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11-02-2008, 07:25 AM
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Cesafi puts up P100K prize for Partners Cup

A P100,000 worth of sports equipment donated to the schools will be the newest feature in the third edition of the Partners Cup, the post season competition of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) slated to open on Jan. 4 next year.

“The partners will donate P100,000 worth of sports equipment to the Cesafi schools,” said Partners Cup organizer Felix Tiukinhoy.

The top three will get the bigger chunk of the prize as they receive P30,000, P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.

The top five teams of the recent Cesafi season, University of the Visayas, University of San Jose Recoletos, University of San Carlos, University of Cebu and Southwestern University will go into the tournament as the seeded teams.

Only players who can still play in the 2009 season will be allowed to make up the team for the Partners Cup and those players who will graduate this year will not be allowed to join.

Bottom teams Don Bosco College, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and Cebu Institute of Technology are allowed to beef up their line up with five players who are either among the graduating students or their former players.

The controversial Partners Cup was developed in order to give Cesafi players a competition once the Cesafi season is over and to prepare its players, especially the second stringers, for the next season.

Since the Partners Cup aims to improve the players without the schools having to shell out extra cash, the competition gets corporate sponsors for each team. The sponsors, or partners, will handled the budget. Winning teams will get P4,000 per game, while losers will go home with P3,000.

Learning from experience, when athletes got injured in the Partners CUp forcing them to sit out in the Cesafi, the Partners Cup will set aside P 100,000.00 as funds for injury cases.

The competition will still be spearheaded by former basketball pro and legend Ramon Fernandez, who will serve as the commissioner. (MCB)

11-04-2008, 05:21 AM
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Partners Cup to allow high school players

HIGH school students, who have the right potential, may be allowed to join the third season of the Partners Cup competition slated to start in early January next year.

Partners Cup organizer and Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said that if coaches feel that these players can help the team and can take advantage of the exposure, then they can field in these players.

"One of the purposes of the Partners Cup is to develop up and coming students in preparation for the next Cesafi, so as long as they can qualify for the 2009 college season, then they can join," said Tiukinhoy, who had said earlier that the main thrust of the Partners Cup is to give the bench players and new players a chance for more playtime.

These players must at least be playing for the junior team or enrolled with the Cesafi-member schools to be able to join.

The teams who are expected to field in a solid lineup of all-varsity players are the top five teams of the recent season-University of the Visayas, University of San Jose Recoletos, University of San Carlos, University of Cebu and Southwestern University.

The teams that are allowed to get reinforcements are Don Bosco College, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and Cebu Institute of Technology. (MCB)

11-06-2008, 11:46 AM
Learning from experience, when athletes got injured in the Partners CUp forcing them to sit out in the Cesafi, the Partners Cup will set aside P 100,000.00 as funds for injury cases.

as opposed to a standby fund, it would have been better to invest in medical insurance. The issue on injuries was and continues to be a sensitive issue for the Partners Cup.

ankle breaker
11-06-2008, 10:54 PM
it's a commercialized partnership using the players but they are not allowing the players to decide on their own. i would suggest to scrap this partners cup league have a better commercial league just like the PBL. i know cebu businessmen can do it. just like the defunct CBF. this partners cup is starting to corrupt the minds of the players that's why we can see players bolting out and go to manila.

12-30-2008, 08:15 PM
Cesafi Inc. Partner’s Cup moved anew
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:37:00 12/30/2008

Fans looking for hardcore Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball action may have to wait a little bit longer after its annual Partner’s Cup basketball tournament was again rescheduled to January 24 at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The tournament was originally set to kick off on January 4 and was again sidetracked to January 10. However, according to tournament organizer and Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy, because of the long vacation and lack of preparation time for both the teams and the organizers, they have decided to postpone the tournament’s start to a later date.

Organizers though, are assuring the fans that the tournament will be worth the wait with the participation of the Cesafi’s top teams. Unlike last year, the tournament’s first-ever champions, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers will be competing in the tournament along with the Southwestern University and the University of San Carlos.

The three aforementioned squads did not participate in last year’s edition, instead opting to compete in the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA).

Completing the roster of squads are last year’s champions, the University of San Jose-Recoletos, the University of Cebu, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Don Bosco College and the Cebu Institute of Technology. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-01-2009, 07:13 AM
CESAFI Partner's Cup opening reset
Updated December 31, 2008 12:00 AM*

Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. has announced they have reset the holding of the CESAFI Partner’s Cup to a later date due to the long Christmas vacation and to take respite for the upcoming Sinulog fiesta activities.

Tiukinhoy said he already informed Parner’s Cup commissioner Ramon Fernandez and the coaches of the participating teams that the opening is rescheduled from January 10 to January 24 still at the Cebu Coliseum.

Tiukinhoy added that they will finalize the official list of corporate sponsors in their next meeting.

Tiukinhoy’s notice had been relayed to coaches Elmer “Boy “Cabahug of the University of the Visayas, the defending champion under CDO Hamburger, Edito Salacut of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Jay Ramirez of the University of San Carlos, Roel Gomez of the University of Cebu, Alejandrito “Dodie” Miego of Southwestern University, Rudy Enterina of Don Bosco Technology Center, Raul Latonio Sr. of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, and Alex de la Torre of the Cebu Institute of Technology. (GGM)* *(THE FREEMAN)

01-09-2009, 09:45 AM
Partner's Cup draws more sponsors
Updated January 09, 2009 12:00 AM*

CEBU - The third edition of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) Partner’s Cup is getting bigger with several sponsors cropping up to bankroll the teams, this time not only in basketball but also in volleyball and football.

Of the eight participating schools, only the Don Bosco Technology Center has no corporate backer as of the moments.

Two-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are now sponsored by the Prime Asia Lending, a sister-company of Metro Gaisano, while last year’s losing finalist USJ-R Jaguars are now backstopped by Ave Maria Sanctuary Park of Raffy Senining.

The other sponsors are Aerosol/Lion Tiger Katol of Mon Dakay for the University of San Carlos, Alaska Milk for the University of Cebu, Hotel Fortuna for the Southwestern University, CDO/DOL Cheesedog for the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, and Unilab-Alaxan for the Cebu Institute of Technology.

These were bared by organizers of the CESAFI Partner’s Cup composed of commissioner Ramon Fernandez, CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. and Atty. Badomero C. Estenzo during yesterday’s weekly SCOOP-Cebu forum hosted by Bobby Inoferio at the Baseline Restaurant.

What made the event more significant was the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the CESAFI and the Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) powered by INTV represented by Tiukinhoy and Nonito CCTN president “Dodong” Limchua, respectively.

Limchua said the “CCTN station is happy to serve CESAFI whether there is income or not.”

For his part, Fernandez said the CCTN coverage will further boost the confidence of the players because the whole world will be watching them.

The CCTN is viewed as far as United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Malaysia and Dubai through its website www.intv.com.

The Partner’s Cup will be staged from January 24 to March 2009 and will be played on Saturdays and Sundays at the Cebu Coliseum. It will be covered live by the CCTN and radio station dyRF Radyo Fuerza. Other games will be brought outside Cebu City for those who want the games to be played in their places.

Tickets are reasonably priced at P20 for general admission, P40 for the upperbox, and P60 for the lower box. (GGM)* *(THE FREEMAN)

01-21-2009, 10:05 AM
Teams make last minute preparations
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:24:00 01/20/2009

With the 2009 CESAFI-Partner's Cup basketball tournament merely less than a week away, the participating squads are busy shuffling their decks as they try to find aces that may put them over the top.

Old and new faces are expected to suit up for the respective schools and their corporate partners as several teams will be fielding in players from their alumni pool while some are elevating players from their training pools and showing off new recruits.

The surprise addition of the preseason is Moncrief Rogado, the former hotshot of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers, who won the three-point shootout competition of the Cesafi last year. He will be now suiting up for the Enervon-University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, where he will be joined by new recruit Pompeo Miranda.

Virginia-Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), which will be fielding in a youthful roster, has tapped the services and veteran smarts of former PBA player Gilbert Demape and former CIT wingman Sherwin Abobo while CDO Idol-USPF will be leaning on former players Elvis Labares and Ayn Latonio.

Aerosol-University of San Carlos (USC) will welcome back the returning Carlo Padayao, who missed all of last season because of his academic duties along with Mark Panerio, a fiery guard who just transferred from UC.

The Hotel Fortuna-Southwestern University (SWU) is considered to be a title-favorite after retaining almost all of their players including their star forward Eric Zanoria, who did not see any action last season because of injuries and a suspension.

They will also have Gilbert Gallarde, the burly forward who played for the Cobras in the inaugural Partner's Cup in 2007. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-22-2009, 06:28 AM

Cesafi launches Partners Cup today
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

THE organizers of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)-Partner’s Cup will formally launch the event today at the Scoop Forum at the Baseline Restaurant.

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said he will be joined by the corporate sponsors in today’s launch.

Tiukinhoy will also turn over the runner-up trophy the Cesafi All-Stars won in Hong Kong last month to Prospero Pichay this Saturday. Pichay is the president of one of the factions of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP).

The Cesafi selection finished second in the competition, which was participated by teams from different countries.
“We will turn it over to Pichay, being the sponsor of the delegation to Hong Kong,” said Tiukinhoy.

This weekend, organizers will make sure they kick off in style as they set aside the most exciting pairing at the end of the day.

Prime Asia-University of the Visayas Green Lancers, the eight-time champions of the Cesafi, will be taking on Hotel Fortuna-Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in the main game at 6 p.m.

Although SWU has never defeated UV in the Cesafi, the Green Lancers are seeking to avenge their loss to SWU in the National Students Basketball Championship last year.

UV boasts of a tough lineup, led by its star center Greg Slaughter, while SWU will be powered by Eric Zanoria, who is making a comeback after missing the Cesafi 2008 season. (MCB)

01-23-2009, 06:27 AM
Pichay to grace Partner's Cup opening
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated January 23, 2009 12:00 AM*

Cebu - Basketball patron Prospero “Butch” Pichay will grace the opening salvo of the 3rd CESAFI-Partner’s Cup tomorrow at the Cebu Coliseum. At the same time, he is tasked to award the certificates of recognition to the members of the CESAFI selection that placed second in the 17th Kung Sheung International Invitational Cup in Hong Kong last December.

Those who will be feted are head of delegation Atty. Baldomero C.Estenzo, team manager Felix “Boy” O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. coach Elmer Cabahug, assistant coach Edito Salacut, and players Chris Victor Diputado and Eulogio Lasala Jr., of UV, Armand Ponce, Jabe Kristewart Delfino, Manny Gabas and Ranulfo Malinao of USJ-R, Ard Diango and Alfred Belande of SWU, Moncrief Rogado of USPF, John Emel Rowe of USC, Ricmar Perturbos of DBTC, and June Mar Fajardo of UC.

Pichay, who sponsored the Hong Kong trip of the CESAFI cagers, will then receive the silver trophy after the third game between the Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R and Virginia Foods Inc./CIT. The main match of the day pits Hotel Fortuna/SWU against Prime Asia/UV.

A total of four games are scheduled in the first day of hardcourt hostilities that will be covered by INTV-CCTN Channel 47 but will be on telecast every Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

CCTN president Bro. Nonito “Dodong”Limchua and program director Stella Palomo-Monteño said their station is ready as proven in their extensive coverage of the 2009 Sinulog grand mardi gras recently.

The eight participating teams are also aching to plunge into action and as usual, the main target is the mighty two-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

Coaches Roel Gomez of Enervon C/UC, Edito Salacut of the Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R, Dodie Miego of Hotel Fortuna-SWU, Jay Ramirez of the Aerosol Lion-Tiger/USC and Julius Caballero of R. Lapid’s/DBTC could only say that they will try their best to beat the Lancers and hopefully snatch the coveted crown

Like last year, the three weaker teams - CIT, USPF and DBTC are allowed to reinforce five alumni to ensure a balanced competition.

The top five teams, on the other hand, are permitted to tap all their roster in the previous CESAFI season mixed with some of their qualified players for the coming CESAFI tilt.

The coaches and team representatives were invited in the weekly SCOOP-Cebu forum hosted by Robert “Bobby Knight” Inoferio yesterday at the Baseline Restaurant.Also present were Partner’s Cup commissioner Ramon Fernandez, CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. and league organizer Atty. Baldomero C. Estenzo.

They were joined by Lorenzo “Chao” Sy of Hotel Fortuna, Raffy Senining of the Ave Maria Sanctuary Park, Katrina Fernandez and Melanie Tan of Enervon C, Eric Africa and Peach Lozada of Unilab and Clifford Garcia, Ervie Taguig and Bong Melgar of the Gaisano Metro/Prime Asia. - THE FREEMAN

01-23-2009, 02:23 PM
Pichay at '09 Partner's Cup Opening
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:29:00 01/23/2009

FORMER congressman Prospero Pichay, the president of the other wing of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, will be on hand tomorrow to grace the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) Partner's Cup as the tournament opens at the Cebu Coliseum.

Pichay gave his commitment to join the festivities yesterday, according to tournament organizer and Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

Specifically, he will be here to receive the second place trophy which was won by the Cesafi All-Star squad which competed in the 17th Super Kung Sheung Cup basketball tournament in Hong Kong last month.

Meanwhile, the coaches of the different participating schools were all optimistic about their chances in the upcoming tournament, but were also unanimous in saying that the eight-time Cesafi champions and first-ever champions of the Partner's Cup, University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers still holds the bar of excellence in the competition.

UV head coach Elmer “Boy' Cabahug, stood confident that his wards will get the job done if they continue to play with passion and heart. It also helps that the Lancers are unveiling two new players in Emmanuel Calo and Ralph Olivarez.

“We will always be prepared and so long as we remain focused and not grow complacent, we can achieve a lot of things in the tournament,” said Cabahug, who was with University of Cebu head coach Rhoel Gomez and University of San Carlos coach Jay Ramirez, at the weekly SCOOP Forum yesterday. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-25-2009, 08:22 AM
Busy schedule in Partner’s Cup opening
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:20:00 01/24/2009

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1:30 p.m. – Aerosol-USC vs. R. Lapid’s-DBC
3 p.m. – Enervon-UC vs. CDO Idol-USPF
4:30 p.m. – Ave Maria-USJ-R vs. Virginia-CIT
6:30 p.m. – Prime Asia-UV vs. Hotel Fortuna-SWU

AN EXPLOSIVE match-up between two of Cebu’s most successful collegiate basketball squads highlight a busy four-game schedule when the 2009 Cesafi-Partner’s Cup raises its curtains today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Prime Asia-University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, the first ever champions of the tournament in 2007 and eight-time champions in the Cesafi, will be facing the Hotel Fortuna-Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in the main game at 6:30 pm.

Prior to their joining the Cesafi, the Cobras were rulers of the defunct Cebu Amateur Athletic Association (CAAA).

Cesafi’s runaway MVP, Greg Slaughter of the Green Lancers will once again be the center of attention as he tries to duplicate his performance in the Cesafi last year, where he captured three MVP awards – the season, All-Star and the Finals.

In spite of the departure of spitfire guard Von Lanete, UV still has a lot in its arsenal with Ritchum Dennison, Chris Diputado and Harold Cincoflores.

SWU, on the other hand, is raring to bounce back after its disappointing finish in the Cesafi last year.

They have redemption in their sights as they return with a complete lineup that includes versatile forward Eric Zanoria, who missed all of last season.

Still in their fold are Alfred Belande, Arrd Django, Clifford Maguate, Eliud Poligrates and the comebacking Gilbert Gallarde, who last saw action for the Cobras in 2007. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

01-25-2009, 08:23 AM
Enervon C-UC, Lion Tiger- USC chalk up opening day wins
Updated January 25, 2009 12:00 AM*

Cebu - First, Enervon C-University of Cebu were grateful that Elvin Labares of CDO Idol-USPF fouled out of the game.

Second, UC took advantage of CDO Idol-USPF’S faulty endgame to carve out an 84-81 victory yesterday at the start of the 3rd CESAFI Partner’s Cup at the Cebu Coliseum.

Labares and Jeffrey Laurente were a pain in the neck for UC until the former fouled out.

In the final two minutes of the game, CDO Idol-USPF were leading 81-79 only to allow Kelvin Quilantang to sneak in a jumper to tie the count.

In the return play, and with 54 seconds in the clock, USPF couldn’t buy a basket and after UC rebounded the ball, Jansen Abella made it 83-81.

USPF squandered another crack at the basket and UC easily took possession. Fajardo then powered his way inside, got a foul and split his charities for the final tally.

In the first game, the Lion Tiger-USC defeated the R. Lapid’s/DBTC, 84-69.

The scores:

First Game:

Lion Tiger/USC (84) —Hermosa 23, Bakker 12, Codilla 8, Bautista 8, Cantonao 6, Joven 5, Padayao 5, Vitug 5, Panerio 5, Otida 2, Blanes 2,

R. Lapid’s/DBTC (69) —Aldave 19, Colegado 9, Loyola 7, Delos Santos 6, Dela Rama 4, Perturbos 4, Enterina 3, Villaver 3, Caballero 2

Second Game:

Enervon C/UC (84) — Fajardo 27, Abella 16, Quilantang 11, Rogado 9, Pao 6, Ramos 4, Juliane 4, Cueva 2, Mohamad 1

CDO Idol/ USPF (81) — Laurente 15, Labares 14, Filoteo 11, Rivera 9, Gulane 6, Avila 5, Bardillas 4, Mohamad 4, Sereño 4, Durano 3. - GGM (THE FREEMAN)

01-25-2009, 08:27 AM
USC clobbers DBC, 84-69, in Partners Cup
Saturday, January 24, 2009

THE Lion-Tiger Aerosol-University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the Enervon C-University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters won their respective opening day matches of the 2009 Cesafi-Partners Cup yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

While it took USC a short time to clobber R. Lapids-Don Bosco College, 84-69, behind Sam Hermosa’s 23 points, it was a different story in the second game as UC barely survived the gritty CDO Idol-University of Southern Philippines Foundation, 84-81.

USPF showed signs of dominance early in the game but their hopes were shattered by a giant named Junmar Fajardo.

USPF dictated the game from tip-off and even led by 13 points behind imports Mike Sereño, Elvis Labares and Randy Colonia. Their celebration, however, was short-lived when UC head coach Rhoel Gomez decided to field his 6-foot-9 center Fajardo.

After warming the bench for the better part of the first period, Fajardo then made a grand entrance with a booming slam dunk that sent the partisan crowd on its feet.

The second period saw UC’s Jansen Abella taking the reins as he led the team to a strong rally to finally edge closer, 37-38, going into the final half.

USPF, however, displayed a never-say-die attitude and maintained precarious leads in the final period, thanks to Jeffrey Laurente.

Laurente scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Both teams were tied at 81 in the final few seconds until Abella gave UC the lead, 83-81, with only 23 seconds left.

Fajardo topscored for UC with 27 points, while Abella added 16. Kevin Quilantang was the other double-figure scorer for UC with 11. (MCB)

01-26-2009, 08:07 AM
UC, USC trip foes
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:52:00 01/25/2009

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. - R. Lapid's-DBC vs CDO Idol-USPF
2:30 p.m. - Prime Asia-UV vs. Virginia-CIT
4 p.m. - Hotel Fortuna-SWU vs Enervon C-UC
5:30 p.m. - Aerosol-USC vs Ave Maria-USJ-R

The Lion-Tiger Aerosol-University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the Enervon C-University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters each took a different route but arrived at the same result as they came away with contrasting victories at the start of the 2009 Cesafi-Partner's Cup yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Aerosols-USC easily won over the R. Lapid's Chicharon-Don Bosco College Greywolves, 84-69, while the Enervon C Webmasters escaped the CDO Idol-University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers, 84-81.

The Panthers had the Webmasters on the ropes all-game long but crumbled down the stretch to give the win to their opponents.

CDO Idol established a 13-point advantage two times in the first half as they leaned on the play of their imports, Mike Sereno, Elvis Labares and Randy Colonia.

However, after sitting on the bench in the first period, UC's 6-foot-9 behemoth June Mar Fajardo announced his entry into the ballgame as he made a thunderous slam dunk.

That instantly inspired the Webmasters, who got nine points from sniper Jansen Abella in the second canto to help the squad inch closer, 37-38 at halftime.

A nip-and-tuck battle ensued in the second half with USPF's Jeffrey Laurente canning in 13 of his 16 points in the final period, including a tough runner to give them a 81-79 lead.

Kevin Quilantang though responded with a layup to tie the match and then, Abella added a high-looping shot that kissed the glass and in, for an 83-81 lead with 23 ticks left.

CDO Idol had several chance to tie the match but Colonia was blocked by Pao and Fajardo while Laurente missed a fadeaway on their possession. Fajardo then sealed the deal with a free-throw. He finished with 27 points while Abella had 16 markers.

01-26-2009, 08:10 AM
SWU surprises UV in Partners Cup
Sunday, January 25, 2009

PRIME Asia-University of the Visayas (UV) did not know what hit them when the Hotel Fortuna-Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras pulled the rug from under for a come-from-behind 80-76 win in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Partners Cup last Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras struggled all throughout the game to rebuff their opponents, who are the eight-time (Cesafi) champions.

The Green Lancers led by double digits in the game but in the fourth period, their defense slacked just in time for when the Cobras woke up and initiated a comeback in the final three minutes of the game.


Alfred Belande, Eric Zanoria and Ardy Diango started a 15-4 run spiked by five steals and three triples to level the count at 75 in the final 1:10.

UV’s pivot man Greg Slaughter once more snatched the lead when he halved his charities but a courageous Diango eluded the 6-foot-11 Slaughter, sidestepped and scored a basket for SWU’s first taste of the lead, 77-76, in the final 44 seconds.

UV could have regained the lead but Ritchum Dennison’s erratic pass to a surprised Slaughter resulted to another turnover. Diango once more did his trick, outsmarting Slaughter to pad SWU’s lead 79-76.

Acrobatic playmaker Eliud Poligrates paced Hotel Fortuna with 14 points, while Richard Gianchand added 12. Belande posted 11 points, while Zanoria and Django added 10 each.

However, UV bounced back yesterday and routed Virginia-Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), 79-51. Emmanuel Calo led the Lancers with 23 points.

The CDO Idol Cheesedog-University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers, on the other hand, posted its first win after defeating R. Lapid’s Chicharon-Don Bosco College, 92-85. (MCB)

ankle breaker
01-26-2009, 11:46 PM
Hotel Fortuna, Ave Maria share lead in Partners Cup

THE Hotel Fortuna-Southwestern University (SWU) and Ave Maria-University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) currently share the top spot of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc-Partners Cup after winning their respective assignments last weekend at the Cebu Coliseum.

Hotel Fortuna-SWU continued with its giant killing spree as it upended the EnervonC-University of Cebu, 89-79.

Ave Maria Sanctuary Park-USJ-R Jaguars, on the other hand, clobbered the hapless Lion Tiger Aerosols-University of San
Carlos Warriors, 70-55, in last Sunday’s main offering.

Both teams posted their second straight wins to temporarily lead the ranking.

Riding on the coattails of its impressive come-from-behind win over Prime Asia-University of the Visayas, Hotel Fortuna’s confidence was on a high level as it mirrored the same feat winning over EnervonC, which is anchored by 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo.

The Cobras zeroed in on Fajardo focusing their defenses on UC’s go-to guy.

With their constricting defense, Fajardo could only come up with seven points in the second period, which was the main
cause for EnervonC’s downfall.


Enervon C struggled to keep their heads above water in the first half and was just down by two, 39-41 at the end of the second period.

However, the Cobras started to stir things up in the third quarter when Ardd Django, Alfred Belande and Eric Zanoria, once more combined forces to initiate a breakaway rally that put them ahead, 64-53, going into the final period.


The lead bloated in the closing quarter, this time behind the efforts of another trio, Janno Nuñez, Eliud Poligrates and Ritchie Jalandoni, 79-61.

EnervonC-UC’s Kevin Quilantang and Ralf Ramos initiated a comeback but they did not have enough time to complete it.

Zanoria and Django scored 14 points each to lead SWU’s second straight match.

01-27-2009, 06:54 AM
SWU, USJ-R now 2-0 in Partners' Cup
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated January 27, 2009 12:00 AM*

CEBU - The Hotel Fortuna-backed SWU Cobras banked on a strong endgame kick to knock down Enervon C/UC Webmasters, 89-79, while the Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R Jaguars playfully scored a 72-60 decision over the Lion-Tiger/USC Warriors in the 3rd CESAFI Partners’ Cup played last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Thus, the Cobras and the Jaguars shared the temporary lead with similar 2-0 win-loss records.

After enjoying a slim two-point edge at halftime, 41-39, the Cobras unleashed their offense at will in the third quarter to slowly tear the game apart. They sustained their relentless offensive in the windup to mount an unassailable 74-56 lead with 5:49 left to play, leaving the hapless Webmasters groping for form the rest of the way.

The Webmasters, known for their endgame resiliency, rallied back but the closest they could come was at 73-80 on an excellent acrobatic shot by Kevin Quilantang with 2:29 remaining.

Instead of keeping up the rally, the Webmasters got a dose of their own medicine as they committed two straight errors, enabling the Cobras to wrap up the match with four straight points.

It was actually a breakout game for Quilantang who finished with 19 points, but not even the 20-point production of 6-foot-9 UC beanpole June Mar Fajardo could spare the Webmasters from falling to 1-1 just a day after scoring a hard-earned 84-81 victory over the CDO Idol Cheesedog/USPF Panthers.

Aside from orchestrating their plays smoothly, wily guard Aard Diango topscored for the Cobras with 14 points alongside Eric Zanoria. Alfred Belande cashed in a dozen markers followed by Richard Ganchiand with 10.

In that particular game, Diango proved to be more effective than the Webmasters’ three-guard rotation in Kelvin Juliane, Lawrence Agas and Jeffrey Alviva.

Janssen Abella, whose triples threatened the Cobras for a while in the payoff period, finished with 15 points.

Later in the day, the Ave Maria/USJR Jaguars coasted to a 63-33 lead in the fourth period before pulling off a 72-60 victory over the Warriors.

Ranulfo Malinao, Kurt Amores and Armand Ponce led the Jaguars’ offense with 36 points combined.

Ryan Carlo Padayao had 16 points for the Warriors, who slipped to 1-1 in a tie with the Webmasters, Prime Asia/UV, and CDO Idol/USPF.

The scores

First game

Hotel Fortuna/SWU (89) - Diango 14, Zanoria 14, Belande 12, Gianchand 10, Nuñez 8, Jalandoni 8, Maguate 5, Poligrates 5, Gallarde 4, Pacquiao 4, Armecin 4, Litorja 1

Enervon C/UC (79) - Fajardo 20, Quilantang 19, Abella 15, Ramos 6, Rogado 6, Agas 5, Pao 4, Juliane 3, Babad 1

Second game

Ave Maria/USJ-R (72) - Malinao 15, Amores 11, Ponce 10, Bibera 9, Llera 6, Delfino 4, Pateño 4, Lapiz 3, Duncan 3, Villaver 3, Alquizola 2, Montenegro 2

Lion-Tiger/USC (60) - Padayao 16, Cantonao 10, Bercede 8, Vitug 8, Padillo 5, Codilla 2, Bautista 2, Blanes 2, Hermosa 1 (THE FREEMAN)

02-02-2009, 07:12 AM
Prime Asia-UV vs Enervon C-UC
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:21:00 02/01/2009

Games today:
Cebu Coliseum
1 p.m. – Virginia-CIT vs. Aerosol-USC
2:30 p.m. – CDO Idol-USP vs. Ave Maria-USJ-R
4 p.m. – R. Lapid's-DBC vs. Hotel Fortuna-SWU
5:30 p.m. – Prime Asia-UV vs. Enervon C-UC

SOME OF THE luster that was expected in today's match-up between the Prime Asia-University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the Enervon C-University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters may have been lost but nonetheless, the show must go on in the 2009 Cesafi Partner's Cup.

The two squads renew a heated rivalry when they face off in the main game of a quadruple-header today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The much-awaited gigantic match-up between Enervon C's 6-foot-9 behemoth June Mar Fajardo and Prime Asia's 6-foot-11 pivot Greg Slaughter will not be happening because of the latter's commitment to the RP developmental basketball team.

However, much remains at stake in today's match as the two teams look to improve their respective records after coming away with similar 1-1 (win-loss) cards after the first weekend of action.

Fajardo will lead the Webmasters' charge as they try to bounce back from their 79-89 loss to Hotel Fortuna-Southwestern University (SWU) last Sunday.

He is expected to have help from Kevin Quilantang, Edward Pao and new recruit, Moncrief Rogado, formerly of the Unievrsity of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers.
Slaughter's departure from the Lancers in this tournament leaves them a huge gaping hole in the middle, which is to be manned now by Edrian Lao, Bonifer Sendrijas and Mark Manigque.

The Lancers are also suffering from injuries sustained by gunners Harlou Villanil and starting point guard Chris Diputado, leaving the scoring load to Ritchum Dennison and rookie Emmanuel Calo, who broke out for 23 points last time out.

In other matches, the Ave Maria-University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the Hotel Fortuna-SWU Cobras will be looking to pad their league-leading records when they go up against separate opponents.

Both squads are sporting 2-0 records after sweeping their rivals in the opening games last weekend.

Ave Maria will be duking it out with the CDO Idol-USPF Panthers with their veteran-laden core of Elvis Labares, Randy Colonia and Mike Sereno while Hotel Fortuna squares off against the winless R. Lapid's Chicharon-Don Bosco Greywolves. Also, the Aerosol-University of San Carlos Warriors battle the Virginia-Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats in the curtain-raiser at 1 pm.

The Panthers and the Warriors both hold similar 1-1 records while the Greywolves and the Wildcats sit at the bottom with identical 0-2 marks. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

02-02-2009, 07:16 AM

USC survives sizzling Adobo for 90-84 win
Sunday, February 1, 2009

SHERWIN Abobo once more made another headline-worthy feat in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. Partners Cup and scored 42 points, half of Virginia-Cebu Institute of Technology’s (CIT) production in their game against Lion Tiger Aerosol-University of San Carlos (USC), yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

But just like before, Abobo’s efforts went swirling down the drain as CIT still lost to USC, 90-84, to absorb its third straight loss. He once scored more than 40 points in the regular season of the Cesafi but his team also lost the game.

It was USC’s second victory out of three matches in the competition. A key factor of the win was the even distribution of the offensive load, with 14 USC players scoring for the team.

Gino Galarde and Mark Cantonao led USC’s scoring rampage with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

On the other side of the court, Abobo was virtually a one-man show who lifted the team to an honorable finish, losing by just six points after being down by 20 earlier in the game.


Down 51-28 at halftime, Abobo initiated a one-man rally during the second half, soring 32 points in the last two quarters. However, he was outmatched by the solid USC squad.

Meanwhile, the CDO Idol-University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers pulled off a surprise and handed defending champion Ave Maria University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) its first loss in the tournament, 75-67.

USJ-R played listlessly and lost its composure right at the start as USPF took control of the game in the first period.

Ave Maria was just down by five points at the turn, 32-27, but the Jaguars could not keep their acts together and gave up several ball possessions with erratic passes.

The errors allowed USPF to outscore them 22-18 for a 54-45 lead going into the final frame.

JR Gulane, Elvis Labares and Dennison Rivera combined for 45 points to lead USPF to its second win in three outings. Edwin Bibera and Jabe Delfino scored 15 and 13, respectively, to lead USJ-R’s lost cause.

USPF is now tied with USJ-R and USC at second place with identical 2-1 records. Only Southwestern University currently holds a clean slate in the competition. (MCB)

02-02-2009, 07:17 AM
USPF stuns USJ-R in Partners' Cup
By Gabby G. Malagar
Updated February 02, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

Cebu - The CDO Idol Cheesedog/USPF Panthers scored a stunning 75-67 upset over defending champion Ave Maria Sanctuary Park /USJ-R Jaguars in the continuing action of the 3rd CESAFI Partners’ Cup at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the opener, the Lion Tiger/USC Warriors spoiled the career-high 42 points of Sherwin Abobo with a 90-84 disposition of Virginia/CIT Wildcats.

The Panthers were scoring at will from start to finish, while on the Jaguars’ side, they didn’t know what struck them.

Edison Rivera scored a couple of important baskets that kept the Panthers’ head above the water. The Jaguars threatened at 62-67 on a basket by Jabe Kristewart Delfino with 2:10 left to play, but Rivera, Elvis Labares and Michael Sereño joined forces to quell USJ-R’s comeback attempt.

Renato Gulane, Labares and Rivera connived with 45 points as the Panthers improved their win-loss record to 2-1 in a tie with their victims and the USC Warriors.

Edwin Bibera and Delfino led the Jaguars with 15 and 13 points, respectivley.

Meanwhile, the R. Lapid’s Chicharon/DBTC Greywolves (0-2) were still slugging it out with Hotel Fortuna/SWU Cobras (2-0) as of this writing last night.

Summit Mineral Water and the 100 Plus Isotonic Drink are the official drinks of the Partners’ Cup.

The scores

First game

Lion tiger/USC (90) - Cantonao 15, Gallarde 14, Hemosa 9, Bercede 8, Otida 7, Panerio 7, Bakker 6, Padillo 6, Joven 6, Codilla 5, Bautista 3, Cortes 1* * *

Virginia/CIT (84) - Abobo 42, Dela Cerna 11, Lopez 10, Molero 8, Cañete 7, Reyes 2, Regis 2

Second game

CDO Idol/USPF (75) - Gulane 16, Labares 15, Rivera 14, Colonia 8, Sereño 6, Filoteo 6, Durano 6, Monterde 2, Lauretne 1

Ave Maria/USJR (67) - Bibera 15, Delfino 13, Malinao 9, Ponce 9, Amores 6, Villaver 4, Abing 4, Lapiz 3 Sulliman 2, Montenegro 2. -* THE FREEMAN

02-03-2009, 09:35 AM

Lion-Tiger, CDO Idol trounce foes
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:21:00 02/02/2009

The Lion-Tiger Aerosol-University of San Carlos (USC) and the CDO Idol Cheesedog-University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) established themselves as contenders to the crown in the 2009 Cesafi-Partner's Cup as they logged convincing wins during the second weekend of action Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Lion Tiger bombarded the Virginia-Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 90-84, while the CDO Idol handed the erstwhile undefeated Ave Maria Sanctuary Park-University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars their first loss of the tournament, 75-67.

With the eight-time Cesafi champions University of the Visayas’ (UV) lineup significantly hampered with the absence of MVP Greg Slaughter and the injuries to several of their key players, the other teams in the tournament are licking their chops for a chance at glory in the collegiate basketball scene, which has been dominated by the Lancers for nearly a decade.

One of those teams is the USC Warriors, who ambushed the youthful Wildcats from the get-go.

Behind the explosive offense of wingman, Sherwin Abobo, the Wildcats climbed to within seven points several times down the stretch but the Warriors steadied themselves from the free-throw line and came away with the win to up their record to 2-1 (win-loss).

Abobo had an incredible showing, scoring 44 points but nobody else on their roster contributed hefty numbers to supplement his output.

Lion Tiger, on the other hand, was led by Gene Gallarde, who had 14 points while Mike Cantonao added 13 points, 10 coming in a hot first period spree.

Meanwhile, CDO Idol upset the defending champions Ave Maria-USJ-R Jaguars behind the stellar showing of their veterans Elvis Labares and Moncrief Rivera.

Both had 15 points each to bump their record to 2-1.

02-03-2009, 09:41 AM
UC scores rare demolition of UV; SWU stretches winning streak to 3 in 3rd CESAFI Partners' Cup
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated February 03, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU – The Enervon/UC Webmasters frolicked on the absence of 6-foot-11 pivotman Greg Slaughter and dropped a league record 17 3-point bombs to score a rare 90-73 rout of Prime Asia/UV Lancers in the 3rd CESAFI Partners’ Cup last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Earlier, the Hotel Fortuna/SWU Cobras coasted to their third straight win in as many starts via a 96-48 massacre of R. Lapid’s Chicharon/Don Bosco Greywolves.

Sans Slaughter, the Webmasters played so confidently that they nearly had an impeccable shooting from beyond the arc.

Moncrief Rogado was at the helm of UC’s long-range armory with eight triples of his topscoring 26 points. Robinson Mohamad and Lawrence Agas were accounted for the other seven tomahawks that staggered the Lancers all the way.

What made the Webmasters so comfortable with their outside sniping was June Mar Fajardo, who controled the rebounding department with authority as there was no Slaughter to size him up at the shaded lane.

Capitalizing on his superior ceiling, Fajadro picked up offensive rebounds at will and translate it into golden points. When swarmed by UV defenders, he wisely passed the ball out to the open shooter from the long distance.

Though the underdog UC deserved to be given credit for knocking down a heavyweight foe, it was obvious that UV Lancers coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug was experimenting on how his players deal with the tough situation playing without Slaughter, who missed the game because of his commitments to the Philippine national team.

In fact, when the Webmasters started to make their shots, Cabahug tested all his players so they can react and will no longer be too dependent on Slaughter.

This scenario happened to the Lancers in last year’s CESAFI finals, but after losing big to the USJ-R Jaguars in Game 4, they quickly bounced back to wrap up their eighth title.

Coming from a humiliating defeat, it is expeted that the Lancers will be a different team in their next game.

Mohamad finished with 15 points, while Agas and Janssen Abella each had 12 markers as the Webmasters joined Lion-tiger/USC Warriors and the CDO Idol/USPF Panthers at second place with similar 2-1 win-loss records.

Edrian Lao and Eman Calo finished with 14 points apiece for the Lancers, while Ralph Olivares, Phil Mercader and Romulo Benedicto combined for 33 points.

With the setback, the Lancers found themselves in an unfamiliar position at fifth place with a 1-2 win-loss card in a tie with Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R.The Hotel Fortuna-backed Cobras, on the other hand, firmed up their grip of the solo with a clean 3-0 slate. Eliud Poligrates paced SWU with 15 points. Jefford Aldave was the only double-digit scorer with 14 points for Don Bosco, which slumped to its third straight loss.

The scores

First game

Hotel Fortuna/SWU (96) - Poligrates 15, Maguate 11, Zanoria 9, Nuñez 9, Pria 9, Belande 8, Armecin 8, Diango 6, Pacquiao 4, Divinagracia 4, Gianchand 4, Albarillo 4,* *Gallarde 2, Jalandoni 2R. Lapid’s/DBTC (48) - Aldave 14, Delos Santos 8, Perturbos 7, Tecson 5, Colegado 4, Enterina 4, Caballero 4, Loyola 3, Lumapas 2

Second game

Enervon/UC (90) - Rogado 26, Mohamad 15, Agas 12, Abella 12, Fajardo 9, Quilantang 6, Pao 6, Ramos 2

Prime Asia/UV (73) - Lao 14, Calo 14, Olivares 12, Mercader 11, Benedicto 10, Cabahug 6, Lasala 4, Silva 2 –THE FREEMAN

02-03-2009, 09:47 AM

UC shames UV, 93-70
Monday, February 2, 2009

SUNDAY night’s main offering of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc-Partners Cup featured a preview of the Prime Asia/University of the Visayas team sans its star center Greg Slaughter. And it was ugly.

The crippled UV team fell to the Enervon C/University of Cebu in a lopsided 90-73 loss at the Cebu Coliseum.

UC capitalized on the absence UV’s seven-foot pivot man, who is in Manila training with the RP team, and banked on its strong outside shooting behind newcomer Moncrief Rogado.

Rogado scored a record eight three-pointers in the game.

UV was clearly crippled without Slaughter and some of Lancers head coach Elmer Cabahug’s regular reliables, who sat out because of injuries.

The lack of manpower forced Cabahug had to resort to experimental tactics to determine, which works best for the team.

“We are still experimenting since we are playing without Greg. Besides, UC really played well because their outside shooting connected and I give them credit for that,” said Cabahug.

And true enough, the Webmasters played like mad men from behind the three-point line as their perimeter shooting was almost flawless and they sank a total of 17 three-pointers in the game.

Lawrence Agas, Rogado and Robinson Mohammad started the barrage of treys and UV failed to find an answer.

Rogado, who is formerly from University of Southern Philippines Foundation, suited up for UC for the first time in the Partners Cup and was instantly elevated to a star status.

He scored 26 points—all but two scored from beyond the arc. Mohammad, who had four triples, had 15 points, while Agas and Abella scored 12 each.

UC now sports a 2-1 win-loss record, while UV fell to 1-2.

In another game, Hotel Fortuna/Southwestern University extended its dominance in the Partners Cup after trouncing R. Lapid’s/Don Bosco in another lopsided match, 96-48.

The Cobras now have a 3-0 card, while Don Bosco remains winless in three outings. (MCB)

02-11-2009, 06:28 AM
SWU remains unbeaten in Partners' Cup caging
Updated February 11, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - The Hotel Fortuna/SWU Cobras came up with crucial baskets in the fourth period to repulse the gritty CDO Idol Cheesedog/USPF Panthers, 85-72, and keep their undefeated record intact in the 3rd CESAFI Partner’s Cup last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras, thus, firmed up their grip of the overall lead with an immaculate 4-0 slate.Eric Zanoria ignited the late uprising by the Cobras when he hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Later, Eliud Poligrates, Aard Diango and Alfred Belande joined the scoring parade to finish off the Panthers, who never gave up until the final 8:54 mark of the contest.

The Panthers threatened for the last time at 53-56 on Randy Colonia’s triple but they went to the freezer after that. They closest they could muster was at 45-46 late in the third period on Elwin Durano’s basket, but Poligrates quickly responded with a trey to make it 49-45. The Cobras were in complete command since then.

While the Cobras had a fine shooting night from the field, their inside points proved to be the biggest factor as big man Janno Nuñez topscored with 20 points, while twin towers Ritchie Jalandoni and Clifford Maguate also contributed well in offense.

Poligrates chipped in 16 points, while Zanoria added 14 markers.

Elvis Labares sparkled with 21 points for the Panthers, who suffered their only second defeat against the same number of wins. Colonia and Renato Gulanes had 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Panthers.

The game was delayed for nearly one hour because one of the rings had to be replaced after its was broken when Durano hang on to the rim.

As of this writing last night, the Prime Asia/UV Lancers were still slugging it out with Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R Jaguars.

The scores

Hotel Fortuna/SWU (85) — Nuñez 20, Poligrates 16, Zanoria 14, Jalandoni 8, Diango 7, Maguate 6, Gallarde 4, Belande 3, Litorja 2, Armecin 2

CDO/USPF (72) — Labares 21, Colonia 14, Gulane 10, Tabada 8, Durano 8, Rivera 7, Sereño 4. Halftime: 38-32 (GGM) (THE FREEMAN)

02-12-2009, 06:05 AM
CESAFI Partners' Cup: Lancers pummel Jaguars
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated February 12, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines -* Inspired by the return of 6-foot-11 star center Greg Slaughter and a blistering third-quarter offensive, the Prime Asia-UV Green Lancers had little trouble in demolishing the Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R Jaguars, 60-46, in the 3rd CESAFI Partners’ Cup on Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Smarting from a stingy setback to Enervon/UC Webmasters last week, the Lancers of coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug vented their ire on the Jaguars, who apparently had an off-night coming from an upset loss to CDO Idol/USPF Panthers.

The Jaguars were in the fight only in the early goings of the second period when they locked the count at 22-all at the 4:04 mark as the red-hot Lancers held them scoreless in the next six minutes to rip the game apart with a 21-point advantage, 45-24, on a perimeter shot by Slaughter.

Edwin Bibera broke USJ-R's silence with a three-point play to make it 27-45 with 3:22 left in the third period, but that was nothing as the Jaguars were heavily outscored by the Lancers in that stretch, 20-8.

Slaughter, who executed two powerful dunks, scored only seven points but it did not matter at all as the Lancers had a balanced scoring. Edrian Lao topped UV's scoring chart with 12 points, while Ritchum Dennison and Harold Cincoflores connived for 17 markers as they evened their win-loss record to 2-2 in a tie with USPF Panthers.

Armand Ponce and Ranulfo Malinao netted 12 points each for the Jaguars, who found themselves in unfamiliar territory at sixth place with only one win in three starts, so far.

The scores

Prime Asia/UV (60) - Lao 12, Dennison 9, Cincoflores 8, Slaughter 7, Cabahug 6, Mercader 6, Sendrijas 6, Olivares 4, Lasala 2

Ave Maria/USJ-R (46) - Ponce 12, Malinao 12, Bibera 9, Llera 3, Delfino 2, Amores 2, Villaver 2, Duran 2, Pateño 2* * (THE FREEMAN)

03-24-2009, 06:20 AM
3RD CESAFI Partners' Cup Best-Of-Five Finals: SWU, UC begin title showdown
Updated March 24, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - Bearing a new corporate sponsor this time, the Enervon C-backed University of Cebu Webmasters hope to attain what was denied of them last year but they face an uphill battle as they take on the top-ranked Hotel Fortuna/SWU Cobras in the opener of the best-of-five CESAFI Partners’ Cup basketball finals today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

For third

5 pm Ave Maria/USJR vs. Prime Asia/UV

Finals, Game 1

6:30 pm Enervon/UC vs. Hotel Fortuna/SWU

Gametime is set at 6:30 pm, right after the third place battle between the Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R Jaguars and Prime Asia/UV, which is only a best-of-three affair.

The Cobras are eyeing for a repeat performance over the Webmasters, whom they defeated in the elimination, 89-79.

For a strong team that scored a seven-game sweep in the elimination round and booted out the mighty Prime Asia/UV Lancers in the semifinals, it won’t come as a big surprise if the Cobras will clinch this year’s crown.

Even Cobras coach Dodie Miego is confident they can slow down UC’s 6-foot-9 skyscraper June Mar Fajardo just like the way they checked UV’s 6-11 giant Gregory Slaughter. So optimistic of their chances that Miego said there’s no need for them to change a gameplan as it is already effective.

Manpower wise, the Cobras are no doubt the tallest team in th tournament because of their big men rotation in the likes of Rene Pacquiao, Ritchie Jalandoni, Richard Gianchan, Gilbert Gallarde and Eric Zanoria. Add top gunner Alfred Belande to the roster, the Cobras are definitely lethal.

At the backcourt, SWU’s Aard Diango, Eliud Poligrates and Eleazar Armecin are literally and figuratively bigger than their UC counterparts in Kelvin Juliane, Lawrence Agas and Kevin Quilantang.

The only problem that may arise on SWU’s part is that if UC’s perimeter hitmen Moncrief Rogado and Janssen Abella will explode simultaneously. If the two Webmasters will shot flawlessly from the field, it will give Fajardo enough space down under to control the boards with authority and to thrive with his second chance points that oftentimes translate into a three-point play opportunity.

Besides, the Webmasters could also rely on their scoring back-ups such as Edward Pao, Leymund Babad, Ralph Ramos, robinson Mohamad and Rommel Luceño.

In last year’s finals, the Webmasters, then clad in Metro Gaisano uniforms, bowed to CDO Bibo Hotdogs/USJ-R Jaguars, who have been relegated to play for third place this season under the sponsorship of Ave Maria Sanctuary Park. (GGM) (THE FREEMAN)

03-25-2009, 06:18 AM
Jaguars move a win away from 3rd place
Updated March 25, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - The Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R Jaguars moved within a win of claiming the third place trophy after scoring a 73-62 victory over the Prime asia/UV Lancers in the 3rd CESAFI Partners' Cup at the Cebu Coliseum.

As of this writing last night, Game 1 of the best-of-five championships series between Hotel Fortuna/SWU Cobras and the Enervon/UC Webmasters was still in progress.

While the Jaguars were oozing with confidence from the start, it seemed it was not the dangerous Lancers crew who played because it was obvious they lacked the spirit.

In one instance in the third period, the Jaguars kept on missing their attempts but they were left unchallenged resulting in four offensive rebounds, thus, creating doubts if the Lancers are indeed serious of winning.

Not even the 16 points made by Gregory Slaughter could bail out the Lancers from inevitable defeat because the rest played below par except for Elmer Mikael Cabahug, Jr. who finished 13 points.

The Jaguars, whose largest lead stood at 20 points at halftime, 45-25, were led by Kurt Amores with 16 points. John Michael Montenegro and Anecito Lapiz, Jr. chipped in had 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The Lancers tried but failed to complete a rally as the best they could muster was to pull within eight points, 58-67, on an 8-0 run capped by Slaughter's two charities.

The scores

Ave Maria/USJ-R (73) — Amores 16, Montenegro 14, Lapiz 11, Malinao 9, Ponce 7, Delfino 7, Llera 7, Abing 4, Bibera 3, Suliman 3

Prime Asia/UV (62 — Slaughter 16, Cabahug 13, Silva 6, Olivares 4, Lao 4, Dennison 4, Calo 2, Mercader 2, Sendrijas 2, Manigque 2, Benedicto 2 Halftime: 45-25. - GGM (THE FREEMAN)

03-26-2009, 03:05 AM
3rd CESAFI Partners' Cup Finals: UC upstages SWU in opener
By Gabby Malagar
Updated March 26, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines – The Enervon C/UC Webmasters lost an 18-point lead late in the second quarter, but preyed on Southwestern University’s string of endgame lapses and horrendous free-throw shooting to hack out a vengeful 99-89 win over the Cobras and gain a 1-0 upstart in their best-of-five championship series in the 3rd CESAFI Partners’ Cup the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Webmasters shoot for a commanding 2-0 lead when they take on the Cobras anew in Game 2 at 6:30 tonight still at the same venue.

It was obvious that the Webmasters’ victory was aided by their free throws but still they found it very difficult to pull away despite scoring 15 points from the stripe courtesy of countless trips from the time the Cobras went into the penalty situation at the final six-minute mark of the contest.

Since June Mar Fajardo was so dominant at the post, the Cobras kept on sending the 6-foot-9 center to the foul line which eventually went to UC’s advantage. Fajardo had a monster 37-point showing for the Webmasters.

When the Cobras erased a 27-45 deficit with 4:28 remaining before halftime, they suddenly came strong in the final period as Alfred Belande sank back-to-back triples and then Eric Zanoria converted a short jumper that enabled them to grab the driver’s seat, 79-77.

Stocky guard Aard Diango again sent the pro-SWU crowd into frenzy when he knocked in 3-pointer to push the Cobras on top anew, 85-84, but Kevin Juliance quickly doused cold water on the Cobras’ fierce rally by hitting four straight free throws to put the Webmasters back in front, 88-85, with 2:53 left to play.

When the scored stood at 94-89 in favor of UC with 27 ticks left before the final buzzer, the Cobras gained a rare lifeline when Fajardo was whistled for a technical foul for hanging in the rim after missing a two-hander slam dunk attempt.

The Cobras, however, blew away their chances when Eliud Poligrates flubbed his charities. That sealed SWU’s doom. Prior to that, Clifford Maguate went 1-of-4 from the line.

Aside from Fajardo, big-hearted pointguard Janssen Abella also deserved an honorable mention for his huge 23-point contribution capped by a barelling drive off a phalanx of SWU defenders in the closing seconds that got a standing ovation from UC fans.

Edward Pao and Juliane also rose to the occasion with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as the Webmasters aveneged its 79-89 defeat to the Cobras during the elimination round.

Zanoria paced the Cobras with 19 points, while Poligartes added 16 markers.

The scores

Enervon/UC (99) — Fajardo 37, Abella 23, Pao 12, Juliane 11, Rogado 8, Cueva 4, Agas 2, Ramos 2

Hotel Fortuna/SWU (89) — Zanoria 19, Poligrates 16, Diango 12, Belande 9, Gallarde 9, Maguate 7, Pacquiao 6, Armecin 5, Litorja 4, Jalandoni 2 Halftime: 51-37 –THE FREEMAN

03-27-2009, 06:57 AM
Jaguars bag third place trophy
By Gabby G. Malagar
Updated March 27, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - The Ave Maria Sanctuary Park/USJ-R Jaguars completed a two-game sweep of Prime Asia/UV Lancers with a 76-69 in Game 2 to claim the third place honors in the 3rd CESAFI Partners’ Cup at the Cebu Coliseum.

As of this writing last night, the Enervon/UC Webmasters eyed for a pivotal 2-0 lead against the Hotel Fortuna/SWU Cobras in their best-of-five championship series.

For the feat, the Jaguars took home P10,000.

Just after Phil Mercader gave the lead back to the Lancers with back-to-back triples, 61-59, at the final 6:19 mark of the contest, they suddenly wilted under the renewed challenge put up by the Jaguars.

Also, the Lancers were a bit crippled playing without their

6-foot-11 center Gregory Slaughter who was in Manila for his commitment to the RP Team.

With Slaughter around in Game 1 though, the Jaguars still tamed the Lancers,73-62.

A 9-2 run sparked by Armand Ponce put the Jaguars back in front for good,68-63.

Ponce paced the Jaguars with 22 points, while Kurt Amores and Jabe Delfino chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively.

It was a huge victory for the Jaguars as Ranulfo Malinao was held scoreless in the entire game.

Mercader, who was the main offensive option of the Lancers, could only managed 15 points followed by Ralph Olivares with 12.

The missing link for UV were Edrian Lao and Ritchum Dennison who performed below par.

Junjun Lasala returned from a minor injury but scored only a measly two points.

The scores:

Ave Maria/USJR (76)- Ponce 22, Amores 15, Delfino 12, Pateño 9, Bibera 8, Duran 6, Llera 4

Prime Asia/UV (69) - Mercader 15, Olivares 12, Lao 8, Dennison 8, Silva 6, Cincoflores 4, Sendrijas 4, Cabahug 4, Calo 4, Lasala 2, Benedicto 2

Halftime: 37- 40. – THE FREEMAN

03-30-2009, 06:24 AM
Cobras stop Webmasters, nears 1st Partners trophy
By Gabby G. Malagar
Updated March 30, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - The Hotel Fortuna/SWU Cobras stopped Enervon/UC Webmasters to score a solid 93-83 victory in Game 3 to move within a game of winning the championship of the 3rd CESAFI Partners’ Cup after last Saturday's game at the Cebu Coliseum.

With a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five championship series, the Cobras could wrap it up Tuesday for their first ever Partners’ Cup title. The Cobras will be doubly inspired to win after team owner Lorenzo “Chao” Sy promised a trip to Singapore, for the team, if they bag the title.

Sy is the regional director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in Cebu.

Cobra’s coach Dodie Miego, however, cautioned that UC is capable of coming back and it would be too early to tell. “Dili pa ta kaseguro ana kay basin motabla pa ang UC,” (We’re not sure yet because UC could still tie the series.) was all Miego could say when pressed if they could finish the series on Tuesday.

Miego has a point.

In Game 3, UC made a last ditch effort to snatch the game. With 9:17 left in the fourth quarter, Robinson Mohamad sank a triple to cut SWU’s lead to 62-65.

It didn’t take long for SWU to answer back. Eleazar Armecin netted a trey to pad the lead 68-62 for the Cobras. Armecin’s heroics was shortlived as he was carried off a stretcher after suffering a bad fall while jostling for ball possession against UC’s Kevin Quilantang. The latter was whistled for unsportsmanlike foul that drew howls of protest from the UC bench and supporters.

After the freethrows and ensuing plays, SWU took control of the game with a 79-70 lead going into the last 5 minutes.

SWU’s strategy going into the game was to put UC 6’9” center Jhun Mar Fajardo into foul trouble. They succeeded and the Cobras fished Fajardo’s sixth foul midway in the final period.

The Cobras also put the cuffs on three other UC players, limiting Kelvin Juliane, Moncrief Rogado and Edward to their most miserable input in the series combining only for 10 points.

The Webmasters muffed their charities, missing some freebies after the Cobras entered penalty situation with only three minutes gone by in the fourth period. The miscues from the line caused them the game.

Alfred Belande, whose triple made it 86-75 for SWU led the winners with 23 points. Eric Zanoria added 16 and Armecin had 14.

Fajardo topscored for the Webmasters with 38 points while Janssen Abella finished with 14 markers.

The scores:

Hotel Fortuna/SWU (93) – Belande 23, Zanoria 16, Armecin 14, Pacquiao 12, Poligrates 11, Jalandoni 4, Litorja 3, Pria 3, Gallarde 3, Divinagracia 2, Diango 1

Enervon/UC (83) – Fajardo 38, Abella 14, Mohamad 7, Pao 5,* Quilantang 4, Agas 4, Luceño 4, Rogado 3, Juliane 2, Babad 2

Halftime: 42-36. – THE FREEMAN

04-01-2009, 07:08 AM
Hotel Fortuna/SWU rules Drubs UC in Game 4 to snatch Partners' Cup title
Updated April 01, 2009 12:00 AM*
The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines – The Hotel Fortuna-sponsored SWU frittered away after posting a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Chris Litorja, Eliud Poligrates and Alfred Belande came to the rescue to steer the Cobras to a convincing 88-71 victory over the Enervon /UC Webmasters in Game 4 and clinch the championship of the 3rd CESAFI Partners' Cup last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras, who took home P30,000, finished off the best-of-five series at three games to one.

The Cobras' victory appeared to have been a little doubt as they started the game with a 24-5 bang,thus, raising some questions on the Webmasters' capability of coming back.

The big-hearted Webmasters really did only that it was already too late.

Down by 19 points, 53-72, the Webmasters were about to show to the public that they can defend their fortress when they scored a 10-0 run leading to an 18-2 blitz that pulled them within six points, 68-74, on a triple by Moncrief Rogado with still 2:50 left in the game.

In the ensuing sequence, Poligrates knocked in a booming triple from the right wing and then Litorja scored on a five-point swing for SWU that doused cold water on the Webmasters' blazing rally.

The only consolation for the Webmasters was when their 6-foot-nine center June Mar Fajardo was named as the Most Energetic Player of the league after leading the Webmasters with 25 points.

Belande also cashed in 25 points for the Cobras, while Eric Zanoria contributed 15 markers. Poligrates, who capped the game with a slam that wowed the pro-Cobras crowd, had 12 points followed by Richie Jalandoni with 10.

The scores

Hotel Fortuna/SWU (88) — Belande 25, Zanoria 15, Poligrates 12, Jalandoni 10, Diango 9, Litorja 7, Pacquiao 4, Divinagracia 2, Nuñez 2

Enervon/UC (71) — Fajardo 25, Rogado 18, Abella 10, Luceño 6, Pao 4, Babad 4, Ramos 4 Halftime: 47-36 (GGM) (THE FREEMAN)