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thadzonline
06-19-2008, 04:04 PM
My eyes are wide open sa new rules ng CeSAFi for this season, its timing of implementation and the kind of rules itself that they are trying to impose:

1. only 1 fil-am playing on the court per team at any one time(why only now when the semester has already started? dapat next season na ang implementation, besides we are discriminating against fellow Filipinos)
2. no coloured hair, no tomahawk haircuts, no ponytails for purposes of decency(please provide an operational definitin of what decent means please)

amdgc82
06-19-2008, 05:20 PM
USC five takes on SWU in Cesafi opener in Aug.
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:13:00 06/19/2008

After bringing more life to the seventh season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) with the spirited support from their student body, the University of San Carlos Warriors are again expected to bring the same amount of passion as they lead the opening of the new season when they face powerhouse Southwestern University on August 2 at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors will be looking to finally get over the hump, as they try to build on their runner-up finishes in the past two years. Both times, they fell to the mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers.

This year's Warriors will be missing the services of spitfire guard Nino Ramirez, with the latter's exhaustion of his playing years. However, still in their fold is two-time MVP Enrico Llanto and holdovers Jordan Hermosa, Giovanni Padillo and Paul Joven. Six-foot-4 Fil-Australian Emel Rowe is reportedly already in town and is raring to see action.

On the other hand, the Southwestern University Cobras is another team aching to take its place at the top. After winning the National Students Basketball Championship earlier this year, the Cobras have also logged runner-up finishes in the Fortuna Cup, the VAAA and just recently, the ML Kwarta Padala Summer League.With an intact lineup consisting of Eric Zanoria, Eliud Poligrates, Alfred Belande, Clifford Maguate and Chris Litorja, the Cobras are expected to contend for the title this season.

The juniors division game will see last year's runner-up, University of Cebu, go up against this year's hosts, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

Meanwhile, in its efforts to keep the tournament as wholesome and as clean as possible, Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy, and the different coaches and athletic directors of Cesafi member schools have amended the rule on fighting.

Instead of the usual 5-game penalty for players throwing punches and for players retaliating or leaving the bench during a melee, they decided to up the ante and ban the guilty parties for one whole year.

“Let's keep the game as wholesome and as entertaining as possible. The stiffer penalty is to make players think twice before causing any trouble on the court,” said Tiukinhoy.

Games for the seniors and juniors division will be played on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The women's division has already been scrapped for lack of participating teams.

D_I_A
06-20-2008, 12:46 AM
My eyes are wide open sa new rules ng CeSAFi for this season, its timing of implementation and the kind of rules itself that they are trying to impose:

1. only 1 fil-am playing on the court per team at any one time(why only now when the semester has already started? dapat next season na ang implementation, besides we are discriminating against fellow Filipinos)
2. no coloured hair, no tomahawk haircuts, no ponytails for purposes of decency(please provide an operational definitin of what decent means please)


whoa weird naman ng rules nyo diyan sa CESAFI ngayon sir..

Howard the Duck
06-20-2008, 02:25 AM
yung #1 pwede pa... pero yung #2? LOL

nastrans
06-20-2008, 09:56 AM
2. no coloured hair, no tomahawk haircuts, no ponytails for purposes of decency(please provide an operational definitin of what decent means please)


Reminds me of high school days, baka mamaya niyan may required na na cut na dapat 3/4 cut ba yun? :D

thadzonline
06-20-2008, 10:05 AM
I all have reservations against those 2 rules if we are for equality, parity and even democracy

amdgc82
06-29-2008, 06:28 AM
Saturday, June 28, 2008
UV at its most vulnerable year: Cabahug
www.sunstar.com.ph

IF THERE is a best year to wrest away the crown from seven-time Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc champion, University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, it will be this year.

Losing big men for using up playing years and losing a team member for an unlikely death, this season, as UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug admitted, will be his weakest year so far.

One of the biggest loss for UV was Lucky Pitogo, who was killed by robber last summer.

The other players whose services will be missed this year are reliable big men Rino Berami, Ariel Mepaña and Mike Luga

In their past championships, the UV Green Lancers faced a strong challenge from University of San Carlos Warriors, who could never quite get the most elusive Cesafi crown. This might be the Warriors’ chance.

However, Cabahug, who steered the team to seven straight titles in the Cesafi, will make sure they are covered.

“We are a little bit weak this year but that weakness will be the center of the changes we will be making for this season,” Cabahug said.

Filling up the gap that they have left are 6-foot-5 Adrian Lao and Mark Maningque and the popular Gregory Slaughter, who stands a towering 6-foot-11.

“Slaughter is back and he is in top shape. He has improved a lot in a year,” said Cabahug of his prized center, who recently came back from a vacation in the US. “What impressed me is because he never stopped training. He took extra training session while in vacation,” Cabahug said.

While UV has been known to be the melting pot of all top players, Cabahug still is not very confident considering his line–up is quite young, mostly coming from his training pool.

Promoted to the main roster are former trainees Harold Cincoflores and Phil Mercader, who has been fought over by a lot of varsities when he was in high school.

The team will also be beefed up by Caba–hug’s son Elmer with James Tagalog, who is a former player of the USC and Jerome Silva, the new recruit from Mindanao, who is recommended by Caba–hug’s former teammate Zaldy Realubit.

However, this new addition to the team, will only be playing support to UV’s main attraction, the original strong eight of Cabahug, which includes Von Lañete, Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison, Junjun Lasala, Harlow Villanil and Bonifer Sendrijas. (MCB)

amdgc82
06-29-2008, 06:31 AM
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Lancers’ star rookie demoted for ‘bad attitude’
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IN 2007, no other rookie stood out more than University of the Visayas’ (UV) recruit Sylvester Tancongco.

Tancongco, whom UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug referred to as his next superstar, became the multi-titled coach’s secret weapon in their do-or-die Game 5 finals match against University of San Carlos.

The unlikely hero, as he was called in that match, Tangcongco overshadowed the more veteran players, as he dictated the game’s tempo en route to winning UV’s seventh straight title.

Tancongco, the lanky recruit from Cagayan de Oro, suddenly became a star with his impressive performance and suddenly becoming the reason why people look forward to UV’s next game.

However, this year, Tancongco could only stick out like a sore thumb as he is in the limelight for the wrong reasons.

All the big plans that Cabahug had for his rookie faded as Tancongco was found to have gotten into “bad habits and attitude problems” that Cabahug had no choice but to demote him from being in the main lineup to the trainees’ pool.

“As a disciplinary action, we decided to drop him out of the main roster and into the under trainee program of UV,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug said that the decision was not without basis as he also checked with his past records with his school in Cagayan de Oro and found that he had the same problem.

“We are giving him a chance to change. I do not want to just let him go because he is still in school. If things take a better turn next year, then we can put him back at the frontlines, where his talents have great use of,” said Cabahug.

This year, the Cesafi has become more stifling in its rules against trouble-makers, cleanliness and drug use, which were approved by the board yesterday.

Those found to have a part in bench-clearing and free for all, will be meted with a yearlong suspension from the coaches, team officials to the water boys.

For the cleanliness part, players are no longer allowed to have stylish hairs to maintain a clean image as they are supposed to be representing their schools. As for drug use, random drug testing will be made and those found positive for banned substances will be banned from the league for life. (MCB)

amdgc82
06-29-2008, 06:33 AM
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Cesafi earmarks P1 million for new season
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

FOR a league that claims to have no budget in its coffers, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) earmarks a whooping P1 million in order for the league to be up and running.

The budget, which will cover the operational expenses of the main event of basketball, the other sporting events and the cultural and academic competitions, was proposed and approved by the board members of the city’s premier inter-school and multi-event league during the board meeting the other day.

“The expenses that will be incurred for this season is somewhat close to P1 million. This will be for the entire operation of all the sporting and academic and cultural events,” said commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

Tiukinhoy added that the amount will cover the cost of the rental for the venues and fees for the officials.

“This amount will be compensated for and not one event will be sacrificed because the budget will come from the registration fees of each school,” said Tiukinhoy, who added that the gate sales from basketball, which is the only income-generating event of the Cesafi, will also be used for this season.

In another development, the board also gave Tiukinhoy and two Cesafi member-schools the approval in joining the Asian University Basketball Competition (AUBC).

Tiukinhoy was offered the commissionership of the AUBC and he accepted, while seven-time Cesafi champions University of the Visayas and National Schools Basketball Championship winners Southwestern University were allowed to take part in the competition that will be participated by varsities from neighboring Asian countries.

Meanwhile, the board of directors also approved the appointment of deputy commissioners Rico Navarro and Danny Duran and the new rules regarding the stricter implementation of the drug testing, neatness and rules against bench-clearing.

Random drug testing will be done and anyone found positive for illegal substances will be banned for life. Those, who figure in a brawl will get a season-long suspension instead of one or two-game penalties, while stylish hairs like Mohawks or dyed hair will not be allowed in the tournament.

amdgc82
06-30-2008, 07:28 AM
Sunday, June 30, 2008
After 2 runnerup seasons, USC guns for title
www.sunstar.com.ph

AFTER losing its top player in Niño Ramirez, the University of San Carlos, 2007 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball runnerup, admitted replacing the valuable slot man will be next to impossible.

However, with two bridesmaids finishes, expectations run high after seven-time champion University of the Visayas showed its vulnerability.

“We could not find a talent like Niño. We still have (Enrico) Llanto, who had effectively worked side by side Niño for years,” said coaching staff member Ryan Betia.

Betia said that losing one player, they need a full arsenal of USC to fill the gap Ramirez left.

“Players like Giovanni Padillo, Gino Gallarde and Sam Hermosa will have to double their efforts so that we will not feel the loss,” said Betia.

Ramirez exhausted his playing years in the Cesafi but still regularly trains with the team. He is set to graduate this October and is expected to have himself drafted in the big leagues by then.

Meanwhile, coach Mike Reyes said that they have beefed up their lineup to solidify their chances.

“The team will be doing its best this year and we have tapped new players to help us in our bid this year,” Reyes said.

On top of USC’s new recruits is Filipino-Aussie Emel Rowe, the 6-foot-5 behemoth, whose mother is from Consolacion.

USC also signed up shooting guard Michael Cantonao, who used to play for UV and Alfred Vitug, who is from Pampanga.

Meanwhile, Southwestern University, the league’s youngest team, eyes to repeat its exploit over University of the Visayas Lancers which it defeated in the National Inter-Collegiate Tournament earlier this year.

Back for just its second season in the league, the Cobras are expected to be more mature this time around.

“The maturity of our players will be a big help,” said SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar.

SWU did not stop playing in the past year. After the Cesafi, they went on to compete in various competitions.

The Cobras will not have a solid lineup. There will also be movement as it will no longer enjoy the sweet shooting services of Richard Gianchand and Mariano Canonigo, who are out due to academic reasons.

Since SWU has strict rules about their athletes’ studies , they decided not to allow the two to play this season.

However, they will have the support from Rene Pacquiao, who was out for a while because of medical reasons. Aznar said that Pacquiao was cleared by physicians to resume playing. (MCB)

thadzonline
06-30-2008, 09:02 AM
Gianchand did not have academic issues, its just that he used up his eligibility...hahay, here they go again

amdgc82
07-10-2008, 06:36 AM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Cesafi offers preview for new season
www.sunstar.com.ph

THOSE who follow the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) might wonder what is in store for basketball lovers for the coming eighth season of the city’s premier basketball league.

This will be answered when the Cesafi’s upper-ranked teams see action today and tomorrow as a sidelight to the 6th Asian Universities Basketball Championship at the Cebu Coliseum.

Fans will have a taste of the coming Cesafi season when the University of Cebu Webmasters, University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and University of San Carlos Warriors showcase their new lineup and what they have been doing in the off season.

“We want to give them a chance to size each other up before the Cesafi starts. We also want slacken the tight scheduling that we have so that our players, especially those from abroad, could take a breather as they might play in the championship on Saturday,” said organizer Lorenzo Sy.

Secret weapons

The UC Webmasters take on USC Warriors at 4 p.m. today before China and Korea take on each other. UC will be anchored by its 6-foot-7 stalwart Junmar Fajardo, while USC is banking on a lonely Enrico Llanto today.

Llanto, a back-to-back MVP of the Cesafi, will no longer have Niño Ramirez with them as Ramirez has exhausted his playing years in the Cesafi. However, USC boasts of a bevy of fresh talents, who will be the team’s secret weapons.

USJ-R on the other hand, who won last summer’s M. Lhuillier League, the La Fortuna Cup and the Partners Cup, will also display its strengthened arsenals when they take on UC tomorrow at the same time.

These three teams, which made it to the top 5 of last year’s Cesafi will get their chance to see action before the regular season starts on Aug. 2 at the Cebu Coliseum. (MCB)

paul0220
07-10-2008, 09:02 AM
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Lancers’ star rookie demoted for ‘bad attitude’
www.sunstar.com.ph

IN 2007, no other rookie stood out more than University of the Visayas’ (UV) recruit Sylvester Tancongco.

Tancongco, whom UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug referred to as his next superstar, became the multi-titled coach’s secret weapon in their do-or-die Game 5 finals match against University of San Carlos.

The unlikely hero, as he was called in that match, Tangcongco overshadowed the more veteran players, as he dictated the game’s tempo en route to winning UV’s seventh straight title.

Tancongco, the lanky recruit from Cagayan de Oro, suddenly became a star with his impressive performance and suddenly becoming the reason why people look forward to UV’s next game.

However, this year, Tancongco could only stick out like a sore thumb as he is in the limelight for the wrong reasons.

All the big plans that Cabahug had for his rookie faded as Tancongco was found to have gotten into “bad habits and attitude problems” that Cabahug had no choice but to demote him from being in the main lineup to the trainees’ pool.

“As a disciplinary action, we decided to drop him out of the main roster and into the under trainee program of UV,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug said that the decision was not without basis as he also checked with his past records with his school in Cagayan de Oro and found that he had the same problem.

“We are giving him a chance to change. I do not want to just let him go because he is still in school. If things take a better turn next year, then we can put him back at the frontlines, where his talents have great use of,” said Cabahug.

This year, the Cesafi has become more stifling in its rules against trouble-makers, cleanliness and drug use, which were approved by the board yesterday.

Those found to have a part in bench-clearing and free for all, will be meted with a yearlong suspension from the coaches, team officials to the water boys.

For the cleanliness part, players are no longer allowed to have stylish hairs to maintain a clean image as they are supposed to be representing their schools. As for drug use, random drug testing will be made and those found positive for banned substances will be banned from the league for life. (MCB)

Coach Boy Cabahug is correct in doing this action on Tancongco. He is really a good and promising player but he has to be desciplined. His "bad habits" have been there since he was high school in Bukidnon (he is a townmate/chucrhmate of Bitoy Omolon) but his relatives hoped that he would give it up in favor of a promising career in basketball when he was taken in by Pilgrim Christian College in Cagayan de Oro. He should learn from this lesson and continue to work hard for a much cleaner lifestyle.

amdgc82
07-11-2008, 07:01 AM
Lancers, Cobras face off in Lutopan
Friday, July 11, 2008
The Freeman

The series of pre-season games for CESAFI’s top teams continues when the University of the Visayas (UV) faces Southwestern University (SWU) in an exhibition game on Sunday at the newly-refurbished Carmen Copper Recreation Center at the Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC) formerly Atlas Mining in Barangay DAS (Lutopan), Toledo City.

Both teams will be fresh from their stint in the Asian University Basketball Championships and will be using this as a way to prepare for the upcoming CESAFI 2008 season.

The UV Lancers are expected to build this year’s team around Greg Slaughter, who has received a lot of praise for the improved level of play that he has shown this year.

Slaughter is expected to combine forces with UV’s solid backcourt rotation composed of Von Harry Lanete, Chris Diputado and Ritchum Dennison.

The SWU Cobras will be relying on basically the same unit that placed fourth in CESAFI 2007 and won the National Students Basketball Championship a few months ago. Key players Clifford Maguate, Janno Nuñez and Alfred Belande have been added to an already solid line-up that is expected to be a strong contender for the CESAFI championship.

Seeing action in the preliminary game is the Carmen Copper CSD team that will play against the Toledo All Stars. The Carmen Copper CSD team is bannered by ex-collegiate and commercial league veterans stars like Aldrin Ocañada, Wilbert Sayson, Jan Montalbo, Raul Redulosa and Jerry Jaca.

The exhibition game is part of a series of activities highlighting the fiesta of Barangay DAS in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Spearheading the activities is the Parish Pastoral Council led by its President Tessie Cal. It also hopes to revive sports in the former Atlas Mines that was once a dominant player in sports. (GGM)

amdgc82
07-31-2008, 06:15 AM
Thursday, July 31, 2008
The best in eight years
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE eighth season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. will hit center stage this Saturday and for the first time in eight years the playing field has been leveled.

“This is probably the first time that one is certain when they say that any team could win this year’s Cesafi title. This will be the closest and most competitive season of the Cesafi,” said Cesafi deputy commissioner Rico Navarro in the league’s launching yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Although still tipped to win owing to an unprecedented seven straight titles, the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers no longer has the mantra of invincibility.

However, UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug remains confident of his wards.

“As far as we are concerned, we can still defend the title. We have our weaknesses that is why we’ve been playing in many pre-season tournaments to identify these,” said Cabahug.

Within the Cesafi ranks, however, UV is still the most feared team. Of the seven coaches and school officials who attended the launch, four think UV will still win this year.

A close second is the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R), which is expected to fight UV for the 2008 crown. In last year’s semifinals, USJ-R extend its series with UV to Game 3, with all games decided by a point.

“I believe UV is still the team to beat. USJ-R is strong this year,” said USJ-R athletic official Disocoro Himotas.

This was seconded by Cebu Institute of Technology athletic director and head coach Alex dela Torre.

“Who will beat UV? That is the question. Until now, every single school still wants to beat UV,” dela Torre said. “If you can beat UV, a team will have proven itself and you can believe that you can beat any team.”

Hungrier

Himotas added that he also believes that the hungrier team will win.

And for the two teams touted to face off for the title, the fight is on.

“Most of us in the team are in our last year and we want to leave something to USJ-R before we leave,” said USJ-R’s Jan Malinao.

This year’s batch of UV players, meanwhile, also don’t to be the one responsible for arresting the team’s dominance in the league.

Ritchum Dennison, one of UV’s senior players know what the team lacks and is already gearing up to fill the slack.

“We have a smaller lineup this year. In fact, we only have Greg (Slaughter) as our big man, but we will do everything in our power to defend our championship,” he said.

The Cesafi 2008 season will open this Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum. The show starts at 1 p.m. followed by the junior basketball matches between University of Cebu and University of Southern Philippines-Foundation team at 4 p.m. The day caps with the matchup between UV and its runnerup for the last two years, the University of San Carlos Warriors. (MCB)

amdgc82
07-31-2008, 06:18 AM
8th CESAFI cage war: UV more vulnerable this season
Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Freeman

It’s a dream of every coach to beat the formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) season which will kick off this Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum, but only four schools believed they can win the title again.

But for UV coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, they are still capable of defending their throne even if this year’s Lancers crew are the weakest compared to the past line-ups that won him an unprecedented seven championships in a row.

Cabahug said their being the defending champion, their pride will make them the same force to reckon with. “We can still defend the title,” said Cabahug while admitting at the same time that there are still* some weaknesses of the team that needs to be addressed.

Cabahug is optimistic that should the Lancers reach the finals, their toughest opponent would be* University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, even as he tipped the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, and the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters as the other strong title threats.

Almost all coaches and team representatives who attended yesterday’s presscon have one common and ultimate goal and that is to conquer* UV because there is no other sweeter accomplishment or more rewarding than to humble the CESAFI kingpins.

For one, coach Alex dela Torre of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats said that even if they lose to UV by one or three points, it feels they are like champion already considering UV’s great basketball program and winning tradition for the past decades.

Ritchum Dennison, one of UV’s vital cogs,* said* they are weaker compared to last year, but they will try their best to live up to the expectations being the toughest CESAFI contender.

Last year’s runner-up USC Warriors cannot promise how far they could go, but coaching staff member Ryan Betia said they now have a better ceiling than last year when they only have a go-to-guy from the post in Enrico Llanto.

The other interesting fact is that the UC Webmasters categorically stated that UC is not a “Fajardo team” as their system in anchored mainly on teamwork.

UC assistant coach Caleb Gawangon said that if Fajardo plays 100 percent, that would be of their huge advantage, but definitely he would draw ample support from others escpecially the two new addition from California* - Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang.

Even though Allain Abellanosa and Jonathan Canceran are no longer with the team, Gawangon said their present roster is just fair enough to send them possibly into the top four.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, are still intact with eight players on their last playing year. The return of Luther Luke Justiniani made them an instant contender. (GGM)

ankle breaker
07-31-2008, 09:22 PM
someone closer to the CESAFI should at list post the final lineups of each here. At least we can see glimpse of each team and somehow can make honest to goodness views on how they will fare this season.

amdgc82
08-01-2008, 06:45 AM
UV still the team to beat in 8th Cesafi
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:55:00 07/31/2008

WILL fate give the mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers their eighth straight title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)? Or will destiny pounce on their depleted lineup and finally bring down the seven-time titlists to the land of mortals?

While the answers will be known two months from now, the league's different coaches readily install the Green Lancers as the team to beat with the tournament finally raising its curtains to its eighth season this Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

With a lineup replete of true big men following the losses of trusty pivots Rino Berame, Ariel Mepana and Mike Luga, pundits have labeled this season as the year that UV finally bites the dust.

However, coaches of the other participating teams refused to give in to the hype, as the Lancers got five of the eight votes in an informal survey held at the league's press conference yesterday afternoon at the Cebu Coliseum.

“They are still the team to beat. They are still the main targets of everybody playing in this tournament. Somebody has to be hungrier than them to dethrone them and become the champions,” said University of San Jose-Recoletos athletic director Dioscoro Himotas, whose Jaguars last year, battled the Lancers in a classic three-game semifinal series.

Cebu Institute of Technology head coach Alex dela Torre also concurred. “UV has become the benchmark of collegiate basketball here in the Visayas and possibly, the country. If you can beat UV, then you can beat anybody. Hopefully, we can find the formula to do this,” said dela Torre, whose Wildcats are parading a revamped lineup chockfull of rookies.

Two-time runners-up University of San Carlos represented by assistant coach Ryan Betia, the University of Cebu which was represented by assistant coach Caleb Gawangon and Southwestern University with head coach Dodi Miego also gave their nod to UV, as the team most likely to come away with the title this season.

Lancers head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, whose wards came in full force for the gathering, said that in spite of their small lineup, they are still capable of defending the crown.

“As far as I'm concerned, we'll still be able to defend the title. We have weaknesses and that's why we've been playing in several pre-season tournaments so that we can identify these and compensate for them,” he said. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-02-2008, 06:50 AM
2008 CESAFI season opens today
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The Freeman

Air-splitting banging of drums, roaring applause and a boisterous crowd all occur in one building today as the 2008 season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) kicks off with another elaborate rites at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

1:00 pm* Opening
4:00 pm UC vs. USP-F (Jrs.)
5:30 pm UV vs. USC (Srs.)

The kick-off bash will be topbilled by the grand rematch between seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and last year’s worthy finalist University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors at 5:30 pm.

Prior to the UV-USC showdown, the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters will take on the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers in the season-opening match at 4 pm.

All eyes will surely be focused on the Lancers, who are tagged by most coaches as “more vulnerable” this year mainly because of the departure of UV’s towers of power and scoring demons in the likes of 6-foot- 8 Rino Berame, 6-foot-6 Ariel Mepaña, Eduardo Arda, Michael Luga, and Morsie Akad.

With that, 6-foot-11 skycraper Gregory Slaughter is left with the tedious task of carrying UV’s heavy load on his shoulders.

But of course for the Lancers’ to succeed and sustain their fairytale campaign, Slaughter needs the support of Boniber Sendrijas, Edrian Lao, and Eulogio Lasala, Jr at the post. The* likes of Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Harry Von Lanete will take charge of their backcourt.

In the part of the Warriors, they may have augmented their ceiling but the absence of sharp-shooting guard Niño Ramirez will be sadly felt especially if they need a go-to-guy who can score immediately in transition.

The entry of Fil-Australian John Emil Rowe through is a welcome addition because he can provide assistance to USC’s top muscleman Enrico Llanto and Joven Cid Cortes, who might have his breakout season this year.

Tipped as the other strong title contenders in the collegiate division are the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, who are fresh from a championship finish in the 1st Lionel E. Bacaltos Mayor’s Cup Basketball Tournament at the Sibonga Sports Complex.

Completing the eight-team cast of enries are the UC Webmasters,* USPF Panthers, Don Bosco College Greywolves, and Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats.

Before the hardcourt hostilities, a grand opening salvo will take place highlighted by the selection of Miss CESAFI 2008 in both the juniors and seniors divisions as well as the colorful “Grand Palabas” that is a certified crowd-drawer since it was instituted in the league some years back.

amdgc82
08-02-2008, 06:52 AM
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Slaughter’s shot
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AFTER losing some of their key players, fans are divided how seven-time defending champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers will fare in the eighth season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball tournament which opens today at Cebu Coliseum.

UV’s chances rests on 6-foot-11 pivot man Gregory Slaughter who is the last big man for team which combats two-year nemesis University of San Carlos Warriors in today’s main game.

Without the its triple towers Rino Berami, Ariel Mepaña and Michael Luga, who have gone to bigger leagues, Slaughter will have to step up to fill the slack.

Slaughter will not be alone as he is surrounded by a tough offensive arsenal from battle-tested veterans Chris Diputado, Von Lañete and Ritchum Dennison as they try to prove that despite a smaller lineup, they will live up to the reputation of being the most threatening team of Cebu’s premier league.

Slaughter revealed that having the responsibility and the trust of his teammates has given him a lot of pressure.

“There’s a lot of pressure on me to perform this year. I try not to think about it sometimes. I got off to a slow start last year with the other big men running the show. But now that they’re gone, I realize that the team needs me more and this will definitely be my year,” Slaughter said.

“I’m really happy that my teammates trust me and I don’t want to let them down. I really hope I can deliver for them,” said the Filipino-American whose entry into the Cesafi last year caused a pandemonium as two universities haggled to get his services.

Slaughter has been getting in shape in preparation for the Cesafi, losing weight and honing his footwork, free throw and perimeter shooting.

“I had to work on my agility. I need to run around more,” Slaughter added.

Slaughter added he is happy with his improvement in the last year and is confident that he can be a vital factor to UV year.

“We have played in several off-season competitions and I have been consistent. I just have to be mindful of my fouls,” said Slaughter, who averaged in double figures in the recent Asian Universities Basketball Championships where UV went up against eventual champion China in the final round.

Meanwhile, although still recuperating from the loss of its top gunner Niño Ramirez, USC fortified its arsenal in preparation for this season.

For the past two seasons, USC lost to UV but the MVP award went to center Enrico Llanto, who is expected to anchor the team this year.

It will not mean, however, Llanto will be alone in the fight without his lifelong cohort, Ramirez, as he will have a new partner in USC’s newest recruit, Filipino-Aussie Emel Rowe.

Rowe dropped opportunities in Australia just to play wingman for USC. USC also tapped the services of former UV player Michael Cantonao and forward Cid Cortes.

The opening game features the juniors competition between the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers.

The games follow the opening ceremonies, which features the schools bands, selection of the Miss Cesafi 2008 and the Palabas. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-03-2008, 01:35 AM
Rivalry renewed
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:50:00 08/02/2008

Games today:
4 p.m. – UC vs. USP (Juniors)
5:30 p.m. – UV vs. USC (Seniors)

The eighth season of Cebu’s premier inter-school athletic competition opens with a bang as a rivalry that has been the face of the league over the past two years will be rekindled once again in the kickoff of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball tournament today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV), armed with a shorter but speedier lineup, will have their bid for an eighth title put to an acid test early on, as it battles the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the main game of today’s.

With their triumvirate of giants gone, the Lancers of multi-titled head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug will now turn to their cache of hardened veteran guards led by Chris Diputado, Von Lanete and Ritchum Dennison.

And with the steady inside presence of pivot Greg Slaughter, and the addition of former junior MVPs Harold Cincoflores and Phil Mercader, the Lancers remain a dangerous squad and is considered by majority of the coaches in the league to be the team to beat this season.

On the other hand, the Warriors have gone out and improved their roster as they try to capture their first ever crown after two unsuccessful tries.

With top scorer Nino Ramirez having exhausted his playing years, USC ‘s offense will now be anchored on the broad shoulders of two-time MVP Enrico Llanto.

He will not be alone though, as they have also added Fil-Aussie wingman Emel Rowe, streak shooter Michael Cantonao and forward Cid Cortes.

The curtain raiser will see a juniors division battle between last season’s runner-up team, the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-03-2008, 01:37 AM
CESAFI @ 8
BLEACHER TALK By Rico Navarro
Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Freeman

The biggest basketball show in Cebu is back and it’s going to be even better! The CESAFI 2008 basketball tournament kicked off yesterday with the traditional opening ceremonies, but when the action starts, only one question will be asked. Will the University of the Visayas (UV) win an eighth straight championship?

The million dollar question will be highlighted even more this year as the Lancers are perceived to be fielding what could be one of their weakest line-ups in seven years of the CESAFI. This season is already being predicted to be the most competitive and balanced in terms of competition.

The irony of it all is that the Lancers are still the team to beat from the perspective of most CESAFI coaches. But if you look at the past three or four years of the biggest collegiate league south of Manila , you can’t help but notice how the invincibility that the Lancers carried with them is slowly but surely being torn down. In CESAFI 2007, the University of San Carlos (USC) and University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) scored wins against UV. USJ-R pushed UV to the limit in the semifinals, forcing a Game 3 rubber match, only to lose in the closing seconds of the game that could have gone either way. USC took two games in the best-of-five finals, but the experience and championship composure of the Lancers stood tall in Game 5. Southwestern University (SWU) also defeated UV, but did it in another tournament. And so we ask again: Will UV finally “fall down?”

For starters, everyone realizes that UV still owns the championship and it’s every other school’s task to take this championship away. Taking the title away from the Lancers this early is definitely premature as the real action still has to take place. The irony of it all is that even if Coach Boy Cabahug feels that the pressure is on them, I see it the other way around. Since many are already writing off UV’s chances of winning, the pressure is now being thrown on the shoulders of USJ-R, USC and SWU to get the job done. This is where the mind games are already being played. By accepting that they have a weaker line-up, it’s as if UV is already telling the other teams that they’re not that strong anymore. This will surely throw off the way one approaches a game against UV.

UV will no doubt be relying on Greg Slaughter to dominate the paint, but what others fail to remember is that the triple guard threat of Von Lañete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado is back. Harlow Villanil is also back in the groove a year older in terms of experience. The Lancers appear to be weaker in the frontline on paper, with only Edrian Lao filling the vacuum left by the departure or Rino Berame, Ariel Mepaña, Eduardo Arda and Michael Luga.

For USJ-R, the timing couldn’t be riper for eight returning seniors led by Jan Malinao to win a first CESAFI championship. The Jaguars were seconds away from a finals stint last year, but breaks and playoff jitters got the better of them. We can expect a more explosive year from guards Armand Ponce, Lyndon Gudez and the returning Luther Justiniani, while Mannie Gabas and Malinao will be expected to control the shaded lane.

Don’t be fooled if you’ll hear about SWU being only a sophomore team in the league. They’re full of experience and have always done well against UV, USC and USJ-R in games outside the CESAFI. The big challenge for the Cobras is to defeat these powerhouses in a regular CESAFI game. Eric Zanoria is back along with “rookies” Alfred Belande and Cleford Maguate. Another key to SWU doing well will have to be the consistency of point guard Eliud Poligrates.

At the USC camp, two-time MVP Enrico Llanto is still smarting from two straight unsuccessful finals appearances that he wants one more shot on his final year. The biggest news is that Niño Ramirez is no longer eligible to play, but the arrival of 6-4 Fil-Austrlian John Emel Rowe has been the talk of the town at the Warriors’ camp. Fellow rookie Lord Alfred Vitug and Cid Cortes are also expected to strengthen the rest of the core group from last year’s team.

UC will welcome the return of 6-8 Junmar Fajardo, but the surprise could come from Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang, two players coming from the network of ex-UC player Rey Yncierto who’s based in the U.S. With the loss of Alain Abellanosa and Jonathan Canceran, UC is in search of a leader who can carry the youth-filled team.

Over-all, the talk is that it’s anybody’s game among five teams: UV, USJ-R, SWU and USC, with UC as a darkhorse. Don Bosco, USPF and CIT will play the spoilers’ role anew and could score an upset if any of the top five teams have an off-night.

This is it. The main event is on. With UV defending its seventh championship and four contenders slugging it out to outseat the champs, it sure looks like another banner year for the CESAFI.

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Time-out: I would like to commend Liloan Mayor Duke Frasco and the officials of Liloan who did a great job in hosting Wednesday’s boxing event “Rambulan sa Liloan.” Crowd control for the free-to-the public event was perfect and the people of Lilo-an were cooperative spectators. >>> You can reach me at bleachertalk@yahoo.com.

amdgc82
08-03-2008, 01:40 AM
CDU, UC beauties bag Miss CESAFI 2008 crowns
Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Freeman

Drop-dead beauties from Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU) and University of Cebu (UC) shone the brightest among a bevy of equally-gorgeous contestants in yesterday’s selection of the Miss CESAFI 2008 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Angela Grace Aliñabon, a senior BS Nursing student of CDU, was crowned the fairest lady in the seniors level. The 20-year-old head-turner is the reigning CDU Miss Valentines and was the Ms. Lakambini title-holder during his high school days at Corpus Christi School in her hometown Cagayan de Oro City.

With her feat, Aliñabon earns the right to represent Cebu in the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Regional Meet later this year in Dumaguete City.

Aliñabon’s court includes first runner-up Mariel Adrienne Isidore Orais of Velez College and second runner-up Vanessa Canose of Cebu Institute of Technology.

On the other hand, the very charming Patricia Delanta of UC romped off with the coveted award in the juniors category.

The 13-year old great grand daughter of former Cebu City Mayor Eulogio “Yoyong” Borres won last month’s Miss Nutrition tiara at the UC High School department.

Marianne Natuel of the University of San Carlos took the first runner-up honors, while Janica Burasca of CIT wound up second runner-up.

Along with the Miss CESAFI pageant was the coloroful “Grand Palabas” that featured different festival in Cebu.

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) danced the Lapyahan Festival of San Remigio, CIT had the Bonga Festival of Sibonga, UC performed the Hinulawan Festival of Toledo City, Velez College did the Palawod Festival of Bantayan Island, while the University of the Visayas rendered the Haladaya Festival of Daanbantayan.

Dumanjug’s Sinanggiyaw was performed by Southwestern University, Consolacion’s Sarok Festival was danced by CDU, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) had the Mantawi Festival of Mandaue City, while USC performed the world-acclaimed Sinulog, the mother of all festivals in Cebu.

Meanwhile, the inaugural officers of the CESAFI Press Corps was formally inducted into office by league commissioner Felix “Boy” O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. They are Gabby Malagar of The Freeman (president), Jonas Panerio of Cebu Daily News (vice president), Caecent No-ot Magsumbol of TF (secretary), Erwin Lirazan of Sun.Star Superbalita (treasurer), Marigold Lebumfacil of TF (auditor). The board members include TF sports editor Emmanuel Villaruel, Rick Gabuya of CDN, and Jun Migallen of Superbalita. — Marigold P. Lebumfacil

amdgc82
08-03-2008, 01:42 AM
Warriors Shock Lancers
Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors pulled a major upset - an 80-76 victory over the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers last night in the opening day of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the secondary match, the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters showed their finesse and debuted with a 96-77 victory over the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USP-F).

Both teams never gave up until the closing minutes of the ballgame when the Warriors broke the* see-saw battle, stripping the momentum away from the Lancers who opened the fourth period with a* 6-0 run and a 61-55 advantage and holding a minor rally that shattered a 55-all deadlock at the end of the third quarter.

The Warriors fans later went ecstatic when Fil-Australian rookie John Emel Rowe hit a crucial triple that gave them the lead, 72-70, still 1:46 left in the fourth quarter and a basket by Enrico Llanto and Rome made it 76-72 with 23 seconds left.

Four insurance, free throws by Giovanni Padillo mattered most in helping putting the game away for the Warriors who padded the lead to four, 78-74, at 13.6 seconds left.

It was the first loss by the Lancers in the eight-year-old CESAFI although last year, the Warriors have also beaten the same foes, 80-77 in Game 4 of their finals.

Warriors' coach Jay Ramirez said their defense worked against Gregory Slaughter who nearly played the whole game. He said that they have to apply* double-teaming on Slaughter in the final five minutes when they were certain the 6-11 Lancer's tower wa already tired.

Rowe, who topscored for the Warriors with 17 points, said he was playing his role with the team and he doesn't need to go into the post because it was not his assignment.

"I never mind scoring from the post because Slaughter is taller than me," said Rowe, who had also one crucial recovery during a wild scramble for ball possession.

Llanto, who is playing in his last year for the Warriors, finished with 15 points while Padillo added 13 points and Sam Hermosa, who alos had quality points, added 10.

Slaughter, the only main source of wealth for the Lancers, scored 32 points but aside from Junjun Lasal who scored 12 points, no other Lancers were able to support their offensive.

The Lancers, who have "more vulnerable" crew this year, played without Richum Dennison who injured his left arm. Von Harry Lanete was stricken with chicken pox and Phil Mercader was advised to rest for his heart problem.

They wore a black band marked no. 8* in honor of their fallen comrade Lucky Pitogo, who had fallen to an assasin's bullet early this year.

The scores:

First Game:

UC (Jrs.) 96--------* *Pogoy 21, Pearce 17, Tindoy 12, Delara 10, Palileo 9, Ampo-on 8, Solon 7, Codilla 5, Taboada 3, Caballero 1

USP-F (Jrs.) 77------* * *Batucan 11, Cañete 11, Cagunidangan 10, Ferraren 10, Demania 9, Nudalo 7,* Arong 6, Silao 5, Labares 2, Casaleri 2, Diapera 2, Lambujon 2

Second Game:

USC (Srs.) 80-------* * * Rowe 17, Lkanto 15, Padillo 13, Hermosa 9, Cantonao 9, Gallarde 7, Blanes 3, Cortes 2, Joven 2, Codilla 2

UV (Srs.) 76---------* * * * Slaughter 32, Lasala 12, Lao 9, Villanil 7, Diputado 5, Cincoflores 4, Cabahug 2, Tagalog 2, Sendrijas 2. Halftime: 40-all. (GGM)

amdgc82
08-03-2008, 01:44 AM
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Starting on a sour note
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

THE University of San Carlos Warriors finally discovered the formula that may just be the secret that could topple seven-time champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi).

Double team Greg Slaughter.

This proved to be effective as the Warriors finally hit paydirt when they bashed the Green Lancers, 80-76, in the season opener yesterday at an overflowing Cebu Coliseum.

It was the first time the Lancers lost in their first game of the season.

“We had been playing with the idea for quite some time now. We practiced for this for a week. We decided to put it to use in the final few minutes so that Slaughter will not have time to adjust. We were also lucky because their top shooters were not there,” said head coach Jay Ramirez.

It also seems two-time MVP Enrico Llanto found a replacement for his longtime partner Niño Ramirez, in new recruit Filipino-Aussie Emel Rowe, as the duo clicked well especially in the crucial final minute.

With the score tied at 72, Llanto squeezed in a difficult left-hand scoop under the goal against Slaughter and another defender for a two-point lead less than a minute left.

UV failed to convert their ball possession and Rowe capitalized and sank a buzzer-beating layup for a confident four-point lead in the final 23 seconds and Giovanni Padillo scored four straight charities to the win.

Also worthy of mention were the efforts of Sam Hermosa and Rowe, who scored back-to-back triples in the fourth quarter.

“It was a good game. We could celebrate about it for a while, but we need to get back on the study board tomorrow,” said Rowe.

Slaughter’s efforts were not enough. The Green Lancers did not have its top shooters Von Lañete and Ritchum Dennison, who had to be benched because of injuries. Dennison had a shoulder problem, while Lañete was nursing a bout with chicken pox.

amdgc82
08-04-2008, 07:02 AM
USC’s message sent
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:44:00 08/03/2008

Games today:
(Cebu Coliseum)
1 p.m. – USC vs. CIT (juniors)
2:30 p.m. – UV vs. USJ-R (juniors)
4 p.m. – USJ-R vs. USPF (seniors)
5:30 p.m. – UC vs. SWU (seniors)

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors are poised to write a new chapter in the history of the Cesafi as they got off their bid to end the University of the Visayas’ seven-title dynasty to a rousing start, defeating the defending champions Green Lancers, 80-76, in yesterday’s men’s basketball game at the Cebu Coliseum.

Seemingly tired of playing bridesmaid for two years running, the Warriors banked on the sturdiness of their two-time MVP Enrico Llanto and the composure of Fil-Aussie Emel Rowe to pull off the win.

The dynamic duo combined for 12 points down the stretch, allowing USC to gain revenge on its annual tormentors.

With the score tied at 72-apiece, Llanto converted on an odd-angled left-handed scoop over the outstretched arms of two UV players to give the Warriors a 74-72 lead with a minute remaining in the game.

Rowe then punctuated his impressive debut in the Cesafi on the ensuing possession, as he sank a tough layup to beat the shot-clock buzzer and give USC a four-point cushion with 23.1 ticks left.

Giovanni Padillo coolly sank four straight free-throws in the final seconds to ensure the win.
Llanto and Rowe combined for 32 points with the latter pumping in 17 markers and the former adding 15.

Questions about the Lancers’ vulnerability this season because of their thin roster were finally answered as only two players scored in double figures for UV.

6-foot-11 Fil-American pivot Greg Slaughter scored a game-high 32 points but wilted down the stretch in the face of a sudden pressure defense applied on him by the Warriors. Forward Junjun Lasala added 12 points.

In juniors action, the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters notched their first win as they routed the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers, 96-77. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-04-2008, 07:04 AM
Monday, August 04, 2008
Jaguars maul Panthers
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

AFTER having been voted as the second best team to have a good chance to win this year’s crown of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi), the University of San Jose-Recoletos had a lot to prove going into the league’s new season.

The Jaguars got off to a rousing start as it notched its first victory, 78-67, over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum proving that they will be a force this season.

During the launching of the 2008 season of the Cesafi, the coaches were made to vote on who they think will win this year’s title. And while UV was the runaway winner, USJ-R came next in line.

And with seven-time UV’s invincibility cloak slowly shedding off, even losing to the University of San Carlos Warriors in the first game of the season, the race for the title has become even stiffer.

The Jaguars also have another incentive—the core members of the Jaguars lineup playing in their last year and are expected to fight to the death just to leave a legacy for the team.

Yesterday, despite starting off sloppily, they managed to keep themselves in check and banked on equal ball distribution for the win.

All, save for two in the USJ-R roster, contributed points for the team.

In fact, so well-distributed was the offensive that only Lyndon Gudez scored in double digits, scattering 13 points for USJ-R.

Luther Justiniani scored eight points and nine rebounds and seven assists, while wily pointguard Armand Ponce, who kept making impossible shots happen, managed to sink six points with nine assists.

The Jaguars had to shake off an eight-point deficit early in the first period, anchored by a scorching 21-0 run that blasted out of the driver’s seat overturning the deficit to a 37-34 lead for good.

Spiking this turnabout was the buzzer-beater of Jabe Delfino from the halfcourt line, which sent the crowd to its feet. The ensuing period proved useless for the Panthers as they failed to recover.

In the juniors division, defending champions University of the Visayas Baby Lancers asserted their dominance as they defeated the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 75-43. Leading UV’s charge is former Letran player Arvie Cabanero, who scored 17 points in his debut with the Cesafi.

In the other game, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens also started off to a hot start as they crushed the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, 85-66. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-04-2008, 07:06 AM
Jaguars survive Panthers
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, August 4, 2008
The Freeman

The seemingly complacent University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars needed only a strong third quarter offensive to escape with a 78-67 win over the smaller yet relentless University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USP-F) Panthers in the ongoing Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm USC vs. USPF (Jrs.)
6 pm pm USC vs. CIT (Srs.)

The Jaguars were slightly astounded by the late defensive efforts by the Panthers to rally from 21 points behind to just an 11-point deficit, 67-78 but they failed to sustain their momentum because they were not as good shooters as the more cohesive Jaguars.

Despite of the loss, coach Raul Latonio Sr. still applauded the gratifying efforts of his cogs especially Randy Avila who wowed the crowd with his dribbling savvy leading the minor run for the Panthers who managed to lead only in the early going, 16-9 and 24-21 before the Jaguars put their act together and came back with a torrid second half to pull away by 12 points, 42-30 at halftime.

Jabe Delfino were greered by his teammates with a wild applause when he flicked* a long buzzer-beating triple one step below the midcourt ending the half with a 42-30 lead then Lyndon Gudez also heaved a triple of his own to end the third period and the Jaguars sealedtheir largest lead at 21 points, 66-45.

Instead of giving up, the Panthers drew some hopes and tried for a last gasp push in the fourth quarter but just fell short in their efforts to complete the rally.

Only Gudez was among the long list of Jaguars’ scorers who finished in double figures with 13 points but the rest just scored not more than eight points.

John Gulane led the Panthers with 12 points while Elieson Rivera added 11 points for the rookie-laden Panthers. Moncrief Rogado, one of the more veterans in the Panthers’ crew had only threee points.

Earlier, the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers opened their titular bid with a 75-43 demolition of the dwarfing USJR Baby Jaguars who are not only smaller but panicky of the pressure defense.

ankle breaker
08-04-2008, 09:36 PM
what's the score between UC and SWU?

amdgc82
08-05-2008, 08:56 AM
Veteran Jaguars squad routs Panthers for first Cesafi win
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:44:00 08/04/2008

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars made use of their veteran smarts to shake off a rusty start and rout the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 78-67, on Sunday in the men’s basketball tournament of the Cesafi at the Cebu Coliseum.

With a roster comprised of eight seniors who are in their final year of eligibility, pundits consider this season to be the Jaguars' best and perhaps, last chance at winning the title.

At the forefront of the come-from-behind win were shock troopers Marvin Duran and Abulaiz Suliman, while old reliables Lyndon Gudez, Luther Justiniani and Jabe Delfino provided the usual firepower.

However, they showed little urgency early on as they fell behind by as much as eight points, 8-16, in the first period.

But that was all that the Jaguars needed to awaken from their stupor as they quickly retaliated with a game-deciding 21-0 run that pushed USJ-R from a 19-24 deficit to a formidable 37-24 advantage.

Delfino punctuated the searing rally with a buzzer-beater from half court to erect a 42-30 lead at halftime.

The second half offered no solace for the Panthers as the Jaguars poured it on, building the lead to more than 20 points at several occasions before USPF strung up several baskets down the stretch to bring down the deficit to a respectable level.

Thirteen players scored for the Jaguars led by Gudez, who had 13 points and five assists. Justiniani filled up the stat sheet with eight markers, nine rebounds and seven dimes while point guard Armand Ponce, likewise, had a stellar showing, with six points and nine assists.

In the juniors division, defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers affirmed their defense of the title as they crushed the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 75-43.

Former Letran Squire Arvie Cabanero had an impressive debut with 17 markers while Aldwin Felisario added 15 points. In the other game, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens also debuted with a huge win as they dominated the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, 85-66. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-05-2008, 08:57 AM
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Fajardo powers UC
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UNIVERSITY of Cebu’s prized 6-foot-7 center Junmar Fajardo made his return to the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) an explosive one as he led the team to backdoor win over the Southwestern University Cobras, 91-86, Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Fajardo only managed to play in a few games two years ago and was forced to sit out the entire 2007 season because of injuries. In that short time, Fajardo showed a few hints of spectacle that left people intrigued at what the then lanky giant from Pinamungajan can do.

Yesterday, all eyes were on Fajardo—including those from University of the Visayas Green Lancers’ much-hyped center Gregory Slaughter, who was measuring up a worthy nemisis—as Fajardo was reintroduced into the premier collegiate league with a bang, coming up with a game-high 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks that led UC to claim its first win for the season.

It seems like UC is well on the way to make up for a disastrous 2007 season, when they fell short in the title bid, bombing out of contention early in the competition.

This year, with a muscled-up Fajardo in the frontlines, UC is ready to take Cesafi by storm with the help of regular dependable like Jansen Abella and with a troop of sturdy additions led by US-raised Filipinos Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang.

Surprise

In the game, UC was buried by a 12-point deficit in the fourth period when Fajardo and Abella dropped a 13-0 bomb to take the lead, 74-73, in just four minutes that took the Cobras by surprise.

The tug-of-war for the lead continued on with the teams taking turns at the lead until the final stretch, when Pao broke an 86-all deadlock in the final 44 seconds, that had ensured UC of the victory.

Abella scored 20 markers for UC, while Pao had 10 points as Quilantang made 14 markers.

Alfred Belande paced SWU with 26 points while Janno Nunez had 13 markers.

UC (91)—Fajardo 31, Abella 20, Quilantang 14, Pao 10, Mohammad 8, Agas 5, Juliane 2, Cueva 2.
SWU (86)—Belande 26, Nunez 13, Escober 11, Poligrates 10, Maguate 10, Jalandoni 6, Litorja 6, Django 2, Divinagracia 2. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-05-2008, 09:02 AM
2008 CESAFI Cage Wars: Webmasters fluster Cobras
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The Freeman

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters banked on a scintillating 30-point show by 6-foot-7 center Junmar Fajardo and a torrid offense in the windup to crush the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 91-86,* in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm USJ-R vs. USPF (Jrs.)

6:00 pm USC vs. CIT (Srs.)

Fajardo, now a dreadful tower of power, was just one block shy of a triple-double as he also finished with 13 rebounds and swatted away nine SWU attempts. He also had one steal and shot 8-of-14 from the foul line in an awesome display of hardcourt* brilliance.

As they joined the early bunch of winners, the Webmasters are again having a tough game ahead on Thursday when they go up against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars.

Today, opening day winner University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, who shocked seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, go for the solo lead when they collide with the virtual underdog Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats.

Trailing by 12 points, 61-73, at the start of the fourth period, the Webmasters held the Cobras scoreless in nearly four minutes. In that stretch, they unleashed a searing 13-0 rally to seize the driver’s seat, 74-73, on a basket by rookie Edward Pao with still six minutes left to play.

The Cobras never wanted a meltdown as they tied the count at 80-all with 4:21 to go, but another UC newcomer Kevin Quilantang hit a bone-cracking triple to put the Webmasters back on top, 83-80. The two protagonists then traded shots but the Cobras lost steam towards the end.

The Cobras knotted the count for the last time at 86-all with a minute remaining in the contest as Pao hit a medium jumper to give UC the lead for good. As the Cobras stayed silent on the offensive end, Pao and Abella went 3-of-4 from the foul line to settle the final tally.

Pao, who moves like Mark Caguioa, scored all his seven points late in the fourth period, even as Quilantang added 14 markers. Both Pao and Quilantang hail from Los Angeles, California and are protegees of ex-UC star Rey Yncierto.

Janssen Ceniza also deserved a hearty pat on his back as he banged in 21 points for UC. He was accounted for three of the Webmasters’ six triples. Alfred Belande paced the Cobras with 26 points.

The scores

UC (91) - Fajardo 30, Abella 21, Quilantang 14, Mohammad 8, Pao 7, Agas 5, Juliane 2, Agas 2, Cuevas 2

SWU (86) - Belande 26, Nuñez 12, Escober 11, Poligrates 10, Maguate 10, Jalamdoni 6, Diango 2, Divinagracia 2

amdgc82
08-06-2008, 07:07 AM
Fajardo’s triple-double helps UC escape gritty SWU
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:05:00 08/05/2008

Games today, August 5, 2008:
(Cebu Coliseum)
4 p.m. – USJ-R vs. USPF (juniors)
5:30 p.m. – USC vs. CIT (seniors)

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters are ready to reclaim their spot amongst the elite squads of the Cesafi and they announced it with a huge 91-86 come-from-behind victory over the reigning National Students Basketball Championships titlists, Southwestern University (SWU) in Sunday’s last game at the Cebu Coliseum.

After a long and disappointing season last year, which saw them stumble out of contention early on because of injuries and dissension in the team, UC is poised to start a new age in its rich history in the Cesafi with its crew of fresh rookies and the incredible play of prized big man Junmar Fajardo.

Fajardo, the agile 6-foot-7 behemoth from Pinamungahan, Cebu, missed all of last season with a knee injury but kicked off UC’s title bid with a rare triple-double performance with 31 points, 13 rebounds and a monstrous 10 blocks.

The last of his block party came when it mattered the most as he courageously stuffed SWU forward Janno Nunez's left-handed attempt to preserve a precarious two-point advantage with 25 seconds remaining.

That block allowed UC to complete its comeback from 12-points down in the final period.

Seemingly down and out of it after SWU's Alfred Belande made it a 12-point advantage for the Cobras, 73-61 at the start of the fourth period, the Webmasters showed resiliency absent from last year's squad as they ran off 13 unanswered points behind Fajardo's inside dominance and Janssen Abella's outside sniping to take the lead 74-73.

A see-saw battle ensued and with the score tied at 86-all, Bohol-born but US-raised rookie forward Edward Pao rose to the occasion as he sank a mid-range jumper from the left wing to put the Webmasters in the driver's seat for good.

He would add a free-throw on top of Abella's two charities down the stretch to put the final nail on the coffin.

Abella added 20 markers and eight dimes while Pao had 10 points.

Another of UC's prized recruits, Kevin Quilantang, also shone in his debut as he tallied 14 points, half of which came in the final stanza.

The Cobras was led by Belande's 26 points while Nunez had 13 markers. SWU, though, missed the services of do-it-all forward Eric Zanoria, who will be out for two weeks because of the chicken pox.

Box scores:
UC (91) Fajardo 31, Abella 20, Quilantang 14, Pao 10, Mohammad 8, Agas 5, Juliane 2, Cueva 2.
SWU (86) Belande 26, Nunez 13, Escober 11, Poligrates 10, Maguate 10, Jalandoni 6, Litorja 6, Django 2, Divinagracia 2. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-06-2008, 07:10 AM
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Baby Panthers lash back at Jaguars
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FRESH off its opening day loss in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball competition, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers rebounded in style as it posted a convincing 107-65 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Wanting to make up for a rusty start after losing to University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters last weekend, the Baby Panthers wasted no time as they went on to post a 10-point lead in the first period.

The young USJ-R team failed to impede its rampaging foes as the USPF squad of Coach Camilo Go, padded its lead further to 21 points in the second canto to finish the first half enjoying a 50-28 advantage.

Advancing

In the third period, the Panthers banked on James Ferraren to lead their cause. Ferraren, who scored a game-high 20 points, made 10 of these in the third period, which allowed the USPF squad to come up with a 71-47 cushion going into the deciding stanza.

Lacking in experience, the Baby Jaguars, pressured by the huge deficit, found themselves getting buried deeper with their own useless errors. The Jaguars were in complete disarray especially towards the end of the final canto as they gave up several ball possessions with careless handling, bad passes and equally bad shooting.

The Panthers capitalized on this and managed to build a 44-point advantage as every single member of the 15-man team were given a chance to make their contributions leading to USPF’s first win for the season.

Combination

Peter Cañete and Kenny Vargas combined for 27 points for USPF, while Anthony Arong, Jeofffrey Nudalo added 10 points each.

USPF improved with a 1-1 win-loss record, while USJ-R spiralled with a 0-2 slate after losing to University of the Visayas in their first outing.

USPF (107) Ferraren 20, Canete 14, Vergas 13, Nudalo 10, Arong 10, Diapera 7, Caguindangan 7, Meca 4, Labares 4, Casalari 4, Climaco 4, Lambajon 2, Silao 2 USJ-R (65) Figues 12, Del Rosario 11, Munez 10, Goc-ong 8, Senining 8, del Socorro 6, Alob 3, Llanos 2, Abala 2, Diaz 2, Gabisan 1. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-07-2008, 06:20 AM
USPF rips USJ-R in Cesafi juniors
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:37:00 08/06/2008

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers barged into the win column in the juniors division of the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament as they humiliated the listless University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 107-65, on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Playing with fire in their eyes after dropping their opening game to the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters, 77-96, the Baby Panthers of head coach Camilo Go pounced and raced off to an early 10-point lead, 22-12, at the end of the first period.

Things unraveled for the Baby Jaguars in the ensuing canto as USPF employed its full-court press, which resulted in a 17-5 run that turned the game into a full-scale blowout. The lead went up to as many as 44 points.

James Ferraren waxed hot from the field, hitting with accuracy with his patented one-handed teardrop shots down the lane on his way to tallying a game-high 20 points.

All 15 players scored for the Baby Panthers as they kept the pedal on the metal.

Four other players scored in double-figures for USPF with Peter Canete and Kenny Vergas adding 14 and 13 points respectively. Anthony Arong and Jeofrrey Nodalo also contributed 10 points each.

For the Baby Jaguars, the fall from grace continued as they dropped to 0-2 (win-loss) after their lopsided 43-75 loss to the defending champions University of the Visayas Baby Lancers.

BOX SCORES:
USPF (107) Ferraren 20, Canete 14, Vergas 13, Nudalo 10, Arong 10, Diapera 7, Caguindangan 7, Meca 4, Labares 4, Casalari 4, Climaco 4, Lambajon 2, Silao 2
USJ-R (65) Figues 12, Del Rosario 11, Munez 10, Goc-ong 8, Senining 8, del Socorro 6, Alob 3, Llanos 2, Abala 2, Diaz 2, Gabisan 1.

amdgc82
08-07-2008, 06:22 AM
Thursday, August 07, 2008
USC fans find reason to cheer in Rowe
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

LAST year, an avid gay supporter of the University of San Carlos Warriors donned a wedding gown during the Cesafi finals and cried for Niño Ramirez to marry him.

This year, Ramirez is gone, but the supporter is still around and he has shifted his “love” on Filipino-Aussie Emel Rowe.

Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum, the fan went to the middle of the court, in a sexy getup, to shake the hand of a surprised Rowe.

For years, it has been a struggle for the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) to keep fans interested and remain a supporter.

All they needed it seems was a player with boyish looks despite an unruly coif, a smile that bares colored braces and talent to boot to keep people not just interested but glued on their seats.

Last Tuesday night, a first for the Cesafi, stayed even in a lopsided match. In regular games, people leave in the third quarter what with USC leading by more than 20 points over Cebu Institute of Technology.

People heartily screamed his name, whether the ball was passed to him, when he made a shot or even when he missed them or when he was called for traveling or when he rested on the bench for a while.

A few years back, even if games were held at their gym, USC’s foes will most likely have a bigger crowd that them.

USC, which had for three years, slowly and successfully drawn supporters, might be arriving at its success point, thanks to their impressive start, winning over the UV Green Lancers in the opening and acquiring Rowe.

Debut

His explosive debut in Cebu collegiate basketball last Sunday, was enough to draw crowds for the team’s second game last Tuesday and keep them until even after the final curtain was drawn.

Rowe got an encore. More than once.

“He was wondering why everyone was still there even after the game was through and we told him, they want to see you,” said coaching staff Ryan Betia.

And true enough, even as the lights of the Cebu Coliseum were starting to be turned off, when Rowe approached the stands, it was pandemonium.

“It is overwhelming. I mean, back home, 15 people watch the games and I definitely don’t have that kind fanbase,” said Rowe, who used to play with the Melbourne Tigers in Australia’s National Basketball League.

Fanbase

Rowe, however, is only too happy to help bring in the crowd but humbly shrugs off the credit.

“UV already has a huge fanbase and I know that USC has been trying really hard to match that and the team was able to do that for the past couple of years and I just joined the team recently so all the credit will have to go to the team, who works pretty hard to get to where we are now,” Rowe said.

Rowe admitted coming into the Cesafi was hard considering all the adjustment that he had to make, not with the team, with whom he has gelled well with but with the environment.

“It was hard. For the six weeks that I have been here, I have been sick five times and was even hospitalized,” said the 21-year-old who has become Cesafi’s new Fil-foreigner sensation after UV’s Gregory Slaughter.

He however, did not have a problem playing with the team.

“They’re a really good group of guys and I’m just doing my best to catch up with them. I think we can be successful if we do everything as planned and keep to our system,” he said adding that it’s an open season for the title this year. “It’s anyone’s game. UV’s still there, SWU and UC are on the rise and USJ-R’s just dying to play somebody. It’s great competition.”

Last Tuesday, the USC Warriors manhandled Cebu Institute of Technology, 80-45. Two-time MVP Enrico Llanto selflessly stepped aside from the spotlight and allowed his teammates to shine, playing defense all the way. Joven Cortez, an up and coming big man, Rowe and former UAAP player Sam Hermosa led the team to victory.

Cortez topscored for the team with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Rowe and Hermosa added 11 each. Llanto had three points, and backed his defensive play with 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals, for USC to notch its second win in the league and take solo leadership in the standing.

amdgc82
08-07-2008, 06:24 AM
USJ-R and UC gun for second victory
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The Freeman

Last year’s semifinalist University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the unpredictable University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters go up against each other today, with the winner gaining a share of lead in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm DBTC vs. UC (Jrs.)

6 pm UC vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

Both USJ-R and UC got off to the best possible start they could. The Jaguars mangled the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 78-67, while the Webmasters stunned the much-favored Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 91-86.

The Jaguars and the Webmasters are set to clash at 6 pm. The victor will join the 2-0 University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors atop the leaderboard.

In comparison, the Jaguars are more cohesive than the Webmasters because majority of their players* formed the nucleus of their roster last year except for Jessmar Villahermosa, who transferred to Manila’s UE Warriors and Bobby Hatuge, who is now a member of the coaching staff.

Adding firepower to USJ-R’s offensive arsenal is the return of commercial cager Luther Luke Justiniani to its fold.

However, beating UC maybe easier said than done on the part of the Jaguars because the* Webmasters are capable of springing a major surprise just like what they did to the more solid SWU Cobras last Sunday.

The arrival of Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang makes the Webmasters a force to reckon with.

The main headache of the Jaguars though is UC’s 6-foot-7 skyscraper Junmar Fajardo, a vastly improved slotman who can explode at any given time. During their game against SWU, Fajardo charted 30 points, 13 rebounds, nine blocks and a steal in a monstrous performance that will surerly send shivers down the spines of his defenders.

The other top guns for UC are Janssen Abella and Kelvin Juliane, who has slowly transformed himself into a more mature and heady playmaker.

Prior to the USJ-R-UC showdown, the UC Junior Webmasters also shoot for their second straight win in as many starts when they collide against the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves in the first game at 4:30 pm.

amdgc82
08-08-2008, 06:18 AM
USC Warriors grab Cesafi solo lead
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:45:00 08/07/2008

Games today:

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 p.m. – DBTC vs. UC (juniors)

6 p.m. – UC vs. USJ-R (seniors)

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors grabbed the solo leadership in the standings as they completely obliterated the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 80-45, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Tuesday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

Riding high on the crest of their morale-boosting 80-76 victory over the seven-time champions, University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers during the opening game last weekend, the Warriors ambushed the Wildcats with a frantic full-court press from the get-go.

The defensive strategy held CIT to just four points in the first period while USC scored 22.

USC's new additions then showed their stuff as they proceeded to turn the game into woefully one-sided rout.

Fil-Aussie rookie sensation Emel Rowe took over in the second canto as he scored five straight points to lead the USC's shock troopers to a 46-20 lead at the turn.

Joven Cortez, another prized rookie big man, combined with Rowe and former PCU Dolphin Sam Hermosa on a merciless 19-2 run that pushed the lead even further, 65-22, at the halfway mark of the third period.

Cortez, who missed most of their last game because of foul trouble, had eight of his team-high 12 points during that stretch, which gave the Warriors a 71-27 lead heading into the final stanza.

He completed his stellar performance by also adding 15 rebounds.

All 14 players scored for USC with Rowe and Hermosa adding 11 points apiece. Two-time MVP Enrico Llanto quietly let his teammates take the spotlight, scoring just three points but hauled down 11 rebounds on top of three assists and three steals.

Meanwhile, another blockbuster match-up is expected to heat up the Cebu Coliseum today as the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters both gun for a share of the lead when they collide in the main game at 6 p.m.

BOX SCORES:

USC (80) Cortez 13, Rowe 11, Hermosa 11, Joven 7, Gallarde 6, Vitug 5, Bautista 5, Bercede 4, Padillo 4, Cantonao 4, Bakker 3, Llanto 3, Codilla 3, Igao 2.

CIT (45) Reyes 13, Montealto 11, Resilla 7, Villarba 4, Lamosa 4, Dela Cerna 3, Cabanero 3, Galaura 1.

amdgc82
08-08-2008, 06:20 AM
Jaguars snub Webmasters in CESAFI
Friday, August 8, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars cut down 6-foot-7 behemoth Junmar Fajardo to size as they caught* the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters off-tangent enroute to scoring a 97-69 demolition in last night’s lone collegiate* match of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) cage wars at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(USC gym)

4:30 pm UV vs. USPF (Jrs.)

6: pm USC vs. SWU (Srs.)

With Fajardo scoring only 18 points, way below his sparkling 30-point show last Sunday, the Jaguars used both an impeccable outside shooting and rock-solid defense to overturn the Webmasters.

The Webmasters took a 43-42 lead early in the third quarter, but Jabe Delfino scored six straight points including* four free throws and Luther Luke Justiniani added a basket as the Jaguars grabbed the lead for good, 50-43.

The Jaguars were slapped with a bench technical foul at 5:57 in the third period, paving the way for the Webmasters’ minor comeback to tie the count at 51-all courtesy on Robinson Mohamad’s triple.

However, Kurt Amores had a breakout game, scoring 10 points in the third quarter as he did a yeoman’s job in defending Fajardo.

The Jaguars had to put up a gang defense on Fajardo that most of their big men were in foul trouble but still they were unfazed by the situation considering that Fajardo had a bad game.

The Jaguars, who now share the overall lead with the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors with similar 2-0 slates, had a ploy of letting Manny Gabas take the outside shots so that Fajardo will step out of his comfort zone, which is* the shaded lane.

That ploy worked in their favor as Gabas hit two triples in the first period and the Jaguars took a 21-13 edge. At* the break, the Jaguars were still on top by a hairline, 38-37.* (GGM)

amdgc82
08-08-2008, 06:31 PM
Pearce leads Baby Webmasters to top of juniors standings
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:19:00 08/08/2008

Games today:
USC gym
4:30 p.m. - UV vs. USPF (seniors)
6 p.m. – USC vs. SWU (seniors)

THE UNIVERSITY of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters flexed their superior offensive arsenal in the face of the Don Bosco College Greywolves as they handed the latter a 99-76 whooping to grab the solo leadership in the standings of the juniors division in the Cesafi basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Hellbent on reclaiming their spot atop the throne, after losing the title last year to the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, UC exploded for 35 points in an furious third period display of offensive efficiency which greatly turned the tide in its favor.

Marty John Pearce scored a game-high 22 on a variety of twisting and daring drives which drew raucous applause from the crowd.

The game's highlight undoubtedly belonged to the athletic guard, as on one particular play in the final canto, he drove to the middle of the lane and went up against three Don Bosco defenders but at the last second, brought the ball down and back up again for an improbable layup.

All 14 players who were fielded in by UC head coach Reggie Licanda scored with Zandro Palileo also contributing 15 points.

Don Bosco was led by the 23 points of Danilo Belangel and the 20 markers of Marion Bollozos. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

thadzonline
08-08-2008, 08:07 PM
UV leans on a Dennison clutch triple to repulse the USPF Panthers, 77-73 while SWU gets one over USC at the USC Gym, 54-50

thadzonline
08-08-2008, 09:19 PM
August 7 stats:

http://www.basketballcebu.com/7august2008.htm

amdgc82
08-09-2008, 06:34 AM
UV, SWU overcome foes
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The Freeman

Seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras were made to work extra hard before getting past their respective foes and clinch their first wins in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season, which shifted action yesterday at the USC gym.

The Cobras found a new hero in Ard Django as they downed opening day winner and last year’s finalist* University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 54-50, in a low-scoring game, while the UV Lancers bounced back from a previous loss and vented their ire on the gritty University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 77-74.

Although Django made an impact, it was Alfred Belande who stepped up bigtime for the Cobras by scoring nine points in a daring fourth-quarter assault that vaulted them to a 48-41 lead with still 5:37 left in the game. He finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists.

The Warriors were led by Joven Cid Cortes with 15 points followed by veteran Enrico Llanto with 13 markers.* The missing link was Fil-Australian John Emil Rowe, who got nil after an impressive victory during their season-opening conquest of the mightly Lancers.

USC’s defeat left the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars alone on top of the standings with a clean 2-0 slate.

Earlier, Ritchum Dennison knocked in a back-breaking triple that gave the Lancers a 76-73 breather with 15.2 seconds left in the game. He then split his charities with 7.7 ticks before the final buzzer to settle the final tally.

Dennison, who did not play during their 76-80 setback to the Warriors, topscored for the Lancers with 18 points. His explosion was right on time as top gunner Gregory Slaughter was held to just 12 points.

Staring a four-point deficit, 69-73, at the final 1:48 mark, the Lancers averted what could have been another humiliating debacle as Von Harry Lanete scored two frebbies and Edrian Lao nailed an undergoal stab to knot the count at 73-all with 56 seconds to go.

Dennison then came up with a booming triple to bail the Lancers out of danger.

Renato Gulane had 18 points for the Panthers, who were without ace hitman* Moncrief Rogado with a sprained right ankle. Rookie Jeffrey Laurente had an impressive CESAFI debut with 14 points.

amdgc82
08-09-2008, 06:37 AM
Saturday, August 09, 2008
UV barely survives USPF, 77-73
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AFTER losing in their first game, the once mighty University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, could no longer deny its weakness as it barely survived the advances of the lowly University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 77-73, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. collegiate basketball yesterday at the University of San Carlos gym.

USPF coach Raul Latonio had always admitted that compared to UV, his team looks flimsy. But this did not deter the Panthers from showing enough tenacity that sent shivers down UV’s spines.

The breaks seemed to favor USPF’s unheralded players JR Gulane, Eleardo Rivera and Jonathan Monterde, as they erased a 10-point deficit and turned the game to their favor when they posted a four-point lead with less than two minutes left in the clock.

The game looked headed for another disaster for the seven-time champions, but they only needed to dig deep into their championship experience to get out of the mess as the tied the game to 73-all.

Ritchum Dennison’s heroics saved the day for UV as he shot a bank triple to give UV a three-point lead, 76-73. Dennison later halved his charities to seal UV’s first win for the season that made up for a huge opening day loss to longtime nemesis USC Warriors.

Dennison led the way with 18 points, while Greg Slaughter only scored 12 points.

Meanwhile, Thursday night, the University of Cebu Webmasters failed to capitalize on the momentum of their stunning start, flopping in their second game, as they bowed down to the University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars (USJ-R), 97-69, at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Webmasters actually managed to keep the USJ-R squad within striking distance and were just down by a point, 37-38 at the turn. The Jaguars, particularly Jabe Delfino, unleashed a furious third quarter rally that sent the Webmasters teetering off.

Delfino fired three consecutive triples that put USJ-R ahead by seven points, 50-43. Their struggle to shake off a pesky UC did not stop there as UC made a comeback to once more level the field at 51-all.

Kurt Amores, the new addition to the USJ-R roster, who was plucked from Foundation University, then anchored a searing 12-2 rally that obliterated all hopes for UC to take another victory. USJ-R now shares the leadership with University of San Carlos Warriors with identical 2-0 records. (EKA/MCB)

amdgc82
08-10-2008, 06:41 AM
Lancers tame Panthers in Cesafi seniors game
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:40:00 08/09/2008

After playing fodder for the University of the Visayas for the better part of the decade, the rest of the Cesafi is ready to prove that it has finally caught up with the seven-time champions after the lowly University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers took the Green Lancers the distance before falling, 73-77, in yesterday's seniors division game of the basketball tournament, at the University of San Carlos gym.

The Panthers, who were woefully overmatched in both heft and height, made up for it in sheer grit and hustle as they overhauled a 10-point deficit and appeared ready to pull the upset ax after taking a four-point lead, 73-69, from consecutive baskets by JR Gulane, Eleadero Rivera and Jonathan Monterde with 1:54 remaining in the final canto.

However, showing their vast championship experience, the Lancers persevered and tied the game at 73-apiece after two freebies by Von Lanete and an inside power move by Edrian Lao.

Then after a miss by USP's Jordan Bardilas, crafty guard Ritchum Dennison took over the match as he calmly sank a three-pointer from the left wing to give the lead back to the Lancers with 15.2 ticks left. He capped his heroics by stealing the ball from Bardilas on the ensuing possession and adding a free-throw and an offensive board off his miss to preserve the exciting win.

Dennison took up the slack left by injured guards Chris Diputado and Phil Mercader as he scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. 6-foot-11 pivot Greg Slaughter managed just 12 points but had five blocks.

JR Gulane led the Panthers with 18 points.

JAGUARS CRUSH WEBMASTERS

Meanwhile, the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars sent University of Cebu crashing back down to earth with a, 97-69 bashing in their seniors game Thursday evening at the same venue, to gain a share of the lead with an unblemished 2-0 mark.

The Jaguars banked on a furious third period surge that staggered the Webmasters and left them staring at a 14-point deficit, 58-72 after being down by just a point, 37-38 at halftime. USJR raced off the gates like hungry Jaguars and took a seven-point lead, 50-43, courtesy of Jabe Delfino's three consecutive baskets. But the Webmasters came storming back to tie the match at 51-apiece off a three-pointer by guard Robinson Mohamad.

USJ-R though, had too many weapons at their disposal, as they immediately turned to newly-acquired forward Kurt Amores, from Dumaguete City, to do the damage down low.

The former Foundation University star responded by scoring eight points in a telling 12-2 rally that all but blew the wind out of UC's sails. The Jaguars then finished off the Webmasters with a three-point barrage from Delfino and star wingmen Luther Justiniani and Lyndon Gudez to outscore UC, 25-11 in the final period en route to the easy win.

As brilliant as the Jaguars were on offense, they were equally impressive on defense by limiting UC's 6-foot-7 behemoth Junmar Fajardo, to just 18 points. UC's hotshot backcourt of Jannsen Abella and Kevin Quilantang were also shackled as they combined for just 11 points, a far cry from their 34-point performance against SWU last time out.

Delfino led USJ-R with 18 points, 9 rebounds and three steals while Justiniani stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, eight boards and seven assists. Gudez also had 17 markers while center Manny Gabas had a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.

amdgc82
08-10-2008, 06:45 AM
Sunday, August 10, 2008
SWU Cobras arrest USC's win streak
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Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

Juniors
10 a.m. – CEC vs. UV
11:30 a.m. – UC vs. CIT
1 p.m.—USC vs. USJ-R
2:30 p.m.— DBTC vs. USP

Seniors
4 p.m.— USJ-R vs. CIT
5:30 p.m.— DBTC vs. UC

STILL reeling from a surprising upset handed to them by the University of Cebu, the Southwestern University Cobras, needed to make a huge comeback in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)

An opportunity presented itself, when they went up against University of San Carlos Warriors, Friday night. In that match up, the Cobras were emotionally at a disadvantage as all odds seem to favor the Warriors.

The game was held at the Warriors’ homecourt and had a strong backing from a passionate crowd not to mention the Warriors were riding on the crest of the momentum of their winning roll including their victory over seven-time champion University of the Visayas.

The Cobras, however, were not to be deterred by virtually insurmountable probabilities for them to disappoint the Warriors and their crowd, 54-50, to claim their first win in the competition.

Known to crumble at endgame, the SWU played a different character last Friday as they kept their cool down the stretch to pull off the win.

SWU took precarious leads in the game and entered the final period with a four-point lead. USC’s Gene Gallarde fueled the team’s determination to get back on track when he sliced SWU’s lead to just two points at the start of the fourth.

However, SWU guard Alfred Belande had other things in mind as he took matters in his hands when he arrested USC’s looming comeback when single-handedly initiated a 7-0 run, ushered in by a booming triple that stretched SWU’s lead for good. Belande scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. He also posted 13 rebounds and four assists.

Meanwhile, also stamping his class was SWU’s recruit Janno Nuñez, who was matched up with USC’s pivot man Enrico Llanto for the first time. Nuñez showed that he was at par with the Cesafi two-time MVP when he scored 13 markers–a point higher than Llanto’s.

At USC’s side, Joven Cortes led the USC scorers with 15 points. Filipino-Aussie Emel Rowe failed to make his presence felt at home court when he only managed to score one point. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-10-2008, 06:47 AM
USJ-R eyes third win vs CIT
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars try to stay on top of the standings as it goes up against Cebu Institute of Technology CIT (Wildcats) even as defending champion the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers seek win number two at the resumption of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Today’s heavy six-game schedule features four secondary games as curtain raisers for the collegiate tussles.

The 2-0 Jaguars, fresh from taking the UC Webmasters into a basketball clinic with a 97-69 romp, has a lighter opponent in CIT, who earlier had 35-point shellacking from the much-improved University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

After escaping with a precarious 77-73 win over the USPF Panthers the other day, the Lancers are likely to avoid going into that situation again against the Don Bosco Greywolves.

The UV-DBTC encounter will not only be a showdown of talents but also a matter of pride as both coaches— Elmer “Boy” Cabahug and Rudy Enterina, Sr — were former PBA players.

The presence of 6-11 man mountain Gregory Slaughter no longer sow fear among other teams as USPF showed that a good defense could slow him down. The only plus factor for UV right now is that its players has championship that they put to good use in subduing the hard-fighting USPF quintet.

In the secondary matches, pacesetter University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters seek their third straight victory against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens.

Defending champion UV Baby Lancers will try to inch closer to the top of the leader as it plays Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons. (GGM)

amdgc82
08-11-2008, 06:48 AM
Vulnerable after all
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:31:00 08/10/2008

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras reminded the rest of the league that they are a force to be reckoned with as they downed the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 54-50, in the Cesafi seniors basketball tournament Friday evening at the jam-packed USC gym.

Up against overwhelming odds on the Warriors' homefloor, the Cobras displayed ice-cold nerves with power guard Alfred Belande making crucial baskets down the stretch to hand USC its first loss of the tournament.

With USC’s throng of fans ready to explode after pulling to within two, 38-40, off a layup by Gene Gallarde at the start of the final canto, Belande promptly silenced them with a booming three-pointer at the top of the key.

He kept his heroics going as he converted a tough bank shot and a free-throw to extend SWU's lead to six, 51-45, after USC cut it to three, 45-48.

Belande added to his lore with a steal and an assist to big man Clifford Maguate to keep the Warriors at bay, 53-47 with 47.3 ticks left. He capped it all off with a free-throw to ensure the win in the game's dying seconds.

The 6-foot-1 guard tallied 15 points, nine of which he made in the fourth period. He also added 13 rebounds and four assists.

New recruit Janno Nunez, in his first matchup with reigning MVP Enrico Llanto of USC, scored 14 points. Joven Cortes led the Warriors with 15 points. However, highly-touted Fil-Aussie rookie Emel Rowe struggled all game long and ended up without a point after averaging 14 points in his first two games.

Meanwhile, a six-game schedule is in the cards today with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars looking to improve on their league-leading record when they face the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats.

USJ-R currently sits atop the leaderboard at 2-0 (win-loss).

BOX SCORES:

SWU (54) Belande 15, Nunez 14, Django 9, Maguate 9, Litorja 3, Escober 2, Armecin 2.

USC (50) Cortes 15, Llanto 13, Hermosa 8, Cantonao 5, Bautista 3, Igao 3, Gallarde 2, Joven 2, Padillo 1.

amdgc82
08-11-2008, 06:50 AM
USJ-R survives CIT scare to take 3-0 lead in CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, August 11, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars squandered a 17-point lead, but recovered just in time to claw the stubborn Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 72-64, and extend their winning streak to three games in a row in the 2008 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

As of this writing last night, defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers were gunning for their second victory in three starts against Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves.

The Jaguars’ blended their cohesiveness and aggressive defensive hustle to frustrate the Wildcats’ spirited comeback.

The Jaguars were ahead by a mile, 55-38, but Ryan Montealto came out of nowhere to spearhead CIT’s fiery uprising by scoring eight in a blistering 18-6 rally that pulled them within four points, 64-68.

In the return play, USJ-R’s Armand Ponce preyed on CIT’s huge defensive blunder to score an unmolested layup and up their six to six, 72-64. They never looked back from thereon.

Veteran cager Luther Luke Justiniani was the lone double-digit scorer for the Jaguars with 17.

The Wildcats, who showed big improvement after being humiliated by the USC Warriors, 45-80, were led by Montealto with 16 points.

Karen Rick de la Cerna had 13 points for the Wildcats, while Sherwin Resilla and Alexander Lopez pitched in 10 markers apiece.

In the heavy four-game schedule in the secondary division, defending champion UV Baby Lancers blew up the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 99-54, while the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters smothered the CIT Wildkittens, 109-94, to take the solo lead with a clean 3-0 win-loss slate.

In the other secondary matches, the USJ-R Baby Jaguars needed extra five minutes to beat the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, 89-86, while the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers escaped with a 77-68 win over the Don Bosco bantams.

The scores

USJ-R (72) - Justiniani 17, Gabas 8, Villaver 8, Pateño 6, Pogoy 5, Suliman 4, Bibera 4, Duran 4, Amores 4, Malinao 4, Gudez 3, Dela Peña 2, Lapiz 2

CIT (64) - Montealto 16, Dela Cerna 13, Resilla 10, Lopez 10, Molero 7, Villarba 6, Reyes 2

amdgc82
08-11-2008, 06:52 AM
Monday, August 11, 2008
UV outhustles DBC for 2nd win
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AFTER their opening day loss in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball season and after almost losing their second outing, seven-time champion the University of the Visayas Green Lancers have started to lose its mantra of invincibility and is in dire need of a huge comeback.
Yesterday, the got one.

The Green Lancers yesterday won over the league’s former whipping boys, the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 76-66, who managed to take the spot light away from the Lancers even for a while.

UV wanted to impede another humiliating performance and sauntered off to a 16-5 lead. But a grittier and more improved DBC turned the game in their favor taking the lead in the 3rd quarter.

However, UV posted a 12-0 run midway in the fourth quarter behind Harlow Villanil to squash whatever hopes DBC had for an upset as the Lancers were playing without Chris Diputado, who has a knee injury and Phil Mercader.

Greg Slaughter had another monstrous outing and was two blocks short of a triple-double.

The 6-foot-11 Fil-Am scored 22 points, had 12 rebounds and eight blocks. He also had two dunks for their second win in three outings.
Competitive

Meanwhile, in the first game, the University of San Jose – Recoletos Jaguars successfully fended off the energetic Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats in a 72-64 victory.

Luther Justiniani led all scorers of USJ-R with 14 points while he had assistance from Mannie Gabas and Armand Ponce who scored eight apiece.

What was supposed to be a lopsided match turned out to be a competitive one as the Wildcats started the fourth quarter with an 11- 2 run to reduce the Jaguars lead to only eight, 59-52.

USJ-R started the fourth quarter with 55-41 lead.

Both teams traded baskets but CIT was more aggressive and banked on the smothering defense and rugged offense of Ryan Motealto.

Motealto led CIT with 16 points, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter.

With the deficit reduced to two points, 66-64, Justiniani retaliated with a beautifully-executed post up move that increased the Jaguars lead to 68-64.

The Wildcats failed to convert their basket in the other end of the court and the USJ-R defense forced turnovers that were converted to back-to-back points.

In the Juniors category, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation dominated the Don Bosco Technology Center 77-68; the University of the Visayas trampled Cebu Eastern College 99-54; the University of Cebu was victorious against CIT 109-94; and USJR edged University of San Carlos, 89-86. (EKA with MCB)

ankle breaker
08-11-2008, 09:40 PM
whooaaa, slaughter had 2 dunks in that game? is two handed jams or just one handers? plus 8 blocks. what's the league record in terms blocks? who's the owner of the record?

thadzonline
08-11-2008, 11:48 PM
two handed jams

amdgc82
08-12-2008, 04:25 AM
Baby Jaguars snare first victory in Cesafi hoop
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:13:00 08/11/2008

The fall from grace of the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors continued as they were upset by a resilient University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars squad, 89-86, in overtime, in the juniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

League powerhouses University of the Visayas (UV) and the University of Cebu (UC) also kept their winning streaks going as they blew past their respective opponents in a jampacked Cesafi playdate, which had all the juniors’ division teams playing.

The Baby Lancers mercilessly speared the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 99-54, while the Baby Webmasters grabbed the solo leadership in the standings with their 109-94 victory over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens.

UC is currently standing tall with a 3-0 (win-loss) mark while defending champion UV is not far behind at 2-0.

Arvie Cabanero led the UV onslaught with 13 points, while Glennson Ybanez added 12 markers in the lopsided rout, where the Baby Lancers pounced on the Dragons from the get-go.

On the other hand, the Baby Webmasters leaned on the fourth period heroics of rookie Roger Pogoy as the youngster scored 10 of his game-high 27 points in that stretch to repulse the hard-charging Wildkittens.

UC almost let a 17-point first period lead slip away as the Wildkittens waxed hot from behind the three-point arc, draining a total of 10 trifectas, to creep to within six in the final canto.

Pogoy, though, had the answer to every basket by CIT as he blew past his defenders and muscled his way inside for crucial baskets in the fourth period, where UC outscored their opponents, 33-20.

High-flying guard Marty Pearce was also spectacular, scoring 25 points, 15 of which came in the first period.

However, the story of the afternoon was the resiliency of the USJ-R, who came back from a 24-point deficit in the first half to notch its first win in three games.

Allan del Rosario led the Baby Jaguars with 33 points, none more important than the final three points of the match, where he converted a free-throw to give his squad an 87-86 lead with 13.5 ticks left.

He then turned a steal into an uncontested layup for the insurance basket with 6.6 seconds remaining in the ballgame.

USJ-R appeared to be headed for the win in regulation after Vern Figues made a free-throw to put his squad ahead by two, 74-72 with 13 seconds left.

Kim Nuneza, though, forced the game into the extra session, after he calmly converted on two freebies after he was fouled while grabbing the offensive board off two missed free-throws by Argel Saberon.

In the extra-session, the game went back and forth before del Rosario took control at crunch time, scoring 13 of his total output to help USJ-R barge into the win column.

amdgc82
08-12-2008, 04:27 AM
Lancers survive another scare
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Freeman

Harlow Chad Villanil nailed back-to-back triples late in the fourth period to vault the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers past the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 76-66, in the continuing action of the 2008 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm UV vs. CIT (Jrs.)
6 pm USC vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

Today, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars try to stretch their unbeaten streak to four as they go up against the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors at 6 pm, right after the juniors division match between the UV Baby Lancers and the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens starting at 4:30 pm.

The Greywolves showed big fighting heart and pulled within just two points, 60-62, on a 7-2 run, but Villanil came to UV’s rescue by drilling in consecutive 3-pointers.

Flashy guard Von Harry Lanete joined the scoring spree to help the Lancers mount their biggest lead at 14 points, 74-60, with only two minutes left to play.

The Greywolves appeared to have headed to a big upset as they took a seven-point advantage, 43-36, in the third period. But the Lancers replied with a 7-0 bang capped by Lanete’s trey that knotted the count at 43-all.

The Lancers, thus, earned a share of the second place in the overall standings with early tormentor USC Warriors. They both carry 2-1 win-loss cards.

Fil-Am giant Gregory Slaughter had his finest game of the season, so far, topscoring the Lancers with 22 points on top of 12 rebounds and eight blocks.

Lanete added 17 points for the Lancers followed by Villanil and Junjun Lasala with 14 and 11 markers, respectively.

Ricmar Perturbos paced the Greywolves with 18 points, while Colegado chipped in 16.

The scores

UV (76) - Slaughter 22, Lanete 17, Villanil 14, Lasala 11, Dennison 6, Cincoflores 3, Silva 2, Lao 1
DBTC (66) -* Perturbos 18, Colegado 16, De los Santos 11, Aldave 6, De la Rama 4, Quijano 4, Villaver 3, Lumapas 2, Tecson 2

amdgc82
08-13-2008, 06:33 AM
UV survives another scare, escapes DBC
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:04:00 08/12/2008

Games today, August 12, 2008:
Cebu Coliseum
4:30 p.m. - UV vs. CIT (jrs.)
6 p.m. – USC vs. USJ-R (srs.)

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers once again struggled to find their bearings but woke up just in time to notch their second straight victory, disposing the Don Bosco Greywolves, 76-66, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Sunday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

Wary of the scare they went through in their hairline win over the lowly University of the Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers just days ago, the Green Lancers started off strong, with high-flying forward Junjun Lasala going up for a thunderous putback slam dunk off a miss by Von Lanete on the game's very first play.

A 16-3 run capped off by a two-handed jam by 6-foot-11 pivot Greg Slaughter put UV ahead by 15, 23-8.

However, the match quickly turned into a dogfight as the Greywolves responded with a 17-1 burst behind the outside sniping of Rickmar Perturbos and Celso Colegado.

The three-point barrage continued as Colegado took advantage of the screens being provided for him and sank two consecutive ones to put Don Bosco ahead, 35-32, at halftime.

The Greywolves erected their biggest lead of the game, 41-34, after two booming triples from wingman Allain delos Santos but the Lancers persevered to tie the match at 43-apiece behind baskets from Slaughter and Lasala and a trifecta from Lanete.

They eventually grabbed the lead, 54-51, heading into the final canto.

The game tilted in the Lancers' favor midway through the final stanza as streak shooter Harlow Villanil sparked a 12-0 run that turned a close 62-60 match into a 74-62 rout. Villanil, who was silent for most of the game, drained two consecutive threes and a putback in that stretch to help UV to their second win in three games.

Slaughter led the way for UV with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks while Lanete, Villanil Lasala also scored in double figures with 17, 14 and 11 points, respectively. Perturbos paced Don Bosco with 18 points.

Meanwhile, the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars will be looking for their fourth straight win today when they go up against the University of San Carlos Warriors in the main game at 6 p.m.

The league-leading Jaguars are currently at 3-0 (win-loss) after defeating the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 72-64, last Sunday.

amdgc82
08-13-2008, 06:34 AM
Baby Lancers make it 3-0
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Freeman

The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers got a big lift from Alfie Cabañero and Aldwin Felisario to dominate the smaller Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens, 95-79, in the secondary match of the 2008 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season yesterday* at the Cebu Coliseum.

From a 41-all standoff at halftime, Felisario ignited a third quarter run to give the Baby Lancers a 53-48 lead for good. Cabañero later took part in the scoring spree to help the UV bantams rip the game apart.

Cabañero, whose hoop skills were harnessed during the Inter-City League where he played for the Talisay Aquastars, paced the Baby Lancers with 22 points. He keyed a fiery uprising in the windup as the Baby Lancers joined the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters atop the leaderboard with similar clean 3-0 slates.

Felisario, whose six straight points incited a searing rally that vaulted the Lancers to a commanding 69-51 lead in the third period, added 16 points, while Jan Michael Auditor banged in 18 markers.

The Wildkittens, who staged a big run in the second period to erase a 14-point deficit, 15-29, courtesy of Mark Tallo Jr.’s explosion, were topped by Jerry Taghoy and Lemuel Sanchez with 17 points apiece. Tallo finished with 14 markers as he baffled the Baby Lancers with his excellent playmaking skills.

The Wildkittens were actually ahead by a hairline, 48-47, but that was the best they could muster as they started to misfire their targets after that due to UV’s porous defensive stance. A 6-0 swing set up the stage for the Baby Lancers to put the game beyond CIT’s reach. (GGM)

amdgc82
08-14-2008, 06:37 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Jaguars nab fourth straight win in Cesafi
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THE University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars solidified their intent to make an overpowering change in the hierarchy of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) when they defeated two-time runnerup University of San Carlos Warriors, 77-64, Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

USJ-R, whose players are mostly in their last year, showed they were ripe enough for the picking. Early on, they put up a strong defensive wall in the undergoal to force the Warriors, even its dependable inside man Enrico Llanto, to shoot—and miss—from the perimeter.

This hampered the Warriors’ offense in the first six minutes of the game, while the Jaguars sauntered to a 10-0 lead courtesy of playmaker Armand Ponce, and ended the first half ahead, 37-28.

Without anyone having the guts to challenge the USJ-R wall, USC looked to the unheralded in Giovanni Padillo to do the dirty job for them. USC started off the third period with a basket from Mark Cantonao, a 3-pointer and a charity from Eddie Bakker.

However, the Jaguars answered with a 6-0 run that put them ahead further.

Padillo slipped into the hero’s shoes when he initiated a rally that closed the gap, 50-53 and scored 11 points in a matter of minutes.

Too experienced

Still, the Jaguars proved to be way too experienced for the Warriors as it brushed off Padillo’s advances with another scorching run, courtesy of Luther Justiniani for a 66-52 lead in the final five minutes.

With less than mediocre shooting, the Warriors could no longer climb out of the hole they dug themselves in.

The Warriors, which roared off to a hot start with its win over seven-time champion University of the Visayas, lost steam as it absorbed its second setback in the competition after four outings.

The Jaguars, who aim to finally wrest the crown away from UV, posted their fourth straight win. Their title bid will be given the acid test, once they finally take on the Green Lancers themselves later.

Not a fluke

Justiniani proved his being the Player of the Week was no fluke as he scored 17, with two steals and two assists, while Ponce scored 12. Justiniani was named the Cesafi’s first ever Player of the week owing to his impressive statistics last week.

Justiniani posted the dominant figures collecting a total of 94 statistical points in USJ-R’s victories over University of Southern Philippines Foundation and University of Cebu.

He averaged 12.5 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and 2.5 steals per game, edging out two-time MVP Llanto, University of Cebu’s Junmar Fajardo and Southwestern University’s Alfred Belande.

This is the first time Cesafi hands out the player of the week award as according to commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy, “it boosts the morale of the athletes and heighten the level of play in the tournament.” (MCB)

amdgc82
08-14-2008, 06:38 AM
Jaguars notch fourth straight victory
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Freeman

Veteran hardcourt warrior Luther Luke Justiniani sparkled brightly as the rampaging University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) overpowered the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 77-64, to stay undefeated in four games in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season the other day at the Cebu Coliseum.

Justiniani, the CESAFI player of the week, finished with 17 points, including two three-points plays in the final two minutes of the game that extinguished USC’s comeback hopes. He was heavily backed up by Armand Ponce and John Malinao with 22 points combined.

On several occasions during the final half, the Warriors tried but failed in their bid to complete a daring rally. The closest they could come was at 50-53 on a basket by Giovanni Padillo with 1:29 left in the third quarter.

Big man Kurt Amores, a prized rokie from Zamboanga del Norte, scored a basket for a 55-50 lead before Justiniani made it 57-50 to close the period.

The Jaguars kept their relentless offensive to pad their lead to 14 points, 66-52. The Warriors staged a mini-rally, but the USJ-R stalwarts retaliated with a more ferocious attack to practically seal the match with an imposing 18-point bulge, 76-58, at the final two-minute mark.

Thus, the Jaguars firmed up their grip of the overall lead with an immaculate 4-0 record, while the Warriors, who draw 18 points from Paul Joven and 15 from star center Enrico Llanto, slipped to 2-2.

Today, archrivals University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras will dispute the solo second place as they go up against each other 6 pm, right after the juniors division match between the USJ-R Baby Jaguars and the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons at 4:30 pm.

The scores

USJ-R (77) - Justiniani 17, Ponce 12, Malinao 10, Gabas 8, Gudez 7, Delfino 6, Pogoy 6, Bibera 5, Amores 4
USC (64) - Joven 18, Llanto 15, Cortes 9, Cantonao 5, Bakker 4, Igao 4, Bautista 4, Rowe 3, Hermosa 2

Halftime: 37-28

amdgc82
08-15-2008, 05:07 AM
Jaguars now 4-0
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:07:00 08/14/2008

Games today: Cebu Coliseum

4:30 p.m. – USJ-R vs. CEC (jrs)
6 p.m. – UV vs. SWU (srs.)

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars decisively showed why they are considered to be the favorites this season as they destroyed the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 77-64, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Save for a threatening run by the Warriors late in the third period, it was an all-Jaguars show as they raced off to a 10-0 lead early on and never looked back to keep their unblemished record intact at 4-0 (win-loss).

The Warriors couldn’t find an answer to the veteran backcourt of USJ-R, composed of reigning Cesafi Player of the Week Luther Justiniani and crafty point guard Armand Ponce.

The duo combined efforts to establish a comfortable lead and made crucial shots down the stretch to preserve it.

Ponce set the tone early with fearless layups and fed big men Jan Malinao and Manny Gabas for easy baskets for a 10-0 advantage at the onset of the first period.

An 8-0 rally behind baskets from Lyndon Gudez, who was playing in spite of a large gash on his eyebrow, and Kurt Amores gave the Jaguars a 13-point lead in the second canto and eventually a 37-28 advantage at halftime.

However, USC, behind Giovanni Padillo came to within three points, 50-53, at the two-minute mark of the third period.

But Justiniani saved the day for USJ-R as he scored nine of his 17 points in the final stanza to repulse the Warriors.

Justiniani also had two assists and two steals while Ponce had an excellent all-around performance with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Reigning MVP Enrico Llanto had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who dropped to 2-2.

Tensions rose with just seconds remaining in the match after USJ-R head coach Edito Salacot inexplicably called a timeout with his team leading, 77-62. USC retaliated by calling two more timeouts with just three seconds left to further fan the fire.

BOX SCORE:

USJ-R (77) Justiniani 17, Ponce 12, Malinao 10, Gabas 8, Gudez 7, Delfino 6, Pogoy 6, Bibera 5, Amores 4.
USC (64) Padillo 18, Llanto 15, Cortez 9, Cantonao 5, Bercede 4, Bautista 4, Bakker 4, Blanes 3, Hermosa 2.

amdgc82
08-15-2008, 05:08 AM
Baby Jaguars gobble up Dragons in CESAFI cage wars
Friday, August 15, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars banked on a spirited endgame assault by Clint Muñez and Allan Dave del Rosario to fend off the panicky Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 84-70, in the lone juniors division match of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars could not get their game going until the last five minutes of the fourth period where they started to rip the game apart. The credit goes to the Dragons for refusing to give up in the face of USJ-R’s offensive onslaught.

Exploiting his experience, Muñez easily shackled the CEC defenders to topscore for the Jaguars with 28 points. Del Rosario chipped in 13 markers as they evened their win-loss record to 2-2.

Peppery pointguard Nolasco Cisneros III was the lone bright spot for the Dragons, finishing with 24 points.

Even the 20-point contribution of Albert Sy was not enough to prevent the Dragons from absorbing their second straight defeat in as many games.

The scores

USJ-R (84) - Muñez 28, Del rosario 13, Alob 10, Del Soccoro 9, Figues 9, Senining 5, Montecillo 4, Goc-ong 2, Llanos 2, Bayno 2
CEC (70) - Cisneros 24, Sy 20, Tan 11, Suazo 8, Tan 4, Tsai 2, Baluyos 1 Halftime: 39-all (GGM)

thadzonline
08-16-2008, 12:45 AM
new stats from the latest playing dates uploaded:

http://www.basketballcebu.com/cesafi2008.htm

amdgc82
08-16-2008, 06:36 AM
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Usual champ UV shows old form
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SEVEN-time Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are slowly gaining back momentum that had won them all those titles as they pulled off a lopsided 92-57 win over the Southwestern University (SWU) Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers have derailed from their bid for an unprecedented eight straight championships, when it received a huge bashing in their opening match.

However, they are slowly getting back on track registering their third straight victory for this season.

Attackers

The UV squad saw the return of its top three attackers, Von Lañete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado into the UV’s frontlines and announced their comeback in style as the helped pull of this season’s most lopsided win in the collegiate basketball.

The three were not able to play together in their past games after taking turns nursing either chicken pox or injuries.

Lead

The Lancers banked on a strong 23-point lead at the first half, a lead that they maintained up to the final buzzer. Celebrated center Greg Slaughter powered the Lancers’ inside shooting posting 19 points for the team.

Diputado, who skipped their last game because of knee injury became UV’s go-to guy on the outside peppering UV’s perimeter offensive.

Diputado, Lañete and Dennison combined for 29 points, for UV to claim its third win in four outings, as SWU dropped with a 2-2 win-loss record.

It was by far the Cobras worst performance in the league scoring just 22 of their 80 field goals and converting just 11 of their 24 possible points from the free throw area.

UV (92)—Slaughter 19, Lao 16, Dennison 12, Lanete 11, Lasala 8, Villanil 7, Diputado 6, Cincoflores 5, Sendrijas 4, Benedicto 4
SWU (57)—Belande 10, Armecin 10, Diango 8, Maguate 8, Nunez 7, Jalandoni 6, Poligrates 6, Escober 3, Pacquiao 1. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-16-2008, 06:38 AM
Lancers spear Cobras, 92-59
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The Freeman

Seven-time champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers breathe fire and brimstone from the start to melt down the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 92-59, in what could be UV’s finest game, so far, in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers fought like snake-charmers as they hypnotized the Cobras right after the opening buzzer.

With their shots clicking on all range, the wards of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug sprinted to a blistering 35-13 start on the way to take a commanding 23-point advantage at the turn, 44-21.

It was a one-sided show of hardcourt dominance by the red-shot Lancers, who kept on hammering the hapless Cobras with their unforgiving offensive to mount an eye-popping 35-point lead, 90-55, with less than a minute left to play.

6-foot-11 bulldozer Gregory Slaughter scattered 19 points, five assists and five blocks for the Lancers, who wrested the solo second spot with a 3-1 win-loss record, just a full game behind the perfect University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars (4-0).

Three others Lancers dished out twin figures with Adrian Lao charting in 16 points followed by Ritchum Dennison and Harry Von Lanete with 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

The Cobras, who fell to 1-2, were paced by Alfred Belande and Eleazar Armecin with 10 points apiece. The Cobras face another uphill battle tomorrow as they go up against league front-runner USJ-R Jaguars.

thadzonline
08-16-2008, 03:54 PM
league leaders and individual stats, etc(work in progress):

http://www.basketballcebu.com/cesafi2008statleaders.htm
http://www.basketballcebu.com/cesafi2008indivstats.htm
http://www.basketballcebu.com/cesafi2008teamstats.htm

amdgc82
08-16-2008, 05:28 PM
Blowout victory
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:55:00 08/16/2008

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. – CEC vs. DBTC (jrs.)
2:30 p.m. – CIT vs. USJ-R (jrs.)
4 p.m. – DBTC vs. CIT (srs.)
5:30 p.m. – USPF vs USC (srs.)

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers logged their third win, trouncing the Southwestern (SWU) University, 92-57, in their seniors division Cesafi basketball game Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers proved that they are dead serious about their bid for an eighth straight title as they manhandled the Cobras from the opening tip to the final buzzer for a 3-1 (win-loss) card. SWU dropped to an even 2-2 slate.

A 10-0 run bridging the first and second periods set the table up for a 25-11 lead before the floodgates opened for a torrential wave of UV baskets that put the Green Lancers up by 22 points, 35-13.

Anchoring the run was the power game of 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter, who muscled his way inside for layups and a thunderous two-handed slam at the 7:08 mark of the third period.

The three-pronged guard attack of Von Lanete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado provided the outside sniping, combining for 29 points.

The Lancers then dusted off the Cobras in the final period as they outscored them, 26-14, to match the most lopsided win this year in the senior's tournament.

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors also won by 35 points, in their 80-45 victory over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats.

The Cobras shot themselves on the foot by making just 22 of their 80 attempts from the field, for a 28% clip.

They also fared miserably from the charity stripe, making just 11 out of their 24 attempts.

The league's top gunner, Alfred Belande, was held to just 10 points, and was miserable all game long, missing 13 of his 17 field goal attempts.

Slaughter led the way for UV with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

BOX SCORES:

UV (92) Slaughter 19, Lao 16, Dennison 12, Lanete 11, Lasala 8, Villanil 7, Diputado 6, Cincoflores 5, Sendrijas 4, Benedicto 4.

SWU (57) Belande 10, Armecin 10, Django 8, Maguate 8, Nunez 7, Jalandoni 6, Poligrates 6, Escober 3, Pacquiao 1.

amdgc82
08-17-2008, 06:48 AM
Sunday, August 17, 2008
DBC beats CIT for first Cesafi win
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Juniors
1 p.m. –UC vs. UV
2:30 p.m. –USPF vs. USC

Seniors
4 p.m. –UC vs. DBTC
5:30 pm –USJ-R vs. SWU

IN THE battle for survival, the Don Bosco College Greywolves came out the better of the bottom feeders as they put up a last-minute surge to run away with an 83-71 win over Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) collegiate basketball competitions yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Greywolves barged into the win column after losing to University of the Visayas Green Lancers in their first outing, while CIT dropped to a 1-2 win-loss slate.

For the past seasons, the bottom of the standing had always been a toss between DBC and CIT.

In yesterday’s game, Don Bosco played without much intensity, lagging for most of the game. They were down by eight, 56-64, at the start of the fourth period, when the Greywolves were jolted back to life when Rodolfo Enterina and Celso Colegado anchored a 15-4 run, that basically turned the game around.

The Greywolves found themselves ahead for the first time , 71-67 rattiling the Wildcats that they failed to answer DBC’s furious rally.

Christopher dela Rama led the Greywolves scorers with 16 points, while Colegado added 14. Paolo Lumapas added 13 points.

As boring as the seniors match was, it was a totally different scenario in the juniors division as the CIT Wildkittens overpowered the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 107-101, in overtime.

The CIT juniors squad had the win within reach as they led by three points in the final five seconds of the game, but USJ-R pulled through behind a buzzer-beating halfcourt triple from Patrick Bayno to force an extension. MCB

CIT looked to Mark Tallo Jr., the son of former PBA player with the same name, as he led the team to the victory.

Don Bosco juniors team also posted its first victory after trouncing the Cebu Eastern College Dragons, 80-75. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-17-2008, 06:51 AM
Greywolves Defang Wildcats
By Gabby G. Malagar
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The Freeman

Armed with well-calculated plays and a stroke of luck, the Don Bosco College Greywolves slammed the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 83-71, in a match decided only in the last few minutes of the contest last night in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Wildcats, who crashed to their third straight defeat in as many starts, were still ahead, 64-61, at the final 6:40 mark, but lost their bearing when Karen Rick de la Cerna was slapped with a technical foul for hitting Mark Añagap just after the referees at the undergoal whistled an offensive foul against Chris de la Rama with 5:26 left to play.

De la Cerna’s crucial blunder grounded the Wildcats the rest of the way, allowing the Greywolves to stage a furious retaliatory attack and eventually grab the upperhand, 67-66, on a reverse layup by Rudy Enterina, Jr. with 4:44 left to play.

Compounding the Wildcats’ woes was the fouling out of their hardworking big man Ryan Montealto. CIT threatened for the last time at 79-73 as the Greywolves suddenly turned red-hot to take a 79-71 beather on De la Rama’s tip-in with less than a minute to go in the game.

De la Rama paces the Greywolves with 16 points, while Ronel Villarba, who hit four triples in the second half, topscored for the Wildcats with 20 points.

In the juniors division, Don Bosco scored a double as it edged out the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 80-75, while the Baby Wildcats prevented a twin blackeye for the CIT as they vanquished the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in overtime, 107-101.

The scores

DBTC (83) - De la Rama 16, Colegado 14, Lumapas 13, Aldave 9, Enterina 9, Perturbos 9, Delos Santos 6, Añagap 2, Villaver 2, Caballero 2

CIT (71) - Villarba 20, Reyes 16, Dela Cerna* 14, Lopez 10, Molero 5, Montealto 4, Cabañero* 2 Halftime: 28-36.

amdgc82
08-18-2008, 06:46 AM
DBC bags first win
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:37:00 08/17/2008

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. - UC vs. UV (jrs.)
2:30 p.m. - USPF vs. USC (jrs.)
4 p.m. - UC vs. DBTC (srs.)
5:30 p.m. - USJ-R vs. SWU (srs.)

The Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves banked on a strong endgame to capture their first win of the season, drubbing the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 83-71, in their seniors division game of the Cesafi basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

After playing lackadaisically for most of the game and falling behind by eight points at the start of the fourth period, the Greywolves suddenly found their focus and their range as they embarked on an 15-4 run to take a 71-67 lead.

Spearheading their comeback was their lethal backcourt tandem of Rodolfo Enterina and Celso Colegado, as they accounted for nine points in that searing run, steering Don Bosco back into the lead.

The Greywolves finished with a flurry as they punctuated their comeback with a 10-0 siege to turn a 73-71 lead into a 12-point rout.

Leading the charge was big man Christopher dela Rama, as he tallied 15 points while Colegado added 14 markers.

Paolo Lumapas also scored in double figures with 13 points while Enterina was masterful at the point, with nine points and eight assists.

DBC evened out their record at 1-1 while CIT fell to 1-2.

The CIT Wildkittens, on the other hand, proved to be steadier than their elder counterparts as they outlasted the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 107-101, in an exciting overtime match in the juniors division.

The game was played on even terms all throughout the match as both teams played in spurts.

However, the Wildkittens appeared to be headed for the win as they held a four-point lead, 87-83, with 16 seconds left.

But USJ-R fought back, trimming the lead to just two, 85-87, after two freebies from Allan delos Santos.

After CIT's Mark Tallo split his charities to push the Wildkittens to a three-point cushion, the Baby Jaguars forced overtime as Patrick Bayno sank a miraculous halfcourt heave at the regulation buzzer.

CIT, though, prevailed behind the prodigious play of Tallo, who started the overtime session with a three-point play.

He also found his teammates for crucial baskets en route to their second win in four games. USJ-R fell to 2-3.

In the curtain raiser, Don Bosco defeated the Cebu Eastern College Dragons, 80-75, to improve to 1-1 while handing their opponents their second loss in as many games.

amdgc82
08-18-2008, 06:48 AM
Monday, August 18, 2008
Warriors recover winning ways, dump USPF
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THE University of San Carlos Warriors made up for their two straight losses in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc and finally got back on the winning track as they outclassed the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, 81-73, Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win, however, did not come easy for the Warriors as they needed to fend off the Panthers’ spirited advances, and to fill the slack that Enrico Llanto left because of a back injury.

Making up for lost manpower is the high-leaping Giovanni Padillo, who scattered 18 points for the Warriors, half in the third period for USC’s third win in five games.

With nothing to lose and having had two defeats in as many games, the Panthers drove through the basket like there was no tomorrow.

The Panthers outscored the Warriors at the start of the fourth to close the gap to 59-61 behind the courageous playmaker Randy Avila. It would have kept USPF’s chances alive, had Mark Cantonao not doused their hopes with a booming triple. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-18-2008, 06:50 AM
Padillo shines as Warriors snap two-game skid in CESAFI
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors snapped out of their two-game slump with an 81-73 victory over the hard-fighting University of Southern Philippines Foundation* (USPF) Panthers in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow (Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm DBTC vs. UV (Jrs.)
6 pm UC vs. UV (Srs.)

The Warriors were without top center Enrico Llanto, but Giovanni Padillo saved the day for the Carolinians with another breakout performance.

The Warriors toiled hard in the windup as the Panthers staged a furious comeback to pull within, 59-61, with 7:32 left in the contest. But rookie Jun Michael Cantonao knocked in a triple and later Sam Jordan Hermosa hit a pair of free throws to restore a 66-59 USC lead.

It was an all-USC show from there, with the Warriors padding their lead to 14 points, 81-67, to practically seal the match with less than two minutes left to play.

Padillo had 18 points even as four other cashed in double figures for the Warriors, who bettered their win-loss record to 3-2. Cantonao finished with 13 points, back-up slotman Joven Cid Cortes added 12, while Hermosa and Gene Noel Gallarde banged in 21 markers combined for USC.

Gulane paced the Panthers with 14 points followed by Randy Avila with 10. The missing link was top gunner Moncrief Rogado, who was held off to a measly seven points. It was USPF’s third loss in as many starts to join the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats down the rear.

The scores

USC (81) - Padillo 18, Cantonao 13, Cortes 12, Hermosa 11, Gallarde 10, Bautista 6, Rowe 5, Joven 3, Igao 2, Blanes 1

USPF (73) - Gulane 14, Avila 10, Laurente 9, Filoteo 8, Rogado 7, Mohamad 6,* Rivera 5, Tabada 5, Monterde 4, Delos Reyes 2, Bardilas 2, Durano 1 Halftime: 39-33 (GGM)

amdgc82
08-18-2008, 09:42 PM
Warriors trounce Panthers in Cesafi seniors tourney
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 16:48:00 08/18/2008

Two-time runners-up University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors went back to their winning ways as they clobbered the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 81-73, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

After dropping their last two games, the warriors vented their ire on the feisty Panthers, going up by eight, 19-11, after the first period.

The Panthers rallied to within two, 31-33, in the ensuing stanza as JR Gulane combined with the skillful quarterbacking of rookie point guard Jeffrey Laurente and the pinpoint shooting of Moncrief Rogado to trail by just six at the turn, 33-39.

The two combatants exchanged points all throughout the second half but the Warriors finally gained some headway in the final canto.

An 8-0 run, which was ignited by a three-pointer from Michael Cantonao and two straight baskets by Sam Hermosa, established a 70-59 lead for the Warriors.

A flurry of tough shots from wingman Giovanni Padillo hammered the last nail in the Panthers' coffin as the Warriors improved to 3-2 (win-loss).

The Panthers, meanwhile, remained winless at 0-3.

Padillo, Cantonao, Joven Cortes and Hermosa picked up the slack left by two-time MVP Enrico Llanto, who was sidelined with a back injury, as they combined for 54 points with Padillo leading the way with 18 points.

Meanwhile, in the juniors division on Sunday, defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers grabbed the solo lead in the standings after vanquishing their bitter rivals University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters, 95-85, in a rematch of the finals in the past two years.

Jan Auditor paced UV with 28 points.

UV now has a 4-0 slate while UC dropped to a tie for second place with the USPF Baby Panthers, who won over the USC Baby Warriors, 75-63. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

ankle breaker
08-18-2008, 10:05 PM
emel rowe's output is decling in the their last 3 games. 2 losses against 1 win. what's happening to him?

amdgc82
08-19-2008, 07:06 AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
USJ-R makes it 5-for-5 in Cesafi
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THE University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars have boosted their chances to make it back to the finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) after posting a 73-66 win over the Southwestern University Cobras, 73-66, Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

However, their feat may just be a hindsight as the limelight shifts focus on the exciting matchup slated today.

The battle of two giants, 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter of University of the Visayas and 6-foot-7 Junmar Fajardo of University of Cebu, is considered the most expected face-off for this season and is expected to draw crowds at the Cebu Coliseum.

Both players have been with their respective schools for more than a year already, but fate had never allowed the two to meet ways. After weeks of sizing each other up, the two will finally come face to face in today’s 6 p.m. main offering.

Slaughter will be coming to today’s game with more confidence having been named the Player of the Week after amassing 55 statistical points earned last week. He led the team to winning against three teams.

Meanwhile, in last Sunday’s game at the Cebu Coliseum, the Cobras and Jaguars figured in a tight fight in the first period before the SWU squad eventually fizzled out.

SWU actually set the pace, leading by five at the end of the first period. The run was however put to a screeching halt by Armand Ponce, who initiated a fierce rally in the second period, for the Jaguars to wrest away the lead, 32-29 for good.

The Jaguars now sport an unblemished 5-0 record, to solidify its leadership in the league. The Cobras absorbed their third loss in four games.

Jan Malinao led USJ-R with 17 points, while Luther Justiniani, Cesafi’s first player of the week awardee scored 14 points.

In the other game, Fajardo, who topscored with 13, led UC to an 83-66 win over Don Bosco College Greywolves.

UC improves with a 2-1 record, while DBC suffered its third loss against just one win. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-19-2008, 07:10 AM
CESAFI basketball event: Jaguars stretch streak to 5
By Gabby Malagar
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Freeman

A more cohesive University of San Jose -Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars maintained their poise up to the last push and roared to their fifth consecutive win by subduing a stubborn Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 73-66 in last Sunday’s main game of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the other collegiate match, the well-rested University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters rode on their consistent outside shooting to offset their miserable performance from the free throw line as they shot down the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 83-68.

The win was seen as a major morale booster for UC, who face a gargantuan task ahead as they test the seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers tonight.

The Lancers are not however going to take it easy tonight against the Webmasters, who dropped the SWU Cobras, 91-86, two weeks ago.

The Lancers are in second place with a 3-2 win-loss record.

The Jaguars scored a cluster of points in the third period and thwarted every attempt of the Cobras to stage a come back.

Another minor run by the Jaguars in the fourth gave them a 68-58 lead with 3:56 to go in the ballgame.

A seven-point binge by the Cobras closed the gap for the last time at 64-68 with still 1:56 to go, but the Jaguars refused to wilt under pressure and hung on to a 73-66 win.

SWU had a 22-14 lead at the start of the second period, but the Jaguars quickly erased it after a sequence of wild action that resulted a warning for second motion on Luther Luke Justiniani for playing too physical against Janno Nuñez.

Playing without the injured Lyndon Gudez, the Jaguars were led by Ranulfo “John” Malinao with 17 points followed closely by Kurt Amores with 16 points while Justinani and Armand Ponce chipped in with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Cobras, who dropped to a 1-3 win-loss record, were led by Camotes native Eliud Poligrates, who fired 17 points while Nuñez, also a rookie added 10 points.

Earlier, 6 foot-7 inches June Mar Fajardo and Janssen Abella each scored 13 points whille Kevin Quiltantang and Edward Pao both had identical 12 points to power the Webmasters over the Greywolves.

As expected, Fajardo hauled down 15 rebounds and had three blocks while Pao amassed 13 boards and had four assists.

In the juniors match, defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers extended their dominance against the UC Junior Webmasters behind the 28-point explosion of John Michael Auditor in scoring a 95-85 victory.

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers defeated the much-smaller University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, 75-63.

The scores:

First Game: UV (Jrs.) 95 — Auditor 28, Cabañero 19, Fajardo 14, Ybañez 11, Octobre 8, Felisario 6, Llenes 6, Brigoli 2, Bonje 2

UC (Jrs.) 85 — Codilla 17, Pogoy 16, Pearce 14, de Lara 12, Taboada 5, Ampo-on 5, Alocillo 4, Labolabo 4, Luzon 3, Palileo 3, Tindoy 2* *

Second Game:

USPF (Jrs.)* 75 — Ferraren 21, Arong 15, Vergas 12, Demana 11, Caguindagan 7, Cañete 7, Silao 2

USC (Jrs.) 63 — Gabuya 13, Co 11, Sepe 10, Uy 8, Nacua 7, Nuñeza 6, Reyes 4, Omolon 2

Third Game:

UC (Srs.) 83 — Fajardo 13, Abella 13, Quilantang 12, Pao 12, Agas 10,

Mohamad 7, Ramos 4, Luceño 4, Gomez 4, Flanco 2

DBTC (Srs.) 68 — Delos Santos 18, De la Rama 8, Lumapas 8, Aldave 8, Enterina 7, Colegado 6, Quijano 5, Alvarez 3, Tecson 3, Perturbos 3, Baring 2

Fourth Game:

USJR (Srs.) 73 — Malinao 17, Amores 16, Justiniani 14, Ponce 13, Gabas 7, Delfino 6, Villaver 5, Pogoy 1

SWU (Srs.) 66 — Poligrates 17, Diango 15, Nuñez 10, Belande 8, Jalandoni 6, Armecin 4, Maguate 4, Litorja 2.

amdgc82
08-20-2008, 06:16 AM
Slaughter wins Cesafi weekly award
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:05:00 08/19/2008

For his stellar efforts in leading the resurgence of the seven-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 6-foot-11 Fil-American center Gregory Slaughter has earned himself the prestigious Cesafi Player of the Week award for the second week of action in men’s basketball.

After losing to the upstart Warriors of the University of San Carlos (USC) in their first game, the Lancers are quickly coming into form and are now showing the dominance that have made them the standard for collegiate basketball in the south.

They have now won three games in a row and are at solo second-place with a 3-1 (win-loss) record.

At the helm of that charge has been Slaughter, who has been nothing short of unstoppable, averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2 assists and six blocks per game from August 10 to 16.

After being held to just 12 points in a win over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, the behemoth scored 22 in a 76-66 win over the Don Bosco Greywolves before coming up with 19 markers in another 92-59 shellacking of the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

Slaughter amassed a total of 110 statistical points, beating the likes of Jaguars Armand Ponce, Manny Gabas and last week's Player of the Week, Luther Justiniani and his teammates, Von Lanete and Junjun Lasala.

Slaughter will be getting a medal and a gift pack from Virginia Foods Inc. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-20-2008, 06:25 AM
Jaguars still spotless in Cesafi
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:06:00 08/19/2008

Games today, August 19, 2008:
Cebu Coliseum
4:30 p.m. - Don Bosco vs. UV (jrs.)
6 p.m. - UC vs. UV (srs.)

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars remained undefeated this season, manhandling the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 73-66, for their fifth straight win in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Sunday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The story of the day, though, is the literal gargantuan match-up of college basketball's brightest stars when the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers' 6-foot-11 giant Gregory Slaughter takes on the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters' 6-foot 7 behemoth Junmar Fajardo in today’s main game at 6 p.m.

The two giants have cast a dominating shadow over the rest of the competition with their imposing play down in the shaded lane on both ends of the floor.

Unfortunately, because of injuries to Fajardo, the big men have not faced each other in formal competition until Tuesday.

Both get their first crack at one another with UC looking to halt UV's three-game run.

The webmasters are fresh of an 83-68 thrashing of the Don Bosco Greywolves last Sunday.

In that game, Fajardo managed a double-double performance with 13 points and 15 rebounds in spite playing with foul trouble all game long.

He sparked a game-breaking 15-2 run bridging the third and fourth periods while new recruits Kevin Quilantang and Edward Pao steered the ship for the Webmasters, who captured their second win in three outings.

Meanwhile, the league-leading Jaguars roared to their fifth straight win as they capitalized on the Cobras' inefficiency on offense and inexperience, down the stretch to remain undefeated with a clean 5-0 (win-loss) mark. After seeing their 10-point lead dwindle to just four points, 68-64, with two minutes left in the game, the Jaguars retaliated with two consecutive fastbreak layups courtesy of Luther Justiniani and Jerome Villaver to finally deaden the Cobras' rally.

Jan Malinao led the way for USJ-R with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Justiniani and Armand Ponce combined for 27 points.

amdgc82
08-20-2008, 06:27 AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Green Lancers shift fate at the Cesafi
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THE University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers made a complete turnaround from their unimpressive start in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) as they displayed their true form yesterday when they bashed the University of Cebu (UV) Webmasters, 82-80, at the Cebu Coliseum.

“The only problem that this team has to deal with is over-complacency,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

“This is the real team. This is what we can do. We have finally shaken off that stigma of our first game and gave you this,” Cabahug said.

Confidence

The Green Lancers lost to the University of San Carlos (USC), their two-time finals nemesis, in the opening of the Cesafi. Cabahug is confident it is not happening again.

“I can now confidently say that our chances for an eighth straight title are here,” said Cabahug.

It was a much anticipated game as it was the first time the giants from both teams—UV’s Gregory Slaughter and UC’s Junmar Fajardo—face off for the first time.

And people trooped to the Coliseum like it was the championship game.

In the end, both players showed strengths in different aspects. Slaughter was up front in the offensive, as he led all the scorers with a whooping 27 markers to Fajardo’s 12.

Limits

Fajardo, however, made up for it, scoring 21 rebounds and four block shots against Slaughter’s nine rebounds.

The Webmasters struck first and actually led at the end of the first period, 22-17. But this was all they could heave as the Green Lancers spit fire and grabbed the lead in the second canto and never looked back.

The Green Lancers further solidified its lead, leading by as much as 17 points against the Webmasters, 64-49, going into the final frame.

The Webmasters tried to make a comeback, slicing the lead to just eight points with a 9-0 run at the start of the fourth.

The run was however put to a screeching halt with a basket from Von

Lañete to bring UV’s lead back to 10, 66-56.

The Webmasters struggled to get back in the game and managed to pull to within three points, 74-77 in the final 45 seconds, behind a triple and a bucket from Jansen Abella.

Bounce

UC had an opportunity to move closer, when Fajardo made a steal, but there was a fumble and UV regained ball possession. Slaughter then converted his charities in the final 22.8 seconds of the game. Once more, UC was about to make a mad dash to basket, but the ball slipped off Robinson Mohammad’s hands.

Finally, Mohammad threw a shot from the halfcourt to slice UV”s lead, 80-82. An impressive buzzer beater that came a little too late as time expired on the Webmasters. Lañete scored 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.

UV improved with 4-1 win-loss slate, while UC dropped to 2-2. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-20-2008, 06:28 AM
UV Lancers score twinkill in Cesafi
By Gabby G. Malagar
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The Freeman

Seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) played with a three-guard offense the entire game and the ploy worked out well as the Green Lancers escaped with a precarious 82-80 victory over the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in an action-filled match of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI)* basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

A day after he was named Player of the Week, the 6-foot-11 behemoth Gregory Slaughter showed what it takes to be the center of attraction as he completely outclassed his UC counterpart June Mar Fajardo to lead the Lancers with 27 points on top of nine rebounds.

The Webmasters actually took a 22-13 lead in the first period, but the Lancers of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug unloaded a 10-0 rally to wrest the driver’s seat 23-22.

The Webmasters’ shooting sour in the third period and Lancers took advantage of the situation by staging a searing run to mount a 17-point advantage, 64-47, with 49 seconds going in the final quarter. The Webmasters threatened for the last time at 74-77, but the Lancers scored the next five points of the game to seal the match.

Von Harry Lanete chipped in 14 points, while Chris Victor Diputado and Jun Lasala connived for 18 markers as the Lancers tightened their grip of the second spot with a 4-1 win-loss record.

Fajardo, who fouled out in the final 1:13 mark, was handcuffed to only 12 points but had a season-best 21 rebounds and four blocks. It was Edward Pao who paced the Webmasters with 16 points followed by Janssen Abella with 15.

In the juniors division, the UV Lancers demolished the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 86-52.

The scores

(Juniors)

UV (86) - Bonje 12, Cabañero 11, Auditor 10, Dominise 9, Marata 9, Ybañez 5, Pongan 5, Fajardo 5, Arcenal 4, Valiente 4, Llenes 3, Brigoli 2

DBTC (52) - Bollozos 15, Alburo 11, Villahermosa 11, Belangel 9, Solis 4, Belciña 4, Velasco 4, Ruiz 3, Balorio 2, Bacalso 1 Halftime: 38-29

Second game

(Seniors)* * * * *

UV (82) -* Slaughter 27, Lanete 14, Diputado 9, Lasala 9, Cincoflores 7, Dennison 3, Sendrijas 2

UC (80) - Pao 16, Abella 15, Fajardo 12, Quilantang 12, Mohamad 11, Juliane 4, Agas 3, Luceño 3 Babad 3

Halftime: 40-35

amdgc82
08-21-2008, 07:00 AM
Slaughter outwits Fajardo as UV logs fourth victory
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:51:00 08/20/2008

Games today, August 20, 2008:
Cebu Coliseum
4:30 p.m. - CIT vs. CEC (jrs.)
6 p.m. - USC vs. DBC (srs.)

Round one of the highly-anticipated matchup between University of Cebu's (UC) 6-foot-8 beanpole Junmar Fajardo and the University of the Visayas' (UV) 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter was won by the Green Lancers’ gentle giant.

Slaughter’s Green Lancers barely escaped Fajardo’s Webmasters, 82-80, in the seniors’ division game of the Cesafi basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum on Wednesday.

The seven-time champions Lancers simply had too much veteran savvy to come away with the exciting win to up their record to 4-1 (win-loss) while dropping their opponents to 2-2.

The win did not come on a silver platter as the Lancers had to stave off a furious comeback by the Webmasters from a 17-point deficit.

Led by the outside sniping of Robinson Mohamad and a huge five-point cluster from Jannsen Abella, the Webmasters came to within three, 74-77, with 45 seconds left in the game.

UC had a chance to cut the lead further on the ensuing possession as Laurence Agas stole the ball, but UV's Von Lanete countered with a steal of his own and fed Slaughter for two free-throws to up their lead to five, 79-74, with 22 ticks left.

Lanete and Chris Diputado added three more free-throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Slaughter scored 27 points and grabbed nine boards in the win, besting Fajardo's totals of 12 points and 21 rebounds.

Lanete tallied 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in a solid all-around performance.

The Webmasters, appeared amped and ready as they came out firing on all cylinders with Fajardo scoring eight points, mostly on putbacks to push UC ahead, 22-17, in the first period.

Meanwhile, the Baby Lancers made it a twinkill for UV as they routed Don Bosco, 86-52, in the juniors division.

amdgc82
08-21-2008, 07:02 AM
Wildkittens humiliate Dragons
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The Freeman

The Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens last night walloped the Cebu Eastern Dragons (CEC) Dragons, 112-71, in what is by far the most lopsided victory in the juniors division of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Thus, the Wildkittens moved to solo third place in the overall standings with a 3-2 win-loss record behind the defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers (5-0) and the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters (3-1).

The outcome of the match was already a foregone conclusion as early in the second period when the Mark Jayven Tallo -led Wildkittens mounted an imposing 51-27 lead at halftime.

Back-to-back triples by Tallo further ripped the game apart as it gave the Wildkittens an eye-popping 41-point advantage, 95-54, with still 8:23 left to play.

The Dragons have no one else to blame for the humiliating defeat than themslves as they showed little resistance to the unforgiving offense of the CIT bantams.

Tallo finished with 14 points, but it was Noel Onting who topscored for the Wildkittens with 15 points. Bridrick Brigoili and Jeffrey Tahoy pitched in 23 points combined. Actually, all 14 players fielded in by coach Andot Fuentes scored, underscoring CIT’s balanced offensive.

The scores

CIT (112) - Onting 15, Tallo M. 14, Caparida 14, Brigoli 12, Taghoy 11, Sanchez 7, Nalos 7, Simborio 6, Getalla 6, Almario 6, Tallo 5, Dimitiman 3, Cañete 2, Cabañero 2

CEC (71) - Miranda-Sy 32, Cisneros 17, J. Tan 6, Baluyos 4, Tan 4, Sia 3, Lo 3 Halftime: 51-27 (GGM)

amdgc82
08-21-2008, 07:03 AM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
USC Warriors dump Greywolves, 73-64
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THE University of San Carlos Warriors successfully fended off the Don Bosco Greywolves, 73-64, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc basketball tournament, yesterday, at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors were led by the balance scoring of Giovanni Padillo, who scored 11 points, Sam Hermosa and Joven Cortes who contributed with 10 points apiece.

Rickmar Perubos was the top scorer for the Greywolves with16 points.

USC led the whole time and ended the third quarter comfortable up by 24 points outscoring DBC 27- 15.

The Greywolves started the fourth quarter with a 15-6 scoring run in the first five minutes after their defense forced the Warriors to commit turnover to narrow the gap at 67-52.

DBC continued to shave USC’s lead with Perturbos’ offense, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the last quarter—with nine from the 3-point area— but their 4th quarter run wasn’t enough to catch USC’s commanding lead.

The Don Bosco Greywolves dropped to 1-4, while the USC Warriors, who defeated the University of the Visayas in their first game, improved to 3-2. (EKA)

thadzonline
08-21-2008, 08:38 AM
the Warriors are 4-2 in the standings with wins over UV, CIT, USPF and DBC

ankle breaker
08-21-2008, 09:53 PM
and it will become 5-2 after their game against UC this sunday.

amdgc82
08-22-2008, 06:55 AM
Warriors outlast Greywolves
By Gabby G. Malagar
Friday, August 22, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors wasted away a 24-point advantage but were quick to regain their form to shackle the Don Bosco College Greywolves, 73-64, in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball event the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Sunday

(Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm USC vs. CEC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USPF vs. UV (Jrs.)

4 pm CIT vs. UV (Srs.)

5:30 pm UC vs. USC (Srs.)

Thus, the Warriors climbed to solo third place in the overall standings with a 4-2 win-loss record behind the undefeated league-leader University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars (5-0) and seven-time champion University of the Visayas Green Lancers (4-1).

The outcome of the one-sided battle was already evident when the red-shot Warriors built a commanding 61-37 advantage at the end of the third period.

After that, the Warriors somehow flirted with complacency, but the best the fighting Greywolves could muster was to pull within eight points, 64-72, to the delight of the Bosconian fans with six seconds left to play.

The daring run was inspired by the cluster of points coming from Rudy Enterina Jr.’s medium range jumpers and Ricmar Perturbos’ back-to-back triples in the final minute of the contest.

For the second straight game, Giovanni Padillo topscored for the Warriors with 11 points, while Sam Jordan Hermosa and Joven Cid Cortes banged in 10 markers apiece.

Also, the Greywolves had three players in double figures led by Perturbos with 16 points. Celso Colegado Jr. and Joseph Villaver each scored 11 as the Bosconians suffered their third loss in four starts.

The scores

USC (73) - Padillo 11, Hermosa 10, Cortes 10, Gallarde 9, Rowe 7, Cantonao 6, Codilla 4, Bakker 4, Bercede 4, Bautista 3, Igao 3, Blanes 2

DBTC (64) - Perturbos 16, Colegado 11, Villaver 11, Dela Rama 9, Lumapas 5, Enterina 4, Aldave 4, Alvarez 3, Caballero 1

amdgc82
08-23-2008, 05:41 AM
Llanto-less USC notches second straight victory
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:34:00 08/22/2008

Life without two-time MVP Enrico Llanto continues to be on the upswing for the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors as they captured their second straight win by trouncing the Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves, 73-64, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Llanto, the bullstrong heart and soul of the Warriors, has been sidelined indefinitely after aggravating his back injury in the tournament.

USC, however, has taken inspiration from its fallen leader and translated it into solid play as the Warriors took full control of the match with a 16-4 burst in the second period.

Several players stepped up to the plate for USC led by Sam Hermosa, Joven Cortes, Luigi Bercede and Andre Bautista, who all contributed in the searing rally.

The Warriors did not let up in the third period as they came out of the gates on fire, scoring 12 unanswered points and outscoring the overwhelmed Greywolves, 28-15, in that stretch to build leads of as many as 29.

The Greywolves tried to make a game out of it in the fourth period behind the inside-outside play of big man Rickmar Pertirbos.

However, time ran out on Don Bosco, preserving the Warriors' fourth win in six games. The Greywolves fell to 1-4 (win-loss).

Giovanni Padillo led the Warriors' balanced attack with 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

BOX SCORES:
USC (73) Padillo 11, Cortes 10, Hermosa 10, Gallarde 9, Rowe 7, Cantonao 6, Bercede 4, Bakker 4, Codilla 4, Igao 3, Bautista 3, Blanes 2.
DBC (64) Perturbos 16, Villaver 11, Colegado 11, dela Rama 9, Lumapas 5, Aldave 4, Enterina 4, Alvarez 3, Cabanero 1.

amdgc82
08-24-2008, 06:19 AM
Sunday, August 24, 2008
USC guns for fifth win against UC today
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PLAYING without the heart of the team, two-time MVP Enrico Llanto, leaves a question mark on whether the University of San Carlos Warriors still have what it takes to make it to their third straight finals appearance of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi).

Today, USC will once more test its ability to play without Llanto when it faces a Junmar Fajardo-led University of Cebu Webmasters.

How USC head coach Jay Ramirez will address the problem in the form of the 6-foot-9 Fajardo without Llanto to oppose him, will be known today when the two teams clash in the 5:30 p.m. main offering at the Cebu Coliseum.

Llanto is out indefinitely after suffering from an injury.

It will be a crucial win for both squads, who are trying to snag a slot in the Top 4, which gives the teams a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinal round.

USC is currently at third place with a 4-2 win-loss record, while UC totes a 2-2 card.

UC is still foaming from the mouth following its 80-82 loss to University of the Visayas last week and is seeking to avenge that debacle. Apart from Fajardo, UC head coach Rhoel Gomez will be hinging his offense on Janses Abella, Kevin Quilantang and Edward Pao, who will be going up against USC scorers Giovanni Padillo and Sam Hermosa.

Before the USC-UC tiff, the UV Green Lancers, still enjoying a five-game winning roll, is expected to toy with the winless Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats at 4 p.m.

Opening today’s games will be the juniors division matchup between the USC Baby Warriors and Cebu Eastern College in the curtain-raiser at 1 p.m. followed by the 2:30 p.m. game between University of Southern Philippines Foundation and UV Baby Lancers. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-24-2008, 06:23 AM
Lancers Eyes fifth win today
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The Freeman

Seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green.

Lancers today eye their fifth win to remain in solo second when they collide with the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats in the resumption of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) at the Cebu Coliseum.While the Lancers will likely cage the Wildcats, much of the attention would be on the showdown between the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the skidding University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters who are fighting for a top four spot in the standings.

As of this writing, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars are tops with a 5-0 slate followed by the University of the Visayas Lancers with a 4-1 slate. Occupying third spot is the University of San Carlos Warriors with a 4-2 slate. The fourth slot is currently a toss up between the University of Cebu Webmasters and Southwestern University Cobras.

So far, only Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats and the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation Panthers have yet to win a game in the tournament.a 5-0 slate followed by the Lancer

Earlier this afternoon, defending high school champions UV Baby Lancers test the USPF Baby Panthers who have been their nemesis the past two years. Despite toting a clean 5-0 slate, the Baby Lancers are wary of the Baby Panthers (3-1), who could dish out an upset.

Two winless high school teams – the USC Baby Warriors and Cebu Eastern College Dragons – will square it off in the opener. USC carries a 0-3 record while CEC is 0-4. (GGM)

amdgc82
08-25-2008, 07:14 AM
Webmasters, Warriors clash in Cesafi tourney
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:26:00 08/24/2008

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. - USC vs. CEC (jrs.)
2:30 p.m. - USPF vs. UV (jrs.)
4 p.m. - UV vs. CIT (srs.)
5:30 p.m. - UC vs. USC (srs.)

The race for the top seeds in the quarterfinal round intensifies as the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters clashes with the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Both teams are locked in a dead heat for one of the four top slots in the next round, which gives a twice-to-beat advantage to seed no. 1 to 4.

The Warriors, who are playing without reigning MVP Enrico Llanto for perhaps the rest of the tournament, are situated in third place with a 4-2 (win-loss) record while UC has an even 2-2 card.

Llanto's absence will be crucial today as the Warriors will be hard-pressed to continue their two-game winning streak with the presence of UC’s 6-foot-9 behemoth Junmar Fajardo.

Warriors big men Joven Cortes, James Blanes and Fil-Aussie Emel Rowe will be called upon to try and contain Fajardo, who is seeking redemption after losing his matchup against the University of the Visayas' (UV) 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter last week.

USC’s Sam Hermosa and Giovanni Padillo will also have to step up as they face UC’s perimeter threat of Jannsen Abella, Kevin Quilantang and Edward Pao.

The other game in the seniors division will pit the UV Green Lancers against the winless Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats.

The Lancers have won four straight games on the strength of Slaughter's performance, which earned him the Player of the Week award last week.

The Baby Lancers will also gun for their fifth straight win when they face the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) in the juniors division.

Winless juniors squads USC and Cebu Eastern College will square off in the curtain raiser.

amdgc82
08-25-2008, 07:15 AM
UV Lancers score another double
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, August 25, 2008
The Freeman

Seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers exerted little effort in thrashing the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 83-63, last night in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm DBTC vs. USC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USJ-R vs. UC (Jrs.)

4 pm USPF vs. SWU (Srs.)

5:30 pm DBTC vs. USJR (Srs.)

The entire first half though was a bit surprise for the Lancers as the Wildcats delivered a barrage of points to tak15-14 lead late in the first period. Later, the Wildcats drained three triples of their 13-0 swing to take a 38-33 edge with 2:34 left in the second* period.

But that proved to be their last hurrah as the Lancers responded with a 6-0 run to grab the lead, 39-38, for good.

6-foot-11 giant Gregory Slaughter, who was pulled out with still 6:11 left to play and the Lancers leading by 14 points, 67-53, topscored for UV with 20 points.

Ritchum Dennison and Edrian Lao had 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Lancers, who racked up their fifth straight win after a shocking opening day loss to the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Sherwin Resilla paced the Wildcats with 29 points followed by Ronel Villaraba with 13 and RJ Reyes with 10. They further languished at the cellar without a win in four starts.

It was another double victory for UV as the Baby Lancers skinned the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers alive, 95-75, to stretch their unbeaten streak to six games in a row.

In the other juniors division match, the USC Baby Warriors finally barged into the win column with a 97-60 whipping of the listless Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons.

The scores

UV (83) - Slaughter 20, Dennison 13, Lao 11, Lanete 9, Villanil 9, Cincoflores 7, Cabahug 3, Lasala 2, Diputado 2, Mercader 2, Silva 2, Manigque 2, Tagalog 1

CIT (63) -* Resilla 29, Villarba 13, Reyes 10, Lamosa 8, Molero 2, Lopez 2, Cabañero 2, De la Cerna 2 Halftime: 41-39

amdgc82
08-26-2008, 06:24 AM
Red-hot UV nips CIT
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:33:00 08/25/2008

Seven-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are gaining momentum heading into their blockbuster showdown with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) as they cruised to their fifth straight win, bashing the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 83-63, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win allowed the Lancers to creep up to within a half-game of the league-leading Jaguars, as the former now have a 5-1 (win-loss) slate while the latter totes an unblemished 5-0 record.

The top-seed heading into the quarterfinals will be decided this Sunday as the two teams finally collide.

Early on, the Lancers appeared intent on blowing the game wide open as 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter imposed his will in the shaded lane while snipers Ritchum Dennison and Von Lanete ran amok from the perimeter, to help UV to a 14-5 lead.

The Wildcats, though, had other plans as they rode the hot hand of swingman Sherwin Resilla, who scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half, to tow his team to a 38-33 lead, midway through the second period.

The Lancers quickly responded with a with an 8-1 run anchored on the power moves of big man Edrian Lao to lead by two, 41-39, at the turn.

UV finally decided to take care of business in the second half as it outscored the Wildcats, 22-10, in the third period to break the game wide open and lead by 14 points, entering the fourth period. Slaughter scored 10 of his team-high 20 points in that run.

The Wildcats remain winless in the tournament with a 0-4 slate.

Meanwhile, the Baby Lancers also kept their fiery streak going as they improved to 6-0 after defeating the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 95-75, in juniors’ division action.

Jan Auditor led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points.

The University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors finally barged into the win column after decimating the Cebu Eastern College Dragons, 97-60.

BOX SCORES:
UV (83) Slaughter 20, Dennison 13, Lao 11, Lanete 9, Villanil 9, Cincflores 7, Cabahug 3, Diputado 2, Manigque 2, Silva 2, Tagalog 1.
CIT (63) Resilla 23, Villarba 13, Reyes 10, Lamosa 8, Molero 3, Lopez 2, Cabanero.

amdgc82
08-26-2008, 06:27 AM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
USC’s fifth
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NO Llanto, no problem.

The University of San Carlos had a lot going against them without their main man Enrico Llanto but found a way to wriggle through the Junmar Fajardo-led University of Cebu Webmasters, 110-101, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Not having Llanto only became a driving force for the team because the players, who were content on playing behind his shadows, were forced to step up their game.

The Warriors finished the elimination round with a 5-2 win-loss record, while UC dropped to 2-3. Ramos scored 17 points, while Jansen Abella and Edward Pao scored 10 points each.

“I told the boys, that ball is not going to rebound by itself. I could not rebound it for you. You have to work hard for it. And with Llanto out because of a possible slip disc, I think it squeezed the talents out of our other players,” said head coach Jay Ramirez. “I expected Sam (Hermosa) and Banban (Giovanni Padillo) to lead the offense and they exceeded my expectations. With their leadership, the team really worked hard.”

Fajardo and all of his 6-foot-9 seem to be a daunting challenge for the Warriors but the 5-foot-10 Padillo and the 6-foot-2 Hermosa surmount UC’s pivot man rose to the occasion.

With 28 points each, Padillo and Hermosa overcame Fajardo, and his overstretched arms with their high-flying, acrobatic
and courageous antics giving USC a strong start they managed to carry through to the final buzzer.

Also pulling off an impressive finish was former University of the Visayas Green Lancer Mark Cantonao, who scored 15 points—all from the three-point lane—as USC entered the final half with a 53-38 lead.

USC managed to shake off Fajardo’s advances in the third period to continue leading the game, 82-65, in the final canto.

Turnover

The Webmasters then initiated a comeback in the final period, pushing the shots towards their go-to guy, Fajardo, from underneath the goal. Fajardo did not disappoint and scored 18 points and with the help of Raf Ramos to pull to within a point, 98-99, in the final two minutes of the game.

Hermosa then arrested the momentum with a putback from Padillo’s miss, to pad USC’s lead, 101-98. The Warriors’ bench was in a mad fit when Padillo was called for a backcourt violation after having been trapped by UC defenders.

However Ramos returned the favor after holding the inbound a little longer than he should to give possession back to the Warriors. Emel Rowe then sank a left-handed lay-up, before Gino Gallarde discharged a booming triple in the final 45 seconds. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-26-2008, 06:28 AM
Warriors hold off Webmasters
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Freeman

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters proved to everybody they are a fourth quarter team. But the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors showed they can win under pressure.

Games tomorrow

(Cebu Colsieum)

4:30 pm UC vs.USC (Jrs.)

6 pm CIT vs. USPF (Srs.)

The Warriors survived a huge challenge from the Webmasters to walk away with a 110-101 victory last Sunday in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Pandemonium broke out when the Webmasters erased a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to threaten at 94-95 on a split charities by the California-raised Kevin Quilantang with still 3:25 left to play.

The Webmasters had another chance to tie the count, but Ralph Ramos could only make one free throw as they again pulled within a hairline, 98-99, entering the final two-minute zone of the contest.

In the ensuing sequence, Sam Jordan Hermosa hits a basket with 1:35 to go in the game to set up USC’s powerful finish. The win was virtually in the Warriors’ bag when they took a 106-100 on a booming triple by Gene Noel Gallarde from the right corner with only 37 ticks left before the final buzzer.

Hermosa and Giovanni Padillo each had 28 points, while Michael Cantonao chipped in 15 markers for the Warriors, who enjoyed a commanding 82-63 lead at the end of the third period. Joven Cid Cortes added 10 points as they improved their win-loss record to 4-2.

June Mar Fajardo scattered 38 points, but couldn’t make a difference as the Webmasters slipped to 2-3. Ramos finished with 17 points followed by Edward Pao and Janssen Abella with 10 markers apiece.

The scores* * * * * * * * *

USC (110) -* Padillo 28, Hermosa 28, Cantonao 15, Cortes 10, Gallarde 8, Rowe 7, Bercede 3, Joven 3, Igao 2, Bakker 2, Blanes 1, Codilla 1* * * * * * * * *
UC (101) - Fajardo 38, Ramos 17, Abella 10, Pao 10, Mohamad 9, Flanco 8, Luceño 3, Quilantang 2, Agas 2

amdgc82
08-27-2008, 06:26 AM
USC survives UC
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:40:00 08/26/2008

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors scaled the man-mountain named Junmar Fajardo and the rest of his University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, as they finished their elimination round assignments with a courageous 110-101 victory Sunday evening in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

Playing without two-time MVP Enrico Llanto, the Warriors buckled down and raced off to a double-digit advantage in the first half before holding on in the endgame for their fifth win in seven matches.

Leading by three points at the end of the first period, the Warriors turned to former Philippine Christian University Dolphin Sam Hermosa for offense and the 6-foot-2 forward delivered, scoring 11 straight points to help USC take a 39-32 advantage.

USC finished the first half with a flurry of booming three pointers as it went on a 14-4 run for a 53-38 lead.

The Webmasters tried to come back in the third canto as they exclusively went to Fajardo, who scored 15 points in that stretch.

But the Warriors had every answer against UC to continue to lead by 15, 82-65, heading into the final canto.

The fourth period saw a breakthrough for UC as it continued to pound the ball down low to Fajardo, who delivered 18 of his game-high 38 points in that stretch.

A basket and a free-throw by Raf Ramos finally got the Webmasters to within 98-99 with less than two minutes remaining in the ballgame.

However, the Warriors refused to crumble and quickly responded with a fearless putback by Hermosa.

A crucial rebound by Giovanni Padillo led to a knifing left-handed layup by Fil-Aussie Emel Rowe to peg the score at 103-98. Gene Gallarde put the Webmasters away with a three-pointer from the baseline with 45.3 ticks remaining.

Padillo and Hermosa were both unstoppable as they scored 28 points each. UC dropped to 2-3 (win-loss).

BOX SCORES:
USC (110) Hermosa 28, Padillo 28, Cantonao 15, Cortes 10, Gallarde 8, Rowe 7, Bercede 3, Bakker 3, Joven 3, Igao 2, Blanes 1.
UC (101) Fajardo 38, Ramos 17, Abella 10, Pao 10, Mohamad 9, Flanco 8, Luceno 3, Agas 2, Quilantang 2.

amdgc82
08-27-2008, 06:29 AM
Jaguars stay unbeaten in CESAFI
By Gabby Malagar
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars kept their unbeaten record intact with a 79-71 whacking of Don Bosco College Greywolves in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Monday at the Cebu Coliseum. Thus, the Jaguars firmed up their grip of the overall lead with an immaculate 6-0 slate.

Earlier, the undermanned Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras crushed the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 82-59. The Cobras’ management suspended four of their five key players for the remainder of the season for playing in a barangay tournament in Maslog, Danao City.

Banned by team official Ryan Aznar were Eleazar Armecin, Janno Nuñez, Eliud Poligrates, Eric Zanoria and bench-warmer Ritchard Kwong.

While the five cagers were proven to have violated a rule prohibiting them from playing in other tournaments while the CESAFI is ongoing, the league officials did not officially issue any suspension order to the concerned players after Aznar himself vowed to displine them.* * *

The game was actually taken by the Jaguars soon after they erased an early 6-13 deficit. The two protagonists engaged in a neck-to-neck battle but the Jaguars managed to tale a 38-34 lead at halftime.

All of a sudden, the Jaguars waxed hot to rip the game apart, 67-50,* midway in the final period. Don Bosco finished the game with an 11-5 rally, but that couldn’t prevent the Jaguars from cruising through another smooth victory.

Luther Luke Justiniani and Armand Ponce each had 12 points for the Jaguars. Chris de la Rama topscored for Don Bosco with 17 points, while Jun Colegado and Jefford Aldave added 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Cobras, on the other hand, improved their win-loss record to 2-3 despite playing with a depleted roster. Alfred Belande and Clifford Maguate, both former Panthers, topped the Cobras with 37 points combined.

John Gulane led the Panthers with 15 points followed by Moncrif Rogado with 12.

Earlier, Kim Reyes fired 11 points to steer the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors to a 58-54 victory over the Don Bosco bantams. Kim is son of USC basketball consultant/coach Mike Reyes.

In the other juniors division match, the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters annihilated the hapless USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 105-56, in what is by far the season’s most lopsided win eclipsing USC’s 45-point demolition of the CIT Wildcats.

The scores

First game

SWU (82) - Belande 23, Maguate 14, Diango 11, Litorja 9, Ceniza 7, Escober 5, Ompad 4, Jalandoni 4, Pacquiao 3, Divinagracia 2

USPF (59) -* Gulane 15, Rogado 12, Tabada 9, Monterde 5, Laurente 4, Filoteo 3, Delos reyes 2, Rivera 2, Durano 2, Muñez 2, Mohamad 2, Bardilas 1 Halftime: 41-26

Second game

USJ-R (79) - Justiniani 12, Ponce 12, Delfino 11, Lapiz 8, Duran 8, Pateño 6, Pogoy 5, Malinao 5, Amores 4, Gabas 3, Dela Peña 2, Bibera 2, Villaver 1

DBTC (71) -De la Rama 17, Colegado 14, Aldave 13, Perturbos 8, Delos Santos 5, Alvarez 4, Lumapas 4, Villaver 3, Enterina 2, Caballero 1

Halftime: 38-34

amdgc82
08-27-2008, 06:30 AM
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Cesafi flexes rules, sanctions 5 players
www.sunstar.com.ph

WITH the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation’s stringent enactment of policies, five players were handed a season-long suspension for having violated Cesafi rules.

Apparently, a ‘concerned fan’ called up a Cesafi official to tell him about five players of the Southwestern University, who reportedly played in another tournament in Danao, which is a big no-no if the event is within the Cesafi season.

This compelled Cesafi to make an investigation on Eluid Poligrates, Eleazar Armecin and Richard Kwong and forwards Eric Zanoria and Janno Nuñez. The budding upcomers, who have shown definite potential in their past games may just have cut their season, and possibly their collegiate basketball career short, after having been found guilty.

Vengeance

Crippled by the loss of some of their main protagonists, the SWU Cobras still pulled themselves together as they clobbered the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 82-59, in last Monday’s game at the Cebu Coliseum.

SWU leaned on Alfred Belande, Arrd Diango and Clifford Maguate, who had to double their efforts so as not feel the loss of their comrades.

SWU still managed to eke out a victory that kept alive their hopes to stay in contention for the Top 4 spot. Belande, Diango and Maguate started a searing first quarter run to lead 23-11 in the first period, which the Panthers never recovered from.

Rebound

After an anemic performance in their last game against University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), Belande stepped up and scored 23 points for the Cobras with three rebounds, three assists and five steals, while Maguate had 14 points, two steals and two blocks. Diango posted 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists topped off with two steals for SWU to claim its second win in five games.

The USJ-R Jaguars, on the other hand, continue to dominate the league as it claimed its sixth straight victory via a 79-71 win over the Don Bosco Greywolves in Monday’s other game. (MCB)

King_stag
08-27-2008, 08:52 PM
Lean SWU crew

Inquirer.net

Faced with the prospect of playing the remainder of their season without four of their top players, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras played with a valiant resolve, crushing the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 82-59, in the Cesafi basketball tournament on Monday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The once-formidable roster of the reigning National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) titlists have been whittled down to a lean 10 member-crew after the school suspended guards Eliud Poligrates, Eleazar Armecin and Ritchard Kwong, along with forwards Eric Zanoria and Janno Nunez.

These players were punished for violating team policies. The quintet was found to have played in a tournament in Maslog, Danao, thus resulting in their suspension for the rest of the season.

Instead of folding up, the Cobras showed a united front and turned to their remaining leaders in point guard Ardd Django, swingman Alfred Belande and center Clifford Maguate to get the job done.

The trio responded in a big way as they combined for 14 of the Cobras' 23-point output in the first period to race off to a 23-11 lead.

The Panthers were never able to recover from that ambush, going down by as many as 26 points to suffer their fourth straight loss. The Cobras improved to 2-3 (win-loss).

Belande led the Cobras with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Maguate had 14 points, two steals and two blocks while Django added 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

amdgc82
08-28-2008, 06:26 AM
UC Jrs. Mangle Baby Warriors in CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The Freeman

From a 105-56 annihilation of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters again roared to a 94-61 demolition of the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors in the lone secondary match of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm CEC vs. UV ((Jrs.)

6 pm* CIT vs. SWU (Srs.)

As of this writing last night, cellar dwellers Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers slugged it out against each other for the elusive win.

Leading all the way, the Junior Webmasters virtually put the win in their bag when they mounted an eye-popping 33-point advantage at halftime, 64-31.

Coach Reggie Licanda was so confident of a victory that he rested his juggernauts including John Marty Pearce, who scored all his 11 points in just a five-minute span in the second quarter.

Roger Pogoy paced the Junior Webmasters with 13 points, while Gerald Ampoon had 10 markers as they bettered their win-loss record to 5-1.

No players from the Baby Warriors’ camp scored in double figures as Chino Uy Jr. and Kim Jordan Nuñeza just finished with eight points apiece.

Meanwhile, the undermanned Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras will continue their pursuit for the top four spot as they take on the CIT Wildcats on today’s main game at 6 pm, right after the opening battle between the CEC Dragons and the UV Baby Lancers at 4:30 pm.

The scores

UC (94) - Pogoy 13, Pearce 11, Ampo-on 10, Taboada 9, Tindoy 9, Codilla 8, Palileo 7, Solon 7, Luzon 5, Alocillo 5, Castor 4, de Lara 4, Labolabo 2

USC (61) - Uy 8, Nuñeza 8, Gabuya 6, Co 6, Monteron 5, Omolon 5, Adlawan 5, Nacua 4, Sepe 4, Kikuchi 3, Oliva 3, Aremnion 2, Saberon 2

Halftime: 64-31

amdgc82
08-28-2008, 01:17 PM
UV’s Lanete named Player of the Week
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:06:00 08/27/2008

For the second week in a row, a Green Lancer is going home with the Player of the Week award.

This as point guard Von Lanete earned the plum following another stellar week for the seven-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) that saw them climb up the standings and is now just a game behind the league-leading University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars.

Lanete, senior guard who has deep basketball roots with his older brother Chico Lanete playing for Purefoods in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and his younger sibling Garvo suiting up for the NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions, is making a name for himself as he tallied 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in their scintillating 82-80 win over rivals University of Cebu (UC) last week.

Lanete amassed a total of 47 statistical points last week to beat out compatriot Greg Slaughter, Jaguars Jan Malinao and Armand Ponce, and UC's behemoth Junmar Fajardo for the coveted plum.

Meanwhile, the starting lineup for the upcoming Cesafi All-Star game will be in the fans’ hands as they will be asked to vote for who they want to be in the starting five of the light and dark squads when the game kicks off on September 13 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Fans at the Coliseum will be given ballots starting in today's games and will be asked to choose players for the five positions in the two respective squads.

Players from the University of San Carlos, Southwestern University, Cebu Institute of Technology and the University of the Visayas have been bunched up in the light squad while the dark team is composed of players from the University of San Jose-Recoletos, University of Cebu, Don Bosco College and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
08-28-2008, 01:18 PM
Lean SWU crew
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:12:00 08/27/2008

Games today, August 27, 2008:
Cebu Coliseum
4:30 p.m. - UC vs. USC (jrs.)
6 p.m. - USP vs. CIT (srs.)

Faced with the prospect of playing the remainder of their season without four of their top players, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras played with a valiant resolve, crushing the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 82-59, in the Cesafi basketball tournament on Monday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The once-formidable roster of the reigning National Students Basketball Championships (NSBC) titlists have been whittled down to a lean 10 member-crew after the school suspended guards Eliud Poligrates, Eleazar Armecin and Ritchard Kwong, along with forwards Eric Zanoria and Janno Nunez.

These players were punished for violating team policies. The quintet was found to have played in a tournament in Maslog, Danao, thus resulting in their suspension for the rest of the season.

Instead of folding up, the Cobras showed a united front and turned to their remaining leaders in point guard Ardd Django, swingman Alfred Belande and center Clifford Maguate to get the job done.

The trio responded in a big way as they combined for 14 of the Cobras' 23-point output in the first period to race off to a 23-11 lead.

The Panthers were never able to recover from that ambush, going down by as many as 26 points to suffer their fourth straight loss. The Cobras improved to 2-3 (win-loss).

Belande led the Cobras with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Maguate had 14 points, two steals and two blocks while Django added 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

USJR streak

In the day's other seniors game, the league-leading University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars continued their onslaught as they captured their sixth straight win with a clinical 79-71 victory over the Don Bosco Greywolves.

Armand Ponce had 12 for the Jaguars, who led by as many as 20 points in the game.

In the juniors division, the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors notched their second straight victory after edging the Don Bosco Baby Greywolves, 58-54.

The University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters tallied the most lopsided win of the season as they creamed the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 105-56.

thadzonline
08-28-2008, 11:43 PM
I have updated the individual stats of the following teams:

USJ-R
USC
UV

here's the link:

http://www.basketballcebu.com/cesafi2008indivstats.htm

guys with potential:
USJ-R:
Lyndon Gudez(5'11 SG)
Luther Luke Justiniani(6'2 G/F)
Jabe Delfino(6'3 F)
Kurt Amores(6'5 C)
Mannie Gabas(6'4 C/F)
Armand May Ponce(5'10 PG)

USC:
Enrico Llanto(6'2" C/F)
Jun Michael Cantonao(5'10 SG)
Sam Jordan Hermosa(6'0" SF) ex-PCU
Giovanni Padillo(5'10 SG)
Cid Cortes(6'0" C)

UV:
Greg Slaughter(6'11 C)
Vonn Harry Lanete(5'10 PG)
Eulogio Lasala Jr.(6'2" F)
Chris Victor Diputado(5'10 PG)
Harold Cincoflores(5'9 G)
Edrian Lao(6'6 C)
Ritchum Dennison(5'10" SG)

amdgc82
08-29-2008, 06:30 AM
USPF Panthers register first win in CESAFI
Friday, August 29, 2008
The Freeman

In a battle of winless squads, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers prevailed over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats in lopsided fashion, 84-67, last Wednesday in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc., (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Sunday (Cebu Coliseum)
1:00 pm USPF vs. CIT (Jrs.)

2:30 pm DBTC vs. USJR (Jrs.)

4:00 pm CIT vs. UC (Srs.)

5:30 pm USJR vs. UV (Srs.)

The Panthers, who finally barged into the win column after four failed starts, hope to make it two games in a row when they square off against the Don Bosco College Greywolves next week.

The Panthers led the entire game and employed a crippling defensive stance to ground the Wildcats’ offense. Their 10-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters further ripped the game apart.

In the final period, the Panthers held off the Wildcats to a season-tying low six points while scoring 19 to seal the 17-point demolition.

At one point, the Wildcats put up one brave stand when they hit six triples to close within 61-65 after being down by as much as 14 points, 61-65. But that was the best they could muster as the Panthers quickly regained their scorching offensive form.

Elleison Rivera topscored for the Panthers with 16 points, while topgunner Moncrif Rogado scored 14. Jeffrey Laurente donated 11 markers.

Eulogio Lamosa scattered 27 points and Sherwin Resilla has 14, but their efforts went for naught as the Wildcats slumped to their fifth consecutive defeat.

The scores
USPF (84) - Rivera 16, Rogado 14, Laurente 11, Avila 8, Bardilas 8, Gulane 7, Monterde 6, Mohamad 4, Tabada 3, Filoteo 3, Durano 2, Muñez 2

CIT (67) - Lamosa 27, Resilla 14, dela Cerna 9, Villarba 4, Molero 4, Albeos 4, del Mar 2, Cabañero 2, Lopez 1 Halftime: 44-35 (GGM)

ankle breaker
08-29-2008, 10:35 PM
is rogado's injury serious? i can feel that we've seen the last game of moncrief rogado for USPF.

amdgc82
08-30-2008, 06:22 AM
USPF nails win no. 1
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:31:00 08/29/2008

The Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats lived by the three and ultimately died with it as well, as their guns fell silent when it mattered the most, giving the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers their first win of the season with a, 84-67 victory in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament, Wednesday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The loss spoiled what was an incredible shooting display from the Wildcats' left-handed gunner Eulogio Lamosa, who had nine three-pointers in the game to total 27 points. He had five trifectas in the first half alone to keep the Panthers within range as they led by as much as 13 points. Lamosa's shooting though, kept them short of just nine points, 44-35 at halftime.

The Wildcats inched to within three points in the third quarter behind three-pointers by Ronel Villarba and Karenrick dela Cerna. The Panthers however, shackled them with a 10-2 run, mostly on fastbreaks from swingman Jordan Bardilas, to again enjoy a double-digit lead, 56-45, midway through the period.

Lamosa again kept the Wildcats in the game, draining four consecutive three-pointers, the last one from near halfcourt, to slice the lead down to just four, 61-65, entering the payoff period.

Then, suddenly, the Wildcats misfired on all their attempts from the floor to total just six points the rest of the way while the Panthers opened the fourth canto with a blistering 15-2 run for an, 80-63 lead that all but sealed the win for head coach Raul Latonio and USPF.

Elleison Rivera led a balanced Panthers attack with 16 points while sniper Moncrief Rogado added 14 points, before going out with an injury. Point guard Jeffrey Laurente had 11 markers as USP improved to 1-4 while CIT dropped to 0-5.

BOX SCORES:

USP (84) Rivera 16, Rogado 14, Laurente 11, Bardilas 8, Avila 8, Gulane 7, Monterde 6, Mohamad 4, Tabada 3, Filoteo 3, Munez 2, Durano 2

CIT (67) Lamosa 27, Resilla 14, dela Cerna 9, Albeos 4, Molero 4, Villarba 4, Cabanero 2, del Mar 2, Lopez 1.

amdgc82
08-30-2008, 06:23 AM
SWU deals CIT another blackeye
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Freeman

For three games this season, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats scored a record low in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball event.

Games tomorrow (Cebu Coliseum)
1 pm USPF vs. CIT (Jrs.)

2:30 pm DBTC vs. USJ-R (Jrs.)

4 pm CIT vs. UC (Srs.)

5:30 pm USJ-R vs. UV (Srs.)

And for a team who made it into the finals against the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in the league’s maiden season in 2000, this year is atrocious for CIT that its management should start to ponder on whether or not this is going to be a good publicity for the school.

Last Thursday was just the same ordinary disastrous day for the Wildcats when they were humiliated by the undermanned Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 108-45, at the Cebu Coliseum. SWU’s 58-point winning margin is by far the largest in the 8th CESAFI season.

When the Cobras finished the first period with a 27-6 lead, there was already no doubt as to who will emerge the victory in the one-sided contest.

After closing the first half with an imposing 51-38 bulge, the Cobras kept on frolicking on the offensive end to pad their lead to 46 points, 81-35, heading into the final 10-minute mark of the contest.

Alfred Belande charted 21 points, while Clifford Maguate added 11 markers and nine rebounds as the Cobras stayed in the hunt for the top four spot with an even 3-3 win-loss record. Joseph Escober scored only four but dished out 10 assists for SWU.

Eulogio Lamosa was the lone double-digit scorer for CIT with 12.

It was CIT’s third straight embarrassing moment. The Wildcats lost to the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 45-80, last August 5 and then dropped a 67-84 decision to the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Panthers last Wednesday.

The Wildcats now hope to avert a seven-game shutout when they battle the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters at 4 pm tomorrow, right before the prestige showdown between the undeefeated front-runner University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and seven-time CESAFI champion UV Green Lancers.

The scores
SWU (103) - Belande 21, Litorja 12, Ceniza 12, Maguate 11, Django 10, Pacquiao 10, Ompad 8, Jalandoni 8, Escober 4, Divinagracia 4

CIT (45) - Lamosa 12, de la Cerna 8, Molero 8, Reyes 7, Villarba 4, Resilla 4, Lopez 2

Halftime: 51-18

amdgc82
08-30-2008, 06:24 AM
Saturday, August 30, 2008
SWU scores most lopsided win in Cesafi
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THE Southwestern University Cobras may have suffered the biggest blow any school endured midway in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate basketball competition but this didn’t prevent them from scoring the most lopsided win so far.

SWU, which lost five of its reliable men after having been banned from the league for the rest of the season, trounced the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats by 58 points, 103-45, Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum

The Cobras win surpasses that of the University of San Carlos’ 45-point drubbing still of CIT.

SWU, the fast-rising team of the league which is only back in collegiate basketball for two years, has been hoping to barge into at least the Top 3 this season to improve its fourth-place finish that marked its comeback last year.

Disaster

This, however, might turn into disaster after the team will be finishing the rest of the season with just 10 players after five players were slapped with suspension for violating league rules.

However, they showed up well-prepared in their game against CIT.

Notwithstanding the huge hole left by the five suspended teammates, the Cobras went on a scoring splurge early in the game that left the Wildcats dumbfounded.

Chris Litorja stepped into the hero’s shoes when he initiated a 21-0 run, scoring 11 of his 15 points at the start of the game, which basically spelled SWU’s win.
CIT only managed to find the basket two minutes left in the first period to end the opening frame, 6-27.

Later, Alfred Belande and Clifford Maguate took over the scoring duties as they led the Cobras into putting up an insurmountable 46-point lead going into the final period.

By then, it was quite clear for the Wildcats that with SUW’s lead and their impeccable defense, the final 10 minutes will not be enough to have a winning chance.

Worst season

SWU improved with a 3-3 win-loss record, while the Wildcats are in their worst season ever. Not only have they failed to score a single win in six matches, the team has also been at the wrong end of the league’s most lopsided matches..

SWU guard Belande, who had been playing sloppily in the last games, made a complete turnaround as he dominated the stat boards for the Cobras with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists and two steals.

Maguate, on the other hand, scored 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.

In the juniors division, the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters finished their elimination round with a 97-66 win over the Cebu Eastern College Dragons to assure itself of a spot in the Top 4 with a 6-1 card.

Christian Taboada led UC with 13 points, while Francis Castro added 12. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-30-2008, 03:39 PM
Undermanned Cobras log most lopsided win vs CIT
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:12:00 08/30/2008

Adversity is bringing the best out of the undermanned Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras as they produced their best performance this season, whipping the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats by 58 points, 103-45, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament Thursday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The 58-point margin is the largest by far this year, surpassing the 45-point shellacking the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors gave the same Wildcats, earlier this season. The win enabled the Cobras, who are down to just 10 players in the wake of the disciplinary action the team has imposed on five of their players, to even out their record at 3-3, (win-loss) heading into the homestretch of the elimination round. The Wildcats remain winless at 0-6 (win-loss).

The outcome was decided early on as the Cobras spewed venom in the form of a blistering 21-0 run anchored on the hot-shooting of Chris Litorja, who tallied 11 points of his 15 points in that stretch.

SWU's defense was in fine form as well, as it held the Wildcats from scoring a single point until the 1:55 mark of the first period on its way to a 27-6 lead.

Things turned from bad to worse for the Wildcats in the ensuing periods as SWU’s Alfred Belande and forward Clifford Maguate took turns punishing CIT’s defense.

The duo combined for half of the Cobras output in the third canto as they led by 46 points heading into the final canto.

Belande led an all-around performance by the Cobras, which saw six players score in double-figures.

The 6-foot-1 guard scored 23 points while Maguate added 11.

In the juniors division, the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters finished their elimination round in a flurry as they demolished the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 97-66, to end up with a 6-1 record.

Christian Taboada led the onslaught with 13 points while Francis Castro added 12 markers.

amdgc82
08-31-2008, 06:40 AM
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Not an easy choice
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TWO of the highly-touted teams in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), seven-time champion University of the Visayas and current top seed University of San Jose Recoletos will have their acid test when they face off in the main game today at 6 p.m.

The USJ-R Jaguars, who have been winning every game this season for a 6-0 start, has a good chance of changing the course of Cesafi history.

If the Jaguars win over the Lancers tonight, they will post their seventh straight victory and will be the first team aside from UV to finish the elimination round on top in seven years.

The UV Green Lancers have always finished the elimination round on top and have always gone on to claim the title. As of the moment, UV holds a 5-1 win-loss record.

The Lancers, however, are not a team to take for granted. Having had seven titles in their belts, the Lancers are expected to live up to their lofty billing and will do whatever it takes to snatch the leadership from USJ-R.

“We are the defending champions. We have to live up to it,” said head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug after their win over the University of Cebu last week.

Cabahug however, remembers their semifinal outing last year, making him wary of their chances.

“It will be a tight ball game. Mura ni ug championship judging from our semifinals last year,” Cabahug added.

In that semifinal meeting, which stretched to three games, the games all finished with identical 79-78 scores.

UV needs to win today, otherwise, they will be tied with their perpetrators, University of San Carlos Warriors, which has a 4-2 card.

Third place

A win today and in their next outing can put UV on top with a 6-1 card. However, a loss will relegate them to third place in the ranking by virtue of a simple tie—a debacle that would be too appalling for the champion team, as they have never been plucked out of the top spot in the ranking in all of Cesafi’s existence.

In a different view, USJR, having boasted of a battle-toughened crew, could look at the immediate goal of topping the elimination, or to look ahead in the finals.

The Top 4 teams in the eliminations will be enjoying twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, where they are all expected to sail through their opponents from the bottom four teams.

Should USJR top the ranking, there is a huge chance that they will once more meet with UV as the semifinals as the pairing will be Top 1 against No. 3 and No. 2 against No. 4.

It will then be a huge task for USJR as the semifinals is a best-of-three series.

USJ-R’s option is to lose deliberately to ditch the top ranking altogether. Coach Edito Salacot, could field in his second stringers against the formidable UV team today and if they lose, they face a weaker opponent in the semifinals, thus assuring themselves of a slot to the final round. (MCB)

amdgc82
08-31-2008, 06:41 AM
Lancers seek lead vs Jaguars
By Gabby G. Malagar
Sunday, August 31, 2008
The Freeman

All roads lead to the Cebu Coliseum today when two basketball titans – University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and University of the Visayas (UV) - clash for top spot in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament.

The unbeaten Jaguars, will stake its 6-0 slate against defending champion Green Lancers, who are toting a 5-1 slate, in the featured match that has been the talk of basketball aficionados in the city.

Fans are expecting a close and exciting game that will go down the wire as the two teams are jockeying for the number one seeding in the quarterfinals and its advantages including the “twice-to-beat” privilege.

The Jaguars, who are on roll, will try to finish the elimination with a perfect 7-0 slate and peg the Lancers to second place because if the two teams finish the elimination round with a similar 6-1 record, the latter will assume the top seeding by virtue of the “win-over-the-other” rule.

The Jaguars and the Lancers have a rich history in CESAFI tournaments having met in the finals three times from 2002 to 2004 - all won by the Lancers.

6-11 behemoth Gregory Slaughter leads UV’s inside attack. The Fil-Am center, has of late, combined beautifully with the team’s shooting guards to give UV a string of five straight victories after that shocking opening day loss to the University of San Carlos.

The Jaguars will be parading gunner Luther Luke Justiniani who will be returning to the line-up. Justiani, point guard Armand Ponce and rookie forward Kurt Amores form the forefront of USJ-R’s offense and that had given the team six wins in as many games.

In the other collegiate match, the struggling University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters will play winless Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats and try to nail an important win to inch closer to the fourth spot going into the quarterfinals.

Another exciting game is up in the secondary division when the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers and the CIT Baby Wildcats try to wiggle out of a tie for third place. Both teams have a similar 3-2 record.

In the other juniors’ game, USJ-R Baby Jaguars play the Don Bosco Center (DBTC) Junior Greywolves.

amdgc82
09-01-2008, 09:48 AM
Monday, September 01, 2008
USPF Panthers outlast CIT Wildkittens for fourth win
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THE University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers managed to keep the third spot in the rankings of the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) after squeaking past the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens, 87-83, in a come -from-behind win yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Panthers sport a 4-2 win-loss record going into the quarterfinal round, placing third to University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers, with a 6-0 card and the University of Cebu Baby Wembasters, which has a 6-1 record.

CIT fell to a 3-3 record to take fourth place.

The top four teams will be enjoying twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinal round.

Brilliance

USPF banked on the endgame brilliance of James Ferraren to pull of the victory. The Baby Panthers actually led by 15 points in the first period, 25-10, but lost grip of the lead when the Wildkittens suddenly spit fire and dropped a 31-10 bomb, behind John Kenneth Getalla that turned the tables around putting CIT ahead by six points, 41-35 going into the final half.

Gentalla scored the bulk of his 22 points in the second period, which led the way for CIT’s comeback.

The momentum was on CIT’s side and they continued their onslaught as they managed to pad their lead to eight points.

That was until, Ferarren stepped in.

Victory

Ferraren took charge in the final period and virtually lifted his team to victory as he anchored a searing comeback, scoring most of USPF’s 28-16 run in the fourth period, that led to their fourth win in six outings.

Ferraren eventually finished with 20 points.

In the other game, the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars notched fifth place after trouncing the Don Bosco Greywolves 76-60. Clint Muñez led USJ-R with 21 points as the Jaguars ended the elimination round with a 3-4 record.

Don Bosco fell to a 1-5 mark.

In the collegiate division, the University of Cebu webmasters survived the pesky CIT wildcats, in a 106-92 overtime win.

CIT has been winless for the entire season and had shown glints of hope when after trailing the Webmasters the whole game, they finally wrested the lead for the first time, 85-84, 2:40 in the 4th behind Karenrick Dela Cerna.

A furious rally ensued and the game was tied at 88l. CIT had a chance to win after making several interceptions but failed to convert including an easy layup from Sherwin Resilla forcing the overtime.

In the extra time, CIT fizzled and went scoreless for four minutes against UC’s 13 straight points which led to the win.

Edward Pao and Robinson Mohammad led UC with 24 and 23 points, respectively.

UC now holds a 3-3 record to put them temporarily at 4th place, while CIT is still winless. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-01-2008, 09:50 AM
UC Webmasters overcome CIT Wildcats in overtime
Monday, September 1, 2008
The Freeman

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters last night pushed the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats into the bottom without a win as they escaped with a 106-92 victory in overtime in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Edward Pao’s split charities enabled the Webmasters to knot the count at 88-all in the final 38.9 seconds of the regulation period. Janssen Abella could have given UC outright victory but his triple bounced off the rim in the final six seconds, thus, the overtime.

An upset was actually in the offing as after Ronel Villarba gave the Wildcats an 88-87 lead in the final 1:13 mark, Karen Rick de la Cerna made a steal but Villarba botched his point blank lay-up that would have settled the outcome for CIT.

Overall in the extra five-minute period, the Webmasters outscored the Wildcats, 18-4.

Robinson Mohamad led the Webmasters with 23 points, while Pao had 21 points on top of 15 rebounds. Mohamad’s explosion was so timely as UC’s scoring machine June Mar Fajardo was held off to just 11 points along with the same number of rebounds.

Kevin Quilantang added 18 points as the Webmasters evened their win-loss record to 3-3.

De la Cerna had 22 points for the Wildcats, who further languished at the cellar without a win in seven games.

Earlier, James Dennis Ferraren led a late fourth quarter surge as the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers walked away with an 87-83 win over the hard-fighting CIT Wildkittens.

Ferraren had 20 points, but it was John Kenneth Getalla who topscored for the Wildkittens with 22 points. Mark Jayven Tallo chipped in 13 markers.

With a 4-2 win-loss card, the Baby Panthers moved to third place behind the 6-0 UV Baby Lancers and the 5-1 UC Junior Webmasters.

In the other secondary match, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Baby Jaguars demolished the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 76-60.

The scores
First Game:
USPF (87) - Ferraren 20, Cañete 17, Labares 12, Batucan 10, Demania 8, Calisari 6, Verga 4, Arong 4, Caguindangan 4, Climaco 2

CIT (83) - Getalla 23, Tallo 13, Taghoy 11, Sanchez 9, Onting 8, Almario 6, Brigoli 5, Capardia 4, Nalos 3

Second game
USJ-R (76) - Muñez 21, del Rosario 16, Montecillo 9, del Soccoro 9, Goc-ong 7, Alob 6, Llanos 3, Bayno 2, Diamante 2, Senining 1

DBTC (60) - L. Ruiz 12, Bollozos 12, Belangel 11, J. Ruiz 7, Solis 6, Velasco 5, Baloria 3, G. Ruiz 2, Daigo 2.

Third game
UC (106) - Mohamad 23, Pao 21, Quilantang 18, Fajardo 11, Babad 7, Cueva 5, Ramos 4, Agas 4, Juliane 4, Luceño 4, Abella 2

CIT (92) - De la Cerna 22, Villarba 16, Lamosa 13, Resilla 11, Molero 10, Reyes 8, Lopez 4, Albeos 4, Cabañero 1

Halftime: 48-39 (GGM)

amdgc82
09-02-2008, 08:59 AM
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Lancers take top spot
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
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THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers proved that nothing can take them away from their throne—in the elimination round at least—as they round up the first phase of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball competition on top of the standing after defeating the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 63-58, in a fully-packed Cebu Coliseum Sunday night.

The highly-anticipated match lived up to the buildup—at least until the third period because in the final quarter, the Jaguars seemed to have shifted from an all-fighting mode to a team merely there to watch the Green Lancers clobber them for the win, barely struggling to give a fight.

The loss actually put the Jaguars on good footing as they just might elude a match-up with the Lancers should both teams make it in the semis.

The Green Lancers redeemed themselves after suffering that season-opening upset to enter the quarterfinal round with a 6-1 win-loss record, the same slate as that of
USJ-R’s.

The latter was relegated to second place by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.

UV was determined to win and zipped past the Jaguars with a 15-5 lead halfway in the first period behind the back-to-back triples of Ritchum Dennison, ending the opening frame with a 19-14 lead.

However, the Jaguars answered back with a furious 6-0 rally behind Jabe Delfino, Kurt Amores and Abulaiz Soliman to take the lead for a while.

UV’s Junjun Lasala scored a bucket to retake the lead and Von Lañete then scored the first of his three straight triples and pumped his fist in the air as he took UV to a 30-24 lead going into the third canto.

The third period became the real test for the Green Lancers as it was the time the Jaguars showed their real color.

Slam dunk

With their trapping defense and cheeky point guard Armand Ponce at the helm, USJ-R, particularly Ponce, rammed through UV defenders to take the lead, 42-38 with 3:55 in the third quarter.

Lañete then sliced the lead before Lasala scored a slam dunk to level the game at 43. Eventually, it was USJ-R who won that round, leading by a hairline, 47-46, going into the final round.

However, the intensity the Jaguars displayed in that gripping third period seemed to dissolve in the fourth.

Second stringers started the fourth period and UV capitalized on as they dropped a 7-0 bomb behind Harold Cincoflores to lead, 53-47, which they kept until the final buzzer.

USJ-R head coach Edito Salacot put back his reliable men to make the necessary repairs to the damage but his strong five showed no interest to make a comeback as they started shooting blanks from the perimeter, despite having excellent inside shooting in the third.

Dennison and Lañete led UV with 14 points each.

Ponce scored 11 points for the Jaguars, all scored in that intensity-filled third period while Delfino added 10.

amdgc82
09-02-2008, 09:01 AM
UV Lancers back on top: Hand Jaguars first loss to emerge top seed going into CESAFI quarterfinals
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The Freeman

They suffered a shock defeat in their very first game, but it did not take long for the University of Visayas (UV) Green Lancers to redeem lost glamour and regain the admiration of their legion of diehard fans.

Brandishing the tenacious fighting form that vaulted them to an unprecented seven straight championship in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball event, the UV Lancers dealt the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars their first loss of the season, 63-58, to emerge as the elimination topnotcher in the other night’s well-attended “Clash of the Titans” at the Cebu Coliseum.

UV and USJ-R finished the classification round with similar 6-1 win-loss records, but the Lancers gained the top seeding going into the quarterfinal phase by virtue of a simple tie.

With the emphatic victory over the erstwhile league front-runner, the Lancers of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug positioned themselves for another grand finish after a season-opening heartbreaker at the hands of the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Just like UV though, USJ-R and USC already gained twice-to-beat incentives in the next round. What remains to be settled are the fourth and fifth spots being hotly contested by the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters and the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, who are tied with an even 3-3 slates.

The Lancers led most of the way, but Armand Ponce presided over a searing rally after the halftime break to put the Jaguars on top by four points twice, the last was at 43-39 with 2:55 left in the third period. Ponce scored all his 11 points in that breakaway highlighted by a couple of graceful layups that drew an ear-splitting applause from fans.

However, the Lancers have their own way of electrifying their loyal supporters. Von Harry Lanete hit a basket and then Eulogio “Junjun” Lasala executed a powerful two-hander slam that shook off the Coliseum.

Still, the Jaguars maintained a hairline edge, 47-46, heading into the last 10 minutes of the contest, but the Lancers opened the final canto with an 11-4 blast to take back the lead for good, 59-51. In that five-minute span, Edwin Bibera and Ranulfo Malinao were the only USJ-R cagers who scored.

As the Jaguars’ offense were grounded towards the end, the Lancers waltzed their way to victory with smart plays and stifling defense until the final buzzer.

Lanete, who was picked as player of the game, finished with 14 points. Ritchum Dennison also had 14 markers, while Lasala and Edrainm Lao scored eight apiece.

Six-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter only had six points, but the vastly-improved Fil-Am giant richly deserves an honorable mention after finishing with 14 points and a season-best eight blocks. More importantly, his presence was so intimidating that it scared away any Jaguar who dared to cross the shaded lane.

Ponce topped the Jaguars with 11 points, while Luther Luke Justiniani and Gabe Delfino each banged in 10 markers. Birthday boy Kurt Amores had eight points in a losing cause.

The scores* * * * * * *
UV (63) - Lañete 14, Dennison 14, Lasala 8, Lao 8, Sendrijas 7, Slaughter 6, Cincoflores 4, Diputado 2, Villanil 2

USJ-R (58) - Ponce 11, Justiniani 10, Delfino 10, Amores 8, Gabas 7, Pogoy 2, Malinao 2, Bibera 2, Pateño 2, Villaver 2, Suliman 2 Halftime: 32-24

amdgc82
09-02-2008, 09:43 PM
UV back on top
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:25:00 09/02/2008

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers find themselves in familiar territory as they snatched the top spot in the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament heading into the quarterfinals, beating the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 62-57, Sunday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win placed the seven-time champions Green Lancers at the top of the heap with a 6-1 (win-loss) mark. In spite of ending up with the same record as UV, USJ-R dropped down to second place by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.

The loss proved to be somewhat of a blessing for the Jaguars as it gave them a reprieve from facing the Lancers in the semifinals, should the top-seeds advance past the quarterfinals.

Instead, USJ-R will be facing the fourth-seed, while the Lancers are expected to take on the only team to have beaten them this season, the third-seeded University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

UV got the jump on the Jaguars as they raced off to an early 10-point lead, 15-5, behind the hot three-point shooting of guards Ritchum Dennison and Von Lanete and went on to a 19-14 lead after the first period.

An 8-0 run fueled by shock troopers Jabe Delfino and Kurt Amores gave the Jaguars a 20-19 lead that proved to be short-lived as the Lancers responded with three straight trifectas from Lanete to give them a 32-24 cushion at halftime.

The Jaguars turned to Armand Ponce and the wily guard delivered, scoring one improbable layup after the other, to help USJ-R turn the corner for a 43-39 lead midway through the third canto.

A basket by Lanete and thunderous slam dunk by Lasala tied the count at 43-all before free-throws by Amores and a layup by Jerome Villaver sandwiched by three straight points from Bonifer Sendrijas set up a 47-46 Jaguar lead heading into crunch time.

The Lancers turned to their vast championship experience in the fourth as they calmly went on a 13-4 run in the first three minutes to give them a 59-51 lead, a gap they would not relinquish until the final buzzer.

Dennison and Lanete top-billed for UV with 14 points each as big man Greg Slaughter was held down to just six points. Ponce tallied 11 points for the Jaguars while Delfino wound up with 10 points.

In the other seniors’ game, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters escaped near-disaster as they needed an extra five minutes to vanquish the pesky Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 106-92.

The victory gave UC a hold of the no. 4 spot in the standings and the twice-to-beat advantage that comes with it in the quarterfinals.

ankle breaker
09-02-2008, 10:20 PM
first game this season that slaughter was held to less than 10 points. was he in check during the game or he was just not used more often?

thadzonline
09-02-2008, 11:10 PM
he however had 14 rebounds and 8 blocks to go with that 6 points

a_ron
09-02-2008, 11:32 PM
i think it is not a blessing in disguise it is intentional iit just not is not noticeable the jaguars does not want to win that game to escape a more complicated scenario during the semi-Finals...What do you think sir ThadZ?

thadzonline
09-02-2008, 11:39 PM
UV and USC will faceoff in the semis. USJ-R will meet either UC or SWU, a lot less weaker than UV. USC's Llanto has apparently been given the green light so expect him to be back in the semifinals but he will probably not play at 100%

a_ron
09-02-2008, 11:45 PM
Kaya kau na sa USJR sir Thadz considering na depleted na ang line up sa SWu and inconsistent sad kau ang game sa UC the jaguars will have an easier task.and walay bun-og when the Finals comes.Dayon ang USC ug UV mag pinanitay pa.

thadzonline
09-02-2008, 11:49 PM
yep, UV or SWU is the lighter assignment

amdgc82
09-03-2008, 07:04 AM
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Belande is Cesafi’s Player of the Week
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DUE to his outstanding display in his last two games in the past week, Alfred Belande of the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras was named the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament Player of the Week (Pow) for Week 4.

Belande was picked to be the Pow over Sam Hermosa of the University of San Carlos(USC) Warriors and University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancer’s 6-foot-11 behemoth center Greg Slaughter and University of San Jose-Recoletos’ (USJ-R) peppery playmaker Armand Ponce.

Belande averaged 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in his last two games leading the Cobras to two victories against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats and the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Panthers boosting SWU’s record to 3-3 after a bad start in the competition.

Belande’s 21 points led SWU to a victory against the Wildcats in what was the most one-sided game for the season, 104- 45. He also scored 22 points against the Panthers. He also has an impressive field goal average of 53 percent and an average of 45.8 statistical points.

Belande has been back to his former self in the past week since the team lost five of its best players from the roster after violating league rules.

Because of Belande’s efforts, the Cobras are fighting for fourth place in the ranking with University of Cebu behind the top team UV, the second ranked USJR and the third seeded USC. (EKA)

thadzonline
09-03-2008, 09:03 AM
this was probably the closest Player of the Week race so far, Hermosa was ahead in statistical points with 47 while Belande had a 45.5 SP average in 2 games..Media probably voted for Belande by virtue of SWU's 2 game run in week 4. USC and Hermosa played only 1 game this week.

amdgc82
09-04-2008, 06:08 AM
Panthers, Greywolves clash in CESAFI today
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Freeman

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers and the Don Bosco College Greywolves, both carrying only one victory, will clash in the lone collegiate match today in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum)
4:30 pm CIT vs. DBTC (Jrs.)

6 pm USP-F vs. DBTC (Srs.)

Nothing is really at stake for the Panthers and the Greywolves as they already lost their campaigns for the top four spot. But one big thing to be gained in their duel is that the winner will avoid a quarterfinal showdown with the second seeded University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars.

The Panthers will rely on their speed and quickness to offset their inconsistency in field shooting. And if they have a lethal weapon that could keep them into the winning track, it’s none other than their fastbreak.

Randy Avila, Dennis Tabada and Jordan Bardilas are the three USPF guards to watch out for because they are going to baffle the opposition in a blitz. If taken for granted, the likes of Jeffrey Laurente, Elleison Rivera and Moncrif Rogado can also be dangerous.

Compared to the Jaguars, the Greywolves have superior outside shooters with special mention of the Ricmar Perturbos, a big man but is a certified 3-point artist.

Prior to the USPF-Don Bosco showdown, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens will try to officially grab the fourth spot when they take on the Junior Greywolves.

As usual, slippery playmaker Mark Jayven Tallo will be the marked man for the Wildkittens, while the Junior Greywolves have plenty of towers to contain in the likes of Rodrick John Villahermosa, Marion Joseph Bollozos, Danilo Kelso Belangel and John Eleazar Ruiz. (GGM)

amdgc82
09-05-2008, 01:09 PM
CIT trashes DBTC
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:48:00 09/05/2008

The Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens locked up the fourth seed heading into the quarterfinal round as they routed the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 94-58, in the juniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win by CIT set up a date with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, who at 3-4 (win-loss), are seeded fifth.

The Wildkittens, though, will have an ace up their sleeve in their quarterfinal match as they own a twice-to-beat advantage by virtue of their higher finish in the elimination round.

The Wildkittens banked on the prolific shooting of rising star Mark Jayven Tallo, who scored 12 of his 17 points in a telling second period blast that saw CIT outscore the Greywolves 29-11, turning a slim two point advantage into an insurmountable 20-point bulge at halftime.

Tallo, a rookie in the junior ranks and the son of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Mark Tallo, dazzled with his proficiency from the perimeter and his slashing forays to the basket.

CIT did not ease off the gas pedal in the ensuing period as it continued its dominance with a 25-14 run that saw the lead balloon to as many as 40 points.

Aside from Tallo, three other players scored in double figures with Noel Onting and Junard Caparida scoring 11 points apiece, and John Getalla adding 10.

Don Bosco, on the other hand, was led by the 16 points of Marion Bollozos. Big man Danilo Belanguel was held to just five points.

The Greywolves finished the preliminary round with a 1-6 record and will face the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters in the quarters.

BOX SCORES:

CIT (94) Tallo 17, Caparida 11, Onting 11, Getalla 10, Brigoli 8, Tallo 6, Nalos 6, Canete 5, Augusto 5, Taghoy 4, Almario 3, Simborio 3, Cabanero 3, Dimitiman 2.

DBTC (58) Bollozos 16, Ruiz 9, Velasco 8, Ruiz 5, Belanguel 5, Ruiz 5, Balorio 4, Solis 2.

amdgc82
09-06-2008, 06:28 AM
Saturday, September 06, 2008
SWU battles UC for spot in top four
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A CRUCIAL match-up is scheduled in today’s final round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) basketball elimination with the University of Cebu Webmasters and Southwestern University Cobras battling for an all-important fourth place in the standing.

SWU is set to take on Don Bosco Greywolves at 4 p.m., while UV will battle the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers in the 5:30 p.m. offering.

A victory is important as it will determine which team will make it to the Top 4 in the standing and will enjoy a twice-to-beat edge going into the quarterfinal round.

SWU and UC currently sport an identical 3-3 win-loss record. SWU needs to win against DBC today to keep their bids for the Top 4 alive.

However, SWU’s chances still leans on how UC will fare in its game against USPF. They would have to call on for holy intervention for USPF to win over UC.

If both UC and SWU win in their respective matches today, UC will take the Top 4 by virtue of winner over the other rule.

SWU is up for a tough challenge today as they are going up against a still pumped-up DBC, which is still hot from a 76-68 win over USPF last Thursday night. This win cemented DBC in the No. 6 rank, no matter what the outcome of their game today.

DBC arranged a quarterfinal showdown with Top 3 team University of San Carlos Warriors.

During that DBC-USP game, the Greywolved banked on the Richard Tecson and Celso Colegado for the team’s second win for the season.

Tecson slipped into the hero’s shoes when he scored the winning triple, in the final minute to break free from a close, 69-68 mark, to pad the lead, 72-68 and rode on this to the final buzzer

Moncrief Rogado remained the sole bright spot for USPF as he scored a game-high 26 points. Colegado scored 18 point to lead DBC scorers. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-06-2008, 06:29 AM
SWU, UC seek No. 4 spot
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The Freeman

Bidding to end the elimination round on a high note, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras and the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters have more important goal today and that is to grab the fourth spot when they take on separate rivals in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum)
1 pm USPF vs. CEC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USC vs. UV (Jrs.)

4 pm DBTC vs. SWU (Srs.)

5:30 pm UC vs. USPF (Srs.)

With the twice-to-beat advantage awaiting the fourth qualifier, either the Don Bosco College (DBTC) Greywolves or the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Panthers will play the spoiler’s role.

A victory by the Cobras over the Greywolves means a lot of pressure for the Webmasters to get past the Panthers in order to forge a 4-4 win-loss tie. Should this scenario occurs, it would be the Webmasters who will move up to fourth spot because of their 91-86 victory over the Cobras last August 3.

The Webmasters’ fate lies on the hands of the Cobras because if Don Bosco upsets SWU, it will no longer affect the UC-USPF game.

Last Thursday, back-up pointguard Richard Gon Tecson drilled in a crucial triple in the final 52.6 seconds of the contest to lift the Greywolves to a 76-68 victory over the Panthers and improve their win-loss record to 2-4.

It was still anybody’s game as the Panthers took a 69-68 lead with 1:21 left to play, but Tecson hit a triple and then Jun Colegado and Allain de los Santos conspired on a 4-0 swing that iced the Greywolves’ triumph.

Bull-strong center Chris de la Rama led the Greywolves with 16 points, while Colegado had 18 points and Rudy Enterina Jr. added 11.

The Panthers were led by Moncrif Rogado with 26 points.

Meanwhile, the CESAFI will formally open its other events tomorrow morning before the start of the quarterfinal round.

In the other development, there will be a two-ball competition, slam dunk contest and 3-point shootout during the East vs. West All-Star Games on September 13 also at the Cebu Coliseum.

The scores
DBTC (76) - De la Rama 16, Colegado 18, Enterina 11, delos Santos 9, Aldave 8, Quijano 4, Tecson 3, Añagap 3, Perturbos 2, Lumapas 2

USPF (68) - Rogado 26, Laurente 13, Tabada 6, Bardilas 6, Avila 5, Monterde 4, Muñez 4, Rivera 3

Halftime: 34-37

amdgc82
09-07-2008, 07:28 AM
Eyeing fourth spot
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:10:00 09/06/2008

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. - USPF vs. CEC (Jrs.)
2:30 p.m. - USC vs. UV (Jrs.)
4:00 p.m. - DBTC vs. SWU (Srs.)
5:30 p.m. - UC vs. USPF (Srs.)

With the seedings for the no. six and seven slots already decided, the attention now turns to the battle for the fourth and fifth slots as the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras go up against separate rivals in today’s final elimination games of the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

SWU will go up against the Don Bosco Greywolves at 4 p.m. while UC battles the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers in the main game at 5:30 p.m.

Both squads tote identical 3-3 (win-loss) slates but should both teams prevail, the Webmasters will claim the fourth slot and will get the last twice-to-beat incentive going into the quarterfinals. This is because UC beat SWU in the elimination round.

DON BOSCO BEATS USPF

Meanwhile, the Greywolves claimed the sixth spot after beating the Panthers, 76-68, in their seniors division encounter Thursday night.

The win by Don Bosco set up a quarterfinal date with the third-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors while the Panthers will face the second-seeded University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in the next round tomorrow.

The Greywolves turned to a timely three-pointer by reserve guard Richard Tecson down the stretch and the game-long brilliance of point guard Celso Colegado to pull off their second win in six outings.

Moncrief Rogado had 26 points in the game for the losing squad while Colegado topscored for the Greywolves with 18 points.

amdgc82
09-07-2008, 07:29 AM
Sunday, September 07, 2008
UC beats USPF for 4th place
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IT WOULD take more than speed to beat the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters.

UC officially copped the twice-to-beat incentive after handing the smaller and shorter University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers an emphatic 91-63 beating to finish the elimination round at fourth place.

The Webmasters and the Southwestern University Cobras were battling for fourth place and the twice-to-beat incentive going to the quarterfinal round which start today at the Cebu Coliseum.

However, despite SWU’s 93-67 win over the Don Bosco College Greywolves, that had both UC and the Cobras finishing with a 4-3 win-loss record after the elimination round, the Webmasters got the fourth place after beating SWU in their earlier encounter.

UC now holds a twice-to-beat edge over the Cobras in their quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

The Webmasters established control early as they pulled away for good after the first six minutes of the game.

UC erected a 26-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as the combined efforts of Junmar Fajardo, Kirst Edward Pao, Janssen Abella and Kevin Juliane were too much for the Panthers.

Coach Raul Latonio, tried a different strategy, using his players advantage in speed to mount a comeback that resulted to USPF outscoring the Webmasters for seven minutes of the third but coach Rhoel Gomez put up a good defensive stops that resulted to a quick 9-2 run to end the third, with UC leading ,70-43. (RCM)

amdgc82
09-07-2008, 07:32 AM
UC gains twice-to-beat edge
By Gabby G. Malagar
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The Freeman

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters last night scored an emphatic 91-63 victory over the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Panthers to claim the fourth spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Earlier, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras smothered the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 93-67. Inspite of that, they were relegated into fifth because the Webmasters beat them in the elimination round.

Jun Mar Fajardo topped the Webmasters with 18 points on top of nine rebounds.

However, it was Janssen Abella who was more prolific for the Webmasters as he regained his shooting touch and confidence hitting three triples of his topscoring 24 points. The tandem of the California-raised Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang proved to be a plus factor for the Webmasters as they combined for 18 points.

The Panthers, who will face the no. 2 qualifier University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars tonight, could only stay close at 7-all as the Webmasters staged a bilstering 19-1 rally to tear the game apart, 26-8.

The Webmasters, who will enjoy twice-to-beat advantage over the Cobras in their next meeting, took a 48-28 lead at the half and came stronger with a 70-43 advanteg at the end of the third canto.

Moncrif Rogado and Randy Avila led the Panthers with 12 points each, while Gulane and Jordan Bardilas had 10 markers apiece.

Clifford Maguate, on the other hand, paced the Cobras with 21 points ,while Chris Litorja and Alfred Belande finished with identical 17 points.

Rudy Enterina Jr. topscored for the Greywolves with 15 points followed by Ricmar Perturbos with 14 points.

In the secondary matches, the USPF Baby Panthers whipped the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 110-47, while the unbeaten University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers mauled the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors.

The scores
First game
SWU (93) - Maguate 21, Belande 17, Litorja 17, Pacquiao 13, Diango 8, Ompad 6, Jalandoni 5, Ceniza 4, Escober 2

DTBC (67) - Enterina 15, Perturbos 14, delos santos 12, Quijano 10, dela Rama 4, Colegado 4, Caballero 4, Lumapas 2, Aldave 2 Halftime: 40-28

UC (91) - Abella 24, Fajardo 18, Pao 10, Juliane 10, Quilantang 8, Flanco 5, Mohamad 5, Agas 4, Gomez 3, Ramos 2, Luceño 2

USPF (63) - Rogado 12, Avila 12, Gulane 10, Bardilas 10, Lauretne 7, Filoteo v5, Muñez 2, Monterde 2, Rivera 2, De los Reyes 1 Halftime: 48-28

amdgc82
09-08-2008, 09:30 AM
Monday, September 08, 2008
Favorites in semis; UV buries CEC, 150-40
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FAVORITES University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars sailed through the next round after beating their lower seeded counterparts in the quarterfinal round of the 2008 Cesafi Basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

The Lancers allowed the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats to take control in the first three minutes of the game before cruising to a 71-44 win to book the first semifinal ticket.

Not to be outdone, the Jaguars sailed through the victory after a 2-all deadlock at the eight-minute mark of the first for a high-scoring 106-74 victory for the second semifinal slot.

Two more semifinal slots will be filled this Tuesday when No.3 University of San Carlos Warriors play No.6 Don Bosco College Greywolves at 4 p.m. and No.4 finisher University of Cebu Webmasters take on No.5 Southwestern University Cobras in the main game at 5.

In the high school action, the UV Baby Lancers recorded the most lopsided win in recent history, beating the hapless Cebu Eastern College Dragons by 110 points, 150-40, to book the first semifinals slot in the secondary division.

Scoreless

No.2 University of Cebu Baby Webmasters were also equally merciless beating the helpless DBC Baby Greywolves, 111-68, to advance to the next round.

In the collegiate quarterfinals, the Lancers trailed 4-7 with seven minutes to play in the first, after Heroche Molero scored a basket at the 7:05 mark.

From there, UV held the Wildcats scoreless while scoring 21 straight points before Eulogio Lamosa ended the drought with a jumper at the 29.9 mark that closed the first quarter with UV up 25-9.

The second period was equally trying for the Wildcats as they could only produce seven points as the game was already in the bag for the Lancers.

Beanpole Gregory Slaughter was the only Lancer to score in double figures with 11 while Ronel Villarba topped CIT with 20
markers.

In the main game, baskets were scarce for the Panthers as the Jaguars displayed a tough defense to launch their bid strong.

With the game already in control the Jaguars applied a full court press and by the end of first half, USJ-R was already ahead 59-29.

Marvin Duran topped USJ-R scorers with 16 points, while Arman Ponce added 12.

Jordan Bardillas topped USPF with 15 and Moncrief Rogado finished with 10 as the Panthers ended their season with another disappointing finish. (RCM)

amdgc82
09-08-2008, 09:32 AM
UV routs CIT to reach semis: Baby Lancers set an all-time mark with their 110-point massacre of CEC Dragons
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, September 8, 2008
The Freeman

From the very start, there was already no doubt as to who would come out smoking the victory pipe.

Games tomorrow
(Cebu Coliseum)
1 pm USPF vs. USC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm CIT vs. USJR (Jrs.)

4 pm USC vs. DBTC (Srs.)
5:30 pm UC vs. SWU (Srs.)

In a ferocious display of offensive firepower, seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers used a back-breaking 19-0 run in the first period to annihilate the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 71-44, and advance into the semifinal round of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers’ huge blowout, however, was eclipsed by the Baby Lancers, who set a league record for the highest winning margin in a game by virtue of their 110-point massacre of the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 150-40.

The Wildcats took the early lead, but after a 7-all deadlock, the Green Lancers went on a scoring rampage to mount a commanding 25-9 lead at the end of the first period. From thereon, the Lancers playfully dominated the game to extend CIT’s losing streak to eight games in a row.

Only Gregory Slaughter scored in double figures for the Lancers with 11 points, but it was obvious they were just spreading their wealth.

Ronel Villarba paced the Wildcats with 20 markers.
In the juniors division, John Michael Auditor and Glennson Ybañez each scored 27 points for the Baby Lancers, while Alfie Dwight Miranda-Sy topscored for the Dragons with 21 points.

The University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters, on the other hand, scored an easy 111-68 victory to oust Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves in a tumultuous game that was marred two unsportsmanlike fouls and two technical fouls from the assistant coaches of both camps.

Gerald Ampoon and Alfred Codilla had 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the Junior Webmasters, while Norman Keith de Lara and Cherwill Solon banged in 20 markers combined.

The scores
First game Jrs.
UV (150) - Auditor 27, Ybañez 27, Cabañero 15, Fajardo 13, Octobre Perolino 12, 11, Valiente 9, Llenes 8, Marata 8, Brigoli 8, Dominise 6, Felisario 2, Bonje 2, Arcenal 2

CEC (40) - Miranda-Sy 21, Baluyos 7, J. Tan 4, Lo 2, Sy 2, Sia 2, Tsai 2

Second game Jrs.
UC (111) - Ampoon 18, Codilla 16, de Lara 15, Solon 14, Palileo 12, Pearce 12, Tindoy 8, Pogoy 4, Castro 4, Labolabo 4

DBTC (68) - Bollozos 19, Belangel 16, Balorio 12, Villahermosa 5, J. Ruiz 5, Pono 4, Solis 2, G. Ruiz 2

Third game Srs.
UV (71) - Slaughter 11, Mercader 9, Villanil 9, Lao 9, Sendrijas 8, Lasala 6, Diputado 5, Dennison 4, Lanete 4, Silva 4, Manigque 2

CIT (44) - Villarba 20, dela Cerna 8, Resilla 7, Lamosa 5, Molero 2, Reyes 2Halftime: 38-17

amdgc82
09-09-2008, 06:08 AM
Twinkill for UV
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 16:09:00 09/08/2008

The junior and senior basketball squads of the University of the Visayas (UV) moved forward in their bid to retain their respective Cesafi titles as they barged into the semifinals following lopsided victories over their quarterfinal foes on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The seven-time champions and top-seeded Green Lancers easily disposed of the eighth-seeded Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 71-44, to move into the next round, where they will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between the third-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the sixth-seeded Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves.

The defending junior champions Baby Lancers, meanwhile, stole the thunder from their senior counterparts as they made history by posting the most lopsided win in Cesafi history, beating the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 150-40.

The game resembled more of a lay-up line rather than an actual match as the ball hardly crossed the half-court line for the Dragons.

After scoring 59 points in the first half, UV stepped on the gas pedal even more and scored a whopping 91 points in the second half, while allowing CEC to tally just 18 markers.

Jan Auditor and Glennson Ybanez led the rout with 27 points each as six players scored in double figures for the Baby Lancers, who will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers and the USC Baby Warriors.

The University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters also made it into the semifinals after overwhelming the Don Bosco Greywolves, 111-68.

UC will face the victor of the quarterfinal matchup between the CIT Wildkittens and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars.

Six-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter led the Green Lancers' balanced attack with 11 points.

amdgc82
09-09-2008, 06:10 AM
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
UC, USC battle separate foes in quarterfinals
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THE University of San Carlos Warriors and University of Cebu Webmasters seek to formalize their entry to the semifinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) when they battle separate quarterfinal foes today at the Cebu Coliseum.

USC and UC teams are in the Top 4—USC at third and UC at fourth—giving them a twice to-beat-edge in the quarterfinals. They are hoping not to have to resort to using that edge for them to join early semifinalists University of the Visayas Green Lancers and University of San Jose Recoletos, who trounced separate rivals last week to enter the next round.

After weeks of being idle, USC gets back into the battle field, where it locks horns with Don Bosco College Greywolves today. UC on the other hand will be playing Southwestern University in a rematch of their elimination round fight.

USC will still be playing with pivot man Enrico Llanto but head coach Jay Ramirez will be banking on Giovanni Padillo and Sam Hermosa, who had proven to be revelations, when they stepped up during Llanto’s absence.

UC meanwhile, hopes to repeat its elimination round win over the SWU Cobras today. Both squads battled for the right to be in the Top 4 slot.

UC won that round, 91-86 and SWU is expected to put up a fight. Still nursing from the loss of five of its members, the Cobras will have to contend with the ones left on the roster. SWU will be banking on Alfred Belande, Cliford Maguate, Ardd Diango and Chris Litorja. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-09-2008, 06:11 AM
USC, UC seek semis spots
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters shoot for outright semifinal seats when they take on separate rivals today in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum)
1 pm USPF vs. USC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm CIT vs. USJ-R (Jrs.)

4 pm USC vs. DBTC (Srs.)

5:30 pm UC vs. SWU (Srs.)

The other half of the top four seeded teams in both high school and collegiate divisions already made it to the next round, including the second ranked University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars courtesy of their 106-74 demolition of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers in last Sunday’s main game.

Both armed with twice-to-beat advantage, the Warriors and the Webmasters should finish the job tonight so they can take a well-deserve rest prior to the East vs. West All-Star Games this Saturday.

The Warriors will take on the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves at 4 pm, while the Webmasters will square off against the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in the final match of the day at 5:30 pm.

While the top two teams proved too much against their respective rivals as reflected in the scorecards, the showdown between the Warriors and the Greywolves would be so much different because the former won over the latter only by nine points, 73-64, when they met in the elimination round last August 20.

The same holds true in the toss-up between the Webmasters and the Cobras, who were separated only by five points the first time around, 91-86, last August 3. That time though the Cobras still have an intact 15-man roster.

In the juniors division, a playoff is also likely to happen between the CIT Wildkittens and the USJ-R Baby Jaguars because their first encounter went through overtime, with CIT winning by 107-101 decision.

amdgc82
09-09-2008, 06:14 AM
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Fajardo vs. Slaughter in Cesafi All-Stars
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THE battle of the giants will be the crowd-drawer for this weekend’s All-Star Games of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) as celebrated centers Junmar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter anchor the two teams competing in the weekend spectacle.

By the power of the right of suffrage, University of Cebu’s 6-foot-9 pivot man Fajardo and the University of the Visayas’ 6-foot-11 tower Slaughter, were voted by fans to lead the Dark and Light teams competing in the All-Star weekend.

Fajardo will lead the Dark team, where he will join the other players voted to be in the starting five namely Armand Ponce, Luther Justiniani and Jan Malinao of University of San Jose Recoletos and UC’s Edward Pao.

They will be joined by USPF’s Randy Avila, Don Bosco’s Rodulfo Enterina and Celso Colegado, USJR’s Jabe Delfino and Lyndon Gudez.

Slaughter, on the other hand, will lead the Light squad, where he will be joined by fellow Lancers Von Lañete and Junjun Lasala and Southwestern University stalwarts Alfred Belande and Clifford Maguate in the first five.

Completing the lineup are University of San Carlos’ Joven Cortes, Giovanni Padillo, Emel Rowe and Mike Cantonao and UV’s Chris Diputado, Bonifer Sendrijas and Harold Cincoflores.

For the fans

Since the All-Star weekend is all about the supporters, Cesafi gave the fans the power to put in their favorite players in the first five of the teams through a voting system.

The Light team will be coached by UV’s Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, while USJ-R’s head coach Edito Salacot will call the shots for the Dark squad.

Apart from the game, there will also be a three-point shootout, where Cesafi’s best battle a much-hyped, three-point king Chester Cokaliong.

Cantonao, Lañete, Belande, Lyndon Gudez, Jansen Abella, Don Bosco’s Ricmar Perturbos and USPF’s Jeffrey Laurente will be gunning for the honors.

There will also be the usual slamdunk competition.

In the absence of last year’s champion, Eric Zanoria, the title is up for grabs among Slaughter, Rowe, Junjun Lasala of UV, Pao and Kevin Quilantang of UC, Abulaiz Sulaiman of USJ-R and Elwin Durano of USP-F.

Meanwhile, UC’s Junmar Fajardo was named the Cesafi Player of the Week after leading the Webmasters to two wins last week. The giant from Pinamungahan, Cebu, averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks in their wins over CIT and USPF. (MCB)

ankle breaker
09-09-2008, 10:23 PM
what? slaughter is joining the slamma jamma event? im imagining his moves right now.

thadzonline
09-10-2008, 12:13 AM
I dont think the info is accurate.. Rowe in the slam dunk race? I dont think so

amdgc82
09-10-2008, 06:11 AM
UC, USC eye semis slots
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:30:00 09/09/2008

Games today, September 9, 2008:
@Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. - USPF vs. USC (jrs.)
2:30 p.m. - CIT vs. USJR (jrs.)
4 p.m. - USC vs. DBC (srs.)
5:30 p.m. - UC vs. SWU (srs.)

The third-seeded University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the fourth-ranked University of Cebu Webmasters look to lock their semifinals spots on Tuesday when they battle separate foes in the quarterfinal round of the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament, at the Cebu Coliseum.

Top-seeds University of the Visayas (UV) and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) have already booked their Last 4 tickets after scoring easy wins last Sunday.

The Jaguars bashed the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 106-74 and will now await the winner of the UC-SWU match.

Behind an unforgiving defense that suffocated the Panthers from start to finish and a balanced attack that saw all 15 players scoring, the Jaguars made no reservations about their title intentions as they led by 30 points at halftime, 59-29. Marvin Duran led the way with 16 points while wily point guard Armand Ponce had 12.

Armed with twice-to-beat incentives, USC and UC hope to finalize the semifinal matchups which start next week.

USC, which hasn't played in almost three weeks, will be battling rust and the Don Bosco Greywolves, whom they beat, 73-64, in the elimination round.

With reigning MVP Enrico Llanto still shelved because of a back injury, the Warriors will turn to their explosive scorers Giovanni Padillo and Sam Hermosa, along with 6-foot-4 Fil-Aussie rookie Emel Rowe, to lead them on Tuesday.

In the other quarterfinals, the Webmasters will try to stop the Cobras' courageous stand as they hope to repeat their, 91-86 win over SWU in the preliminaries.

With only 10 cagers remaining in their fold because of suspensions to five of their best players, the Cobras will now rely on veterans Alfred Belande, Clifford Maguate, Ardd Django and Chris Litorja.

UC on the other hand, will lean on its strike force composed of 6-foot-9 behemoth Junmar Fajardo, sniper Jannsen Abella and outstanding rookies Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang.

amdgc82
09-10-2008, 06:14 AM
UC Webmasters, USC Warriors complete four-team CESAFI semifinal cast
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Freeman

CEBU - Kevin Quilantang knocked in a booming triple in the final 38.4 seconds, while 6-foot-9 giant Jun Mar Fajardo cooly sank two pressure-packed charities as the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters escaped with a 76-73 victory over the undermanned but resilient Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras to advance into the semifinals of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball semifinals last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Earlier, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors also booked a semifinals ticket after they pounded the hapless Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 85-63.

For the first time, USC scored a twinkill as the Baby Warriors upset the third-seed University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 64-58, to forge a winner take all playoff tomorrow.

The Baby Warriors are the only survivors in the quarterfinals as all seeded teams already advanced including the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens, who demolished the University of San Jose- Recoletos (USJ- R) Baby Jaguars, 94-63.

The Webmasters, who led in the first two periods, saw themselves trailing by nine points late in the third period when Alfred Bleande and Ard Diango caught fire. But the Webmasters retaliated a 13-2 run to grab the upperhand, 59-57, heading into the final period.

Despite they are depleted, the Cobras played with a big heart and crawled back to snatch the lead back, 70-69, on Belande’s unmolested lay-up with 1:06 left to play.

In the return play, Quilantang hit a triple and then Fajardo buried a pair of freebies to give UC a 74-70 breather with 7.8 ticks left before the final buzzer.

Diango hit a running triple to make it 73-74, but Juliane converted two free throws with eight-tenth of a second left to settle the final tally.

Fajardo topscored for UC with 22 points on top of 12 rebounds and seven blocks in another monster show, while Janssen Abella had two triples of his 17 points. Quilantang and Edward Pao, both raised in California but opted to enroll at UC, finished with 11 points apiece.

The Cobras were led by Belande with 25 points, while Chris Litorja and Diango had 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Earlier, Joven Cid Cortes scored 15 points to lead the Warriors and Andre Jaques Bautista chipped in 12 markers. Only Rudy Enterina Jr. scored in double figures for the Greywolves with 11.

The scores
USC (85) - Cortes 15, Bautista12, Rowe 10, Bakker 10, Cantonao 7, Hermosa 7, Padillo 6, Igao 5, Gallarde 4, Bercede 4, Joven 2, Codilla2, Blanes 1

DBTC (63) - Enterina 11, Perturbos 8, Añagap 6, Quijano 6, delos Santos 5, Caballero 4, dela Rama 3, Villaver 3, Aldave 2, Colegado 1 Halftime: 45-25

UC (76) - Fajardo 22, Abella 17, Quilantang 11, Pao 11, Ramos 5, Juliane 4, Mohamad 4, Luceño 2

SWU (73) - Belande 25, Litorja 14, Diango 13, Maguate 9, Pacquiao 5, Jalandoni 4, Ceniza 3 Halftime: 42-39. GGM

amdgc82
09-10-2008, 06:16 AM
Slaughter, Fajardo out to steal show in CESAFI All-Star Games
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Freeman

CEBU - Six-foot-11 skyscraper Greg Slaughter of seven-time University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and 6-foot-9 tower Jun Mar Fajardo of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters will meet for the second time this season as they headline their respective squads in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) All-Star Games this Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.* * * * * *

Slaughter was picked by fans to lead the Light squad, while Fajardo will banner the Dark side in the league’s annual showcase that promises to be another blockbuster show.

Completing the starting five for the Light team are Slaughter’s teammates Von Harry Lanete and Junjun Lasala, and Southwestern University’s Alfred Belande and Clifford Maguate.

Fajardo, on the other hand, will be playing alongside his UC teammate Edward Pao, and the University of San Jose-Recoletos troika of Armand Ponce, Luther Luke Justiniani and John Malinao.* * * * * * * *

The rest of the Light squad are UV’s Bonifer Sendrijas, Ritchum Dennison, Harold Cincoflores and Chris Victor Diputado, and University of San Carlos’ John Emel Rowe, Mike Cantonao, Sam Jordan Hermosa, Joven Cid Cortes, Giovanni Padillo and Norman Paul Joven. Their head coach is UV’s Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

The Dark also includes USJ-R’s Manny Gabas, Kurt Amores, Jabe Delfino and Lyndon Gudez, UC’s Kevin Quilantang and Jannsen Abella, Don Bosco’s Rickmar Perturbos, Rudy Enterina, Jr. and Celso Colegado, and University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s Randy Avila. They will be mentored by USJ-R’s Edito Salacut. The participants for the 3-Point Shootout are Cantonao, Lanete, Belande, Gudez, Abella, Perturbos, USPF’s Jeffrey Laurente and Cebu Institute of Technology’s Eulogio Lamosa. They will be challenged by Chester Cokaliong of the Cebu Eastern College Alumni Basketball Association (CECABA), Cebu’s well-known shipping tycoon who is widely regarded as “Mr. 3 Points.”

Slaughter and Fajardo, meanwhile, will bring their head-to-head battle to another range as they go up against each other in the slam dunk competition. The rest of the entries are former champion Junjun Lasala, and newcomers Elwin Durano of USPF, Rowe, USJ-R’s Abulaiz Suliman and UC’s Pao and Quilantang. GGM

amdgc82
09-11-2008, 06:17 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Webmasters wrap Cobras, move to semis
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THE UNIVERSITY of Cebu (UC) Webmasters went through the proverbial eye of the needle to beat the crippled Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 76-73, to move into the semifinal round of the 2008 Cesafi Men’s Basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

In contrast, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors had a clinical 85-63 win over Don Bosco College Greywolves to complete the Final Four.

Earlier, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wild Kittens cruised to a 94-63 win to make it to the semifinal round while USC Baby Warriors forged a do-or-die game this Thursday after beating the two-to-beat University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers 64-58 in the high school quarterfinal match.

Junmar Fajardo took charge in the fourth, scoring 17 of his 24 points to lead the Webmasters to the scary victory.

However, it was the clutch triple of Kevein Allen Quilantang that gave the momentum shifting victory for the Webmasters who were already staring on the brink of defeat before Quilantang’s triple hit the marker at the 38.4 second mark of the fourth.

Both teams were focused from start to finish, but the absence of Elvid Poligrates, Eric Zanoria, Janno Nuñez and Eleazar Armecin forced coach Dodie Miego to overwork Alfred Belande and Evan Ardd Django.

But still SWU put up a gallant fight climbing back from a 31-40 lated in the second quarter to erect a 55-46 lead midway in the third.

However, the lead was quickly erased by the Webmasters who dropped a telling 13-2 run to close the penultimate period
carrying a precarious 59-57 lead.

UC was in control of the game when the Cobras scored had an 11-4 run that put them ahead 70-69 in the final 1:07 mark.

However, SWU lost grip of the game as Quilantang nailed the game turning triple.

Fajardo then put a safety net by sinking two free throws, 74-70, after Chris Litorja missed two triples at the other end.

SWU put up the last ditched effort with Django nailing a triple in the final 1.8 seconds but at the other end Kevin Juliane sank two more free throws to preserve UC’s victory going to the All-Star weekend.

Janssen Abella helped UC by scoring 17 points and Quilantang finishing with 11 including three triples.

Belande scored 27 points as SWU saw their 2008 season ended. Litorja added 14 and Django scoring all of his 11 points in the second half.

USC (85)—Cortes 15, Bautista 12, Bakker 10, Rowe 10, Cantonao 7, Hermosa 7, Padillo 6, Igao 5, Gallarde 4, Bercede 4, Joven 2, Codilla 2, Blanes 1. DBC (63)—Enterina 11, Colegado 11, Perturbos 8, Anagap 6, Quijano 6, de los Santos 5, Caballero 4, Villaver 3, de la Cerna 3, Aldave 2.

UC (76)--Fajardo 24, Abella 17, Quilantang 11, Pao 9, Ramos 5, Juliane 4, Mohammad 4, Luceño 2. SWU (73)--Belande 27, Litorja 14, Django 11, Maguate 9, Pacquiao 5, Jalandoni 4, Ceniza 3. (RCM)

amdgc82
09-11-2008, 06:23 AM
USC in semis
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:42:00 09/10/2008

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors finalized their entry into the semifinals of the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament after emerging victorious, 85-63, in their quarterfinal match with the Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win set up a rematch with the seven-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, whom the Warriors have not defeated in the finals in the last two years.

USC made short work of DBC as they zoomed off to an early 15-point lead in the first period, 26-11, behind the brilliance of Cid Cortes and Fil-foreign players, Emel Rowe and Eddie Bakker.

Cortez led the way for the Warriors with 15 points, while Bakker and Rowe each had 10 as 13 players scored for USC.

Not to be outdone, the USC Baby Warriors kept their season alive as they eked out a 64-58 win over the third-seeded University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers in the quarterfinals of the juniors division.

The wards of head coach Roland Remedio fought gallantly against the Baby Panthers, who were armed with a twice-to-beat advantage by virtue of their higher finish in the elimination round.

John Monteron and Lloyd Nacua donned the heroes’ cape for the Baby Warriors as they combined for 27 points and helped keep the USPF gunners from finding their mark.

Arthur Casalari was the lone scorer in double figures for USPF with 12 points.

Both teams figure in a rubbermatch for the last semifinals seat on Thursday, and the right to face the defending champions UV Baby Lancers in the next round.

The Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens barged into the semifinals as well, disposing the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 94-63.

Kenneth Getalla led all scorers with 21 points while Wilkin Sanchez added 20 markers.

Rookie sensation Mark Jayven Tallo was held to just seven points in limited minutes.

amdgc82
09-11-2008, 06:24 AM
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Do-or-die quarterfinals in juniors basketball
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THE semifinalists for the college division for the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) may already have been determined but the action in the highschool division continues today for the do-or-die rubbermatch between the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors and University of Southern Philippines Foundation at the Cebu Coliseum.

The USC Baby Warriors warded off being eliminated from the race for the crown after defeating the third-seeded USPF, 64-58 the other day. USPF enjoys a twice to beat edge after finishing within the Top 4 after the eliminations to remain alive in the competition.

The USC Baby Warriors will be banking on their main gunners John Monteron and Lloyd Nacua. USPF on the other hand, will be leaning on Arthur Casali to lead the team’s charge.

The winner today will advance to the semifinal round and will be going up against defending champions University of the Visayas Baby Lancers in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, the semifinalists for the seniors division are the defending champions UV Green Lancers, University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars, USC Warriors and University of Cebu Webmasters. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-11-2008, 06:25 AM
USPF juniors and USC clash for last semis slot
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The Freeman

CEBU - The third seeded University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers and the sixth-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors figure in a sudden-death match today for the fourth and last semifinals slot in the juniors division of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The lone playoff match is scheduled at 5 pm.

The Baby Warriors, playing as underdog in the quarterfinals, pushed the Baby Panthers’ twice-to-beat advantage to the limit after scoring a 64-58 upset last Tuesday.

Despite the stunner, the smaller Baby Warriors are still carrying the underdog tag in today’s deciding match wherein the victor joins defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters, and Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens into the next round.

The Baby Warriors happened to be the only survivor of all the unseeded teams, but their chances of moving forward looks bright.

That is because the Baby Panthers have a history of throwing away crucial matches for the past three years. In 2006, they need only to win over the UV Baby Lancers to make it into the finals, but muffed the golden opportunity.

Last season, the Baby Panthers also lost two important quarterfinal games that negated them of a finals entry.

Tonight, the Baby Panthers hope to erase the sting of those painful defeats as they bid to march into the semifinals.

During the elimination phase, the Baby Panthers came up with a 75-63 disposition of the Baby Warriors last August 17. But last Tuesday, they were playing in their worst form and in contrast, the Baby Warriors proved to be more organized and focused.

The winner of the USPF-USC showdown faces an uphill battle next against the Baby Lancers in the best-of-three semis tentatively set to start on September 18. – GGM

amdgc82
09-12-2008, 04:32 AM
UC marches to semis
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:08:00 09/11/2008

Game today:

Cebu Coliseum

5 p.m. - USC vs. USPF (juniors)

The season-long gallant stand of the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras finally found its waterloo after they were upended by the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 73-76, in the quarterfinals of the seniors division in the Cesafi basketball tournament Tuesday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win completed the semifinal cast with the latter squaring off against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the seven-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers battling the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

The Webmasters' path to the semifinals was no cakewalk as they had to fend off a tenacious Cobras squad that was determined to extend their season for one more game.

Undermanned but not overwhelmed, the Cobras turned to their lean crew led by swingmen Alfred Belande and Chris Litorja, point guard Ardd Django and forward Clifford Maguate to post a nine-point lead, 55-46, after unleashing a 16-6 run at the start of the third canto.

UC kept its composure and responded with aplomb, unfurling a 13-2 run behind the streaky Jannsen Abella to retake the lead, 59-57, heading into the final stanza.

6-foot-9 center Junmar Fajardo kept the Webmasters' roll going as he scored UC's first eight points to tow them to a 69-65 lead but Django kept the Cobras close with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession.

Belande put SWU in front, 70-69, after capping off a daring steal with a fastbreak layup with 1:06 remaining in the match.

The Webmasters as they took advantage of an offensive rebound by whipping a pass to an open Kevin Quilantang in the left corner, who drained the go-ahead three-pointer to peg the score at 72-69, with 38.4 ticks left on the clock.

The Cobras had two chances to take the lead but Litorja missed two three-point tries on the next possession.

Fajardo calmly drained two free-throws with 7.8 seconds remaining to put them ahead by four points before Django hit a trifecta from the left flank to cut the lead to just one with less than a second left in the match.

Kelvin Juliane pegged the final tally with two more makes from the charity stripe as Django missed a desperate three-point attempt from halfcourt at the final buzzer.

Fajardo wound up with 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks.

amdgc82
09-12-2008, 04:33 AM
Baby Panthers book last semis ticket
By Gabby G. Malagar
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Freeman

At the onset, the third seeded University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers were playing below par but in the end, they proved too hot to handle for the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors as they scored a vengeful 75-56 victory to clinch the last semifinal slot in the juniors division of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Panthers’ entry to the next round was delayed following their 58-64 loss to the Baby Warriors last Tuesday. Fortunately, they enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage to get another crack at the semifinals.

Despite their resounding victory, the Baby Panthers still face a tough grind as they take on next the topseed and defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers in the best-of-three semifinal series.

“Tan-awon lang namo unsay among mahimo basta fight lang gyud mi,” said USPF head coach Camilo Go.

Down by five points at the end of the first period, 10-15, the Baby Panthers fought back with aplomb in the second canto to forge a 26-all deadlock at the bend.

The Baby Warriors were on top for the last time, 36-32, as the Baby Panthers suddenly exploded with an 18-0 bang to wrest control of the match for good.

The Baby Panthers’ scoring parade continues on the way to pad their lead to 18 points, 54-36. The closest the Baby Warriors could come was at 54-66 at the final 1:23 mark courtesy of a barrage of 3-pointers - two coming from Dominic Adlawan and Kim Adrian Reyes, son of USC basketball consultant Mike Reyes.

The Baby Panthers were quick to recover, with Marvin Demana knocking in his second triple of the night to practically seal their win, 69-54, with 50 ticks left before the final buzzer.

Demana, the smallest guy from the Baby Panthers’ bench, stood the tallest in offense with 17 points followed by Peter Cañete, Jr. with 13.

The wide-bodied Kim Jordan Nuñeza topscored for the Baby Warriors with 12 points.

The scores
USPF (75) - Demana 17, Cañete 13, Ferraren 11, Arong 11, Nudalo 11, Caguindagan 6, Casalari 5, Silao 1

USC (56) - Nuñeza 12, Reyes 8, Monteron 8, Adlawan 7, Nacua 6, Uy 6 Gabuya 5, Sepe 3, Kikuchi 1

Halftime: 26-all

amdgc82
09-13-2008, 05:36 AM
Great escape act
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:55:00 09/12/2008

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers avoided becoming the Cesafi’s first upset casualty.

The Baby Panthers took advantage of a telling scoring drought by the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors to carve out a 75-56 win in their do-or-die match for the last semifinals seat in the juniors division yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

With the memory of last year's flameout in the semifinals still fresh in their minds, the Baby Panthers refused to let it all happen again as they dropped an incredible 22-0 run that spanned the third and fourth periods, spoiling the Baby Warriors' bid for the upset.

USC appeared to have control of the match as they led 36-32 midway through the third stanza when they suddenly lost all semblance of a rhythm from their shots, resulting in airballs and bad shots.

That provided USPF with the cue that they needed as burly forward Peter Cañete combined with point guard Marvin Demana to burn USC from inside and out, taking a commanding 54-36 lead early in the fourth.

Cañete scored eight points, mostly on tough interior shots while Demana tallied seven straight points to help bury the Baby Warriors and avenge their 58-64 loss in the quarterfinals last weekend.

The Baby Warriors could only come as close as 12 points before Dennis Feraren and Jeofrrey Nodalo blew the wind from their sails away with timely hits down the middle of the lane.

TOUGH TASK AHEAD

The win pushed the Baby Panthers into the semifinals date with the defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, who booted them out from the semifinals last season.

Demana wound up with 17 points, while Canete had 13 markers. Nodalo, Arong and Feraren each had 11 points while USC was paced by undersized forward Kim Nuneza, who had 12 markers.

The other semifinals pairing will see last year's finalists and 2006 champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters going up against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens.

BOX SCORES:

USPF (75) Demana 17, Canete 13, Feraren 11, Nodalo 11, Arong 11, Caguindangan 6, Casalari 5, Silao 1.

USC (56) Nuneza 12, Reyes 8, Monteron 8, Nacua 6, Uy 6, Gabuya 5, Sepe 3, Kikuchi 1.

amdgc82
09-13-2008, 05:38 AM
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Cesafi stars take stage
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AFTER completing the semifinals roster of the collegiate and high school divisions of the basketball competition of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., (Cesafi) the league takes a breather with the Cesafi All-Star games today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Expected to hog the limelight in today’s event is the match-up of Cesafi’s twin towers University of the Visayas’ 6-foot-11 pivot Greg Slaughter and University of Cebu’s 6-foot-9 center Junmar Fajardo, who will lead their respective teams in today’s All-Star game of the college division at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, also featured today are the slam dunk competition and the three-point contest among players, who posted impressive statistics in these areas in the past weeks.

Former slam dunk king Junjun Lasala of UV, is set to reclaim the crown as he leads other hopefuls in the slam dunk competition.

Lasala’s performance last year paled in comparison to Southwestern University’s Eric Zanoria, who eventually went home with the title. Now with Zanoria out of the picture, Lasala, who has been showing hints of his old self, is expected to lead against other hopefuls including Fajardo and Slaughter, UC’s Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang, USJ-R’s Abulaiz Sulaiman and USPF’s Elwin Durano.

Three-point king

Meanwhile, battling for the three-point shootout title are USC’s Mike Cantonao and Emel Rowe, SWU’s Alfred Belande and Chris Litorja, UV’s Von Lañete, Chris Diputado and Rithcum Dennison, UC’s Jannsen Abella, Robinson Mohamad and Kim Gomez, CIT’s Eulogio Lamosa and Karenrick dela Cerna, Don Bosco’s Rickmar Perturbos, USJ-R’s Lyndon Gudez and USPF’s Nuevo Filoteo, Moncrief Rogado and Jeffrey Laurente.

Like last year, Chester Cokaliong, will also be a guest competitor.

Meanwhile, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers was the final addition to the list of semifinalist in the juniors division after ousting the hardworking University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, 75-66, in their rubbermatch last Thursday.

USPF joins early semis qualifiers UV Baby Lancers, UC Baby Webmasters and CIT Wildkittens.

The Top 4 in the college division are UV Green Lancers, USJ-R Jaguars, USC Warriors and UC Webmasters. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-13-2008, 05:42 AM
CESAFI’s brightest stars clash today: CECABA’s Cokaliong faces another tough test against league’s best in 3-point shootout
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The Freeman

The finest breed of collegiate and high school cagers in this year’s 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season will try to outwit each other in the spectacular Light vs. Dark All-Star Games today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The league’s annual spectacle starts off with a pompous opening number by the University of Cebu (UC) Dance Company at 1 pm.

The collegiate showdown marks the second meeting of two giants in the league, with 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter of the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, the starting center of Light Team, going up against the Dark powered by 6-foot-9 Jun Mar Fajardo of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters.* * * * *

Joining Slaughter as Light starters are his teammates Von Harry Lanete and Junjun Lasala, and Alfred Alfred Belande and Clifford Maguate of the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

The first five crew of Dark, on the other hand, are Fajardo and Edward Pao of UC, and Armand Ponce, Luther Luke Justiniani and John Malinao of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars.

Pao though is a doubtful starter because he went to Bohol upon learning the death of his uncle.

The other stars to watch out for the Light squad are UV’s Harold Cincoflores, Chris Victor Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Bonifer Sendrijasm USC’s Paul Joven, Sam Jordan Hermosa, Giovanni Padillo, Joven Cid Cortes, John Emel Rowe and Michael Cantonao. They will be coached by Elmer “Boy” Cabahug of UV.* * * * *

On the other hand, the rest of the Dark camp are Jabe Delfino, Lyndon Gudez, Mannie Gabas and Kurt Amores of USJ-R, Kevin Quilantang and Janssen Abella of UC, Rudolfo Enterina, Jr., Jun Colegado and Ricmar Perturbos of DBTC and Randy Avila of USPF. USJ-R’s Edito Salacut will call the shots for Dark.

The complete lineup for the high school Light squad are Alvie Cabañero, John Michael Auditor, Aldwin Felisario, Glennson Ybañez, Raffy Octobre and Llenes of UV, Danilo Belangel, Marion Joseph Bollozos and Lawrence Ruiz of DBTC, Peter Cañete and Ferraren of USPF, Clint Muñez del Rosario and del Socorro of USJ-R. The coach is Delfin “Jun” Pepito of UV.* * * * *

They will take on the the Dark force of Gerald Ampoon, Alfred Codilla, Zandro Palileo and John Marty Pearce, Pogoy and Taboada of UC, Mark Jayven Tallo, Jeffrey Taghoy, Getalla and Sanchez of CIT, Chino Uy, Kim Jordan Nuñeza, Kim Adrian Reyes and Sepe of USC, and Miranda-Sy of CEC.* * * * *

In between games, the spectators will be treated to some exciting sidelights through the slam dunk contest and the 3-point shootout wherein Cebu’s noted “Mr. 3 Points” Chester Cokaliong will test his marksmanship from beyond the arc against the CESAFI’s best 3-point snipers. The sports-minded shipping tycoon will be representing the Cebu Eastern College Alumni Basketball Association (CECABA).

“I think it’s already a big honor for me to be recognized and be invited (to join the 3-point shootout) by such a prestigious league as the CESAFI,” said Cokaliong, who boasts of a career 18 3-point king titles spiced up with one national championship he clinched during last year’s PAL Intersports.

amdgc82
09-14-2008, 11:47 AM
USPF cagers win Cesafi dunk, 3-point contest
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:15:00 09/14/2008

After a disappointing finish in this season’s Cesafi wars, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers came roaring back to life as they captured the titles in the Slam Dunk Competition and the Three-Point Challenge in the All-Star festivities yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

High-flying wingman Elwin Durano thrilled fans with dunks never before seen in local competition while veteran sniper Moncrief Rogado impressed the crowd with his dead-eye shooting amidst the impressive crop of shooters that were ranged against him.

Rogado, an underdog in the competition with the presence of well-known shooters in the University of the Visayas' (UV) snipers Von Lanete and Ritchum Dennison and the University of San Carlos' (USC) Mike Cantonao, tallied 13 points in the first round and dropped 21 points in the first phase of the second round.

He scored 23 points in the second phase to total 44 and run away with Three-Point Challenge crown.

Lanete, who waxed hot in the first round with 18 markers, finished with 31 in the second round along with Dennison.

Guest shooter Chester Cokaliong wound up with just 21 points.

Durano ruled the airwaves with his dunking prowess in the Slam Dunk Competition as he turned the competition into a coronation by logging in perfect scores in all three of his jams.

He started his party with a 360-degree two-handed slam, which he did in spite of an injured leg.

He also did a two-handed pump slam which started from the other side of the rim and ended on the opposite side.

He emphatically picked up the win by finishing his routine by using teammate Jordan Bardilas as a prop. He then completed a left-handed slam by jumping over Bardilas.

His rival, former champion Junjun Lasala of UV, fizzled out in the competition as he failed to successfully complete any of his three dunk attempts.

6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 pivot Junmar Fajardo also competed, finishing in second and third, respectively.

amdgc82
09-14-2008, 11:53 AM
USPF sweeps slam, shootout in All-Star game
By Gabby G. Malagar
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Freeman

Elwin Durano and Moncrif Rogado of the University of Southern Philippine Foundation (USPF) won the slam dunk and 3-Point Shootout yesterday during the CESAFI All-Star Game at the jam-packed Cebu Coliseum.

By sweeping these two prestigious contests, Durano and Rogado made their Coach Raul Latonio, Sr. beaming with joy.

Before the end of the elimination round Latonio said that his team may not qualify for the semifinals but he is certain his bet in the slam dunk contest will win the crown. His word came to pass.

Durano, the high-flying rookie from Tuburan, got the nod of all five judges, receiving a perfect 50 points for his last dunk – where he took off from the free throw line and leaped over teammate Jordan Bardilles.

Spectators in the jam-packed Cebu Coliseum roared in approval after Durano had thrown down the left-handed slam.

Durano bested the likes of Eulogio “Junjun” Lasala, 6-11 Gregory Slaughter of UV, and 6-9 Jun Mar Fajardo of the University of Cebu, the other acknowledged slammers in the league.

What Coach Latonio didn’t foresee but was very glad to witness was the shooting skills of Rogado, who became CESAFI’s new 3-Point Shootout king. Rogado not only beat Von Harry Lañete of UV; he set a league best 44 points.

Rogado barely made it to the second round after scoring just 11 points in the first round. He made up for his poor showing earlier and scored 21 points in the next round and 23 points in the last round for a total of 44 points.

This put pressure on Lañete,who was the leader after the first round.

Lañete came out with guns blazing in the first round with 15 points but couldn’t match the accuracy of Rogado down the stretch. Lañete could only score 31 points – 15 in the second round and 16 in the last round - to settle for second place.

Rogado comes from a breed of pure shooters. His uncle, the former University of San Carlos (USC) Warrior topgunner Peping Rogado was also one of the best shooters during his prime especially when the Warriors won the CAAA crown in 1956. The elder Rodago is now living in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Eric Zanoria of Southwestern University (SWU), the defending slamdunk king was unable to defend his title as he is serving suspension meted by the Cobra’s management. Zanoria reportedly broke some houses rules.

Jessmar Villahermosa of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, last year’s 3-point shootout champion, was unable to defend his crown as well because he has transferred to the University of the East in Manila.

amdgc82
09-14-2008, 11:56 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Slaughter powers Light team in All-Star game
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IT WAS truly a battle of giants and this time 6-foot-11 behemoth center Greg Slaughter lifted the Light All Star team to over the Dark All Star team in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc.(Cesafi) All-Star game yesterday at the crowded Cebu Coliseum.

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers’ Slaughter had an emphatic performance scoring 22 points leading the Light All Star team, composed of players from UV, University of San Carlos Warriors and Southwestern University Cobras to a 76-72 victory in the only game of the season where the best Cebuano college cagers play together.

Last foul

On the other hand, his opposite the 6-foot-9 University of Cebu Webmasters’ center Junmar Fajardo was as impressive with 18 points but fouled out with 2:21 to go.

Slaughter also had help from Emil Rowe, who scored nine points, Von Lanete and SWU’s Clifford Maguate who scored seven points apiece.

The Light team exercised a commanding lead most of the game before Fajardo and Edward Pao, who scored nine points, and Luther Justiniani, who added seven points, shaved it to just four points, 71-67.

But before they could catch up Fajardo unexpectedly ended his match prematurely after coming his final foul against Slaughter under the baseline.

Without Fajardo in the court, Pao took over the offensive duty and scored from beyond the arc with just 22.5 seconds to make it 73-70.

However, with missed three point shots the Dark team had no option but to foul and the Light team converted their free throw shots for the 76-72 win.

After the game, Slaughter was awarded with the Most Valuable Player award and was also declared as named to the Mythical Five along with Lanete, Justiniani, Rowe and Fajardo.

Light All-Stars(72)— Slaughter 22, Rowe 9, Lanete 7, Maguate 7, Hermosa 6, Cantonao 6, Lasala 4, Cortes 4, Joven 2, Padillo 2. Dark All-Stars (72)— Fajardo 18, Pao 9, Delfino 9, Justiniani 7, Ponce 6, Enterina 3, Abella 2, Quilantang 2, Godez 2, Malinao 2, Amores 2, Collegado 1. (EKA)

amdgc82
09-14-2008, 12:05 PM
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Air Durano wins title
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ALL the other Cebu Schools Association Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball players posted little challenge to the two representatives of University of Southern Philippines-Foundation Panthers, slam dunk king Elwin Durano and three-point specialist Moncrief Rogado, as they bagged the title in the Cesafi All-Star event, yesterday, at the jammed packed Cebu Coliseum.

Durano meant business in the slam dunk competition as he stunned the eager fans with all his three dunks. The 19-year-old cager was given a perfect score in all three of his dunks scoring a total of 150 points.

He sent cheers from the crowd with his first dunk—a graceful 360 degrees two handed slam.

The audience reacted the same way in Durano’s second attempt when he did a reverse two-handed windmill from the baseline, and when he leaped over fellow Panther Jordan Bardillas followed by a left hander dunk.

Behemoth center Greg Slaughter, Junmar Fajardo and 2005 slam dunk titleholder Eulogio Lasala Jr. were no match for Durano’s impressive dunks.

On the other hand, in the three-point competition, Rogado dominated all the other 18 competitors with his accurate shooting from beyond the arc.

Rogado finished with a total score of 44 points, scoring 21 in the first round and 23 in the second.

Trailing Rogado was University of the Visayas guard Von Lanete with 31 points and Southwestern University’s Cresente Litorja with 30 points.

Cebu Eastern College Alumni Basketball Association three-point king Chester Cokaliong was a guest in the contest and scored only a total of 21 points. (EKA)

amdgc82
09-15-2008, 08:46 AM
Light sweeps Dark in CESAFI All-Star Games
Monday, September 15, 2008
The Freeman

Fil-Am giant Gregory Slaughter of seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers outscored his chief rival Jun Mar Fajardo of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters by four points as he sparked the Light squad to a 76-72 victory over Dark in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) All-Star Games at the Cebu Coliseum.* * * * * *

Slaugher, the hulking 6-foot-11 center from UV, finished with 22 points to become the runaway choice as All-Star MVP. Fajardo had 18 points to lead the Dark side.

Slaughter and Fajardo automatically made it to the Mythical Five along with Von Harry Lanete and Junjun Lasala of UV, Luther Luke Justiniani of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), and John Emel Rowe of the University of San Carlos (USC).

It was actually a clean sweep by the Light side as its juniors counterpart scored a 99-89 win over the Dark.

There was no MVP in the high school division, but it was John Michael Auditor of the UV Baby Lancers who led Light with 30 points. Auditor formed part of the Mythical Five alongside his Arvie Cabañero, John Marty Pearce of UC and Mark Jayven Tallo and Jeffrey Taghoy of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT).

The Light Team of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug led all the way and posted their largest lead at 17 points, 63-46, on Slaughter’s basket with 1:28 left in the third period.* * * * * * *

The Dark force of coach Edito Salacut slowly crawled back into contention and threatened at 72-74 with nine ticks left before the final buzzer. Light then nailed the game’s last basket to settle the final outcome.

The scores
Juniors
Light (99) - Auditor 30, Ferraren 23, Cabañero 13, Ybañez 12, Llenes 8, Del Socorro 6, Muñez 5, Cañete 4, Felisario 2, Octobre 2, Belangel 2, Demana 2* * * * * * *

Dark (89) - Pearce 19, Tallo 14, Codilla 11, Taghoy 10, Pogoy 8, Nuñeza 6, Ampo-on 4, Getalla 4, Uy 4, Reyes 3, Taboada 3, Sanchez 3, Halftime 38-46* * * * * * * *

Seniors
Light (76) - Slaughter 22, Rowe 9, Lanete 7, Maguate 7, Hermosa 6, Cantonao 6, Diputado 5, Lasala 4, Cortes 4, Joven 2, Sendrijas 2, Padillo 2* * * * * * * *
Dark (72) - Fajardo 18, Pao 9, Gabas 9, Justiniani 7, Ponce 6, Enterina 3, Delfino 2, Quilantang 2, Gudez 2, Malinao 2, Colegado 1 Halftime: 40-31 (GGM)

thadzonline
09-15-2008, 09:13 AM
lol mythical 5, I counted 6 in that article...Lasala did not land a Mythical 5 spot

ankle breaker
09-15-2008, 10:43 PM
what type of dunks did slaughter and fajardo did in challenging elwin durano?

thadzonline
09-15-2008, 10:57 PM
unfortunately I missed that event :p

amdgc82
09-16-2008, 06:34 AM
UV, SJR lead Cebu basketball Final 4
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:56:00 09/16/2008

Defending champion University of Visayas and University of San Jose Recoletos finished with identical 6-1 slates to lead the Final Four cast of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball championship in Cebu.

University of San Carlos (5-2) and University of Cebu (3-3) also made the best-of-three semifinal round which begins Sept. 18 with the UV Green Lancers-USC Warriors clash.

The USJ-R Jaguars and the UC Webmasters start their own series on Sept. 23. USJ-R beat UC, 97-69, on Aug. 7.

The Lancers, runners-up to the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in the Collegiate Champions League last year, can’t wait to get back at the Warriors who dealt them their only loss so far.

The Warriors shocked the Lancers, 80-76, during the Cesafi opener on Aug. 2.

League scoring leader Gregory Slaughter, who is averaging 21.5 points per game, Jerome Silva, Chris Victor Diputado, Romulo Benedicto Jr. and Ritchum Dennison will lead UV’s charge

UC actually tied with Southwestern University at the end of the preliminaries but prevailed in a knockout match, 76-73, on Sept. 9.

The Cesafi champion will be seeded to the FilOil Flying V “Sweet 16” Final Challenge while the runner-up will have to go through the Zone 3 qualifying together with the champion teams of Region 4, 5 and 6, the NCAA third placer and a wildcard entry.

The Cesafi third placer advances to the Zone 4 qualifying along with the winners of Regions 7, 8 and 9, the UAAP third placer and a wild card entry.

Meanwhile, Champions League chair Rey Gamboa said they are already evaluating proposals for the hosting of the nine regional and four zonal championships. Romina S. Austria

sajubeads
09-17-2008, 06:06 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Cebu schools break away
By Peter Atencio
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE Cebu Schools Association Foundation has formally broken away from the Manny Pangilinan-led Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc.

The Cesafi, one of the 21 groups represented in the BAP-SBP Board following its elections on June 12 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, actually has decided to adopt a “neutral stance” since June 19, seven days after the elections, during its own board meeting in Cebu City.

Cesafi is the biggest collegiate athletic association in Cebu province and counts as its members top college teams Southwestern University and University of Visayas, among others.

League commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said Cesafi based its decision to adopt a “wait-and-see” stance on the report of the association’s representative and legal counsel Baldomero Estenzo, who attended the elections in Makati and was named as a member of the board of trustees.

But yesterday, Tiukinhoy said the Cesafi, which has 11 member-schools, mostly based in Cebu City, is formally severing its ties with Pangilinan’s group after a Manila Regional Trial court judge declared the BAP-SBP group of Pangilinan as “null and void.”

Tiukinhoy said the Cesafi is now legally obligated to support the BAP-SBP faction of Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte and former Surigao Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay.

“The league is not after following personalities, but the rule of law,” said Tiukinhoy, who added that the Cesafi board of trustees is set to formalize its stand.

Last Sept. 3, Manila RTC Judge Antonio Eugenio, in a 21-page decision, nullified the election of Pangilinan as president of the BAP-SBP Inc. and Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno as its chairman and directed its officers “cease and desist” from acting as its officers and to “turn over the affairs of the organization to Villafuerte and Pichay’s group



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With this turn of events, can CESAFI teams still join CCL? Bastard Tiukinhoy

amdgc82
09-18-2008, 06:49 AM
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Cesafi semis open with battle of ’07 finalists
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE rivalry between the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the University of San Carlos Warriors is once more rekindled as the two teams battle for survival in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) in a much-awaited rematch this season in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals series today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The UV Green Lancers, the seven-time champions of the Cesafi, have been waiting for the day when they can avenge their only loss this year. USC was the only team to have defeated the Green Lancers this year, and they did it in style as it was through an 80-76 sneaker in the feature game that opened the 2008 Cesafi season last month.

The rivalry between the two teams dates back to two years ago when they figured in an all-out war in the Cesafi championships for two straight years. Last year, USC came close managing to extend the finals series to five games, which still saw UV winning its seventh straight title.

The year before that, UV swept USC Warriors in three games.

Not wanting to repeat last month’s episode, UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug prepped his wards for today and added their shaky start this season was caused by the absence of some of his reliable men who had to sit out due to chicken pox and injuries.

“We have prepared for this. And I just hope that everyone is healthy for the game,” said Cabahug, adding that should the unlikely happen, he also has a Plan B prepared.

“If by any chance we lose someone, then we have someone to take their place,” said Cabahug, who has a complete arsenal led by towering center Greg Slaughter and the invincible back court trio of Ritchum Dennison, Von Lañete and Chris Diputado.

Not confident

USC head coach Jay Ramirez, on the other hand, is not too confident with the team coming to today’s semis since they are still without reliable player Enrico Llanto, the Cesafi two-time MVP who has played only in USC’s first few games as he was forced to be benched because of injuries.

All Ramirez could promise was a good game and a team with a never say die spirit. “I hope everyone will enjoy watching the game,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said that he will be looking on to his top scorers Giovanni Padillo and Sam Hermosa to take charge. The two players have broken out of Llanto’s shadows since the latter’s absence and have since displayed their real talents.

USC will also be powered by streak three-point shooter Michael Cantonao and Fil-Aussie rookie Emel Rowe. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-18-2008, 06:51 AM
Lancers seek revenge against Warriors
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Freeman

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers take their campaign for an unprecedented eight straight championship to another level when they square off against former tormentor University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)
5:15 pm UV vs. USPF (Jrs.)

6:45 pm UV vs. USC (Srs.)

In the 5:15 pm opener, defending champion UV Baby Lancers also take centerstage when they take on the University of southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers in their own race-to-2 showdown.

The Lancers are seeking no less than payback against the Warriors, who humiliated them, 76-80, during the league’s season-opening match last August 2.

Under coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, the Lancers have never been beaten two consecutive games in a single CESAFI season and this will be a cause of worry for the Warriors.

Cabahug said when they lost to the Warriors, Von Harry Lanete and Ritchum Dennison were nursing from an injury. He hopes that all his players are healthy in the crucial semifinal round.

Cabahug added their vast championship experience gave them an edge over the Warriors.

On the part of the Warriors, coach Jay Ramirez said they are the heavy underdog because star center Enrico Llanto cannot play due to a lingering slipped disc. In fact, they asked Llanto to just come and sit on the bench for moral support.

“Among ipakita nga ang Warriors mo-fight gyud up to the end aron malingaw ang mga tawo,” said Ramirez even as he admitted that the Lancers are very hard to conquer.

For his part, USC Warriors consultant Mike Reyes said he has already prepared some adjustments for his team in their uphill battle against the formidable Lancers.

Reyes is hoping that Joven Cid Cortes and other big men such as Edward Bakker, John Emel Rowe and Robert Gines Codilla will respond well to Ramirez’s orders. He indicated that UV’s 6-foot-11 behemoth and All-Star MVP Gregory Slaughter will be the focal point of their defense.

Manpower wise, the Lancers have the advantage compared to the Warriors especially at the backcourt wherein UV boasts of explosive guards in the likes of Lanete, Ritchum Dennison, Chris Victor Diputado and sensational rookie Harold Cincoflores.

Meanwhile, the Baby Lancers hope to repeat their mastery over the Baby Panthers, whom they easily disposed in the elimination round, 95-75.

amdgc82
09-19-2008, 03:33 AM
UV seeks revenge vs USC at start of Cesafi semifinals today
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:36:00 09/18/2008

Games today:

@Cebu Coliseum

Semifinals, Game 1, best-of-three

5:15 pm UV vs USPF (jrs.)

6:45 pm UV vs USC (srs)

The mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers' drive for an eighth straight title will have to be tested by a bitter nemesis once again. This, as the Lancers start their best-of-three semifinals series against the University of San Carlos Warriors in the main game today, in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The seven-time champions are seeking revenge against the Warriors, who dealt them their only loss of the tournament so far, a nail-biting, 76-80 defeat on the league’s opening day last month.

The Warriors on the other hand, are looking to even the score after the Lancers denied the Cesafi championship, in 2006 and 2007.

Coaches from both teams stated that their respective squads are primed and ready to engage one another in a battle for the ages.

“We've really prepared aggressively for this series and right now, I'm just hoping that everyone will be healthy and ready to play, both mentally and physically,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, who guided the Lancers to seven Cesafi crowns, in a press conference yesterday at the Cebu Country Club.

The Lancers missed the services of their starting guards Von Lanete and Ritchum Dennison in their August 2 clash against the Warriors, because of injuries. As a precaution, Cabahug has prepared his bench for such an occurrence. “Every slot has a replacement. Kung naay buslot, tapakan jud dayon,” added Cabahug.

As such, UV is armed to the teeth with 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter manning the middle, high-flying forward Junjun Lasala in the forward slot and Lanete, Dennison and Chris Diputado in what is arguably, the league's most potent backcourt combination.

USC on the other hand, will be playing the underdogs' card in the series, in spite of their upset of the Lancers. Head coach Jay Ramirez lamented that his team virtually did not learn anything in their win over UV, as evidenced in their two straight losses that followed thereafter.

Ramirez was quick to dispel rumors though, that he was keeping Llanto out as a secret weapon emphatically saying, “He will not be playing tomorrow.” As it is, USC will turn to their two top scorers, Giovanni Padillo and Sam Hermosa, who will team up with three-point specialist Mike Cantonao, wily guard Paul Joven and 6-foot-4 rookie sensation Emel Rowe.

Meanwhile, the semifinals of the juniors division will also start between topseed UV Baby Baby Lancers and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-19-2008, 03:35 AM
Friday, September 19, 2008
UV avenges loss to USC, takes 1-0 lead
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

EVERYTHING is back in its rightful place.

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers hit paydirt when it avenged its elimination round loss to the University of San Carlos Warriors when the Green Lancers defeated the USC Warriors, 88-76, to draw first blood in the best of three semifinals series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers proved two things in their game last night—that they are still the superior team, and that without Enrico Llanto, USC doesn’t have the arsenal to stop behemoth Greg Slaughter.

No matter who is matched up against Slaughter, he just gobbles them.

The 6-foot-11 Slaughter once more made a killing scoring 31 points, half of which from the final period. The last time USC and UV met, Slaughter had 32 points.

The Green Lancers’ retaliation started early as they arrested the rally initiated by USC’s Giovanni Padillo to jump to a 15-6 lead in the first quarter, which they padded to 14 in the third period.

Down 30-44, USC, never backed down and behind Joven Sid Cortes, initiated a searing rally to erase the deficit and pull within two, 60-62, at the end of the period.

Cortes, who could not get past Slaughter in the first two periods, finally found his chance, when Slaughter had to sit it out for the rest of the period for foul trouble. Cortes scorched hot, scoring all of his 12 points in this period.

Fil-Aussie Emel Rowe scored a jumper at the start of the fourth period, to level the game, 62-all.

However, all of USC’s intensity seemed to dissipate after that heated third period and adding to USC’s dilemma, was when UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug put Slaughter back in that virtually spelled disaster for USC. UV then silenced USC with a 10-0 run behind Slaughter and Ritchum Dennison, which set the stage for the win.

Dennison, who scored 11 points, scorched hot from the perimeter scoring three triples the entire game. Chris Diputado also scored 11.

Padillo finished with 14 for USC, while Same Hermosa and Cortes added 12 each.

USC will try to stay alive in the series when the two teams meet for Game 2 next Sunday. USC hopes for a better chance next week for the much-awaited comeback of Llanto. Llanto returns to action after having been benched for more than a month due to back injury.

In the juniors division, the UV Baby Lancers took Game 1 following an 82-70 sneaker over University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

Arvie Cabañero topscored for UV with 26 points.

amdgc82
09-19-2008, 03:37 AM
Slaughter stars as UV sinks USC in Game 1
By Gabby G. Malagar
Friday, September 19, 2008
The Freeman

Six-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter showed what it takes to be an All-Star MVP as he powered seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers to a vengeful 88-76 victory over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in Game 1 of the best-of-three 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball semifinals witnessed by a mammoth crowd last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Tuesday
(Cebu Coliseum)
5:15 pm UC vs. CIT
6:45 UC vs. USJR

Slaughter ate up the Warriors’ defense at will, imposing his hulking presence at the post with finesse to chart 31 points he punctuated with a thunder slam in the final 3:13 of the contest.

The Lancers though went through some scary moments as the Warriors clawed back from a 14-point deficit, 30-44, early in the third period to forge a 62-all deadlock on John Emel Rowe’s basketball. Joven Cid Cortes scored all his 12 points in that searing run that somehow sent shivers down UV’s spines for a moment.

Bonifer Sendrijas broke the deadlock with an undergoal stab to put back UV in front, 64-62, for good.

Coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug refused to issue any prognosis whether they are going up for a two-game sweep next Sunday. “Lisod uy. Ang duwa gud may momentum man na so dili pa gyud nato hibaw-an,” he said.

When asked why they squandered a 14-point lead, Cabahug said the Warriors rallied when Slaughter was on the bench.

On top of Slaughter’s sterling performance, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Victor Diputado provided ample support with 11 points apice.

The Warrriors had four players in double figures led by Giovanni Padillo with 14 points.

It was another twinkill for UV as defending champion Baby Lancers earlier thumped the stubborn University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 82-78, to again a 1-0 upperhand in their own race-to-2 series.

An upset was brewing up when the Baby Panthers, who trailed all the way, grabbed the driver’s seat , 76-75, on James Ferraren’s basket, with 1:03 left to play.

Arvie Cabañero, however, came to UV’s rescue by scoring on a put-back with 44.8 seconds to go in the game. As the Baby Panthers stayed on the freezer, John Michael Auditor to give the Baby Lancers amn 80-76 breather with 24 ticks left before the final buzzer.

Cabañero topscored the Baby Lancers with 26 points, while Auditor chipped in 21 markers. Ferraren paced the Baby Panthers with 22 points followed by Peter Cañete with 14.

The scores:
Juniors
UV (82) - Cabañero 26, Auditor 21, Fajardo 12, Marata 6, Ybañez 5, Llenes 5, Valiente 4, Bonje 2

USPF (78) - Ferraren 22, Cañete 14, Batucan 10, Demana 8, Nudalo 7, Labares 6, Caguindagan 5, Arong 4, Silao 2 Halftime: 44-37

Seniors
UV (88) - Slaughter 31, Dennison 11, Diputado 11, Lanete 7, Mercader 7, Sendrijas 7, Villanil 6, Lasala 3, Lao 2, Cincoflores 2

USC (76) - Padillo 14, Gallarde 13, Hermosa 12, Cortes 12, Joven 7, Bakker 6, Cantonao 6, Rowe 4, Igao 2 Halftime 40-30

bleachertalk
09-19-2008, 05:02 PM
Interesting note from the stats line of the UV-USC game:

> Slaughter went 12 for 14 from the field & 7/9 from the free throw line.
> Cid Cortes, the league's most accurate shoorter from the field (63% shooting) was held to 21% shooting (4/17)

thadzonline
09-19-2008, 08:45 PM
2 things the Warriors need being exposed this season:

>a legit, serviceable big man at least 6'5" tall
>a 3rd point guard in the rotation

ankle breaker
09-23-2008, 12:43 AM
that will be filled in when the project bravo and the rest of the prospects will join the team later this year and next year.

amdgc82
09-23-2008, 05:12 AM
USJ-R not taking UC for granted
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:50:00 09/22/2008

They were considered as one of the title-favorites before the Cesafi men's basketball started, but one wrong move could spell their doom.

The second-seed University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars start their semifinal series against the University of Cebu (UC) webmasters on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum, hoping to finally barge into the Finals after missing last year's edition.

The Jaguars are ripe for the picking, with eight seniors making their last stand for that elusive title.

They have been dominant all tournament long, losing only once in seven matches to grab the no. 2 seed.

In contrast, the Webmasters had to go through the eye of the needle in order to make it to the next round.
They had to survive a gritty Southwestern University (SWU) squad in the quarterfinals before reaching the semis.

USJ-R routed UC, 97-69, in their encounter in the elimination round but the Jaguars remain wary of the Webmasters' capability to pull off an upset, especially with the presence of 6-foot-9 behemoth Junmar Fajardo.

“Kani sila, dili ni pwede sayon-sayunon kay nag-prepare ug nagpa-condition pud ni sila. An upset can happen kay kuyaw kaayo na kontra ang UC,” said USJ-R athletic director Dioscoro Himotas in a press conference last week.

UC basketball consultant Atty. Baldomero Estenzo sees the semifinal matchup as a tough one especially with a veteran-laden and battle-tested crew as USJ-R.

“The most experienced team in the league is USJ-R. They've been playing together with the same core guys for five years already. Pero if magtulog-tulog sila sa pancitan, basin diay makadaug mi. The results are really secondary as long as the players do their best,” Estenzo said. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
09-23-2008, 05:14 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
USJ-R Jaguars face UC in semis Game 1
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars waited for years to get back into the title round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. and this time they are just one stop away.

However, before they could even begin plotting their course for the title, they need to dispose the University of Cebu Webmasters first in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinals series at the Cebu Coliseum tonight at 6:45.

The Jaguars will be banking on its outgoing seniors, among them Manny Gabas, Jan Malinao, Luther Justiniani, Randy Pogoy and Armand Ponce, to lead their charge against the Webmasters, who will be leaning mostly on the inside presence of its towering pivot man Junmar Fajardo.

Fajardo, the 6-foot-9 center, will be assisted by UC’s newest finds, rookies Kevin Quilantang and Edward Pao.

UC head coach Rhoel Gomez will also be leaning heavily on Jansen Abella, Kelvin Juliane and Laurence Agas.

With eight of its players playing on their last year, the Jaguars are aiming to end their collegiate basketball career with a Cesafi title and with a battle-tested crew, they are considered the best bets to face if not dethrone University of the Visayas Green Lancers for the title this year.

The Lancers currently lead their own semifinal series against the University of San Carlos, 1-0. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-23-2008, 05:17 AM
USJ-R, UC start semifinal clash
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Freeman

The second seeded University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars take the first step towards their long-awaited finals trip as they go up against fourth qualifier University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in the opener of the other best-of-three semifinal series of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum)
5:15 pm UC vs. CIT (Jrs.)
6:45 pm USJ-R vs. UC (Srs.)

In the juniors division, No. 2 seed UC Junior Webmasters test the mettle of the fourth-ranked Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens.

Last week, top qualifiers University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the Baby Lancers took a 1-0 upstart in their own race-to-2 duel against separate foes. The Lancers scored an 88-76 win over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, while the UV bantams recovered in time to escape with an 82-78 victory over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers.

Some pundits believe it will be the Jaguars’ turn to book a finals ticket this season because they have the most number of senior players who can really help out in their titular campaign.

But the first step should start tonight against the Webmasters, whom they slaughtered by 28 points in the elimination phase last month, 97-69.

The Jaguars were in the CESAFI finals for three consecutive years from 2001-2004, but they lost to the Lancers in all those encounters.

As the competition switched to higher level, the level of energy also increases for the protagonists. And while the Jaguars are poised to score another blowout, beating the Webmasters by a mile would be easier said than done this time around because UC is expected would make some adjustments.

It would be unfortunate for the Webmasters not to learn a lesson from their humiliating defeat to the Jaguars because they are known to be a resilient team. In fact, they lost to the Lancers by only two points, 80-82.

The Jaguars’ juggernaut composed of Luther Luke Justinani, Armand Ponce, Jabe Delfino, Lyndon Gudez, Ranulfo Malinao and Mannie Gabas are likely to drown the Webmasters.

On the other hand, the Webmasters must tighten their defense and create a lot of offensive plays for their 6-foot-9 skyscraper in Jun Mar Fajardo.

Prized recruits from Los Angeles, California Kevin Quilantang and Edward Pao are two additions that could change the Webmasters’ fate for the better. Those All-Star performances by Quilantang and Pao are enough proof of their competence and they will make their foes pay if taken for granted.

The Webmasters can also rely on gunners Janssen Abella and Robinson Mohamad and slippery guard Kelvin Juliane.

Earlier this afternoon, the UC Junior Webmasters will try to repeat their mastery over the CIT Wildkittens, whom they defeated in their previous meeting, 109-94.

thadzonline
09-23-2008, 09:26 AM
lol, Quilantang and Pao are not from Los Angeles. They are from Oxnard, CA near the San Francisco area

amdgc82
09-24-2008, 07:15 AM
Youth vs. experience
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:34:00 09/23/2008

Cebu Coliseum
5:15 p.m. - CIT vs. UC (jrs.)
6:45 p.m. - USJ-R vs. UC (srs.)

The age-old conflict between youth and experience comes to the fore on Tuesday as the veteran University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars take on the rookie-laden University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal series of the Cesafi men's basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars of head coach Edito Salacot have been battle-tested all throughout the years and have kept the same core of players intact.

It has finally paid dividends as it has allowed them to dominate the rest of the field including UC, who they defeated, 97-69, in their lone elimination round encounter.

With eight seniors in their fold, pundits have dubbed USJ-R's title bid this season as its “last dance” and their last chance at redemption after falling short of the finals last season in their epic three-game semifinals series with the seven-time champions University of the Visayas (UV).

Leading the charge for the Jaguars will be their wily backcourt combination of court general Armand Ponce and playmaker Luther Justiniani. Complimenting their perimeter pop will be the inside presence of Manny Gabas, Jan Malinao, Jabe Delfino, Kurt Amores and Randy Pogoy.

USJ-R, though, will have to bring their A-game on defense as they try to contain the massive 6-foot-9 center of UC, Junmar Fajardo.

Aside from Fajardo, UC will also lean heavily on their two talented rookies, Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang. Snipers Jannsen Abella, Kelvin Juliane and Laurence Agas will also be called upon to provide perimeter coverage.

Meanwhile, the UC Baby Webmasters will also start their trek back to the finals when they face the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) in Game 1 of their semifinals series.

UC is looking to reclaim the throne that they lost to UV in last year's title showdown.

amdgc82
09-24-2008, 07:16 AM
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Jaguars leap ahead
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars inched closer to its fourth championship appearance after beating the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 100-92, in Game 1 of the best-of-3 semifinal series of the 2008 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Men’s Basketball action at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Meanwhile, UC Baby Webmasters marched nearer to its first high school division finals after beating the Cebu Institute of Technology Wild Kittens, 106-96.

The Jaguars banked on its veteran players to pull through the tough contest, which was fought closely until the final three minutes of the game.

Contribution

The biggest contribution was made by banger Randy Pogoy who was responsible for taking the final two fouls of UC’s money man Jumar Fajardo, who fouled out of the game as early as the 9:39 mark of the fourth quarter.

“I gave credit to Pogoy, because he was responsible for taking out our biggest headache, Fajardo,” USJ-R coach Edito Salacot told Sun.Star Cebu after the game.

With Fajardo protecting three fouls after three quarters, Pogoy forced the 6-foot-9 prized find from Pinamungajan, Cebu to commit his fourth in an offensive foul at the 9:47 mark.

Pogoy then completed his task when he fished the final foul of Fajardo on his way to the basket.

“We used varied defense. Firsts we stalled their offense by using pressure defense then we rotated to match-up game. I emphasized that we need to step up on defense because we lacked of it in the first half,” added Salacot.

UC was in control of the first quarter with USJ-R taking the lead only twice at 9-8 at the 6:52 of the first and at the 7:26 of the second, 29-28.

Perseverance

Despite the absence of Fajardo, UC was still much into the game with power forward Kirst Edward Pao lighting the scoreboard for the Webmasters.

However, Pao was taken out of the game after giving UC a 74-69 lead at the 7:29 because of a foot injury.

From there, Janssen Abella kept UC on the lead before the absence of its big men took its toll completely.

USJ-R scored 46 points on the inside against 22 of UC, 25-11 in second chance baskets while 27-9 in fastbreak points.

Manny Gabas topped USJ-R scorers with 21 followed by Armand Ponce with 20, Ranulfo Jan Malinao with 19, Luther Luke Justiniani with 16 and Lyndon Gudez with 13. Abella scored the game high 25 points for UC while pao added 22. Fajardo scored 12 points before fouling out and Kevin Allen Quilantang had 16. (RCM)

ankle breaker
09-24-2008, 09:18 PM
hopefully UC can still retain janssen abella, junmar fajardo, kevin quilantang, edward pao and robinson mohammad. should they dissuade marty pearce from living UC to UAAP, they pretty much a tough team to beat next year. USJR will be back to zero next with the sure departure of their top players are now in their last year.

amdgc82
09-25-2008, 06:12 AM
USJ-R near finals
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:53:00 09/24/2008

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters gave it their best shot but in the end, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars simply had too much veteran savvy and grit.

The Jaguars drew first blood with a 100-92 victory over the Webmasters in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal series in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament on Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Webmasters gave the second-seeded Jaguars a run for their money for the first three and half periods, but without Junmar Fajardo, who fouled out with 9:39 remaining in the penultimate canto, they simply fell short.

Instead, USJ-R pulled off the victory and come to within one win of a finals berth.

UC led by as many as 11 points before the Jaguars toughed it out in a nip-and-tuck fourth period.

UC last held the lead at 85-84 in an exciting final stanza that saw five lead changes.

The core of the Jaguars, with their hearts and fortitude tested by tense battles through the years, responded with aplomb as they unfurled a brief 7-0 blast behind baskets by Jan Malinao and Manny Gabas and a booming three-pointer by Armand Ponce, to put them ahead 91-85 with 1:53 remaining in the ballgame.

UC scored three straight points to come to 88-91 but USJ-R put the game away with six unanswered points.
At the onset, the Webmasters appeared to be the poised team as they rallied behind the perimeter sniping of Jannsen Abella and Kevin Quilantang to help establish a 26-15 lead early on.

Fajardo, UC's prized 6-foot-9 center, committed an offensive foul on the third period's first play and on the ensuing possession by the Jaguars, committed his fifth personal foul to send him to the bench for the rest of the game.

Gabas led the way for the Jaguars with 21 points, while Ponce added 20 points on top of five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Abella paced UC with 25 points.

Baby Webmasters topple Wildkittens

In juniors action, the Baby Webmasters proved to be luckier than their senior counterparts as they logged a 106-96 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in their own best-of-three affair.

Marty Pearce had 22 points while Christian Taboada added 20 markers for UC.

ricodgame
09-25-2008, 03:37 PM
bakit si Fajardo laging nafoul out?

ankle breaker
09-25-2008, 09:10 PM
that's part of his reportiore, scoring spree, rebounding and blocking spree plus the fouling spree. good thing there's the referees who helped him alot. if not, he could have fouled out right the 1st quarter alone. he has too many motions and offensive fouls that were not called by the refs.

amdgc82
09-28-2008, 07:27 AM
Sunday, September 28, 2008
UV, USJ-R eye finals
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars will try to rip off the semifinals series as they gun for a sweep when they face separate foes in Game 2 of their respective best-of-three semifinals series today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers, who are hoping to win their eighth straight Cesafi title and to cement their dominance in Cebu’s premier collegiate basketball league, will be taking on the University of San Carlos Warriors in today’s main game.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, will be taking on a feisty University of Cebu Webmasters in the 4 p.m. battle.

The Green Lancers defeated USC, 88-76, in Game 1 and look to repeat this carnage today to formalize their entry to the final round. In Game 1, UV’s pivot man, Greg Slaughter virtually lifted the team on his shoulders as he posted 31 points and is expected to be the thorn on the Warriors throats today.

The USC earlier hoped to have the one man that could wallop Slaughter in the person of Enrico Llanto, who has been benched for months now for injury. However, coach Mike Reyes is not very optimistic about putting Llanto back in action.

“We can’t really be sure yet. We do not want to aggravate his injury. We will see how things go,” Reyes said.

Without Llanto, USC will have to make adjustments in their defense especially that UV will be powered by the strongest backcourt of Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Von Lañete.

USC will be banking on the game savvy of Giovannie Padillo, Sam Hermosa and Emel Rowe.

Meanwhile, in the other semis encounter, the Jaguars of coach Edito Salacot, will try not to make the mistakes that almost cost them Game 1 against the Webmasters—complacency.

Game 1 scare

The Webmasters may have been a late addition to the semifinals cast, but they have proven that they are a team to reckon with after having scared the Jaguars in Game 1.

The rookie-laden Webmasters of coach Rhoel Gomez, dictated the game right from the tip-off and the Jaguars only managed to squeak past them once they got rid of UC’s center, Junmar Fajardo, but only in the closing period.

Leading USJ-R today will be veterans John Malinao, Lyndon Gudez, Armand Ponce, Manny Gabas and Luther Justiniani, who are all playing in their last year.

Expected to give them strong resistance from the other side of the court are Fajardo, Janssen Abella, Kevin Quilantang, Edward Pao and Kelvin Juliane.

The college division follows the battle in the high school division, where UV the Baby Green Lancers and UC Baby Webmasters face respective foes starting at 1 p.m. (MCB)

amdgc82
09-28-2008, 07:28 AM
Lancers, Jaguars gun for sweep tonight
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The Freeman

Top seeds University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars go for a two-game sweep tonight against separate rivals at the Cebu Coliseum.

If they pull off it would pave the way for these two schools to dispute the crown in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season.

The Lancers, the seven-time CESAFI champion, eye for a sweep over third-seed University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the nightcap of a quadruple header while the second seed Jaguars will try to oust fourth-ranked University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters.

Likewise, the leaders in the juniors division are also gunning for a two-game sweep against lesser-seeded foes as defending champion UV Baby Lancers go up against the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers while the UC Junior Webmasters collide with Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wild kittens.

A Lancers-Jaguars finals showdown this year is almost in the offing unless the Warriors and Webmasters could pull an upset and send the series into a rubber match.

The Lancers have ousted the Warriors in three consecutive years they met in the semifinals from 2002-2004. The Lancers could make it four consecutive wins against the Warriors and go for its eight consecutive titles.

This could be the year of USJ-R. The quest begins tonight as the Jaguars try to become a deserving finalist by ousting the Webmasters.

Again, Fil-Am giant Greg Slaughter will lead UV’s finals hopes. He’ll get a lot of support specially from Von Harry Lañete who recently made himself available for the PBL draft.

The Warriors will rely on their veterans plus a cast of rookies including Joven Cid Corte, Michael Cantonao and Fil-Aussie John Emel Rowe to steal a game from UV.

USJ-R, on the other hand, boasts veteran Luther Luke Justiniani with a phalanx of good back-ups in the likes of Armand Ponce, Mannie Gabas, Jan Malinao, Lyndon Gudez and Jabe Delfino.

UC will counter with behemoth Jun Mar Fajardo, Edward Pao, Kevin Quilantang, Janssen Abella and Kelvin Juliane, among others. GGM

amdgc82
09-29-2008, 05:31 AM
The race continues
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:36:00 09/28/2008

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. - UV vs. USP (jrs.)
2:30 p.m. - UC vs. CIT (jrs.)
4 p.m. - USJ-R vs. UC (srs.)
5:30 p.m. - UV vs. USC (srs.)

Four teams, two divisions, one goal. This scenario will play out in the crucial games of the Cesafi semifinals when both the junior and senior squads of the University of the Visayas (UV), the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters and the highly-touted the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars aim to make it to the finals today against their respective opponents at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the seniors division, seven-time champions UV Green Lancers hold a 1-0 lead over their bitter rivals, the University of San Carlos (USC), after the former whooped the Warriors in their Game 1 encounter last weekend, 86-78.

Likewise, the USJ-R Jaguars are also just a win away from the championship round after they eked past the UC Webmasters, 100-92, in their Game 1 match.

Defending champions UV and last year’s runner-up UC have the upper hand against their respective opponents in the juniors class after the Baby Lancers edged the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 82-78, while the Baby Webmasters trampled the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens, 106-96.

The Green Lancers will once again turn to the might of their prized 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter for the much-needed production on both ends of the floor while their vaunted backcourt of Von Lanete, Chris Diputado and Ritchum Dennison will try to open up the floor with their perimeter pop.

RETURN OF A WARRIOR

However, the Warriors will look to live up to their moniker as they try to send the game into a do-or-die Game 3 behind the explosive play of wingmen Giovanni Padillo and Sam Hermosa and the interior craftiness of slotman Joven Cortes.

USC fans are expected to be on the edge of their seats with rumors circulating that two-time MVP Enrico Llanto will be back today after a lengthy absence because of a back injury.

Meanwhile, the UC Webmasters will also have survival on their minds today as they try to keep their season alive with a Game 2 victory.

amdgc82
09-29-2008, 05:33 AM
Monday, September 29, 2008
UV makes 8th finals
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the University of San Jose Recoletos will finally battle for the 2008 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball title after sweeping their respective best-of-three semifinals series yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The USJ-R Jaguars banked on Jabe Delfino’s heroics to lead the team to an 85-80 win over the University of Cebu Webmasters.

The Green Lancers, on the other hand, will be appearing in their eighth straight championships after manhandling a hapless University of San Carlos, 72-52.

In the first game, the Jaguars were surprised by the challenge of the Webmasters.

“They ran very fast and my players, while having the size advantage, hardly moved,” said USJ-R head coach Edito Salacot, who admitted to have been ecstatic for his first finals in the seniors division.

Two titles

Salacot has coached the Jaguars for three years after leading the high school team, to two championship titles.

According to Salacot, he credited to Delfino for the win for an all-around impressive performance.

“Delfino led that team. He was the hero of that game,” Salacot said.

However, it was Lyndon Gudez, who stole the show. After a listless season, Gudez finally made his presence felt topscoring for the Jaguars with 19 points, while peppery playmaker Armand Ponce, had 11 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

UC’s main man, the 6-foot-9 Junmar Fajardo, had another breakout game of 30 points and 16 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the UV Green Lancers made little work of USC Warriors, who only managed to give up a fight in the first period.

This dampened the comeback of two-time MVP Enrico Llanto, who failed to be an asset to his team after having been benched because of injuries. Given very little playing time, Llanto was not able to build enough momentum to help USC out of the hole they dug.

USC managed to build up a 20-11 lead in the first quarter, which was sliced down to 20-17 at the end of the opening frame.

Meanwhile, UV head coach Elmer Cabahug said there is a lot of anticipation for their upcoming best-of-five finals match against USJ-R, which will be this Wednesday afternoon.

While he will be leaning on his veterans, Dennison, Von Lañete and Chris Diputado, he said that he has not run out of tricks for the coming finals.

“You have not seen everything yet. I will be unleashing my secret weapon in the finals,” said Cabahug.

amdgc82
09-29-2008, 05:34 AM
It’s UV vs. USJ-R anew
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, September 29, 2008
The Freeman

Seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers earned an eighth straight trip to the championship round in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament.

This time the Lancers will clash with the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars, whom they toppled in three previous meetings for the crown.

The best-of-five championship series opens on Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers who struggled in the first period, demolished the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 72-52, while the Jaguars outgunned the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 85-80, in the other semifinal match-up.

UV and USJ-R met for the title for three consecutive years from 2002 to 2004.

Defending secondary champions UV Baby Lancers also returned to the finals after scoring a 90-87 victory over the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers.

The UV bantams will play against the Universitry of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters, who maintained their mastery over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens.

Trailing at the start of the second period, 22-17 after a basket by Enrico Llanto, the Lancers erupted with an 18-2 run and took the lead for good, 35-24 at the halftime mark.

Only Michael Cantonao was able to score for the Warriors in the second period.

When the Lancers’ lead ballooned to 14 points, 40-26, the Warriors staged their own minor rally by retaliating with a 9-0 run to come within five points, 35-40 but things suddenly changed when Cantonao was whistled for an offensive foul against the Lancer’s Bonifer Sendrijas.

Ritchum Dennison sizzling from the floor to lead the Lancers with 22 points while behemoth Greg Slaughter and Edrian Lao very well complimented on offense as they dominated the post unmindful of Llanto’s presence.

Lao had 11 points for the Lancers while slaughter, Von Harry Lanete and Chris Victor Diputado all finished with 10 points each.

Only Harold Cincoflores and Harlow Villanil did not finish in double figures out of the eight Lancers who scored.

John Emel Rowe, who tried to keep the Warriors alive, had 11 points and was the only bright hope for their offense when the others were having an off night.

The monumental bust was San Jordan Hermosa, who was scoreless in the entire game, while the presence of Giovanni Padillo, Joven Cid Cortes and Llanto only had a little impact as the Warriors’ bid to forge a rubbematch proved futile.

“I am preparing well for our defense against the Jaguars, but it is a secret. The way the Jaguars defended Jun Mar Fajardo gave me an idea on how to utilize Slaughter at the post”, said UV coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

Meanwhile, the Webmasters gave the Jaguars a hard time, but experience and cohesiveness allowed USJ-R to pull away with a hard earned win.

The Webmasters had a chance to steal the game in the closing moments, but just when it mattered most, their shooting went sour.

Rookie Kurt Amores had a breakout game leading the Jaguars with 16 points while Luther Luke Justiniani and Lyndon Gudez added 15 points apiece but the most important factor was the double-double performance of Armand Ponce who had 11 points and 11 assists.

Fajardo, who fouled out at the start of the fourth period in Game 1, led the Webmasters with 30 points that drew the attention of Manila coaches in the likes PBL coach Junel Baculi and Letran assistant coach Mel Alas.

The scores:
First Game: Jrs.
UV (90) – Auditor 33, Fajardo 22, Cabañero 20, Arcenal 5, Ybañez 4, Brigoli 2, Marata 2, Felisario 2

USPF (87) – Ferraren 27, Demana 11, Cañete 10, Arong 9, Batucan 8, Vergas 8, Nudalo 7, Caguindangan 5, Climaco 2 Second Game: Jrs.

UC (89) – Taboada 20, Pogoy 19, Pearce 16, Ampoon 13, De Lara 9, Palileo 6, Labolabo 2, Solon 2

CIT (83) – Tallo 20, Getalla 19, Brigoli 15, Almario 12, Nalos 7, Taghoy 6, Sanchez 4

Third Game: Srs.
USJR (85) — Amores 16, Justiniani 15, Gudez 15, Ponce 11, Delfino 10, Pogoy 6, Gabas 4, Malinao 2, Villaver 2, Bibera 2, Pateño 2

UC (80) – Fajardo 30, Abella 16, Ramos 11, Quilantang 11, Pao 8, Luceño 4, Mohamad 3

Fourth Game: Srs.
UV (72) – Dennison 22, Lao 11, Diputado 10, Lanete 10, Slaughter 10, Cincoflores 4, Villanil 3

USC (52) – Rowe 11, Bautista 8, Cantonao 8, Padillo 7, Cortes 4, Bakker 4, Joven 4, Llanto 4

ankle breaker
09-29-2008, 09:27 PM
let's just wait for the another season for the warriors.

thadzonline
09-29-2008, 10:46 PM
the title drought now extends to 36 long years!

amdgc82
09-30-2008, 05:05 AM
Battle for CESAFI third* place on today
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Freeman

Last year’s losing finalist University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors has nothing to do than to campaign for third place instead after losing to seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers last Sunday.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum)
For third
5 pm USPF vs. CIT (Jrs.)

6:30 pm USC vs. UC (Srs.)

Today, the Warriors will have to try their luck as they take on the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series for third place in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the secondary division, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers will go up against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in their own race-to-two series for third.The games were orginally set by CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr for Wednesday but they have to change the schedule because of the unavailability of the venue.

When they met in the elimination, the Warriors defeated the Webmasters, 110-101, while the Baby Panthers whipped the Wildkittens, 87-83.

The Warriors shocked the seven-time University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers during the season opener last August 2.

The Warriors will count the most from Sam Jordan Hermosa, Giovanni Padillo, and Joven Cid Cortes.

The Webmasters, on the other hand, will rely on 6-foot-9 giant Jun Mar Fajardo in the company of Janssen Abella, Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang among others.

The Baby Panthers will squeeze the most from James Ferraren and Peter Cañete, while the Wildkittens bank on the tandem of Mark Jayven Tallo and Jeffrey Taghoy.

amdgc82
10-01-2008, 06:35 AM
Cesafi battle-for-third games
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:35:00 09/30/2008

Games today, September 30, 2008:
Cebu Coliseum
5 p.m. - USPF vs. CIT (jrs.)
6:30 p.m. - USC vs. UC (srs.)

After falling short of their goal of making it into the finals, four teams will be battling it out in the junior and senior divisions as they try to salvage their seasons by taking third place in Game 1 of their respective best-of-three series on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors will be facing the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in the seniors division, while the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers tackle the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats in the juniors division.

After finishing in second place for two straight years, the Warriors just did not have any firepower to make a return to the Finals as they were emphatically swept by the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

The Webmasters showed more of a fight against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars but were also shown the broom after losing, 60-65, in Game 2.

USC, though, is slightly tipped in this encounter after coming out victorious in their lone encounter in the elimination round against UC.

Two-time MVP Enrico Llanto of USC, who provided an emotional lift by returning to play in Game 2, remains questionable in this series.

UC is expected to turn to their man-mountain, Junmar Fajardo, who tallied 30 points in the Game 2 loss.

Meanwhile, the Baby Panthers and the Wildkittens duke it out for the consolation prize after the two squads failed to hinder the finals rematch between the UV Baby Lancers and the UC Baby Webmasters.

USPF dropped a close 87-90 decision in Game 2 against UV while CIT was eliminated by UC, 83-89. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-01-2008, 06:36 AM
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
One for Warriors
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THE UNIVERSITY of San Carlos (USC) danced with the fire before Sam Jordan Hermosa doused it with cold water to lift Warriors to an 85-79 win past the University of Cebu Webmasters in Game 1 of the best-of-three series for the third place of the 2008 Cesafi Men’s Basketball at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Univesity of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, on the other hand, led their own series by beating the Cebu Institute of Technology Wild Kittens 81-74.

USC wooed danger when it traded fire with the Webmasters who were trailing all the way after leading 3-2 at the start of the game.

Using a different set of starters, coach Rhoel Gomez found his boys needing the services of their main man Junmar Fajardo as USC overshadowed the Webmasters for a 23-15 lead at the end of the first half.

USC made it 29-15 before Fajardo who was only inserted on the second period made his moves as he scored 14 of his 35 points to keep UC afloat against the exhausting Warriors attack.

With the Warriors leading, 49-36, the war of rallies began with UC starting with a 7-0 run to cut the lead, 43-49. USC answered with a 10-0 to establish the biggest lead of the game at 59-43.

UC, however, responded with their own 10-0 run before the third quarter settled with USC, keeping a 63-58 lead.

USC started the fourth with a short 7-0 run and UC countered with a 17-9 to make it 75-79 with 2:40 remaining in the game. It was when Hermosa nailed the back breaking triple 21 seconds later.

Janssen Abella kept the hope alive for UC but another triple coming from Jun Michael Cantonao in the final 47 seconds swept all resistance from the Webmasters.

USC’s gang rebounding and its quick defensive rotation will be the main agenda of Gomez when they prepare for the Game 2 of the series.

While for Jay Ramirez and Mike Reyes, it would be to limit the production of Fajardo or to keep the other Webmasters from scoring as much as he does. (RCM)

amdgc82
10-01-2008, 06:38 AM
Baby Panthers beat Wildkittens anew
By Gabby G. Malagar
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The Freeman

Power forward Peter Cañete scored 13 of his topscoring 23 points in the fourth period to catapult the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USFP) Baby Panthers to an 81-74 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in Game 1 of their best-of-three battle for third place in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow
(Cebu Coliseum)
Game 1, Finals
5 pm UV vs. UC (Jrs.)
6:30 pm UV vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

As of this writing last night, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and University of Cebu (UC) kicked off their own race-to-2 series for third.

Cañete almost singlehandedly carried the Baby Panthers to victory. It was actually a repeat performance for the USPF juniors as they also whipped the Wildkittens, 89-83, during their first meeting in the classification round.

James Ferraren and Anthony Arong heavily backed up Cañete on the offensive end with 15 points each, while Jason Batucan banged in 12 markers.

The Baby Panthers controlled the game from start but they have to fight back after the Wildkittens wrested the driver’s seat for a moment. CIT rallied after USPF’s Marvin Demana was whistled for a technical for unsportsmanlike behavior.

Bridrick Brigoli put the Wildkittens on top, 44-43, with 3:30 left in the third period off a foul by Demana. Jeffrey Taghoy split his charities, 45-43, and then Brigoli converted his bonus shot for a 46-43 CIT.

The Baby Panthers were still down by two, 51-53, going into the final quarter, but Cañete presided over a searing endgame attack to bail USPF out of danger.

Taghoy, who also waxed hot in the fourth period, led the Wildkittens with 19 points followed by Brigoli with 16 markers. Mark Jayven Tallo, a promising rookie guard, had 11 points, while Kenneth Getalla and Joseph Nalos had 10 points apiece.

The scores
USPF (81) - Cañete 23, Ferraren 15, Arong 15, Batucan 12, Vergas 6, Caguindagan 3, Silao 2, Lambujon 2, Labares 2, Nudalo 2, Climaco 2

CIT (74) - Taghoy 19, Brigoli 16, Tallo 11, Nalos 10, Getalla 10, Onting 4, Dimitiman 4 Halftime: 37-30*

amdgc82
10-01-2008, 09:48 PM
Canete tows USPF
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:28:00 10/01/2008

Not minding the circumstances under which it was playing, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers played a ferocious game and came away with a come-from-behind 81-74 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in Game 1 of the Cesafi best-of-three series for third place in the juniors division on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

USPF consistently led in the first half but suddenly lost steam in the second half.

Fortunately, the Baby Panthers had Peter Canete to turn to as the burly forward scored 11 of the team's final 13 points to salvage the victory.

With Canete clicking from behind the three-point arc, the Baby Panthers raced off to a 37-30 halftime lead, which was punctuated by three consecutive three-pointers.

However, the Wildkittens clawed back to life as Jeffrey Taghoy, Bridrik Brigoli and Kenneth Getalla helped the team take the lead, 51-43, before the Baby Panthers had a brief surge of their own to peg the score at 51-53, entering the final canto.

There, the two squads traded baskets and the lead went back and forth until Canete came around to deal CIT the death blow.

Taghoy paced CIT with 19 points while Brigoli had 16 points. CIT's explosive freshman Mark Jayven Tallo was held to just 11 points. Game 2 is set on Saturday.

BOX SCORES:
USPF (81) - Canete 23, Feraren 15, Arong 13, Batucan 12, Vergas 6, Caguindangan 3, Silao 2, Labares 2, Climaco 2, Nudalo 2, Lambujon 2.
CIT (74) - Taghoy 19, Birgoli 16, Tallo 11, Getalla 10, Nalos 10, Onting 4, Almario 4.

amdgc82
10-01-2008, 09:51 PM
UV, UC centers lead Cesafi MVP race
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:26:00 10/01/2008

The towering behemoths of the University of Cebu (UC) and the University of the Visayas (UV) are locked in a heated battle for this year's Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as Junmar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter top the league in statistical points (SPs) gained heading into the finals this week.

Although UC's 6-foot-9 center Fajardo tops the pack with 472.5 SPs, Slaughter might be tipped to win it all since aside from accumulating 467 SPs, he has also led his team to the final round, where the Lancers are gunning for an unprecedented eighth straight title.

Fajardo's Webmasters on the other hand, has been relegated to playing for third place against the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Also making it into the top five are Armand Ponce and Luther Justiniani of this year's other finalists, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, and Edward Pao, of the UC. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
10-02-2008, 05:45 AM
Thursday, October 02, 2008
UV hunts for 8th title
www.sunstar.com.ph

The UV Green Lancers are out to underscore their dominance in the collegiate basketball when it battles a new finals challenger, the University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars, in Game 1 of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) in their best-of-five finals series tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

If the USJ-R Jaguars think they have the Green Lancers all figured out, they should think again as UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug assured his massive supporters that he still has enough tricks up his sleeves to defend their title.

“I will be unleashing my secret weapon come the finals,” Cabahug said slyly after sweeping their semifinals over the University of San Carlos last Sunday.

Cabahug hinted, without giving away the secret, that he will still be banking on his reliable backcourt veterans Von Lañete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado and with the help of center Greg Slaughter.

Although it seems like a routine being in their eighth finals appearance, Cabahug said that they are in no way, buckling down.

“We are defending this title as ferociously as we have in the past,” Cabahug said.

The burden of finally evicting UV out of the top spot now rests on the shoulders of the veteran-laden USJ-R and head coach Edito Salacot, who is on his first finals in the collegiate division.

Salacot’s squad is also considered one of the toughest contenders for the crown, having a battle-toughened crew, who are ripe for the picking.

“If there is a year that USJ-R should win, it is this year because we have enough experience and this is our last chance because most of us will be graduating and we want to leave the school with something to remember us by,” said Jan Malinao, who is one of the eight players graduating this school year.

Leading USJ-R’s charge will be an equally strong backcourt of Armand Ponce and Luther Justiniani with streak shooter Lyndon Gudez, Manny Gabas, Jan Malinao, Randy Pogoy, Jabe Delfino and Kurt Amores. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-02-2008, 05:47 AM
Lancers face toughest hurdle in quest for 8th CESAFI title
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The Freeman

The formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers face the hardest obstacle in their quest for an unprecedented eight straight championship as they take on the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars today in Game 1 of the best-of-five finals in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum) Game 1, Finals
5:00 pm UV vs. UC (Jrs.)

6:30 pm UV vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

Prior to that, the UV Baby Lancers have their own tough business to take care as they start their title defense against bitter rival University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters in their own race-to-3 series for the secondary crown.

The Lancers are surely not taking the Jaguars for granted even if they prevailed over the latter during their first meeting this season, 58-63. A lesson to be learned out of that hard-earned triumph is that they have to be extra cautious about USJ-R’s capability to hang on tough especially at crunchtime.

With at least four USJ-R players ripe for the picking and are hungry to taste a championship now playing their last season in the league, the Lancers are in for one big war in what is anticipated to be one of the most exciting finale in CESAFI history.

One of the aces in USJ-R’s card, of course, is commercial veteran Luther Luke Justiniani, who is blessed with two deadly shooting hands that are capable of exploding at any given time.

Also, the Lancers should expect a highly physical game that will be thrown by the Jaguars on their tower of power, the 6-foot-11 behemoth Gregory Slaughter. There is no other way to stop Slaughter than to gang him up on defense.

Aside from Slaughter, the other potential headaches for the Jaguars are the likes of Edrian Lao and Bonifer Sendrijas as well as peppery guards Von Harry Lanete, Ritchum Dennison, Chris Victor Diputado and Harlow Chad Villanil.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, must play smart on offense and have their outside shooting gunship ready for the 40-minute battle.

Armand Ponce is expected to show his best for the Jaguars in the company of Lyndon Gudez, Jabe Delfino, Ranulfo Malinao, Mannye Gabas and rookie Kurt Amores.

In the juniors side, the Baby Lancers rely on the tandem of John Michael Auditor and Arvie Cabañero to size up UC’s juggernauts of Roger Pogoy, Christian Taboada, Alfred Codilla, Zandro Palileo and John Marty Pearce.

Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors defeated the UC Webmasters, 85-79, in Game 1 of their best-of-three battle for third place.

amdgc82
10-04-2008, 06:58 AM
Friday, October 03, 2008
Lañete’s triple treat
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

OUTGOING senior Von Harry Lañete celebrated his birthday in style. Aside from being drafted in the Philippine Basketball League, Lañete helped steer the University of the Visayas Green Lancers to draw first blood in the best-of-five finals series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball competition in a lopsided 86-74 win over the University of San Jose Recoletos yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Lañete, who turned 23 yesterday, played the role of a silent assassin scoring 14 points for the Lancers, right after the confirmation of his PBL draft with Harbour Center.

A dream come true, was how Lañete described the looming chapter of his basketball career.

“I have always wanted to make it to the big leagues. Now that I am here, I will make sure that I will make it worthwhile,” Lañete said.

Playing in his last year in the collegiate league, Lañete is set to follow the footsteps of his brother Chico, who is now in the PBA and Garvo, who is now in the PBL.

New look Jaguars

Meanwhile, in the game, the USJ-R Jaguars waited for four years for another chance to face perennial champions UV in the finals. And they seemed to come prepared, complete with a new game face and shaven heads, the Jaguars looked the part, but failed to deliver.

The Jaguars of coach Edito Salacot started off strong with a 7-0 run with Armand Ponce opening the onslaught with a three-point bomb, further padding its lead to 10 points, 14-4, as they took advantage of the new formula UV head coach Boy Cabahug was testing—putting in a different starting unit.

However, after finding himself buried by 10 points in the first four minutes of the game, Cabahug deemed it necessary to field in the heroes of the game, Lañete, Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Greg Slaughter.

, who turned the game around for good with a 16-0 run to end the first quarter with the favor on their side, 24-19.

USJ-R managed to reclaim the lead late in the second period, 37-36, behind Lyndon Gudez and Ponce, but still eventually handed it back to UV when Junjun Lasala scored a bucket and Diputado made a buzzer-beating triple.

In the third period, The Green Lancers became even more intensified barraging the baskets with several three-pointers.

What added to USJ-R’s drawback was when its top players could not get their acts together.

“We had a good start but at the end, they just started playing individually. And my players were off today,” said Salacot.

USJ-R’s usual top scorer Luther Justiniani failed to become an asset as he was reduced to just four points, all scored from the free throw line.

amdgc82
10-04-2008, 07:00 AM
Lancers slam Jaguars in opener
By Gabby G. Malagar
Friday, October 3, 2008
The Freeman

Six-foot-11 skyscraper Gregory Slaughter proved to be tough and indestructible as he powered seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers to an 86-74 victory over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in Game 1 of their best-of-five finals for the seniors division title of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season witnessed by a jampacked crowd last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow
(Cebu Coliseum)

Game 2
1 pm CIT vs. USPF (For third, Jrs.)

2:30 pm UC vs. UV (Finals, Jrs.)

4 pm USC vs. UC (For third, Srs.)

6:30 pm USJ-R vs. UV (Finals, Srs.)

In the juniors division, however, the UV Baby Lancers lost to the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters, 87-91, in a very exciting game decided only in the final three minutes of the contest.

The Lancers, who are gunning for an unprecedented eight CESAFI crown, needed only a decisive third quarter breakaway to rip the game apart with a 23-point lead twice, the last was at 76-53, early in the fourth period. The Jaguars could no longer come close from there onwards.

Slaughter threw all his defenders into foul trouble to the frustration on the Jaguars. Actually, coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug did not field Slaughter as starting unit and they nearly paid for it as the Jaguars jumped off to a sizzling 16-6 start.

But Slaughter, who paced the Lancers with 23 points, did not stay long at the bench and came in at the 6:43 mark of the first quarter.

Slaughter quickly responded with six straight points to hand back the lead to the Lancers, 18-16. With Slaughter dominating the post, the rest of his teammates gained too much confidence and contributed well in the offense.

Von Harry Lanete, playing his last season for the Lancers, had a silent 14 points including crucial buzzer-beating baskets. His leadership also played a big role in their victory.

A very disappointed Jaguars were accounted for 18 turnovers that were the major cause of their collapse. Their reliables Luther Luke Justiniani and Manny Gabas as well as rookie Kurt Amores were monumental busts.

Justiniani missed all his eight attempts from the field and his four points came from the free throw line. Lyndon Gudez and Jabe Delfino were the only bright spots for the Jaguars as they scored 22 and 17 points, respectively.

Earlier, Gerald Ampoon led the Junior Webmasters with 20 points including a crucial lay-up as they drew first blood in their own race-to-three championship series.

Arvie Cabañero had 28 points for the Baby Lancers, while Glennson Ybañez had 18 points and Aldwyn Felisario chipped in 16 in a losing cause.

The scores
First game
UC (91) - Ampoon 20, Pogoy 17, Pearce 14, Tindoy 10, Taboada 9, De Lara 7, Luzon 5, Palielo 4, Solon 2, Labolabo 2UV (87) - Cabañero 28, Ybañez 18, Felisario 16, Fajardo 8, Auditor 6, Brigoli 4, Llenes 2, Bonjie 2, Arcenal 2 Halftime: 53-43

Second game:
UV (86) - Slaughter 23, Lanete 14, Diputado 14, Cincoflores 8, Lasala 7, Dennison 7, Sendrijas 6, Lao 3, Villanil 3
USJ-R (74) - Gudez 22, Delfino 17, Ponce 13, Malinao 9, Gabas 5, Justiniani 4, Amores 2, De la Peña 2
Halftime: 41-37

amdgc82
10-04-2008, 07:02 AM
Contrasting start
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:16:00 10/03/2008

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers started their title defense with aplomb as they emphatically took out the latest contenders to their crown, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, with a convincing 86-74 win in Game 1 of their best-of-five championship series in the seniors division of the Cesafi basketball tournament last night at the packed Cebu Coliseum.

Billed to be a virtual fight to the finish between the two top teams in the league this season, Game 1 instead turned out to be a blowout as the Green Lancers asserted the spectacular dominance that have made them champions for the past seven years.

Leading by just four, 41-37, at the turn the Lancers greeted the Jaguars with a sizzling 11-3 run fueled by man-mountain Greg Slaughter and birthday-boy Von Lanete, to erect a 52-40 advantage early in the second half.

Another 11-2 rally soon followed that all but blew the wind out of the sails of USJ-R as the Jaguars faced a huge 19-point deficit, 44-63, midway through the third period.

Consecutive baskets by shock-troopers Edrian Lao and Harold Cincoflores, and guard Ritchum Dennison in the final minute of the third stanza along with their unforgiving defense gave the Lancers an insurmountable 23-point bulge, 71-48, heading into the final period.

USJ-R's streak-shooting guard Lyndon Gudez made it his personal mission to try to bring back his team by scoring 11 of his 22 points in the final stretch but fell short as his teammates simply could not find their rhythm. Typifying their game-long struggles was Mythical Five team-shooting Luther Justiniani, who finished with just four points after missing all eight of his field goal attempts.

Slaughter finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds while court generals Chris Diputado and Lanete, each had 14 points.

BABY WEBMASTERS TAKE GAME 1

Meanwhile, the juniors division defending champions UV Baby Lancers were not as lucky as they were toppled by the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters, 87-91, in Game 1 of their best-of-five championship series.

UV was down early but finally caught up with UC in the final stanza. A basket by Jan Auditor gave UV an 81-79 lead but the Baby Webmasters showed their resiliency and responded with baskets from Christian Taboada and Zandro Palileo to retake the lead, 85-81.

Roger Pogoy and Gerald Ampoon sealed the win for the Baby Webmasters in the final seconds as the former had a crucial tip-in while the latter made an uncontested layup.

Ampoon led UC with 20 points, 18 coming in a torrid first-half shooting spree while Pogoy had 17 points.

UV was paced by former Letran Squire Arvie Cabanero, who scored 28 points.

amdgc82
10-04-2008, 07:04 AM
Saturday, October 04, 2008
UV guns for 2-0 lead
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE years when the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) had to scurry to look for students to watch the basketball games seems to be over.

After Game 1 of the championship series, which became a virtual standing room only, Cesafi had to find a solution for the sizeable crowd who watched not just the finals but also the battle for third place, which is being played by Cesafi’s more popular teams.

As a solution, the gates will open two hours before the games start. The Coliseum will start admitting viewers at 11:30 a.m. today.

Meanwhile, what was expected as a tooth-and-nail fight turned out to be a huge blowout with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers taking Game 1 of the Best-of-Five finals series of the Cesafi Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Worst

Last Thursday’s performance was probably the worst that the University of San Jose-Recoletos have played the entire season.

Looking to be the first team to finally beat the Green Lancers, the Jaguars have tonight to redeem themselves and even the
series. Otherwise, the team will be staring at a 0-2 hole in the finals.

The Jaguars fans also came out in full force.

Their side of the coliseum was filled with school officials and it seems most USJ-R students showed up in support for the Jaguars. But they had nothing to show for, except Lyndon Gudez, who clearly was itching to take the Jaguars back to the limelight.

Gudez, who has been benched some time now because of his knee injury, was the only silver lining in a distraught USJ-R squad.

Should Gudez’ fellow veterans, Armand Ponce, Luther Justiniani, Manny Gabas and Jan Malinao click on their usual fierce selves, then USJ-R will be back in the game and should at least give UV a bit of a hard time in this long series.

On the other hand, UV head coach Elmer Cabahug did not have an ounce of trouble as his veteran backcourt—Von Lañete, Chris Diputado and Ritchum Dennison—remained the offensive threat that they always have been.

Greg Slaughter, UV’s sophomore center, also maintained dominance at the post.

Making it easier for Cabahug was how his second stringers contributed to the win. If UV keeps its confidence level in check today, it will take another step closer to its eighth straight Cesafi title.

Meanwhile, in the juniors division, the UV Baby Lancers is looking to avenge its Game 1 loss to the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters.

Today, the MVP awards and the Mythical Teams of both the juniors and seniors divisions will also be awarded given out. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-04-2008, 07:05 AM
Lancers gun for 2-0 lead
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The Freeman

The formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers shoot for a commanding 2-0 lead when they collide with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars today in Game 2 of their best-of-five series for the seniors division title of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today
(Cebu Coliseum)
1 pm CIT vs. USPF (Jrs. for 3rd )
2:30 pm UC vs. UV (Jrs. championship)
4 pm USC vs. UC (Srs. for 3rd )
6:30 pm USJ-R vs. UV (Srs. championship)

Likewise, the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters hope to follow up their victory in the series opener over the UV Baby Lancers in their own race-to-3 series for the juniors championship.

Six-foot-11 center Gregory Slaughter is expected to lead the Lancers anew as they try to reaffirm their supremacy over the Jaguars, whom they dismantled in Game 1 last Thursday, 86-74.

The series opener went in favor of the Lancers most of the way except in the first period where the Jaguars managed to post a 16-6 lead. At that time, Slaughter was not yet fielded in by coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

So dominating the Lancers were that they built as much as 23 points lead, leaving the Jaguars groping for form in the dark the rest of the way.

Outgoing playmaker Von Harry Lanete, who was drafted by Harbour Center in the PBL, is among the vital elements of the Lancers’ campaign for an unprecedented eight CESAFI title alongside Ritchum Dennison, Chris Victor Diputado, Harlow Villanill, Edrian Lao and rookie guard Harold Cincoflores.

The Jaguars may have proven to be a worthy challenger in Game 1, but the Lancers’ championship experience really counts.

Luther Luke Justiniani, who was handcuffed to only four points, should make up from his lackluster showing because if he continues to be a no-factor, the Jaguars’ title hunt is in peril. The likes of Randy Pogoy, John Malinao, and Manie Gabas should also step up if the Jaguars are serious enough in stabilizing their offense.

Earlier today, the Junior Webmasters are expected to do the same trick they used in scoring a vengeful victory over the UV bantams two nights ago. In the elimination round, the UC juniors lost to the Baby Lancers, 85-95, but managed to pull off a Game 1 stunner in convincing fashion.

Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers will try to sweep the best-of-three battle for third place as they battle the UC Webmasters and the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in the seniors and juniors division, respectively.

In a related development, CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. announced that the Mythical Five in both levels will be awarded in between today’s games.

thadzonline
10-04-2008, 11:38 PM
UV up 2-0 in best of 5, 1 win away from 8th straight CeSAFI title. UC forces rubbermatch for third with Junmar on the bench for much of the game

amdgc82
10-05-2008, 08:27 AM
Sunday, October 05, 2008
One more for No. 8
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

GAME 2 of the championship series of the Cebu School Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) was the same story in Game 1—it just took the University of the Visayas a longer time to recover—and just like that, the Lancers are ahead a 2-0 lead over the University of San Jose-Recoletos last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Just like in Game 1, the USJ-R started off strong, jumping off to a 10-point lead in the first few minutes of the game. The difference, however, was that they managed to hold on to the lead a little while longer—for three quarters, that is—before eventually crumbling to pressure in the final frame.

In series opener, USJ-R only had control of the game in the first few minutes before UV snatched from them at the end of the first quarter.

“Slaughter was just overpowering. Lisud na kaayo kuhaon kay maayo na kaayo muduwa. Dili na pareha iyang duwa karong sa last year,” said USJ-R head coach Edito Salacot.

Dominant figure

Slaughter was once more the most dominant figure in this match scoring a game-high 29 points.

Surprisingly Slaughter came up with moves he never showed before, including an acrobatic shot in the third period, where he arched his back just to make the shot. He also made another slam dunk which brought the house down but also got him a technical foul for hanging on too long.

In the game, USJ-R took control of the right from the tip-off leading by as much as 12 points 38-26 at the start of the third period. This was slowly sliced by UV, behind Slaughter’s efforts, until finally they took the lead for the fist time, 52-51, at the start of the final period.

USJ-R managed to claim the lead back after Jerome Villaber scored a triple and a bucket ,56-52.

However, nothing could stop UV from taking the game.

Von Lañete, who was a virtual non-entity in the first three periods, stepped up when it mattered most as he and another veteran, Bonifer Sendrijas inititated a 10-0 rally, for UV to take the lead for good, 62-56.

In this stretch, which happened in a matter of two minutes, Lañete scored two triples—his only points for the game—to boost UV’s win. Sendrijas, was the other player from UV scoring in double figures aside from Slaughter, with 12 markers in a game, which saw UV equally distributing its offenses.

Owing to USJ-R’s cave in was how veteran player Luther Justinini, a mythical five awardee, still remained stuck in his slump.

The entire team was leaning on him, but he still became a liability for the team.

USJ-R’s only made 5-of-15 from the field in the final period and Justiniani, was 3-of- 13 in the entire game. He also failed to convert a single triple, which used to be his forte, in eight attempts from the arch.

Meanwhile, the battle for third became just as intense as the fight for the title as the winner will get a chance to play in the Champions League.

University of Cebu Webmasters managed to extend the best-of-three fight after pulling off the equalizer via 87-78 overtime win over the University of San Carlos Warriors. Leymund Babad and Edward Pao led UC with 14 points each, while Jansen Abella added 13.

amdgc82
10-05-2008, 08:28 AM
UV closes in on eighth CESAFI title
By Gabby G. Malagar
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Freeman

Moments after he was honored as the league's MVP, 6-foot-11 man mountain Gregory Slaughter delivered another monstrous performance, charting a game-high 29 points as seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers scored a repeat 71-61 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five finals series in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers, thus, moved just one win away from completing an unprecented eight straight CESAFI title. They can achieve that historic feat via sweep in tomorrow's Game 3 that will be covered by Solar Sports and will be aired on Tuesday begging at 5 pm.

Slaughter automatically made it to elite Mythical Five cast alongside teammate Von Harry Lanete, Jun Mar Fajardo of UC0 and Armand Ponce and Luther Luke Justiniani of USJ-R.

Earlier, the Baby Lancers also nailed a 10-point victory, 91-81, against the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters to even their own race-to-3 series for the juniors division crown at one game apiece. UC's John Marty Pearce was named MVP in the secondary level and was joined in the Mythical Five by teammate Roger Pogoy, Mark Jayven Tallo of CIT and Arvie Cabañero and John Michael Auditor of UV.

The Jaguars actually gave the Lancers a hard time as they dominated the game for more than three quarters. They could have played differently, but their star player Luther Luke Justiani was again a picture of disappointment for the Josenians. He was again held off to only four points in a horrendous 0-of-13 shooting from the field. He missed all his eight attempts from the 3-point land.

Obviously, Slaughter's presence have changed everything including the attempts made by the Jaguars.

Leading by 12 points with just a few seconds gone by in the third period on a triple by Ranulfo Malinao, the Lancers swowly but surely crept back to seize the driver's seat, 52-51, on a undergoal stab by Slaughter to start the fourth period.

The Jaguars quickly countered with five straight points from Jerome Villaver to regain a 56-52 lead with still 8:27 to play, but that proved to be their last hurrah.

The Lancers also replied with a 5-o blast to grab the lead for good, 57-56, on a basket by Bonifer Sendrijas heading into the final seven-minute mark of the contest. Sendrijas was the only other double-digit scorer for UV with 12 points.

John Malinao and Lyndon Gudez were the top scorers for the Jaguars with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Earlier, the UC Webmasters stayed alive in the race for third after pulling off an 87-78 victory in overtime victory over the Univesity of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

In the secondary division, University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers swept CIT Wildkittens, 84-82, to clinch the third place trophy.

durden_tyler
10-06-2008, 01:10 AM
CESAFI FINALS (Game Three) on BTV later this week!

amdgc82
10-06-2008, 05:17 AM
Monday, October 06, 2008
Jaguars’ final chance
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

WILL the University of San Jose Recoletos finally live up to the lofty opinion pundits have of them and stop the University of the Visayas Green Lancers who are just a step away from claiming its eighth straight title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)?

At the start of the season, USJ-R was tipped by coaches from other schools to be the team that could stop UV from the throne. So far, the Jaguars have shown no hints
of brilliance, slumping 0-2 in the best of five finals.

If they have not come up with a solution to the dilemma that they are facing, the Jaguars need to make one now and fast as today will be their last chance to redeem themselves and hamper another UV sweep over the Jaguars in the Cesafi as they meet for Game 3 tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars are being haunted by ghosts of past finals, when the Green Lancers swept them in the championship series from 2002 to 2004.

Though one UV fan may have expressed his school’s seemingly effortless run to the title with a placard that says “being a champion seems like a routine,” the Green Lancers still pursued their title-defense as ruthlessly as any team looking for its first title.

Anchored by league MVP Greg Slaughter, the Lancers asserted their dominance winning Game 1, 86-74 and pulled off a come-from-behind win last Saturday.

Slaughter’s impressive offense and his menacing presence at the post has been elemental in their win.

But he also got the needed assistance from Bonifer Sendrijas, Von Lañete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado and coach Elmer Cabahug’s secret weapons—his bench players—who had been the surprise factors in this finals series.

Over at the Jaguars’ side, USJ-R’s reliable veterans, continue their pathetic slide. The worst of the field has been Mythical Five member Luther Justiniani, who just could not get his act together in all two finals games. Another Mythical Five member, Armand Ponce, lost his usual spunk and no longer showcases his acrobatic, high-flying moves.

Meanwhile, in the juniors finals, the UV Baby Lancers and the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters battle in today’s first game at 5 p.m. for the lead in their series.

amdgc82
10-06-2008, 05:19 AM
UV Lancers go for clincher tonight
By Gabby G. Malagar
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Freeman

With a commanding 2-0 lead, there seems to be no stopping the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers from carving out another history as they take on the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars tonight in Game 3 of their best-of-five finals series for the seniors crown of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum) Finals, Game 3

5 pm - UC vs. UV (Juniors)

6:30 pm - USJ-R vs. UV

The Lancers, the most dominant collegiate ballclub in the southern Philippines, are just a win away from clinching an unprecedented eight straight CESAFI championship.

Their 6:30 pm duel against the Jaguars will be covered by Solar Sports - a first in Cebu amateur cagedom - and will be aired tomorrow beggining at 5 pm.

Facing no tomorrow, the Jaguars of coach Edito Salacut must play in full throttle as they seek to avert an embarrasing sweep. The choice is for them either to call it quits or stay alive and fight for another day.

Fil-Am tower Gregory Slaughter, who is expected to collect his third MVP trophy in a single season, had been very consistent in the finals and his presence is as monumental as his 6-foot-11 frame. Slaughter is a difficult homework the Jaguars have yet to answer.

And the way Slaughter asserted his dominance and broke down USJ-R’s defensive fortress, there is only little doubt whether the Lancers could complete a three-game sweep.

As for the Jaguars, team leader Luther Luke Justiniani, serving his last playing year in the league, must show his real form. In the past two setbacks to UV, he had been hardly an inspiration to his comrades scoring only a measly four points per game. Worse, he has yet to sink a field goal as he scored all his eight points from the foul line.

In those games that they lost, the Jaguars always have the opportunity to steal the game, but they could not handle Slaughter’s intimidating presence at the shaded lane.

Aside from Justiniani, seven other USJ-R players are all set to bade farewell from the CESAFI. They are Lyndon Gudez, Ranulfo Malinao, Randy Pogoy, Mannie Gabas, Armand Ponce, Jabe Delfino and Edmar Pateño.

This means that they will start over again from scratch.
If they want to leave a memorable mark in the league, that would be to score a victory over the mightly Lancers.

For them to do that, they have to contain Slaughter and UV’s army of outside shooters in the likes of Von Harry Lanete, Ritchum Dennison, Chris Victor Diputado, Harold Cincoflores, and Harlow Villanil alongside Bonifer Sendrijas, Edrian Lao, and Junjun Lasala.

On the other hand, defending champion UV Baby Lancers and tough challenger University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters resume their battle in their own race-to-3 duel for the juniors division crown. The series is presently tied at one game apiece.

Since it is certain that there will be Game 4 in the junior finals, it wil be held on Wednesday to be preceded by the battle for third place between the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors against the UC Webmasters, which is also locked up at 1-all.

thadzonline
10-06-2008, 10:04 AM
very funny schedule..If UV wins tonight, CeSAFI will have already crowned a champion while the rubbermatch for 3rd place is still to ake place on Wednesday. SO anticlimactic

a_ron
10-06-2008, 10:45 AM
Tiuhukoy is one of a kind,

nastrans
10-06-2008, 06:17 PM
I heard that Game 3 will be shown tomorrow on BTV.

Looking forward to it.

ankle breaker
10-06-2008, 11:31 PM
Tiuhukoy is one of a kind,

he's is like master yoda of starwars.

amdgc82
10-07-2008, 06:02 AM
UV goes for the kill
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 16:32:00 10/06/2008

Games today, October 6, 2008:
Cebu Coliseum
5 p.m. - UV vs. UC (jrs., series tied 1-1)
6:30 p.m. - UV vs. USJ-R (srs., UV leads 2-0)

With the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers just a breath away from their eighth consecutive title, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars will try to stop the coronation from happening on Monday when the two teams battle in Game 3 of the Cesafi men's basketball best-of-five championship series at the Cebu Coliseum.

For all the talk that has gone all season long about the Jaguars finally being the one to finally dethrone the Lancers, all those chatter has remained an afterthought in the face of UV's relentless pursuit of the title.

Headed by the monstrous play of league MVP Greg Slaughter the Lancers won Game 1, 86-74, and also took Game 2, 71-61, to take a 2-0 series lead in the series.

UV's backcourt trio of Von Lanete, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado have also been reliable pillars in the finals, as their steady sniping from the perimeter has opened the floodgates for Slaughter, Edrian Lao and Bonifer Sendrijas inside the shaded lane.

A win will give the Green Lancers their eighth straight Cesafi seniors title.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, have not consistently shown any resemblance of their performance that scared the hell out of the Lancers in last year's classic semifinal encounter.

Missing link

The Jaguars actually have played well early in Games 1 and 2, racing off to the lead before eventually crumbling in the endgame.

The glaring chink in the Jaguars' armor has been the abysmal play of their Mythical Five Team-member Luther Justiniani, who continued his downward spiral even more in Game 2, as he finished with seven points on 3 of 13 shooting from the field, while missing all eight of his attempts from behind the three-point arc.

The same can also be said for the rest of the Jaguars with the erratic shooting of Armand Ponce, Lyndon Gudez, Manny Gabas, Jan Malinao and Jabe Delfino, as USJ-R missed 15 of their 20 attempts from the field in the final period of Game 2.

Meanwhile, the UV Baby Lancers and the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters dispute the series lead when they resume hostilities in Game 3 of their juniors division Finals encounter.

UV's Mythical Five Team-duo of Arvie Cabanero and Jan Auditor combined for 56 points in Game 2, 21 coming in a torrid fourth period spree that gave the Baby Lancers the win to equalize the series at 1-1.

Juniors MVP Marty Pearce of UC will look to bounce back along with his fellow Mythical Team-mate Roger Pogoy as they continue their drive to retake the title they last held in 2006.

amdgc82
10-07-2008, 06:04 AM
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Jaguars finally roar
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars proved that they work better under intense pressure, embarrassing the University of the Visayas, 86-53, in Game 3 of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. basketball finals at the Cebu Coliseum.

Down two games in the best-of-five affair, with a huge crowd behind them—the faculty, a dancing drum corps, the entire student body and former USJ-R coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba—and a television coverage was enough to add pressure to last night’s game.

But the Jaguars brushed these aside to concentrate on the task at hand—staying alive in the league and extend the series to at least a Game 4.

This was what was going on in Luther Justiniani’s mind. One of the most reliable player of the Jaguars. Justininai crawled out of the slump he was as in and steered the USJ-R Jaguars to their emphatic win and UV’s worse loss in a Cesafi finals.

Explaining his slump in the first two games, scoring a petty four points in Game 1 and six in Game 2, Justiniani said he became pressured after trying too hard to work on USJ-R’s defense.

“I was thinking too much about the defense that I became too conscious of my shooting that I kept missing,” an all-pumped up Justiniani said after last night’s game.

Justiniani finally displayed the brilliance that made him one of Cesafi’s toughest wingman, scoring 25 points yesterday. Lyndon Gudez added 22 points for their first win in the series.

Challenge

This time around, Justiniani said that he prepared himself for a tough challenge.

“I knew there is more pressure this time because we might lose, but I prepared for this and I made sure that I am able to balance offense and defense,” said Justiniani, who earlier in the league, vowed to bring the title for USJ-R as a legacy before leaving the school.

Justiniani is among the eight USJ-R veterans playing in their last season.

Adding to the morale booster for the Jaguars was the presence of bemedalled coach Councilor Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba, who used to call the shots for USJ-R.

Although he simply brushed any credit aside, his mere presence, during the halftime huddle helped motivate the team.

“I went to the dugout and just listened to them,” Alcoseba said who applauded the Jaguars when the team made impossible shots.

Meanwhile, just like in Games 1 and 2, the Jaguars still jumped to an early lead, leading 14-4 midway in the first period. The Lancers tied the match at 18 but it was the last time they threatened the Jaguars.

amdgc82
10-07-2008, 06:06 AM
USJ-R routs UV to stay alive
By Gabby G. Malagar
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Freeman

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars finally discovered the secret formula on how to contain the seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and that is to stop 6-foot-11 giant Gregory Slaughter.

Games tomorrow
(Cebu Coliseum)

3:30 pm UC vs. USC

(Srs. for 3rd)
5:00 pm UC vs. UV

(Jrs. championship)

6:30 pm USJ-R vs. UV

(Srs. championship)

Facing a possible sweep, the Jaguars held off Slaughter to only two points and went on to score a mind-boggling 86-53 demolition in Game 3 to stay alive in the best-of-five championship series of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the jampacked Cebu Coliseum. The Lancers are still ahead, 2-1.

It was a double whammy for UV as the Baby Lancers earlier dropped a 95-106 decision to the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters in their own race-to-3 series for the juniors division title. Thus, UC moved just a win away from dethroning the UV bantams.

It was really a different Jaguars and a different Luther Justiniani who showed up last night. This time, Justiniani played with his heart out and proved his leadership as the most veteran Jaguar by leading their offense with 25 points spiked with four triples. He scored only 11 points combined in the first two games.

Justiniani and Slaughter had contrasting performances. While Justiniani made up from his earlier drawbacks, Slaughter was at his worst. He played in an extremely awful and uncharacteristic manner hitting only one of his six field goals.

Slaughter, the regular season and All-Star MVP, was accounted for a total of 52 points in the two games they won. In Game 3, he scored a paltry two points as he was decisively towed away out of his confort zone by the Jaguars.

The Jaguars actually started the game on the right foot, taking a 44-33 at halftime which they never relinquished until the final belt.

It was the first and only finals game that the Lancers lost by 33 points, but they were down by as many as 38 points, 49-87 on a basket by Marvin Duran just over a minute left in the ballgame.

“Na-confuse ko sa first two games tungod kay ang akong role was more on defense ug offense later. Mao to nga sa naninguha nakong maka-contribute, na-pressure na hinuon ko’g maayo.” said Justiniani.

Justiniani was fairly supported by Lyndon Gudez with 22 points while Ranulfo Malinao and Jabe Delfino scored 13 and 10 markers, respectively.

Only Harold Cincoflores finished in double figures for the Lancers with 18 points.

Earlier, juniors MVP John Marty Pearce led the Junior Webmasters with 26 points, while Roger Pogoy added 23.* *

The scores
Juniors

UC (106) - Pearce 26, Pogoy 23, Ampoon13, De Lara11, Tindoy 8, Solon 7, Luzon 6, Palileo 6, Castro 4, Labolabo 2

UV (95) - Cabañero 31, Auditor 21, Ybañez 17, Fajardo 14,Felisario 6, Llense 4, Bonje 2

Halftime: 60-58
Seniors

USJ-R (86) - Justiniani 25, Gudez 22, Malinao 13, Delfino 10, Gabas 9, Ponce 5, Amores 4, Lapiz 2

UV (53) - Cincoflores 18, Lanete 8, Lao 8, Lasala 7, Sendrijas 4, Diputado 3, Mercader3, Slaughter 2

Halftime: 44-33

amdgc82
10-07-2008, 06:07 AM
Coach Salacut: Defense, Justiniani factor key to victory
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Freeman

In the first two games of the series, the USJ-R Jaguars were pulverized into smithereens by the UV Green Lancers mainly because of their failure to diffuse UV’s atomic bomb in 6-foot-11 beanpole Greg Slaughter.

Stuck between a rock and a hard place in Game 3, the Jaguars responded to the challenge with aplomb and succeed in finding antidote to UV’s most destructive weapon - defense and a breakout performance by senior guard Luther Luke Justiniani.

Last night at the standing-room-only Cebu Coliseum, the Jaguars handcuffed Slaughter to a season-low two points in their record-establishing 86-53 annihilation of the Lancers to stay and fight for another day in the 2008 CESAFI basketball finals. The Lancers still lead the best-of-series at two games to one.

No other team has beaten UV by 33 points in the league’s eight-year history. Also, USJ-R’s 38-point lead, 87-49, with a minute left in the contest is by far the largest enjoyed by any team over the formidable Lancers.

“Defense was the key to our victory,” said USJ-R head coach Edito Salacut in an interview at their dugout. “Slaughter really caught us by surprise in the first two games that is why we made the necessary adjustments on our defensive pattern.”

Salacut said their plan was to double-team Slaughter and force him to kick out the ball to his open teammates. “Our strategy is to double-team Slaughter and force him to kick the ball out. We want to let him score as much as he could so long as we are able to check their outside gunners,” Salacut said.

Luckily for the Jaguars, they contained both. They held off Slaughter to a measly two points, a far cry from his 26.0 points average in Games 1 and 2. Likewise, UV’s other sharp-shooter Ritchum Dennison could only submit two points in the scorebook.

“It’s their defense and will to win. They never give up despite they’re 0-2 down in the series. The the spirit of the Josenians. Our motto si ‘Adelante” which means forward. We never back down,” said decorated M. Lhuillier coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba, a USJ-R alumnus who watched the one-sided duel at the ringside.

Still, Salacut said their blowout triumph should not be a cause for celebration because they’re still down in the series.

“We’re still down in the series and I know UV will come back strong. I can’t say what will happen in Game 4. We will just do everything to the best of our capabilities. The series isn’t over year so there’s no reason for us to surrender,” said the outspoken Salacut.

Aside from defense, Justiniani deserved an honorable mention for pumping up life to USJ-R’s flickering championship hopes. After being limited to 11 points on an embarrassing 0-of-21 from the field in the first two games, Justiniani was oozing with fire to topscore for the Jaguars with a game-high 25 points.

“This time, I did not wilt under pressure. I kept my focus in the game unlike in the previous matches where I was so tensed. I was also challenged by my poor performance in the past games and I’m happy that I delivered and contributed something good for my team,” said Justiniani, who is serving his last playing year with USJ-R in the CESAFI.

For UV mentor Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, the Jaguars deserved the victory for putting up one great fight.

“It was meant to be for USJ-R. They really do their best and give us a good fight. And they deserved it,” said Cabahug in a text message. “The players learned their lesson and mistake.”

Game 4 is set tomorrow still at the Cebu Coliseum and it’s one big chance for UV to prove they are not seven-time champion for nothing.

bigfreeze_bibby
10-07-2008, 06:45 PM
I am so happy that BTV decided to show the championship series starting game 3 onwards for this league.

amdgc82
10-08-2008, 06:28 AM
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
USJ-R looks to even finals series in Game 4 today
www.sunstar.com.ph

LOSING in Game 3 of the championship series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation (Cesafi) is something the University of the Visayas Green Lancers head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, is not ready to tolerate, as he prepares his troops to face a pumped up University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars in Game 4 tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

“I will not allow to lose like that again. My players just became too confident. I told them beforehand that USJ-R will not give Game 3 to us in a silver platter. I was so certain they will fight hard,” Cabahug said.

USJ-R broke UV’s 1-3-1 defensive alignment and suddenly became charged with power for them to slice UV’s lead in the series, 1-2, to keep their title bid alive.

Cabahug admitted that their performance last Monday, where they lost by 33 points over the Jaguars, was their worst yet this year.

“My first stringers performed below par and did not reach my expectations. USJ-R improved compared to the first two games. So it is our turn to make adjustments,” said Cabahug.

In Game 3, UV’s behemoth center Greg Slaughter, and USJ-R’s wingman Luther Justiniani, virtually traded places, as Slaughter, who averaged 26 points in the first two games, could only come up with two points, while Justiniani, who struggled in the first two games with just a combined 10 point-production, scorched hot with 25.

UV’s backcourt Von Lanete and Chris Diputado also did not help as they only had a combined 10 points, while Ritchum Dennison failed to score a single basket.

The Jaguars need to ignite this spark of hope they earned from their huge comeback win to keep their title bid alive.

Justiniani also needs to keep his energy high to help power USJ-R to another victory and force a deciding Game 5.

Acrobatic playmaker Armand Ponce–who once more turned into his old fearless self as he displayed moves defying the lowpost force of Slaughter–Lyndon Gudez, Jan Malinao, Jabe Delfino and Manny Gabas, must equal the intensity that Justiniani is showing to help steer USJ-R and extend this series. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-08-2008, 06:30 AM
After game 3 humiliation: UV Eyes jugular again
By Gabby B. Malagar
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Freeman

Barring any hitches and other obstacles, it looks like no one can prevent seven-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters from celebrating today as they go for the jugular in the respective divisions in Game 4 of the best-of-five finals series in the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Founation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)
3:30 pm USC vs. UC (Srs. for 3rd place)
5:00 pm UC vs. UV (Jrs. championhip)
6:30 pm USJR vs. UV (Srs. championship)

In the preliminary of a triple-header, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the UC Webmasters will slug it out in the deciding Game 3 for the third place trophy in the seniors division.

Facing possible extinction with a 0-2 deficit last Monday night, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars literally resurrected from the graveyard in style, dealing the mightly UV Lancers a humiliating 86-53 defeat.

Tonight is the night not just for the Jaguars who wanted to have another lease of life and forge a deciding Game 5, but also for the Lancers who are shooting for an unprecedented eight straight CESAFI championship.

In that uncharacteristic 33-point defeat that blew the Lancers into pieces, 6-foot-11 MVP Gregory Slaughter was a lame duck scoring only a measly two points. There were only two speculations to describe Slaughter in that sub-par performance - either he was over fatigued or just overconfident.

If he does the same thing tonight, he will be fitted with another MVP acronym or More Vulnerable Person.

Oftentimes, there is a problem when a team is dependent on one person because you will either live and die with him. The Lancers hope that is not their case.

It cannot be denied that the presence of Slaughter at the post could change every attempt by the Jaguars whether a layup or a peremiter shot because of his two-meter wing span.

In the same breathe, it cannot be denied in Game 3 that Slaughter was defended very well by the Jaguars that even his extra passes and pivots were anticipated and thereby, intercepted.

Fortunately when it mattered for the Jaguars, Luther Luke Justiniani delivered. He scored 25 points to offset his 14-point output combined in their first two defeats of the series.

The other factor was that Manny Gabas and Randy Pogoy, two of he Jaguars’ physical players, were not goofing around.

Also in that game, Ritchum Dennison and Harlow Chad Villanil were scoreless, therefore, the Jaguars should expect a ferocious reprisal from UV.

A win tonight by the Lancers and the Junior Webmasters could end the CESAFI basketball season no matter who will win between the Warriors and the Webmasters.

If the results proved otherwise, then there will be another playoffs to settle the winner.

thadzonline
10-08-2008, 08:57 AM
I do not understand the logic of scheduling a CeSAFI seniors game at 330 p.m. of a Wednesday. Was prior consultation done before the schedule for Game 3 of the battle for third between USC and UC was moved to an earlier schedule? I am asking because I know that most USC student-athletes have classes at this time. This is an important issue since USC is also having its finals this week. It is possible then that USC will miss key players in today's rubbermatch for 3rd place and the last ticket to the PCCL zonal qualifiers

durden_tyler
10-08-2008, 03:34 PM
I am so happy that BTV decided to show the championship series starting game 3 onwards for this league.


Game Four will be at 5pm on BTV, tomorrow Thursday.

thadzonline
10-08-2008, 10:40 PM
UV wins 8th straight title on October 8th, in loving memory of Lucky Pitogo(jersey number 8). Pitogo was shot dead by robbers early this year

a_ron
10-08-2008, 10:53 PM
wow ,that would be a very nice tribute to Lucky Pitogo

thadzonline
10-08-2008, 11:00 PM
wow ,that would be a very nice tribute to Lucky Pepito...


Its Lucky Pitogo not Pepito, buhi pa tawon si JR oi

amdgc82
10-09-2008, 06:05 AM
Thursday, October 09, 2008
8’s a wrap for Lancers
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE University of the Visaya Green Lancers captured their eighth straight title—on the 8th day of October in the year 2008.

It took a lot of talent and hardwork and, according to their coach, divine intervention for the Green Lancers to capture their eighth straight basketball title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) after defeating the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in Game 4 of the best-of-five finals series, 73-68, yesterday at a jampacked Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers dedicated their victory to their former teammate Jessie “Lucky” Pitogo, who died before the start of the season after being mugged near his home in Lilo-an.

Lucky’s luck

“Lucky gave us the luck. This win is for him. We know he is with us in this victory. How else could you explain it? Our eighth win on Oct. 8, 2008 and the jersey he used to wear was No. 8,” said a flustered UV head coach Elmer Boy Cabahug.

And lucky UV really was as it managed to overhaul a deficit that dragged on for three quarters.

“It was all about adjustments. They were able to adjust to us in Game 3 and so we had to make our own adjustments. There was never a doubt in my mind that we will win this year,” said the other half of the power duo of the coaching staff, Al Solis.

The Jaguars maintained precarious leads right from the start of the game behind the shooting prowess of streak shooter Lyndon Gudez, who had to carry the Jaguars on his back.

In the final period, both teams figured in two deadlocks, before UV finally broke from USJ-R’s grasp when Harold Cincoflores led a 6-0 run for a 62-56 lead.

Once more, USJ-R’s Luther Justiniani kept shooting blanks, leaving Gudez to do all the hard work

Cincoflores was also a revelation in this game as he scored 16 points and was 8- of-8 from the free throw line. He made his presence felt in the third period and with the help of Von Lañete, gave UV the first taste of the lead in this game.

Meanwhile, Greg Slaughter swept this year’s MVP awards as he nailed the finals MVP title to add to his All-Star and regular season awards.

amdgc82
10-09-2008, 06:10 AM
UV bags eighth CESAFI title
By Gabby G. Malagar
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The Freeman

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers pulled off a hard-earned yet rewarding 73-68 victory in Game 4 over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to win their eight Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) seniors basketball title last night at the Cebu Coliseum. The Lancers finished the series, 3-1.

The winning moment was earlier duplicated by the Baby Lancers who defeated the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 72-66, to forge a deciding Game 5 on Saturday to determine the secondary champion.

While it was Gregory Slaughter who asserted his dominance at the shaded lane by grabbing 19 rebounds, the big revelation was rookie pointguard Harold Cincoflores who scored six crucial points in the fourth quarter to keep the Lancers’ head above waters, 64-59, with still plenty of time to spare.

The Lancers actually struggled most of the way and had to work doubly hard in the final canto period just after the Jaguars tasted their last lead, 56-54, on Ranulfo Malinao’s basket.

Slaughter, chosen the Finals MVP, and Cincoflores both finished with 16 points for the Lancers. Slaughter also suffered physical defense against the Jaguars and nearly lost his temper when he was whistled for a technical when he kicked Mannie Gabas on the face.

“It was really meant for us. We are lucky this year being associated with number 8,” said CESAFI’s winnningest coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

Cabahug recounted that they started the day with a prayer on their fallen comrade Lucky Pitogo, who owned jersey No.8. Pitogo was shot dead by unknown killers last April 18 in his hometown in Consolacion. “We won our 8th CESAFI crown on October 8, 2008,” Cabahug added while thanking the support of the alumni and the Gullas family.

The missing link for the Jaguars was Luther Justiniani, who had another shooting woes finishing with only nine points. It was Lyndon Gudez who topscored for the Jaguars with 21 markers.

Earlier, Arvie Cabañero scored 21 points to lead the Baby Lancers while John auditor and Glennson Ybañez had 18 and 11 points, respectively.

The University of San Carlos Wariors, meanwhile, beat the UC Webmasters via a 70-69 cliffhanger to clinch the third place trophy. The tandem of Sam Hermosa and Givanni Padillo paced the Warriors with 27 points combined.

The scores
First game
(Srs. for 3rd place)
USC (70) - Hermosa 14, Padillo 13, Rowe 8, Gallarde 8, Bautista 7, Bakker 6, Cantonao 5, Cortes 4, Joven 3, Bercede 2

UC (69) - Abella 21, Fajardo 13, Pao 11, Agas 8, Babad 5, Flanco 4, Quilantang 4, Alviva 2, Cueva 1 Halftime: 24-30

Second game:
(Jrs. championship)
UV (72) - Cabañero 21, Auditor 18, Ybañez 11, Fajardo 6, Llenes 5, Perolino 4, Felisario 3, Bonje 2

UC (66) - Pogoy 17, Pearce 12, De Lara 10, Ampoon 8, Codilla 6, Tindoy 4, Palileo 2, Castro 2, Solon 2 Halftime: 37-31

Third game
(Srs. championship)
UV (73) - Slaughter 16, Cincoflores 16, Dennison 14, Diputado 11, Lanete 8, Sendrijas 5, Lasala 2, Lao 1

USJ-R (68) - Gudez 21, Malinao 11, Justiniani 9, Ponce 9, Gabas 7, Delfino 7, Villaver 4

Halftime: 34-37

CrossOver
10-09-2008, 08:13 AM
Congrats sa UV ito aabangan ko sa PCCL.* :D

thadzonline
10-09-2008, 01:26 PM
Dominance! Even at the season everyone was saying they will finally lose

ankle breaker
10-09-2008, 11:48 PM
since the CESAFI just concluded, what are your insights about GS's improvement. Winning all the possible MVP award this season; regular season, all star and finals mvp awards. do you think he's really up for tough battles ahead in his career or he's just good here in cebu and other centers in the other leagues will just dominate him just like what happened last year in the CCL?

amdgc82
10-10-2008, 06:30 AM
UV keeps dominance
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:09:00 10/09/2008

Somewhere, fallen Lancer Lucky Pitogo is smiling.

This after the University of the Visayas Green Lancers remained kings of the Cesafi basketball wars for an unprecedented eighth straight year, following their 73-68 conquest of the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, in Game 4 of the best-of-five seniors finals at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win wrapped up the exciting series, 3-1 and the Lancers dedicated the victory to their lucky charm, Lucky Pitogo, who was slain before the Cesafi season, a victim of an apparent hold-up in his hometown of Consolacion, Cebu.

“We dedicate this championship to Lucky. It’s really amazing since this is our eighth title and we achieved it today, October 8, 2008 and his favorite number was No. 8,” said a jubilant Elmer “Boy” Cabahug immediately after the final buzzer sounded.

The win though, did not come on a silver platter for UV as they had to lean on their veteran smarts, which came from unlikely sources in rookie point guard and former juniors MVP Harold Cincoflores who scored six of his 16 points in the fourth period on top of three assists.

The spitfire guard anchored a telling 10-2 run at the start of the final period that turned the tide for the Lancers. They were down, 52-54, but with Cincoflores’ crafty quarterbacking which fed Bonifer Sendrijas and Greg Slaughter baskets, and his own fearless drives down the paint, UV finally took control of the ballgame, 62-56.

The Jaguars tried to keep up with their opponents and came to within, 61-66 and was on the verge of gaining momentum, but Chris Diputado canned a booming three-pointer that beat the 24-second shotclock giving the Lancers a, 68-61 lead with three minutes remaining.

A short-7-2 burst by USJ-R pushed them to within three, 68-71 with 48 ticks left but consecutive free-throws by senior guard and Mythical Five member Von Lanete sealed the win for UV.

USJ-R appeared to be on their way to forcing a do-or-die Game 5 as they waxed hot from behind the three-point arc to lead 21-17 after the first period. The two teams battled back and forth in the next two stanzas until UV leaned on the stellar performance of the league MVP, Slaughter who had a monstrous double-double with 16 points and 19 rebounds, enough to net him the Finals MVP plum to add to his All-Star MVP and league MVP awards this season. Ritchum Dennison had 14 points while Diputado had 11.

BABY LANCERS EVEN SERIES

Meanwhile, juniors defending champions UV Baby Lancers extended their finals series to a winner-take-all Game 5 after edging the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters, 72-66. Arvie Cabanero led UV with 21 points while Jan Auditor had 18.

The University of San Carlos Warriors also notched third place in the seniors division after edging the UC Webmasters in Game 3 of their series, 70-69.

amdgc82
10-10-2008, 06:32 AM
Triple grandslam for UV Lancers
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Freeman

In 2007, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers won their seventh straight championship in the CESAFI men’s basketball tournament on the 77th birthday of UV’s biggest fan and supporter – the school president and Cebu First District Rep. Eduardo “Eddiegul” R. Gullas.

This season, the formidable Green Lancers recorded an unprecedented eight consecutive crown on October 8, 2008. Curiously, eight is the jersey number of their fallen comrade Lucky Pitogo, who was shot dead last summer by a still unknown assailants. In fact, the Lancers are dedicating their victory to him.

This early, UV has already trained its sights on a triple grandslam. You may ask UV coach Elmber ‘Boy’ Cabahug about that. It would be meaningful if they succeed in achieving that dream because Cabahug’s favorite number is nine and they own the league’s all-time longest winning streak of 36, which is equals to nine if we add the two digits.

This may sound odd, but Cabahug admitted they always have a target every CESAFI season and that is no less than to win the championship. That is the motivation he inculcated in the minds of his Lancers - make UV even greener.

“Well, every year we always have a target. It’s a challenge especially to the new players to give the Green Lancers a title,” said Cabahug, who is still basking in the glow of their recent conquest of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to rule the 2008 CESAFI collegiate cage war.

The Lancers finished off the Jaguars, 3-1, in their best-of-five finals series. They swept the first two games, but were humiliated by USJ-R in Game 3, 53-86. It was UV’s worst defeat in recent memory.

Playing with wounded pride, the Lancers showed what they’re really made off in a scrappy 73-68 triumph that knocked the lights off the Jaguars in Game 4.

“I have to commend Harold Cincoflores. He was the real star of that game,” said Cabahug. “We made certain adjustments especially in the proper execution of our offense which did not materialize in Game 3,” added the soft-spoken bench tactician who is actually a third generation of the Cabahug family that was part of the UV Lancers’s rich and colorful history.

Humble as he is, Cabahug said his present crop of Lancers are still a vulnerable team, but he looks forward with great sense of optimism believing that their latest championship glory would be a strong yardstick as they seek to scale greater heights in the next CESAFI season.

“They are still a vulnerable team, but winning the championship is a very good experience for them,” said Cabahug, one of the most feared long-range bombers in the PBA during his prime.

UV’s future will surely be built on their 6-foot-11 goliath in Greg Slaughter, who etched his name in stone as the first CESAFI player to sweep all three MVP awards in a singe season (regular season, All-Star and Finals).

“I salute the USJ-R Jaguars for giving us a good fight. I thank all the UV students, the alumni and the ex-Green Lancers who supported us all the way. Above all, we owe everything to the Gullas family,” said Cabahug.

amdgc82
10-10-2008, 06:34 AM
This is for Lucky...
THE SCORE By Rafael B. Osumo
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Freeman

“This one’s for Lucky. We won the title on October 8, 2008 and he wore jersey #8. It was meant to be,” was how Coach Cabahug described it.

Coach Cabahug is referring to Lucky Pitogo, one of his promising players shot dead last year in Consolacion by still unknown killers. “We lighted a candle for him this morning and dedicated this game to him,” added Cabahug.

Despite the allusion to luck and numerology, this eighth championship, in as many years, was a product of perseverance and hard work.

For three quarters, UV was trailing USJ-R, who bless their hearts, gave the Lancers a big scare as Gudez, Ponce and made eight triples in the first half alone!

It took a big fourth quarter scoring spree from Harold Cincoflores, who strung up six points in a row to give UV some elbowroom. Before that, it was all USJ-R.

While Cincoflores was pouring the points, Greg Slaughter neutralized the Jaguars by pulling down 19 big rebounds. Those rebounds were the difference. With Slaughter ready to swat their shots in the paint, the Jaguars had to shoot from the outside, and when they missed, the big man capped the rebound that triggered UV’s offense.

Slaughter had 16 points to match those rebounds to key the pulsating 63-58 triumph and bagged the MVP finals trophy. Earlier, he won the regular season MVP plum.

The other factor for the UV’s triumph was defense. I asked Assistant Coach Al Solis about the changes they made in the second half to neutralize USJ-R’s shooters. “We switched to a match-up 1-3-1 in the second half because the trapping 1-3-1 was not working. Their shooters were beating us so we have to adjust our defense,” he explained.

Eight down, and I don’t know how many more to go to be honest. Only one thing is certain. It’ll be more difficult next season especially that Lanete, Tagalog and another player graduating.

Coach Cabahug, however, said that he’s looking at Cabañero and many other junior players to fill the void. That is looking too far ahead. Let’s give Coach Cabahug and his Lancers the time to enjoy a well-deserved triumph.

amdgc82
10-10-2008, 06:37 AM
Friday, October 10, 2008
Talk back: Painful experience
By Edmond Navarro
USJ-R Media Center
www.sunstar.com.ph

LOSING a championship series is a painful experience. That is because you see all your hard work just going down the drain. On this note, I can understand how terribly dejected the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars are after that defeat at the hands of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in Game 4.

But this painful plight is further aggravated by the manner which the Jaguars lost to the Green Lancers the other night. Actually, I don’t think the Green Lancers “won” that game. It was given to them by the referees.

Any intelligent and non-partisan audience in that full-packed Cebu Coliseum last Wednesday night could conclude that officiating in that game was very poor. I, for one, say that it was the worst officiating I had ever seen in a basketball game.

Worst in the sense that there were minor contacts which were called by referees when they should have let it go. In a championship game, the referees normally don’t call a foul on minor contacts or on situations not part or away from the play.

But such was not the case as far as that game is concerned. UV’s Greg Slaughter was the clear favorite to get the calls. There was even one stretch in the third period of that game when the referees called five straight fouls against the Jaguars, all on Slaughter’s defense. Another was when Slaughter was called with a flagrant foul after kicking a fallen Mannie Gabas on the head but this was negated when USJ-R’s Jan Malinao earned a technical for a slight nudge on Slaughter’s back in retaliation of Slaughter’s attack on Gabas.

Considering the degree of the two offenses, any intelligent basketball fan knows that the decision was not fair. Any basketball aficionado knows that a player who avoids contact or running into the defense will no way be called for an offensive foul. To the demise of their morale, the Jaguars got the raw end of the calls.

I pity those students in the coliseum, who are still starting to know basketball, because the referees did not teach them how the game is supposed to be played. And I pity the league and the Cesafi officials because these referees are slowly, but surely, making a dent on the league’s integrity.

nastrans
10-10-2008, 07:16 AM
C/S 9 will air Game 4 of the series today at 2:50 PM.

Congratulations to the UV Lancers.

thadzonline
10-10-2008, 10:08 AM
Friday, October 10, 2008
Talk back: Painful experience
By Edmond Navarro
USJ-R Media Center
www.sunstar.com.ph

LOSING a championship series is a painful experience. That is because you see all your hard work just going down the drain. On this note, I can understand how terribly dejected the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars are after that defeat at the hands of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in Game 4.

But this painful plight is further aggravated by the manner which the Jaguars lost to the Green Lancers the other night. Actually, I don’t think the Green Lancers “won” that game. It was given to them by the referees.

Any intelligent and non-partisan audience in that full-packed Cebu Coliseum last Wednesday night could conclude that officiating in that game was very poor. I, for one, say that it was the worst officiating I had ever seen in a basketball game.

Worst in the sense that there were minor contacts which were called by referees when they should have let it go. In a championship game, the referees normally don’t call a foul on minor contacts or on situations not part or away from the play.

But such was not the case as far as that game is concerned. UV’s Greg Slaughter was the clear favorite to get the calls. There was even one stretch in the third period of that game when the referees called five straight fouls against the Jaguars, all on Slaughter’s defense. Another was when Slaughter was called with a flagrant foul after kicking a fallen Mannie Gabas on the head but this was negated when USJ-R’s Jan Malinao earned a technical for a slight nudge on Slaughter’s back in retaliation of Slaughter’s attack on Gabas.

Considering the degree of the two offenses, any intelligent basketball fan knows that the decision was not fair. Any basketball aficionado knows that a player who avoids contact or running into the defense will no way be called for an offensive foul. To the demise of their morale, the Jaguars got the raw end of the calls.

I pity those students in the coliseum, who are still starting to know basketball, because the referees did not teach them how the game is supposed to be played. And I pity the league and the Cesafi officials because these referees are slowly, but surely, making a dent on the league’s integrity.


well, this is from the USJ-R media center. Although some of the points are valid, it is biased


Worst in the sense that there were minor contacts which were called by referees when they should have let it go. In a championship game, the referees normally don’t call a foul on minor contacts or on situations not part or away from the play.

a foul away from a play is still a foul no matter if it's a regular non-bearing game or a championship. The rules are clear as to what contact is legal and what is not. And whether a contact is minor or otherwise, if it puts the offensive player at a great disadvantage, it should still be called as a foul.


But such was not the case as far as that game is concerned. UV’s Greg Slaughter was the clear favorite to get the calls. There was even one stretch in the third period of that game when the referees called five straight fouls against the Jaguars, all on Slaughter’s defense.

Slaughter, for his size alone, will draw a lot of fouls from the defense. I even think he got the raw end of calls especially in the first half. Gabas was already using his head and shoulders to push Slaughter out of the block, but was only whistled for 2 fouls in the 1st half. Amores used his butt to take GS out of position, and got away with a lot of fouls as well.


Another was when Slaughter was called with a flagrant foul after kicking a fallen Mannie Gabas on the head but this was negated when USJ-R’s Jan Malinao earned a technical for a slight nudge on Slaughter’s back in retaliation of Slaughter’s attack on Gabas.

Initially, I thought the refs didn't make the right call on this play. No thanks to the coliseum barker who did not announce the penalties correctly. The barker announced 3 technicals: unsportmanlike foul on GS, 2nd motions for USJ-R's Malinao and UV's Lasala.

But reviewing the game, foul on the play was called on UV's Boniber Sendrijas. Slaughter was whistled for a technical for kicking Gabas in the face. in the amateurs, that's the right call since refs don't call flagrant fouls with different degrees in the amateurs.

Malinao retaliated by pushing GS. Although that was just a slight nudge, it merited a technical as well for second motion. The mere fact that Malinao retaliated was enough to merit the call. Sa basketball talo ang pikon.

Had Gabas stood up and fought GS, I guess both of them would have been thrown out.


I pity those students in the coliseum, who are still starting to know basketball, because the referees did not teach them how the game is supposed to be played. And I pity the league and the Cesafi officials because these referees are slowly, but surely, making a dent on the league’s integrity.
I hope though that the Jaguars put the loss in perspective, the 1st 2 games, UV won fair and square and that was the difference in the series. And until Game 4, I wasn't convinced that USJ-R really successfully figured out UV's 1-3-1 zone.

USJ-R too got many calls to their favor this season. These were apparent in games against USC and CIT. But did USC and CIT raise a fuss about it? It was a game, they just didn't get the breaks on the calls.

It is true that officiating in the CeSAFI is inconsistent, downright funny and sometimes obviously biased.

Saw Game 3 of USC versus UC? That was the longest 2.7 seconds in a basketball game, ball in play and took an eternity before they let the clock start. I hope though that an honest evaluation of the officiating crew be done after the season, hand out penalties to those who erred so as not to tolerate their incompetence and erase doubts of game fixing within the CeSAFI. Also reward those who have done well.

amdgc82
10-11-2008, 06:28 AM
Saturday, October 11, 2008
UV shoots for Cesafi Juniors crown
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE battle is not over for the University of the Visayas. After a resounding win for an unprecedented eight championship streak of the UV Green Lancers last Wednesday, it is now the time for the juniors team on the pressure cooker.

The UV Baby Green Lancers are hoping to defend their title against a pesky and determined University of Cebu Baby Webmasters in the deciding Game 5 of the juniors championship at 4 p.m. today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Lancers of coach Pepito need to draw strength and inspiration from the emphatic win of their seniors counterparts in order to survive the Webmasters, who are leaning on the recently-crowned league MVP Martin Pearce.

Meanwhile, in another development, the University of San Carlos Warriors, who collared the third place honors after sneaking past the University of Cebu by a hairline, 70-69 to finish the series, 2-1 are not the only ones going to the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) zonals.

For the effort they put up, the UC Webmasters were granted a wildcard slot to the (PCCL) by league chairman Rey Gamboa.

USC will compete in the zonals in Cagayan de Oro on Nov. 14 to 16, while UC will play in Ormoc on Nov. 15 to 17, alongside Cesafi runnerup University of San Jose Recoletos.

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said they separated UC and USC so that they will get a chance to test their mettle against different Manila opponents. Letran will play in Ormoc, while Far Eastern University will play in Cagayan de Oro.

Berths

UV claimed automatic berths to the Sweet 16 after winning the Cesafi.

Tiukinhoy also added that although the Cesafi basketball season has come to an end, they are making sure that there won’t be a long hiatus for the players as they have events lined-up until March next year.

Apart from the Champions League campaigns of the Cesafi Top 4 teams, some teams are also invited to the University Games later this month.

“In December, we will be forming a Cesafi selection team, which will take part in different competitions nationwide and we will have the Partners Cup starting January,” Tiukinhoy added. The Partners Cup will run until March.

Meanwhile, a lot of damage to properties was reported by the Cebu Coliseum officials following Game 4 of the senior’s finals last Wednesday.

Cesafi will be made to pay for the damaged seats in the Coliseum.

“People were no longer sitting but standing on the seats to hoist themselves up so they could see the game. And in one seat, two or more people will be standing. That is why the seats broke,” Tiukinhoy added. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-11-2008, 06:29 AM
8th CESAFI basketball season ends today: UV, UC in KO duel for juniors crown
By Gabby G. Malagar
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The Freeman

Defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers and the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters will settle their unfinished business today as they clash in the deciding Game 5 that will determine the juniors division champion of the 8th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Game today (Cebu Coliseum)

Game 5, Juniors Finals
4pm UC vs. UV

Game time is set at 4 pm.

Now locked up at two games apiece, the Baby Lancers could duplicate the feat achieved by their older brothers, who have won their eight straight CESAFI crown last Friday in a record attendance of 12,000-plus spectators.

It will be another double championship for UV if the Baby Lancers succeed in clinching the title in come-behind-fashion. They trailed in the best-of-five series, 1-2, but bounced back in Game 4, 66-72, to forge a sudden-death match.

The Baby Lancers will take one last stand in defending their throne, which will surely be a fitting birthday present to UV president and 1st District Rep. Eduardo “Eddiegul” R. Gullas, who will turn a year older on October 13.

Three vital components of UV’s title retention campaign are Arvie Cabanero, John Michael Auditor and Glennson Ybanez. Of course, they need the support of Christian Fajardo and Aldwin Felisario among others for them to reach their goal.

The Junior Webmasters, on the other hand, will rely heavily on reigning MVP John Marty Pearce along with Roger Pogoy, Christian Taboada, Gerald Ampoon, Patrick Tindoy, Alfred Codilla, Zandro Palileo and Cherwill Solon.

No matter who will emerge victorious tonight, another successful CESAFI basketball season will drop off its curtains and looks forward to a bigger hit in 2009.

amdgc82
10-12-2008, 07:06 AM
Sunday, October 12, 2008
UC wins Juniors title
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE University of Cebu Baby Webmasters hampered a University of the Visayas sweep in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc as they dethroned the erstwhile champion with a 104-96 win Game 5 of the finals series of the juniors division yesterday at the Cebu COliseum.

The Baby Webmasters reclaimed the Juniors title they last won in 2006 , when head coach Reggie Licanda took over as mentor.

“It is very overwhelming. I am just so overcome with happiness,” said Licanda, who jumped with joy in their win.

In the game, the Baby Green Lancers failed to ride on the momentum of the championship of their seniors counterparts last Wednesday, as the Webmasters managed to strike first to take them by surprise.

Collegiate triple MVP Greg Slaughter also dropped by to support UV. Slaughter showed he is adept on the sidelies as on the court as he showed his blatant support with a heartfelt boo whenever UC makes a shot.

UC was a few steps ahead of the Lancers and built up a 19-10 lead early in the game, which they never let go until the final buzzer announced their victory.

The Webmasters had shown so much confidence in the game that it overshadowed the Lancers.

UC managed to pad the lead to 11 in the second period, 42-31. However, Arvie Cabanero, who scored a game-high 41 points, led a furious 8-0 rally that sliced the lead down to just three, 39-42.

However, UV’s run was halted with booming back-to-back triples from MVP Martin Pearce and Roger Pogoy as UC ended the first half with a 52-41 lead.

UV once more managed to cut the lead to three points but the Webmasters easily recovered from it.

Pogoy led the UC scorers with 21 points, while Pearce added 15.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s game did not attract the same kind drama that the seniors finals had. Only a token fans came out to watch. The noise-inducing drum corps from both teams even came late. Compared to last Wednesday, the Coliseum was virtually peaceful yesterday. (MCB)

amdgc82
10-12-2008, 07:16 AM
A championship that slipped away
BLEACHER TALK By Rico Navarro
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The Freeman

One of the saddest parts of the CESAFI Championship series is how some just can’t seem to accept that UV won its eighth straight championship over USJR. Their top-of-mind reason is that the refs were behind UV’s championship. I think this is getting a bit too far. It’s rather odd that no credit is given to the Lancers and what they did to win the title. It’s as if the title was given to them on a silver platter.

Don’t get me wrong. This corner bleeds for the Jaguars since they were considered as title favorites before the season started. The league could’ve benefited more if it had a CESAFI champion outside of the Lancers. But as they say in any sport, to win a championship, one has to literally take away the championship belt from the champion’s waist. And it won’t be easy as it’s tightly sealed, locked and well-defended. In USJR’s case, they just didn’t do enough to take that belt away.

I think it’s best that we set aside discussions about the referees and what UV did to win the championship. Instead, let’s take a look at the Jaguars and see whether or not they went out there to take that championship belt away from UV. As a reference, I’ll cite some stats as the basis and you’ll see how USJR lost the championship themselves.

I strongly believe that that USJR’s woes or “jinx” goes back to the first USJR-UV game that would’ve decided the playoff pairings at the end of the elimination round. While UV defeated USJR in that game, the loose talk backstage was that the Jaguars didn’t really need to win the game so as to avoid UV in an early semifinals clash. They were perceived to have played “not to lose” instead of playing “to win.” And we all know there’s a world of a difference between the two. I’m not a believer of “karma” but the sporting gods have a funny way of dealing with teams who play “not to lose.” I’ve seen it all before. Teams that are already safe in the playoffs decide to relax in the elimination round and let a game or two slip away, only to be haunted later by such an act that betrays the very essence of why sports is competitive. These things have a funny way of backfiring on you especially when you don’t play to win.

Game 4 was also good case study to speak for the entire series as it best depicted the story USJR’s fourth quarter collapse which had nothing to do with the call of the referees. Over-all, USJR played a better game than UV for the first three quarters and the opening minutes of the fourth period. They played team ball, defended and rebounded up until the halfway through the payoff period. For the record, Armand Ponce racked up six assists in the first half alone, a testament to the way USJR ran their plays almost to perfection. He could add only one more assist in the second half; not a sign of team ball, is it?

Lyndon Gudez was so hot that he had 21 points through the first three quarters. He was 7-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-9 from three-point land. That’s excellent 56% three-point shooting. In the fourth quarter, the UV match-up 1-3-1 zone gave Gudez many good looks at the basket but what’s a good look if you don’t have the ball in your hands? Why did USJR suddenly forget about Gudez? The irony is that the Jaguars put the ball in the hands of Mannie Gabas who was shooting 36% from the field in the entire series, including 0-for-7 from treyland. Make any sense? Only three players attempted field goals for USJR in the fourth quarter: John Malinao, Gabas and Luther Justiniani. If the team stats were reviewed closely, the Jaguars would’ve been better off going to Gudez who was shooting 47% from the field, Malinao (69%), Jabe Delfino (58%) or even Kurt Amores (50%).

We all know that Justiniani is a vital cog in the line-up and needs to play well if USJR is to win. Did you know that he was 3-for-15 from the field in Game 4, including 0-for-4 in two-point area and 3-for-11 from beyond the arc? That’s 20% shooting from the field. Being a great team player, he got his teammates involved a lot in the regular season, averaging 3.9 assists a game. But the finals was different. His average? 1.8 assists per game.

Another interesting stat is that USJR failed to defend the transition game of the Lancers as UV racked up 12 fastbreak and/or transition points, with six of these coming in yes, you guessed it, the fourth quarter. On top of this, USJR turnovers were exploited by UV, with the Lancers coming up with 13 points off TO’s. USJR’s stat is these departments? Zero. When the smoke cleared, USJR committed 18 TO’s. Ouch!

These stats are some of the elements of a game that can be evaluated objectively and can’t be directly influenced by refs’ calls. If and when stats are used to analyze a team performance, these will spot strengths, weaknesses and opportunity areas of a team. Would things have been different if USJR analyzed the data thoroughly?

Call it stats, karma or whatever you want. While UV won its eighth straight CESAFI championship, we can also add that USJR lost it, too.

amdgc82
10-13-2008, 06:31 AM
My Score
And The Winner Is.......
By Hidelito Pascual
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:39:00 10/10/2008

(first of 2 parts)

I was able to watch the third game in the current championship series between the defending champions UV Green Lancers and the USJ-R Jaguars, thanks to the kind accommodation of Dean Baldomero Estenzo and Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

Actually I went to the Cebu Coliseum for the first game last October 2, but I chose not to brave the big crowd that was gathered outside the main gate. I did not expect that the response of the public and the supporters of the two teams would be as rabid as last year’s when the challengers to the UV Lancers basketball crown were the USC Warriors.

Had several reasons of watching at least one game of the championship.

I was intrigued by the effusive statement of my brother Atty. Dodong how much Greg Slaughter has improved from last year.

Also wanted to be part of history. Either the Lancers get their 8th straight championship or the Jaguars would be the team who would stop them from doing it.

It was an evening well spent and what I saw bolstered my opinion that Cebu basketball is and will always be, in the same level as Metro Manila.

My impressions.

The Teams and Players

I arrived at the Cebu Coliseum in the middle of the second quarter of the third game of the Juniors championship between the UV Baby Lancers and the UC Junior Webmasters. These were the very same squads that fought it out for the championships last year.

There were two pleasant surprises.

One is that I could not remember too many players from last year’s, in both teams. It means a swift turnover of talents, unlike in previous eras where high school varsity squads carried the same roster of players for years and years.

Question is, where do they go after high school as I know that not too many of them get slots with the college squad?

This may be a window of opportunity which CESAFI, SBP, BAP, or any other cage body can look into in order to maintain a large talent pool of players, and at the same time not lay to waste the training that these high school players received.

Guess the current MLKP under 21 tournament is the beginning of this germ of an idea, which basketball biggies in this country can nurture and develop.

I say this because the second surprise that I got seeing the high school players up close was the skill that was displayed by most of the boys.

John Pearce has the skills that can bring him places. Gerard Ampoon, who probably could not be more than sixteen years of age, handles the ball like magic. Arvie Cabañero is going to be a monster in the slot once his young body matures.

If their talents would just dissipate because they could not find a home in the bigger leagues, it definitely would be a big shame.

When the Green Lancers and the Jaguars came in, what caught my attention immediately was the body language of the two teams.

While UV came in with a swagger worthy of a defending champion, USJ-R shuffled timidly into the basketball court, as if lamb who were being led to slaughter (no pun intended Greg).

What followed after the starting buzzer caught everyone by surprise, including Coaches Boy Cabahug and Al Solis.

This was actually the first time that I saw the Jaguars in action, and they were really impressive on both ends of the court.

While their offense was impeccable, it was really USJ-R’s defense that won the game for them. Limiting a team of certified scorers like the Green Lancers to 53 points, and a behemoth like Greg Slaughter to 2 points can only mean an effective defensive strategy.

thadzonline
10-28-2008, 01:00 AM
CeSAFI 2008 scoring leaders and trivia:

http://cesafibasketballnews.blogspot.com/2008/10/cesafi-basketball-2008-scoring-leaders.html

thadzonline
10-28-2008, 10:03 PM
CeSAFI 2008 turnovers leaderboard:

http://cesafibasketballnews.blogspot.com/2008/10/cesafi-basketball-2008-turnovers.html

thadzonline
10-29-2008, 09:15 PM
final individual statistics record for CeSAFI 2008:

http://www.basketballcebu.com/cesafi2008statleaders.htm

will soon add pts to TO ratio, ast to TO ratio, and player efficiency ratings