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amdgc82
04-25-2008, 05:16 AM
M. Lhuillier summer cage league set (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=52&type=2&sec=73&aid=20080424197)
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Friday, April 25, 2008
The Freeman

Cebu’s top collegiate cagers will once again collide on the hardcourt with the staging of the 2008 M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Tournament starting on May 10 at the Cebu Coliseum.

A total of eight teams have already confirmed their participation in the two-month tilt organized by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas through its Visayas Area Head Michel J. Lhuillier and Region 7 director Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

Spearheading the list of entries are the seven-time Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and reigning National Inter-Collegiate titlist Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

Also joining are the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves, Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers, and Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights.

“This is part of SBP’s efforts to provide a continuous development program for our basketball athletes in the region,” said Alcoseba, who is also the vice chairman of the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC).

During their initial meeting the other day at Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar, coaches and representatives of the different participating teams agreed that the entries will be divided into two brackets.

They will play a double round robin format in the elimination round, with the top two teams per bracket advancing into the crossover semifinals. The* winners will then slug it out for the championship in a best-of-three affair.

Alcoseba, who steered M. Lhuillier to countless championships in local and national leagues, said each team is allowed to field in at least five undertrainees.

“This will be an opportunity for all the teams to give their players the needed exposure in preparation for the upcoming CESAFI season,” said Alcoseba.

Aside from the Cebu Coliseum, the games will also be played at the newly-renovated USC Gym. In charge of overseeing the technical aspect of the competition is commissioner Jose “Boy” Murillo.

Schortsanitis
04-25-2008, 09:31 AM
What, no UC?

amdgc82
05-14-2008, 06:45 AM
M. Lhuillier summer hoop opens today
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The Freeman

Exciting collegiate hardcourt battle will further fan the summer sports heat as the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge kicks off this afternoon with a surefire double-header at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the first game at 4:30 pm, the Don Bosco College Greywolves of coach Rudy Enterina will go up against the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers of coach Jojo Romarate.

Right after the Don Bosco-Salazar showdown, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors of coach Mike Reyes will take on the floor against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars of coach Edito Salacut in the main dish at 6 pm.

A total of seven teams will slug it out for the championship of the two-month tilt organized by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) through its Visayas Area Head Michel J. Lhuillier and Central Visayas Director Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

Leading the pack of competing squads are the seven-time CESAFI champion and 2nd VAAA titlist University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug and the reigning National Inter-Collegiate champion Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras of coach Dodie Miego.

The Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights of coach Tata Merced complete the list of entries in the tournament that is being held as a runup to the 8th season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI).

League commissioner Jose “Boy” Murillo said the competition follows a single round robin format, with the top four teams advancing into the crossover semifinals. The top two seeds will enjoy a twice-to-beat edge over the lower ranked squads. The winners will then clash for a championship in a best-of-three affair.

amdgc82
05-16-2008, 07:09 PM
M. Lhuillier summer basketball challenge: USC, Don Bosco off to hot starts
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Friday, May 16, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and* Don Bosco Greywolves opened their respective titles bid in resounding fashion at the start of the 2008 M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge the other day at the Cebu Coliseum.

The USC Warriors walloped the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 83-73, while the Greywolves pinned down the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers, 100-92.

Giovanni Padillo scattered 21 points for the USC Warriors, who were in full command of the march after closing the first period with a 27-20 edge.

The Greywolves, on the other hand, used a crippling second quarter rally to blow off the* Skyblazers.

Leading by only four after the first 10 minutes of play, 25-21, the Greywolves launched a 27-18 spurt to mount a baker’s dozen lead at halftime, 52-39.

The Skyblazers retaliated with a 31-22 blast in the third to chop the lead down to only four, 70-74, but the Greywolves kept their poise and composure until the closing seconds of the match to preserve the win.


The scores
First game

Don Bosco (100) - Perturbos 16, De los Santos 14,* De la Rama 13, Villaver 12, Juntilla 10, Enterina 9, Aldave 7, Colegado 6, Lumapas 6, Baring 5, Caballero 2

SCSIT (92) - Tampus 28, Gabica 18, Calma 14, Tampus 11, De la Vega 8, Aleguiso 4, Amarado 4, Aribal 3, Paquibot 2

Quarterscores:25-21, 52-39, 74-70, 100-9221-18-31-22

Second game

USC (83) - Padillo 19, Otida 9, Cortes 8, Igao 8, Codilla 7, Gallarde 7, San Juan 6, Bakker 6, Bautista 5, Hermosa 4, Blanes 4

USJ-R (73) - Malinao 21, Ponce 14, Bibera 7, Pateno 7, Amores 6,* Suliman 4, Senining 4, De la Peña 3, Gabas 2, Villaver 2, Duran 2, Delfino 1

Quarterscores: 27-20, 44-38, 63-56

amdgc82
05-21-2008, 06:15 AM
ACT shocks SWU in M. Lhuillier caging
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Freeman

The Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights recorded what is by far the biggest upset in the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge as they vanquished the reigning National Students Basketball Championships titlist Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 92-88, the other day at the Cebu Coliseum.

The stunning victory served strong notice of the Cyber Knights’ serious title campaign despite they’re considered among the tournament underdogs.

That lowly billing wasn’t evident as the Cyber Knights was in complete command of the match, closing the first half with a 43-37 edge before padding its lead to a dozen points, 66-54, going into the payoff period.

With their pride smitten, the Cobras staged a last ditch 34-26 rally in the windup, but that was already too late as the Cyber Knights have already piled up enough points to secure the marginal win.

Earlier, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars bounced back from their opening day loss and unleashed their wrath on the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 98-79.

The Jaguars launched an unforgiving offensive at the outset to batter the Greywolves in the first two quarters, 51-37. After toning down in the third, the Jaguars went back to usual business and closed the match with a 26-19 bang to seal the 19-point cakewalk.


The scores
First game

USJ-R (98) - Justiniani 16, Amores 13, Delfino 9, Ponce 9, Pateño 9, Gudez 9, Pogoy 7, Malinao 7, Bibera 6, Gabas 5, Senining 4,* De la Peña 2

Don Bosco (79) - Lumapas 21, Aldave 15, Perturbos 13, De los Santos 7, De la Rama 6, Enterina 6, Colegado 4, Alvarez 3, Caballero 2, Tecson 2

Quarterscores:26-21, 51-37, 72-60, 98-79

Second game

ACT (92) - Nuñez 26, Vistal 24, Pontemayor 9, Batiancila 8, Suico 7, Albillaro 7, Cadiz 2, Doy 2

SWU (88) - Zanoria 23, Belande 15, Litorja 12, Maguate 10, Diango 9, Jalandoni 6, Canonigo 6, Armecin 3, Escover 2, Divinagracia 2

Quarterscores:21-20, 43-37, 66-54, 92-88

ankle breaker
05-22-2008, 04:36 AM
why is it that UC did not join this tournament?

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 07:03 AM
ACT now 2-0; SWU bounces back
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Friday, May 23, 2008
The Freeman

The Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights snatched their second straight victory, while the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras bounced back from a* previous setback with aplomb in the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge last Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The ACT Cyber Knights used a decisive opening attack to demolish the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers, 88-76 and take the temporary led with a clean 2-0 slate, while the SWU Cobras barged into the win column with a 77-75 squeaker over the University of* San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

The Cyber Knights opened the game with a 30-17 bang that left the Skyblazers groping for form the rest of the way.

The Skyblazers pulled within 61-69 at the end of the third period, but the sprited Cyber Knights charged back in the final stretch to quash SCSIT’s comeback attempt.

Later in the day, the Cobras raced to a sizzling 28-19 start, but the Warriors retaliated in the second quarter to chop the deficit down to only three points at halftime, 43-46.

The two protagonists figured in an air-tight battle from thereon, but the Cobras, the reigning National Students Basketball champions, kept their poise and composure at crunchtime to hang on to a three-point win.

Clifford Maguate topped the Cobras with 17 points, while Eric Zanoria and Alfred Belande banged in 13 markers apiece.


The scores
First game

ACT (88) - Vistal 29, Nunez 23, Pontemayor 9, Suico 7, Batiancila 7, Cadis 5, Doy 3, Valencia 2

SCSIT (76) - Calma 16, Gabica 14, Amarado 13, J. Tampus 11, Tampus 7, Jabadan 4, Rabayan 4, De la Vega 3, Aribal 2, Bacayo 2

Quarterscores:30-17, 52-41, 69-61, 88-76

Second game

SWU (77) - Maguate 17, Zanoria 13, Belande 13, Armecin 12, Diango 6, Poligrates 4, Kwong 4, Litorja 3, Canonigo 2,Ceniza 2

USC (75) - Padillo 19, Cortes 10, Blanes 7, San Juan 6, Hermosa 6, Bercede 5, Bautista 4, Igao 4, Bakker 3, Otida 2, Gallarde 2

Quarterscores: 28-19, 46-43, 64-57, 77-75

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 07:05 AM
SWU Cobras turn back Warriors for first win
Friday, May 23, 2008
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THE Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras suffered some mental lapses but recovered just in time to escape from the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 77-75, for its first win in the BAP-SBP sanctioned 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer League 2008 at the Cebu Coliseum last Wednesday evening.

In the other game, the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights notched its second win, 88-76, over the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers to stay as the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

The Cobras were in control from the start of the game, and behind the deadly quartet of Clefford Maguate, Richie Jalandoni, Eric Zanoria, Alfred Belande, SWU cruised to an early 28-19 lead in the opening quarter.

Charge

But with Giovanni Padillo leading the charge for the Warriors, USC rallied to close the first half within 43-46.

However, USC went cold at the start of the third quarter and but with the three-point bombs of Eleazar Armecin and the fastbreak points of Ardd Evan Django off Warriors turnovers, SWU was able to erect a 60-43 lead at the 5:07 mark of the third on a 10-0 run.

Counter

Padillo again bailed the Warriors out from the deep pit as USC countered with a 14-2 counter rally.

SWU threatened to pull away in the fourth but USC found an answer to every rally of the Cobras.

The Cobras enjoyed a 77-69 lead at the final 2:59 mark when USC came out roaring from a timeout to close behind 75-77 at the last 39.0 mark.

Elvid Poligrates missed his second wide open layup at the other end that could have given SWU the breather as USC made its final attack but Poligrates was able to tap the ball away from the hands of Padillo and Chris Litorja completed the steal before the final buzzer sounded. (RCM)

amdgc82
05-25-2008, 04:53 AM
Sunday, May 25, 2008
USC nails second win
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THE UNIVERSITY of San Carlos (USC) Warriors went through the eye of the needle before stopping the smaller but equally hard-fighting Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSCIT) Skyblazers with a 95-90 win in the lone match of the first M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Tournament at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

The game was closely fought with each team taking turns at the driver’s seat all game long. For this game, the Warriors leaned on Jaby Bautista and Sam Jordan Hermosa to lead the team’s assault.

Despite the usual contributions of Cid Joven Cortes and team leader Giovanni Padillo, the Warriors could not seem to pull away for good as the triumvirate of Benjie Calma, Jun Jun Gabica and Jeffrey Tampus were there to spoil USC’s chances of building up a comfortable lead.

In the end, however, the cruchtime composure of the more experienced Warriors paid off as the Skyblazers crumbled into pieces in the final 1:30 minutes of the game.

Bautista topped USC with 17 points while Hermosa added 15. Cortes and Padillo combined for 22 points for the Warriors to claim its second win in three games. (RCM)

amdgc82
06-01-2008, 06:44 AM
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Jaguars humble ACT Knights in MLKP Summer hoops
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THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars made the tournament more exciting after handing the erstwhile undefeated Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights a 110-92 drubbing in the ongoing 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge at the Cebu Coliseum last Friday evening.

The Jaguars shared the second spot with its tormentor University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors coming into the game and broke the match wide open in the final period by outscoring the hardworking Knights, 28-16, for the rout.

Aside from their fourth quarter surge, the Jaguars limited ACT leading scorer Joel Vistal to just 12 points after averaging 25.67 points per game in the team’s three straight wins.

Luther Luke Justiniani led three other Jaguars who scored in double digits with 22 points. Dondon Nuñez scored the game-high 27 points for ACT and Elmer Aparice came off from a long rest with 22.

Three-way tie

In the opening game, Sam Jordan Hermosa scored 16 points and Gino Gallarde added 12 to lead the University of San Carlos Warriors to an 85-79 victory over the Don Bosco College Greywolves.

USC, USJ-R and ACT are now locked in a three-way tie with 3-1 win-loss slates but it will be broken tonight with the Jaguars looking for their fourth win against the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers in the opening game of today’s triple header Sunday.

The main match will feature USC against ACT at 6 p.m., while SWU and DBTC face each other at 4:30.

USC (85)—Hermosa 16, Gallarde 12, Padillo 9, Blanes 9, Otida 9, Cortes 7, Bakker 7, Codilla 5, Bautista 4, Joven 3, Igao 2, Dalos 2.
DBC (79)—De los Santos 18, Enterina 15, de la Rama 9, Juntilla 7, Aldave 6, Villaver 5, Colegado 3, Lumapas 2, Caballero 2. Quarters: 23-22; 34-34; 60-53; 85-79.

USJ-R (110)—Justiniani 22, Malinao 12, Senining 12, Pateño 10, Delfino 8, Villaver 8, Amores 6, Gabas 6, de la Peña 5, Gudez 3, Babiera 2, Suliman 2.
ACT (92)—Nuñez 27, Aparice 22, Paraguya 12, Vistal 12, Batiancila 8, Suico 7, Abillero 3, Pontemayor 1. Quarters: 17-18; 48-40; 82-76; 110-92. (RCM)

amdgc82
06-03-2008, 06:55 AM
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
USC takes top spot
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SAM Jordan Hermosa scored 14 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the University of San Carlos Warriors to an 88-81 win over the erstwhile leader Asian College of Technology Cyber Knights and grab the No.1 spot going to the semifinal round of the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge last Sunday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the other game, Elvid Poligrates scored 20 of the game-high 23 points as the Southwestern University Cobras routed the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 104-66, while Luther Luke Justiniani finished with 22 points for the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars’ 116-92 victory over the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology Skyblazers at the close of the elimination round.

USC and USJ-R finished tied at the top spot with identical 4-1 win-loss slate but the Warriors’ 83-73 win over the Jaguars last May 14 handed them the No.1 spot and the twice-to-beat advantage over the No.4 team SWU Cobras.

The Cobras and the Cyber Knights were also tied with 3-2 but ACT’s win over SWU last May 19 handed them the No.3 spot.

The Jaguars holds a twice to beat advantage over the Cyber Knights in the semifinal round today.

USC (88)—Hermosa 27, Padillo 15, Gallarde 9, Bautista 9, Codilla 8, Joven 5, Cortes 4, Bercede 4, Igao 3, Blanes 2, Bakker 2.
ACT (81)—Nuñez 27, Vistal 19, Paraguya 13, Suico 10, Batiancila 4, Pontemayor 3, Aparice 3, Doy 2.

USJ-R (116)—Justiniani 22, Villaver 13, De la Peña 11, Pateño 11, Malinao 10, Amores 10, Delfino 10, Babiera 8, Suliman 6, Ponce 5, Duran 5, Senining 4, Gudez 1.
SCSIT (92)—J. Tampus 21, Paquibot 17, Jabadan 11, Amarado 8, K. Tampus 8, Bacayo 8, Aleguio 6, Rabaya 3. (RCM)

amdgc82
06-03-2008, 07:05 AM
M. Lhuillier Summer Basketball Challenge: USC, USJ-R clinch top two spots
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Carlos (USC ) Warriors and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars dismantled separate foes last Sunday to claim the top two spots going into the semifinal round of the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm USC vs. SWU

6:00 pm USJ-R vs. ACT

The USC Warriors preyed on the erractic plays of the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights in the windup to walk away with an 88-81 victory, while the USJ-R Jaguars easily manhandled the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) Skyblazers, 116-92.

USC and USJ-R actually finished the classification round with similar 4-2 win-loss records, but the Warriors obtained the top seeding by virtue of winner-over-the-other rule.

Nevertheless, they both enjoy twice-to-beat incentives against their respective foes in today’s crossover semifinals still at the Coliseum. In the first game at 4:30 pm, USC will take on the fourth-ranked Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, while USJ-R battles the third seed ACT in the main game at 6 pm.

The SWU Cobras completed their elimination round campaign with a 104-66 shellacking of the Don Bosco College Greywolves.

The ACT Cyber Knights got off to a sizzling start and took a 22-17 advantage after the first period. But that was their only bright moment as the Warriors rallied back in the second quarter to grab the lead at halftime, 42-39, for good.

First game

USJ-R (116) - Justiniani 22, Villaber 13, De la Peña 11, Patiño 11, Delfino 10, Amores 10, Malinao 10, Babiera 8, Soliman 6, Ponce 5, Duran 5, Senining 4, Gudez 1
SCSIT (92) - J. Tampus 21, Pacquibot 17, Jabadan 11, K. Tampus 8, Amarado 8, Bacayo 8, Aleguio 6, Rabaya 3
Quarter scores:31-22, 52-39, 84-67, 116-92

Second game

SWU (104) - Poligrates 23, Litorja 12, Zanoria 11, Armecin 8, Django 8, Kwong 6, Belande 6, Jalandoni 6, Caytona 4, Maguate 4, Ceniza 2, Tilap 2
DBC (66) - De los Santos 14, Enterina 13, Tecson 11, Lumapas 10, De la Rama 9, Anagap 9, Juntilla 7, Perturbos 3
Quarterscores:42-12, 65-25, 83-55

Third game

USC (88) - Hermosa 27, Padillo 15, Bautista 9, Gallarde 9, Codilla 8, Joven 5, Cortes 4, Bercede 4, Igao 3, Blanes 2, Bakker 2
ACT (81) - Nuñez 27, Vistal 19, Paraguya 13, Suico 10,* Batiancila 4, Aparice 3, Pontemayor 3, Doy 2
Quarterscores:17-22, 42-39, 67-59, 88-81 – EBV

Schortsanitis
06-03-2008, 09:09 AM
I thought UV was going to be in this tournament, how come I never saw any reports about their games?

amdgc82
06-05-2008, 06:04 AM
Jaguars march into final round; Cobras dump topseed Warriors
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) proceeded into the championship round without any glitch, but the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras stole the thunder in last Tuesday’s crossover semifinals of the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge at the Cebu Coliseum.

Game today

(Cebu Coliseum)

5 pm USC vs. SWU

The USJ-R Jaguars easily booted out the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights,* 98-86, but the stunner came earlier when the SWU Cobras, riding on the 41-point explosion of Aldred Belande, vanquished the twice-to-beat topseed University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 99-82, to live and fight for another day.

After getting nil in the first period, Belande came out smoking in the second quarter where he torched 13 points in a sizzling 38-19 rally that turned a 23-20 deficit into a commanding 58-42 lead by the Cobras at halftime.

Belande, who sank a tournament-high seven triples, continued to run amon on the offensive end, firing in 18 points in the third canto where the Cobras outscored the Warriors, 27-17, to blow their lead to a 26-point bubble, 85-59, entering the final 10 minutes of the contest. The rest was history.

Ard Django chipped in 19 points spiked with five triples, while Eric Zanoria and Clifford Maguate connived for 27 markers for the Cobras, who will face the Warriors anew in a knockout match at 5 pm today.

The victor will earn the right to battle the Jaguars in the best-of-three finals series starting on Saturday.

The Jaguars had a tentative start, but staged a daring breakway in the second quarter, 27-13, to mount an imposing 49-34 bulge at the intermission.

The closest the Cyber Knights could muster was to pull within eight points, 46-54, as Luther Luke Justiniani tossed in 11 points in a 15-4 run that handed the Jaguars their biggest lead, 69-50, with two minutes left in the third period.

Justiniani finished with 13 points, but it was flashy guard Armand Ponce who topscored for the Jaguars with 17 points.

Joel Vistal paced the Cyber Knights with 25 points followed by Rolan Doy and Dondon Nuñez with 19 and 16 markers, respectively.


The scores

First game

SWU (99) - Belande 41, Django 19, Zanoria 14, Maguate 13, Liroja 7, Jalandoni 2, Poligrates 2, Ceniza 1
USC (82) - Hermosa 20, Gallarde 17, Cortes 11, Blanes 9, San Juan 6, Bautista 6, Padillo 4,* Bercede 3, Igao 2, Palos 2, Codilla 2

Quarterscores:20-23, 58-42, 85-59, 99-82

Second game

USJ-R (98) - Ponce 17, Justiniana 13, Amores 12, Delfino 11, Gudez 9, Senining 8, Malinao 6, Villaber 6, Patiño 5, Bebiera 4, Duran 3, De la Peña 2, Suliman 2
SWU (86) - Vistal 25, Doy 19,* Nuñez 16, Batiancila 8, Aparice 4, Paraguya 4,* Cadiz 3, Valencia 3, Pontemayor 2

Quarterscores:22-21, 49-34, 73-56, 98-86 – EBV

amdgc82
06-07-2008, 06:51 AM
SWU ousts USC to arrange title showdown with USJ-R
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The Freeman

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras preyed on the erratic plays of the University of San Carlos (USC) towards the end of the match to complete a two-game sweep of the topseed Warriors, 77-66, and* grab the remaining finals ticket in the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge last Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Thus, the Cobras set up a title showdown with the already waiting University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars for the inaugural title of M. Lhuillier’s summer offering. Game 1 of the best-of-three series is set on Monday at 6:00pm.

The Warriors have no one else but themselves to blame for the heart-breaking defeat as they committed a spate of costly errors at the point they are about to pull away.

With the Cobras leading by just four, 63-67, 2:25 left to play, USC’s main man Sam Jordan Hermosa missed a wide-open layup that could have changed the complexion of the match in their favor.

Later, USC pointguard Paul Joven was whistled for a three-second violation and then the Warriors made a crucial defensive blunder leading to a breakaway layup by Ard Django that have the Cobras a 69-63 breather entering the final two-minute zone of the contest.

The Warriors threatened for the last time, 66-69, on a triple by Fil-Am Eddie Bakker as Lloyd Poligrates scored on a four-point swing in between Ritchie Jalandoni’s medium-range jumper to bail the Cobras out of danger.

Django hit two free throws with 20 ticks before the final buzzer to settle the final outcome.

Poligrates paced the Cobras with 16 points, while Eric Zanoria and Clifford Maguate chipped in 14 markers apiece. Jalandoni donated 10 points.

Giovanni Padillo had 16 points, while Hermosa scored 10 for the Warriors, who took an early 14-9 lead. The last time they were on top was at 26-25 as the Cobras closed the second period with a 9-2 run to wrest the driver’s seat at halftime, 34-28, for good.

The scores

SWU (77) – Poligrates 16, Maguate 14, Zanoria 14, Jalandoni 10, Belande 9, Django 7, Armecin 3, Ceniza 2, Litorja 2

USC (66) – Padillo 16, Hermosa 10, Cortes 8,* Bautista 8, Blanes 6, Gallarde 5, San Juan 4, Bakker 3, Codilla 2, Igao 2, Joven 2

Quarterscores:18-18, 34-28, 54-49, 77-66 – EBV

amdgc82
06-07-2008, 06:53 AM
Saturday, June 07, 2008
SWU Cobras upsets USC, nabs 2nd MLKP finals seat
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THE big men of Southwestern University held the team aloft in times of crisis as the No.4 Cobras eliminated the No.1 team University of San Carlos Warriors following a 77-66 upset to complete the finals cast of the First M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge held at the Cebu Coliseum last Thursday night.

Ritchie Jalandoni and Cleford Maguate each had four points down the stretch to backstop the efforts of the Cobras to hold off the rampaging Warriors.

With the Warriors closing-in in the final three minutes of the game, Jalandoni scored back-to-back jumpers, while Maguate scored two free throws and a jumper at the wing to keep USC at bay.

Helping the Cobras survive the attack was the two missed lay-ups of Sam Jordan Hermosa that could have put the Warriors ahead in the game.

Aside from Hermosa’s misses, a three-second violation was also slapped on Paul Joven, resulting to an uncontested lay up of Ardd Django at the other end that put the Cobras 69-63.

A triple from Eddie Bakker gave the Warriors the last hope to change the result of the game but Elvid Poligrates towed the Cobras away from danger as the time expired.

The win completed the comeback of SWU which needed to beat the Warriors twice to advance to the finals.

Last Tuesday, the Cobras defeated USC, 99-82, to forge another game.

SWU will face the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in a best-of-three championship series that will start on Monday.

The No.2 seed USJ-R defeated the No.3 team ACT Cyber Knights, 98-86, last Tuesday to book the first seat to the finals.

amdgc82
06-13-2008, 07:05 AM
Friday, June 13, 2008
SWU Cobras battle Jaguars in MLKP finals
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THE collegiate hard cout rivalry continues today with the highly-favored University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars taking on crowd-favorite Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series for the First M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball challenge title today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Setting up the stage for the dramatic championship match is the knockout game for third place between the elimination round top finisher University of San Carlos and the Asian College of Technology at 4:30 p.m.

This game is just like the rematch for the 2007 VAAA title when the Jaguars of coach Edito Salacot swept the Cobras of coach Dodie Miego.

However, the Cobras has evolved into a championship squad with more than enough firepower to win the championship.

USJ-R however, has also shown to be a steady squad and during the elimination round, the Jaguars defeated the Cobras 84-78 last May 25.

While the road to the finals seemed easier for the Jaguars, the Cobras struggled to make it to the championship by beating the Warriors twice during the semifinal round. (RCM)

amdgc82
06-13-2008, 07:06 AM
USJ-R, SWU start title duel today
Friday, June 13, 2008
The Freeman

They lost in their first game against the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights. They finished the elimination round as fourth seed, but they bravely overcome the odds by completing a two-game sweep to terminate the top-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Such was the meandering journey of Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras before reaching the championship round.

Today, the SWU Cobras of coach Alejandrito “Dodie” Miego embarks on a new, tougher challenge as they clash with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals of the 1st M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras and the Jaguars will mix it up at 6 pm, right after the knockout battle for third place between ACT and USC set at 4:30 pm.

The Cobras and the Jaguars are expected to figure in a grudge finals rematch. They already figured in a title duel for the inaugural Visayas Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA) crown in 2006, with the Jaguars winning the series.

The Cobras then were a raw team.

Now armed with vast experience and championship glory in the seniors division of the National Students Basketball Championships, the Cobras are well within their target of pulling even with the Jaguars.

With a stratospheric frontline and hyper-active playmakers. the Cobras could never go wrong for as long as they follow their gameplan to the letter.

At the frontcourt, the Cobras can count on Ritchie Jalandoni, Clifford Maguate, and Eric Zanoria. They are not only capable of providing a strong defensive wall for the Cobras, they can also sow terror from the outside.

The Cobras, of course, have their deadliest weapon in sharp-shooting guard Alfred Belande as well as the razzle-dazzle plays of pointguards Lloyd Poligrates and Ard Django.

The Jaguars though couldn’t taken for granted with the presence of veterans John Malinao, Lyndon Gudez, and Luther Luke Justiniana, who all have stints in the commercial circuit.

And with the very exciting USJ-R pointman Armand Ponce around, hoop fans can expect one heck of a titular showdown. – EBV

amdgc82
06-18-2008, 07:03 AM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
USJ-R’s veterans pull trick vs. SWU
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THE UNIVERSITY of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars drew its strength from their veteran players to subdue the hard-fighting Southwestern University Cobras by sweeping the best-of-three championship series following an 84-79 victory in Game 2 Monday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Coach Edito Salacot found Gabe Stuart Delfino his lucky charm as the 6-foot-3 forward held his grounds against the taller SWU bigmen to lead the Jaguars with 17
points.

“I am just lucky I guess because my veteran players were there to step up when their contributions were needed,” Salacot told reporters after the game.

Performance

Aside from Delfino, Manny Gabas and John Malinao also broke loss after a so-so performance in Game 1 together with the other veterans Arman Ponce and Lyndon Gudes who all scored in double-digit.

For the Cobras it was their immaturity that cost them the victory as most of their shots were hurried taken or ill advised.

SWU however managed to comeback from a double-digit deficit most of the time, the last time as on the final 17.1 seconds of the game when everybody was giving up on the Cobras.

Downed 66-77 in the final 1:42 of the game, the Cobras pulled a stunning 13-3 run while holding the Jaguars without a field goal the rest of the way.

Survival

However, Ponce’s six-of-six free throw shooting in the final 36.1 seconds of the game helped the Jaguars survived the game.

USJ-R pocketed P50,000 worth of sports equipment from tournament sponsor ML Kwarta Padala while SWU went home with P30,000.

USJ-R (84)—Delfino 17, Ponce 15, Gudes 14, Gabas 13, Malinao 12, Amores 5, Justiniani 4, Villaver 2, Pogoy 2.
SWU (79)—Zanoria 21, Litorja 17, Maguate 14, Jalandoni 10, Poligrates 7, Armecin 5, Divinagracia 4, Django 1.
Quarters: 29-21; 47-36; 62-49; 84-79. RCM

amdgc82
06-18-2008, 07:05 AM
1st M. Lhuillier Summer Hoop Challenge: USJ-R sweeps* SWU to win title
By Emmanuel Villaruel
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars swept the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in their best-of-three finals series with an emphatic 84-79 victory in Game 2 to clinch the inaugural championship of the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Summer Basketball Challenge on Monday night at the Cebu Coliseum

The Jaguars of coach Edito Salacut were in complete command from the start, but could not heave a sigh of relief as the big-hearted Cobras consistently threatened to pull away until the closing seconds of the match.

From a 29-21 start, the Jaguars’ lead blossomed to 13 points, 62-49, at the end of the third period.

But the Cobras did not wilt under pressure. Behind the shooting rampage of the Chris Litorja, the wards of Alejandrito “Dodie” Miego staged a courageous fightback to pull within a hairline, 79-80, with 17 seconds left to play.

To kill time, the Cobras quickly fouled USJ-R top pointman Armand Ponce, who then calmly sank a pair of pressure-packed free throws to push the Jaguars ahead by three, 82-79, with 14.6 ticks before the final buzzer.

In the ensuing sequence, Ritchie Jalandoni flicked a potential game-tying triple, but the Jaguars swatted it away.

With only six seconds remaining, the Cobras again fouled Ponce in one final attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. That did not bring any positive effects as the spunky, high-flying playmaker knocked in his charities to seal the Jaguars’ triumph.

Ponce scored 15, even as four other Jaguars submitted twin figures led by Gabe Delfino with 17 points. Lyndon Gudez chipped in 14 markers followed by Manny Gabas with 13 and John Malinao with 12 as they went home with the P50,000 grand prize.

It was another first for the Jaguars, who snatched the maiden title of the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA) men’s basketball tournament also against the Cobras in 2006.

The Cobras, who were led by Eric Zanoria, Clifford Maguate and Litorja with 52 points combined, pocketed P30,000, while the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights got P15,000 and P5,000 for placing third and fourth, respectively.

On hand to award the cash prizes to the top performing teams was league organizer and multi-titled coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

The scores

USJ-R (84) - Delfino 17, Ponce 15, Gudez 14, Gabas 13, Malinao 12, Amores 5, Justiniani 4, Villaver 2, Pogoy 2
SWU (79) - Zanoria 21, Litorja 17, Maguate 14, Jalandoni 10, Poligrates 7, Armecin 5, Divinagracia 4, Django 1
Quarterscores:29-21, 47-36, 62-49, 84-79