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01-25-2008, 10:30 AM
Veteran smarts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manny Gabas also scored in double figures with 12 points.

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

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

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

10-29-2008, 04:08 AM
Cebu Daily News

Yayoy’s advice

By Calvin Cordova
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:22:00 10/28/2008

Don’t be selfish.

This was the advice of noted sportsman and Cebu City Councilor Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba to Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc. (Cesafi) commissioner Felix Tiukinhuy Jr., whom he accused of pressuring the Cesafi member schools not to play in the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA) basketball tournament.

“He can deny it, but I know it was him who pressured the schools not to join. What he is doing will divide the Cebu basketball,” Alcoseba, founder of the VAAA, said Monday in a press conference in his office at the Cebu City Hall.

A Cesafi insider, interviewed by another paper, earlier clarified that Tiukinhuy did not pressure the school representatives during a board meeting where the league unanimously voted not to allow its member schools to play in the VAAA.

Alcoseba, however, stood firm that Tiukinhuy had a hand in barring the Cesafi schools from playing in the VAAA.

“I hope Tiukinhuy and the Cesafi school owners will see the bigger picture. VAAA is here not to compete with the Cesafi. We are here to help develop the talents of the athletes and help them realize their dreams which is to play in the bigger leagues,” said Alcoseba.

“I don’t know why they don’t like the VAAA. In VAAA, teams could go to other places where they could play against different teams and they don’t need to spend in those trips,” said Alcoseba.

“VAAA even offers cash prizes that the school could use in their sports program. Players in the VAAA are also insured which means whenever they get injured, they don’t have to worry their medical expenses,” he said.

“If Tiukinhuy continues with what he’s doing, he does not deserve to have a place in sports. He should be in politics,” said Alcoseba.

Lame excuse

One of the reasons why Cesafi barred its members from playing in the VAAA is the conflict of schedule as some Cesafi teams are set to play in the Collegiate Philippine Collegiate Championship.

But Alcoseba said it was a lame excuse.

“VAAA is willing to adjust with the Cesafi schedule. Besides, CCL is just a short tournament,” Alcoseba said.

Because of the Cesafi’s decision, the VAAA will have to make some changes in its schedule.

The opening of the VAAA has been moved to an undetermined date.

“I hope this issue will be resolved. Let’s stop being selfish here. I know the schools are willing to play and I hope Tiukinhuy won’t stop them,” Alcoseba said.

Cebu Daily News tried to contact Tiukinhuy to get his side but calls to his mobile phone were unanswered.

11-08-2008, 06:45 AM
Saturday, November 08, 2008
18 invited to join tryouts for Cesafi team

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) wants to make sure that it only fields the best players when it sends players to an international competition for the frst time in the 17th Super Kung Sheung Cup Internatioal Basketball Invitation Championship 2008 slated next month in Hong Kong.

For its first attempt to give its athletes an international stint, Cesafi wants to make sure that the team leave an impression and will be sending the league’s best. That is why Cesafi is only inviting those whom it considers as strong players.

The Cesafi yesterday named 18 players who are eligible to try out for the Hong Kong team slots. Everyone needs to try out including those who are members of the Mythical Five of the regular season.

“The Mythical 5, in essence are already tipped to get slots to the team but they still need to be there at the try-outs,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

The Mythical 5 for the season were Arman Ponce, Luther Justiniani, Von Lañete, Greg Slaughter and Junmar Fajardo.

Rare chance

The other players given a rare chance for the team are Harold Cincoflores and Chris Diputado of UV (point guard); Junjun Lasala of UV, Alfred Belande of Southwestern University, Edward Pao of University of Cebu and Moncrief Rogado of University of Southern Philippines Foundation (off guard).

Ricmar Perturbos of Don Bosco Technology Center will fight for the center position alongside Fajardo and Slaughter.

Among the forwards invited to the tryouts are Clifford Maguate SWU, Jan Malinao of USJ-R, Sam Hermosa of USC, Jabe Delfino of USJ-R, Ritchum Dennison of UV and Manny Gabas of USJ-R.


Cesafi selection coaches Elmer Boy Cabahug and Edito Salacot scrapped an earlier plan to field in players who are eligible for next season as they feel experience will greatly contribute in their bid and that they will give the team a good fighting chance against their foreign contenders.

The 12 chosen members will represent the country in the league slated on Dec. 16 to 21. There will be six teams competing in the event.

The try-outs is scheduled this coming Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum, while the practices for the team will be held everyday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (MCB)

ankle breaker
11-10-2008, 10:35 PM
hopefully they will include perturbos in the lineup because he's tall and quick and can shoot from outside. opposing teams will be having hard time defending the team that will have slaughter at center, fajardo at power forward and perturbos at small forward. the trio is standing 6'5" and beyond.

11-17-2008, 09:21 AM
Gullas urges CESAFI to scrap 'selfish and unpatriotic' ruling
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel Updated November 17, 2008 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU - Unless the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) will scrap what he calls a "stupid, crazy and unpatriotic" rule, Cebu First District Representative and University of the Visayas (UV) President Eduardo "Eddiegul" R. Gullas won't allow their prized center Gregory Slaughter to form part of the national team.

Gullas said a portion of the CESAFI by-laws adopted on July 9, 2007 stipulates that "athletes who are members of the national team, national training pool and developmental pool receiving stipend/allowances from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) are disqualified from the CESAFI."

"It's a very selfish and unpatriotic rule. Very inimical to the national effort to put up a strong national team. It's so crazy and stupid," said Gullas. "Unless that provision is scrapped or repelled, I will not let Greg (Slaughter) join the national team."

Gullas said he is supportive to the desire of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) led by its president Manny V. Pangilinan to form a highly competitive RP squad for future international competitions but not at the expense of UV.

"I would like to help in the national effort to put up a strong team but not at the expense of UV. Greg still has two more years with us and I'm afraid we will lose him only because of that crazy CESAFI ruling," blurted out Gullas.

Gullas said he will personally ask the CESAFI Board in their meeting tomorrow night to write off the said rule, which he perceives as a 'nemesis' to Philippine basketball.

"I am urging the CESAFI to scrap that rule. Every league should allow their best players to play for the flag and country. Besides, there's already a precedence in that kind of situation," said Gullas, referring to Jonathan Canceran of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters who was not barred from the CESAFI when he played for RP Youth team two years ago.

UV head coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug, when sought for comment, echoed the sentiments of Gullas. "Once this matter will be resolved, we are more than willing to loan Slaughter to the national team. It's a big honor and pride for UV. For the meantime, we will have to clarify first if that rule is really in effect. We have to play it safe because we're the concerned school,"said the chief tactician of the eight-time CESAFI champion.

For his part, SBP executive director Noli Eala admonished the CESAFI upon learning that Slaughter backed out of the tryout for the national team because of the said ruling.

"I pity you Greg. This is extremely saddening and disappointing. This policy of CESAFI is clearly unpatriotic, outdated and counter productive," said Eala in a text message dissiminated to local sportscribes.

"The CESAFI schools follow this rule and then complain that provincial players are marginalized and not given the opportunity to join the national team. No one to blame but selfish CESAFI officials and their unreasonable policies. I will not stop until I make public opinion rise against this policy," added the former PBA commissioner.

But CESAFI commissioner Felix "Boy" O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. countered they do not have that kind of mandate.

"The CESAFI does not have such rule," said Tiukinhoy, even citing the case of Canceran. "If we have that kind of ruling, that only applies to players who suit up for commercial teams in Manila." "As far as we are concerned, it's an honor to have our CESAFI player be counted to play in the RP Team," he added.

Lately, the CESAFI has also been embroiled into a controversy after it passed a Board resolution barring its teams from participating in the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA), a move that is strongly opposed by some CESAFI member schools. - FREEMAN NEWS

11-17-2008, 09:24 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
Caught in a limbo
By Marian C. Baring

GREGORY Slaughter finds himself in another tug-of-war of sorts.

Slaughter, the prized center of the University of the Visayas whose entry to the Cesafi was highlighted by two schools fighting to get him, was one of the players chosen to try out for the non-PBA backed national basketball team.

However, Slaughter didn’t attend the trials after being advised by his coach Ed Cabahug and UV president and Cebu Rep. Eddie gullas that Cesafi rules bar any player who suits up for the national team from playing in the next Cesafi season.

“It is very unpatriotic. I don’t agree with it and I think Cesafi should welcome the fact its players are being chosen for the RP team,” said Slaughter, who said that Gullas, has assured him that he will meet with the Cesafi board members to have the rule scrapped.

UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug said that they just want to clarify things first before they let Greg go to the tryouts.

“It is in the policy and bylaws sa Cesafi which sir Ed himself disagrees. Sir Ed wants Greg to make it to the RP team but we just want to be sure first before Greg can go,” Cabahug said.

However, Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy is crying foul, saying it is not fair that the league is being branded as unpatriotic since they do not have that rule.

“We used to have a player from the Cesafi, Jonathan Canceran (of University of Cebu), who played for the RP junior team but still played for the Cesafi. And we do not stop players from making it to the RP team,” said Tiukinhoy.

RP Team

Along with Canceran, the other players, who were also picked to train with the RP team in 2003 were Gerry Carilla, Ron Ryan Cabagnot and UV players JR Quiñahan and Jayford Rodriguez. Only Canceran, Carilla and Cabagnot went to Manila.

Tiukinhoy had to iron out the kinks and contacted Noli Eala, the executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) who invited Slaughter to join the trials, to clarify the issue.

“I raised the issue with Eala because his name was mentioned as the source by one local reporter as the one who said that Cesafi is unpatriotic. He vehemently denied it saying that he never spoke with this person. It is very disturbing that Cesafi will be branded that way because I think it is only used as a scapegoat in the eyes of the public,” said Eala.

ankle breaker
11-17-2008, 10:25 PM
hahaha. heto na naman. bakit ba biglang liko na naman ang topic. mukhang may nabuong kontrobersiya yung 3 day stint ni GS sa special training session kay toroman. bigla nalang nag iba ang ihip nang hangin. di kaya'y ni-recruit si GS ng ibang schools at inoperan nang malaki kaya hindi na pinatuloy sa regular tryouts? at tsaka binato ang issue sa CESAFi rules? wala akong narinig ug nabasang article na nagkomento ang CESAFI at si tuikinhoy tungkol dun. tsk tsk tsk. walang katapusang giiran...

11-19-2008, 06:19 AM
CESAFI rescinds controversial rule
Emmanuel B.Villaruel Updated November 19, 2008 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU - Heeding the call of University of the Visayas (UV) president Eduardo “Eddiegul” R. Gullas, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. Board under the flagship of Rolando Villa has scrapped a provision in the CESAFI by-laws disqualifying players who are members of the national pool from the league.

“The [CESAFI] Board is making a resolution rescinding rule on prohibition of CESAFI players playing in the national pool,” said Villa in a text message to Gullas. Villa personally thanked Gullas for his “kind and dedicated interest to basketball.”

The other day, Gullas urged the CESAFI officials to repeal such ruling, which he deemed inimical to the efforts of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) led by its president Manny V. Pangilinan to put up a strong national team for future international competitions.

While he is supportive of SBP’s desire, Gullas said he will not loan UV’s 6-foot-11 goliath Gregory Slaughter to the RP squad unless that particular CESAFI rule will be declared null and void.

Gullas was supposed to discuss the matter with Villa and the rest of the CESAFI Board members last night at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel, but the meeting was called off because the CESAFI swittly addressed the issue affirmative to Gullas’ standpoint.

The CESAFI Board’s move is music to the ears of UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

“Now that the issue regarding that CESAFI ruling has been resolved, we can push through our willingness to let Greg (Slaughter) play for the national team. It’s for the benefit not only of UV and the Cebuanos, but the entire nation as well,” said Cabahug, who propelled the UV Lancers to a record eight straight CESAFI championship.

Meanwhile, Cabahug said they will leave for Manila on November 25, three days ahead of their opening game against the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Final 16 Knockout Stage.

The PCCL opens on November 24, with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars taking on the San Beda Red Lions. The other Cebu qualifier, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, faces the toughest assignment against UAAP giant La Salle Green Archers on the 26th. (THE FREEMAN)

11-19-2008, 12:00 PM
hahaha. heto na naman. bakit ba biglang liko na naman ang topic. mukhang may nabuong kontrobersiya yung 3 day stint ni GS sa special training session kay toroman. bigla nalang nag iba ang ihip nang hangin. di kaya'y ni-recruit si GS ng ibang schools at inoperan nang malaki kaya hindi na pinatuloy sa regular tryouts? at tsaka binato ang issue sa CESAFi rules? wala akong narinig ug nabasang article na nagkomento ang CESAFI at si tuikinhoy tungkol dun. tsk tsk tsk. walang katapusang giiran...

Tiukinhoy pakawala ng BAP!!!

Down with the BAP!!!

ankle breaker
11-19-2008, 11:59 PM
now that the rule is scrapped. let junmar also tryout for the national team as well as the other best players in the league like justiniani, quilantang, pao and perturbos.

12-17-2008, 07:06 AM
Ready for battle
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:31:00 12/16/2008
Filed Under: Basketball

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) All-Star basketball squad will be trying to make a name for themselves on the international stage as they kick off their bid in the 17th Super Kung Sheung Cup on Wednesday at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong.

The collection of stalwart players from the different Cesafi member schools will face the daunting task of going up against the Singapore squad on Wednesday.

They will then wrap up their elimination round schedule with a match against the hometown Hong Kong team on Thursday.

The Cesafi team is pooled in group B while group A is comprised of India, Thailand and the Southern California Fukienese Association. They left for Hong Kong Sunday and was at the Hong Kong stadium yesterday to acclimate themselves with the playing conditions.

The RP representatives are expected to have a tough time with the national teams of Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore competing along with the athletic SCFA team also participating.

The team is being bannered by Cesafi Mythical Five team members June Mar Fajardo and Armand Ponce along with the University of the Visayas' Junjun Lasala and Chris Diputado, the University of San Jose-Recoletos' Mannie Gabas, Jabe Delfino and Jan Malinao, Southwestern University's Alfred Belande and Ardd Django, University of Southern Philippines Foundation's Moncrief Rogado, the University of San Carlos' Emel Rowe and Don Bosco's Ricmar Perturbos.

12-19-2008, 05:54 AM
CESAFI stars rout Singapore in HK tilt
Updated December 19, 2008 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) All-Stars demolished Singapore, 75-60, in the 17th Kung Sheung Invitational Basketball Tournament yesterday at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong.

No other details were reported about the victory e-mailed to The Freman by Hong Kong-based team tournamnet official Eugene Fong.

Alfred Belande of SWU Cobras and June Mar Fajardo of UC the Webmasters each scored 15 points to lead the CESAFI’s finest stars.

Also scoring in double figures were Manny Gabas and Jabe Delfino both of the USJ-R Jaguars.

Ranulfo Malinao, also of the Jaguars, had nine points, Art Diango of SWU had six, Armand Ponce had four and Eulogio Lasala, Jr. and John Emel Rowe had two points apiece. (GGM)

ankle breaker
12-19-2008, 10:25 PM
Hong Kong international team played against Phillipines team in the last group match, which was only exciting in the frist quater, when the young Phillipines team dashed a 14-2 run. However, Hong Kong excellent long range shooting which inclueded, forward Lau Chi Kin's (183cm,29yrs,South China) four first half three pointers, and the buzzer beater three pointer of point guard Lo Yin Ting (175cm,21yrs,South China) made Hong Kong enlarged the winning margin by 20pts with 54-34 at the half. And the second half got no more suprise, and Hong Kong got the victory by 105-86. Filipino big man June Fajardo got 22pts, and was fustrated in the game resulting for a technical foul call.

Hong Kong will face India team in the semi-final game, while Southern California Fukienese Assocaition Basketball Team will play against Phillipines team on the another side. Singapore team and Thailand team will played for the fifth place of the tournament.

12-20-2008, 05:28 AM
Hong Kong cagers thrash CESAFI stars
Updated December 20, 2008 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU - The Hong Kong selection defended its turf and brought the CESAFI-RP Team back to earth with a 105-86 rout in the 17th Super Kung Sheung Cup International Basketball Invitational Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong.

With the win, Hong Kong topped Bracket A, relegating the CESAFI All-Stars to the number two spot.

Tonight, the Cebuanos face another acid test as they go up against Group B leader Southern California Fukienese Association in the crossover semifinals.

Outside shooting was the key factor in Hong Kong's one-sided victory. They made 15 of their 31 3-point bombs, while limiting their foes to five out of 10 attempts from beyond the arc. The visitors from Cebu also missed 10 free throws and committed a horrible 22 turnovers.

June Mar Fajardo topscored for CESAFI with 22 points, while Mannie Gabas backed him up with 17 points. Jabe Delfino and Armand Ponce, both from the USJ-R Jaguars, chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively, in a losing cause. (GGM) (THE FREEMAN)

08-26-2009, 08:58 AM

SBP program seen as boon to college players
August 25, 2009, 6:14pm

Rajko Toroman, left, project director in charge of the Smart-Gilas RP team under the SBP, updates media men on the progress of the program during Tuesday’s PSA Forum. With Toroman is SBP executive director Noli Eala.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) project director Rajko Toroman said he is pleased with the way some of his players in the Smart Gilas RP team are playing in the collegiate wars.

Toroman, who established his coaching reputation by guiding Iran to its first of back-to-back FIBA Asia Championships, praised the performance of Dylan Ababou of the University of Santo Tomas, Aldrech Ramos and Mark Barroca of Far Eastern University, and RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra of Letran.

“I think they showed some improvements from last season,” said Toroman. “They are performing very well and they are on the right track and I think it’s good for the Smart Gilas program as it will be a more competitive team.”

The Serbian mentor said the five are flourishing under the bright lights of collegiate hoops.

Ababou is currently on top of the UAAP Most Valuable Player race (after the first round) with an average of 19.6 points per game and is in charge of the Tigers’ chase for one of the UAAP Final 4 slots.

The 6-5 Ramos, meanwhile, has been impressive with 10.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game and ranked second in the MVP race while Barroca tallied 13.7 points and is taking the leadership responsibilities for the Tamaraws, who sport an 8-2 card for second place in the UAAP.

On the other hand, Jazul and Guevarra averaged 16.3 and 14.4 points, respectively, for the Knights, who are tied with guest team Arellano University for fourth spot in the NCAA at 7-4.

Toroman credited their experience playing in international competitions, such as the FIBA Asia-Champions Cup as the main reason for their big improvements.

“They had a lot of international games in the last six months and they showed mental toughness and now they are showing it to their teams,” said Toroman. “And that’s what we will continue with in our program – by playing more international games and develop a more winning mentality.”

Menawhile, Toroman said that the SBP is interested in adding three more collegiate players in its program. These are reigning UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Ateneo, University of the East’s Paul Lee, and 6-9 center Junmar Fajardo of University of Cebu in CESAFI.

“Rabeh is dominating the big guys but he has to work a lot and can be a better player if he plays in some international games,” Toroman said of the 6-6 Al-Hussaini.

“I think Paul Lee is doing very well. I was watching him in the PBL before and I was impressed because he’s active, creative, has a tough mentality,” Toroman said.

MB (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/217634/sbp-program-seen-boon-college-players)