque, 82-72,* for* two wins in* *Group D.
* *
In Group B, Asian College of Technology* *crushed* City College of Manila,* 107-81, and* Ateneo de* Davao,* 104-67,* for a similar 2-0 slate.
* *
In other games, Polytechnic University* of* *Manila nipped Pilgrims Christian College, 95-87,* *for its second win in three games;* * PCU-Dasmarinas* outplayed* Surigao EC, 98-86,* for* its* first* win* in* three outings* ;* * *ACSAT-Dumaguete* * edged* Western* Leyte* College, 74-70’* and* University* of* *Luzon* outlasted* *St. Vincent,* 104-83.
* *
In the* National* Inter-Secondary* *Championship,* UV whipped* Melchor Memorial School, Inc.,* 92-63, and* Leyte* National* High School,* 104-58, to* *take* the* lead* with* two* *straight victories.
* *
National Capital Region (NCR) champion Benedictine International* *School* *also debuted* strongly, beating* MMSI,* 89-48, in* another* Group A encounter.
* *
Clark Bautista topscored for the Tigersharks with 19 points.
* *
In Group B, Bohol Institute outplayed* *Pilgrims Christian College,* 84-83; and* *Kids’ World Christian* Academy,* 93-81.
* *
The week-long tournament is* supported* by* Fortuna Hotel and* Bakeshop,* Air21,* *Nature's Spring* Mineral* Water* and Converse.

amdgc82
02-28-2008, 06:31 AM
NSBC: Cebu squads still unstoppable (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080228-121647/NSBC-Cebu-squads-still-unstoppable)
By Calvin Cordova
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 03:02:00 02/28/2008

CEBU CITY -- Cebuano teams continued to sizzle in the 2008 National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) as they remained unbeaten in the Basketball Association of the Philippines-organized tournament.

University of the Visayas pocketed its third straight blowout victory after trashing University of Perpetual Help, 99-57, at the Cebu Coliseum Wednesday.

Harry Von Lanete, Jun Lasala, Gregory Slaughter and Ritchum Dennison all scored in double figures to lead UV, which swept the three-game elimination round by an average margin of 45 points.

University of San Carlos, on the other hand, won its first two games, beating Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School last Tuesday, 95-67, before nipping Universal College of Nursing Wednesday, 82-75, at the Minglanilla Sports Complex.

Southwestern University then notched its third straight triumph, 94-92, over defending champion Angeles University Foundation.

The four Cebu teams are already assured of quarterfinal slots.

myktristan
02-28-2008, 09:39 AM
Cebu teams lead the way in National cage tourney
Link: http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/feb/28/yehey/sports/20080228spo4.html

CEBU CITY: The Cebu teams are back. And they’re back to reclaim their rightful place in Philippine basketball.

Bouncing back after a near pullout, the Queen City of the South’s favored sons defended their turf with ferocity, sweeping past their opponents to wrest the leadership in their respective brackets in the 62nd National Students Basketball Championship at the Cebu Coliseum here.

Southwestern University, University of Visayas, University of San Carlos and the Asian College of Technology breezed past their rivals in their bracket, with the SWU Cobras proving to have the biggest bite, as it caught the biggest fish in defending champion Angeles University Foundation of Pampanga in a down-to-the-wire finish which was decided in the dying seconds with a heart-stopping 64-62 victory and grab the solo lead at 3-0 (win-loss) in Group A of the week long tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines in cooperation with BAP-Region 7 and backed by Converse, Fortuna Hotel and Bakery and Nature’s Spring Mineral Water.

Earlier, Matt Carney, who led the AUF Great Danes with 21 points, tied the game on two free throws, leaving the Cobras only 10 seconds to map out one last play. But Poligrantes wiggled free from AUF’s defense to score the winning basket.

It was SWU’s third straight win, even as AUF dropped to solo second at 2-1. The UV Lancers, meanwhile, handily disposed of St.Vincent de Paul College, 112-78, for their third win in as many starts, with University of Perpetual Help-Jonelta System (Biñan) a close second at 1-1. The Lancers and the Saints were still playing as of presstime, with UV eyeing a firm hold of top spot in Group C.

Another Cebu team, the Asian College of Technology, outplayed erstwhile solo leader City College of Manila in the fourth quarter en route to a 107-81 victory in Group B action. With the win, ACT grabbed the solo lead at 2-0, even as the CCM Merlions dropped to 2-1 in a tie with Polytechnic University of the Philippines, which had earlier downed Pilgrim Christian College-Cagayan de Oro, 95-87.

In Group D, another Cebu team is lording it over his bracketmates, as the University of San Carlos downed Universal College of Nursing-Parañaque, 82-75, for its second straight win.

gameface_one
02-28-2008, 10:19 AM
Cebu teams dominate NSBC tourney
abs-cbnnews.com

Cebuanos dominated the 62nd National Students Basketball Championship as four of their teams led by the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras swept past rivals.

The Cebu dribblers defended their turf, bouncing back after a near pullout from the tournament.

The SWU Cobras scored the biggest win by beating defending champion Angeles University Foundation of Pampanga through a down-to-the-wire finish.

SWU forward Lord Poligrantes shattered a 62-all standoff with a short jumper in the final two seconds to lead the home team to a heart-stopping 64-62 victory. The win also gave SWU the solo lead at 3-0 (win-loss) in Group A of the week-long tournament.

Aside from the SWU, the University of Visayas (UV) Lancers, University of San Carlos (USC) and the Asian College of Technology (ACT) were also successful in their respective matches.

The Lancers, meanwhile, handily disposed of St. Vincent de Paul College, 112-78.

ACT, meanwhile, outplayed City College of Manila in the fourth quarter en route to a 107-81 victory in Group B action.

In Group D, USC downed Universal College of Nursing-Paranaque, 82-75 for its second straight win.

amdgc82
02-28-2008, 02:47 PM
Cebu teams dominate cagefest (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports5_feb28_2008)
By Arman Armero
www.manilastandardtoday.com

CEBU CITY—Back in full force after an aborted boycott, the top Cebu college teams here poured their might to upend their respective foes three days into the 62nd National Students’ Basketball Championship at the Cebu Coliseum here.

University of Visayas, Southwestern University, University of San Carlos and Asian College of Science and Technology powered past their opponents in their bracket, but it was the SWU Cobras, who caught the biggest fish in defending champion Angeles University Foundation of Pampanga in a down-to-the-wire finish.

Lord Poligrantes, SWU’s high-scoring forward, shattered a 62-all standoff with a short jumper in the final two seconds to lead the home team to a heart-stopping 64-62 victory and grab the solo lead at 3-0 (win-loss) in Group A of the week-long tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines, in cooperation with BAP-Region VII and backed by Converse, Fortuna Hotel and Bakery and Nature’s Spring Mineral Water.

Earlier, Matt Carney, who led the AUF Great Danes with 21 points, tied the game on two free throws, leaving the Cobras only 10 seconds to map out one last play. But Poligrantes wiggled free from AUF’s defense to score the winning basket.

It was SWU’s third straight win, even as AUF dropped to solo second at 2-1.

The UV Lancers, meanwhile, handily disposed of St. Vincent de Paul College, 112-78, for their third win in as many starts, with University of Perpetual Help-Jonelta System (Biñan) a close second at 1-1.

The Lancers and the Saints were still playing as off presstime, with UV eyeing a firm hold of top spot in Group C.

Group A
SWU* * *3-0
AUF* * * 2-1
PCU* * * 1-2
SEC* * * 0-3

Group B
ACT* * * 2-0
CCM* ** 2-1
PUP* * * 2-1
ADD* * *0-3

GROUP C
UV* * * * * 2-0
Perpetual 1-1
UL* * * * ** 1-1
SVDPC* * 0-2

GROUP D
USC* * * 2-0
UCNP* **2-1
ICAS* ** 1-2
WLC* * * 1-2
Acsat* ** 1-2

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 06:03 AM
USC, ACT top elims (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-02-29&sec=7&aid=51098)
February 29, 2008 07:29 PM Friday*
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CEBU CITY --* Two* *more* *Cebu-based* *teams --* Asian* *College of* Technology* and* University of* San* Carlos --* swept* *their* respective* groups* to* complete* the* hosts’ domination* in* *the 62nd* National* *Students* Basketball* Championship* at* the* Cebu Coliseum.*
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ACT outsteadied Polytechnic University of* the* Philippines, 107-101, and* *Pilgrims Christian College, 99-87, to sweep the five-team* Group* B* with four straight* victories.
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Not to be outdone, San Carlos walloped* ACSAT-Dumaguete, 91-68, and* won* by forfeiture over* Western* Leyte College* for a* similar 4-0 sweep of* Group D.
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Earlier,* Southwestern* University* *topped Group A* with three* straight* wins* and* *University of Visayas* ruled* Group C with* similar perfect* 3-0* *win-loss* record.
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The* four* Cebu teams will be joined* in* the* eight-team quarterfinal round* *by* defending* champion* Angeles University,* second in Group A with 2-1 record;* *City* College* of* Manila, runner-up* in* Group B at 3-1; University* of* Luzon, second in Group C at 2-1; and* Universal College of* Nursing,* runner-up* *in Group D at 3-1.
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In the quarters, it will be* SWU* against Universal College, ACT* against* University of Luzon,* UV* against* *City College of* Manila* and San Carlos against AUF.
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Late* Thursday, City College of Manila* *slammed* *the* door on Ateneo de Davao,* 98-80, to become the second Metro Manila* team to advance to the next round.* Jaymar Marte scattered 23 points to lead the Randy Alcantara-mentored Merlions to their* third win in four outings.
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Marlon* de la* Cruz* added 17 points, Mel* Arambala* contributed* 15 and* Jervy Estacio* had 13 points* for* *the* *Merlions, who got a* tremendous* boost* following the* arrival* of* MASCO* consultant* *Nino* de la* Cruz and* coordinator* Bong* Teodosio from Manila.
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“Masaya ako sa ipinapakitang laro ng mga bata dito.* Malaking* tulong din ‘yun* exposure namin as* *NCR elimination dahil* *tumaas ang* *kumpiyansa ng mga players,” said* *Alcantara.
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The other Metro Manila-based* team* is* UCN,* which is being handled* by* Spring Cooking* Oil* coach Efren “Yong” Garcia.
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The Paranaque-based team will meet* SWU in the quarters.
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University of* Luzon-Dagupan* trounced* St.* *Vincent de Paul College, 104-83,* also* late yesterday* to* catch the last bus to the next round.

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 06:06 AM
Merlions make quarterfinals (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports4_feb29_2008)
By Arman Armero
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CEBU City—With Cebu college teams practically turning the Cebu Coliseum into their own playground, the City College of Manila still found a way to secure its place in the quarterfinals of the 62nd National Students’ Basketball Championship here.

The CCM Merlions made minced meat of Ateneo de Davao, 98-80, late last night to finish second with a 3-1 win-loss card behind Asian College of Technology (4-0), even as the rest of the Cebu squads here easily ruled their respective brackets to sail into the quarterfinal round of this tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Region VII and backed by Converse, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water and Fortuna Hotel and Bakery.

Jaymar Marte led the Big City dribblers with 23 points, Marlon de la Cruz added 17 and Neil Arambala and Jervy Estacio chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively, to plaster the overmatched Eagles, who struck out with a 0-4 card.

“Salamat at nakalusot sa elims. Pero mas mabigat na laban na ito. We’ll just try to do our best,” said CCM coach Randy Alcantara.

The ACT Cyber Knights completed their streak with a 107-101 victory over Polytechnic University of the Philippines late last Wednesday, and against Pilgrim Christian College, 99-76, early yesterday.

Waiting in ambush are the three other Cebu teams in Southwestern University, which topped Group A with a 3-0 card, University of Visayas, which ruled Group C (3-0), and University of San Carlos, which swept Group D, 4-0.

The UV Lancers, who downed Perpetual Help College-Jonalta System, 99-57, had three double-digit scorers in Von Harry Lanete, who had 16 points, and Jun Lasala and 6’11” Gregory Slaughter, who chipped in 12 and 11, respectively.

Meanwhile, the USC Warriors won by forfeiture over Western Leyte College to top Group D in yesterday’s morning matches.

Also making it to the next round are Angeles University Foundation in Group A (3-1), University of Luzon in Group C and Universal College of Nursing-Parañaque (3-1) in Group D.

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 06:08 AM
NSBC likely to have all-Cebuano semifinals (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/02/29/sports/nsbc.likely.to.have.all.cebuano.semifinals.html)
Friday, February 29, 2008
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AN all-Cebu semifinals is looming in the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC) after the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors defeated their respective quarterfinals opponents last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras, seeded No.1 in Group A, regained bearing in the second quarter to hand Group D No. 2 Universal College of Nursing in Parañaque (UCNP) an 86-74 beating while Group D No.1 Warriors eliminated defending champions Angeles University Foundation (AUF) of Olongapo City in a thrilling 88-83 victory.

Two other Cebu teams, University of the Visayas Green Lancers, the top seed of Group B was playing against Group C No. 2 City College of Manila and Group C No.1 Asian College of Technology Cyber Tigers against Group B No. 2 University of Luzon-Dagupan as of press time.

In the event that UV and ACT will come out victorious in their respective games, the Cobras will be playing against ACT and the Warriors against the Lancers in today’s knockout semifinals.

Alfred Belande led SWU in a daring 24-17 assault in the second period and never looked back after erecting a 48-38 lead at the half. USC, however, needed the breaks of the game to turn the tide to its favor.

Trailing by 11 points, 29-40, at the halftime, the Warriors hauled the deficit with a 9-0 run to close within 38-40 before AUF broke their silence at the 6:55 mark of the third.

However, a technical foul called against Mallari after fouling Niño Ramirez and two technicals slapped on AUF bench at the 6:48 mark, completely turned the tide around in favor of the shorter but harder working Warriors.

Ramirez sank eight free throws, including six technical free throws and in the resumption of the hit a triple that gave USC a 49-42 lead. AUF was able to tie the game at 49-all but a 6-0 run helped the Warriors keep its lead for good.

USC established its own 11-point lead 73-62 after Giovanni Padillo sank a triple and the Warriors protected the lead all the way until the final buzzer.

Ramirez topped USC with 22 points, Enrico John Llanto added 17 and Padillo contributed 16. Matt Carney topped AUF with 26 markers.

SWU (86)—Belande 16, Maguate 12, Zanoria 12, Poligrates 12, Gianchand 9, Armecin 6, Litorja 6, Jalandoni 5, Sanico 2. UCN (74)—Ompad 14, Reyes 13, Matugas 13, Montilla 13, Joseph 8, Villamin 5, Magpayo 4, Antonio 2, Miranda 2. Quarters: 24-21; 48-38; 72-55; 86-74.

USC (88)—Ramirez 22, Llanto 17, Padillo 16, Cortes 11, Hermosa 8, Gallarde 5, Joven 5, Bakker 2, Codilla 2. AUF (83)—Carney 26, Manarang 11, Fuertez 10, Gigante 9, Banawa 8, Gomez 8, Santos 5, Mallari 4, Carlos 2. Quarters: 18-18; 29-40; 61-55; 88-83. (RCM)

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 06:10 AM
Green Lancers free to play anywhere: Gullas (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/02/29/sports/green.lancers.free.to.play.anywhere.gullas.html)
Friday, February 29, 2008
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UNIVERSITY of the Visayas president and Cebu first district congressman Eduardo Gullas explained why he allowed the Green Lancers to play in the ongoing 2008 National Students Basketball Championships here.

Despite BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio’s warning of a possible sanction that the Green Lancers will be facing, Gullas gave his blessings for the Lancers to join the annual tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).

“I just can’t refuse the request of my son Didi and my nephew Jiji and coach Boy (Cabahug) and the players, that’s the reason we joined the NSBC. Especially that it is held here in Cebu. If it were in another place, we can’t probably play,” Gullas said in a press conference he called yesterday.

Gullas stressed four points that strengthened his resolve to allow the Lancers to play in the competition.

For the fans

“No.1, we play for the Cebuano fans. No.2, if it were a BAP-SBP tournament we will be obliged to join, because what we aspire is to play the game of basketball. No.3, I don’t play politics in sports. I have enough of politics in public service already and No.4, I called up (BAP-SBP) Manny Pangilinan about our position and sought for his approval and I told him we have to play because the fans want us to play and the Cebuanos want us to play, and he told me that is the right of UV to play,” Gullas added.

Gullas admitted that he has his own share of disappointment to the officials of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), who has been trying to control the schools outside of the conclave of the regular season.

“I had my own disappointments with Cesafi. I was the one who authored the move not to allow players to play outside Cesafi during regular season but after the season, the school team had its own choice to play where they wanted to. But now, it seems some people are trying to get control over us. Giving us warning, when it is our right to choose. To hell if UV can’t play for Cesafi. But for the past four years, UV has been a proud representative of Cesafi in national tournaments and my heart is always for basketball,” Gullas stressed.

History

Gullas has been in basketball for 50 years, coaching the Lancers to win its first NSBC title in the ‘50s and serving as the vice president for the Visayas during the tenure of Lito Puyat as the president of the BAP.

However, Gullas assured Pangilinan of his unwavering support in his leadership as the president of the BAP-SBP. (RCM)

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 06:13 AM
“We are playing for the Cebuanos” (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080228102)
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Friday, February 29, 2008

Eddiegul defends UV Lancers’ entry in NSBC; Expresses disappointment on CESAFI

University of the Visayas president Eduardo “Eddiegul” R. Gullas enumerated several reasons why the UV Green Lancers joined the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) - organized 62nd National Students Basketball Championship, which is being staged simultaneously at the Cebu Coliseum and Minglanilla Sports Complex.

Chief among them is that he can’t say no to the request of the UV athletic department led by his son Gerald Anthony “Didi” S. Gullas and the team itself to allow them to compete in the week-long tilt.

“I can’t refuse the request of my son Didi, my nephew Jiji, as well as coach Boy (Cabahug) and the players. That’s the reason why we’re joining the BAP National Students Basketball Championships,” said Gullas in a talk with sportswriters at his UV office yesterday.

Also, Gullas said they just heed the clamor of the Cebuano fans who long to see the UV Green Lancers in action especially that the event is being held here.

“Had the tournament been held in Negros or in Manila, probably we won’t participate,” said Gullas. “But the event is being held here and it’s not good to see there is no Cebu representative.”

Gullas said the UV Lancers are playing for the Cebuanos and that their participation is for the love of basketball and nothing else.

“If it were BAP-SBP which organized the event, we would still play.* Our main intent is to play. We are playing for the Cebuanos,” said Gullas. “I don’t play politics in sports. I already have enough politics in the field of public service,” added the highly esteemed solon from the First District of Cebu.

UV’s entry in NSBC has been questioned by some disgruntled quarters, particularly the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI), mainly because it is not sanctioned by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

In fact, the CESAFI has locked down its member schools from taking part in NSBC. But UV stood pat on its earlier decision to compete in NSBC with or without CESAFI’s consent.

Interestingly, UV’s decision created a domino effect to other CESAFI members, with the University of San Carlos (USC) and Southwestern University (SWU), which initially threatened to boycott NSBC, making an eleventh hour decision to join the contest.

Gullas said he is aware that the BAP-SBP is the country’s legitimate basketball governing body recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA-Federacion Internationale de Basketball Amateur) that’s why he asked* the blessings of BAP-SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan for UV to join NSBC.

Gullas said Pangilinan did not give his permission officially, but was told by the sports-minded business tycoon that it is the right of UV to see action in NSBC that is staged here through the initiative of noted sports patron and BAP-7 director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy.

“More importantly, the fans want us to play. The Cebuanos fans are hankering for a Cebu team to play (in NSBC),” said Gullas.

Gullas, on the other hand, expressed his disappointment on the way CESAFI deals with its member schools, particularly in disallowing them from competing in other tournaments even if the CESAFI season is already over.

In the original context of the league’s by-laws, all teams are barred from participating in other competitions only while the CESAFI season is ongoing.

“I am the author of that rule when is was still president of CAAA (now the CESAFI). That only holds true during the CESAFI season. The rationale for that is to keep the players in perfect shape,” said Gullas. “Then why is it the CESAFI is preventing us from joining other tournaments even if the CESAFI season is already over?”.

Gullas also scoffed at the rumors that UV won’t be invited to participate in this 2008 CESAFI season as a consequence of its NSBC entry. “Can you do that to a seven-time CESAFI champion,” he asked.

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 06:25 AM
CCM Merlions reach quarters (http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/feb/29/yehey/sports/20080229spo1.html)
Friday, February 29, 2008
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CEBU CITY: City College of Manila (CCM) downed Ateneo de Davao, 98-80, on Thursday to advance in the seniors quarterfinal round of the 62nd National Students Basketball Championship at the historic Cebu Coliseum here.

Jaymar Marte had 23 points in leading the Merlions to their third win in four outings.

Other Big City dribblers who finished with double figures were Marlon dela Cruz, who had 17, followed by Neil Arambala and Jervy Estacio, who chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively.

“We’re glad to have made it to the quarterfinal round. It will be very tough in the next round but we’ll just try to do our best,” said CCM coach Randy Alcantara.

The Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights downed Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 107-101, and Pilgrim Christian College of Cagayan de Oro City, 99-76, for a sweep of Group B.

Also advancing into the quarters of this tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in cooperation with BAP-Region VII and backed by Converse, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, and Fortuna Hotel and Bakery were Southwestern University (SWU), University of Visayas (UV) and University of San Carlos (USC).

Southwestern University nipped defending champion Angeles University Foundation (AUF), 64-62, to lead Group A with three wins.

University of Visayas also ruled Group C with three wins. Lancers Von Harry Lanete scored 16 points while Jun Lasala and Fil-American Gregory Slaughter, the 6-foot-11 native of Virginia, contributed 12 and 11 points each in UV’s 99-57 demolition of Perpetual Help College-Jonalta System of Binan, Laguna.

USC, on the other hand, won by default over Western Leyte College for sweep of Group D. The Warriors had earlier defeated Universal College of Nursing in Paranaque (UCNP), 82-75.

Other teams gaining quarterfinal slots were AUF in Group A, University of Luzon in Group C and Universal College of Nursing-Paranaque in Group D.

The quarterfinal matches still being played at press time were between SWU Cobras and UCNP; USC Warriors and AUF Great Danes; Cyber Knights and University of Luzon; and UV Lancers and CCM Merlions.

In the high school division, Benedictine College-Quezon City topped Leyte National High School to dominate Group A with a 3-0 card and arrange a semifinal match against Group B second-placer University of Pangasinan (3-1).

In the other semis pairing, it will be Group B’s University of Luzon (2-1) taking on Group B leader Pilgrim Christian College of Cagayan de Oro (3-1).

The champion in the seniors and high school divisions will play in an exhibition tournament in Fujian Province in China next month.

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 02:50 PM
USC, SWU move on to semifinals (http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20080229-121935/USC-SWU-move-on-to-semifinals)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:36:00 02/29/2008

Two Cebu teams became the first semifinalists after the University of San Carlos Warriors and the Southwestern University Cobras thumped their respective quarterfinal foes yesterday in the collegiate division of the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC) at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors banked on a strong second half to unseat defending champion Angeles University Foundation, 88-83, while the Cobras prevailed over Universal College of Nursing-Parañaque, 86-74.

An all-Cebu showdown in one of the semifinal pairing could happen should the University of the Visayas Green Lancers beat the City College of Manila, which was still ongoin as of press time..

The Asian College of Technology (ACT), meanwhile, lost to the University of Luzon, 104-102, denying an all-Cebu semifinal battle.

Against AUF, the Warriors fell behind in the first half after main Niño Ramirez and Enrico Llanto succumbed to foul trouble.

In the first quarter alone, Ramirez and Llanto already had two fouls each, prompting assistant coach Mike Reyes to sit the duo.

The first period ended with the two squads at 18-apiece but without Ramirez and Llanto, AUF surged ahead and built a 40-29 lead at the turn.

“The deficit could have been bigger after the half if not for the good plays of our bench. I like the way my bench played when Niño and Enrico were forced to sit out,” said Reyes, who called the shots in lieu of head coach Jay Ramirez.

According to Reyes, Ramirez is in Manila to attend a coaching clinic.

The Warriors were a different team in the third period when Ramirez and Llanto checked in as USC was quick to erase the deficit, finding themselves on top, 61-55, with only one quarter to play.

Ramirez was hot in that decisive third quarter, pouring 18 of his team-high 22 points.

The Warriors erected a 73-62 lead in the final 6:23 and the best AUF could do was to move within three, 73-76, with 3:21 left.

The Cobras, meanwhile, posted a 48-38 halftime lead and were never threatened the rest of the way.

Alfred Belande topped the Cobras with 16 points.

In the semis, which will be played today at the same venue, SWU will play the winner between UL, while USC will take on the winner in the UV-CCM battle.

BOX SCORES

SWU (86) – Belande 16, Zanoria 12, Maguate 12, Poligrates 12, Gianchand 9, Litorja 6, Armecin 6, Jalandoni 5, Sanico 2.

UCN (74) – Ompad 14, Matugas 13, Reyes 13, Montilla 13, Joseph 8, Villamin 5, Magpayo 4, Antonio 2, Miranda 2. /Correspondent Calvin Cordova

amdgc82
02-29-2008, 02:53 PM
Gullas defends UV’s participation in NSBC (http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20080229-121932/Gullas-defends-UVs-participation-in-NSBC)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:34:00 02/29/2008

UNIVERSITY of the Visayas (UV) president Eduardo Gullas defended the Green Lancers' decision to play in the 2008 National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC).

“Before we joined, I called BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan and sought his permission to allow us to play in NSBC,” said Gullas in a press conference yesterday in his office at the UV campus.

“Pangilinan said that he could not give the official confirmation at that time but he told me that it’s UV's right to play,” said Gullas.

Gullas cited several reasons why he gave the go signal to let the Green Lancers play in NSBC.

“I could not refuse the request of athletics department. They want UV to play. Coach Boy Cabahug wanted to play as well as the players,” added Gullas.

“Most importantly, the Cebuanos want UV to play. The tournament is being held in Cebu and it’s the best time for us to play. We would have declined to join if it was held outside Cebu,” the First District Representative said.

NO POLITICS

“I'm aware that BAP-SBP is the recognized basketball body by FIBA in the country and not the BAP. Boy Cabahug (UV head coach) is even a member of the BAP-SBP board of trustees but we just want to play. There is no politics here,” said Gullas.

“I do not play politics in sports. I have been in politics for 38 years already and I have enough of that,” said Gullas.

Gullas also commented on a newspaper report (not in CDN) that said UV might not be allowed to play in the Cesafi after it decided to play in NSBC.

“UV has been giving honors to Cesafi and being a seven-time champion in the league, I think it will be impossible that we will not be allowed to play,” said Gullas. /Correspondent Calvin Cordova

amdgc82
03-01-2008, 12:49 AM
UV, SWU, USC, UL reach NSBC semis (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-03-01&sec=7&aid=51202)
March 01, 2008 07:38 PM Saturday*
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CEBU CITY --* Three* of the four Cebu* teams, led* by former champion* *Southwestern* University,* safely made it to* the semifinal* round, even* as* University of* Luzon* spoiled* an* *expected all-Cebu* party* in* the 62nd* National Students* *Basketball* Championship at* the* Cebu Coliseum.
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SWU, University* of Visayas* and* University of* *San Carlos swept* their* *respective quarterfinal* rivals to* the* *delight of a* big* hometown* crowd in* *this* basketball-crazy region.*
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SWU bested* *Universal College* of Nursing,* 86-74; UV routed* *City* College* of* Manila, 116-86; and San Carlos ousted defending champion Angeles University* Foundation, 88-83, to* barge into the semis in this week-long* *tournament organized by the* *Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and sponsored by Converse, Air21,* Nature’s Spring Mineral Water and Fortuna Hotel and Bakery.
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But the* day belonged to University of Luzon, which brought down* Cebu team Asian College* of Technology, 104-102, in a* tight* and* exciting battle to become* *the* lone* Luzon team in the next round.
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In the knockout* *semis, it will be* Southwestern* *against University of* *Luzon and UV against San Carlos.
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The winners will then dispute* the* title on Saturday.
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Handled* by* Dodie Miego and* bannered* *by* Alfred Belande, the Cobras wisely kept the Paranaque-based* Dragons at bay with their clutch* shooting from outside.
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Belande finished with 16 points, followed* *by* *Eric Zanoria, Lloyd Poligrates, and Clifford Maguate with 12* points apiece.
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Jeff Umpad* and* Chester Reyes combined* *for 25 poiints for the* Yong Garcia-mentored Dragons.
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Umpad finished with 13 points and Reyes added 12 for UCN.
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The Elmer* Cabahug-coached Lancers* *had an* easier time against the Merlions.
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The Lancers drew double-digit scores from Jun Lasala (15,points),* Chris Diputado (15), Edrian Lao (14), Gregory .Slaughter (13), Harry Lanete (10) and Harlou Villanil (10).
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Jaymar Marte and Christian Quinones scored 19 points apiece for the Merlions.
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Three players also scored in double figures for the USC Warriors* of coach Jay Ramirez.
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John Ramirez* fired 22, Jun* added* Llanto 17 and Ian Parbello* contributed 16 for USC.
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The Angeles City-based Great Danes* got 26 points from* Matt Carney 26, 11 points from Lemuel Manarang and 10 points from Gian Fuentes.
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The UL-ACT match was a lot tighter.
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Jonathan Panunciar* nailed a* side* *jumper* with* *six* seconds to* shatter a* 102-all and clinch the win for the Maroons.
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Panunciar’s game-winning basket came after the Cebu-based Cyber Knights rallied form a 12-point deficit to tie the score at 102 behind the efforts of* Jun Vistal, Chris Pontemayor and Mike Apacile.
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Vistal and Aparice paced ACT with 26 points each.

amdgc82
03-01-2008, 12:52 AM
UL Maroons spoil all-Cebu semifinals (http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/mar/01/yehey/sports/mainspo.html)
Saturday, March 01, 2008
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CEBU CITY: University of Luzon (UL) banked on Jonathan Pamicia’s basket to beat Asian College of Technology (ACT), 104-102, Friday and join University of Visayas (UV), Southwestern University and University of San Carlos (USC) in the semifinals of the 62nd National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC) at the historic Cebu Coliseum here.

Pamicia, who had eight in the ballgame, scored the marginal basket for the UL Maroons with six seconds left in the clock after a late 14-0 blast by the ACT CyberKnights* tied the count at 102-all with still 26.6 seconds to go.

Both teams failed to buy a basket in the next two possessions, until Pamicia freed himself for the basket—and the win.

JR Franada scored 17 points while Claude Cubo and Alvin Flores had 14 each for the Dagupan City-based Maroons, who made it to the semis for the second straight year of this tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in cooperation with BAP-Region VII and backed by Converse, Nature’s Spring and Fortuna Hotel & Bakery.

The USC Warriors have to overcame a 10-point deficit to oust defending champion Angeles University Foundation (AUF), 88-83.

Nino Ramirez finished with 22 points while Enrico Llanto and Giovanni Pardillo chipped in 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Fil-American Matt Carney had 26 points for the AUF Danes, who won the title in Ibahay, Aklan last year. Lemeul Manarang contributed 11 and Gian Fuertez added 10.

Southwestern University again leaned on the high-scoring Alfred Belande, Eric Zaneria, Lloyd Poligrates and Clifford Maguate to turn back Universal College of Nursing-Paranaque, 86-74.

Belande knocked in 16 points while Zaneria, Poligrates and Maguate had 12 each to lead the Cobras to the Final Four.* *

The Cobras won the championship when the NSBC was last held in Cebu 14 years ago in 1996.*

But it was the UV Lancers who had the easiest time in the quarterfinals, blasting City College of Manila (CCM), 116-86, late Thursday to catch the last semis bus.* *

Five Lancers had double-digit scores, with Junjun Lasala and Chris Diputado scoring 15 points apiece. Edrian Lao had 14 followed by 6-11 Gregory Slaughter with 13 and Von Harry Lanete with 10.

Christian Quinones and Jhaymar Marte had 19 points each, while Jervy Estacio and Marlon dela Cruz added 15 and 14, respectively for the Merlions,* who reached the quarterfinals on their first stint in the NSBC.

“Masyadong malakas ang UV. Kumpleto sila sa loob at sa labas. Malalaki pa [UV is very strong. They are complete inside and out. They are big],” said CCM coach Randy Alcantara.

amdgc82
03-01-2008, 12:55 AM
SW Cobras sink fangs into UL 5, gain finals (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080229-122053/SW-Cobras-sink-fangs-into-UL-5-gain-finals)
By Calvin Cordova
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 22:35:00 02/29/2008

CEBU CITY, Philippines--The Southwestern University Cobras clinched a championship berth in the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship after nailing a hard-earned 98-94 win over University of Luzon Friday in their collegiate division semifinal battle at the Cebu Coliseum here.

Alfred Belande keyed the crucial win for the Cobras by erupting for a game-high 26 points, including a crucial three-pointer in the waning seconds that complemented a defense which held UL scoreless in the final 52.5 ticks.

Norman Ilao gave UL its final point when he completed a split free throw that had the Cobras trailing, 93-94.

Belande then sank a killer-pointer from the left deep corner, giving the Cobras a 96-94 edge with just 34.1 seconds to play.

After a botched play by UL in the next play, Eliud Poligrates made one of his free throws to extend SWU's lead to three, 97-94.

UL failed to secure the rebound after the second missed free throw of Poligrates, leading to another split by Clifford Maguate as the Cobras practically sealed the outcome of the contest, 98-94, with just eight seconds left in the clock.

Same talent

With the win, the Cobras now have a chance to duplicate the feat they achieved in 1996 where they were crowned champions.

"The talent that we have now is almost the same when we won that title in 1996," said Miego, who served as assistant coach to Eddie Ybañez in that title run by the Cobras.

SWU will play the winner between Cebu teams University of San Carlos Warriors and University of the Visayas Green Lancers, who were still completing their own semis battle as of this writing Friday.

While it will be an all-Cebu teams in the inter-collegiate division finals, the title match in the secondary division will be competed by visiting teams.

Pilgrim Christian College (PCC) of Cagayan de Oro City and Benedict International School of Quezon City booked finals tickets after beating their respective semis foes.

PCC clobbered the UV Baby Green Lancers, 95-82, while BIS trampled University of Pangasinan, 84-77. The championship games will be played Saturday afternoon at the same venue.

amdgc82
03-01-2008, 12:57 AM
62nd National Students’ Basketball Championships: UV, SWU set up all-Cebu final (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080229175)
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tournament heavyweights University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras scored nerve-tingling victories over separate foes last night to set up an all-Cebu finale of the 62nd National Students Basketball Championships at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

For third

1:30 pm UV vs. UP (Jrs.)

3:00 pm USC vs. UL (Srs.)

Championship

4:30 pm PCC vs. BIS (Jrs.)

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

Bull-strong forward Michael Luga flashed an indefatigable fighting spirit as the UV Lancers survived a double overtime scare against the big-hearted University of San Carlos (UWS) Warriors, 100-98, while the SWU Cobras scraped through a 98-94 victory over a gritty challenger from the University of Luzon.

UV and SWU are set to rekindle their storied rivalry as they go up against each for the championship of the week-long tilt organized by Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)-7 director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy. Gametime is set at 6 pm.

The last time they clashed in the National Inter-Collegiate finals, Southwestern, then coached by Eddie B. Ybañez assisted by the present Cobras mentor Alejandrito “Dodie” Miego, frustrated the UV Lancers to rule the 1996 edition of the annual event here in Cebu.

UV’s path to the finals wasn’t easy as the Carolinians showed why they’re called Warriors.

With the score stood at 76-all with 28 seconds left In the regulation period, USC could have won the match but Enrico Llanto lost handle of the ball. In the ensuing sequence, Chris Victor Diputado missed a short jumper, thus, sending the game into the first overtime.

Victory appeared to be in the bag of the UV Lancers when they took an 89-86 edge on Ritchum Dennison’s two free throws with just 2.2 seconds left.

With time running out, Llanto at the inbound made a baseball pitch to Giovannie Padillo, who then cool sank a buzzer-beating triple to force another extension.

USC even enjoyed a 94-92 lead early in the second overtime, but UV made a 6-0 blitz to zoom ahead for good, 98-94, with 1:19 remaining.

USC threatened for the last time at 98-100 on Paul Joven’s freebies with 28.2 ticks to go. After UV failed to convert in its possession, the Warriors had one more chance to pull an upset but failed as Joven threw a desperate shot at the halfcourt that went airball.

Michael Luga topped UV with 30 points, 14 in two overtimes.

Alfred Belande, on the other hand, showed the way for the Cobras with 26 points. His booming triple underneath the final one-minute mark of the contest sealed UL’s doom.

In the secondary division, Pilgrim Christian College (PCC) of Cagayan de Oro City and Benedict International School of Quezon City will slug it out for the title.

PCC beat the UV Baby Lancers, 95-82, while BIS stomped on University of Pangasinan, 84-77.

The scores

First game

SWU (98) - Belande 26, Maguate 14, Poligrates 14, Zanoria 12, Armecin 8, Ceniza 8, Djnago 6, Jalandoni 4, Gianchiand 3, Litorja 3.

UL (94) - Gubo 26, Notavio 24, Macalabad 18, Ilao 10, Panunciar 9, Franada 4, Flores 3

Second game

UV (100)- Luga 30, Calo 12, Lanete 12, Tantongco 8, Diputado 7, Lao 7, Berami 7, Dennison 5, Mepana 5, Sendrijas 4, Lasala 2

USC (98)- Ramirez 27, Llamto 16, Padillo 14, Cortes 11, Hermosa 10, Blanes 5, Bautista 3, Joven 2, Igao 2, Gallarde 1

amdgc82
03-01-2008, 01:37 AM
Lancers, Cobras relive old games (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/03/01/sports/lancers.cobras.relive.old.games.html)
Saturday, March 01, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

IT'S a repeat of the 1996 Inter-Collegiate championship after the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the Southwestern University Cobras escaped their separate rivals in the semifinal matches of the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC) last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras banked on the triple of Alfred Belande in the final 34.1 seconds of the game to escape with a 98-94 win over University of Luzon while the Lancers needed two overtimes to deal the industrious University of San Carlos Warriors a 100-98 defeat.

It was in 1996 when the Cobras, then coached by Eddie Ybañez, defeated the Lancers who had Jerry Aratan at the bench calling the shots to win the National Inter-Collegiate title at the same venue.

Twelve years after, when the changing of the guards happened, the Cobras of Dodie Miego are again the underdogs in the championship against the Lancers of Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

However, the Warriors gave a lot of help to the Cobras as the shorter but very athletic USC players pushed the taller counterparts to the limit.

USC took control of the game early and erected its biggest lead at 13-points, 50-37 early in the third when UV started to make their move, dropping a devastating 16-2 run to take the lead for the first time at 53-52 at the 4:23 mark.

It was the start of a thrilling ball game that ended with both teams never letting the game slip from their fingers.

UV had a 76-72 lead in regulation period when USC scored the last four points to take the game to the first overtime period.

In the first overtime, UV had an 89-86 lead after Ritchum Dennison sank two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to play.

However, Giovanni Padillo sank a buzzer beating triple off a baseball pitch by Enrico Llanto from the baseline of the opposite court for the second overtime.

And in the second overtime, UV was ahead, 100-95, at the 59.1 seconds when USC climbed, 98-100, at the final 28.2 seconds but the Lancers has spent too much time in their possession that the Warriors only had two seconds to make an attempt from the back court, which fell short off the target.

Luckily for the Lancers, they had a Michael Luga who kept them alive in the game when the Warriors were campaigning strong to knock them out of the contest.

Luga scored the game high 30 points for UV while Niño Ramirez topped USC with 27 markers.

Meanwhile, the UV Baby Lancers missed its chances to win the Inter-Secondary title as they were caught flat footed by the taller, faster and determined Pilgrim Christian College of Cagayan de Oro City for a 95-83 defeat.

PCC Baby Voyagers will play against Benedict International School of Quezon City in the finals of the Inter-Secondary. BIS defeated University of Pangasinan 84-77 in their semifinal match.

SWU (98)—Belande 26, Poligrates 14, Maguate 14, Zanoria 12, Armecin 8, Ceniza 8, Django 6, Jalandoni 4, Litorja 3, Gianchand 3. UL (94)—Cubo 26, Nativio 24, Macalalad 18, Ilao 10, Panunciar 9, Franada 4, Flores 3. Quarters: 24-21; 55-52; 80-77; 98-94.

UV (100) – Luga 30, Calo 12, Lanete 12, Tantongco 8, Diputado 7, Berame 7, Lao 7, Mepaña 5, Dennison 5, Sendrijas 4, Lasala 2. USC (98) – Ramirez 27, Llanto 16, Padillo 14, Cortes 11, Hermosa 10, Blanes 5, Bautista 3, Joven 2, Igao 2, Gallarde 1. Quarters: 19-19; 37-47; 66-62; 76-all reg.; 89-all 1st OT; 100-98 2nd OT. RCM

amdgc82
03-02-2008, 06:39 AM
SWU Cobras shock UV Lancers to bag seniors crown in 62nd NSBC (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080301210)
By Gabby G. Malagar
Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras pulled off what is by far the greatest upset in the local collegiate hoopdom in recent years when they shocked seven-time CESAFI champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in the final, 87-82, to rule the 62nd National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The game was a reminiscent of the epic 1996 finale of the annual tournament

here in Cebu where the Cobras, then mentored by Eddie B. Ybañez, tamed the Lancers. Fast forward to 2008, history repeats itself indeed.

“It’s like a deja vu for us,” blurted out an ecstatic SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar.

The way the Lancers played in the first two quarters was ominous. They could not get things going in their favor. Much to the surprise of the pro-UV crowd, it was the smaller Cobras who took full control of the game from start to finish.

Another bad sign came when the Lancers, who were on the verge of a daring rally, made only one of out six free throws.

Inspite of that, UV’s vast champioship experience was a big help as the Lancers made an 8-0 blitz in the final 50 seconds to pull within just a hairline, 82-83, with 20 seconds left to play.

Art Diango and Richard Gianchand, however, dashed UV’s comeback hopes by hitting crucial free throws to seal the Cobras’ monumental triumph.

Until now, coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug is still hungry for a national title - a feat he was not able to achieve in his seven-year stint with the Lancers.

SWU top hitman Alfred Belande was honored as the tournament MVP. He automatically made it to the Mythical Five together with Enrico Llanto of USC, Matt Carney of AUF, Marvin Macalalad of UL, and Von Harry Lanete of UV.

Aside from Belande, the Cobras found an unlikely hero in Clifford Maguate, who cashed in a game-high 20 points. Eliud Poligrates chipped in 18 markers followed by Eric Zanoria with 17.

The Lancers, whose presence of their triple towers in 6-foot-9 Gregory Slaughter, 6-foot-8 Rino Berame and 6-foot-5 Ariel Mepaña were cut down to size, were led by Chris Victor Diputado with 15 points. Lanete and Slaughter had 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Earlier,the UV Baby Lancers settled for third by beating the University of Pangasinan, 115-105, while the USC Warriors also settled for third in the seniors division by upending University of Luzon, 115-103.

The scores

SWU (87) - Maguate 20, Polgrates 18, Zanoria 17, Belande 11, Gianchand 9, Jalandoni 4, Diango 3, Litorja 3, Armecin 2

UV (82) - Diputado 15, Lanete 14, Slaughter 13, Luga 11, Mepaña 9, Villanil 7, Dennison 5, Lao 4, Tancongco 3, Calo 1

amdgc82
03-02-2008, 06:44 AM
BIS Tigersharks capture juniors title (http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/mar/02/yehey/sports/20080302spo5.html)
Sunday, March 02, 2008
www.manilatimes.net

CEBU CITY: Saving its best defense in the payoff period, Benedictine International School (BIS) outlasted Pilgrim Christian College, 83-79, on Saturday to clinch the title in the inter-secondary side of the 62nd National Students Basketball Championship at the Cebu Coliseum here.

The BIS Tigersharks forced big man John Paul Erram early in the fourth quarter and tightened the screws on Edward Cielo while outscoring the Green Voyagers 6-3 in the final two minutes to run away with the victory and the champion’s trophy in this tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in cooperation with BAP-Region VII and backed by Converse, Nature’s Spring and Fortuna Hotel and Bakery.

Clark Bautista, who was later named as most valuable player, led all scorers with 24 points, including five treys, while Edward Daquiaog, who was also named to the Mythical Five, added 22 for the Tigersharks.

Cielo still finished with 21 points to lead the Green Voyagers, while PJ Siarot had 19.

“Mahirap.* Gigil kasi at medyo excited. Pero nung mawala yung no. 7 (Erram), medyo nakahinga na ng maluwag,” said BIS coach Beaujing Acot, who won his fifth title as a coach this year.*

“Siyempre mas masarap manalo rito kasi ito ‘yung pinaka-prestigious,” added Acot.

With the win, BIS is assured of a promised trip to Fujian, China for an exhibition game, along with the winners between seniors finalists University of Visayas and Southwestern University.

The Tigersharks trailed by as many as eight points, 41-48, at the half and by 12, 43-55, early in the third, before Bautista and Daquiaiog started hitting their stride to make it a one-point game, 69-70, at the end of the third quarter.

amdgc82
03-02-2008, 02:25 PM
Upset! (http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20080302-122293/Upset)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:26:00 03/02/2008

The Southwestern University Cobras scored a major upset yesterday, stunning the favored University of the Visayas Green Lancers, 87-82, to win the collegiate championship title of the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC) at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was the second NSBC crown by the Cobras, winning the same title in 1996, interestingly also against the Green Lancers.

SWU, which initially planned to boycott the event, totally controlled the tempo of the match, building double-digit leads in the third quarter before scuttling UV's desperate rally in the endgame to hack out the huge win.

Clifford Maguate scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the second period, where the Cobras threatened to rip the game apart after surging to a 30-21 lead.

The Green Lancers managed to weather the storm when big man Gregory Slaughter unloaded eight of his 13 points to bring UV to within 38-41 at the half.

Eliud Poligrates then staged his own show in the third, dumping 12 of his 18 markers and his acrobatic layup in the 5:36 mark gave the Cobras their biggest lead at 61-48.

The Green Lancers staged a daring comeback as two straight triples by Von Harry Lanete and a layup by Harlou Villanil shoved UV to within a point, 82-83, with 21.9 seconds left.

Aard Django gave the Cobras a huge sigh of relief when he nailed two pressure-packed free throws, restoring an 85-82 SWU lead, 18.4 remaining.

UV's chance of turning the game around vanished in thin air when Lanete missed a potential game-tying triple in the final 6.3 seconds.

Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos clobbered University of Luzon, 115-105, to salvage the third place trophy.

In the high school division, Benedictine International School defeated Pilgrim Christian College, 83-79 to bag the crown, while the UV Green Lancers nipped University of Pangasinan, 115-105, and for settled for third place.

Clark Bautista of BIS snagged the high school division MVP award. Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

onggok
03-03-2008, 05:48 AM
Can anybody give some information of Matt Carney of AUF. How old,height and weight.

amdgc82
03-03-2008, 06:13 AM
SWU Cobras capture National Students title (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-03-03&sec=7&aid=51394)
March 03, 2008 09:54 PM Monday*
www.journal.com.ph

CEBU CITY* *--* *Southwestern University* waited 12 long years to crown itself as* the undisputed winner* in the* National Students* Basketball Championship –* again.
* *
And the Cobras did it* the old fashioned-way: beating arch-rival University of* Visayas.
* *
Led* by* Clifford* Maguate and* handled* by coach Dodie Miego, the* Cobras outduelled the* Lancers, 87-82, in* their* *all-Cebu showdown* to* capture the* title before a jampacked* crowd at the Cebu Coliseum.
* *
Maguate scattered 20 points, John Lyod Poligartes added* 18,* Dereck Zanoria contributed 17 and Alfred* Belande* had 11* for* the* Cobras, who* won* the* *title* in 1996,* the last* *time* *Cebu City hosted this* premier national collegiate championship.
* *
Belande* *was* later voted as Most Valuable* Player (MVP).
* *
“We’re very, very happy,” said* Miego, who served as assistant* *coach when the Cobras first bagged* the crown in 1996.
* *
Chris* *Diputado fired* 15 points and Von* Harry Lanete* *added 14 points for the* Elmer Cabahug-mentored* *Lancers, who beat SWU for* *their seventh straight CESAFI* crown.
* * *
Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter added 13* points, 11* rebounds and nine shot blocks for UV.
* *
The Lancers last won an NSBC championship* in 1997, also at* the expense of* SWU, in Dipolog City.
* *
Actually, SWU* *controlled the* *tempo of* *the* game for most part of the contest behind the* efforts* of* *Maguate,* Poligartes and Zanoria.
* *
But UV rallied to keep the game* at 82-83 with still 20 seconds* *remaining close behind six* straight* *points by Lanete and a* three-pointer* by* Harlou Villanil.
* *
Four straight free throws by Art* Django and* Richard* Gianbchard,* however, sealed* the* victory.
* *
In the battle for third place,* Cebu team* University* *of* San Carlos* subdued University* of Luzon, 115-105.
* *
Nino Marquez and Enrico LLanto* scored* 28* *points apiece for the* *Jay Ramirez-coached* Warriors. Sam Hermosa* added 15 and Joven Cortez* contributed 14.
* * *
Marvin* *Macalalad carried the fight for* the* Golden Tigers with a game-high* 38* points
* *
With* Belande in* the* *Mythical Team* are* Lanete (UV), Enrico Llanto* (University of* * San Carlos),* Marvin* Macalalad* (University* of* Luzon)* and* Matt Carney (Angeles* University* Foundation).
* *
Earlier* Saturday,* National Capital Region (NCR) champion* *Benedictine* *International* * School-Quezon City* *humbled* *Pilgrim Christian* *College-Cagayan de Oro, 83-79, to capture* the* national* inter-secondary* title.
* *
Clark “Tata” Bautista, Edward Daquioag* and* *Jeffrey* *Javillonar led the* way* for* the* Capitol* Hills-based* Tigersharks, who* bagged their* first national* title* via* a* *rare* * five-game* *sweep.
* *
Bautista, a prized* find from Bacolod City,* fired* 24* *points to lead* the* Tigersharks of coach Beaujing Acot* to victory.
* *
Daquioag added* 22* and Javilonar* contributed 13 for the Tigersharks, who* rallied* *from* as much as 12-point* deficit* (43-55) early in* the* third quarter to complete* the win.
* *
Edward* Cielo and* John Paul Siarot combined* *for* 40* points for* the* *Cagayan de Oro-based Green Voyagers.
* *
No less* than* Basketball* Association of* *the* Philippines* (BAP) president* *Prospero “Butch” Pichay* awarded* the trophies* to* the top* finishers during the* colorful* *awarding* *ceremony.
* *
Also* present during* the* closing* rites were* long-time Cebu* sports patron* Lorenzo “Caho” Sy,* *Federation* of* School* Sports* Athletic* Association* of* the* Philippines* *(FESSAP)* vice-chairman David* Ong,* BAP treasurer* Tony Fabico* * and* *BAP* secretary-general* Graham* Lim.
* *
Pichay said* *SWU and* *Benedictine* * International* School will* *represent* the* country in* an* invitational* students basketball* tournament* to be held in Fujian, China* *next month.
* *
The* week-long* *tournament* is sponsored* by* *Converse, Air21 Express* , Healthy* Options,* Fortune* *Hotel* and* *Bakery* *and* *Nature’s Spring* *Mineral* Water.
* * The* scores:
* * First* game
* * San* Carlos* (115) --* *Marquez 28, Llanto 28, Hermosa 15, Cortez 14, Galarde* 8, Planas 6, Bautista 6, Pardillo* 5,* Joven 4, Vercede 1, Bakker 0.
* * UL (105) --* *Macalalad 38, Cubo* 18,* Ilao 18,* *Panunciar 15, Natavio 11, Callao 3, Frada 2, Flores 0, Cubo Jr. 0.
* * Quarterscores : 39-18, 64-49, 80-76, 115-105
* * Second game
* * Southwestern (87) --* *Maguate 20, Polygrates 18, Zanoria 17, Belande 11, Gianchard 9, Jalandoni 4, Litorja 3, Diango 3, Armecin 2, Ceniza 0.
* * UV (82) -- Diputado 15, Lanete 14, Slaughter 13, Luga 11, Mepana 9, Villanil 7, Dennison 5, Lao 4, Tangcongco 3, Calo 1,* Berami 0, Akad 0, Sendijas 0.
* * Quartescores: 21-18, 41-38, 68-58, 87-82*

amdgc82
03-03-2008, 06:30 AM
Deja vu in NSBC game: SWU Cobras devour UV (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/03/03/sports/deja.vu.in.nsbc.game.swu.cobras.devour.uv.html)
Monday, March 03, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE scenario of the 1996 National Inter-Collegiate finals was relived in 2008 as the underdog Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras again defeated the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in a tight 87-82 victory to win the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship title last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

As prize for winning, BAP president Buth Pichay announced that SWU will be Philippines’ representative to Xiamen, China next month for a series of exhibition games against international Chinese university teams.

With the help of BAP vice chairman Tisha Abundo and Fessap vice-chairman David Ong—the Cobras will travel free and will play against Xiamen University, Jimei University and Hoaquiao University in their stint in China.

Aside from this, SWU will lead two other Cebu teams—UV and third placer University of San Carlos Warriors--to the Asian University Basketball Championship which will be held at the Cebu Coliseum on June 20 to 27.

The win was very sweet for coach Dodie Miego, who had just re-grouped the team last year and started to play competitive basketball just for a year.

Spirit

Although their experience in the championship paled in comparison to the Lancers, SWU player displayed big hearts and defeated the Lancers in all facet of the game, especially in rebounding department where the taller UV was suppose to dominate, to take home their first title after the Cobras disbanded in 2001.

UV led only in three occasions—at 2-0 at the start of the game, at 12-10 at 2:43 and at 14-13 at 2:16 all in the first quarter—the rest was totally dominated by the Cobras which had its biggest lead at 13 points, 61-48, at the 3:50 mark of the third.

This domination of SWU was attributed to the nearly flawless games of center Clefford Maguate, who scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, and point guard Elvid Poligrates, who also scored 12 of his 18 in the third.

While UV found it tough to break the 2-3 zone defense of SWU, the Cobras always found a way to score against the man-to-man defense of the Lancers.

“My instructions were clear, never allow UV to pull away and when we had the chance to pound on them and win the game we will go for that win. I never expected that the players would react quickly to each given situation and beat UV especially in the low post game,” said the jubilant Miego.

Strategy

Miego, who already downplayed the chances of his team after the conclusion of the semifinals, put more emphasis on its outside defense and played double team on UV’s big men most of the time.

UV was able to give the Cobras a scare in the end game when they suddenly cut a 74-83 deficit in the final 55.1 seconds to 82-83 still with 20.9 ticks remaining when Von Harry Lanete converted three free throws, nailed a triple and Harlow Villanil scored on a fast break.

However, Ardd Evan Django coolly sank two pressure-packed free throws at the 18.4 mark and team skipper Richard Gianchand converted two more foul shots at the 6.3 seconds after Lanete missed UV’s last hope to stay alive in the game and coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug’s chance to win his first national title.

Close

Meanwhile, the USC Warriors defeated the University of Luzon in a heartstopping 115-105 win to claim third place while the UV Baby Lancers salvaged third place of the Inter-Secondary competition following a 115-105 win over University of Pangasinan. The Benedict International School of Quezon City won the high school title after beating Pilgrim Christian College 83-79.

Alfred Belande of SWU was named MVP of the tournament and was joined by Lanete, Enrico Llanto of USC, Marvin Macalalad of UL and Matt Carney of the Angeles University Foundation in the Mythical 5 Selection.

USC (115)—Llanto 28, Ramirez 28, Hermosa 15, Cortes 14, Gallarde 8, Bautista 6, Blanes 6, Padillo 5, Joven 4, Bercede 1. UL (105)—Macalalad 38, Cubo 18, Ilao 18, Panunciar 15, Nativio 11, Callao 3, Franada 2. Quarters: 39-18; 64-49; 80-76; 115-105.

SWU (87)—Maguate 20, Poligrates 18, Zanoria 17, Belande 11, Gianchand 9, Jalandoni 4, Litorja 3, Django 3, Armecin 2. UV (82)—Diputado 15, Lanete 14, Slaughter 13, Luga 11, Mepaña 9, Villanil 7, Dennison 5, Lao 4, Tantongco 3, Calo 1. Quarters: 21-18; 41-38; 68-57; 87-82. (RCM)

myktristan
03-03-2008, 01:28 PM
Cobras stun Lancers for title
By Arman Armero
Link: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports4_mar3_2008

CEBU CITY—The Southwestern University Cobras borrowed a page from college basketball history, completing the blast from the past with a heart-thumping 87-82 triumph over the University of Visayas Green Lancers in the winner-take-all finals of the 62nd National Students’ Basketball Championship at the Cebu Coliseum here.

Exactly 14 years ago, the Cobras essayed one of the most memorable championship victories over the Green Lancers at the very same venue, and last Saturday’s feat reprised that moment, albeit with a different cast and different personnel on their respective benches.

For the past five years, the Green Lancers have turned the tables on the Cobras, dominating every tournament on local soil. Yesterday, the Cobras exacted revenge in the tournament that mattered the most.

“As I’ve said, we just wanted to give them a good fight. We’ve prepared hard for this because UV is a very strong team. I’m glad the boys responded,” said Cobras coach Dodie Miego, a spunky guard of a bygone era in professional basketball playing for San Miguel Beer.

In the most crucial moments, the Cobras leaned on four solid performers in Clifford Maguate, Lloyd Poligrantes, Derek Zanoria and Alfred Belande, whose gutsy plays blunted UV’s vaunted firepower and experience.

Maguate finished with a game-high 20 points, most of which came in the third quarter that kept the Green Lancers at bay. He had 12 in the second quarter to help the Cobras maintain a 41-38 half-time edge, before Poligrantes and Zanoria took over in the second half.

Poligrantes added 18, Zanoria chipped in 17 and Alfred Belande, SWU’s most consistent perfomer, tossed in 11. Belande was later named as the senior division’s Most Valuable Player during the awarding rites of the tournament organized by the Basketball Association of the Philippines, in cooperation with BAP-Region VII and backed by Converse, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water and Fortuna Hotel and Bakery.

amdgc82
03-05-2008, 07:43 PM
QC lauds Benedictine school for winning Cebu caging tournament (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/83376/QC-lauds-Benedictine-school-for-winning-Cebu-caging-tournament)
03/05/2008 | 12:19 AM
www.gmanews.tv

The Quezon City government, headed by Mayor Sonny Belmonte, on Tuesday lauded the Benedictine International School for bringing honors to the city by winning the title in the 62nd National Inter-Secondary Basketball Championship, which was held in Cebu City from February 26 to March 2.

In a resolution introduced by Majority Floor Leader Ariel Enrile-Inton (Distirct 4) and unanimously approved by the city council, the Quezon City government congratulated the school for its success in the week-long championship participated in by the best high school teams all over the Philippines.

Benedictine defeated Pilgrim Christian College-Cagayan de Oro, 83-79, in the winner-take-all championship held at the Cebu Coliseum last weekend.

"The success of the Capitol Hills-based Tigersharks under team manager Mr. Jose Bondoc and coach Rhuel 'Beaujing' Acot, is a big boost to the city's local basketball program," Inton, a well-known supporter of sports in the city, said.

Inton also assured the coaching staff and the players of the city's full support when the team leaves to compete in an invitational tournament in Fujian, China, in the first week of April.

The whole team, led by team captain Clark "Tata" Bautista, is expected to make a courtesy call to Mayor Belmonte, Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista, and the city council sometime this week.

Aside from Acot, the other members of the coaching staff are Albert Olaya, Michael Pascasio, and James Nocellodo.

The other members of the team are Eduardo Daquioag, Jeff Javillonar, Raymark Cabrera, Eric Alupani, Jedex Tanuan, Bobby Andaya, Eric Faner, Chester Dacanay, and Justine and David Vivo.

Bautista was voted as MVP, while Daquioag was included in the Mythical First Team. - GMANews.TV

ridgemark
03-08-2008, 03:07 PM
Are there no teams from either UAAP / NCAA?

nastrans
03-08-2008, 06:41 PM
As said in some of the posts here, walang UAAP at NCAA teams ang sumali sa BAP-ran NSBC.