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thadzonline
05-07-2009, 11:37 AM
Let's utilize his thread for the CeSAFI 9th regular season.

Latest news:

--rumors are ripe that the Don Bosco Greywolves might disband as many of their key players are seen practicing with other schools. Should this be true, it will be at least 1 game less for each team in the new season(sayang ang game exposure). It might also have an effect on the tournament format particularly in the quarterfinals unless they find a replacement team. Question is will ACT no longer have to wait for the CeSAFI moratorium to expire in 2011 or will the CDU Stallions make a comeback in 2009?

--UV wins the tug-of-war for 6'3" Hawaii-based, Gensan-born and ex-ACSAT Lightning Rene Jun Saycon who according to ACSAT Lightnings head tactician, can play the 2, 3 and 4 positions. Saycon was also eyed by both USC and SWU. UV also acquires Rodolfo Enterina III from DBTC while sharpshooter 6'3" Chad Harlow Villanil will be sidelined for 2009 after undergoing an operation to repair his torn ACL. Reserve forward Olivares and guard Emman Calo might be activated as UV also awaits the return of the vastly-improved(hopefully) Greg Slaughter from the Smart Gilas NT developmental pool training. Von Lanete will be sorely missed.

--USJ-R paraded a 6'4" rookie in the Partners' Cup in Junjun Llera whose game is almost a copycat of Kurt Amores, the Jaguars will now have 2 centers who can hit at midrange but can bang bodies inside. Drawn out of their U-21 team are Abing and Montenegro but are obviosly lacking in maturity although they make up for it with great hustle. It's interesting how USJ-R fares minus a number of familiar faces. Delfino, Gabas, Malinao, Pogoy, Gudez are all gone.

--USC acquires 2 big men as well as DBTC HS grad Danilo Belangel, 3 guys probably standing 6'4" or taller. They will also welcome back sweet-shooting 6'2" forward Carlo Padayao. Another 6'4" swingman from Mindanao is also expected.

--SWU will parade an intact lineup this year. They will miss Eric Zanoria but he did not even play a single game last year due to a suspension. They will also welcome back players who were suspended last year: Janno Nuñez, Ely Armecin, Richard Kwong, and Eliud Poligrates as well as Cleford Maguate who did not play in the Partners Cup due to a hamstring injury.

--UC loses top juniors prospect Marty Pearce who eventually ended up at FEU after also being considered by UST, San Beda, Ateneo and UE. 2 Fil-foreign additions in 5-11 guard pair Keith Cayanong and Joshua Vernel are in the works but the duo did not put up big numbers in the NBTC in Butuan where UC placed second. Fajardo has also shown tremendous improvement in the Partners' Cup so that's also an interesting sidenote to UC's campaign.

--CIT will now be coached by ex-pro Gilbert Demape. will he turn the Wildcats' fortunes around?

ankle breaker
05-12-2009, 12:19 AM
what's the update of john burtonwood? is he going to USC or not?

fujitsu
05-12-2009, 07:18 AM
nice to know the latest basketball news and rumors in hoops nation cebu. :)

thadzonline
05-12-2009, 08:45 AM
what's the update of john burtonwood? is he going to USC or not?


nope, he is not. He might end up somewhere else in the Visayas

ankle breaker
05-29-2009, 12:36 AM
i saw jun2x 's facebook pictures. i think he's playing in a filipino league in UK.

amdgc82
05-31-2009, 12:05 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cesafi-welcomes-12th-member-retains-officers

Cesafi welcomes 12th member, retains officers
Saturday, May 30, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) welcomed a returning member, the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J), after 10 years of absence.

Cesafi now has 12 members.

SHS-J’s application to rejoin the league was accepted by the board of directors during last Tuesday’s meeting.

In that meeting, the Cesafi also reelected its officers to a two-year term.

Southwestern University (SWU) was supposed to get the president’s seat by virtue of the “rotation of posts” that was agreed on two years ago, but SWU official Andrew Aznar initiated the election and nominated University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s Rolando Villa to remain in his post.

Representatives of SWU, University of San Jose-Recoletos and University of San Carlos also retained their posts as vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Felix Tiukinhoy was again appointed commissioner for the league.

Tiukinhoy said the board was very particular about SHS-J’s application because it might affect the other schools applying for Cesafi membership.

The Cesafi earlier decided to freeze its membership until 2010.

“We will only start reviewing applications by then. But let it just be clear that SHS-J is not applying to become a member. It was already a member but decided to cut ties with the league,” said Tiukinhoy.

SHS-J was a member of Cesafi predecessor, the Cebu Amateur Athletic Association, but ended its membership two years before Cesafi was born.

“SHS-J has regrouped and has a strong athletics program. One of the conditions given to SHS-J to join the Cesafi was that it must be able to take part in a certain number of sports activities as well as in the cultural events, and SHS-J qualified,” said Tiukinhoy.

Meanwhile, Tiukinhoy is now pressuring the athletics directors to map out the activities for the 2009-2010 season this early.

“We need to come up with a calendar so the other events hoping to invite Cesafi schools will have to adjust to our schedules so that there will be no more conflicts ,” said Tiukinhoy.

kuzma1313
05-31-2009, 06:37 PM
Good Day!

Any highly touted prospect on different teams for the incoming
CESAFI season.....

amdgc82
05-31-2009, 07:32 PM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/newest-lancer-eager-show-worth-uv
Newest Lancer eager to show worth to UV
Sunday, May 31, 2009

LIKE a lull before the storm, the University of the Visayas’ prized recruit, 6’9” (only 6'3"-amdgc82) Rene Jun Mascardo Saycon, had to wait in silence for two years before finding the right time to shine.

Now, the 21-year-old gets his chance to show his stuff as the tallest wingman of the eight-time Cesafi champions.

Saycon’s route to the Lancers’ lineup wasn’t an easy one.

After graduating high school in Hawaii, Saycon went home to Dumaguete and played nine months for a technological school in his parents’ hometown.

However, he then decided to skip school for a year and stayed at home. His decision to stay in the Philippines instead of going back to Hawaii was an easy one to make.

“I feel more at home in the Philippines,” said Saycon, who moved with his parents to Hawaii from General Santos when he was five.

Basketball in the Philippines, according to Saycon, is more physical than what he was used to in Hawaii.

“They call every little foul while basketball here is more physical. It involves players beating and hitting each other,” said Saycon, who got bruised in the nose last May 25 when he played in an exhibition game against the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

It was while he was in Dumaguete that the recruiting arm of the Green Lancers reached him.

As is usually the case of recruitment in collegiate ball, someone who knew UV assistant coach Al Solis saw him play and recommended him to try out for the squad.

Opportunity

UV, which will be missing the services of Harry Von Lañete and Harlow Villanil this season, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sign up another US-trained Pinoy after the highly-successful Greg Slaughter.

And so did two other schools, the University of San Carlos and Southwestern University.

“I feel blessed. I feel a surge of pride in a humble way,” said Saycon, who dabbles with the Play Station when he isn’t busy practicing with the Green Lancers.

He said he didn’t choose UV because of a special offer.

No demands

“The school is known for basketball. Whatever they offered to any other varsity member is what they are giving me. I haven’t accomplished anything yet so I have no right to demand. I’m not like that. I just want to play,” he said.

Despite spending most of his life in Hawaii, Saycon speaks fluent Cebuano as his family uses the language all the time and he has no problems communicating with his teammates.

He also doesn’t feel any pressure following the footsteps of Slaughter, the 7-foot center who joined UV just three years ago and is now with the national team.

“I’m happy for him. I’m proud of him. I am not at all pressured because when it’s there (success), it’s there. It’s God’s will,” said Saycon. “It’s every kid’s dream to play for the country.”

Though he may be looking forward to the Cesafi season, when he can finally show the Cesafi fans what he is made of, what he isn’t looking forward to is when his father leaves home for Hawaii.

Though his father may be away, he will be in his thoughts as he tries to establish his footing in local collegiate basketball.

“I want to help UV win another Cesafi title. The pressure is always on the new guy. I’m going to train hard and make my parents proud. I promise to work hard. I’m going to learn. I’ll bring a new title but I can’t do it alone. It’s a team effort,” he said. (April Joy Seville, STC Media Intern)

thadzonline
06-01-2009, 09:41 PM
he's 6'3 not 6'9

amdgc82
07-10-2009, 05:21 PM
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20090710-214833/UC-Webmasters-secret-in-2009-Cesafi-hoop

NEW RECRUITS
UC Webmasters secret in 2009 Cesafi hoop
By Iste Sesante-Leopoldo
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:20:00 07/10/2009

This early, new members of the University of Cebu (UC) seniors basketball squad are predicting a championship finish in this year’s Cesafi basketball tournament.

“I guarantee, we will win this year,” said 20-year-old Keith Cayanong, one of the promising rookies of the UC team in the upcoming season, which starts Aug.1.

Standing six-feet tall, Canayong is part of UC’s new recruits who are expected to perform well in the Cesafi tournament.

“All we need is to train more as a team, play hard and win it,” Cayanong said in an interview yesterday at the weekly Scoop Forum at the Baseline Restaurant.

Canayong was a guest along with some of his teammates to promote the Match of the Titans, a pre-season game between the Webmasters and the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras set this Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Joining him in the press conference were fellow rookies Vfranza Bernil, Pompeo “Terdy” Miranda III, Mark Tano and Reynan Capoy.

Bernil is Canayon’s childhood friend who played for Vanier College in Canada.

UC Coach Rhoel Gomez is very happy with his new recruits, who are quite tall.

Canayong, Bernil, Miranda, Tano and Capoy, all stand above six feet with Tano being the tallest at 6-foot-5.

They will be joining promising center June Mar Fajardo, who boasts of a lean 6-foot-9 frame.

The University of Cebu Law Students Society (UCLASS) organized this Sunday’s event.

amdgc82
07-10-2009, 05:22 PM
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20090710-214800/USJ-R-to-face-USC-in-Cesafi-opener

USJ-R to face USC in Cesafi opener
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:22:00 07/10/2009

BARRING ANY hitches, the new basketball season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) will kick off with an exciting match-up between last year's finalists, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors on Aug. 1 at the Cebu Coliseum.

This was divulged by Cesafi commissioner Felix “Boy” Tiukinhoy during his meeting with the different coaches of the participating teams, in preparation for the kickoff playdate of Cebu's most prestigious inter-school basketball tournament.

The Jaguars, albeit missing most of the key components that propelled them all the way to the Finals last year before ultimately losing to the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, are still considered to be a formidable squad with new additions to the squad.

The same goes for the Warriors, who are slowly but surely rebuilding their team after the graduation of their main man, Enrico Llanto.

In the junior division, a game between the debuting Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, has been tentatively scheduled.

Slowly but surely, the tournament is shaping itself up with the refresher course and training of referees set for next week on July 13 at the Cebu Coliseum with technical official Romy Guevarra. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

kuzma1313
07-10-2009, 08:06 PM
Line-ups for the coming CESAFI?

fujitsu
07-10-2009, 09:19 PM
Line-ups for the coming CESAFI?


yeah.. also include where they went in high school.

amdgc82
07-11-2009, 08:28 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cesafi-revises-rules

Cesafi revises rules
By Marian C. Baring
Friday, July 10, 2009

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) is revising its rules to allow “24-year-old freshmen” to play.

An athlete has five years to play in the Cesafi and if he finishes his degree in four, it usually means the end of his collegiate career.

Not anymore.

“New rule as amended—any player, who graduated from his course and still has one playing year will be allowed to transfer and enroll to play in any Cesafi member of his choice,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

Cesafi’s rules state that athletes are eligible to play for five years provided they do not reach 25 years old. Athletes are also allowed to stay for seven years in college.

Before, athletes who finished their degrees and wanted to play for another school to use up that final year were stopped by the one-year residency rule, which requires players to wait for a year before suiting up for a new team.

That residency clause has also been modified.

“As long as the player already graduated from his previous school, he is now allowed to finish his last year in another team,” said Tiukinhoy.

The residency rule still applies, however, to players who transfer before they can graduate.

This was agreed by the school owners in the meeting last Thursday.

“The rationale behind this, according to president Rolly Villa, is that once the player graduates, then the contract between him and the player also ends. We do not want to stop athletes from seeking something that benefits them,” said Tiukinhoy.

Meanwhile, the members of the Cesafi board also agreed on the appointment of Danny Duran as the deputy commissioner for officiating and Julian Macoy as deputy commissioner for other operations of the basketball competition.

It was also agreed that returning member Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) will have its debut game in the opening of the Cesafi on Aug.1 at the Cebu Coliseum.

SHS-J will be facing University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s high school team in the opening game at 4 p.m. followed by the seniors division battle between
University of San Carlos and University of San Jose-Recoletos.

amdgc82
07-16-2009, 09:23 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/uc-%E2%80%98benefits%E2%80%99-cesafi-rule-change

UC ‘benefits’ from Cesafi rule change
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

IF THERE is a team that will benefit most from the new ruling of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), it is the University of Cebu Webmasters.

The Webmasters recently acquired the services of Moncrief Rogado, who used to be the main weapon of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

“The amendment of the ruling came very timely and Rogado is a big boost for the team,” said UC basketball team manager Baldomero Estenzo.

Cesafi’s new rule states that a player who graduates from his former school but still is eligible for one more year, may play in any school of his choice without having to worry about Cesafi’s one-year residency rule.

Rogado, considered the only star of the USPF, graduated last March with a commerce degree and joined UC last summer, studying a nautical course.

“USPF does not have nautical and Rogado wanted to study that course so we took him in with the team,” said Estenzo, who added that Cesafi president Rolly Villa of USPF supports the amendment.

“He himself batted for the new ruling,” said Estenzo.

Manpower

Rogado is known for his precise shooting and has been known as the Cesafi three-point king.

Although he has consistently registered huge numbers per game, he could not tow USPF to a better finish owing to the lack of manpower.

“He will definitely be a huge help for the team especially in the shooting department,” said Estenzo.

Rogado will be suiting up for UC this season alongside its recruits—Filipino-Canadians Kieth Cayanog and Vfranz Bernil, playing the off-guard and point -guard posts. Also, UC head coach Rhoel Gomez feels that his prized 6’9” center, June Mar Fajardo, has improved his game.

Although the team lost to the Southwestern University in the pre-season match last Sunday, Estenzo is still positive of their chances for the upcoming Cesafi season.

UC is highly touted to finally upend the perennial champions, University of the Visayas.

“We have a strong team this year. We just had a sloppy performance last Sunday because we have some new players and are still feeling our way around. But give it time and we will be back on our feet,” said Estenzo.

amdgc82
07-22-2009, 04:10 PM
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Deadline for Cesafi final roster today
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:47:00 07/22/2009
Filed Under: Basketball

WITH THE brand new basketball season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) a mere week away, today will mark the submission and screening of the final rosters of the different schools that are competing in the tournament.

The event will be held at the alumni hall of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) along Salinas Drive in Lahug.

The screening is set at 10 a.m. and teams are being enjoined by Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy to come early and prepared with the necessary and correct documents . Needed documents are the grades of the players from the first semester wherein they have to pass 60% of their taken units in order to be eligible to play.

Another important document is the birth certificate that has to come from the National Statistics Office. According to Tiukinhoy, any other one will not be accepted.

The Cesafi tournament will open on Aug. 1 with a grand opening ceremony at the Cebu Coliseum.

Playing in the opening game of the juniors division will be the debuting Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J), who will be taking on the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF). The seniors division will kick off with a contest pitting last year's runners-up, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), against the third placers, the University of San Carlos (USC). /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
07-23-2009, 09:54 AM
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Cesafi bars UV’s Fil-Am
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE University of the Visayas suffered the biggest blow following the screening of players for the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) season yesterday at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

This after their new Filipino-American recruit Rene Saycon was denied by the Cesafi after failing to pass the academic requirements.

Saycon failed most of his subjects in the second semester last year as well as in the first semester during his stay with Asian College of Science and Technology in Dumaguete.

A player needs to pass at least 60 percent of his units to be eligible.

The 6’4” wingman’s entry to the UV roster last summer was much hyped as he was expected to be Greg Slaughter’s partner in their attempt for a ninth straight title.

He was supposed to pick up the slack left by some of UV’s top players.

UV lost point guard Von Lañete, who is now with the Philippine Basketball League, and shooting guard Harlow Villanil, who is suffering from injury.

However, head coach Elmer Cabahug remains unfazed and still has a positive outlook for the coming season.

“We still have enough talents to power the team to another championship. He was denied because of his grades, it’s all up to him now,” said Cabahug, whose team enjoys the addition of Ralf Olivarez, Christian Rez, Johann Quintana and Marl Senires.

Meanwhile, last year’s runner-up, University of San Jose-Recoletos, will be opening another bid with seven rookies after most of last year’s core graduated.

USPF, on the other hand, will also be missing the services of one of its top offensive players, JR Gulane, because of the age limit.

In the juniors division, defending champion University of Cebu will miss the services of Roger Pogoy because he was also found to be over the age limit.

u2
07-23-2009, 12:46 PM
where can we find schedules and venues for this league? would like to watch some games live if possible. thanks

amdgc82
07-23-2009, 04:19 PM
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DUE TO AGE ISSUES
UC Baby Webmasters to miss Pogoy services
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:10:00 07/23/2009
Filed Under: Basketball

The lineup of the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers lost some of its luster after its prized Fil-Am rookie wingman Rene Saycon was denied eligibility in the upcoming basketball tournament of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) during the screening of the final lineups yesterday at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF).

Saycon, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard originally from Hawaii but is coming from the Asian College of Science and Technology-Dumaguete, was touted to be the yin to the yang of UV's dominant big man, Greg Slaughter, in their bid for an unprecedented ninth straight title.

However, it was found out yesterday that he lacked the necessary academic requirements needed to play in the upcoming season, which is slated to start on Aug. 1.

The news is a dampening one for the Green Lancers especially after losing star guard Von Lanete to the PBL in the offseason while another wingman, Harlow Villanil, is still in sick bay because of an ACL injury.

Head coach Elmer Cabahug, though, downplayed Saycon's absence as he still has several other weapons in their arsenal.

“It is not a very big factor. (Ralf) Olivarez and (Christian) Rez will likely fill the gap. Well, every player has their own opportunity and that was not taken away from him because of his grades. However, we can't do anything about that. That is all up to him,” said Cabahug, whose team will have four rookies in Olivarez, former University of Cebu (UC) big man Rez along with Johann Quintana and Marl Senires.

USPF forward JR Gulane will also not be seeing action this season after it was found out that he was over the age limit. The title-retention bid of the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters also suffered a big blow after their star forward Roger Pogoy was denied eligibility because of age issues.

Meanwhile, the title contenders in the seniors division are slowly stocking up on their young players with several exciting rookies slated to see action this season.

Last year's runners-up University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) will have seven rookies in their fold while the UC Webmasters will have six. The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras have four neophytes on their team.

amdgc82
07-24-2009, 07:30 AM
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Banner Year For CESAFI

Gullas, on the other hand, considered 2009 as another banner year for the CESAFI when it opens its 9th season on August 1 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Gullas said he is making this pronouncement because he sees that every team is balanced. When pressed on UV’s winning a ninth straight crown, Gullas replied: “UV will fight when the odds are at its greatest. Fight hard and clean.”

Advice To Slaughter

Gullas, meanwhile, gives UV’s prized 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter a piece of advice relative to the Fil-Am’s plan of leaving the Lancers in favor of a lucrative offer to play in a Manila league.

“Greg is in a hurry to play in Manila. That is natural, but I hope he will complete his playing years with the CESAFI. It is very essential for him to be more seasoned, build self-confidence further, and eventually perform better in Manila leagues,” said Gullas.

Gullas said he will meet Slaughter and his parents, who are currently vacationing in Cebu, a day or two from now to find one what really his decision is.

“I’ll just find out what is his decision. I want him to think about it because there are players in the past who did well (hell) but were not given a break in Manila leagues. Some were even benched,” said Gullas.

Samsam Gullas, for his part, shot back at insinuations that Slaugher wants to play in Manila league to face new challenge and bring his hoop skills to a higher level.

“Some say that Slaughter wants to play in Manila because he has nothing else to prove here. But for me, every year is a different challenge. He’s carrying the load of the team and it is more significant if he can win a championship for UV, specially in the Champions League, with him at the helm,” said the younger Gullas.

Pertaining to other matters, Eddiegul feels that it is now time for the CESAFI to accept the application for membership of the Asian College of Technology (ACT) Cyber Knights of team owner and City councilor Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa.

“ACT has been applying for CESAFI membership for three years now and I think it’s high time for them to be accepted to the league,” said Gullas. - THE FREEMAN

thadzonline
07-24-2009, 07:59 AM
I think ACT is already given the go-signal for 2011 when the CeSAFI moratorium for new memberships expires

kuzma1313
07-24-2009, 08:38 AM
Line ups please for this year CESAFI?

kuzma1313
07-25-2009, 09:27 PM
Sino ba yung 4 neophytes ng COBRAS?

thadzonline
07-28-2009, 09:13 PM
rosters:

COLLEGE


1. UNIVERSITY OF VISAYAS

1. Cabahug , Elmer Mykiel V.(SG, 6-1)
2. Calo , Emmanuel G.(PG, 5-10)
3. Cincoflores , Harold C.(PG, 5-8)
4. Dennison , Ritchum Marc C.(SG, 5-11)
5. Diputado , Chris Victor L.(PG, 5-9)
6. Lao , Edrian S.(C, 6-5)
7. Lasala , Eulogio Jr. D.(F, 6-2)
8. Manigque , Mark Anthony S.(C, 6-5)
9. Mercader , Phil G.(SG, 5-11)
10.Olivares , Ralf S.(F, 6-3)
11. Quintana , Johann B.
12. Rez , Christian C.(C, 6-5)
13. Senirez , Marl A.
14.Silva , Jerome M.(C/F, 6-3)
15. Slaughter , Gregory W.(C, 6-11)


2. UNIVERSITY OF CEBU

1. Juliane , Kelvin(PG, 5-7)
2. Cueva , Jal Anthony(C/F, 6-2)
3. Mohammad , Robinson(SG, 6-0)
4. Capoy , Reynan
5. Tano , Rani Mark(F, 6-2)
6. Abella , Janssen(SG, 5-11)
7. Fajardo , June Mar(C, 6-9)
8. Luceno , Rommel Ryan(F, 6-2)
9. Gomez , Arvin Kim(SG, 5-11)
10. Cabrera , Kirby Hans(C, 6-5)
11.Miranda , Pompeyo(C, 6-5)
12. Cayanong , Keith Erwin(G, 5-11)
13. Bernil , V Franz(SG, 5-11)
14. Quilantang , Kevin(G/F, 6-1)
15. Rogado , Moncrief(SG, 5-11)


3. UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS

1. Bakker , Edward(PF, 6-2)
2. Bautista , Jacques Andre(PG, 5-9)
3. Bercede , Francis Luigi(SG, 5-8)
4. Cantonao , June Michael(SG, 5-10)
5. Codilla , Robert(C, 6-3)
6. Cortes , Joven Cid(C/F, 6-0)
7. Duran , Mel Steven
8. Gallarde , Gene Noel(F, 6-0)
9. Hermosa , Sam(F, 6-0)
10. Joven , Paul(PG, 5-10)
11. Otida , Nilton(PG, 5-8)
12. Padayao , Ryan(PF, 6-2)
13. Padillo , Giovanni(SG, 5-10)
14.Panerio , Mark Gil(G/F, 5-10)
15. Vitug , Lord Alfred(G/F, 5-11)


4. UNIVERSITY OF SAN JOSE – RECOLETOS

1. Albarillo , Gian Carlo
2. Alquisola , Joel P.
3. Amores , Kurt J.(C, 6-4)
4. Bibera , Edwin E.(C/F, 6-3)
5. Dela Pena , Jemar O.(F, 6-2)
6.Dela Rama , Medjet S.
7. Duran , Marvin Z.(G/F, 5-11)
8. Lapiz , Anecito Jr. P.(SG, 6-1)
9. Nudalo , Jayson B.
10. Pacinio , Dindo V.
11. Pateno , Edmar Erwin N.(PG, 5-9)
12. Senining , Ralph Christian A.(G, 5-5)
13. Suliman , Abulaiz M.(C/F, 6-2)
14. Tiong , Jerome F.
15. Villaver , Jerome F.(G/F, 5-11)


5. SOUTHWESTERN UNIVESITY

1. Armecin , Eleazar(SF, 6-2)
2. Barro , Kevin
3. Ompad , Sean Marco(SF, 6-3)
4. Diango , Arrd Evan(PG, 5-8)
5. Divinagracia, Melvin(C/F, 6-5)
6. Gallarde , Gilbert(C, 6-3)
7. Jalandoni , Ritche(C, 6-5)
8. Litorja , Crescente(G/F, 6-0)
9. Ortuyo , Benito(PG)
10. Poligrates , Eliud(G, 5-11)
11. Pria , Jefferson(SG, 6-0)
12. Pacquiao , Rene(C, 6-5)
13. Palileo , Zandro(C, 6-4)
14. Wagas , Kevin


6. DON BOSCO TECHNOLOGY CENTER

1. Georsua , James Paolo
2. Guba , Rod Julius R.
3. Hernando , Clarito Jr. B.
4. Juntilla , Joey Lucky O.(SF, 6-0)
5. Aldave , Jefford A.(C, 6-5)
6. Cabanero , Charles Nikolai D.
7. Cabrilles , Jayson M.
8. Castro , John Mark K.
9. Castro , Noelle Vincent N.
10. Cinco , Davin James
11. Colegado , Celso Jr.(PG, 5-6)
12. Delos Santos, Alain(SG, 5-11)
13. Tallo , John Michael B.
14. Villaver , Joseph E.(SG, 5-10)
15. Borromeo , Philip John S.



7. CE BU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

1. Booc , Mark Ray
2. Lopez , Kristopher
3. Ipang , Arnel
4. Curso , Chester
5. Sagmon , Marco
6. Taboada , Christian(SG, 5-11)
7. Uy , Charles Nicollo
8. Del Mar , Eliezer(PG, 5-6)
9. Reyes , Duprey(PG, 5-6)
10. Dela Cerna, Karenrick(PG, 5-6)
11. Lopez , Alexander(F, 6-0)
12. Canete , Kenneth
13. Cabanero , Pelayo(C, 6-4)
14. Molero , Heroche(C, 6-3)
15. Elmaga , Marko


8. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES - FOUNDATION

1. Avila , Randy B.(PG, 5-7)
2. Bardilas , Jordan S.(SG, 5-11)
3. Cabahug , Christopher V.
4. Dajalos , Fritz R.
5. Durano , Elwin L.(SF, 6-0)
6. Ferraren , James R.(F, 6-0)
7. Filoteo , Nuevo- Demo S.(F/G, 6-2)
8. Fuentes , Armel
9. Linao , Mil Anthony D.
10. Manansala , Rocky a.
11. Nudalo , Jenrey B.
12. Rivera , Ellison S.(SG, 6-0)
13. Sedurifa , Joseph B.
14. Tinoy , Christian
15. Tabada , Dennis P.(SG, 5-10)

HIGHSCHOOL


1. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES – FOUNDATION

1. Arranguez , Joshua Steven A.
2. Arong , Monbert D.(F)
3. Baguio , Christian G.
4. Catipay , R- Jie A.
5. Corcilles , Joshua B.
6. Diapera , Rommel A.
7. Gigante , Richard Paul J.
8. Lambujon , John Dave S.
9. Lawas , Rex F.
10. Minoza , Karlo Rafael B.
11. Pitogo , Carlo Nino C.
12. Rosales , Jonathan V.
13. Salazar , Jameson C.
14. Silao , JamesRicsil F.(G)
15. Tumulak , Jun Lorenzo B.


2. DON BOSCO TECHNOLOGY CENTER

1. Balorio , Rob Lowe M.
2. Ruiz , John Eleazar M.
3. Tigullo , Kent Anthony O.
4. Ruiz , Laurence G.
5. Esbra , Kyle E.
6. Bastes , Mikoh Paul M.
7. Empenio , Fane B.
8. Ebajo , Earl Jeru L.
9. Alburo , Wylliam Kristoffer L.
10. Castillo , Erickson O.
11. Yap , Cris Daryl W.
12. Haben , Jade Francis T.
13. Pono , Jose Marlo D.(PG)
14. Aliganga , Ronnel Jacob P.
15.Martinez , Christian Mavin


3. UNIVERSITY OF SAN JOSE – RECOLETOS

1. Alob , Clyde Hever
2. Edo , Eutentico
3. Cezar , Arvin
4. Escatron , Arlister
5. Espinosa , Albert
6. Figues , Vern(C/F)
7. Go , June Arthur
8. Inoc , Andrew
9. Paquibulan , Gidson Dee
10. Mate , Patrick
11. Montecillo , Freo Marie
12. Munez , Clent(C, 6-1)
13. Senining , Renzo
14. Trozo , Venjie
15. Zerda , Gleen


4. UNIVERSITY OF CEBU

1. Talisic , Adamme Neil
2. Pua , Oscar
3. Dela Cerna , John Philipp
4. Codilla , Alfred
5. Joseph , Glenn John
6. Comendador, Babani Paul
7. Labolabo , Alvin Jr.
8. Ampoon , Gerald Joseph(PG)
9. Padilla , Ruel Jr.
10. Nazareno , Alexander
11. Saramosing, Clint
12. Aranas , John Raphael
13. Ugsang , Roeve
14. Pingoy , Jorei Marlon



5. UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS

1. Asutigue , Julius Mark
2. Bacaltos , Lorenzo
3. Bongo , Genesis
4. Co , Sherwin Cesar
5. Dalangpan , Cheeno
6. Guardiario , Francis Dave
7. Juariza , Joseph Anthony
8. Kikuchi , Ahien(C)
9. Lora , Vincent Christopher
10. Malana , Prince Vaught
11. Omolon , Gemuel
12. Palapar , Harvey Junn
13. Rabuya , Marben Joeph
14. Rita , Michael Paul
15. Romaguera, Anthony Gai

6. UNIVERSITY OF VISAYAS

1. Arong , Francisco Jr.
2. Brigon , Jasper San
3. Calvo , Dennis
4. Catipay , Jie-R
5. Legarde , Gerald
6. Linao , Mark
7. Marata , Edcor Jr.(PG)
8. Mendoza , Vincent
9. Navaja , Kevin Clark
10. Pangan , Steve Jude
11. Pero , Anthony Rommel(C)
12. Quilaton , Christian
13. Smith , Michael David
14. Suan , Lucky
15. Ybanez , Glennson(G)


7. SACRED HEART SCHOOL- JESUIT

1. Abbu , Ray Daniel A.
2. Bacaltos , Bradley Ryan N.
3. Branzuela , Gabe Dominic D.
4. Cadavis , Julius Salvador T.
5. Co , Lance Samuel F.
6. Dinsay , Jomari Jericho G.
7. Dinsay , Kevin Dominic G.
8. Diputado , Adven Jess L.
9. Dotillos , Nico V.
10. Muller , Adrian Marvin Roland
11. Porter , Kristoffer James B.
12. Rama , Joseph Gerard R.
13. Saldo , Jess Adriane L.
14. Seno , Jerry Jan Albert S.
15. Tecson , Alexter Dan G.


8. CEBU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

1. Velez , Alfonso
2. Gera , John Merlow
3. Abad , John Francis
4. Koino , Hiroshi
5. Pamaong , Monsour
6. Limalima , Clyvin(C)




7. Tallo , Mark Jayven(PG)
8. Tejam , Dan Jason
9. Jungoy , Marcos Gentili
10. Bancale , Patrick Nino
11. Figuracion , Carlo Jay
12. Sanchez , Wilkin(PG)
13. Nalos , Joseph Aero
14. Batiquin , Franklyn
15. Autor , Cesar Jr

bleachertalk
08-03-2009, 10:00 AM
USJ-R ESCAPES USC
Sacred Heart School-Jesuits emerges victorious

By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News

If last night's game was any indication of the matches to come in the brand new season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), then Cebu is in for an explosive treat.

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars edged the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 67-66, in an exciting seniors division game at the Cebu Coliseum.

Versatile big man Edwin Bibera came up with the game-winning basket as his putback with 2.8 seconds remaining in the tightly-contested match proved to be the difference.

Bibera, who had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, had the most important sequence of the game as he grabbed the offensive rebound off the misses of Marvin Duran and Kurt Amores and scored that basked that sealed the game.

It was a heartbreaking loss for the Warriors, who rallied late in the game and appeared poised to win the game after they took a three-point lead behind a three-point play from Giovanni Padillo with two minutes left.

However, a crucial jumpshot from Amores cut the lead down to one which then set up Bibera's heroics. The Warriors had the chance to win the game but Mike Cantonao's three-point attempt fell short.

In the first game, the debut of the Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles was a triumphant one as they defeated the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 94-86, in the juniors division.

Jed Rama scored a whopping 31 points while Jerry Seno added 21.

bleachertalk
08-03-2009, 10:01 AM
Eaglets triumph in return to CESAFI
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated August 02, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The comebacking Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eaglets returned after an absence of over a decade to eke out a 94-86 victory over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Bay Panthers yesterday in the opening of the 9th season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc (CESAFI) at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Eaglets, who returned to the league for the first time since they played in the CAAA 13 ago, came into the game with their triple towers in 6-3 Chris Porter, 6-3 Julius Cadavis and 6-1 Jed Rama, son of former vice-governor Enrique Rama.

Among the three, Rama, a mobile big man, did the most damage. He scored 31 points to lead the Eaglets to the win column.

Porter added 16 points.

A smaller player, however, made the plays for the Eaglets when the Baby Panthers threatened in the third period.

Albert Seno together with other guards like Adven Jess Diputado, brother of UV’s Christ Victor Diputado made heady plays to help preserve the win, when the Baby Panthers tried to trap in the third quarter.

The Panthers were just a bucket from tying the score, in the final quarter, but then Seno and Diputado responded.

When asked if his team will make it all the way to the semifinals, Coach Ramil Rasmo said, “We’ll try. We are a very young team and we have nothing to lose.”

Rasmo credited his team’s performance to their preparations including stints in Passarelle tournaments in the city.

As of press time at 8:30 last night, last year’s runner-up University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars are still playing against former third placer University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the lone collegiate game.

The scores:

SHS (94) — Rama 31, Seno 21, Porter 16, Bacaltos 12, Branzuela 5, Diputado 4, Dinsay 2, Abbu 1

USPF (86) — Rosales 16, Pitogo 12, Arong 11, Diapera 11, Baguio 9, Corcilles 7, Salazar 7, Silao 4, Miñoza 3, Lambujon 2. (THE FREEMAN)

bleachertalk
08-03-2009, 10:03 AM
Panthers outhustle Greywolves in OT
By Marian C. Baring
Sun Star Daily - Cebu


THE University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)opened their bid in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) on a strong note after surviving the Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves in overtime, 88-83, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was a game of mental toughness decided by who could stand the pressure. And in the end, it was the Panthers who stood their ground.

Both teams took turns taking the lead the entire game before DBC Greywolves’s Alain delos Santos leveled the game at 78 with a triple in the final six seconds.

In the extra period, the Greywolves crumbled to pressure, had costly turnovers and fired unsure shots that got them in trouble.

Ceslo Colegado, whose 16 points in the fourth period kept DBC’s heads above water, Jefford Aldave and Jayson Cabrilles also fouled out, dampening the spirits of DBC.

DBC also gave up unnecessary fouls, allowing USPF to score 11 of their 13 points in overtime from the free throw line.

The match was also Nuevo-Demo Filoteo’s coming out party as he paced USPF’s victory with his 27 points—15 in the fourth period.

Ellison Rivera and Fritz Dajalos, who combined for 24 points, were the only two other players who scored in double digits for USPF.

Colegado, who scored 16 points in the fourth period, topped the DBC scorers with 24. Delos Santos added 17, while Joey Lucky Juntilla and Aldave added 10 each.

In the juniors divison, defending champion University of Cebu (UC) defeated the University of San Carlos (USC), 95-86, while the University of the Visayas routed DBC, 93-61.

Last Saturday, the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles soared high in their return to the high school division with an emphatic win over USPF, 98-86, in the league opener.

The Eagles banked on a strong start to make their presence felt in the league as they built a 10-point lead, 29-19, in the first period.

SHS-J’s fiery start was powered by Joseph Gerard Rama, who scored nine points in the first period.

Rama led the SHS-J scorers with 31 points, while Jerry Jan Seno added 21.

USP-F Baby Panthers retaliated in the second period and actually snatched the lead, 38-36, but SHS-J was quick to react and answered with an 8-0 run.

That run was spiked by a triple from Kristoffer Porter at the buzzer and the Eagles entered the final half with a 44-38 lead.

This was SHS-J’s first game in the Cesafi and already they showed the teamwork of a squad that has played together for a long time.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 3, 2009.

bleachertalk
08-03-2009, 01:45 PM
The Freeman
Bleacher Talk
August 2, 2009

CESAFI 2009

It’s CESAFI season once again as Cebu Basketball eagerly welcomed the biggest basketball show in town at yesterday’s opening ceremonies. And just like all previous editions of the basketball tournament, the biggest question being asked this year is if the UV Lancers can bag a ninth straight CESAFI championship.

The Lancers may find themselves in their most vulnerable state, but they’re still the eight-time defending champions and will have to be toppled down from their thrones. Lurking on the prowl with better chances of defeating UV are UC, SWU, USC and USJR (not in any order). They all have better chances of scoring an “upset” as compared to 2008. But then again, the Lancers will come out prepared to defend their turf and aren’t willing to let go of their crown just yet.

The Lancers will still be the team to beat even with the departure of Von Harry Lanete and the injured Harlowe Villanil. MVP Greg Slaughter is back for his third tour of duty and fans are itching to see how much improvement he has made since he joined the Smart Gilas Philippine national training pool of the SBP. We’ll be looking if he can up his 2008 averages of 19.1 points, 9 rebounds, 3.2 blocks a game and 51% field goal shooting. The Lancers, however will not be a mere all-Slaughter show. Their backcourt rotation is solid, and expect break-out seasons from UV’s future leader Harold Cincoflores and Chris Diputado (9.9 ppg, 6.7 apg combined). Ritchum Dennison (11.4 ppg) will still be the same tough offguard and if he can be consistent, Phil Mercader will also contribute better this year.

UC 2009 will feature the blooming of June Mar Fajardo. He was a one-man wrecking crew for UC last year, averaging 20.4 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a game. He led the league in statistical points during the elimination round last year, and will do it again this year, hoping to add the playoffs and finals stats to this feat. We’re going to see an even better version of Fajardo who must now take the leadership role for the squad. But since a team can’t rely on one man alone, UC’s veterans in new recruit Moncrief Rogado (12 ppg), Kevin Quilantang (11.2 ppg) and Jansenn Abella (14.1 ppg) will be needed to provide the much needed support. A key player missing from this year’s squad is Fil-Am Edward Pao who was good for 13 points and 9 boards a game. There are two new Fil-Ams on the squad, and everyone is curious to see if they can match the impact of Pao-Quilantang Fil-am rookie duo of last year.

SWU finds itself in a curious situation with the absence of Alfred Belande and Clefford Maguate who were good for 28 points a game combined. The challenge is to have people step up to make up for this sudden vacuum. Arrd Dianggo (9.5 ppg, 5.4 apg) will continue with his leadership role at the point guard sport, while the flashy Eliud Poligrates (8.3 ppg) is expected to mature and contribute more productively (and not be a showboating Globetrotter). Eleazar Armecin and Cris Litorja (8.3 ppg) are expected to share the scoring load with the two wily guards. An edge that SWU enjoys over the other top five teams is that they have enough warm bodies to fill up the power forward and center spots, something one needs to match up against UV and UC. Rene Pacquiao and Ritchie Jalandoni may not be called on to score, but they’ll be welcome presence for interior defense.

The scouting report on USC will reveal that they’re actually a complete team from positions 1 to 3 or 4, but also happen to be a doughnut squad. Joven Cid Cortes (10.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) will have to repeat his role as an undersized “big man” while his veteran wingmen will have to make a big impact to make it a balanced in-out attack. The combined experience of Giovanni Padillo (11.9 ppg), Sam Hermosa (9.9 ppg), June Cantonao (7.6 ppg) and the comebacking Carlo Padayao should make them a tough set of 2-3 players, and this should give defenses spread-out problems. The Paul Joven/Jabe Bautista rotation at point guard (10 apg combined) also gives the Warriors a solid backcourt/wingmen set-up. But the crucial “missing” link that they’ll have to address will be their lack of size and height. Expect USC to rely a lot on team defense to cover the post and gang rebounding to secure the ball.

When you lose the makers of 62 points a game, there’s only one thing to do: start all over again. This is USJR’s major task for 2009. The Gudez-Malinao-Ponce-Gabas-Justiniani-Delfino-Pogoy gang was good for a combined 62 points a game, and they simply can’t be replaced just like that. Big man Kurt Amores literally has some big shoes to fill, while the rest of the team must step up. The Jaguars will surely come out pressing all game-long like they did last year and will look for a lot of points in transition. As to who else will cover the 62 point vacuum is a tough question to answer since no other player on the squad has solid crunchtime and game experience. The one distinct factor about the Jaguars is that Coach Itoy Salacut always finds ways to get the best out of his players and make them look good. His teams are always in great shape with his role players stepping up when needed to do so. How much Coach Itoy can squeeze out of his team is what we should be looking out for.

I’m afraid the battle for CESAFI supremacy will be limited to these five teams. In the end, we’ll see a classic UV-UC championship series, with USC playing the role of the darkhorse. One thing is clear. UV is still the eight-time champion, and someone still has to knock them off their seat.

kuzma1313
08-03-2009, 09:49 PM
Anybody who have the full schedule for the 1st round( cesafi IX )?

thadzonline
08-03-2009, 10:16 PM
thank you sir rico for the news articles.

Standings as of August 2:
W - L Pt Diff
USPF 1 - 0 +5
UC 1 - 0 +2
USJ-R 1 - 0 +1
USC 0 - 1 -1
UV 0 - 1 -2
DBTC 0 - 1 -5
CIT 0 - 0
SWU 0 - 0

stats for the 1st 3 games:
CeSAFI results

Game 1(USJ-R 67, USC 66)
USJ-R:
Marvin Duran 18 pts, 1 stl, 4/7 3 pt FG
Edmar Pateño 12 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts
Edwin Bibera 10 pts, 14 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, 1 blk
Kurt Amores 12 pts, 5 rebs

USC:
Robert Codilla 8 pts, 9 rebs
Gino Gallarde 5 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 1 blk
Sam Hermosa 11 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl, 3/12 FG
Giovanni Padillo 16 pts, 4 rebs, 1 stl

Game 2(USPF 88, DBTC 83 in OT)
USPF:
Demo Nuevo Filoteo 27 pts, 1 reb, 2 stls, 1 blk, 4/7 3pt FG
Randy Avila 11 pts, 3 reb, 4 asts, 6 stls
Elleison Rivera 13 pts, 4 rebs, 4 asts
Fritz Dajalos 11 pts, 8 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls
Armel Fuentes 8 pts, 12 rebs

DBTC:
Celso Colegado 24 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls
Allain Delos Santos 17 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls
Joey Juntilla 10 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl
Jefford Aldave 10 pts, 8 rebs, 1 blk
Davin Cinco 4 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls, 1 blk

Game 3(UC 75, UC 73)
UC:
Junemar Fajardo 19 pts, 13 rebs, 1 blk, 8/14 FG
Janssen Abella 8 pts, 2 rebs, 9 asts, 3 stls
Kevin Juliane 6 pts, 2 rebs, 4 asts, 3 stls
Mark Tano 15 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts, 3/7 3 pt FG
Kevin Quilantang 7 pts, 5 rebs, 3 stls

UV:
Greg Slaughter 14 pts, 4 rebs, 2 blks, 5/8 FG
Harold Cincoflores 7 pts, 7 rebs, 4 asts, 2 stls
Ritchum Dennison 20 pts, 4 rebs, 1 stl
Junjun Lasala 14 pts, 3 rebs, 1 stl


courtesy of CeSAFI deputy commissioner Jonas Panerio

thadzonline
08-03-2009, 10:31 PM
2009 CESAFI BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
SCHEDULE OF GAMES

DATE TIME LIGHT DARK DIVISION

8/1/2009 1:00 PM OPENING CEREMONIES
SATURDAY 4:00 PM USP-F vs SHS-J JUNIORS
5:30 PM USC vs USJ-R SENIORS


8/2/2009 1:00 PM UC vs USC JUNIORS
SUNDAY 2:30 PM DBTC vs UV JUNIORS
4:00 PM DBTC vs USP-F SENIORS
5:30 PM UC vs UV SENIORS


8/4/2009 4:30 PM CIT vs USJ-R JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM CIT vs UC SENIORS


8/6/2009 4:30 PM CEC vs UC JUNIORS
THURSDAY 6:00 PM USJ-R vs SWU SENIORS


8/11/2009 4:30 PM UV vs CEC JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM USP-F vs UC SENIORS


8/13/2009 4:30 PM USP-F vs USC JUNIORS
THURSDAY 6:00 PM UV vs CIT SENIORS


8/15/2009 1:00 PM SHS-J vs CEC JUNIORS
SATURDAY 2:30 PM USJ-R vs DBTC JUNIORS
4:00 PM CIT vs USP-F SENIORS
5:30 PM UC vs USJ-R SENIORS


8/16/2009 1:00 PM USP-F vs UV JUNIORS
SUNDAY 2:30 PM USC vs CIT JUNIORS
4:00 PM SWU vs DBTC SENIORS
5:30 PM USC vs UV SENIORS


8/18/2009 4:30 PM DBTC vs UC JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM DBTC vs UC SENIORS


8/23/2009 1:00 PM CEC vs USC JUNIORS
SUNDAY 2:30 PM UV vs CIT JUNIORS
4:00 PM CIT vs USJ-R SENIORS
5:30 PM USP-F vs SWU SENIORS


8/25/2009 4:30 PM UC vs USP-F JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM USC vs USP-F SENIORS


8/27/2009 4:30 PM DBTC vs USC JUNIORS
TURSDAY 6:00 PM DBTC vs USC SENIORS


9/1/2009 4:30 PM USJ-R vs UV JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM USP-F vs UV SENIORS


9/6/2009 1:00 PM UC vs USJ-R JUNIORS
SUNDAY 2:30 PM SHS-J vs DBTC JUNIORS
4:00 PM CIT vs DBTC SENIORS
5:30 PM UV vs SWU SENIORS


9/8/2009 4:30 PM USP-F vs CIT JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM USC vs SWU SENIORS


9/12/2009 1:00 PM USJ-R vs CEC JUNIORS
SATURDAY 2:30 PM USC vs SHS-J JUNIORS
4:00 PM SWU vs CIT SENIORS
5:30 PM USJ-R vs USP-F SENIORS


9/13/2009 1:00 PM DBTC vs CIT JUNIORS
SUNDAY 2:30 PM UC vs UV JUNIORS
4:00 PM DBTC vs UV SENIORS
5:30 PM UC vs USC SENIORS


9/15/2009 4:30 PM USJ-R vs USP-F JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM USJ-R vs DBTC SENIORS


9/17/2009 4:30 PM UV vs USC JUNIORS
THURSDAY 6:00 PM UV vs USJ-R SENIORS


9/19/2009 1:00 PM CIT vs CEC JUNIORS
SATURDAY 2:30 PM SHS-J vs UC JUNIORS
4:00 PM USC vs CIT SENIORS
5:30 PM SWU vs UC SENIORS


9/22/2009 4:30 PM CEC vs USP-F JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM CIT vs SHS-J SENIORS


9/24/2009 4:30 PM DBTC vs CEC JUNIORS
THURSDAY 6:00 PM SHS-J vs USJ-R SENIORS


9/27/2009 1:00 PM USC vs USJ-R JUNIORS
SUNDAY 2:30 PM USP-F vs DBTC JUNIORS
4:00 PM UC vs CIT JUNIORS
5:30 PM UV vs SHS-J JUNIORS


END OF ELIMINATION ROUND

QUARTER FINALS


9/29/2009 4:30 PM NO. 1 vs NO.8 JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM NO.1 vs NO.8 SENIORS


10/1/2009 4:30 PM NO.2 vs NO.7 JUNIORS
THURSDAY 6:00 PM NO. 2 vs NO.7 SENIORS


10/4/2009 1:00 PM NO.3 vs NO.6 JUNIORS
SUNDAY 2:30 PM NO.4 vs NO.5 JUNIORS
4:00 PM NO.3 vs NO.6 SENIORS
5:30 PM NO.4 vs NO.5 SENIORS


10/6/2009 4:30 PM RESERVED FOR PLAY OFF
TUESDAY 6:00 PM RESERVED FOR PLAY OFF


10/8/2009 4:30 PM RESERVED FOR PLAY OFF
THURSDAY 6:00 PM RESERVED FOR PLAY OFF


10/11/2009 ALL STAR GAME
SUNDAY


SEMI FINAL BEST OF 3
GAME 1

10/13/2009 4:30 PM NO. 1 vs NO. 4 JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM NO.1 vs NO.4 SENIORS

GAME 1

10/15/2009 4:30 PM NO. 2 vs NO.3 JUNIORS
THURSDAY 6:00 PM NO.2 vs NO.3 SENIORS

GAME 2

10/17/2009 1:00 PM NO.4 vs NO.1 JUNIORS
SATURDAY 2:30 PM NO.2 vs NO.3 JUNIORS
4:00 PM NO.4 vs NO.1 SENIORS
5:30 PM NO.2 vs NO.3 SENIORS


10/18/2009 4:30 PM GAME 3 IF NECESSARY
SUNDAY


FINALS (BEST OF 3 FOR 3RD PLACE/ BEST OF 5 FINALS)


10/20/2009 4:30 PM FOR 3RD PLACE JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM FOR 3RD PLACE SENIORS


10/22/2009 4:30 PM FOR 3RD PLACE JUNIORS
THURSDAY 6:00 PM FOR 3RD PLACE SENIORS


10/24/2009 1:00 PM FOR 3RD PLACE (GAME 3 -- JUNIORS
SATURDAY 2:30 PM FOR 3RD PLACE IF NECESSARY) SENIORS
4:00 PM GAME 1 FINALS JUNIORS
5:30 PM GAME 1 FINALS SENIORS


10/25/2009 4:30 PM GAME 2 FINALS JUNIORS
SUNDAY 6:00 PM GAME 2 FINALS SENIORS


10/27/2009 4:30 PM GAME 3 FINALS JUNIORS
TUESDAY 6:00 PM GAME 3 FINALS SENIORS


10/29/2009 4:30 PM GAME 4 FINALS (IF NECESSARY)
THURSDAY 6:00 PM GAME 4 FINALS (IF NECESSARY)


10/31/2009 4:30 PM GAME 5 FINALS (IF NECESSARY)
SATURDAY 6:00 PM GAME 5 FINALS (IF NECESSARY)

courtesy of CeSAFI Deputy Commissioner Jonas Panerio

thadzonline
08-04-2009, 08:58 PM
UC routs CIT for the first blowout game this season, 94-79. But CIT did show some glimpses of promise for the future of the Wildcats, starting with a 6'6 center Elmaga. One of UC juniors' 3 big stars last year alongside Marty Pearce and Roger Pogoy, Christian Taboada is now with CIT and another promising fellow is 5'11" Sagmon who defended Fajardo in the later part of the 4th quarter(and actually did a better job than 6'4 Cabanero, 6'6 Elmaga and 6'3 Molero).

The game was actually close until the first half of the 3rd quarter when UC went on a run anchored on Kim Gomez who drained 3 treys in the 3rd quarter.

quarter scores:
12-18, 41-37, 69-53, 94-79

UC:
Fajardo 28 pts, 9 rebs, 2 stls, 5 blks, 14/18 FT, 7/12 FG
Rogado 14 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts, 2 stls, 6/9 FG
Gomez 14 pts, 1 ast, 1 stl, 3/7 3PFG
Luceño 11 pts, 8 rebs, 4 asts, 1 stl, 5/6 FT
Juliane 2 pts, 4 rebs, 12 asts

CIT:
Sagmon 11 pts, 4 rebs, 4/7 FG, 3/4 FT
Taboada 12 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 4/17 FG
D. Reyes 12 pts, 3 rebs, 4 asts, 2 stls
Molero 16 pts, 11 rebs, 2 asts
Curso 14 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl, 6/7 FT

kuzma1313
08-05-2009, 10:26 PM
Bakit di balance sked ng games, ang labo naman...Most games ng SWU sa 3rd week pa tapos once a week lang..Why that UC or UV games, anjan agad, may pinapaboran ba kesyo, ang tagal kasi ng sked games....
Better watch out the COBRAS!

thadzonline
08-05-2009, 11:58 PM
August 6, USJ-R versus SWU..I think regarding sa sked ng games, they considered the marketability of which teams play in the skeds na expected na mas maraming tao ang manonood

kuzma1313
08-06-2009, 07:16 PM
Whatever! Sana,same as the uaap and ncaa do scheduling, na early as afternoon maglalaro ang juniors and by 4pm seniors na.....Boring naman to watch junior games at 4pm then seniors na.........

anyway, suggestion lang....

thadzonline
08-06-2009, 09:48 PM
I dont think that is possible as of now. high school classes end at late afternoon. so the game schedules should be after the classes. AFAIK, most college teams too schedule practice in the mornings or late afternoons to evening. The afternoon is reserved for classes. Anyway sa weekend games, 4pm mag start ang seniors since 1 pm man mag start ang high school games

thadzonline
08-07-2009, 04:41 PM
CeSAFI fans treated to another exciting game as USJ-R continues to upset semifinal favorites proving their 67-66 win over USC was no fluke as the Jaguars outlast the SWU Cobras in 2 overtimes, 90-86, in the ceSAFI 2009's 2nd double OT game.

USJ-R:
Edwin Bibera 30 pts, 8 rebs, 2 stls, 2 blks
Jerome Villaver 16 pts, 8 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Kurt Amores 9 pts, 9 rebs, 2 asts, 1 blk
Abulaiz Suliman 8 pts, 2 rebs, 4 stls, 2 blks

SWU:
Ely Armecin 19 pts, 10 rebs, 2 asts, 5 stls, 1 blk
Eliud poligrates 21 pts, 6 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls
Ricthe jalandoni 11 pts, 7 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls, 2 blks
Gilbert Gallarde 13 pts, 5 rebs, 1 blk

kuzma1313
08-07-2009, 10:23 PM
BAWI NALANG SA NEXT GAME....

GO COBRAS!

fujitsu
08-07-2009, 11:13 PM
asa gikan si curso.

thadzonline
08-09-2009, 09:19 PM
game stats links can be found here:

http://www.basketballcebu.com/cesafi2009schedule.htm

amdgc82
08-17-2009, 04:41 AM
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Like father, like son, Gomez rains 3-point bombs as UC extends winning streak to four
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated August 17, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Gomez, son of UC coach Roel Gomez, was fielded in to replace an off-sync Janssen Abella and at the height of the Jaguars' daring comeback, his successive tomahawks dashed USJ-R's comeback hopes.

The Jaguars were down by only two points, 70-72, at the final 5:35 mark until Gomez bombarded them with a barrage of 3-pointers to the delight of pro-UC fans led by his mother Lalaine, a registered nurse who is working in a New York hospital and is town for a three-week vacation.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Gomez after being lavished with praise that he has inherited the shooting touch of his father Roel, a member of the Alaska Milk grandslam team in the PBA.

Gomez finished with a career-high 20 points. Mocrief Rogado topscored for the Webmasters with 24 points followed by 6-foot-9 center June Mar Fajardo with 22 markers, most of them he obtained from the foul line.

Rommel Luceño added 12 points for the Webmasters, who shoot for their fifth straight win tomorrow against the Don Bosco Greywolves.

Kurt Amores, the only bright hope for the Jaguars in the post, scattered 19 points. The missing link for USJ-R was Edwin Bibera, who was handcuffed to only five points after scoring 20 in their conquest of the USC Warriors and charting 30 points in their double overtime victory over the SWU Cobras.

The loss was the Jaguars' first in three starts.

The scores

UC (96) - Rogado 24, Fajardo 22, Gomez 20, Luceño 12, Abella 9, Mohammad 2, Bernil 2, Quilantang 1, Cayanong 1, Juliane 1

USJ-R (81) - Amores 19, Duran 9, Pateño 8, Lapiz 8, Alquizola 7, Villaver 6, Nudalo 6, Bibera 5, Sulaiman 4, De la Rama 4, De la Peña 3, Pacinio. - THE FREEMAN

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08-18-2009, 06:36 AM
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UC Webmasters remain unbeaten after 4 games
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:04:00 08/17/2009
Filed Under: Basketball

There simply is no stopping the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters as they rolled to their fourth straight victory after outlasting the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 96-81, in the main game of the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament last Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

For a while, it seemed as if UC's perfect season was under immense peril after its once formidable 20-point lead was sliced down to just two, 72-70, behind the resolute comeback attempt by the Jaguars.

Then, entered Kim Gomez, who quickly showed that the apple simply does not fall very far from the tree.

Just like his father, Rhoel, who played many seasons in the PBA as Alaska's indefatigable sharpshooter, Kim assumed the role of fireman.

He immediately dispelled the raging fire with three consecutive three-point shots to swiftly blow the wind out of the sails of USJ-R.

Gomez wound up with a career-high 20 points, 13 of which came in the final period. Moncrief Rogado topscored for UC with 24 points.

Meanwhile, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras bounced back from their bitter defeat in their opening game as they pummeled the Don Bosco Greywolves, 92-78, in their game in the seniors division yesterday.

The Cobras suffered a heartbreaking 86-90 double-overtime loss to USJ-R last week but rolled to the win yesterday as they were led by the 19 points of Jeff Pria and the added 12 markers from Gilbert Gallarde.

The loss was Don Bosco’s second in a row, which toppled them to the bottom with a 0-2 record. SWU now stands at 1-1.

The juniors division saw the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers squeak past the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 87-82, while the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens mauled the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, 80-57.

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08-18-2009, 06:38 AM
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Lancers strike back
Monday, August 17, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers overcame the tenacity of the University of San Carlos Warrios to claim their second victory in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Sunday night, 85-78, at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers had the game going in their favor after jumping to an early 10-point lead in the first period, 19-9, which they further extended to 15 points.

However, the Warriors came back roaring and snatched the lead, 35-33, going into the third period.

Greg Slaughter kept UV in control and challenged USC to three deadlocks, the first at 39-all.

When Slaughter sat out with the game tied at 42, the Warriors relaxed, thinking without their 6’11” center, UV wouldn’t be a threat.

It was a mistake that cost them the game.

Junjun Lasala, Ralph Olivares, Harold Cincoflores and Emmanuel Calo teamed up for a 12-2 run that did the Warriors in.

Although Slaughter was feeling feverish, he still managed to come up with 29 points. He punctuated the night with a slam from his steal on USC’s Paul Joven in the final nine seconds of the game.

Lasala scored 13 points, Chris Diputado added 12 and Phil Mercader had 10.

Giovanni Padillo, who scored three straight triples during USC’s final attempt at a comeback in the last two minutes of the game, and Cid Cortes wound up with 15 points each. Carlo Padayao also had 10.

The Green Lancers now have a 2-1 win-loss record. Their only loss so far is from University of Cebu in the Cesafi opening.

Meanwhile, the Southwestern University Cobras claimed their first victory after defeating the Don Bosco Greywolves, 92-78, last Saturday.

Jeff Pria led SWU with 19 points, while Gilbert Gallarde added 12, for SWU to imporve its slate to 1-1.

In the juniors division, the UV Baby Lancers survived the University of Southern Philippines Baby Panthers, 87-82, squeaker, while the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens dumped the USC Baby Warriors, 80-57.

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08-18-2009, 06:40 AM
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UV struggles in win vs USC
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated August 18, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers notched their second straight victory but had to go through a roller-coaster ride before getting rid of the resilient University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 85-78, in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

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

6 pm DBTC vs. UC (Srs.)

The Warriors, who figured in a championship showdown with the Lancers for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007, were down by a dozen points early on, 9-21, but went on to grab the driver’s seat at the intermission, 35-33.

The Lancers, however, pounded on the Warriors with finesse in the third period. In that daring breakaway, guards Harold Cincoflores and Eman Calo scored seven points each, while 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter added six markers as UV mounted its biggest lead of 15 points, 61-46,.

A slight hardcourt drama occured when USC’s Sam Jordan Hermosa was whistled for a technical foul for a hard push against Calo with 3:05 left to play and UV leading by 13 points, 74-61. Proverbial cooler heads succeeded in putting the situation under control.

All of a sudden, the diehard Warriors put up a courageous fightback, with Giovanni Padillo sinking three consecutive triples and Joven Cid Cortes and Hermosa scoring two quick baskets to chop the deficit down to a manageable four points, 74-78.

That was the closest the Warriors could come though as the spirited Lancers did not wilt under heavy pressure.

Slaughter pumped in 29 points capped by a monster slam for the Lancers. Junjun Lasala, Chris Victor Diputado and Phil Mercader connived for 35 points as they bettered their win-loss record to 2-1.

Padillo and Cortes nailed 15 markers apiece, while Ryan Carlo Padayao added 10 for the Warriors, who joined the DBTC Greywolves down the cellar without win in two starts.

In the other collegiate match, the SWU Cobras snapped out of their two-game losing skid with a 92-78 demolition of the Greywolves.

In the secondary games, the Baby Lancers also struggled against the listless USPF Baby Panthers, 87-82, to take the solo lead with a clean 3-0 slate, while the CIT Wildkittens demolished the USC Baby Warriors, 80-52.

The scores

First game

SWU (92) - Pria 17, Gallarde 12, Pacquiao 11, Litorja 9, Jalandoni 8, Diango 7, Armecin 6, Palileo 6, Poligrates 4, Ompad 3, Barro 3, Wagas 2

DBTC (78) - Colegado 17, Hernando 12, Delos Santos 11, Cabrilles 10, Villaver 7, Aldave 6, Georsua 6, Cinco 4, Castro 2, Cabañero 1 Halftime: 43-39

Second game

UV (85) - Slaughter 29, Lasala 13, Diputado 12, Mercader 10, Cincoflores 7, Calo 7, Olivares 5, Dennison 2

USC (78) - Padillo 15, Cortes 15, Padayao 10, Cantonao 8, Hermosa 7, Codilla 6, Bautista 6, Gallarde 6, Bakker 2

Halftime: 33-35 (THE FREEMAN)

amdgc82
08-20-2009, 06:04 AM
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UV improves to 2-1
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:06:00 08/18/2009
Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 p.m. – DBTC vs. UC (jrs.)

6 p.m. – DBTC vs. UC (srs.)

Reigning eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers had to go through the eye of the needle for their second victory, beating the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 85-78, in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was an exciting battle reminiscent of their classic confrontations in the Cesafi finals in 2006 and 2007.

However, just like those times, it was the Green Lancers that emerged victorious as they rode on the shoulders of prized big man and Cesafi MVP Greg Slaughter, who in spite of having a fever, delivered a virtuoso performance that amounted to 29 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

UV improved to 2-1 (win-loss) while USC dropped to 0-2.

Slaughter went to work early as he scored 10 points in the opening period to give UV a 21-12 lead.

But the Warriors came roaring back in the ensuing canto as they tightened up their defense and worked their offensive plays behind Gene Gallarde, Mike Cantonao and Jabby Bautista to put them in the driver's seat at the turn, 35-32.

The lead, though, was short-lived as the Green Lancers came out of the break revitalized.

Slaughter scored UV's first six points to tie the match at 37-all.

Then, came the offensive deluge as reserve guard Emmanuel Calo led sizzling 19-4 run that gave UV their biggest lead of the match at 61-56, heading into the fourth stanza.

Calo was sensational during that stretch as he tallied all seven of his points there.

The Warriors staged a last-ditch effort to claw their way back into the game and came to within six, 76-70, after three straight trifectas from wingman Giovanni Padillo. The run was stemmed somewhat on the next possession as Slaughter fed a cutting Phil Mercader for an easy layup that gave UV a 78-70 lead.

USC came as close as four, 82-78, after a three-point shot from Gallarde with 10 ticks left in the game. Slaughter erased all doubts of a UV win as he made a free-throw and ended the game with a thunderous two-handed slam dunk to secure the Lancers' second victory in three games.

USC suffered its second straight loss after losing to the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 66-67, during the opening weekend.

Junjun Lasala added a double-double performance of 13 points and 12 rebounds while starting guard Chris Diputado had 12 points.

Mercader was the other player to score in double figures for UV with 10 markers.

Meanwhile, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters will be aiming for their fifth consecutive victory today when they battle the Don Bosco Greywolves.

The Webmasters are flying high with a clean 4-0 mark, with their latest 96-81 conquest of USJ-R last Saturday. Don Bosco is coming off a 78-82 drubbing at the hands of Southwestern University last Sunday. The same two squads will also duke it out in the juniors division at 4:30 pm.

amdgc82
08-20-2009, 06:07 AM
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Webmasters catch Greywolves, win
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of Cebu Webmasters rolled to its fifth consecutive victory while handing the shorter but hard fighting Don Bosco Technological College Greywolves a 102-85 defeat in the ongoing 2009 Cesafi Collegiate Basketball tournament held at the Cebu Coliseum last Tuesday evening.

The Webmasters needed 25 minutes before taking over the lead for good as the Greywolves fought hard to lead in most of the game.

Using his second and third stringers in the opening quarter, coach Rhoel Gomez found the DBTC squad a tough nut to crack behind the masterful quarterbacking of Celso Colegador Jr.

Control

The Greywolves went to control the tempo of the game in the second quarter, this time, despite the presence of UC giant Junmar Fajardo who scored only two points.

It took the outside guns of Jansen Abella and Arvin Kin Gomez to break the double-teaming defense of DBTC on Fajardo.

With Fajardo meeting much less resistance in the middle, the 6’10” beanpole scored 12 to lead a blistering 38 UC run to sneak up front for good at the three-minute mark of the third.

Vengeance

Still, DBTC fought back to recover behind the efforts of Jayford Aldave and Colegado. The Greywolves were within the distance before Gomez nailed two more triples at the start of the fourth quarter.

Smelling blood, the Webmasters then employed a full court trap, resulting to a fiery 21-8 blitz that took away the fight from the Greywolves.

Fajardo again topped all scorers with 22 points, Abella added 18 and Gomez scored 12, while Colegado topped DBTC with 17, Aldave contributed 16 and Alain de los Sanots finished with 10.

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08-20-2009, 06:10 AM
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UC 5 clobbers DBTC
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:37:00 08/19/2009
Filed Under: Basketball

THE future of the University of Cebu Webmasters’ backcourt appear to be looking very bright and promising.

This as the guards of the defending champions UC Baby Webmasters took turns in shredding the defense of the Don Bosco College Baby Greywolves en route to tallying a lopsided, 109-59 win in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The UC sentinels were simply unstoppable as they combined for 56 out of the total output, none more lethal than Marlon Pingoy, the son of former University of the Visayas star and professional player Jerry Pingoy, who scored 22 points, 16 coming in the third period.

He had six in the opening canto, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer that put UC on top 31-10. They ended the half with a 56-21 lead before Pingoy shone in the third period with a variety of sizzling moves.

Alex Nazareno had 13 points while Gerald Ampoon added 11 markers. Reserve guard Oscar Pua also contributed 10 points while big men Alvin Labo-Labo and Ruel Padilla combined for 22 markers.

The win was UC's third in a row putting the Baby Webmasters on top of the standings with a 3-0 record. Don Bosco on the other hand, fell to 0-2. They were led by the 14 points of Lawrence Ruiz.

BOX SCORES:

UC (109) Pingoy 22, Nazareno 13, Padilla 12, Ampoon 11, Pua 10, Labo-Labo 10, Saramosing 6, Jospeh 5, Aranas 4, Talisic 3, Comendador 2

DBC (59) Ruiz 17, Alburo 12, Esbra 10, Ruiz 7, Yap 5, Haben 3, Ebajo 2, Empenio 2, Baste 2.

amdgc82
08-20-2009, 06:12 AM
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UC cruises to fifth straight win
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated August 20, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The undefeated University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters pummeled the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 102-85, for their fifth straight win in as many starts in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Sunday

(Cebu Coliseum)

1:00 pm CEC vs. USC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm UV vs. CIT (Jrs.)

4 pm CIT vs. USJR (Srs.)

5:30 pm USPF vs. SWU (Srs.)

The Webmasters were somehow experimenting in the first half as coach Roel Gomez fielded in his second stringers and seldom-used crew. As a result, they were down by as much as 15 points, 27-42, in the second period.

However, the Webmasters unleashed their true firepower after the short break, with 6-foot-9 beanpole June Mar Fajardo unloading 20 of his 22 points bridging the third and fourth periods.

Sensing that their four-game roll was at stake, Fajardo and the Webmasters put their acts together to come up with an amazing comeback and eventually grab the lead, 60-58, on Moncrief Rogado’s jumper with 3:40 left to play in the third canto.

UC led by as much as 26 points, 100-74, entering the final two-minute zone of the contest. The rest, they say, was history as the Webmasters smoothly cruised to their best ever 5-0 start in the nine-year old league.

Janssen Abella stepped up for the first time scoring 18 points spiked with five triples, while Kim Arvin Gomez nailed all his 12 markers from beyond the arc. Rogado and Rommel Luceño each scored 11 points underscoring UC’s balanced offensive.

Celso Colegado Jr. and Jefford Aldave had 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Greywolves, who crashed to their third consecutive loss.

The scores

UC (102) - Fajardo 22, Abella 18, Gomez 12, Rogado 11, Luceño 11, Tano 8, Juliane 6, Capoy 5, Bernil 4, Cabrera 3, Cueva 2

DBTC (85) - Colegado 17, Aldave 16, Delos Santos 10, Georsua 9, Hernando 7, Cabrilles 6, Villaver 6, Cinco 6, Guba 4, Castro 2, Cabañero 2

Halftime: 35-46 (THE FREEMAN)

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08-24-2009, 09:34 AM
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Jaguars devour Wildcats
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated August 24, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Pointguard Edmar Pateño charted 19 points and dished out six assists to power the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to a 94-64 smashing of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 94-64, in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Pateño brought the house on fire when he drilled in four triples, three of them in the first half as the former error-prone guard now slowly established a name as the Jaguars’ top playmaker and one of the league’s best sentinels.

Overall, the Jaguars sank nine treys.

Edwin Bibera had a silent 14 points for the Jaguars, but coach Edito Salacut did not seem to worry because he had a deeper bench compared to the Wildcats of debuting coach Gilbert Demape.

Before Marvin Duran sprained his ankle, he scattered 12 points, while Midjet de la Rama tossed in 10 points as the Jaguars took the solo second spot with a 3-1 win-loss record.

In contrast, the Wildcats fell to 1-3.

Rookie Chester Curso was the only bright spot for the Wildcats with 24 points.

In the secondary matches, the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers moved into the solo top spot after escaping with a 90-84 victory over the CIT Wildkittens, while the USC Baby Warriors buried the CEC Dragons by 74 points, 119-45.

The scores

USJ-R (94) - Pateño 19, Bibera 14, Duran 12, Dela Rama 10, Dela Peña 8, Soliman 8, Lapiz 8, Nudalo 7, Villaver 6, Pacinoo 2

CIT (64) - Curso 24, Taboada 10, Lopez 9, Molero 9, Sagmon 7, Lañete 2, Reyes 2, Elmaga 1

Halftime: 42-34. - THE FREEMAN

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08-25-2009, 12:25 PM
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Cobras stun USPF
Monday, August 24, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras banked on the end-game brilliance of power forward Gilbert Gallarde to pull off an 80-72 win over a stubborn University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Gallarde saved SWU from getting clobbered by a bottom team and posted 24 points-14 in the final period-and 16 rebounds.

SWU started off sloppily with USPF pushing them around in the first three periods and trailed as much as 11 points.

SWU needed an entire game to put their act together and only managed to take control of the game in the final three minutes.

USPF started dictating the game's tempo when they opened the second period with a 14-0 run to build an 11-point lead.

Gallarde, along with Eleazar Armecin and Ardd Django, initiated the comeback that overturned the game's favor and gave SWU the victory.

Eluid Poligrates, who scored the final four baskets, added 20 points, while Armecin and Django combined for 18.

Django also had six assists and eight steals.

SWU now hold a 3-1 win-loss record, while USPF dropped to 1-3.

USPF will battle University of San Carlos tonight.

In the other collegiate game, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars retaliated their loss in their last outing and drubbed the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 94-64.

USJ-R suffered its first setback of the season at the hands of the University of Cebu Webmasters last week and the Jagaurs vented their ire on the CIT Wildcats as they led the game from start to finish.

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08-25-2009, 02:09 PM
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SWU escapes USPF
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:38:00 08/25/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 pm - UC vs. USPF (jrs.)

6 p.m. – USC vs. USPF (srs.)

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers played great basketball for 37 minutes. Unfortunately for them, it was the last three minutes of the match that mattered the most.

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras hit their stride in the endgame and captured their second win after edging the Panthers, 80-72, in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Panthers led for most of the game but just could not hold back the offensive prowess of the Cobras, who rode fourth-period brilliance of versatile forward Gilbert Gallarde as well as the timely shots of Eleazar Armecin, Ardd Django and Eliud Poligrates to help bag their second win in three games.

USPF was down by three in the first period, 15-18, but suddenly waxed hot in the second period, where they started it off with a blistering 14-0 run to grab the driver's seat and erect their biggest lead of the match at 11, 29-18. It was a lead that they gallantly defended until the fateful last three minutes of the game.

Armecin, who was riding the bench for most of the game because of fould trouble, tied the match at 69-all before shattering the deadlock altogether with a lay-up against two defenders.

Then, Django and Gallarde scored the next three points for the Cobras to complete an 9-0 surge that gave them a 76-69 lead. Poligrates ended the match with four straight points to punctuate the come-from-behind win.

It was Gallarde that put the squad on his broad shoulders in the final canto as he scored 14 of his 24 points there, including nine straight at one point, to keep SWU in the thick of the fight.

Making his performance even more impressive was his 16 rebounds, eight of which were on the offensive end. Poligrates added 20 markers while Armecin added 10 points. Django managed just eight points but had six assists and a whopping eight steals.

The heartbreaking loss dropped USPF to 1-3, but they will have a chance to redeem themselves tonight when they go up against the winless University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors at 6 pm at the same venue. The playdate will be opened by a clash between the juniors division defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters and the USPF Baby Panthers.

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08-26-2009, 06:20 AM
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UC Jrs. snatch fourth straight victory
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated August 26, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Jorei Marlon Pingoy and Gerald Ampoon nailed crucial triples, while Alvin Labolabo Jr. asserted his height advantage as the University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters tamed gritty University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 90-79, in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI).

The Junior Webmasters headed to the dug-out with a four-point deficit, 34-38, as they struggled in the entire first half where they had difficulty in getting their shots falling.

Aside from being off-sync in the first 20 minutes, they found it hard to defend Rommel Diapera who was wreaking havoc on the part of the Baby Panthers. It was Diapera's basket that gave the Baby Panthers their largest lead, 38-31, before Pingoy hit a triple to push UC closer, 34-38, at the break.

Diminutive guard Oscar Pua gave the lead back to the Junior Webmasters after a long while, 39-38, to start the third period and despite Diapera's game-long brilliance leading the Baby Panthers with 26 points including four triples, the Junior Webmasters still closed the third period with a 67-59 lead.

Ampoon caught fire in the fourth period in the company of Alfred Codilla and Ruel Padilla Jr. to help the Junior Webmasters maintain a 10-point lead, the last was at 80-70 with still 5:47 left in the game.

However, the Baby Panthers fought back as Christian Baguio completed a three-point play to trim the deficit to five, 77-82, with still a plenty of time to spare.

In the ensuing play, Pingoy drained a booming triple and after Baguio was whistled for an offensvie foul against Codilla, Labolabo sank an undergoal stab to put the Junior Webmasters safely ahead.

Later, Ampoon knocked in the final nail on USPF's coffin as the Junior Webmasters coasted to their fourth straight victory to join the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers at the top spot.

Pingoy topscored for the Junior Webmasters with 17 points, Alexander Nazareno added 16, while Codilla and Ampoon had 14 and 13 points.

The Baby Panthers, who also had four players scoring in double figures including Diapera, Baguio, Joshua Corciles and Chris Niño Pitogo, remained winless in four starts. (THE FREEMAN)

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08-26-2009, 06:24 AM
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UC steals 2nd half
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters used a crippling second half rally to log its fourth straight win in as many games after beating the hard-working University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 90-79, in the high match of the 2009 Cesafi Basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

The defending champions went through rough waters in the opening half with the Baby Panthers displaying a different character to hold the Baby Webmasters at bay in all of the first 20 minutes of the game.

Defense

The Baby Panthers showed tough defense in the opening quarter and never slowed down to lead, 38-34, at the bend.

However, the game suddenly changed tempo at the half when Alfred Codilla starred in a crippling 33-21 UC run as he scored 12 of his 14 points in the third canto.

While Rommel Diapera almost singlehandedly carried USPF on his shoulders, Codilla got the needed help from John Rafael Aranas, Jorei Marlon Pingoy, Oscar Pua and
Alvin Labo-Labo Jr. to take the lead, 67-59, entering the final quarter.

Leadership

Gerald Joseph Ampoon then took over the leadership from Codilla in the final frame and with Ruel Padilla Jr. and Alexander Nazareno, UC dropped the game-ending blitz, 23-20, to tie with the idled University of the Visayas Baby Lancers with 4-0 records each.

Pingoy topped UC with 17 points and Nazareno added 16, while Diapera scored the game-high 26 points to lead three other USPF Baby Panthers who finished with double-digit scoring.

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08-27-2009, 06:58 AM
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Warriors notch first victory
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated August 27, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors preyed on the endgame collapse by the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers to hack out a 70-63 win, their first in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

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

6 pm DBTC vs. USC (Srs.)

The game was still tied at 60-all after USPF’s Fritz Dajalos sank two free throws with still 2:40 left to play.

The Panthers’ sad story of endgame meltdown happened for the third time at the final 1:52 mark of the contest after Sam Hermosa nailed a pair of freebies that put the Warriors on top for good, 62-60.

The rest was history as the Panthers never learned their lesson how to prevent a last-minute heartbreaker. In their past two assignments, USPF also blew its chances of winning over the CIT Wildcats and the SWU Cobras.

Two costly errors by Jordan Bardilas further sealed USPF’s doom, with Gino Gallarde and Cortes scoring on a four-point swing to pad Warriors’ lead to 66-60 with 1:24 to go.

The Warriors trailed at halftime, 25-32, but opened the third period with a 7-0 blitz to knot the count at 32-all. An air-tight battle ensued resulting into a 50-all standoff heading into the final 10-minute zone.

Gallarde, Hermosa and Cortes connived for 33 points for the Warriors. Dajalos, son of ex UV Lancer Stevenson Dajalos, scattered 13 points for the Panthers, who suffered their fourth straight setback after a victorious start.

Meanwhile, CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. announced yesterday that he has imposed a two-game suspension on a referee, whose name is withheld, for his blunder in awarding only one instead of two free throws to a USPF players during its loss to the Cobras last Sunday. Also banned for one game each were the the four table officials for their lapses.

The scores

USC (70) - Gallarde 12, Hermosa 11, Cortes 10, Padillo 8, Padayao 7, Panerio 6, Bautista 3, Cantonao 3, Bakker 2

USPF (63) - Dajalos 13, Durano 11, Linao 9, Tinoy 8, Bardilas 8, Tabada 7, Avila 4, Filoteo 3

Halftime: 25-32. - THE FREEMAN

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08-27-2009, 07:02 AM
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USC Warriors end losing skid, foil Panthers
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors banked on their end game defensive stance to beat the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 70-
63, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate action at the Cebu Coliseum last Tuesday night.

It was USC’s first win in three games in the new season, while the Panthers dropped to 1-4.

The Universtiy of Cebu still leads the standings with a perfect 5-0 record.

Tied at 60-all with 2:40 left to play in the game, the Warriors took their defense a notch higher to force Elwin Durano to commit a dribbling violation with a little over two minutes left to play.

That turnover led to two penalty free throws, calmly sank by Sam Jordan Hermosa at the other end with 1:52 remaining.

With the momentum shifting their way, the USC Warriors suddenly employed a full court trapping defense that produced four points in just a span of 21 seconds for a 66-60 lead.

Fritz Dajalos broke the Panthers’s minute-long silence with a jumper but Hermonsa answered back with a three-point play at the other end for a 69-62 score.

Split free throws from both teams sealed the game’s final score.

USC controlled the tempo of the game in the opening quarter but USPF bounced back, doubling the Warriors’s output in the second quarter for a 32-25 lead.

Gino Gallarde topscored for USC with 12 points, Hermosa added 11 and Joven Cid Cortes finished with 10 points.

Dajalos led the Panthers with 13, while Duran finished with 11.

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08-28-2009, 06:49 AM
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Baby Warriors trounce Don Bosco Jrs.
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated August 28, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors started hot and went strong in the end to whip the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Baby Greywolves, 92-77, in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Warriors, who are now catching up with their 3-2 win-loss record, are actually occupying the solo second place because defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters and last year’s runner-up University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers are tied on top with 4-0 slates.

They sizzled early and finished the first period with a 33-18 lead as they exploited their advantage in quickness despite only Ahien Kikuchi providing power at the post.

Anthony Gai Romaguera topscored for the Baby Warriors with 21 points but the rest distributed their wealth fairly enough as they wanted to have their teammmates get involved in the offense.

Surprisingly though, the Baby Greywolves withstood the challenge in the second period where they were able to match the Baby Warriors’ output with 18 points but still trailed by 15 points to the intermission, 36-51.

Unfortunately for the Baby Greywolves, they could not draw closer because three of their key players suffered muscle cramps, showing that they seemed to have lacked physical conditioning as the Baby Warriors kept on pounding them in the third period to take a 66-48 lead.

The fourth period was the best time for the Baby Greywolves to rally but they closest they could muster was to trim the gap to 13 points on two free throws by Jose Marlo Pono.

Francis Dave Guardario added 14 points for the Baby Warriors while Kikuchi, the only bright spot at the post, chipped in 10 points.

The Baby Greywolves, who fell to 0-4, were led by Kyle Esbra with 21 points followed by Chris Daryl Yap with 14.

The scores

USC (92) - Romaguera 21, Guardario 14, Kikuchi 10, Palapar 9, Omolon 7, Malana 6, Bacaltos 4, Bongo 4, Lora 4, Juariza 3, Dalangpan 3, Rabuya

DBTC (77) - Esbra 21, Yap 14, Balorio 8, Alburo 7, J. Ruiz 7, Empenio 6, Pono 5, L. Ruiz 4, Castillo 2, Bastes 2, Tigullo 1

Halftime: 51-36. – THE FREEMAN

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08-28-2009, 07:04 AM
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Baby Warriors rout DBTC, 92-77
Thursday, August 27, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of San Carlos Baby Warriors defeated the Don Bosco Technology Center Baby Greywolves, 92-77, in the high school division of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

USC caught the Baby Greywolves napping in the early going and used a full court trap for a 33-18 lead at the end of the first quarter to secure their third win in five games.

Anthony Gai Romaguera again showed the Baby Warriors the way to victory as he scored 11 of his team-high 21 points, in the opening quarter, as USC put up a 15-point margin at the half-time break.

Klyle Esbra was a workhorse for the Greywolves, but his effort proved futile.

The Baby Warriors also did not show any sign of letting up when guard Francis Dave Guardiario took over in the third period.

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08-29-2009, 05:49 AM
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Warriors drub Greywolves for second straight victory
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated August 29, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The resilient University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors played cool under heavy pressure to escape with an 88-83 victory over the tenacious Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Monday

(Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm DBTC vs. CIT (Jrs.)

2:30 pm UC vs. UV (Jrs.)

4: pm DBTC vs. UV (Srs.)

5:30 pm UC vs. USC (Srs.)

The Warriors, who are on a two-game winning roll, was on top by 10 points, 84-74, in the final 1:46 mark of the contest, but the Greywolves never ceded and quickly poured in seven unanswered points to threaten at 81-84 with only 12 ticks left before the final buzzer.

The Greywolves, however, fell short in completing a huge comeback as the Warriors nailed four free throws to seal the deal.

The Greywolves had a torrid 3-point shooting in the third period where they strafed seven tomahawks - three each from Joseph Villaver and Alain de los Santos and one from John Mark Castro. That gained them a two-point headway, 59-57, heading into the final quarter courtesy of a buzzer-beating shot by Jayson Cabrilles.

The last time the Greywolves were ahead was at 66-65 on a three-point play by Jefford Aldave but still plenty of time to spare.

Giovanni Padillo pumped in a season-best 29 points for the Warriors. Michael Cantonao sank 15 markers, while Cid Joven Cortes and Sam Jordan Hermosa connived for 21 points as they evened their win-loss record to 2-2.

De los Santos paced Don Bosco with 18 points followed by Celso Colegado, Jr. and Villaver with 15 and 12, respectively.

The scores

USC (88) - Padillo 29, Cantonao 15, Cortes 11, Hermosa 10, Gallarde 6, Padayao 5, Otida 4, Panerio 4, Bakker 3, Joven 1

DBTC (83) - De los Santos 18, Colegado 15, Villaver 12, Aldave 9, Cabrilles 9, Sinco 8, Juntilla 7, Castro 3, Georsua 2 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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08-29-2009, 05:54 AM
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USC nails 2nd straight win
Friday, August 28, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors scored their second straight win after surviving the Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 88-83, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) at the Cebu Coliseum Thursday night.

The Warriors nearly lost a 10-point lead in the final 1:40 of the game before finding their steady hands that kept them afloat.

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Giovanni Padillo again played the giant role for the Warriors as he calmly sank four pressure-packed free throws in the last 11.4 seconds to end a one minute and 30-second scoring drought of USC.

USC led 18-17 at the end of the first quarter before making it 35-30 at the halftime break.

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08-31-2009, 05:57 AM
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UC eyes win No.6
By Gabby Malagar Updated August 31, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The well-rested University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters will now poke their guns to the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors as they bid to move closer to a rare elimination round sweep today in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm DBTC vs. CIT (Jrs.)

2:30 pm UC vs. UV (Jrs.)

4 pm DBTC vs. UV (Srs.)

5:30 pm UC vs. USC (Srs.)

In the high school division, it will be separation time for the defending champion UC Junior Webmasters and their finals adversary last year, the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers.

There are plenty of things the Webmasters have to reconsider against the audacious Warriors, who are riding on the crest of their back-to-back victories.

While the war at the post is already given to the Webmasters owing to their 6-foot-9 beanpole in June Mar Fajardo, the area of concern is the outside shooting that neither team should not take for granted.

The odds are almost even when it comes to field goal sniping as the Webmasters could rely on Moncrief Rogado and Giovanni Padillo.

Adding boost to the Webmasters' morale is Arvin Kim Gomez who is slowly turning himself into a lethal weapon in the offensive arsenal of his father-coach's team. The other UC reliables to watch out for are rookie Mark Tano, Janssen Abella, Robinson Mohammad and Kevin Quilantang.

The Webmasters are the current league-leader without defeat in five games, so far.

The Warriors, on the other hand, could benefit from Michael Cantonao, Gene Noel Gallarde, Mark Gil Panerio and Sam Hermosa. The Carolinians may be relatively smaller but they have a deeper bench to explore.

In the other collegiate tussle, the UV Green Lancers shoot for a tie at the second place with the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars when they collide with the weaker but gritty Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves.

In the opener, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens will slug it out with the DBTC Junior Greywolves. - THE FREEMAN

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08-31-2009, 06:45 PM
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UC’s unbeaten records at stake
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 10:34:00 08/31/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

1 p.m. – DBC vs. CIT (jrs.)

2:30 p.m. – UC vs. UV (jrs.)

4 p.m. – UV vs. DBC (srs.)

5:30 p.m. – UC vs. USC (srs.)

The junior and senior squads of the University of Cebu (UC) will try to keep perfection in their veins as they stake their unbeaten records against separate opponents when the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament continues today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The UC Baby Webmasters will have their test of fire today as they put their immaculate 4-0 (win-loss) record on the line against another unbeaten team, the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, in a rematch of the finals of the past two years.

Their college counterparts, the UC Webmasters is expected to have a battle of their own as they are scheduled to take on the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the main game at 5:30 pm.

UC is standing atop the field with a clean 5-0 mark behind the stellar play of the two Cesafi Player of the Week awardees, 6-foot-10 giant June Mar Fajardo and wingman Moncrief Rogado.

USC is currently in the middle of the pack with an even 4-4 record.

Eight-time defending champions UV Green Lancers will also be seeing action today when they duke it out against the Don Bosco Greywolves.

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09-01-2009, 07:03 AM
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Greywolves ‘Slaughtered’
Monday, August 31, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)
4:30 p.m. – UV vs. USJ-R (juniors)
6 p.m. – UV vs. USPF (seniors)

THE reigning most valuable player of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), Greg Slaughter, made his commanding presence felt as he helped tow the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers to a lopsided 104-84 win over the hapless Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

With no one from the small lineup of the Don Bosco defenders stopping him, UV’s prized seven-foot center did not waste any opportunity to make a thunderous entrance as he slammed the bulk of his 26 points to the delight of the UV supporters.

UV now stands with a 3-1 win-loss record in the ranking, while DBC remained winless after five games.

Juniors

In the juniors division, defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters broke free from a deadlock in the standings to claim solo leadership in the high school division after defeating erstwhile undefeated squad UV Baby Lancers, 71-63.

The game saw two of the toughest juniors teams battling for supremacy as not one refused to back down in the game. UC first took the game’s momentum leading by 10 points in the first period, 14-4. But the Baby Lancers fought back with the efforts of Gerald Legarde, who scored 12 points at this juncture, for UV to snatch the lead, 31-28, at the turn.

Rally

It wasn’t until the third period when UC’s point guard Gerald Ampoon took matters in his own hands when he initiated a fiery rally in the penultimate round to take the lead back to UC’s side, 54-49, and never looked back from there.

Alfred Codilla led UC with 18 points, Alvin Labo-labo scattered 15 markers, while Ampoon added 13 for UC to keep its slate clean, 5-0. It was the Baby Lancers’ first loss in five outings. In the other game of the juniors division Jr. NBA MVP Mark Jayven Tallo once more slipped into the hero’s shoes when he lifted the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens to a 76-64 win over the Don Bosco Baby Greywolves.

Tallo scored 16 points and five assists to help CIT take its third win in four games. DBC continues to struggle with a 0-5 record.

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09-02-2009, 07:31 AM
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UC jrs batter UV, take solo lead
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:14:00 09/01/2009

Filed Under: Sports Events

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 p.m. – UV vs. USJ-R (jrs.)

6 p.m. – UV vs. USPF (srs.)

The defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters are now alone atop the leaderbord after they trounced rivals University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, 71-63, in a battle of undefeated squads in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

In a rematch of the finals of the past two years, it was UC that came out on top once again as it leaned on its superb quartet of Jorei Pingoy, Gerald Ampoon, Alvin Labo-Labo and Alfred Codilla to lead them to their fifth straight victory while handing UV its first loss of the season in five outings.

UC appeared ready to blow the Baby Lancers out of the water as they led by 10, 14-4, at the onset of the opening period behind the slashing exploits of veteran forward Alfred Codilla, who scored 10 of his 18 points in that stretch.

However, the Baby Lancers refused to back down as they crawled their way back into the game behind the sweet-shooting Gerald Legarde, who scored 12 in the first half, to lead UV to the drivers seat, 31-28, at the end of the first half.

Then, entered speedy guard Ampoon, who expunged his struggles in the first half by putting on a show in the third period.

Scoreless in the first half, Ampoon exploded for 12 of his 13 points in that time, punctuating the feat by making two three-point shots. When the dust settled, UC was back on top once more, 54-49, heading into the final period.

The two squads battled tooth-and-nail until UV crept to within four, 57-61. Alvin Labo-Labo powered his way to back-to-back baskets to push the lead back up to eight, 65-57. His three-point play with 34.7 ticks left in the game finally hammered the final nail in UV's coffin. He ended up with 15 markers.

In the other game of the juniors division, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens turned to their star guard Mark Jayven Tallo when the going got tough to eke out a 76-64 victory over the Don Bosco Baby Greywolves.

The latter fought gallantly and was tied with CIT at 52-all heading into the final period but Tallo, who had just 16 points, led the Wildkittens as he dished out five assists, each one more flashy than the last, to break Don Bosco's resolve.

CIT is now at 3-1 (win-loss) while Don Bosco fell to 0-5, the same record as their college counterparts after they fell to the mighty eight-time champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers, 104-84 in the seniors division.

Reigning MVP Greg Slaughter paced UV with 26 points, most of which came on thunderous slam dunks over the undersized Don Bosco defenders.

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09-02-2009, 07:33 AM
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Luceño sparkles as UC dodges USC upset axe
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 02, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - In what was probably one of the biggest baskets in his career, Rommel Luceño hit a pair of pressure-packed free throws with seven seconds left in the contest to power the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters to an 87-85 squeaker over the tenacious University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The 41-point explosion by 6-foot-9 center June Mar Fajardo almost evaporated into thin-air when he was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul against Sam Hermosa at the final 1:11 mark of the game and they were ahead by just five points, 83-78.

Fajardo’s blunder paved the way for a seven-point swing by the Warriors. After Hermosa sank two freebies, 80-83, Giovanni Padillo knocked in a knot-tying triple and then Michael Cantonao scored on his own gift shots off a foul by Janssen Abella to put the Warriors on top, 85-83, with only 35 seconds to play.

Fajardo though made up from his flaw by nailing two free throws to square the count for the last time at 85-all with 22 ticks left before the final buzzer.

After the Carolinians failed to execute one good play in their possession, Luceño was quickly fouled and then showed iron nerves by coolly dropping the game-clinching charities. Luceño finished with eight points.

USC actually had a chance to forge an overtime, but Giovanni Padillo missed a very daring drive.

Moncrief Rogado was the only other double-digit scorer with 10 points for UC, which extended its winning streak to six games. Their biggest date will be on September 19 when they shoot for a rare seven-game elimination round sweep against the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

Hermosa had netted 19 points, while outside gunners Ryan Carlo Padayao, Padillo and Cantonao each scored a dozen markers for the Warriors, who snapped out of their two-game win roll and fell to 2-3 overall.

The scores

UC (87) - Fajardo 41, Rogado 10, Abella 9, Juliane 9, Luceño 8, Cayanong 7, Quilantang 1

USC (85) - Hermosa 19, Padillo 12, Padayao 12, Cantonao 12, Gallarde 9, Cortes 8, Bakker 4, Bautista 3, Bercede 2, Panerio 2, Joven 2 Halftime: 40-36. - THE FREEMAN

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09-02-2009, 07:36 AM
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Sneak did Warriors in
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
By Marian C. Baring and Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of Cebu Webmasters’ behemoth center June Mar Fajardo powered the team to its sixth straight win following the 87-85 sneaker over the resilient University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors Monday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Although Fajardo proved to be a workhorse having scored 41 markers in the game, it was Rommel Luceño, who calmly sank in the winning charities in the final seven seconds of the game that gave UC the win.

The breaks of the game leaned towards USC when Giovannie Padillo unleashed a three-point bomb in the final 59 seconds of the game to level the field, 83-all. At the return play, Jansen Abella fouled Mark Cantonao, who converted his charities for USC to lead, 85-83, in the final 35 seconds.

But Fajardo kept UC’s head above water with a turnaround shot that once more evened the score, 85-all, with 22 seconds to spare.

Time-bound

USC had the final ball possession and had the chance to wait until time expired to make their move. They could either have won with a last-second shot or at least send the game to overtime.

However, Padillo moved a few seconds too early when he forced a drive with just 10 seconds left. He bungled the shot and in an attempt to make a rebound, Sam Hermosa was called for a foul in the last seconds that sent Luceño to the free throw line.

Hermosa led USC’s cause with 19 points, while Carlo Padayao, Padillo and Cantonao scored 12 each.

Baby Lancers

Meanwhile, the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers bounced back from last Monday’s defeat by beating the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 84-78, in the high school division action of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament held at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

Coming from a frustrating 71-63 loss in the hands of defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters, the Baby Lancers struggled momentarily before mounting a 24-19 lead at the end of the first quarter, with Glennson Ybañez scoring 8 of his 16 points.

With Francisco Arong Jr. and Gerald Legarde scoring 7 points each in the second canto, UV went for a 44-38 lead at the half time break.

Catching up

However, UV suddenly lost grip of the game as Arlister Escatron leading the charge of the Baby Jaguars by scoring seven points to narrow the deficit down to 61-62 entering the final period.

UV did not allow USJ-R to make further damage as Arong and Legarde again went to work, this time with the help of Vincent Mendoza to pull the Baby Lancers out of danger.

USJ-R rallied behind Venjie Trozo, Edo Autentico, Escatron, Clent Muñez and Freo Marte Montecillo, but they lacked the scoring prowess of Renzo Senining, who withered when his services were needed the most.

Comeback

Senining scored 11 points in the first half but scored only two points in the third when USJ-R tried to make a huge comeback.

Arong scored the game high 23 points for UV while Legarde was the second leading scorer of the night with 17. Trozo and Escatron finished with 14 points each for USJ-R.

The Delfin Pepito Jr. coached UV squad took the solo second spot with 5-1 record while the Marlon Piodo-mentored USJ-R dropped to 1-3.

UV (84)—Arong 23, Legarde 17, Ybañez 16, Mendoza 12, Quilaton 4, Brigoli 4, Navaja 2, Marata 2, Suan 2, Pero 2.
USJ-R (78)—Trozo s14, Escatron 14, Muñez 13, Senining 13, Autentico 9, Alob 2.

Quarters: 24-19; 44-38; 62-61; 84-78.

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09-03-2009, 06:49 AM
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Webmasters extend winning streak to six
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:49:00 09/02/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters kept their magical run through the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament going.

The Webmasters withstood a gallant battle forged by the resilient University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors to emerge victorious, 87-85, in the seniors division Monday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

6-foot-10 giant June Mar Fajardo, whose star is slowly eclipsing anyone else's in the Cesafi tournament, put on an incredible display of marksmanship and skills as he tallied an amazing 41 points, including the game-tying fade-away jumpshot that tied the match at 85-all with 22.1 ticks left in the match.

The hero, though, was power forward Rommel Luceno, who calmly sank the game-winning free-throws with 7.1 seconds remaining after he was fouled by USC's Sam Hermosa after an ill-advised drive to the basket by wingman Giovanni Padillo.

The latter, who before the sequence, was on pace to become his squad's savior after making a three-pointer to tie the match at 83-apiece with 59 seconds left, quickly became the goat as he drove hard to the basket instead of opting to take the last shot.

Seeing a hole in UC's defense, Padillo banked left and leaped high for the shot but was thwarted by a phalanx of defenders, including the long arms of Fajardo. Padillo missed the shot and in the ensuing scramble, Hermosa was called for the looseball foul. With USC in the penalty situation, it spelled doom for their upset hopes.

The Warriors had several chances to win the match or send it to overtime but Carlo Padayao's attempt from beyond the three-point arc missed while Padillo's follow-up attempt ended up short.

The win was UC's sixth in a row while the loss snapped USC's two-game run and dropped them to a 2-3 (win-loss) record.

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09-03-2009, 06:54 AM
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UV victorious but Slaughter suspended
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated September 03, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Fil-Am giant Gregory Slaughter paid dearly for reacting too much to an unsportsmanlike foul that caused his banishment from the hardcourt in the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers’ 79-65 victory over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers in last Tuesday’s game of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season marred by a commotion from the gallery at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Sunday (Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm UC vs. USJ-R (Jrs.)

2:30 pm SHS-J vs. DBTC (Jrs.)

4 pm CIT vs. DBTC (Srs.)

5:30 pm UV vs. SWU (Srs.)

For that, Slaughter was slapped with an automatic one-game suspension he will serve in their game against the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras tomorrow.

The ugly hardcourt drama unfolded when Panther pointguard Jordan Bardilas hammered Slaughter to foil him while on the way up for an undergoal stab with 37.7 seconds left in the game and the Lancers ahead by a dozen points,77-65.

Slaughter didn’t like the foul more so to the immediate members of his family and reacted by bumping Bardilas on the chest. He was immediately whistled for a technical foul for unsportsmanlike behavior.

Since it was his second technical in the tournament, he was ejected from them game.

Right after Slaughter sank his free throws for a 79-65 UV lead, trouble erupted as Slaughter’s uncle Toto Fuentes figured in a fistfight with coliseum guard Danny Reynes, who suffered a minor bruise on his left chin after being hit by a monoblock chair. Fuentes was escorted outside by two uniformed policemen, while Reynes reported the incident to the police station.

For Slaughter who was impatient of the pesky defense, the foul was uncalled for as Bardilas and the Panthers believed it was a duty foul to thwart the shot. Slaughter should have not reacted too much as victory was in their bag already. The 6-foot-11 behemoth finished with 10 points.

Chris Victor Diputado paced the Lancers with 15 markers followed by Christian Rez with 11 as they regained the second spot with an improved 4-1 win-loss record. The Panthers crashed to their fifth straight defeat in six stars.

Earlier, Francisco Arong, Jr, exploded with 23 points and Gerald Legarde and Glennson Ybañez connived for 33 markers as the Baby Lancers spanked the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 84-78.

The Baby Lancers, thus, stayed at second placed with a 5-1 slate, just a full game behind the unbeaten UC Junior Webmasters (5-0).

The scores

First game

UV (84) - Arong 23, Legarde 17, Ybañez 16, Mendoza 12, Quilaton 4, Brigoli 4, Pero 2, Suan 2, Navaja 2, Marata 2
USJ-R (78) - Trozo 14, Escatron 14, Senining 13, Muñez 13, Autentico 9, Montecillo 7, Alob 2

Halftime: 44-38

Second game

UV (79) - Diputado 15, Rez 11, Slaughter 10, Calo 9, Cincoflores 8, Lao 6, Manigque 6, Cabahug 4, Lasala 4, Dennison 2, Silva 2, Olivares 2

USPF (65) - Dajalos 14, Rivera 10, Avila 10, Filoteo 10, Linao 6, Durano 5, Tinoy 4, Bardilas 4,

Halftime: 38-40. – THE FREEMAN

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09-03-2009, 06:57 AM
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Lancers struck Panthers
Wednesday, September 2, 2009

THE University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers picked its fourth win after handing the hard-fighting University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers some neat 79-65 beating in the collegiate division of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament held at the Cebu Coliseum Tuesday night.

However, the win cost the Lancers a very huge gap into its next game, after its prized center Gregory Slaughter was ejected from the game after collecting two technical fouls and getting a one-game suspension to be served when UV faces its long-time arch-nemesis, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras on Saturday.

Technical

Slaughter received his first technical for swinging an elbow against USPF’s Fritz Dajalos at the final one minute and 30 seconds and at the last 37 seconds of the game for making second motion when he was hammered by guard Jordan Bardillas on his way to the basket.

Although Bardillas was slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul, the damage for UV was very deep as Slaughter blew his top and kneed Bardillas who was standing in his way.

The actions also drew further violence at the stage when Slaughter’s uncle, Toto Fuentes, a former CIT Wildcat, and his son Mark, ganged up on coliseum gate-keeper and Pahina-Central barangay tanod Danny Reynes and caused a delay of more than 10 minutes.

Luckily, some cool-headed individuals that included Dajalos’ father and a former UV Lancer Steve and two uniformed policemen had the trouble under control shortly, and the warring parties were brought to Pahina Central Barangay Hall as Reynes was bent on pressing charges against the Fuenteses because of the injury he got.

Serious fight

USPF proved to be a tough customer as they never yielded the game without a serious fight behind the efforts of Dajalos who played taller than his six-foot tower.

Dajalos defied the odds using his athletic skills and wide body to escape defenders and score points that gave UV a tough time to break away—especially when Slaughter did not see action until the second half.

The Panthers were just two points behind when the Lancers dropped a searing 10-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to break away for good.

Chris Diputado topscored for the Lancers with 15, Christian Rez added 11 and Slaughter had 10. Dajalos topped USPF with 14 while Ellison Rivera, Nuevo-Demo Filoteo and Randy Avila finished with 10 points each.

UV (79)—Diputado 15, Rez 11, Slaughter 10, Calo 9, Cincoflores 8, Manigque 6, Lao 6, Cabahug 4, Lasala 4, Silva 2, Olivarez 2, Dennison 2.
USPF (65)—Dajalos 14, Avila 10, Rivera 10, Filoteo 10, Linao 6, Durano 5, Tinoy 4, Fuentes 4, Bardillas 2.
Quarters: 13-17; 38-40; 57-55; 79-65.

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09-04-2009, 06:35 AM
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UV logs win no. 4
Game marred by fans, security fight
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:01:00 09/03/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers are slowly rumbling into form as they won their fourth straight game after routing the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers, 79-65 in a game that ended on an ugly note after an altercation between security personnel and fans ensued, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament last Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

With the game all but decided with 37.7 ticks left, UV's 6-foot-11 giant Greg Slaughter was hacked in the arm by USPF guard Jordan Bardilas as he was going up for a basket.

This earned the ire of Slaughter who shoved Bardilas out of the way as he was going to the free-throw line.

Bardilas was assessed an unsportsmanlike foul while Slaughter was given a technical foul, his second of the game, thus ejecting him from the match.

However, all was not done yet as two overzealous UV fans taunted Bardilas prompting Brgy. Calubihan tanod and Cebu Coliseum personnel Danny Reynes to scold the hecklers. This irked them even more and a commotion ensued which ended in Reynes getting bloodied on the cheek from a punch thrown by one of the hecklers.

The game on the other hand, was not as explosive as the ending as UV blew the game wide open after playing horribly for the first three periods.

For the second game in a row, UV head coach gave his second stringers most of the playing time in the first half, and they delivered admirably, falling behind by just two at halftime, 38-40, behind the 11 points of ex-Webmaster Christian Rez.

The third period saw UV finally bring out its big guns, notably its heady backcourt of Chris Diputado and Harold Cincoflores, who combined for 15 of their 19 points in that stretch and help the Lancers take a 57-55 lead heading into the fourth.

The duo continued their assault as they scored eight of UV's first 11 points in an 11-2 run that greeted the final period which gave them a 68-57 lead. The lead ballooned to a high of 16 as UV cruised to their fourth win in five games.

USPF dropped their fifth game in a row and fell to 1-5. Fritz Dajalos, whose father used to play for the Lancers, scored 15 for the Panthers while Nuevo Filoteo, Randy Avila and Ellieson Rivera each had 10 markers.

The win however, proved costly for the Lancers who will miss Slaughter in their game against the Southwestern University Cobras this Sunday due to Slaughter’s suspension because of his ejection. He ended up with 10 points. Diputado led the squad with 15 points.

In juniors action, the UV Baby Lancers bounced back from their first loss of the season and trounced the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, 84-78. Francisco Arong led the winners with 23 points as they improved to 5-1.

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09-06-2009, 06:01 AM
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Lancers, Cobras clash today
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 06, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras take centerstage tonight in one of the much-awaited marquee match-ups in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the other collegiate tussle, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats hope to notch their second win when they go up against the winless Don Bosco Technology (DBTC) Greywolves.

The Lancers hope to remain at the second place, but they face an uphill climb playing without their 6-foot-11 giant Gregory Slaughter, who will serve the one-game suspension slapped against him after incurring two technical fouls in their 79-65 victory over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers last September 1.

The Cobras will try to exploit the absence of Slaughter as they bid to dislodge the Lancers at the second spot in the overall standings.

Sans Slaughter, Edrian Lao, Mark Anthony Manigque and Jerome Silva of the Lancers should step up bigtime to neutralize SWU’s frontcourt manned by Rene Pacquiao, Melvin Divinagracia and Gilbert Gallarde.

The other top guns for UV include Chris Victor Diputado, Harold Cincoflores and Ritchum Dennison. They will be ranged against the Cobras’ equally-explosive mainstays such as Ard Diango, Eleazar Armecin and flashy guard Eliud Poligrates.

Earlier in the day, the UC Junior Webmasters shoot for their sixth consecutive victory when they go up against the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, while the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles will take on the Don Bosco Greywolves in the other featured secondary battle. (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-07-2009, 06:47 AM
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Slaughter-less UV Lancers face SWU Cobras in Cesafi today
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 13:39:00 09/06/2009
Filed Under: Basketball

Games sunday (Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm – UC vs USJ-R (jrs.)
2:30 pm – SHS-J vs DBTC (jrs.)
4 pm – CIT vs DBTC (srs.)
5:30 pm – UV vs SWU (srs.)

THE SOUTHWESTERN University (SWU) Cobras will try to take advantage of the donut-like hole left in the wake of the suspension of University of the Visayas' (UV) Green Lancers star Greg Slaughter, when the two squads collide in an explosive match-up in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI), today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras are currently at 2-1 (win-loss) and are well-rested since their 92-78 win over the Don Bosco Greywolves nearly three weeks ago. The rest coupled with the tremendous loss of Slaughter, is expected to give the mighty eight-time champions headaches as they try to protect their four-game winning streak and their 4-1 record.

Slaughter was automatically suspended for one game after getting ejected in their last match against the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, for incurring two technical fouls. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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09-07-2009, 06:49 AM
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Wildcats overcome Greywolves
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated September 07, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats unleashed their ultimate might in the closing minutes of the contest to thwart the Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) Greywolves, 72-63, yesterday in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Greywolves of coach Rudy Enterina were poised to score their first win in the tournament as they were ahead by four points, 58-54, with still 5:04 left to play but that proved to be their last courageous stand as they faltered in the remainder of the match.

Heroche Molero, one of the Wildcats' holdovers from last year's roster, and Arnel Ipang each scored 18 points as CIT of coach Gilbert Demape improved its win-loss record to 2-3.

A 14-2 run by the Wildcats gave Demape's chargers a 68-60 advantage at the final 1:26 mark. The Greywolves never recovered from there despite the last ditch efforts of Celso Colegado Jr. and Alain de los Santos.Earlier, high school defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters notched their sixth win in a row after beating the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 101-93.

In the other secondary match, the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles proved that their long lull did not deter their cause as they punished the Baby Greywolves by 57 points, 103-46, to stay undefeated in three starts.

The Baby Greywolves remained winless in six games along with the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, who were beaten atrociously by their opponents.

The scores

First game

UC (101) - Ampoon 22, Nazareno 15, Pingoy 15, Padilla 12, Talisic 10, Codilla 9, Aranas 9, Labolabo 7, Pua 2
USJ-R (93) - Muñez 21, Trozo 17, Autentico 17, Escatron 16, Go 6, Montecillo 6, Alob 4, Senining 2, Figues 2

Second game

SHS-J (103) - Porter 12, Diputado 11, Seno 10, Branzuela 9, Muller 9, Cadavis 8, Dinsay 7, Bacaltos 7, Abbu 5, Dotillos 4, Rama 4, Co 4, Saldo 2, Dinsay 2, Tecson 2
DBTC (46) - L. Ruiz 12, J. Ruiz 9, Pono 7, Alburo 6, Aliganga 5, Ebajo 2, Empenio 2, Martinez 2, Balorio 2, Esbra 2

Third game

CIT (72) - Molero 18, Ipang 18, Castro 12, Sagmon 8, Taboada 5, Cañete 5, Elmaga 3, Reyes 3
DBTC (63) - Colegado 13, Delos Santos 11, Aldave 8, Castro 7, Cinco 7, Juntilla 5, Cabrilles 5, Georsua 4, Villaver 3. – THE FREEMAN

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09-07-2009, 06:52 AM
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Victory, at last, for Wildcats
Sunday, September 6, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

ARNEL Ipang scored 13 of his 18 points while Chester Curso added eight of his 12 in the fourth quarter to lead the Cebu Institute of Technololgy (CIT) Wildcats to its first win of the season, 72-63, while keeping Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves still winless in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) College Basketball tournament held at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

The Wildcats started hot, outscoring the Greywolves, 20-12, in the opening quarter before they struggled in the next two quarters that saw DBTC sneaking into the driver’s seat for a 46-43 lead at the start of the final period.

Good position

Alain de los Santos fired nine points while Jefford Aldave and Celso Colegado Jr. added four points each. The Greywolves outscored CIT, 23-15, to take a good position entering the final 10 minutes of the game.

However, as Ipang, Curso and Heroche Molero, scoring 27 of the 29 points of CIT in the final period, the Greywolves offense conked out as they suffered its fourth straight defeat in as many games.

Molero also scored 18 points for CIT while Colegado lead DBTC scorers with 13, while de los Santos added 11.

Unbeaten

Meanwhile, high school defending champions University of Cebu Baby (UC) Webmasters stayed unbeaten after sweeping the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 101-93, off their feet.

Gerald Joseph Ampoon scored the game-high 22 points for UC who also had four more players scoring in double-digit.

Alexander Nazareno and Jorei Marlon Pinggoy each had 15 points while Ruel Padilla Jr. contributed 12 and Adamme Neil Talisic addded 10 for UC.

Clent Muñez topscored for USJ-R with 21 points followed by Edo Autentico with 19, Venjie Trozo with 17 and Arlister Escatron with 16 points.

The Sacred Heart School-Jesuits Eagles, on the other hand, were the other team that stayed unbeaten in the secondary competition as they listed their third straight win, 103-46, over the Don Bosco Technology Center Baby Greywolves.

Blitz

The Eagles started the game on a 26-11 blitz and never looked back as they left the Greywolves eating dust as all of its 15 players made an offensive contribution en route to its 57-point victory.

Jerry Jan Albert Seno led SHS-J’s 15 scorers with 16 points followed by Kristoffer James Porter with 12 and Adven Jess Diputado who finished with 11 markers. Laurence Ruiz was the lone bright spot on coach Rudy Entera’s bench as he scored 12 points for DBTC’s fourth defeat.

UC (101)—Ampoon 22, Pingoy 15, Nazareno 15, Padilla 12, Talisic 10, Codilla 9, Aranas 9, Labo-Labo 7, Pua 2. USJ-R (83)—Muñez 21, Autentico 19, Trozo 17, Escatron 15, Montecillo 6, Go 6, Alob 4, Figues 2, Senining 2. Quarters: 30-21; 59-44; 85-72; 101-93.

SHS-J (103)—Seno 16, Porter 12, Diputado 11, Branzuela 10, Muller 9, Cadavis 8, Dinsay 7, Bacaltos 7, Abbu 5, Rama 4, Co 4, Dotillos 4, Tecson 2, Dinsay 2, Saldo 2. DBTC (46)—L. Ruiz 12, J. Ruiz 9, Alburo 6, Aliganga 5, Pono 4, Ebajo 2, Empenio 2, Martinez 2, Balorio 2, Esbra 2. Quarters: 26-11; 57-22; 83-34; 103-46.

CIT (72)—Ipang 18, Molero 18, Curso 12, Sagmon 8, Taboada 5, Cañete 5, del Mar 4, Elmaga 3. DBTC (63)—Colegado 13, de los Santos 11, Aldave 8, Cinco 3, Castro 7, Juntilla 5, Cabrilles 5, Georsua 4, Villaver 3. Quarters: 20-12; 28-23; 43-46; 72-63.

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09-07-2009, 12:33 PM
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UC, SHS-J rout foes in Cesafi juniors hoop
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:29:00 09/07/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters and the Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) registered lopsided wins over their respective opponents in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

A day after also logging incredible victories over their helpless foes in the Milo BEST Tournament, the two dominant junior squads were at it once again.

UC trounced the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 101-93, while the Eagles mangled the Don Bosco Greywolves, 103-46.

The wins by both squads kept their respective records spotless. UC is now just two wins away from a sweep of the elimination round with a gaudy 6-0 (win-loss) record while SHS-J is not far behind with a 3-0 mark.

UC's high-octane offense proved to be too much to handle for USJ-R as they hung up 59 points in the first half alone on their way to a 59-44 halftime lead. Versatile guard Gerald Ampoon scored 22 points for the defending champions while Alex Nazareno and Jorei Pingoy added 15 markers each.

Jerry Seno led the way for the neophyte Eagles with 16 points as all 15 players scored for the squad. So dominant were SHS-J that they led by a whopping 47 points at the end of the third period.

Meanwhile, in the seniors division, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats grabbed their second win of the tournament after defeating the Don Bosco Greywolves, 72-63.

Arnel Ipang paced the Wildcats of head coach Gilbert Demape, with 19 points, 16 of which came in the second half when they withstood a furious charge from the winless Don Bosco team. Heroche Molero added

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09-08-2009, 07:05 AM
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No Slaughter, no problem as Lancers outlast Cobras
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 08, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - No Gregory Slaughter, no problem for the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

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

6 pm USC vs. SWU (Srs.)

The UV Lancers came up with a searing 17-0 rally in the closing minutes of the contest to shoot down the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 79-69, and keep the solo second spot in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season on Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Despite playing without Slaughter who served his one-game suspension, the Lancers were in control of the match but were threatened when the Cobras pulled within just a hairline, 59-60, with still 7:43 left to play.

A short jumper by Phil Mercader, however, sparked a furious scoring rampage that suddenly saw the Lancers ripping the game apart with an imposing 18-point bulge, 77-59, heading into the final two-minute zone.

Aside from Mercader, the other key players in that devastating UV assault were Ralf Olivares, Harold Cincoflores, Chris Victor Diputado and Ritchum Dennison.

Chris Litorja ended SWU’s long scoring drought but it was a little too late as the Lancers were already safely ahead.

Mercader and Dennison each scored 16 points, while Diputado chipped in a dozen markers for the UV Lancers of coach Elmber “Boy” Cabahug, who notched their fifth victory against a solitary defeat.

Gilbert Gallarde, who dominated the post in the absence of Slaughter, scattered 18 points but that was not enough as the Cobras fell to 2-2. Flashy guard Eliud Poligrates, who had too much dribbling exhibitions and committed a string of turnovers, finished with 13 points, while Litorja and Diango connived for 21 markers in a losing effort.

The Cobras hope to bounce back from their UV debacle when they take on the hard-fighting University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors at 6:00 tonight, right after the secondary battle between the USPF Baby Panthers and the CIT Wildkittens at 4:30 pm.

The scores

UV (79) - Mercader 16, Dennison 16, Diputado 12, Cincoflores 7, Rez 7, Lasala 6, Calo 6, Olivares 5, Cabahug 2, Lao 2

SWU (69) - Gallarde 18, Poligrates 13, Litorja 11, Diango 10, Armecin 8, Pria 4, Palileo 3, Jalandoni 3

Halftime: 37-30 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-08-2009, 07:08 AM
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Lancers stall Cobras
Monday, September 7, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers displayed an unmatched endgame poised to leave its long-time archnemesis Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras bloodied and cold with a 79-69 drubbing to log its fifth win in the ongoing elimination round of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Collegiate Basketball tournament held at the Cebu Coliseum last Sunday.

The Lancers played without their prized center Gregg Slaughter who was serving a one-game suspension after collecting two technical fouls when they played against the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers last Tuesday.

Without Slaughter

However, despite the absence of its most dominant player, the Lancers showed championship form as they dominated the game early, forcing SWU to commit too many errors and poor shot selections en route to leading 19-6 before the first quarter closed with UV a 19-8 lead.

UV went to establish a 17-point lead on a quick 7-1 run, 26-9, still with 7:42 left in the second when SWU started to make its move behind the combination of Gilbert Gallarde, Elicid Poligrates and Chris Litorja as the Cobras crept within 30-37 at the bend.

Fluid game

While the Cobras continued to play fluid game in the third, UV survived behind its three-point shooting with Phil Mercader, sinking three of the Lancers’ five triples to stay afloat, 57-53, entering the final quarter.

Still, the worse for the Lancer came when Gallarde and Poligrates inched the Cobras within 59-60 still with 7:43 left to play in the fourth.

But as fast as the Cobras crept from behind the Lancers were just as fast as they crashed back to earth as they suffered hell in the last five minutes of the game.

Triple

UV mastered a 17-0 run capped by Chris Diputado’s triple to take the game away for good.

SWU regained its bearing with Litorja breaking the silence at the 2:25 mark and Gallarde scored the next six points but UV was already out in the woods to pick its fifth straight win after losing its opening game to the University of Cebu Webmasters.

SWU, on the other hand, suffered its second defeat in four games and is hoping to break over the .500 mark as they play against the dangerous University of San Carlos Warriors tonight.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 8, 2009.

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09-09-2009, 06:18 AM
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UV nips SWU
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:43:00 09/08/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today :

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 pm – USPF vs. CIT

6 p.m. – SWU vs. USC

Close, but no cigar. This was the story of the game between the mighty eight-time defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) and Southwestern University (SWU) after the Lancers defeated the Cobras, 79-69, in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament late Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The victory was an impressive one for the Lancers as they withstood several comeback attempts by the Cobras and responded with aplomb every single time.

The Lancers did it behind the incredible efforts of their vaunted backcourt of Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado along with reserve guard Phil Mercader.

Making the win even more morale-boosting was the fact that they did it without their star big man, 7-foot center Greg Slaughter, who served a one-game suspension for his ejection in their last game.

The game appeared headed for a pulse-pounding climax after the Cobras finally got to within a single point of their opponents, 59-60, with 7:44 left in the game, after trailing by as much as 17 points.

However, the Lancers cranked their offense up to another notch and snuffed the uprising with an amazing 17-0 run that swiftly blew the wind out of the Cobras' sail.

With the aforementioned trio accounting for nine of those points during that stretch, the Lancers were not to be denied as they established a 77-59 lead at the end of that sizzling salvo, with just a little over two minutes left in the game.

The Cobras tried to make a go at it with an 8-0 surge of their own but time ran out on their comeback, giving them their second loss in four games.

UV, on the other hand, improved to 5-1 (win-loss) and extended their winning streak to five games.

Dennison and Mercader each had 16 points for UV. The latter was especially deadly and efficient in the second half where he notched 15 of his total output. Diputado added 12 points. The Lancer backcourt was also stingy on the defensive end as they held SWU's high-scoring guard Eliud Poligrates to just 13 points on a woeful 3-of-18 shooting from the field.

The Lancers came out firing as they led 19-8 after the opening period and established a 28-11 lead midway through the ensuing stanza. SWU though, came roaring back behind Poligrates, who scored 11 in that stretch to trim the lead down to just seven at halftime, 30-37. The Cobras crept even closer and got to within four, 53-57, heading into the final period.

SWU gets a chance to redeem themselves today, when they go up against the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors at 6 p.m.

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09-09-2009, 06:20 AM
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Victory at last for Baby Panthers
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 09, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Endgame collapse still haunted the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, but lady fortune smiled at them yesterday as they pulled a 101-96 victory in overtime against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Saturday

(Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm USJ-R vs. CEC (Jrs.)

2:30pm USC vs. SHS-J (Jrs.)

4 pm SWU vs. CIT (Srs.)

5:30 pm USJR vs. USPF (Srs.)

The Baby Panthers, who lost to the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors in overtime, 82-83, last August 11, were maintaining an eight-point lead almost the entire fourth period, the last was at 73-65 with still 5:27 left to play.

The Wildkittens, however, staged a courageous fightback capped by an off-balanced triple by Franklyn Batiquin that knotted the count at 84-all with six ticks remaining in the regulation period, thus, the extension.

The Baby Panthers could have won the match outright but Joshua Corcilles, who exploded with 34 points, missed an undergoal stab as time expired.

It was an all-USPF show in the extra five-minute period behind the leadership of Rommel Diapera, who poured in 10 of his 30 points in overtime. Christian Baguio and Catipay chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Baby Panthers.

Batiquin had 32 points for the Wildkittens, while Mark Jayven Tallo and Joseph Nalos conspired for 35 markers in a losing effort.

The scores

USPF (101) - Corcilles 34, Diapera 30, Baguio 13, Catipay 12, Tumulak 4, Gigante 2, Pitogo 2, Silao 2, Arong 2, Rosales 2

CIT (96) - Batiquin 32, Tallo 18, Nalos 17, Limalima 12, Pamaong 5, Bancale 5, Figuracion 3, Tejam 2, Sanchez 2 Halftime: 41-36 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-09-2009, 06:22 AM
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USPF by overtime
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers needed an extension period to post its first win of the season, beating the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in a thrilling 101-96 in overtime in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) High School Basketball action at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

USPF team skipper Rommel Diapera ensured the win for the Baby Panthers as he scored 10 of his 30 points in the overtime period to virtually wipe out the remaining resistance from the Baby Wildcats.

Franklyn Batiquin however made the overtime period possible for the Wildkittens.

Triples

Trailing all the way to the final seconds of the game, Batuiquin sank back-to-back triples, including the game-tying trey at the 6.3 seconds in regulation period that evened the score at 84-all.

Batiquin scored 17 of his team-high 32 points in the fourth period, highlighted by three triples, that paved the ground for CIT’s comeback despite a hot-scoring game by USPF’s dangerous duo—Diapera and Joshua Corcilles.

After Diapera and Corcilles combined efforts to give USPF a slim 16-15 lead at the opening quarter, Christian Baguio took over the scoring load as he unloaded nine of his 13 points in the second period to give the Baby Panthers more breathing space at the bend, 41-36.

Balance

With CIT’s scoring machine Mark Jayven Tallo scoring seven points and Joseph Aero Nalos sinking 11 points, the Wildkittens was able to parry a balance offensive scoring of USPF who had Corcilles scoring 10 points of his game high 34 in a torrid third quarter shootout.

The fourth was then a virtual scoring contest between Corcilles and Batiquin.

However, CIT failed to sustain their searing fourth quarter run as Batiquin scored only a single free throw in the extension period, while Tallo only had one field goal of his six points and Clyvin Lima-Lima making four.

Catch up

Diapera woke up from a lazy fourth quarter perfomance and scored 10 and Baguio added four to give USPF its first win in five games. CIT suffered its second defeat also in five outings.

USPF (101)—Corcilles 34, Diapera 30, Baguio 13, Catipay 12, Gigante 6, Tumulak 4, Silao 2, Arong 2, Pitogo 2. CIT (96)—Batiquin 31, Tallo 18, Tejam 17, Nalos 17, Lima Lima 12, Pamaong 5, Bancale 5, Figuracion 3, Sanchez 2. Quarters: 16-15; 41-36; 58-56; 84-84 (reg.); 101-96 (OT).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 9, 2009.

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09-10-2009, 05:28 AM
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USPF ends slump
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:40:00 09/09/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers finally broke into the win column and they did it in style, after they upset the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens, 101-96, in overtime in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Joshua Corciles and Rommel Diapera provided the firepower for the Baby Panthers when they needed it the most as they combined for a whopping 64 points to power the team to their first win in five outings.

The highly-regarded Wildkittens, fell to their second loss in five matches.

USPF appeared to be the much hungrier squad as they held the led for most part of the match.

The win was within their reach in regulation time after a basket by Diapera put them ahead by seven, 79-72, with less than two minutes remaining.

But CIT had other plans as it fought back with six straight points to close the gap to within one, 78-79, after a steal and a lay-up by Joseph Nalos.

Baskets by Corciles and a three-pointer by CIT swingman Franklin Batiquin pegged the score at 84-81, with 16.1 seconds left in the fourth period.

Batiquin sent the crowd to its feet as he banked in an improbable three-point shot that tied the match at 84-apiece.

USPF could have won the game outright but Diapera's three-point shot missed along with Corciles putback.

Diapera made up for the blunder by scoring eight points in the extra session as USPF took control of the game while CIT fumbled on their shots and missed several defensive assignments. Corciles paced them with 34 markers, most of which came in the second half of action.

Batiquin, the left-handed sniper of CIT, scored 32 points while Mark Jayven Tallo, the son of former PBA player Mark Tallo who made waves in recent months by being the Jr. NBA Philippines MVP, managed just 18 points in a miserable shooting performance.

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09-10-2009, 05:31 AM
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Padillo's last-second trey lifts Warriors past Cobras
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated September 10, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Streak-shooter Giovanni Padillo knocked in a clutch 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to play to power the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors to a 74-73 cliffhanger over the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season on Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Saturday

(Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm USJ-R vs. CEC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USC vs. SHS-J (Jrs.)

4 pm SWU vs. CIT (Srs.)

5:30 pm USJ-R vs. USPF (Srs.)

Staring at an impending defeat with a 71-73 deficit in the final eight seconds, Padillo received an inbound pass a few meters away from the Warriors’ bench, dribbled for a few seconds then popped up for the killer trey just before time that left the Cobras and the rest of their supporters motionless for a while.

As the Cobras failed to convert a basket in a catch-and-shoot situation, the pro-Warriors fans responded with a thunderous applause as Padillo’s teammates blithely mobbed him on their bench.

The Cobras quickly grabbed the driver’s seat on a tip-in by Rene Pacquiao, 70-69, and a split charities by Gilbert Gallarde made it 71-69 with 34.4 ticks left before the final buzzer.

Veteran playmaker Arrd Diango handed the Cobras’ their last taste of lead, 73-71, as Padillo came in to weave one big magic for the Warriors.

Sam Jordan Hermosa torched 16 points, while Padillo banged in 14 markers as the Warriors evened their win-loss record to 3-3. The other USC cagers dished out twin figures in Cantonao with 11, and Joven Cid Cortes and Gallarde with 10 markers apiece.

The Cobras, who dropped to fifth place with a 2-3 win-loss card, were led by Eliud Poligrates with 15 points followed by Pacquiao with 13.

The scores

USC (74) - Hermosa 16, Padillo 14, Cantonao 11, Cortes 10, Gallarde 10, Padayao 7, Bautista 2, Bercede 2, Bakker 2

SWU (73) - Poligrates 15, Pacquiao 13, Gallarde 11, Pria 11, Jalandoni 8, Diango 8, Ortuyo 5, Litorja 2

Halftime: 40-32 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-10-2009, 05:34 AM
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Padillo’s trey saves USC
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

GIOVANNI Padillo stepped up when he was needed the most and rescued the University of San Carlos Warriors from a foreboding defeat when he nailed an all-important triple to carve out a 74-73 sneaker over the Southwestern University Cobras in their Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate basketball match Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

With SWU leading 71-73 behind Ardd Django’s scoop layup, USC coach Mike Reyes called for a timeout in the final 8.1 seconds and fashioned a play for the wingman.

Padillo received the ball from an inbound pass at the middle, then dribbled it cautiously against SWU’s Jefferson Pria at the left wing, while advancing slowly to the basket when he suddenly stopped and popped a triple that swished neatly at the bottom of the net to give USC a 74-73 lead with 1.7 seconds remaining.

SWU coach Dodie Miego quickly called a timeout to map out the final offensive thrust of the Cobras.

Eliud Poligrates received the inbound pass at the right wing, then dribbled quickly before making a jumper, but the defense of Padillo and Paul Joven was too much for him. The ball bounced strongly at the back rim as the time expired, giving USC its third win in five games while handing SWU their third defeat also in five games.

Padillo was also responsible for giving USC a strong start, as he led the Warriors to erect a quick 15-4 lead en route to a 21-9 result at the end of the first quarter.

USC managed to keep the lead until the eight-minute mark of the fourth when Poligrates scored six of SWU’s 14-0 run that put them ahead 68-64, which USC still managed to extinguish later in the game.

Sam Jordan Hermosa topped USC with 16 points while Padillo finished with 14. Poligrates topped SWU scorers with 15 markers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 10, 2009.

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09-11-2009, 04:27 AM
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Padillo lifts USC to pulsating win
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:07:00 09/10/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Finally, from goat to hero. A week after costing his squad a crucial win, Giovanni Padillo made amends as he sank the game-winning three-point shot to power the University of San Carlos Warriors to a heart-stopping, 74-73 win over Southwestern University, in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc.(CESAFI) basketball tournament last Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Padillo, the high-flying wingman of USC, was partly to blame for their 85-87 loss to the undefeated University of Cebu Webmasters last week, when he drove to the basket with time running out and caused a loose ball foul on them giving UC the game-winning free-throws.

But Padillo made USC fans forget that bitter incident as he stepped up to the plate and sank a shot that secured fourth place for the Warriors and possibly, the fourth spot in the quarterfinals where they will own a twice-to-beat advantage.

The Cobras, trying to bounce back from the shellacking they received at the hands of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers last Sunday, had one foot in the door after point guard Ardd Django gave them a 73-71 lead with a tough scoop lay-up, with 8.1 seconds remaining in the tightly-fought game.

After USC sued for time, Padillo received the inbound pass and zoomed into the frontcourt and then, with SWU's Jeff Pria draped all over him, canned a three-point shot from the left wing that found its mark.

SWU had a chance to win the game but Eliud Poligrates' shot from the baseline went off to the left, giving them their second loss and dropped them to 2-3. USC improved to 3-3.

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09-12-2009, 07:38 AM
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Jaguars square off against Panthers tonight
(The Freeman) Updated September 12, 2009 12:00 AM

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm USJ-R vs. CEC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USC vs. SHS-J (Jrs.)

4 pm SWU vs. CIT (Srs.)

5:30 pm USJR vs. USPF (Srs.)

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars shoot for their fourth win as they go up against the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Panthers in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season today at the Cebu Coliseum.

While the Jaguars seek to make it official as third placers come the quarterfinal round, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras hope to snap their two-game losing skid when they battle the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats.

In the secondary matches, the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles will test the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, while the Baby Jaguars are expected to come up with a one-sided demolition of the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, who had been easy targets for CESAFI scoring records.

The Jaguars need only to beat the Panthers to formally claim the third seeding going into the next phase of the tournament as they defeated both the Warriors and the Cobras who are their most likely rivals for that spot.

The Jaguars were never back to the floor since their 94-64 annihilation of the Wildcats last August 23, but they want to make sure that their long lull won’t affect their game against the fast-breaking Panthers.

Starters like Edwin Bibera, Kurt Amores and Edmar Pateño are again expected to be at the cornerstone of the Jaguars’ offense and make their presence felt in the company of Marvin Duran, Jerome Villaver, Medjet dela Rama and Abulaiz Suliman.

On the other hand, the Panthers, who haven’t found yet an antidote to their fourth-quarter meltdown, will rely on Ellison Rivera, Elwin Durano, Fritz Dajalos, Nuevo-Demo Fileteo, Randy Avila and Dennis Tabada.

Meanwhile, the Cobras will count the most from Eliud Poligrates, Gilbert Gallarde, Rene Pacquiao, Cris Litorja, Eleazar Armecin, Jefferson Pria and Arrd Diango as they attempt to snap out of their back-to-back losses to the UV Lancers and the USC Warriors.

The Wildcats, for their part, will bank on Karen Rick de la Cerna, Arnel Ipang, Alexander Lopez, Mrco Sagmon and scoring machine Heroche Molero. – GGM (THE FREEMAN)

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09-12-2009, 02:00 PM
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Cobras try to snap two-game losing skid
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:06:00 09/12/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

1 p.m. – USJR vs. CEC (jrs.)

2:30 p.m. – SHS-J vs. USC (jrs.)

4 p.m. – SWU vs. CIT (srs.)

5:30 p.m. – USPF vs. USJ-R (srs.)

THE SOUTHWESTERN University (SWU) Cobras and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars will try to improve on their positions when they take on separate opponents today in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Cobras are expected to be especially antsy today after losing their last two games and dropping to a tie in fifth place in the standings.

Their last loss may have been the most painful as they were defeated by a single point, 73-74, by the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors on a last second three-pointer by Giovanni Padillo.

At 2-3 (win-loss), the Cobras will be facing the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats at 4 p.m., in a game that will break the current logjam at the fifth spot.

The USJ-R Jaguars will also be trying to get back on the winning track after a lengthy rest when they take on the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers.

The Jaguars stand at 3-1, with their last game coming almost a month ago. They are currently trying to catch up with the second-running University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers who are at 5-1.

Meanwhile, in juniors action, the undefeated Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles will try to keep their unblemished record untarnished when they face the USC Baby Warriors while the USJ-R Baby Jaguars are expected to run amok against the listless Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons in the opening game at 1 p.m. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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09-13-2009, 06:08 AM
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Cobras rout Wildcats in CESAFI basketball
Updated September 13, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - After suffering back-to-back losses, the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras routed Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats 74-45 in last night's collegiate game of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games on Tuesday: (Cebu Coliseum)

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

6 pm USJR vs. DBTC (Srs.)

Offguard Eleazar Armecin returned to the Cobras’ line-up and topscored with 19 points. Eluid Poligrates also had a sterling night, scoring 16 points.ond half when they led 44-18. The win improved the Cobras'

The Cobras put the game away as early as the second half when they led 44-18. The win improved the Cobras’ record to 3-3.

Cobras’ coach Dodie Miego was so confident with the way his wards were playing that he let his second stringers play including rookie Benito Ortuyo.

The Cobras kept on pounding on the Wildcats and had built a 32-point lead, 66-34, with only five minutes left in the game.

Tall rookie Arnel Ipang led the Wildcats with 10 points. The team fell to 2-4. Veteran Heroche Molero finished only with eight points. Rookie Chester Curso was also off sync scoring eight points as well.

In one of the secondary matches, the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) Baby Jaguars demolished Cebu Eastern College (CEC) 142-33.

The scores:

SWU (Srs.) 74— Armecin 19, Poligrates 16, Ortuyo 8, Gallarde 8, Pacquiao 6, Diango 6, Wagas 5, Pria 3, Palileo 2

CIT (Srs.) 45— Ipang 10, Molero 8, Curso 8, Elmaga 6, Dela Cerna 5, Taboada 4, Reyes 3, Uy 1 Halftime: 44-18 (GGM) (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-13-2009, 06:16 AM
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USJ-R, UC, UV tilts Cesafi balance
Saturday, September 12, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

IT WAS a lopsided Saturday at the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) as three teams pulled separate overwhelming wins, leaving their respective opponents eating dust at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

First to notch a win was the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars who now joined the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters and the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers to post a 100-plus win over the lowly Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 142-33.

The Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles, on the other hand, stalked on the hapless University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors for a 101-67 and the Southwestern University Cobras vented ire on their disappointing to the unsuspecting Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats as they pulled a 74-45 win to make it to the .500 marks.

Overwhelming

Taking cue from the overwhelming victories of UC and UV, coach Marlon Piodo choked on the hapless Dragons with full court press from start to finish to pull a 129 point winning margin, joining UC who started the stir after beating the Dragons 159-28 then followed by UV’s 178-23 win.

USJ-R opened the game with a 32-6 lead and continued to pounce on the hapless Dragons who had no arsenal that could offer a good fight.

Clent Muñez so far was the first player to score 46 points against the Dragons while five other Baby Jaguars logged in a double-digit scoring performance. John Michael de la Cerna topped CEC with seven points.

The Eagles followed suit as they started the game with Adrian Marvin Roland Muller blazing hot early as he scored 9 of his 21 points. And with the help of Bradley Ryan Bacaltos, Adven Jess Diputado and Kristoffer James Porter, SHS-J sailed to a 25-13 lead at the opening quarter en route to a smooth sailing all the way.

Scores

Harvey Junn Palapar lead USC with 14 points, while Vincent Christopher Lora added 13 and Ahien Kikuchi finished with 11 for the Baby Warriors.

Kikuchi scored 7 for USC in the opening quarter but went scoreless in the second half as the Baby Warriors went helpless against the attacks of the Eagles.

In the main match, Eleazar Armecin scored 10 of his 19 points, Eliud Poligrates added nine of his 16 and Ardd Evan Django scored all of his six points as the Cobras started the game hot, scoring 30 points in the opening quarter while limiting the Wildcats to just seven to take command of the ball game the whole time.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 13, 2009.

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09-14-2009, 07:01 AM
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Cobras end slide
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 15:08:00 09/13/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras finally got back on the winning track as they utilized an early scoring spree to neutralize the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats, 74-45, in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Hounded by tough losses in their last two games, the Cobras came out of the gates like men on a mission as they leaned on the offensive prowess of Eleazar Armecin and star guard Eliud Poligrates to power them to a 30-7 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.

Things went from bad to worse for the Wildcats of head coach Gilbert Demape as they went down, 18-44, at the halftime break.

A sliver of hopes arose for CIT at the onset of the second half as they held the Cobras scoreless for more than five minutes while scoring eight points of their own to cut the lead down to 18, 26-44.

But SWU recovered behind the makes of Gilbert Gallarde and reserves Junrey Ortuyo and Vincwnt Wagas to restore a 55-32 lead heading into the final period.

Armecin wound up with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds while Poligrates added 16 markers for the Cobras, who improved their record to 3-3 (win-loss).

In juniors action, the Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles easily disposed of the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, 101-67, for their fourth straight win.

In the other game in the juniors division, the lowly Cebu Eastern College Dragons once again became easy fodder for the predators of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars after they latter won by 109 points, 142-33.

Clint Munez went for a career-high of 46 points in leading his squad to the easy victory.

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09-14-2009, 07:02 AM
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Panthers stun Jaguars in CESAFI basketball
Updated September 14, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers pulled off an 80-75 stunner over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars in their final elimination round assignment in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season on Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow (Cebu Coliseum)

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

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

Surprisingly, the Panthers led most of the way and despite missing five of their six free throws at the final 3:18 mark of the contest, they hung on to a scrappy five-point triumph that literally left USPF coach Raul Latonio, Sr. speechless.

"Murag wala pa man koy ika-komentaryo karong panahona. Nalipay lang ko nga wala na gyud mi modayon og collapse sa fourth quarter kay kana ra gyuy problema nga among sulbaronon," said Latonio.

Bugged by endgame meltdown in their previous games, the Panthers faced another major test when the Jaguars tied the count at 75-all on a free throw by Kurt Amores with 31.6 seconds left to play.

After the Panthers regained the lead, 77-75, USJ-R coach Edito Salacut was whistled for a technical foul as he was livid about why Durano was not called for a travelling violation before making the shot with only 11.8 ticks remaining in the gameclock.

The referees stood pat on their decision, but the story did not end there because after the game, Salacut and his coaching staff approached the referees towards the other side of the court that almost resulted into a hardcourt fracas. The situation was swiftly put under control by uniformed policemen.

Ellison Rivera sank the technical free throws, 79-75, before Dajalos hit another one to peg the final tally.

Durano, last year's slam dunk king, had a splendid peforamnce finishing with 19 points for the Panthers. Dajalos added 18 markers followed by and Rivera with 12.

The scores

USPF (80) - Durano 19, Dajalos 18, Rivera 12, Tinoy 8, Linao 7, Filoteo 7, Fuentes 3, Tabada 2, Bardilas 2, Sedurifa 2

USJ-R (75) - Villaver 15, Duran 11, Amores 9, Lapiz 9, Nidalo 7, Bibera 6, Suliman 6, Pateño 4, Dela Peña 4, Dela Rama 2

Halftime: 34-32. - GGM (THE FREEMAN)

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09-14-2009, 07:06 AM
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USPF Panthers surprise USJ-R Jaguars, 80-75
Sunday, September 13, 2009

THE University of Southern Philippines Foundation(USPF) Panthers pulled a stunning surprise against the highly-touted University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 80-75, to end its elimination round on a bright note in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) action at the Cebu Coliseum last Saturday.

The Panthers finished the elimination round at seventh place with 2-4 win-loss record and will play the No.2 team University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the playoffs.

USPF took control most part of the game, which came out as a surprise as the Jaguars were picked to win the game.

The boys of coach Raul Latonio played aggressively from start to finish, and banked on the efforts of last year’s slam dunk king Elwin Durano and rookies Mil Linao and Fritz Dajalos.

Composure

Although the game was also fought closely from the opening minutes, USPF showed that they were no pushovers as they played with better composure against the Jaguars.

The Jaguars also had a chance to steal the win late in the game.

After the Panthers took a 75-71 lead, USJ-R came back with Marvin Duran sinking a triple and Kurt Amores nailing the first of two free throws that tied the game for the last time in the final 31 seconds.

Durano then took matters into his hands as he scored on a lay-up with 11.8 second remaining.

However, USJ-R coach Edito Salacot complained that Durano committed a dribbling violation but his excessive complaints earned him a technical.

Ellison Rivera converted the two technical free throws to give USPF a 79-75.

Durano topped USPF scorers with 19 points, while Dajalos added 18 and Rivera finished with 12.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 14, 2009.

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09-15-2009, 06:36 AM
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USPF shocks USJ-R in Cesafi hoop
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:24:00 09/14/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) rudely put a wrench into the plans of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) after the Panthers upset the Jaguars, 80-75, in a dramatic match in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament Saturday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars, last year's finalists, were in pursuit of a higher seed in the playoffs but all those were dashed by the scintillating performance of USPF's high-flying wingman Elwin Durano, who had 19 points.

Durano converted on an incredible layup with 11.8 seconds left to lift the lowly Panthers to just their second win in seven matches.

USJ-R dropped to 3-2 (win-loss) and has a tough road ahead with its next match being against the defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

The game had some drama when USJ-R's coaching staff were up in arms over an alleged non-call on a traveling violation late in the game.

USJ-R's hysterics continued after the final buzzer as they charged the referees and deputy commissioner Danny Duran. A shoving match ensued between the two parties but fortunately, cooler heads kept the confrontation from escalating.

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09-15-2009, 06:38 AM
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Jaguars take on Greywolves today
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 15, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars try to prevent a two-game losing skid for the first time this season as they go up against the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves in the lone collegiate match of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball event tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

Likewise, the Baby Jaguars will see action against the resurgent University of Southern Philippines (USPF) Baby Panthers in the opening tussle set at 4:30 pm.

The Jaguars are poised to bounce back from a 75-80 upset loss to the USPF Panthers in last Saturday’s game that almost resulted into a fray between the Jaguars’ coaching staff against the referees due to what they believed a controversial and unfair decision.

Finishing the elimination round as the fourth qualifier suddenly looked bleak for the Jaguars due to that stingy loss to the Panthers. Also, they have yet to face the formidable eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers on Thursday.

Against Don Bosco, the Jaguars are the odds-on favorite but they should not flirt with complacency against the Greywolves. More importantly, the likes of Edwin Bibera, Edmar Pateño and Kurt Amores who were nothing but monumental busts during their Panthers’ debacle must step up bigtime on both ends of the court.

The winless Greywolves, on the other hand, will try their luck with some of their finest stars that include Celso Colegado Jr, Alain de los Santos, Jefford Alvade, Joseph Villaver and Jayson Cabrilles.

In the secondary division, it will be an interesting match-up between the Baby Jaguars (2-4) and the Baby Panthers (1-4) as they have an almost equally-balanced lineups.

Both teams are also feisty owing to their contrasting victories in their previous assignments. The Baby Panthers needed an extra five-minute before getting rid of the CIT Wildkittens, 101-96, while the Baby Jaguars easily dismantled the CEC Dragons, 142-33. (THE FREEMAN)

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09-16-2009, 07:13 AM
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USJ-R jrs. nip USPF
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 16, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Clint Muñez had a splendid 31-point performance as the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars thwarted a gritty third-quarter rally by the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers to close out a scary 82-78 victory yesterday in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars, who lost a 13-point lead twice - 43-30 at halftime and at 51-38 late in the third period incidentally on Muñez's triple, had to scramble when the Baby Panthers made an amazing 27-8 run bridging the third and fourth periods to snatch the driver's seat, 65-62. Muñez though ended USJ-R's scoring drought and then June Arthur Go split his charities to knot the count at 65-all with still 5:55 left to play.

Joshua Corilles gave the Baby Panthers their last taste of the lead, 69-67, as the Baby Jaguars went alive anew when Arlister Escatron completed a three-point play to put the Baby Jaguars on top for good, 72-69, at the final 3:50 mark.

Trozo was the second Baby Jaguar to finish in double figures with 18 points.

Corcilles topscored for the Baby Panthers with 25 points, but the missing factor was Rommel Diapera who was held off to just 10 points.

The Baby Panthers could have easily breezed past the Baby Jaguars had all three three-point attempts by Diapera in the payoff period went in but he was chilled by the defense of the Baby Jaguars.

Richard Paul Gigante, who had four triples, finished with 13 points for the Baby Panthers while Christian Baguio had 10 points.

The scores

USJ-R (82) - Muñez 31, Trozo 18, Autentico 8, Go 8, Esatron 5, Figues 4, Alob 4, Senining 3, Montecillo 2

USPF (78) - Corcilles 25, Gigante 13, Diapera 10, Baguio 10, Arong 8, Catipay 6, Rosales 3, Miñoza 1, Silao 1, Tumulak 1 Halftime: 43-30 (THE FREEMAN)

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09-16-2009, 07:16 AM
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Breaks save Jaguars
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

JUST a few days after posting a 119-point win, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars needed some lucky breaks before subduing the hard-fighting University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 82-78, in the high school match of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball competition at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

After Renzo Senining and Vern Figues gave USJ-R an 80-74 lead, the Baby Panthers put up an end game dash that nearly cost the taller Baby Jaguars the game.

Triple

Jonathan Rosales sank a triple that inched USPF within 78-80 with 9.8 ticks left to play then swiped the leather away from the possession of USJ-R, but Rosales committed a crucial turnover at the other end as the Baby Panthers secured its third win in six outings.

USJ-R started strong as they erected a 43-30 lead at the half with Clint Muñez scoring 17 of his game-high 31 points in the first half.

Catching up

However, USPF came back roaring in the third with Joshua Corcilles scoring 12 of this 25 points in the third that gave the Baby Panthers a temporary 55-54 before the quarter closed with USJ-R leading, 56-55.

The lead changes hands several times in the fourth with Muñez scoring nine and Venjie Trozo sinking six against the all out game of the Baby Panthers.

What was missing from the arsenal of USPF coach Camilo Go was the huge production of its team skipper Rommel Diapera who was limited to just 10 points, which he all done in the first quarter.

Diapera was scoreless the rest of the way while Muñez delivered another spectacular game for coach Marlon Piodo. RCM

USJ-R (82)—Muñez 31, Trozo 18, Autentico 8, Go 5, Escatron 5, Alob 4, Figues 4, Senining 3, Montecillo 2. USPF (78)—Corcilles 25, Gigante 13, Diapera 10, Baguio 10, Arong 8, Catipay 6, Rosales 3, Miñoza 1, Silao 1, Tumulak 1. Quarters: 20-17; 43-30; 56-55; 82-78.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 16, 2009.

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09-17-2009, 07:19 AM
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Lancers face Jaguars today
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 17, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers go up against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars tonight seeking for a win that will officially install them as the No.2 qualifier going into the quarterfinal round of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

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

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

The Jaguars, fresh from a hard-earned 79-73 victory over the DBTC Greywolves last Tuesday evening, could only settle at fourth place if they fall prey to the 5-1 Lancers. USJ-R’s chance of breaking into the top three vanished in thin air after it suffered an upset loss to the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers.

The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors will most likely occupy the third spot in the event a triple-tie will occur between USC, USJ-R and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras.

For two straight games against USPF and DBTC, the Jaguars are not really picking up and they were even threatened by the Greywolves had it not for the great efforts by Edwin Bibera and Kurt Amores.

The Greywolves stayed within striking distance most of the way and pulled within just three points, 65-68, on David James Cinco’s basket with still 3:18 left to play.

Bibera paced the Jaguars with 23 points, while Medget de la Rama and Amores netted 13 and 11 markers, respectively.

Five Greywolves dished out double figures led by Celso Colegado Jr. with 16 points. They closed the elimination round with a pitiful 0-7 record.The scores

USJ-R (79) - Bibera 23, Dela Rama 13, Amores 11, Duran 7, Lapiz 7, Pateño 6, Soliman 5, Villaver 4, Dela Peña 2, Alquizola 1

DBTC (73) - Colegado 16, Delos Santos 13, Cabrilles 12, Villaver 11, Cicno 10, Castro 7, Guba 4. – THE FREEMAN

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09-18-2009, 07:14 AM
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Baby Lancers outlast baby Warriors
(The Freeman) Updated September 18, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers) scored 90-80 victory over the gritty University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors to remain at second place in the juniors division of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers had a sloppy first half where they led only by four points, 40-36.They may have responded to the orders of coaches Delfin Pepito Jr. and Abel Bungcaras at the start of the third period but they still couldn’t pull away as the Baby Warriors could always find an answer to their every offensive.

The Baby Lancers applied a full-court press in the entire second half to tire the smaller Warriors and force the latter to a string of turnovers.

Jasper San Brigoli and Michael David Smith ignited a daring rally that powered the Baby Lancers to their biggest lead of 14 points, 55-41, on a basket by Francisco Arong, Jr. at the final 2:56 mark of the contest.

Gerald Legarde topscored for the Baby Lancers with 12 points. Arong and Mark Linao had 11 points apiece, while Christian Quilaton added 10 points as they improved their win-loss record to 6-1.

Gemuel Omolon, the smallest player for the Baby Warriors, had 16 points, while Anthony Gai Romaguera added 15 markers.

The Scores

UV (90) - Legarde 12, Arong 11, Linao 11, Quilaton 10, Brigoli 9, Ybañez 9, Suan 8, Pero 7, Marata 5, Smith 4, Calvo 2, Navaja 1

USC (80) - Omolon 16, Romaguera 15, Guardario 11, Rita 7, Co 6, Kikuchi 6, Lora 4, Malana 4, Bacaltos 4, Dalangpan 3, Palaplar 2, Bongo 2 Halftime: 40-36. – GGM (THE FREEMAN)

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09-18-2009, 07:16 AM
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UV Baby Lancers survive USC, 90-80
Thursday, September 17, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers solidified their hold of second place after beating the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, 90-80, in their high school match of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

Francisco Arong Jr. and Gerald Legarde each scored 11 points in the second half to help the Baby Lancers regain their composure after the Baby Warriors threatened to steal the game in the second quarter.

With Glennson Ybañez and Mark Linao scoring seven points each, UV put up a 24-13 lead in the first quarter and seemed headed to an easy victory.

However, the Baby Warriors leaned on the scoring prowess of Gemuel Omolon and Francis Dave Guardiario to outscore UV 23-16 in the second quarter to close the gap at 40-36 at the halftime break.

Arong and Legard then combined for 11 points in the third as the Baby Lancers regained their bearing and went on to re-establish a double-digit lead, 59-49, going into the final quarter.

Despite Omolon scoring 10 points and Guardiario adding six in the final frame, UV managed to keep their heads afloat behind Arong, Legarde and Christian Quilaton.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2009.

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09-19-2009, 06:37 AM
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UV remains second
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:33:00 09/18/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers remained in second place in the standings of the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament after they defeated the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors, 90-80, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Lancers were not able to blow the Baby Warriors away but got enough push in the second half to propel them to their sixth win in seven games. They also got the much-needed morale-boost heading into their last game in the elimination round where they will face the undefeated Sacred Heart School-Jesuits Eagles.

The game was played on almost even terms in the first half where UV led by just four at the turn, 40-36. However, they started to pull away in the third canto behind the efforts of Gerald Legarde and Francisco Arong Jr. who found their range from the perimeter to put their team on top, 59-49, heading into the final stanza.

USC valiantly tried to make a run at the lead in the fourth period behind the sizzling shooting of guard Anthony Romaguerra, who scored 10 of his 15 points during that stretch. But UV was undaunted as they held steadfast en route to the win.

Legarde wound up with 13 points while Arong and Mark Linao each had 11 markers. Christian Quilaton also scored in double-figures with 10 points. UV is now half a game behind the league-leading University of Cebu Baby Webmasters, who own a 6-0 record.

Gemuel Omolon had 16 to lead USC who fell behind in the race for a top-four slot in the quarterfinals. They are tied for fifth place with the idle University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, who also have a 3-4 record.

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09-19-2009, 06:48 AM
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UC shoots for rare sweep in CESAFI caging tonight
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated September 19, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The undefeated University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters shoot for a rare elimination round sweep when they take on the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm CIT vs. CEC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm SHS vs. UC (Jrs.)

4 pm USC vs. CIT (Srs.)

5:30 pm SWU vs. UC (Srs.)

Assured of being the top qualifier regardless of tonight’s results, the Webmasters have the penchant to sit down their starting unit and could just be complacent with their second stringers instead.

Even UC team manager Atty. Baldomero C. Estenzo is not seriously considering a historic sweep by Webmasters although it will follow after a good 40-minute battle against the hard-fighting Cobras. “Win or lose, it doesn’t matter at all but we have to give our second stringers enough time to play so that they can be ready during the quarterfinals,” said Estenzo.

The Webmasters have an old issue to settle against the Cobras, who beat them in the CESAFI Partner’s Cup finals last March. That was already a thing of the past though as the Cobras still have Eric Zanoria and Richard Gianchand during that time.

Also, the Webmasters are more ready to face the Cobras this time around riding on the crest of their unblemished 6-0 record. On the other hand, the Lancers, who completed the qualifying phase with a 6-1 win-loss record, are in the second place which they officially settled last Thursday with a 95-55 rout of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars.

The outcome of the match was already a foregone conclusion as early as halftime when the Lancers zoomed to a commanding 49-24 lead.

Elmer Mykiel Cabahug paced the Lancers with 18 points, while rookie Johann Quintana posted a season-high 12 points. 6-foot-11 giant Gregory Slaughter added 11 markers, but was whistled for a technical foul in the third period for hanging on the rim after a two-handed slam.

Edwin Bibera was the only double-digit scorer with 13 points for the Jaguars, which dropped to fifth place with a 4-3 win-loss card.

The scores

UV (95) - Cabahug 18, Quintana 12, Slaughter 11, Diputado 9, Mercader 7, Lao 7, Silva 6, Lasala 5, Dennison 5, Cincoflores 5, Olivares 4, Manigque 4, Señeres 2

USJ-R (55) - Bibera 13, Suliman 8, Villaver 7, Nudalo 6, Amores 5, Lapiz 4, Alquizola 3, Pateño 2, Senining 2, Dela Rama 1

Halftime: 49-24 (THE FREEMAN)

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09-19-2009, 06:51 AM
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Lancers maul Jaguars
Friday, September 18, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

GREGORY Slaughter returned to action with conviction as he led the University of the Visayas Green Lancers’ telling second quarter breakaway en route to a 95-55 massacre of the hapless University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in the main game of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate match last Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The 7-foot behemoth returned from a one-game suspension and scored all of his 11 points in the telling second quarter run that broke the game wide open for the Lancers.

Slaughter got a one-game suspension after getting two technical fouls in their win against the University of Southern Philippines Foundation last Tuesday.

Yesterday’s game was a stark contrast to last year’s finals, when the Jaguars stretched the Lancers to a fifth game in their championship series.

UV eventually won Game 5 to nail their eighth straight Cesafi title.

The Jaguars gave the Lancers a run for their money early in the game before trailing by 20-15 at the end of the first.

However, the Jaguars got too complacent and UV had a hot second quarter as Slaughter dominated the boards to close the first half with a commanding 49-24 lead.

Coach Edito Salacot tried to motivate his Jaguars at the break and prodded the Lancers to snap out of their complacency but it only worked for a few minutes in the third.

Leader

The Lancers also proved to be unstoppable from all angles with Elmer Mykiel Cabahug, the son of UV head coach Elmer Cabahug, hitting both his outside and inside shots to pad their lead.

Mykiel scored the game-high 18 points for UV, while back-up center Johann Quintana scored 12 before fouling out in the final 51.8 seconds of the game.

Edwin Bibera was the lone Jaguar who scored in double figures and finished with 13 points.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 19, 2009.

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09-20-2009, 11:23 AM
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Warriors survive Wildcats
Updated September 20, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors overcame an endgame meltdown to pull off 74-68 victory over the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats in their final elimination round assignment in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the Cebu Colisuem.

The Warriors, who advanced into the quarterfinals as the no. 4 qualifier, had a near flawless field shooting at the start of the third period and withstood the gritty challenge by the Wildcats to break the game wide open with a 57-43 lead.

The Wildcats staged a minor rally in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit down to five points, 60-65, with still 6:15 left in the contest. The Warriors though caught fire anew to finish the job.

Sam Jordan Hemosa led the Warriors with 15 points, while Joven Cid Cortes and Giovanni Padillo connived for 25 points as they improved their win-loss record to 4-3.

Karen Rick de la Cerna had his finest game of the season pacing the Wildcats with 20 points. Heroche Molero was the only other double-digit scorer for CIT with 14.

In the juniors division, the CIT Wildkittens scored a whopping 126-44 triumph over the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons. Mark Jayven Tallo had 35 points as the Wildkittens notched their fourth win in six starts.

In the other secondary match, the UC Junior Webmasters moved one game away from scoring an 8-0 sweep after whipping the previously unbeaten Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles, 92-66. (GGM)

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09-20-2009, 11:27 AM
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USC Warriors snatch 4th place
Saturday, September 19, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE University of San Carlos Warriors managed to snatch the final spot of the top four going into the quarterfinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) after a close encounter with the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats, 74-68, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Both teams figured in a tight match all game long and everything came down to the final stretch when the Warriors broke free from CIT’s tight grip.

After a close fight in the opening half, the Warriors finally found their opening in the third canto when they were able to build a 14-point margin, 57-43, behind the booming triples of Giovanni Padillo and Carlo Padayao.

But the Wildcats retaliated to close the gap again to just four going into the final period.

However, in the final period, Sam Hermosa’s triple silenced CIT and USC’s lead ballooned to double digits en route to securing fourth place.

USC actually tied with University of San Jose Recoletos with an identical 4-3 win-loss record but USJ-R got third place by virtue of the winner- over-the-other rule.

In the juniors division, first-time contender Sacred Heart School-Jesuit’s fairytale ended miserably when they bowed to the defending champions Univesrsity of Cebu, 92-66.

SHS-J, which only rejoined the league this season, has had a clean run in the tournament until yesterday when they failed to arrest the rampaging Baby Webmasters led by Gerald Ampoon.

UC lived up to its lofty billing as it extended its winning slate to 6-0, as SHS-J absorbed its first loss in five outings.

http://Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 20, 2009.

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09-21-2009, 09:27 AM
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SIX AND COUNTING
UC Baby Webmasters rout neophyte SHS-J Eagles
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:27:00 09/20/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4 p.m. – Don Bosco vs. CEC

5:30 p.m. – SHS-J vs. USJ-R

The neophyte Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles got a rude awakening in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) basketball tournament after they suffered their first loss at the hands of defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters, 66-92, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

After flying high by winning their first four games, the Eagles were brought down to earth by an onslaught of points from UC's potent backcourt of Marlon Pingoy and Gerald Ampoon.

The Baby Webmasters improved their record to a league-best 6-0 (win-loss) and remain as the only undefeated squad. SHS-J dropped to 4-1.

UC got the scoring parade off to a rousing start as they zoomed off to a 30-17 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.

The Eagles tried to make a game out of it but were repulsed by an 8-0 blast that gave the Baby Webmasters a 68-49 lead that settled at 70-52, heading into the final period. Ampoon wound up with 19 points.

The other juniors game saw the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens overwhelm the helpless Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 126-44.

In the seniors division, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors successfully claimed the fourth seed in the quarterfinals after defeating the CIT Wildcats, 74-68.

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09-21-2009, 09:29 AM
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Cobras roar, put dirt on Webmasters' face
(The Freeman) Updated September 21, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Afterall, no collegiate team in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. is unbeatable this season. Ask the Southwestern University Cobras.

The spirited SWU Cobras foiled the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters' bid for a historic seven-game sweep in style, hacking out an 89-65 demolition of the previously undefeated league front-runner the other night in the 9th CESAFI basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Everything that is awful went to the side of the Webmasters as they missed the services of three reliable players in Moncrief Rogado, Janssen Abella and Kevin Quilantang.

Rogado was admitted to the hospital due to a minor sickness, while Abella and Quilantang came in uniform but were sidelined by coach Roel Gomez as a disciplinary measure for their alleged mischievous conducts during practice.

As a result, the Cobras brought the Webmasters back to earth with Eliud Poligrates scoring at will against his defenders to pace SWU with 29 points. Rene Pacquiao showed some inside stuff against UC's 6-foot-9 beanpole June Mar Fajardo to finish with 20 points, while Jefferson Pria played like it was championship game to chip in 14 markers.

The Cobras, who controlled the contest all the way, ended the classification round with a 4-3 win-loss record to settle at third place overall behind UC (6-1) and the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers (6-1).

Fajardo led the Webmasters with 19 points, while Arvin Kim Gomez and rookie Reynan Capoy had 10 points apiece.

For the Cobras, the lopsided victory maybe a compliment but for the Webmasters, it was definitely a woeful way to end their elimination round campaign.

The scores

SWU (89) - Poligrates 29, Pacquiao 20, Pria 14, Armecin 6, Litorja 6, Jalandoni 4, Diango 2, Gallarde 2, Ompad 2, Ortuyo 2, Palileo 2

UC (65) - Fajardo 19, Gomez 10, Capoy 10, Luceño 9, Tano 7, Bernil 3, Cabrera 2, Cueva 2

Halftime 41-27. - GGM (THE FREEMAN)

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09-21-2009, 09:30 AM
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SWU Cobras snap UC’s streak
Sunday, September 20, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE University of Cebu’s winning streak in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) ended as it bowed to the Southwestern University Cobras, 89-65, Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The UC Webmasters were confidently sashaying in the tournament and won all six of their previous games until they met their old rivals.

Before the season started, SWU had been dominating the Webmasters and won their Battle of the Titans. SWU also defeated UC in the Partners Cup tournament and the National Students Basketball Championship in Butuan.

Eliud Poligrates, SWU’s flashy guard, was at the top of his game after topscoring with 29 points.

SWU improved to a 4-3 win-loss record for a three-way tie with the University of San Carlos and University of San Jose Recoletos.

However, SWU dropped out of the Top 4 after getting the lowest quotient.

USC claimed fourth place, while USJ-R is third and the Cobras fifth.

SWU will face fourth placer USC in the quarterfinals.

Teams in the top four have a twice-to-beat edge.

In the battle of the pivot men, SWU’s Rene Pacquiao refused to buck down to UC’s celebrated center June Mar Fajardo.

Pacquiao outscored Fajardo and had 20 points compared to Fajardo’s 19.

Despite losing, UC still owns the top spot with a 6-1 record.

UC is tied with Cesafi’s perennial basketball kings, University of the Visayas but gets the higher seeding by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 21, 2009.

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09-21-2009, 02:52 PM
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SWU ends UC’s 6-game streak in Cesafi wars
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:43:00 09/21/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras continued their mastery of the league-leading University of Cebu (UC) as they ended the Webmasters' undefeated run with an 89-65 bashing in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) basketball tournament Saturday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Webmasters ran rampant in the Cesafi wars for six games but finally met their match in the Cobras, who beat them convincingly in the pre-season. Before that, SWU also beat UC for the championship in the Partner's Cup basketball tournament and the National Students Basketball Championship.

Saturday's game was no different as UC appeared uninterested in securing a sweep of the elimination round while SWU's star guard Eliud Poligrates had the fire in his eyes and scored 29 points to lead the Cobras.

Cobras' athletic center Rene Pacquiao also held his own against UC's 6-foot-10 beanpole June Mar Fajardo, as he scored 20 points to the latter's 19 markers.

SWU finished with a 4-3 (win-loss) record, the same as the University of San Carlos (USC) and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R).

The Cobras remained in fifth place as they had a lower quotient than the third-seeded Jaguars and the fourth-seeded Warriors. They will face USC in the quarterfinals with the Warriors holding a twice-to-beat advantage.

UC, who got the top spot with a 6-1 mark in spite of the tie that they have with eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, will be taking on the winless Don Bosco College Greywolves.

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09-22-2009, 10:13 AM
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Baby Jaguars shoot down Eagles
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated September 22, 2009 12:00 AM

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars repulsed a daring fourth-quarter comeback by the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles to walk away with a 94-82 victory in the secondary match of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

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

6 pm CIT vs. SHS (Jrs.)

In the other game, the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Junior Greywolves nailed their first victory in seven games at the expense of the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 102-63, but the 39-point margin was the lowest among all Dragons conquerors.

The Baby Jaguars got off to a hot 28-15 start and then closed the first half with a 51-32 edge. They padded their lead to as much as 25 points, 72-47, and the best the Eagles could muster was to trim the deficit down to a dozen markers, 70-82, at the final 4:56 mark of the contest.

Clint Muñez bullied his defenders to topscore for the Baby Jaguars with 24 points. Gudeve Edo Autentico and Renzo Senining connived for 37 points as they improved their win-loss record to 3-4.

Adrian Marvin Ronald Muller paced the Eagles with 21 points. Kristoffer James Porter and Bradley Bacaltos netted 15 and 14 markers, respecively, but their efforts went for naught as they crashed to their second straight defeat after an impressive 4-0 start.

Earlier, Chris Daryl Yap posted a season-high 26 points for the Junior Greywolves.

Jerry Lin had a team-high 17 points for the Dragons, the first time that their player almost reach 20 points.It was also the first time that three Dragons finished in double figures, while their 63-point output is their highest of the season, so far.

The scores

First game

DBTC (102) - Yap 26, J. Ruiz 17, Esbra 9, Balorio 9, L. Ruiz 8, Tigullo 8, Alburo 8, Aliganga 7, Haben 5, Empenio 4, Ebajo 3, Pono 2

CEC (63) - J. Lin 17, Belandres 12, Dela Cerna 10, Sypongco 6, Oplado 5, Aves 4, W. Lin 4, Quisagan 3, Damole 2 Halftime: 44-25

Second game

USJ-R (94) - Muñez 24, Autentico 19, Senining 18, Trozo 12, Alob 6, Montecillo 4, Figues 3, Go 3, Escatron 3, Mate 2

SHS-J (82) - Muller 21, Porter 15, Bacaltos 14, Diputado 11, Seno 7, Rama 6, Branzuela 5, Tecson 2, J. Dinsay 1

Halftime: 51-32

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09-22-2009, 08:12 PM
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SHS-J IN ROUGH WATERS
Young Eagles suffer 2nd straight defeat
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:12:00 09/22/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 p.m. – CEC vs. USP (jrs.)

6 p.m. – CIT vs. SHS-J (jrs.)

Life for the neophyte Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles is proving to be more difficult than expected as they suffered their second straight loss after being routed by the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 82-94, in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

After getting off their maiden campaign to a incredible start with four straight wins, the Eagles are now encountering rough waters as they lost for the second time in barely a week. And there will be no rest afforded to the weary as today, they will be facing the prodigious Mark Jayven Tallo and the rest of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens in a crucial match that has profound effects in the seedings heading into the quarterfinal stage next week.

The wards of head coach Marlon Piodo ambushed their opponents with a sizzling performance in the first period as they led, 28-15. Not long after, they erected a 20-point lead 44-24 behind the shotmaking of Clint Munez, Edu Autentico and Venj Trozo which eventually held, 51-32, at the turn.

SHS-J's predicament worsened in the ensuing canto as USJ-R turned on its jets and unleashed a 13-0 run that was capped off by a three-pointer by Renzo Senining which gave the Baby Jaguars their biggest lead of the game, 70-38.

Amazingly, the Eagles did not hang their heads as they trimmed the lead down to just 12, 70-82, after a huge rally spearheaded by Chris Porter and Bradley Bacaltos.

The Baby Jaguars remained unfazed and turned to Munez to deliver the finishing kick as the latter scored eight of their last 12 points to secure the victory.

Munez had 21 points to lead USJ-R while Senining added 18 markers. Autentico supplemented those by adding 17 points. Adrian Muller paced SHS-J with 21 points.

USJ-R improved their record to 4-3 (win-loss) while the Eagles dropped to 4-2, the same record with the Wildkittens.

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09-23-2009, 07:39 AM
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Baby Panthers pulverize Dragons
(The Freeman) Updated September 23, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Rommel Diapera pumped in 55 points, 30 of them he dropped in the third period, as the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers smashed the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons, 150-65, in the juniors division of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Diapera, who peppered the Dragons with 11 3-pointers, never scored again in the fourth period as it was Jameson Salazar who took the scoring chores with 23 points. Chris Niño Pitogo and James Ricsil Silao added 16 and 12 markers as the Baby Panthers improved their win-loss record to 2-7.

An interesting fact though for CEC was that its top gunner Jerry Lin came up with a career-high 29 points. John Anthony Damole submitted 19 points, while Raymond Sypongco had 10 points as the Dragons exited on a pensive note without a win in eight games.

On the other hand, the Baby Panthers, who could no longer avail of the twice-to-beat advantage due to sorry losses against the USJ-R Baby Jaguars and the USC Baby Warriors, are now only fighting for sixth place overall. (GGM) . (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-24-2009, 09:41 AM
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NIGHTMARE OVER
USPF beats CEC in Cesafi juniors hoop tilt
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:32:00 09/23/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 pm – UC vs. CIT (jrs.)

6 p.m. – UV vs. SHS-J (jrs.)

The nightmarish season of the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons mercifully came to an end yesterday as they were whitewashed for the last time this year via a 65-150 rout at the hands of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Ironically, the forgettable finale of CEC's disastrous campaign this year proved to be the backdrop of Rommel Diapera's unforgettable performance. This after USPF's main man scored a tournament-high 55 points in a sizzling shooting display.

Diapera scored 25 in the first half as USPF led 73-30 but then turned on the jets in the third period, where he burned the nets for 30 points, spiked by six three-point shots. He ended the match with 11 trifectas.

When the dust settled after the third canto, the game was all but turned into a laugher as the Baby Panthers led, 118-44.

It has been a season of discontent for the neophyte Dragons, who set records in futility this year in finishing without a win at 0-8.

Jameson Salazar added 23 points for USPF, which now holds a 2-5 (win-loss) record. Jerry Lin led the way for CEC with 29 points while John Damole had 19 markers.

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09-24-2009, 09:45 AM
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Wildkittens claw Eagles: Formally seal twice-to-beat edge in CESAFI quarterfinals
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated September 24, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens relied on their almost impeccable outside shooting in the final half to demolish the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles, 86-68, and assure themselves of a twice-to-beat advantage in the juniors division of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Down by a hairline at the turn, 40-41, the Wildkittens turned the tables on the Eagles using a 14-0 run that saw them leading by a baker’s dozen, 54-41, early in the third period.

The Wildkittens continue to rain shots in the fourth quarter that the Eaglets could hardly answer resulting into an 18-point rout.

Parading a 5-2 win-loss record, the Wildkittens are currently occupying the third place behind the UC Junior Webmasters and UV Baby Lancers.

Calvin Limalima paced the Wildkittens with 21 points even as four others cashed in double figures.

Franklyn Batiquin finished with 19 points followed by Joseph Nalo with 15 and Mark Jayven Tallo with 14.

Adrian Marvin Ronald Muller led the Eagles with 23 points. Adven Jess Diputado scored 16, while Jerry Jan Albert Seno and Kristoffer Porter added 10 markers apiece but still they couldn’t summon back their old deadly form as they slumped to their third straight setback after an impressive 4-0 start.

The missing link for the Eagles was their formidable big man Jed Rama, who was held off to a paltry one point.

If they lose to the Baby Lancers in their final elimination round assignment, the Eagles cannot avail of the twice-to-beat incentive as they will slide to fifth place overall.

The scores

CIT (86) - Limalima 21, Batiquin 19, Nalos 15, Tallo 14, Figuracion 6, Sanchez 5, Koino 4, Tejam 2

SHS-J (68) - Muller 23, Diputado 16, Seno 10, Porter 10, Branzuela 4, Cadavis 2, K. Dinsay 2, Rama 1

Halftime: 40-41 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-24-2009, 09:47 AM
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UC completes Cesafi sweep
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

DEFENDING champion University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters completed an 8-0 sweep of their elimination round assignment in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school contest at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

The Baby Webmasters of coach Reggie Licanda dumped the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wild Kittens, 84-62, for their eighth straight win.

Winning last night’s game wasn’t much of a factor of the standings since UC was already assured of the number one spot.

However, the team wanted to kick start their playoff bid on a high note and gave their all to stay undefeated.

After a close first half, UC pulled all stops in the third to break the game wide open.

The Wild Kittens, which dropped to a 5-3 card, stayed at fourth spot and is also assured of a twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs. (ESL of Superbalita)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 24, 2009.

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09-25-2009, 09:38 AM
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Baby webmasters remain unbeaten
UC sweeps elimination for 8-0 record
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:57:00 09/24/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters punctuated their incredible performance in the elimination round with a sweep after routing the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens, 84-62, in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Webmasters utilized their blazing speed to put away their opponents, most especially in the third period where they tore the game apart with a, 20-4 bomb that turned an otherwise close affair into a virtual massacre.

UC hung on to a 41-40 lead at halftime but assumed control of the match with the slashing exploits of Alfred Codilla who scored the Baby Webmasters' first seven points in the third canto. Gerald Ampoon, Alvin Labo-Labo and Jerry Pingoy then took turns punishing CIT's listless defense as they established a 61-44 lead.

CIT crept to within 11, 60-71, but were repulsed with a 13-0 run that sealed the win for UC and a perfect 8-0 record. Labo-Labo and Pingoy each had 17 points to lead UC while Ampoon added 14 markers. CIT ended their first round campaign with a 5-3 record and the third seed in the quarterfinals.

CIT though, has all but shut the door on the Sacred Heart School-Jesuits Eagles' top-four hopes after they routed the latter, 86-68, in their game last Tuesday.

The Wildkittens overhauled an early first half deficit with a blistering scoring barrage in the third canto that put them in a hole which they were not able to get out of until the final buzzer. The miserable turn of fortunes continued for SHS-J as they suffered their third straight defeat after winning their first four games.

The Eagles led, 28-21, after the first canto with Jess Diputado and Adrian Muller conspiring to score 22 markers. In spite of a rough second stanza which saw CIT take the lead for a brief moment, SHS-J held a precarious 41-40 lead at the turn.

But the wheels finally fell off the Eagles' wagon in the ensuing stretch as they gave up 14 unanswered points behind the efforts of Clyven Lima-Lima, Franklin Batiquin, Wilkins Sanchez and Mark Jayven Tallo to fall behind, 41-54.

It was a lead that held until the very end as SHS-J dropped to 4-3, and nearly out of contention for a top-four slot in the quarterfinals.

The Eagles hope that they win against the tough University of the Visayas Baby Lancers and that the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars lose against the University of San Carlos today in order to forge a three-way tie with similar 4-4 records.

The Eagles-Baby Lancers match was still being played as of press time.

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09-25-2009, 09:39 AM
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Baby Lancers survive Eagles
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated September 25, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers grounded the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles but not without a struggle before eking out a 89-82 victory to formally close the elimination round at second place in the juniors division of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Wednesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Lancers led by 11 points at halftime, 50-39, but the Eagles started strong in the third period where they proved their tenacity to cut down the deficit to just six points, 51-57.

Refusing to give up, the spirited Eagles kept on inching closer as they came within four, 80-84, at the final 2:09 mark of the contest.

However, the Baby Lancers relied on their experience to foil the Eagles' comeback bid. They finished with a 7-1 win-loss record behind the undefeated University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters, who completed a rare eight-game sweep following their 22-point demolition of the CIT Wildkittens the other day.

Gerald Legarde, who hit a couple of crucial baskets that helped save the day for the Baby Lancers, topscored with 18 points, while Mark Linao tossed in 16 markers.

After an impressive 4-0 start, the Eagles fumbled in their remaining four games to settle as the fifth seed going into the quarterfinal round next week.

Kristoffer James Porter paced the Eagles with 22 points followed by Adrian Marvin Ronald Muller with 13. Bradley Bacaltos and Jerry Jan Albert Seno banged in 12 markers apiece in a losing effort.

The scores

UV (89) - Legarde 18, Linao 16, Brigoli 11, Ybañez 10, Marata 7, Pero 6, Smith 5, Calvo 4, Arong 4, Navaja 4, Suan 2, Mendoza 2
SHS-J (82) - Porter 22, Muller 13, Bacaltos 12, Seno 12, Diputado 9, Rama 8, K. Dinsay 4, Branzuela 2

Halftime: 50-39. – THE FREEMAN

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09-26-2009, 11:21 AM
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UV, USJ-R in quarters
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:08:00 09/25/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars finalized their respective slots in the quarterfinals after coming away with tough wins in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

UV finished the elimination round with a 7-1 (win-loss) record which gave them the second-seed, after defeating the Sacred Heart School-Jesuits Eagles last Wednesday, 89-82.

The loss completed SHS-J's downward spiral into the fifth slot as they lost their fourth game in a row after opening the season up with four straight wins.

The Eagles kept the game close all game long but could not complete the upset after they missed 10 free-throws in the fourth period alone, including two that would have sliced UV's lead down to two, during crunchtime.

USJ-R, on the other hand, secured their seeding as they finished the elimination round with an 84-79 victory over the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors yesterday.

Gerald Legarde led the Baby Lancers with 18 points while Mark Linao added 16 markers.

UV will be meeting the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers in the next round.

Edu Autentico scored 17 markers while Vengie Trozo added 15 points for USJ–R. Renzo Senining and Clint Munez each had 14 markers.

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09-26-2009, 11:22 AM
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USJ-R bantams zap USC
Updated September 26, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars fended off the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors in come-from-behind fashion, 84-79, to gain twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinal round of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the nightcap, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers closed the classification round in style, dumping Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Baby Greywolves by 41 points, 115-74.

The Baby Jaguars finished as the fourth qualifier with a 5-3 win-loss record, hence, they will enjoy twice-to-beat edge against the fifth seed Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles in the quarterfinals starting on Tuesday at the USC gym.

Gudeve Edo Autentico scored 17 points for the Baby Jaguars, while Venjie Trozo, Renzo Senining and Clent Muñez conspired for 43 points.

Four Baby Warriors also finished in double figures led by Cheeno Dalangpan with 15 points followed by Vincent Christopher Lora with 14.

Rommel Diapera, on the other hand, had a scintillating 31-point show for the Baby Panthers, in the same way with Joshua Corcilles who exploded with 29 markers.

Diapera shot to the limelight recently by nailing a career-high 55 points spiked with 11 triples in their 150-65 annihilation of the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons.

The Baby Panthers’ rampage came in too late though as they only claim the seventh spot and will have a lot of homework to do against the second seed University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers in the next phase of the tournament.

Brothers Lourence and John Eleazar Ruiz led the Junior Greywolves with 23 and 22 points, respectively.

The scores

First game

USJ-R (84) - Autentico 17, Trozo 15, Senining 14, Muñez 14, Escatron 11, Alob 7, Go 2, Montecillo 2, Figues 2

USC (79) - Dalangpan 15, Lora 14, Kikuchi 11, Malata 10, Bacaltos 6, Romaguera 6, Omolon 5, Guardario 5, Rita 3, Palapar 3, Co 1 Halftime: 37-47

Second game

USPF (115) - Diapera 31, Corcilles 29, Arong 10, Pitogo 9, Lambujon 8, Rosales 8, Miñoza 8, Catipay 4, Silao 4, Baguio 2, Tumulak 2

DBTC (74) - L. Ruiz 23, J. Ruiz 22, Yap 12, Esbrra 4, Aliganga 3, Empenio 3, Ebajo 2, Tigullo 2, Alburo 1, Pono 1, Balorio 1 Halftime: 43-35. – GGM (THE FREEMAN)

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09-26-2009, 11:24 AM
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Baby Panthers rout Greywolves
Friday, September 25, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

UNIVERSITY of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) high school team skipper Rommel Diapera came up big in the final quarter to lead the Baby Panthers to a 115-74 win over the Don Bosco College (DBC) in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. at the Cebu Coliseum last Thursday.

Diapera, who scored this season’s highest game total of 55 points, waxed hot in the final period and dropped 20 points—including six straight triples—to take the fight away from the Baby Greywolves.

The Baby Panthers struggled in the early going with Monbert Arong, Carlo Niño Pitogo and Jonathan Rosales struggling against the stubborn Baby Greywolves.

DBC leaned on Laurence Ruiz, Fane Empenio and Cris Daryl Yap for a 43-35 lead at the bend.

However, things started to get bad for DBC when Joshua Corcilles started to hit his shots and Diapera sank three triples in the third.

Diapera scored 31 points, while Corcilles added 29 for USPF.

Laurence and John Eleazar Ruiz topscored for DBTC with 23 and 22 points, respectively.

Although the win had no bearing for the Baby Panthers, it gave them a boost going into the quarterfinal round.

USPF will take on No.2 University of the Visayas Baby Lancers, and needs to win twice to advance to the semis.

DBTC will play the defending champions and the undefeated University of Cebu Baby Webmasters in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 26, 2009.

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09-27-2009, 07:13 AM
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USPF finishes elims on high note
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:22:00 09/26/2009

THE UNIVERSITY of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers finished off their elimination round with a bang as they destroyed the Don Bosco College Baby Greywolves, 115-74, in the final playdate of the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament last Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

USPF ended the first round with a 3-5 (win-loss) record, good for seventh place in the standings. They will be facing the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers on Thursday in the quarterfinal round with the latter holding a twice-to-beat advantage.

Don Bosco, on the other hand, fell to their seventh defeat in eight matches and will have the unenviable task of taking on the undefeated defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters at the start of the next round on Tuesday at the University of San Carlos Gym.

Trigger-happy wingman Rommel Diapera was up to his old tricks once again as he came away with 31 points, mere days after scoring a tournament-high of 55 points against the Cebu Eastern College Dragons.

Joshua Corciles added 29 points for the Camilo Go-mentored squad. Lorezon Ruiz had 23 points for Don Bosco while John Ruiz contributed 22 markers./Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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09-29-2009, 07:27 AM
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UC teams take centerstage as CESAFI q'finals on today
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 29, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, top seeds University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters seek to bring their championship campaigns to a higher level as they battle the eight-ranked Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves at the start 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball quarterfinals today at the USC gym.

Games today

(USC Gym)

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

6:00 pm UC vs. DBTC (Srs.)

The Webmasters will clash with the Greywolves in the main match at 6 pm, right after the showdown between their junior counterparts at 4:30 pm.

The Webmasters, who finished as top qualifier for the first time in the nine-year-old CESAFI with a 6-1 win-loss record, annihilated the Greywolves in their previous meeting, 120-85, but the game went close in the entire first half.

The Webmasters are actually tied with second-ranked University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers but grabbed higher placing by virtue of a simple tie. They beat UV, 75-73, during the season-opener last August 2.

The Junior Webmasters also stamped their class over the Junior Greywolves via a 50-point rout, 109-59, thus, putting no doubt on tonight’s outcome.

An encore by the UC squads over their DBTC rivals will give them tickets to the semifinals.

The best is yet to come for the Webmasters because the true test of their characters will be determined in the next round as the energy level will switch to a higher dimension.

As usual, 6-foot-11 center June Mar Fajardo is a top commodity for the Greywolves to deal on. Fajardo reigns at the painted area, while Moncrief Rogado owns the outside field and the parking lot for three-point baskets.

Janssen Abella, Arvin Kim Gomez and Kelvin Juliane are among the other top guns in the Webmasters arsenal that also include Rommel Luceño, Robinson Mohamad, Kevin Quilantang and rookies Mark Tano, V-Franz Bernil and Keith Erwin Cayanong.

The Greywolves will be forced to be scrappy with their roster that includes Celso Colegado Jr., Alain delos Santos, Joseph Villaver, Jefford Aldave and Jayson Cabrilles.

In the secondary duel, Jerei Marlon Pingoy, Gerald Ampon, Alfred Codilla and Alvin Labolabo Jr. are among the UC reliables expected to give the Junior Greywolves a big headache as well as the likes of Alexander Nazareno, John Raphael Aranas, Clent Saramosing and Ruel Padilla Jr.

The Junior Greywolves, on the other hand, hope to draw an excellent game from Kyle Esbra, Chris Daryl Yap, William Kristoffer Alburo, Fane Empenio, Rob Lowe Balorio and the formidable Ruiz brothers - Lourence and John Eleazar. (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-29-2009, 07:29 AM
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UC kicks off quarterfinal round
Monday, September 28, 2009

THE University of Cebu seniors and juniors teams are looking to extend their winning streak in this season’s Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball as the quarterfinal round starts at the University of San Carlos gym at 4:30 p.m today.

Both squads enjoy twice-to-beat edge for being the top seeds after the elimination round, and only need to win their matches today against Don Bosco College Greywolves to secure slots to the semifinal round.

The Baby Webmasters, the defending juniors division champion, entered the quarterfinals with an unblemished 8-0 win-loss slate, while the seniors team has a 6-1 record.

Both are pitted against the league’s bottom teams.

The Baby Webmasters will be banking on their scoring giants Gerald Ampoon, Alvin Labo-Labo and Jerry Pingoy against Don Bosco at 4:30 p.m. today.

The UC’s college team, led by its 6’10” pivot man June Mar Fajaro, will try to assert their dominance against Don Bosco once more at 6 p.m.

The quarterfinals match between the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and University of Southern Philippines Foundation will be on Thursday still at the USC gym, while the match between the Southwestern University and University of San Carlos will be on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 29, 2009.

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09-30-2009, 07:17 AM
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Cesafi q’finals starts
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:33:00 09/29/2009

Games today:

USC Gym

4:30 p.m. – UC vs. Don Bosco (jrs.)

6 p.m. – UC vs. Don Bosco (srs.)

THE JUNIOR AND senior teams of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters will be aiming to secure slots in the semifinals when they clash against the Don Bosco College Greywolves today in the quarterfinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation (CESAFI) basketball tournament at the University of San Carlos gym.

The Baby Webmasters, who swept all their assignments in the elimination round en route to a perfect 8-0 (win-loss) record will be battling the Baby Greywolves in the first game at 4:30 pm. Don Bosco finished with just one win in the first round.

6-foot-10 giant June Mar Fajardo and the rest of the Webmasters which topped the seniors division with a 6-1 mark will then, tackle the Greywolves in the main game at 6 pm. The two UC squads own a twice-to-beat incentive by virtue of their spots in the top four.

Eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers will start their stint in the playoffs on Thursday when they battle the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers. Their juniors counterparts, the Baby Lancers, will also be seeing action when they face the seventh-seeded USPF Baby Panthers. Those games will still be at the USC gym.

The rest of the quarterfinal matches will be played this Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

/Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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09-30-2009, 07:19 AM
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UC bantams reach semis in CESAFI basketball tilt
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated September 30, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The twice-to-beat University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters needed a flurry of baskets in the third period to tame the stubborn Don Bosco Technology (DBTC) Baby Greywolves, 83-65, and advance into the semifinal round of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) secondary basketball competition last night at the USC gym.

The Junior Webmasters led by only six points ealry in the third period after a basket by John Eleazar Ruiz, 36-42, but all of a sudden, the game changed rapidly as the Junior Webmasters hit several unanswered baskets to finish that stretch with a 14-point advantage, 59-45.

Aside from his excellent quarterbacking skills, Jerei Pingoy was also a big factor on the offensive end finishing with 21 points for the Junior Webmasters.

Alfred Codilla added 11 markers, while Gerald Ampoon and John Raphael Aranas each scored 10 for the UC bantams, who are likely to figure in a grudge rematch of sort with the second-ranked University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers in the next phase of the tournament.

The Junior Webmasters virtually put the win in their bag after mounting a commanding 21-point edge, 77-56, on a three-point play by Clint Sarabosing with less than three minutes left to play.

Lourence Ruiz paced the Baby Greywolves with 21 points. His brother John had 11 followed by Jose Marlo Pono with 10. added 10 points.

The scores

UC (83) - Pingoy 21, Codilla 12, Ampoon 10, Aranas 10, Labolabo 9, Saramosing 9, Nazareno 6, Padilla 4, Talisic 2

DBTC (65) - L. Ruiz 21, J. Ruiz 11, Pono 10, Esbra 8, Yap 7, Alburo 4, Empenio 2, Aliganga 2 Halftime: 33-29 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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09-30-2009, 07:21 AM
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UC secures semis slot
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

DEFENDING juniors division champion University of Cebu Baby Webmasters asserted its dominance as they effortlessly advanced to the semifinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament after an 83-65 rout of the Don Bosco College Baby Greywolves in their quarterfinal match yesterday at the University of San Carlos gym.

UC did not even have to resort to using the twice-to-beat edge it enjoyed for being the top team after the elimination round as the Greywolves were hapless at the hands of the defending champions from start to finish.

Jorie Marlon Pingoy played like a man possessed to lead UC to the semifinal round and stretch the Baby Webmaster’s winning run to nine.

Pingoy scored eight at the opening frame as UC started the game hot leading to a 19-10 edge at the end of the first quarter.

Jose Marlo Pono and Laurence Ruiz each scored two triples each for DBTC’s slight resistance in the second.

Coach Reggie Licanda then put the game away in the third as Pingoy added nine more points and Alfred Codilla scoring seven points in a telling 26-18 blitz in the third period to convert a precarious 33-29 lead at the half to a commanding 59-47 lead entering the final frame.

Things turned for the worse for the Greywolves as they could not contain even UC’s bench players, who were fielded in the fourth period.

Pingoy scored a game-high 21 points, while Codilla contributed 12 to help tow UC to victory.

The winner between the University of San Jose Recoletos and Sacred Heart School Jesuit, who are playing this Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum, will be UC’s opponent in the next round.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2009.

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10-01-2009, 09:05 AM
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Don Bosco shocks topseed UC
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 01, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves overcame an endgame meltdown to pull what is by far the biggest upset in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season, hacking out a 77-74 stunner over the twice-to-beat topseed University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters to stay alive in the quarterfinals the other night at the USC gym.

Games today

(USC Gym)

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

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

The Greywolves, who lost to the Webmasters during their first meeting by 17 points, 102-85, have to beat the Webmasters again in order to prove their worth. Curiously, it was their first win after falling 0-7 in the classification round.

With Moncrief Rogado on sickbay due to headache, the Webmasters’ shocking loss may have been attributed to their unfamiliarity of the court as they sadly missed several free throw attempts unlike at their turf at the Cebu Coliseum where they hit their targets with pin-point accuracy.

The playoffs will shift back to UC’s bailiwick next week, but the Webmasters have a lot of homework to do for them not to be haunted by the spectre of an upset from a low-ranked team as the Greywolves.

Last Tuesday was also a miserable night for UC because its 6-foot-11 center June Mar Fajardo was in deep foul trouble. He eventually trooped to the showers with still 2:46 left to play.

Fajardo sit for most of the third period with three fouls and was again recalled to the bench early in the final canto after incurring his fourth foul.

Nevertheless, the Webmasters erased a 13-31 second-quarter deficit and were in front, 71-66, when Fajardo picked up his fourth foul.

A booming 3-pointer by Alain de los Santos gave the lead back to the Greywolves, 74-73, in the final 45 seconds of the contest. The Bosconians then showed their resiliency towards the end off a basket by Joey Lucky Juntilla, 76-74, with only 22 ticks remaining.

The Webmasters had a chance to duck from a stingy defeat, but Janssen Abella missed a triple off a nifty assist by Kelvin Juliane with 10 seconds to go. In the ensuing play, Celso Colegado, Jr. split his charities off a foul by Kevin Quilantang to peg the final tally.

De los Santos topscored for the Greywolves with 19 points followed by Colegado with 16 points.

Fajardo’s 29-point output went for naught. Abella and Rommel Luceño scored 11 markers apiece for the Webmasters, who will take on the Greywolves anew in a sudden-death duel this Tuesday, with the winner advancing into the semifinals.

The scores

DBTC (77) - De los Santos 19, Colegado 16, Cinco 8, Aldave 6, Villaver 6, Hernando 5, Castro 5, Juntilla 4, Guba 3, Georsua 3, Cabañero 2

UC (74) - Fajardo 29, Abella 11, Luceño 11, Juliane 10, Quilantang 8, Gomez 5, Mohammad 3, Capoy 2, Cayanong 2, Tano 1 Halftime: 43-34 (THE FREEMAN)

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10-01-2009, 09:08 AM
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DBTC masters UC
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters wasted a chance to move to the next round after absorbing their second defeat of the season in the quarterfinal round of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament at the University of San Carlos (USC) Gym last Tuesday.

Eighth seed Don Bosco Technological Center Greywolves shocked the no. 1 seed, 77-74, to force a second game.

It was the second straight loss for the Webmasters, who won their first six games and enjoy a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.

Just like any other game the Webmasters took lightly, coach Rhoel Gomez started without his prized center Junmar Fajardo.

UC paid dearly for this as the Greywolves sailed to an early 24-11 lead.

DBTC continued to play huge behind Celso Colegado Jr., who led the Greywolves’ attack, to post its biggest lead of the game at 31-13 before Fajardo got in.

However, despite the 12 points of the 6’10” bean pole, the Greywolves managed to keep their heads above water with Colegado and Alain de los Santos giving DBTC the needed points.

Worse for UC, Fajardo picked his third foul before the close of the first half, forcing Gomez to use his less-experienced big men.

With Fajardo in the bench, UC struggled to inch closer but managed to score a 13-2 run for a 71-64 lead with 2:57 in the fourth quarter.

However, de los Santos refused to buckle and delivered two back-breaking triples, while Davin James Cinco’s had two undergoal baskets fir a 74-71 DBTC lead with 49.6 left to play.

With Fajardo picking up his final foul at the 2:46 mark, UC was left with Janssen Abella as the lone offensive option.

Abella was able to tie the game at 74 with 39.4 seconds remaining before Joey Lucky Juntilla scored a difficult acrobatic shot 17 seconds later for DBTC’s 76-74 lead.

UC called for a timeout and mapped out a play for Abella but he missed his shot. Today, No.2 seeds University of the Visayas (UV) will try to book the first seat to the semifinal round as they face No.7 seed University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 1, 2009.

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10-02-2009, 07:16 AM
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Don Bosco stuns UC
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:08:00 10/01/2009

Games today:

USC gym

4:30 p.m. – UV vs. USPF (jrs.)

6 p.m. – UV vs. USPF (srs.)

What was widely considered to be highly improbable turned into reality last Tuesday evening as the eighth-seeded Don Bosco College (DBC) Greywolves stunned the top-seeded University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 77-74, in the quarterfinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) seniors division basketball tournament at the University of San Carlos(USC) gymnasium.

Even with the obvious height and heft disadvantage, the Greywolves played with skill and a hunger that was not seen in the first round, as they led by as many as 18 in the first half, got ambushed in the fourth period and recovered in the endgame to extend their season and send the quarterfinal matchup into a winner-take-all game next week.

Don Bosco also made history as they became the first team in the league to defeat a top seed in the quarterfinals.

Ironically, the win was their first this season after going 0-7 (win-loss) in the elimination round.

Allain Delos Santos led Don Bosco with 19 points while Celso Colegado scored 16 markers.

Star wingman Moncrief Rogado did not suit up for UC because of a fever.

The quarterfinal stage of the tournament continues today when the eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers tackle the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers at 6 pm.

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10-02-2009, 07:19 AM
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Baby Lancers cruise into semis
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 02, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Gerald Legarde charted 32 points as the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers stymied a late yet blazing rally by the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USFP) Baby Panthers to eke out an 85-78 win and proceed into the semifinals of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last night at the USC Gym.

Legarde, the only bright hope for the Baby Lancers in offense, played the fireman’s role in extinguishing the Baby Panthers,who came back roaring despite being down by 18 points in the third period, 34-52.

Rommel Diapera, one of the most dreaded scorers from the USPF side, hit a triple to put USPF on top, 70-69, but free throws by Anthony Rommel Pero and Glennson Ybañez enabled the Baby Lancers to seize the lead back, 75-73.

It was the unheralded Mark Salazar who ignited a mind-boggling rally by the Baby Panthers as he made four three-point shots in the fourth period including a rare four-point play. His last triple gave USPF a 76-65 edge with still 2:35 left to play.

Mark Linao, Vincent Mendoza,Ybañez and Legarde, however, put their acts together to give the Baby Lancers enough breathing room, 87-78, with only 14 seconds left to play.

Linao finished with 13 points followed by Ybañez with 11.

Salazar and Joshua Corcilles had 17 points each for the Baby Panthers. Monbert Arong added 13 points while Diapera and Christian Baguio scored 10 apiece in a losing cause.

The scores

UV (85) - Legarde 32, Linao 13, Ybañez 11, Brigoli 9, Arong 9, Mendoza 6, Quilaton 5, Pero 3, Marata 2

USPF (78) - Salazar 17, Corcilles 17, Arong 13, Diapera 10, Baguio 10, Silao 4, Rosales 3, Gigante 2, Catipay 2

Halftime: 40-32 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-02-2009, 07:22 AM
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UV ousts Panthers
Thursday, October 1, 2009

THE University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers moved to the semifinal round after handing the stubborn University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers the exit ticket, 85-78, in the quarterfinal round of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school division at at the University of San Carlos Gym (USC) last night.

UV was holding a comfortable lead for the entire three quarters when the Baby Panthers suddenly got the breaks dropping their way in the final period.

UV entered the final period with a 61-53 lead before Jameson Salazar single-handedly got USPF back in the fight.

Salazar scored 16 of his 17 points in the fourth canto and also had five triples. The Cesafi’s top scorer, Rommel Diapera, also added five in USPF’s searing run as they slowly chipped away the lead.

However, Gerald Legarde, refused to buckle and shot eight of his game-high 32 in the final quarter to neutralize the effects of Salazar’s scoring binge.

Legarde also helped put the Green Lancers comfortably on top after scoring 14 in the third period.

He also teamed up with Mark Linao in the first for an early 22-13 UV lead.

USPF tried to inch closer behind Monbert Arong but UV’s Glennson Ybañez and Jasper San Brigoli picked up the offensive duties in the second quarter to protect their lead.

With the win, the Baby Lancers joined the defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters in the semifinal round.

UV will play the winner between the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens and the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors in the semis.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 2, 2009.

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10-03-2009, 08:33 AM
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UV Jrs. make semis
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:43:00 10/02/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers moved on to the semifinal round of the juniors division after they disposed of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, 85-78, in the quarterfinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament yesterday at the University of San Carlos (USC) gym.

Not to be outdone by their bitter rivals, defending champions University of Cebu, the bantams of UV jumped the gun on their opponents and never let go of the lead, which they held from the opening tip until the final buzzer.

The Baby Lancers leaned on the offensive potency of wingman Gerald Legarde, who scored 32 points to lead his squad to the next round, joining UC, which advanced last Tuesday.

The Baby Lancers will be waiting for the winner of the quarterfinal match-up between the third-seeded Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens and the sixth-seeded University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors.

With Legarde and Mark Linao combining for 14 markers, UV zoomed off to a 22-13 lead and held on that advantage for a 40-32 halftime score.

Legarde took center stage in the third period, where he scored 14 points on a variety of jumpshots and drives to the basket. The gritty Baby Panthers stayed within reach as they were down by just eight, 53-61, heading into the last period.

USPF could not get over the hump in the fourth as Joshua Corciles and Rommel Diapera were held scoreless.

The latter was silenced and held down to just 10 points after averaging 43 points in their last two games including a tournament-high of 55-point performance.

Corciles and Jameson Salazar led the losing team with 17 each. Linao added 13 points for UV while Glennson Ybanez contributed 11 points.

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10-03-2009, 08:35 AM
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Lancers overcome Panthers to march into CESAFI semis
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated October 03, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers masterfully overhauled an 18-point deficit to wipe out the upset-seeking University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 69-65, and advance into the semifinals without any glitch in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season the other night at the USC gym.

Games tomorrow

(Cebu Coliseum)

1:00 pm USC vs. CIT (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USJR vs. SHS-J (Jrs.)

4:00 pm USJ-R vs. CIT (Srs.)

5:30 pm USC vs. SWU (Srs.)

The Panthers caught the Lancers by surprise as they dictated the pace of the match right from the opening buzzer and even led by a mile, 54-36, in the third period.

But don't count out the heart of a champion that wields vast experience and hardcourt maturity.

After chopping the deficit down to 13 points, 41-54, the Lancers opened the final quarter with a fluid 10-0 burst to pull within just three points, 51-54, with still 7:20 left to play.

The Panthers fired back to pad their lead to 57-51 on a three-point play by Dennis Tabada, but UV's Phil Mercader suddenly took matters into his own hands by charting nine straight points to put the Lancers on top by a hairline, 62-61, entering the final two-minute zone of the contest.

The sweet-shooting Fritz Dajalos, son of ex-Lancer Stevenson, gave the Panthers their last taste of lead, 63-62, as Edrian Lao sank an undergoal stab in the ensuing play to push the Lancers ahead for good, 64-63.

Lao topscored for the Lancers with 15 points followed by Mercader and Ritchum Dennision with 12 markers apiece. 6-foot-11 giant Gregory Slaughter had a sub-par on the offensive end netting only nine points, but had great contribution on the defensive side.

Overall, the Lancers outscored the Panthers in the final period, 28-11.

Dajalos was the lone double-digit scorer for the Panthers with 19 points.

The scores

UV (69) - Lao 15, Mercader 12, Dennison 12, Slaughter 9, Diputado 6, Cincoflores 5, Cabahug 4, Lasala 2, Manigque 2, Olivares 2

USPF (65) - Dajalos 19, Rivera 9, Tabada 9, Durano 8, Linao 6, Avila 5, Fuentes 5, Bardilas 2, Sedurifa 2 Halftime: 26-33 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-03-2009, 08:37 AM
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Champs stay alive
Friday, October 2, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers booked the first seat to the semifinal round after surviving a scare from the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball event at the University of San Carlos Gym last Thursday.

The Lancers needed all the breaks they could get before scoring a 69-65 come-from-behind win over the Panthers.

USPF played with much fervor in the first three quarters and beat the Green Lancers in all departments.

With the Panthers making their shots, USPF posted their biggest lead at 49-31 with still four minutes to play in the third.

However, USPF wilted under pressure at the start of the fourth and UV erupted with a telling 10-2 run to inch closer at 54-41.

“It was a wasted effort. We thought we had them (UV) already. But my players got too complacent. And in the end, the experience of UV pulled them through,” said USPF head coach Raul Latonio after the game.

UV slyly used a full-court press in the fourth quarter and it resulted to a quick 10-0 run before Dennis Tabada scored a three-point play off a foul from Greg Slaughter.

Tabada’s play ended a seven-minute drought for the Panthers, who saw their lead cut to 57-51.

Despite the bad shooting and tentative executions of the Panthers, UV still needed five more minutes to take total control of the game.

USPF’s last hold of the lead was after Fritz Dajalos’ basket with 1:38 to go as UV dropped a game-ending 7-1 blitz to secure the semifinal seat.

UV’s opponent in the semifinal round will be the winner of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars vs. Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats match.

Edrian Lao topped the defending champions with 15 points, while Phil Mercader and Ritchum Dennison finished with 12 points each.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 3, 2009.

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10-04-2009, 07:28 AM
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UV Green Lancers advance to semis
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:47:00 10/03/2009

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers did not let lightning strike twice as they rebuffed the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers, 69-65 last Thursday, in the quarterfinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) seniors division basketball tournament at the University of San Carlos gym.

Just a day after the lowly Don Bosco College Greywolves stunned top-seeded University of Cebu Webmasters, the mighty eight-time champions came close to sharing the same fate as they went down by 18 points in the third period and had to scramble in the fourth for the come-from-behind victory to claim the first semifinals slot.

For the first three periods, the Panthers took inspiration from the incredible feat that the Greywolves pulled off last Tuesday at the same venue as they extended their 33-26 halftime lead to 18, 49-31, after a spectacular alley-oop slam by the high-flying Elwin Durano. That lead eventually settled at 13 after a five-point binge by UV sentinels Edrian Lao and Ritchum Dennison.

The UV braintrust then inserted a smaller and quicker lineup at the onset of the fourth stanza led by guards Phil Mercader and Harold Cincoflores, and the move paid off as USPF struggled with the full court defense, which led to a sizzling, 14-2 run by the former that sliced the lead to just two, 55-57.

Mercader then rattled off five straight points, punctuated by a three-point play that gave UV their first taste of the lead at 62-61, with exactly two minutes remaining in the match. USPF's star forward Fritz Dajalos briefly gave the lead back to his squad on the next possession with a nice floater but a 7-2 run anchored on Edrian Lao, Cincoflores and Dennison ended their opponents' uprising and ultimately, their season.

Lao led UV with 15 points while Mercader and Dennison each had 12 markers. Reigning MVP Greg Slaughter was held down to just nine points. Dajalos was the lone scorer in twin digits for USPF with 19.

UV’s semifinal opponent will be the winner of the quarterfinal match between the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats.

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10-04-2009, 07:29 AM
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USJ-R, USC seek semis seats CESAFI basketball
(The Freeman) Updated October 04, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors try to secure outright semifinal slots today when they go up against lesser-seeded rivals as the quarterfinal games in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) resumes at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars, who finished third in the elimination round, will go up against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats.

The fourth-seeded Warriors will seek an encore against the relentless Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras whom they beat by a hairline 74-73 in their previous meeting.

The previous games don’t count in the quarters and the Jaguars and Warriors are expected to go all out for formal entry in the semis especially with the twice-to-beat advantage.

The Jaguars skinned the Wildcats alive in their first meeting 94-64 and there’s no indication that the latter are capable of an upset, thus the focus will be on USC-SWU tussle.

Those who follow CESAFI basketball believe that the Warriors and Cobras are evenly-matched thus the game will go down the wire.

The Cobras have the edge in speed with Diango and Poligrantes in the backcourt and with Jefferson Pria and Christ Litorja as back-up guys.

The Warriors will be countering with Giovanni Pardillo, the hero of that 74-73 triumph over the Cobras. Then there’s Michael Cantonao, Ryan Carlo Padayao, Gene Noel Gallarde and Sam Hermosa – a threat from the three-point zone.

In the juniors division, the CIT Wildkittens meet the USC Baby Warriors while the USJ-R Baby Jaguars square off with the Sacred Hearth School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles.

The Wildkittens and the Baby Warriors enjoy twice-to-beat advantage. (GGM)

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10-05-2009, 07:29 AM
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Cesafi basketball tournament quarterfinals continues
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:03:00 10/04/2009

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

1 p.m. – CIT vs. USC (jrs)

2:30 p.m. – USJ-R vs. SHS-J (jrs.)

4 p.m. – USJ-R vs. CIT (srs.)

5:30 p.m. – USC vs. SWU (srs.)

AFTER AN EXCITING week in the quarterfinals that saw the league's best team go down and another almost sharing the same disastrous fate, the rest of the top seeds will be trying to march to the semifinal round when the quarterfinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament continues today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The seniors division will see the third-seed and last year's finalists University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars take on the sixth-seed Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats while the fourth-seed University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors battle the fifth-seed Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras. USJ-R and USC each hold a twice-to-beat advantage.

USJ-R will be hoping for a repeat of their 94-64 win over the Wildcats in the first round.

USC, meanwhile, edged SWU, 74-73, on a last second three-pointer by Giovanni Padillo in their first round encounter.

Already in the semifinals are the eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, who beat the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) last Thursday, 69-65.

The top-seeded University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters did not escape the upset axe as they were defeated by the Don Bosco Greywolves last Tuesday to set up a winner-take-all game this Tuesday.

The juniors class will see the CIT Wildkittens and the USJ-R Baby Jaguars try to advance to the next round against the USC Baby Warriors and Sacred Heart School-Jesuits (SHS-J) Eagles, respectively.

CIT and USJ-R also have twice-to-beat incentives. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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10-05-2009, 07:31 AM
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Wildcats upset Jaguars, forge KO duel
(The Freeman) Updated October 05, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The sixth-ranked Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats stayed alive after eking out a 91-85 shocker in overtime against the third seed University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in their game last night that was nearly marred by a fistfight in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Wildcats became the second lower-ranked squad to pull an upset after the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves brought top qualifier University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters back to earth via a 77-74 stunner.

Trailing most of the way in regulation period, the Wildcats preyed on the spate of errors by the Jaguars in the closing seconds of the extra period just a few moments after Edwin Bibera knocked in two free throws to tie the count for the last time at 85-all with 1:51 left to play.

In the ensuing play, crafty guard Karen Rick de la Cerna fished a foul in the three-point territory from Abulaiz Suliman and then calmly sank his freebies to give the Wildcats an 88-85 lead with 1:08 remaining.

Later, Chester Curso, who scored 12 points in the fourth period and overtime, split his charities and then Marko Elmaga scored a basket to put the Wildcats safely ahead, 91-85, with only 24 ticks left in the game clock.

Prior to that, a near fight ensued at the final 1:26 mark when Wildcat Heroche Molero was dropped hard to the floor by the bulky Kurt Amores of the Jaguars, who was slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul for that act. Molero, who finished with 22 points, is a doubtful starter for the playoff tomorrow.

Curso, who led the Wildcats with 23 points, sent the game into overtime at 79-all with a courageous drive to the hoop with a second remaining. He then scored the first four points in overtime that earned them an 83-81 edge.

The Jaguars were paced by Bibera and Jerome Villaver with 29 points combined. It was a sorry for the Jaguars as they led by as much as 12 points, 48-36, in the third period.

The scores

CIT (91) - Curso 23, Molero 22, Dela Cerna 12, Elmaga 10, Reyes 9, Cañete 5, Sagmon 5, Ipang 4, Taboada 1

USJ-R (85) - Bibera 15, Villaver 14, Amores 11, Suliman 10, Pateño 8, Lapiz 7, Senining 5, Duran 5, Dela Peña 4, De la Rama 3, Nudalo 2 Halftime: 32-37. - GGM (THE FREEMAN)

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10-05-2009, 07:33 AM
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Curso, CIT shock Jaguars in OT
Sunday, October 4, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

EVERYONE thought yesterday’s quarterfinals was just a formality as it featured a “mismatch” between Cebu Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) No. 3 team University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) and No. 6 team Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT).

However, the CIT Wild Cats proved everyone wrong as they got a new lease of life after upsetting USJ-R, 91-85, in overtime yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

USJ-R, being in the top four, remains alive as it enjoys a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinal round.

This was the second upset in this year’s quarterfinal round as the season’s top team, University of Cebu bowed to bottom Don Bosco College in their match.

The sudden death between the two will be tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Rookie Chester Curso lifted CIT to victory as he scored the bulk of his 23 points in the fourth and extra periods.

After falling behind most of the way, Curso suddenly jolted to life in the fourth period and initiated CIT’s scorching rally to level the match at 79.

In the extra period, Curso went to work right away and hit back-to-back baskets for an 83-81 lead.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 5, 2009.

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10-05-2009, 07:38 PM
Panalo ba ang SWU?

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10-06-2009, 06:43 AM
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USC Warriors cruise into semis
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 06, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The fourth seed University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors reaffirmed their mastery over the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, this time via an 80-72 decision to cruise into the semifinals of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Warriors squandered an 18-point lead but showed grace under heavy pressure to escape with an eight point victory.

Trailing by a mile, 48-66, early in the final quarter, the Cobras were relentless in their counter-attack to pull within just two points, 72-74, on a triple by Chris Litorja that punctuated a blistering 16-0 rally at the final 1:25 mark of the contest.

However, that proved to be SWU's last hurrah as the Warriors proved to be a tough nut to crack at crunchtime.

Giovanni Padillo, whose buzzer-beating triple lifted USC to a 74-73 nail-biter over SWU in their previous meeting, paced the Warriors anew with 18 points, while Joven Cid Cortes finished with 15 points. Ryan Carlo Padayao and Sam Jordan Hermosa chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Eliud Poligrates and Eleazar Armecin topscored for the Cobras with 16 points each. Litorja scored 15 followed by Arrd Diango with 11.

The semis cast in the high school division has already been settled after the CIT Wildkittens eliminated the USC Baby Warriors, 88-67, and the USJ-R Baby Jaguars ousted the comebacking Sacred Heart School-Jesuit (SHS-J) Eagles, 76-67.

Meanwhile, expect the Cebu Coliseum to be transformed into a suspense threater today as four teams figure in a double knockout battle, with the winners filling up the list of semifinalists in the collegiate division.

In the first game at 5 pm, the top seed University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters will go up against the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves, while the second-ranked University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars will square off against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats in the main game at 6:30 pm.

The Greywolves staved off early elimination after pulling off a 77-74 shocker over the twice-to-beat incentive Webmasters, in the same way with the Wildcats following their 91-85 upset of the Jaguars.

The scores

USC (80) - Padillo 18,Cortes 15, Padayao 13, Hermosa 12, Gallarde 6, Cantonao 6, Bakker 6, Bautista 4, Joven 3

SWU (72) - Poligrates 16, Armecin 16, Litorja 15, Diango 11, Gallarde 9, Pacquiao 6, Jalandoni 2, Divinagracia 2

Halftime: 32-25 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-06-2009, 06:45 AM
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USC Warriors make final four
Monday, October 5, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE University of San Carlos made it to the semifinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) after an 80-72 crushing of the Southwestern University Cobras last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The USC Warriors banked on a strong performance in the first period, when they started building up the lead to keep SWU at bay all game long.

SWU’s Eluid Poligrates actually hit the boards first with a booming triple for the game’s first basket.

However, the Cobras were shut out in the next nine minutes as Joven Cortes, Giovanni Padillo and Eddie Bakker dropped a 17-0 run that set the pace for the outcome.

SWU scored again in the final second of the first period to end the opening frame, 17-5.

The Cobras tried to make a comeback in the final period and managed to cut the 18-point deficit to just three, 74-71 in the final 1:25 behind Ardd Django, Poligrates, Chris Litorja and Eleazar Armecin.

But things were just not on SWU’s side.

USC’s defense was hobbled after Padillo and Mark Cantonao had their movements hampered by cramps but SWU failed to capitalize.

The Cobras were further crippled when Armecin fouled out and to make things worse, Gilbert Gallarde kept missing free throws.

Padillo led USC with 18 points, while Cortes added 15. Padayao and Sam Hermosa scored 13 and 12, respectively.

USC face the winner in today’s do-or-die match between No. 1 University of Cebu and Don Bosco College.

The Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats and the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars will also face each other in another do-or-die match in the second game today.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 6, 2009.

amdgc82
10-07-2009, 06:55 AM
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USC ousts SWU
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:07:00 10/06/2009

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

5 p.m. – Don Bosco vs. UC (srs.)

6:30 p.m. – CIT vs. USJ-R (srs.)

Another promising season ended in bitter defeat for the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras as they were eliminated from the tournament after being defeated by the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 72-80, in the quarterfinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) seniors division basketball tournament Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The loss was the same outcome as last year when they were ousted by the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters.

The Cobras got behind early as they scored a measly five points in the opening canto but tried to stage a daring comeback in the fourth period.

However, several crucial misses from the field as well as the free-throw line dampened their attempt and hastened their fall from the competition.

USC zoomed off to a 17-5 lead after the first 10 minutes of action and then exploded in the third period, where they canned a total of six three-point shots in that stretch to push their lead up to 16, 61-45, heading into the game's deep waters.

Carlo Padayao led that barrage with two trifectas along with Giovanni Padillo, Mike Cantonao and Eddie Bakker.

The lead reached a high of 18 at 66-48 before SWU woke up and rallied behind the efforts of Ardd Django, Eleazar Armecin and Eliud Poligrates to come to within three, 71-74, after a long two-pointer by Chris Litorja with 1:25 remaining in the game. The Cobras had a chance to pull even closer but forward Gilbert Gallarde missed two free-throws on their next possession.

That proved to be all she wrote for SWU's season as USC's Joven Cortes, Gene Gallarde and Padayao canned their freebies from the charity stripe to shut the door on the Cobras. Padillo led USC with 18 points while Cortes added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Padayao wound up with 13 while Sam Hermosa contributed 12.

Poligrates and Litorja each had 16 for the Cobras, whose mantle remains without a Cesafi title after capturing the Partner's Cup and National Students Basketball Championships crowns earlier this year.

USC will be facing the winner of the winner-take-all match between the top-seeded UC Webmasters and the gallant eighth-seed Don Bosco College Greywolves at 5 pm. UC was upset by the lowest seed in the playoffs last week, 74-77, and have now lost two straight games after winning their first six assignments.

The sixth-seed Cebu Institute of Technology Wildcats and the third-seed University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars will also tangle today at 6:30 pm at the same venue. USJ-R was stunned in overtime by CIT last Sunday, 91-85, to extend their quarterfinal match-up to a sudden death game. The winner of this match will go up against the mighty University of the Visayas Green Lancers.

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10-07-2009, 06:56 AM
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UC rolls into semis
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 07, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - With vengeance at the back of their minds, the top-ranked University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters dismantled the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves by 48 points, 118-70, to advance into the semifinals of the 9th Cebu Schools athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Webmasters will face next fourth-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in the semis starting on Tuesday.

Moncrief Rogado, who was missing in action during their 74-77 loss to the Greywolves, returned in explosive fashion, pumping in 31 points for the Webmasters who did not give the Greywolves any fighting chance after closing the first half with a commanding 54-29 advantage.

6-foot-11 center June Mar Fajardo was also a factor in the offensive end, dishing out 24 points as the Webmasters sent the Greywolves wobbling towards the end with a 47-point advantage, 108-61, at the final 4:33 mark of the contest.

With still 2:31 left to play, UC coach Roel Gomez already pulled out his key players to give his second-stringers a chance to show their wares.

Janssen Abella chipped in 17 markers for UC, while back-up guard Keith Cayanong contributed 10 points.

The Greywolves, who missed the services of top gunner Alain de los Santos, were led by Jefford Aldave with 21 points, 10 of them in the first period, while Celso Colegado, Jr. added 19 points.

As of this writing last night, the third seed University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars and sixth-ranked Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats were still wrestling for the fourth and last semifinal slot.

The scores

UC (118) - Rogado 31, Fajardo 24, Abella 17, Cayanong 10, Juliane 8, Gomez 8, Miranda 6, Bernil 5, Quilantang 2, Luceño 2, Cueva 2, Tano 2, Cabrera 1

DBTC (70) - Aldave 21, Colegado 19, Castro 8, Cabrilles 8, Cinco 5, Georsua 4, Juntilla 3, Hernando 2 Halftime: 54-29 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-08-2009, 09:14 AM
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UC MAKES IT THROUGH
Webmasters rout Greywolves in sudden-death quarterfinal round of Cesafi hoop
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:35:00 10/07/2009

No more miracles this time around. This was what the University of Cebu (uc) Webmasters emphatically stated as they crushed the Don Bosco Greywolves, 118-70, in the sudden death quarterfinal match-up for a slot in the semifinals yesterday in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) seniors basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

The proud Webmasters wasted no time in asserting their will in the crucial tiff as they blew the game wide-open early in the first period.

They also welcomed back hotshot Moncrief Rogado, who missed UC's shocking 74-77 loss to Don Bosco last week that extended the quarterfinal encounter.

Rogado responded with aplomb as he pumped in 31 points to lead UC's offensive barrage and their march to the semifinals where they will face the University of San Carlos Warriors in a best-of-three series starting on Tuesday.

UC led 23-13 after the 10 minutes of play, a lead which they extended to 54-29 at the turn behind Rogado's 15 markers. The Webmasters continued to put on the pressure in the third period as they hung a whopping 37 points during that stretch to establish a 91-56 advantage heading into the last stanza.

Leading MVP candidate June Mar Fajardo added 24 points while Jansen Abella contributed 17 markers. Celso Colegado and Jefford Aldave combined for 40 points for the Greywolves as they finished their season with just one win to their name.

The winner-take-all match-up for the last ticket to the semifinals between the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars was still being played in as of press time.

Waiting in the wings for the winner of that game are the Green Lancers of the University of the Visayas (UV).

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10-08-2009, 09:15 AM
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Jaguars complete semis cast
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 08, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars rebuffed a relentless resistance by Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) to lash back at the Wildcats, 78-65, and complete the four-team semifinal cast in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season on Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars, who avenged their 85-91 loss in overtime to the same rivals last Sunday, brace for an uphill battle as they enter the next phase of the tournament as they take on the face second seed and eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in the best-of-three semifinal series starting on Tuesday.

The other final berth will be contested by the top-ranked University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters and fourth qualifier University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Top center Kurt Amores made his presence felt at the painted area by scoring 16 points for the Jaguars. He was lucky enough to be saved from a one-game suspension after he hammered CIT’s Heroche Molero to the floor in their previous encounter.

In sharp contrast, Molero was reduced to a mere spectator and was rendered helpless when the CIT needed him most.

Except for the final tally, the Jaguars could only go as far as 11 points in the entire game because the gritty Wildcats constantly stayed within striking distance and were even down by just four points at the start of the fourth period, 51-55.

Edwin Bibera backed up Amores with 14 points while Pateño chipped in a dozen markers.

In the absence of Molero, rookie Chester Curso stepped up with 17 points but they still fell short in the end. The Wildcats’ twin towers of Arnel Ipang and Marko Elmaga were never a factor as they combined for only a measly 10 points.

Meanwhile, the pairings in the juniors division semis pit the undefeated topseed UC Junior Webmasters against the USJ-R Baby Jaguars and the second-ranked UV Baby Lancers versus the CIT Wildkittens.

The scores

USJ-R (78) - Amores 16, Bibera 14, Pateño 12, Villaver 10, Duran 7, Alquizola 7, Dela Rama 6, Suliman 4, Lapiz 2
CIT (65) - Curso 17, Taboada 11, Cañete 9, Ipang 9, Dela Cerna 7, Uy 5, Sagmon 3, Elmaga 2, Cabañero 1

Halftime: 41-34 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-08-2009, 09:30 AM
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USJ-R Jaguars bag final semifinal spot
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars bagged the final semis spot in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) 2009 after a 78-65 win against the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildcats at the Cebu Coliseum last Tuesday.

Hounded by the mistakes in their first quarterfinal match, which the Wildcats won 91-85 in overtime last Sunday, coach Edito Salacot made sure that his defense would hold on against Chester Curso.

“I just emphasized that we need to exert extra effort on defense, especially against Curso who delivered the points when we lost to CIT last Sunday,” Salacot said after the game.

With their backs against the wall, the Jaguars relied on their quick rotation and on their unselfish play in the other end to beat CIT.

After a 20-all deadlock at the end of the first period, USJ-R banked on Jerome Villaver, Kurt Amores, Edmar Erwin Pateño and Edwin Bibera in the second quarter lead for a seven-point lead.

An 11-2 run midway in the third completely gave the Jaguars the control of the game.

The Jaguars will play the No.2 seed University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the semifinal round on Oct. 13.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 8, 2009.

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10-10-2009, 08:27 AM
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Cesafi All-Stars this Sunday
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:40:00 10/09/2009

THE STARS of the seniors and juniors divisions of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) basketball tournament will gather for one afternoon as the Cesafi All-Star Festivities kick off this Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The playdate will be highlighted by the much-anticipated Slam Dunk Competition, the Three-Point Shootout and the encounter between the East and West All-Star squads.

The East team will be bannered by stalwarts from the eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV), the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF).

Their starting five is composed of UV's 7-foot center and reigning MVP Greg Slaughter and Green Lancers teammates Chris Diputado and Harold Cincoflores along with USPF's Fritz Dajalos and Edwin Bibera.

The West will counter with the University of Cebu's (UC) June Mar Fajardo and Jansen Abella and Southwestern University's (SWU) Eliud Poligrates, Gilbert Gallarde and Eleazar Armecin.

The winner of the seniors All-Star Game will be awarded a cash prize of P10,000 by the event's sponsor, Grosby Shoes.

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10-10-2009, 08:30 AM
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Tiukinhoy forfeits USC win in favor of the SWU Cobras
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated October 10, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - A few days after the men's volleyball fiasco broke out, Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. commissioner Felix "Boy" O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. handed down another decisive decision, forfeiting the semifinal match between the University of San Carlos Warriors and Southwestern University Cobras in the CESAFI collegiate basketball that took place last October 4 at the Cebu Coliseum in favor of SWU.

This after Tiukinhoy found out that USC star player Paul Joven committed a grave infraction in the CESAFI rules and regulations by playing in an exhibition game at the DECA Homes Phase 2 Christmas Friendship Games a week before their scheduled meeting with the Cobras.

Tiukinhoy said he learned of Joven's seeing action in that friendly match from UV coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug during the launching of the 2009 All-Star Games last Thursday afternoon at the Cebu Country Club.

Tiukinhoy said Cabahug got the information from his assistant Al Solis, who witnessed the game in DECA Homes.

Tiukinhoy said he immediately called Joven to his office and the latter readily admitted having played in that goodwill encounter.

"I told him (Joven) that because of what he did, I have no other choice than to implement the rule. I have to suspend him for that infringement," said Tiukinhoy.

As stipulated in the league's rulebook, all athletes are barred from taking part in other events while the CESAFI season is going on. Violation of such merits a suspension.

"In view of the Commissioner's decision to suspend USC player, Mr. Paul Joven, when he played in an exhibition game at the DECA Homes Phase 2 Christmas Friendship Games last September 27, 2009, the game between USC and SWU played last Sunday, October 4, 2009 is forfeited in favor of SWU for USC fielding an ineligible player in the aforementioned event," said Tiukinhoy in his letter to the heads, athletic directors and coaches of the concerned schools.

USC won that particular game, 80-72, but the Warriors' semifinal entry has been stalled following the decision of Tiukinhoy.

While SWU gained another lifeline, it is not yet the end of the road for the Warriors as they enjoy twice-to-beat advantage over the Cobras being the fourth qualifier.

Thus, the two protagonists will clash anew in a sudden-death duel this Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum, with the winner completing the semifinal cast.

This is the second straight weighty verdict penned by Tiukinhoy in a week's time. Recently, he banned for life the men's volleyball coaches of UV, USC and SWU for staging a daring triple walkout during their semifinals games, an ugly incident that somehow dealt a major blackeye to the CESAFI organization. (FREEMAN NEWS)

thadzonline
10-10-2009, 01:33 PM
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A.6. Playing for Commercial Leagues

Any player is not allowed to play in any commercial or other tournament while the CeSAFI tournament is still going on. Any player found violating the rules:

6.1. If the game is Held in Metro Manila, he shall be banned from playing in the CeSAFI tournament

6.2 If the game is held in Cebu or other areas except Metro Manila, he shall be suspended for the rest of the season of the CeSAFI tournament

6.3. However, a player is allowed to play with his school team in any tournament as long as the school team has the approval of the commissioner

The question here is whether Joven played in a tournament game or an exhibition game. The CeSAFI rules is silent as to what is considered a tournament game and what is not. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt if he says he played in an exhibition game, nothing more than a pick up game.

Granting, he did play in a tournament game rendering him ineligible, does it merit the forfeiture of the game where he was fielded in?

D. Protest on Eligibility and Sanctions
2. Sanctions
2.2. The team who fielded an ineligible player will automatically forfeit their game to the opposing team where the said ineligible player was fielded

Why was the same provision not applied to SWU last year? Just a question of consistency. That would be ok if those 5 SWU players suspended were never fielded in any of the CeSAFI games after they played in that Danao tournament since they will only become ineligible after playing a game outside CeSAFI

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10-11-2009, 07:53 AM
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Cesafi chief Felix Tiukinhoy suspends USC’s Joven
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:24:00 10/10/2009

ANOTHER suspension was handed down by Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy in lieu of an infraction committed by a player from the University of San Carlos (USC) basketball squad for playing in an unsanctioned game with the Cesafi basketball tournament semifinals looming on the horizon.

Paul Joven, the Warriors' veteran back-up point guard has been suspended for the remainder of the season after he played in an exhibition match in the DECA Homes Phase 2 Christmas Friendship Games last September 27. This is in violation of Article A, Section 6 of the Amended Rules and Regulations of the CESAFI 2009 Basketball Tournament.

The rule states that any player is not allowed to play in any commercial or other tournament while the Cesafi tournament in ongoing.

According to the memo sent by Tiukinhoy yesterday to schools officials of USC, he said, “Based on the rules, Mr. Joven is guilty of playing in a basketball game against the rules and regulations even if it is just an exhibition game,”

Joven met with Tiukinhoy Thursday evening and admitted to competing in the exhibition match as he was the playing coach of the team from their street.

The suspension is expected to add even more fuel to the fire that the Cesafi is currently in. This developement comes hot on the heels of the lifetime ban that was dropped by Tiukinhoy on the three coaches that staged a walkout from their semifinal games in the men's division of the Cesafi volleyball tournament last weekend.

The commissioner also ruled that USC's 80-72 win over Southwestern University (SWU) in the quarterfinals last Sunday be forfeited in favor of the latter, “for fielding in an ineligible player in the aforementioned event.”

Tiukinhoy's decree also added that another game will be played on Tuesday, 6 pm, between the Warriors and the Cobras with the winner advancing to the best-of-three semifinals against the top-seeded University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters.

The decision presupposes that if appealed to the Board of Trustees and the decision is reversed, the original schedule of the semifinals shall remain intact and USC will take on UC in Game 1 of the semis. USC has 24 hours to appeal the decision, otherwise, the decision shall stand.

USC head coach Mike Reyes was amenable to the decision made by the Cesafi. “Tama lang ang decision ng Cesafi,” he said in a text message.

Joven, on the other hand, said that the game was just an exhibition match and not a commercial game or tournament. Moreover, he added that it was a game in their neighborhood, where he was one of the organizers of the tournament.

Should the decision stand, SWU will get another lease on life, thanks to the rule that shattered their title bid a year ago.

Five players from SWU were suspended for the rest of the 2008 Cesafi basketball tournament after they were found guilty of playing in a commercial tournament in Danao. These included Eliud Poligrates and Eric Zanoria. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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10-11-2009, 07:56 AM
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Two more players get suspensions
Saturday, October 10, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THIS season, nothing seems to get past the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi).

Southwestern University got a new lease of life after its quarterfinal loss to the University of San Carlos was nullified when USC team captain Paul Joven violated a Cesafi rule prohibiting players from joining other leagues, while the season is still ongoing.

Joven will be spending the remainder of his final season on the bleachers and USC’s semifinal slot was nullified, forcing a rubbermatch against SWU this Tuesday.

Yesterday, it was SWU’s turn to receive bad news as they will be playing this Tuesday without two of its key players—starting center Rene Pacquiao and guard Jeff Pria.

Both got suspended for playing in a tournament in Lapu-Lapu City last Oct. 8.

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said the SWU head coach Dodi Miego admitted this when he called about the incident.

SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar said his players thought it was okay to play for another tournament since they were already eliminated by USC during the quarterfinals and they never thought they could have another chance at a semifinal spot.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2009.

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10-11-2009, 07:59 AM
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Slaughter, Fajardo face off a new in All-Star Games
(The Freeman) Updated October 11, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo will again face off today in the annual All-Star Games of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) All-Stars Games at the Cebu Coliseum.

The games, featuring the best collegiate and high school basketball players in the city, give players a chance to be civil with each other and at the same time offer entertainment to basketball aficionados before they play in the cutthroat semifinals phase of the tournament.

Game time is set at 1p.m.

Greg Slaughter, the 6’11’ center of the defending eight-time champion the University of the Visayas will again lead the East Team of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

The other East starters are forwards Edwin Bibera of USJ-R and Frtiz Dajalos of USPF with guards Chris Diputado and Harold Cincoflores of UV.

The rest of the team are Ricthum Dennison and Eulogio Lasala, Jr. Edrian Lao and Phil Mercader of UV, Edmar Pateño, Kurt Amores and Marvin Duran of USJ-R, Chester Curso of CIT and Ellison Rivera and Elwin Durano of USPF.

June Mar Fajardo, the 6’9” slotman of UC, heads the West Team of coach Roel Gomez. Back-up are Eleazar Armecin and Gilbert Gallarde of SWU at forwards with Janssen Abella of UC and Eliud Poligrates of SWU at guards.

The other members of the team are Moncrief Rogado, Rommel Luceño and Kelvin Juliane of UC, Giovanni Padillo, Sam Hermosa, Gene Noel Gallarde and Joven Cid Cortes of USC, Arrd Diango and Rene Pacquiao of SWU and Celso Colegado, Jr. of DBTC.

A 3-point shootout and dunk contest will spice up the games.

Moncrief Rogado of UC is ready to defend his title as the 3-point king while Elwin Durano of USPF will take on all comers in the dunk contest.

Rogado will have to contend with Demo Nuevo Filter of USPF, Michael Cantonao of USC, Arvin Kim Gomez of UC, Mykiel Cabahug of UV, Marvin Duran of USJR, Celso Colegado Jr. of DTBC, Eliud Poligrates of SWU and Karen Rick dela Cerna of CIT.

Durano will have to outlast the likes of Junjun Lasala of UV, Kevin Quilantang of UC, Abulaiz Suliman of USJ-R, Rene Pacquiuao of SWU, Jefford Aldave of DBTC and Chester Curso of CIT.

The curtain raiser will be the game between the best high school players in the city.

The East team of coach Delfin Pepito, Jr. will have Gerald Legarde, Francisco Arong and Gleenson Ybañez of UV, Mark Jayven Tallo of CIT and Rommel Diapera of USPF as his starting unit.

The others are Anthony Pero, Edcor Marata and Mark Linao of UV, Clyvin Limalima, Franklyn Batiquin and Joseph Nalos of CIT, Harvey Palapar and Anthony Romaguera of USC, Joshua Corcilles of USPF, and Jerry Lin of CEC.

The opposing West Team of coach Reggie Licanda have Alvin Labololabo, Jr., Alfred Codilla, Jerei Marion Pingoy and Gerald Ampoon of UC and Clint Muñez of USJ-R.

The team’s other players are Alexander Nazareno, Gudeve Edu Autentico and Venjie Trozo of USJ-R, Krisstofer Portes, Adven Jess Diputado, Adrian Muller, Gabe Dominic Branzuela and Jerry Jan Albert Seno of SHS-J, Laurence Ruiz and John Ruiz of DBTC.

The champion in the three-point contest will receive P5,000 with the first runner-up getting P3,000. The slamdunk champion will pocket P5,000.

Grosby will again sponsor the annual attraction as it has done for the past ten years. (GGM) (FREEMAN NEWS)

amdgc82
10-11-2009, 02:52 PM
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Slam dunk contest one of highlights in Cesafi All-Star Game today
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:54:00 10/11/2009

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

1:30 p.m. – East vs. West (jrs.)

3 p.m. – Three-Point Shootout

3:30 p.m. – Slam Dunk Competition

4 p.m. – East vs. West (srs.)

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament takes the time to have some much-deserved fun as it stages its All-Star Festivities today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Today's playdate will be highlighted by the high-flying show that is expected to be put on by the league's top dunkers in the Slam Dunk Competition at 3:30 pm.

Elwin Durano of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) defends his crown against seven other competitors led by the University of the Visayas' (UV) Junjun Lasala.

The league's three-point gunners will also duke it out in the Three-Point Shootout with two second-generation shooters hoping to follow in their respective fathers' footsteps.

UV's Mykiel Cabahug, the son of former PBA hotshot and UV head coach Elmer Cabahug will battle the University of Cebu's Kim Gomez, the son of former Alaska sniper and UC head coach Rhoel Gomez. The winners of the events will be getting P5,000 each courtesy of the event's main sponsor, Grosby Shoes.

The seniors division All-Star Game is also set to be a highlight-filled affair with the West squad headed by the University of Cebu's June Mar Fajardo and Jansen Abella and Southwestern University's Eliud Poligrates, Gilbert Gallarde and Eleazar Armecin doing battle with the East's Greg Slaughter and UV Green Lancers teammates Chris Diputado and Harold Cincoflores along with USPF's Fritz Dajalos and Edwin Bibera.

The rest of the West squad includes UC's Moncrief Rogado, Kelvin Juliane and Rommel Luceno, University of San Carlos' Giovanni Padillo, Sam Hermosa, Joven Cortes and Gene Gallarde, SWU's Ardd Django and Rene Pacquiao and Don Bosco's Celso Colegado. The East is comprised of UV's Ritchum Dennison, Junjun Lasala, Phil Mercader, Edrian Lao, USPF's Ellieson Rivera and Elwin Durano, CIT's Chester Curso and USJ-R's Kurt Amores and Marvin Duran. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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10-12-2009, 09:24 AM
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Tiukinhoy suspends 'Slam Dunk' snub
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 12, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Elwin Durano of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers defended his slam dunk crown unopposed, while Arvin Kim Gomez of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters became the new three-point shootout king in yesterday's sidelights of 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) All-Star Game at the Cebu Coliseum.

The no-show of the would be slam dunk participants tapped by the CESAFI to challenge Durano has provoked commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. to announce to the public the suspension of Eulogio Lasala, Jr. of UV, Abuilaz Suliman of USJ-R, Chester Curso of CIT, and Jefford Aldave of DBTC for the remaining games of the season.

Tiukinhoy was livid over Lasala who was present at the venue but did not come over to the court when his name was called by the announcer. All of them were slapped with a five-game ban, therefore, Lasala and Suliman cannot play anymore in the semifinal round.

Since CIT and DBTC are already eliminated, Curso and Aldave's suspension will be carried over for the next season.

Lasala reasoned out that his hip was aching but Tiukinhoy further became furious when he saw Lasala warming up and doing some slam dunk exhibitions. Tiukinhoy later barred Lasala from warming up.

Coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug ang his assistant Al Solis claimed that they prodded Lasala to come but he refused. When they heard the announcement of the suspension, they did not complain and even said it was good in order for Lasala to be disciplined.

The suspension served as a penalty for the erring players for giving disgrace and embarrassment to the organizers as well as frustration to the paying public who came to watch the All-Star game including of course the slam dunk and three-point shootout.

Meanwhile, Gomez and Durano went home P5,000 richer.

Gomez defeated USC's Michael Cantonao in the three-point shootout, while defending champion Moncrief Rogado begged off as he is playing for the All-Star Game and was excused. - THE FREEMAN

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10-12-2009, 09:25 AM
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All-Stars go ‘awol’
Sunday, October 11, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

OFFICIALS of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) thought they could finally take a breather from a controversial season with the All-Star Games.

They thought wrong.

In yesterday’s All-Star festivities, controversy still caught up after four players were suspended for ditching the slam dunk competition—the highlight of the event—at the Cebu Coliseum.

The University of the Visayas’ (UV) Junjun Lasala, University of San Jose-Recoletos’s Abulaiz Sulaiman, Don Bosco’s Jefford Alvave and Cebu Institute of Technology’s Chester Curso were given five-game suspensions for not showing up at the competition.

The crowd got confused as only University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s Elwyn Durano, the defending slam dunk winner, showed up at the court.

Lasala and Curso, who were at the locker room, refused to go on the court, not even after the egging of Lasala’s own coach, UV’s Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

They were given a 10-minute grace period but they remained at the backstage. Sulaiman and Aldave never showed up either.

Incensed and shamed by the behavior, Tiukinhoy announced to the crowd that he will be suspending them. As a result, UV and USJ-R will be playing in the semifinals without these players.

“Daku nga pagpakauwaw ilang gibuhat sa Cesafi,” said Tiukinhoy addressing the crowd.

Cabahug, was equally disappointed by Lasala and told Tiukinhoy to go on with the suspension.

What angered Tiukinhoy more was that Lasala actually came down to warm up for the Collegiate All-Stars game . He then told him to get out as he was already under suspension.

“He told me in the backstage that he hurt his back that’s why he won’t play in the slam dunk event and now he is warming up? I am so ashamed for what they did to the public and to our sponsor,” said Tiukinhoy. “Karon na lang nga naa na unta ta tarong nga sponsor.”

This year’s All Star Games is supported by Grosby.

What the players did also disappointed PBA legend Ramon Fernandez.

“Bata pa taas na ang sungay. In our time, we appreciated every single opportunity to play basketball. We used to play three basketball games in a day in our desire to improve,” said Fernandez.

Meanwhile, University of Cebu’s Kim Gomez took the three-point shootout diadem, defeating USC’s Mike Cantonao in the final round.

The West team took the juniors division All-Star game, 100-95.

UC’s Gerald Ampoon led the charge with 21 points.

Ampoon and Jerie Pingoy were named to the All-Star Mythical Five Team along with East’s Gerald Legarde, Francisco Aroing and Joshua Corciles.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2009.

D_I_A
10-13-2009, 12:34 AM
anong nangyari sa mga star players natin dyan sa CESAFI? grabe yung nabasa ko ah..

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10-13-2009, 06:48 AM
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Three no-show slam dunk contestants suspended by Cesafi chief Felix Tiukinhoy
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:30:00 10/12/2009

Even the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) All-Star Festivities cannot escape the vile clutches of controversy.

This, after three players who will be participating in the upcoming semifinal round got suspended for not showing up for the Slam Dunk Competition yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The University of the Visayas’ (UV) Junjun Lasala, University of San Jose-Recoletos’ (USJ-R) Abulaiz Suliman and the Cebu Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Chester Curso were slapped with five game suspensions for not competing in the said competition.

Relaible sources, who asked not to be named, said the three allegedly refused to compete since they thought reigning champion Elwin Durano of the University of Southern Philippines (USPF) was a sure winner in the competition because of his incredible talent in the slam dunk competition.

Only Durano showed up on court and showed off some acrobatic dunks to the delight of the crowd..

Lasala and Curso, on the other hand, refused to go on to the court and stayed in the locker room to prepare for their stint in the seniors division All-Star game.

Lasala was even egged on by his head coach, Elmer “Boy” Cabahug to show up but the former did not budge.

As a result, they were not allowed to participate in the All Star game by Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy, who took them off the court during the warm-ups.

Tiukinhoy later announced that they, along with Suliman, will be suspended for five consecutive matches.

The decision dampens the semifinal bids of UV and USJ-R, for whom Lasala and Suliman are vital cogs. Curso will serve his suspension next season since CIT is already out of the competition.

The suspensions continue to hound the Cesafi late in the season. The count of suspended players now stand at six after the earlier punishments of the University of San Carlos ’ (USC) Paul Joven and Southwestern University ’s (SWU) Jeff Pria and Rene Pacquiao.

Tiukinhoy called the acts “disrespectful not just to the organizers but more so to the fans, who paid good money to witness the much-anticipated event.”

PBA legend Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez also admonished the developments as he added, “Bata pa gani ning mga bataa, tag-as na ug sungay. Sa among panahon, kami pa man gain ug mangita ug asa mi makaduwa.”

Meanwhile, the Three-Point Shootout was ruled by University of Cebu sniper Kim Gomez, who bested USC’s Mike Cantonao in the final round.

Gomez burned the nets with a total of 19 points while Cantonao wound up with 15 points.

The juniors division All-Star game was won by the West team, 100-95.

UC stars Gerald Ampoon had 21 points to lead the charge while his teammate Jerei Pingoy, Alfred Codilla and Sacred Heart’s Jerry Seno each had 11 markers.

amdgc82
10-13-2009, 06:51 AM
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All-Star showman
Monday, October 12, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

SOUTHWESTERN University’s (SWU) Eliud Poligrates overshadowed the hyped battle of giants Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo and stole the thunder in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) All-Star Games last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Poligrates showed up with his showman cap on and used his dribbling antics to lead the West team, 83-82, over the East and put the “fun” back in an otherwise somber crowd following the no-show of four of five slam dunk contestants.

Like someone from the Harlem Globetrotters, Poligrates turned into an exhibitionist and became an instant crowd darling even if he only managed to score 11.

His antics usually got him in trouble with his coaches during the regular games but not this time.

The spirited guard got everyone from the crowd—even players and coaches from both teams—a good laugh with his theatrics on court, starting off with his signature move—rolling on the floor while dribbling.

However, that may be the last time people may see Poligrates’ antics for this season because he may be joining the bevy of suspended players.

If this happens, SWU will have to play without him in today’s rubbermatch against the University of San Carlos for the last semifinals slot.

Today’s do-or-die match only pushed through after the suspension of USC’s team captain Paul Joven for playing for five minutes in an unsanctioned exhibition match at his village. That also nullified USC’s quarterfinal win, forcing today’s match.

SWU will also be crippled as center Rene Pacquiao and Jeff Pria, were suspended for the same reason as Joven’s.

And if allegations against Poligrates are proven true, he might join the three.

A Cesafi referee submitted yesterday an affidavit claiming he saw Poligrates play in Kalunasan.

Yesterday, Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy talked to SWU coach Dodie Miego to confirm this but Miego said this was not true because when he asked Poligrates, the latter denied this.

In the case of Pacquiao and Pria, Miego readily admitted the two player’s faults.

To confirm the report, Tiukinhoy was scheduled to visit Kalunasan late yesterday to personally investigate the matter.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 13, 2009.

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10-13-2009, 06:53 AM
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Warriors, Cobras dispute last semifinal slot tonight
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 13, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Now that the All-Star mania is over, all eyes are focused when the fourth seed University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the fifth-ranked Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, both stepping into the hardcourt with crippled rosters, face-off today in a sudden-death duel for the last semifinal berth in the collegiate division of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

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

6 pm SWU vs. USC (Srs.)

The USC-SWU duel is set at 6 pm, right after Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal battle in the secondary division between the topseed University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters and fourth qualifier University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars.

Whoever triumphs in the Warriors-Cobras playoff will earn the right to face league front-runner UC Webmasters in the next round.

The Warriors already defeated the Cobras last October 4, 80-72, but CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. forfeited their victory in favor of SWU after Tiukinhoy found USC star player Paul Joven guilty of violating Article A, Section 6 of CESAFI house rules phohibiting any player from taking part in other leagues while the season is not yet over.

Tiukinhoy, thus, ordered a knockout match today since the Warriors enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage over the Cobras.

One day after Joven was suspended for the rest of the season, Tiukinhoy meted the same penalty on SWU's Rene Pacquiao and Jefferson Pria of the Cobras for similar infringement of the CESAFI by-laws.

Tiukinhoy is strictly implementing the rules as a disciplinary measure to errant players.

The stern action also fell on the heads of slam dunk contestants Eulogio Lasala, Jr. of the University of the Visayas, Chester Curso of the Cebu Institute of Technology and Jefford Aldave of Don Bosco Technology Center.

The aforementioned players were banned for at least five games for not showing up in the Slam Dunk competition during last Sunday's All-Star Games sponsored by Grosby, leaving defending champion Elwin Durano of the University of southern Philippines-Foundation (USPF) Panthers to retain his crown unopposed.

In the showdown among the stars, the West swept the East although in hard-earned manner. In the collegiate level, the West of coach Roel Gomez went through rough waters before rolling past the East of coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug via an 83-82 squeaker, while the West bantams of coach Reggie Licanda pulled off a close 100-95 decision over the Delfin Pepito, Jr.-mentored East squad.

The two giants in 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter of UV and 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo of UC comprised the Mythical Five along with Moncrief Rogado of UC, Ritchum Dennison of UV and Eliud Poligrates of SWU.

Fajardo and Rogado paced the West team with 16 points apiece, while Polgrates finished with 11 markers. Dennison topscored for the East with 17 points followed by Slaughter and Phil Mercader with 12 apiece.

The scores

West (83) - Fajardo 16, Rogado 16, Poligrates 11, Diango 9, Luceño 6, Armecin 5, Padillo 5, Colegado 4, Abella 2, Hermosa 2, Gallarde 2

East (82) - Dennison 17, Slaughter 12, Mercader 12, Pateño 8, Cincoflores 7, Rivera 7, Diputado 6, Lao 4, Duran 3, Amores 3, Dajalos 3 Halftime: 54-40 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-13-2009, 09:48 AM
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Poligrates leads West to victory
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:17:00 10/13/2009

Flashy guard Eliud Poligrates finally found the perfect avenue to show off his on-court antics as he helped turn an otherwise pedestrian Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) All-Star Festivities into a slam-bang affair and led the West team to a thrilling 83-82 win over the hard-charging East squad in the seniors division All-Star game last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Poligrates, the left-handed dynamo of the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras from Camotes Island, showed off his entire repertoire as he gave the fans something to cheer about in the wake of the disastrous Slam-Dunk Competition, which saw four participants submit no-shows, much to the dismay of the paying public.

Poligrates managed just 11 points but scored more than that in the hearts of the fans as he dribbled in and around his defenders, rolled on the floor while dribbling the ball and at one point, slid the ball into his jersey and slapped it around his torso before dribbling up court for yet another high-flying lay-up.

All these he did in the second period, which helped the West squad take a 54-37 lead at halftime.

The East team, though, which was made up of stalwarts from the University of the Visayas (UV), the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), dared to come back as they staged a 17-6 run at the close of the the third period to close the gap to two, 65-67. Leading that barrage were UV aces Greg Slaughter, Ritchum Dennison and Phil Mercader.

The West team retaliated with a 9-0 run after the game was tied at 67-all, behind the efforts of SWU's Ardd Django, University of San Carlos' Joven Cortes and the University of Cebu's behemoth June Mar Fajardo, to lead 76-67.

But the East were not done as they refused to go down quietly and crept to within one, 83-82, after a lay-up by Dennison with 32 ticks left on the clock.

They had a chance to win the game outright after they gained possession of the ball with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game but Slaughter, UV's 7-foot giant and last year's All-Star MVP, had the ball slapped out of his hands as time expired.

amdgc82
10-14-2009, 09:09 AM
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Baby Jaguars upset UC Jrs.
(The Freeman) Updated October 14, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The fourth-ranked University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars dealt topseed and defending champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters their first loss, 85-77, to gain a 1-0 headway in their best-of-three semifinal series in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) secondary basketball competition last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Despite being down by 18 points in the third period, 35-53, the Baby Jaguars kept on coming back and showed their resiliency by bringing down their deficit to a manageable 47-54 count.

The Junior Webmasters slowly became dull and rusty when the fourth quarter came, while in sharp contrast the Baby Jaguars kept on pounding them with Clint Muñez leading the furious comeback. The Baby Jaguars were safely ahead, 83-75, with only 35 seconds left to play on the way to complete the biggest comeback this season, so far.

Muñez scattered 25 points, whille Benjie Trozo finished with 18 points for the Baby Jaguars. Arlister Escatron and Gudeve Edu Autentico each contributed 15 markers.

Bull-strong center Alvin Labolabo paced the Junior Webmasters with 22 points. The missing link was Jerei Marion Pingoy, who had his worst game of the season scoring a measly four points. The only other bright spots for UC were Gerald Ampoon and Codilla with 33 points combined.

Meanwhile, CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. announced yesterday that Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras pointguard Eliud Poligrates became the latest entry to the list of suspended players for playing in other league while the season is not yet over - a grave violation in the CESAFI house rules.

Thus, Poligrates was barred from playing in their knockout match against the UCS Warriors for the last semis slot in the collegiate division, which was still being played as of this writing last night.

The scores

USJ-R (85) - Muñez 25, Trozo 18, Escatron 15, Autentico 15, Go 4, Senining 2, Alob 2, Montecillo 2, Figues 2

UC (77) - Labolabo 22, Ampoon 17, Codilla 16, Nazareno 9, Saramosing 7, Pingoy 4, Talisic 2 Halftime: 46-31 (GGM) (FREEMAN NEWS)

kuzma1313
10-14-2009, 09:56 PM
Panalo ba ang cobras?

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10-15-2009, 07:31 AM
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Baby Jaguars stun Baby Webmasters
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:46:00 10/14/2009

It was a day of surprises in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament as the playdate saw a huge upset in the start of the semifinal round and yet another suspension added to the lengthy list that has been piling up late in the season.

Reigning juniors division champions and top-seed University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters had their title-defense imperiled after they were dealt their first loss of the season after they fell to the fourth-seeded University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 77-85, in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal series yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Baby Webmasters appeared to be in full control of the game as they led by as many as 18 points in the third period, 53-35. They ended the first half on top by 15, 46-31.

But the Jaguars let go of a 12-0 blast that cut the gap to six, 47-53, behind the efforts of Vengie Trozo, Alister Escatron and Clint Munez.

UC still held an eight-point advantage, 65-57, at the start of the fourth period, but were suddenly ambushed by USJ-R, who sizzled with a 10-2 run that finally tied the match at 67-all with 5:26 left in the game.

Order was briefly restored by UC as a free-throw gave them a one-point lead at 68-67 but the Baby Jaguars were not to be denied as they romped off nine unanswered points anchored on two straight baskets by Trozo, a three-pointer by Escatron and a driving floater by Munez that put them on top, 76-68, with a little over three minutes remaining.

The Baby Webmasters cut the lead down to three, 73-76, but USJ-R's Arthur Go, which played a key part in holding down UC's star guard Jerei Pingoy to just four points, completed a three-point play to secure the win for the Baby Jaguars and put them a win away from a slot in the Finals.

Munez led USJ-R with 25 points while Trozo added 18 markers. Escatron and Edu Autentico each had 15 markers. UC was led by Alvin Labo-Labo's 22 points and Gerald Ampoon's 17 markers.

Another suspension

Meanwhile, Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy added another suspension to his hitlist as Southwestern University's (SWU) star guard Eliud Poligrates was suspended for the rest of the season for playing in a tournament last Oct. 5 in Lokana, Brgy. Calunasan.

According to an investigation, Poligrates played under the name “J. Mangubat” and scored 57 points.

His presence at the said game was confirmed in an affidavit by tournament organizer Saldy Ebarita and Cesafi referee Temis Inocian.

Poligrates now joins teammates Rene Pacquiao and Jeff Pria on the suspended list along with USC's Paul Joven, University of the Visayas' (UV) Junjun Lasala, Don Bosco's Jefford Aldave, Cebu Institute of Technology's (CIT) Chester Curso and USJ-R's Abulaiz Suliman.

However, SWU officials have relented and have decided to let their suspended players play in their knockout game against USC, which was still being played in as of this writing.

According to head coach Dodi Miego, athletic director Ryan Aznar instructed him to do so as his players have done no wrongdoing as they played after they were eliminated from the competition last Oct. 4 in a 72-80 loss to USC in the quarterfinals.

That loss was nullified and the win was awarded to the Cobras after USC's Paul Joven was found out to have played in an unsanctioned tournament in Minglanilla last Sept. 27.

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10-15-2009, 07:33 AM
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USC loses, but wins over SWU: Tiukinhoy forfeits Cobras' victory in favor of the Warriors due to technicalities
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 15, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - After all, it's still the topseed University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters and the fourth-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors who will be locking horns in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) collegiate basketball semifinals starting this Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

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

6 pm UV s. USJ-R (Srs.)

The Warriors lost to Southwestern University (SWU) in their sudden-death playoff last Tuesday night, 66-74, but won the match on technicalities as CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. forfeited the Cobras' victory in favor of USC for fielding in three suspended players namely Eliud Poligrates, Rene Pacquiao and Jefferson Pria.

On the Warriors' side, they did not defy the suspension of Paul Norman Joven, who was among the four players banned for one game by Tiukinhoy for violating the CESAFI house rules when they played in other leagues while the season is not yet over.

Despite Tiukinhoy's order, SWU of coach Dodie Miego fielded in Poligrates, Pacquiao and Pria. The SWU management reasoned out that it was not the fault of their players when they saw action in other leagues believing that their season was already over following their 72-80 loss to the Warriors last October 4.

As far as Tiukinhoy is concerned, there's no more reconsideration or whatsoever in his decision as they are running out of time.

Besides, the league's by-laws clearly stipulates that all athletes are prohibited from participating in other tournaments while the CESAFI season is still going on.

With Poligrates, Pacquiao and Pria around, the Cobras were in full command of the match although the Warriors pulled within a hairline, 44-45, on a three-point play by Gene Noel Gallarde with 6:47 to in the third period.

All of a sudden though, Chris Litorja's own version of a three-point play gave the Cobras a 59-47 lead towards the end of that stretch and they never looked back from there onwards.

Poligrates, who allegedly used the name J. Mangubat in his jersey during a game in Brgy. Kalunasan, paced the Cobras with 24 points, while Pacquiao and Litorja scored 15 and 12, respectively.

Gallarde topscored for the Warriors with 12 points followed by Michael Cantonao with 11.

Meanwhile, eight-time champion UV Green Lancers steps on the crucial stage of their title-retention bid as they battle the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series.

UV will be playing without star player Eulogio Lasala, Jr., who was slapped with a five-game suspension by Tiukinhoy for not showing up in the Slam Dunk contest during last Sunday's CESAFI All-Star Games at the Cebu Coliseum.

The scores

SWU (74) - Poligrates 24, Pacquiao 15, Litorja 12, Armecin 8, Gallarde 5, Diango 4, Pria 2, Palileo 2

USC (Srs.) (66) – Gallarde 12, Cantonao 11, Padillo 9, Cortes 9, Hermosa 5, Bakker 5, Codilla 5, Bautista 3, Vitug 2, Otida 2, Duran 2, Panerio 2, Bercede 1 Halftime: 43-35

(FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-15-2009, 07:36 AM
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No end in sight
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE University of San Carlos Warriors might have lost the battle but they’ve won the war and are moving on to the semifinal round.

The USC Warriors lost to the Southwestern University Cobras, 74-66, in the do-or-die battle for the final four slots in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. at the Cebu Coliseum last Tuesday.

But in a curious twist, the Warriors will be advancing to the semifinal round since they already “won” even before last Tuesday’s game started.

Three SWU players—Eliud Poligrates, Rene Pacquiao and Jefferson Pria—were suspended prior to the game for playing in another event outside the Cesafi but were still fielded by their coach.

“Since SWU insisted to field Poligrates, Pacquiao and Pria, they already forfeited the game. But we have to let the game push through for the sake of the people who paid the tickets,” Cesafi deputy commissioner Julian Macoy told Sun.Star Cebu.

Informed of the situation and SWU’s “defiance” to the suspension order USC coach Mike Reyes decided to field his second stringers in the match.

As a result, Poligrates wreaked havoc early as he scored 13 of his game- high 24 points as SWU erected an early 28-18 lead.

Pacquiao also added eight and Eleazar Armecin scored seven in the first quarter that set the tone for SWU’s victory.

However, for SWU, things might get more complicated as Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy and the Cesafi board were set to meet last night.

SWU contends that their players’ error was an honest mistake.

The three only played after they were eliminated when they lost in the quarterfinal round to USC.

However, that win was nullified after USC captain Paul Joven also played in a tournament outside of the Cesafi—the same infraction of the three SWU players.

Aside from the issue of SWU, Cesafi still has to decide on the penalty on the walkout of three volleyball coaches.

Last Sunday, Tiukinhoy also meted four five-game suspensions against those who failed to show up for the All-Star slam dunk contest.

“When we lost, we thought we were already out of the picture so everybody was free to play in any other tournaments since our season is already over. But these things happened so quickly that we were caught flat-footed. Our players played when we thought we were over, so that’s an honest mistake. Everybody has done this,
especially when they are already eliminated,” said SWU assistant coach Antonio Begontes.

Pacquiao added 15 for SWU and Chris Litorja scored 12. Gene Noel Gallarde topped USC scorers with 12 and June Michael Cantonao added 11.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2009.

kuzma1313
10-15-2009, 10:23 AM
What happened for this season of CESAFI? Walang gana, lahat ng players mga suspindido. So frustrating....

amdgc82
10-16-2009, 07:29 AM
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Cobras beat Warriors but lose semis berth
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:34:00 10/15/2009

Games today:

(Cebu Coliseum)

4:30 pm – UV vs CIT (jrs.)*

6 pm – UV vs USJ-R (srs.)*

Game 1, best-of-three semifinals

The Southwestern University may have won the battle, but ultimately lost the war.

This after the embattled Cobras won over the University of San Carlos Warriors, 74-66, in their knockout match for the last semifinals slot in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) seniors division basketball tournament only to have their victory nullified, late Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum

Since SWU opted to field their suspended players, namely starters Eliud Poligrates and Rene Pacquiao along with reserve guard Jeff Pria, the win was forfeited and automatically given to the Warriors, thus setting up a best-of-three semifinals affair between USC and top-seeded University of Cebu starting Saturday.

The three were suspended for playing in unsanctioned tournaments while the Cesafi event is still ongoing. Poligrates, SWU's star guard, was found to have played under the name “J. Mangubat” last October 5 in Brgy. Calunasan while Pria and Pacquiao played in Opon, Lapu-Lapu last Oct. 8.

The Cobras were supposedly eliminated after losing to the Warriors in their quarterfinal game last October 4. However, that win was nullified after it was found out that Warriors' guard Paul Joven played in a tournament in Minglanilla last Sept. 27.

The suspensions to the SWU players were hotly contested by their management and the decision to field them in was to make a statement that their players were guilty of no wrongdoing, according to SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar.

Unfair decision

“Ngano i-punish man ang among players nga wala man na silay sala. Those players are just victims, they should not be treated that way. They should have treated our case differently from Joven's and before any decision was made, dapat gitimbang sa nila ug maayo. Wala man mi nangita ug gubot pero dapat, they should come up with a fair decision,” said Aznar in an interview yesterday.

The SWU braintrust was informed before the match that should they field in any of their suspended players, the win would automatically be given to USC. The Cobras defied the order and fielded both Poligrates and Pacquiao. Pria came in moments later, giving the semifinal ticket to the Warriors on a silver platter. The match was allowed to continue for the sake of the paying public.

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy remained mum about the issue but said that a decision will soon be announced. He was meeting with the Cesafi Board of Trustees as of this writing.

The Cobras dominated the entire match from opening tip until the final buzzer. Pacquiao had 15 points to lead SWU while Poligrates added 14 markers. Chris Litorja contributed 12 points.

Meanwhile, the semifinal round continues today with 8-time champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers taking on the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. Both teams will be without key players UV's Junjun Lasala and USJ-R's Abulaiz Suliman for their failure to come out of the locker room during a Slam Dunk contest in the CESAFI All-Stars.

The UV Baby Lancers and the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens will also start their semifinal affair at 4:30 pm.

amdgc82
10-16-2009, 07:46 AM
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Linao’s trey saves UV in Game 1
Thursday, October 15, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

MARK Linao saved the University of the Visayas from defeat with a buzzer-beating triple for a nail-biting, 75-74, win over the No.3 Cebu Institute of Technology
Wildkittens.

This was in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Down 74-72 with only 5.9 seconds left, Gerald Legarde hoisted a triple coming off from a half-curt inbound.

He missed but the rebound went to Linao.

With only six-tenths of a second left, Linao threw a prayer and hit the bottom of the net as the final buzzer sounded.

The winning shot wasn’t even planned as UV assistant coach Abel Buncaras said they were planning for a two-pointer only to send the game to overtime during the timeout.

“My instruction was clear and simple, go for a drive for two points. All we needed was an equalizer. But the players took the matter into their hands and luckily the shot fell and we won the game,” Bungcaras said after the game.

Bungcaras is temporarily in charge after UV coach Delfin Pepito Jr. took a much-needed vacation.

UV started the game strong as the combination of Legarde and Jasper San Brigoli took the Baby Lancers to an early 15-9 lead.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 16, 2009.

amdgc82
10-17-2009, 07:56 AM
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LIFETIME BAN
SWU’s Poligrates banned from Cesafi hoop for ‘gross dishonesty’
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:54:00 10/16/2009

The fans and the raucous cheers will be a lot more silent next year after Eliud Poligrates of the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras was given a lifetime ban by the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) Board of Trustees for “gross dishonesty.”

The sudden development transpired from last week after the lead guard of the Cobras denied having played in a game in Lokana, Brgy. Calunasan when asked during an investigation initiated by league commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

However, in a follow-up investigation made at the venue itself, it was found out that Poligrates indeed played but under the name “J. Mangubat” and scored a whopping 57 points. These findings were supported by an affidavit signed by tournament organizer Saldy Ebarita and Cesafi referee Temis Inocian.

As a result, Poligrates was originally suspended for the rest of the season for violating the Cesafi rule that prohibits players from playing in other tournaments while the Cesafi competition is still ongoing.

But Tiukinhoy, who made the recommendation to elevate Poligrates' punishment citing the Cesafi Code of Ethics, said that Poligrates should not have lied about his involvement so as not to complicate matters even further.

“Why did he use another name? It was dishonesty in the eyes of the Board and in the eyes of the people who watched him play there in Calunasan. The Cesafi is an organization founded on values of honesty and this can not be tolerated,” he said.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Poligrates admitted that he did lie about his participation in Lokana but it was out of fear that prompted him to do so.

“Siyempre, nahadlok ko na kasab-an na sad ko. If mao jud na ang decision, dawaton na lang nako. Problema ani kung maka-skwela ug maka-graduate pa ba kaha ko. Depende na na ila Sir Ryan (Aznar) kung pa-skwelahon pa ba ko nila. Kung di jud gani, uli na lang ko sa Camotes (Island), mananum na lang ug gabi,” said a tearful Poligrates, a 22-year old, HRM student.

Tiukinhoy also recommended that SWU be suspended for one year starting next season for letting their suspended players compete in the knockout game between the Cobras and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors last Oct. 13.

Poligrates, along with Rene Pacquiao and Jeff Pria were given the green light to play by SWU management to show that they were not guilty of any wrongdoing.

SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar was enraged about the aforementioned decisions and said that they will answer all the questions point by point next week.

“He (Tiukinhoy) is acting god. Kung unsa iyang decision, mao pirmi ang matuman. We were not given due process. He should be fair to everybody. He really cannot be stopped now,” Aznar said in an interview yesterday. He also accused the commissioner of being hypocritical with his decisions.

“Is he really pro-player or anti-player? In the (Jade) Dionson case, he said that he gave the player the green light to play kay because he had the student and player's welfare in mind. Now with Poligrates' case, iyang gi-ban for life, unsaon na lang man ni ug pag-graduate? ” Aznar added.

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10-17-2009, 08:04 AM
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Lancers win in opener
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 17, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Six-foot-11 center Gregory Slaughter raked in 21 points to power defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers to an 88-73 disposition of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in the opener of their best-of-three semifinal series in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm USJ-R vs. UC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm CIT vs. UV (Jrs.)

4 pm USC vs. UC (Srs.)

5:30 pm USJ-R vs. UV (Srs.)

Equipped with a fully-loaded arsenal, the Lancers had the luxury of pulling away even when Slaughter was rested because moments after the Jaguars pulled within two points, 48-50, they easily unleashed a sizzling 16-5 blast to mount a 15-point edge, 66-51.The Jaguars made another attempt to chop the deficit in the fourth period, but the best they could muster was to close in at six points, 64-70, with 6:22 left to play.

After a few exchange of possession, Chris Victor Diputado hit a triple to put the Lancers safely ahead, 84-68, heading into the final 2:24 mark of the contest.

Slaughter’s job was further made easier with the able assistance of Diputado, Ritchum Dennison and Phil Mercader, who put the icing on the Lancers’ victory cake.

The Lancers need only one more win against the Jaguars tonight to proceed into the championship round where they will meet either the topseed University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters or the fourth-ranked University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

The Jaguars, who lost big man Abulaiz Suliman due to suspension, were led by Edwin Bibera with 26 followed by Aniceto Lapiz, Jr. with 12.

The Lancers seemed to have no problem at all despite the suspension of Junjun Lasala. Both Suliman and Lasala were banned for the rest of the season for not showing up in the Slam Dunk contest during last Sunday’s All-Star Games.

The scores

UV (88) - Slaughter 21, Diputado 21, Dennison 9, Silva 7, Mercader 6, Quintana 6, Cabahug 5, Manigque 4, Cincoflores 4, Olivares 2

USJ-R (73) Bibera 26, Lapiz 12, Pateño 8, Amores 7, Villaver 7, Dela Rama 4, Nudalo 4, Dela Peña 2, Alquizola 2, Duran 1

Halftime: 47-40 (FREEMAN NEWS)

amdgc82
10-17-2009, 08:07 AM
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‘Too harsh’
Friday, October 16, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

UNIVERSITY of the Visayas (UV) head coach Elmer Boy Cabahug lauded the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) for acting on the several issues hounding the league but took a step back on the decision to ban Southwestern University (SWU) player Eliud Poligrates for life.

“It is Cesafi’s job to keep its members—schools, teams, athletes, coaches—in check at all times. Cesafi is throwing one suspension after another this season but it is just doing its job,” said the multi-awarded coach, who has steered the UV Green Lancers to a sweep of the basketball titles of the nine-year-old league.

However, Cabahug said, banning a student-athlete for life may be too harsh.

“Just like what my school stands for, I believe in second chances. Poligrates deserves that. No matter what his infraction was,” said Cabahug.

“As coaches, we act as teachers, who guide their students. If they did wrong, we punish them but it is always with the thinking that they have a chance to change,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug added that he feels not just for SWU for losing a key player but more so for Poligrates, who just might not be able to finish school.

“The reason Poligrates plays basketball is to go to school. That is the main objective of all these student-athletes,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug said Cesafi should be concerned of its students.

“Although it does not mean that we will just let their mistakes pass. We can still have an iron hand without having to impede their chance to get an education. The first suspension would have been enough to give the players a lesson so they would not do it again in the future,” said Cabahug.

The coach recently pushed for a five-game suspension of his own player, Junjun Lasala, after the latter refused to play in the slam dunk competition of the Cesafi All-Star Games.

Punishment

“As long as the punishments we give our athletes are within bounds, then these are fine,” said Cabahug.

First, Poligrates was suspended for the rest of the season when he lied about playing in a tournament in Kalunasan after they were eliminated in Cesafi. It was elevated to a lifetime ban by the Cesafi because of “dishonesty.”

University of Cebu basketball manager and Dean of Law Baldomero Estenzo agrees with Cesafi’s decision.

“Honesty is still the best policy. He should not have used another name and he should not have insisted that he did not play,” said Estenzo.

Poligrates played in Kalunasan under the name J. Mangubat and scored 57 points a day after they were eliminated by the University of San Carlos in the quarterfinals.

But after USC’s team captain was found to have played in a tournament before their quarterfinals with SWU, USC’s win was nullified and a knockout match was forced.

Aside from Poligrates, two other players, Rene Pacquiao and Jeff Pria, were also suspended for the same reason and despite the suspension, SWU still fielded these players during their knockout game.

“SWU should have appealed to the Cesafi Board about the decision suspending the three players since they had a reason—they played after they were eliminated in the Cesafi.

Perhaps it could have been reconsidered,” added Estenzo.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 17, 2009.

kuzma1313
10-17-2009, 04:19 PM
kakainis kasi yang COMMISSIONER ng CESAFI!!!!!!!!!

Palitan na yan!

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 08:07 AM
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ONE WIN AWAY
UV Green Lancers inch closer to another finals appearance in Cesafi men’s hoop
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 07:26:00 10/17/2009

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

juniors:

1 p.m. – UC vs. USJ-R

2:30 pm – UV vs. CIT

seniors:

4 pm – USC vs. UC

5:30 pm – UV vs. CIT

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are now just a win away from making it back to the finals after they defeated the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 88-73, in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series of the seniors division basketball tournament late Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win may not have been a 40-point beatdown, much like their dominating win over the Jaguars in the elimination round, but it was a convincing win nonetheless.

The Green Lancers broke away from their opponents in the second half with a mixture of speed from their fastbreaking guards and power from the hulking 7-foot Greg Slaughter.

The Lancers maintained the lead at halftime, 47-40, but the Jaguars got to within two, 48-50.

UV was not fazed and bounced back with a 16-4 run behind the crafty forays of Chris Diputado and Ritchum Dennison, that erected a 67-51 lead.

USJ-R staged a 13-3 rally to pull to within six, 64-70.

But UV leaned on its battle-tested experience and unloaded a 9-3 run behind Slaughter's seven consecutive points that blew the wind out of USJ-R's sails.

Slaughter ended up with 21 points while Dennison and Edrian Lao each had 12 markers.

Edwin Bibera led the Jaguars with 26 points. UV will be trying to end the series today with Game 2 scheduled at 6 p.m. at the same venue.

The UV bantams will also be trying to gain a slot in the championship round when they face the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens once again at 2:30 pm.

Meanwhile, defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters will be aiming to keep their title-defense alive when they face the USJ-R Baby Jaguars at 1 p.m.

UC and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors will also start their semifinal series with Game 1 slated at 4 p.m.

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 08:10 AM
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Baby Jaguars in finals
By Gabby Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 18, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars are for real.

Needing another win to topple defending champion University of Cebu (UC) for a junior’s finals slot, the Baby Jaguars did just that by winning 80-74 in Game 2 of their semifinals series at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

USJ-R, who entered the semifinals as fourth seed, now enjoys a big moral booster against any opponent in the finals. The Baby Jaguars will face either the University of the Visayas (UV) or Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens.

The Wildkittens won over the second seed Baby Lancers 73-65 yesterday to force a rubbermatch.

UC’s loss was a big letdown. The Junior Webmasters finished the elimination round with a perfect 8-0 card including a 101-93 thumping of USJ-R.

Rookie point guard Arlister Escatron of USJ-R played like a seasoned campaigner as hit seven triples to send UC packing. He finished with 26 points.

Clint Muñez added 23 points for USJ-R.

USJ-R also showed it could play defense. UC had the upper hand after two quarters but the Baby Jaguars struck early in the fourth quarter by stifling UC’s stalwarts Alfred Codilla and Alvin Labolabo Jr. Codilla could only shoot four points while Labolabo had seven points.

Mark Jayven Tallo, on the other hand, single-handedly carried the Wildkittens over UV by scoring 32 points.

Gerald Legarde led UV’s losing cause with 24 points.

THE SCORES

FIRST GAME

USJ-R (80) – Escatron 26, Munez 23, Autentico 10, Trozo 8, Go 5, Montecillo 4, Alob 3

UC (74) – Ampoon 21, Pingoy 18, Talisic 12, Labolabo 7, Aranas 6, Codilla 4.

SECOND GAME

CIT (73) – Tallo 32, Batiquin 9, Nalos 7, Limalima 7, Pamaong 6, Sanchez 5, Koino 4, Abad 2.

UV (65) – Legarde 24, Ybanez 8, Marata 8, Pero 8, Linao 7, Arong 3, Smith 1. (THE FREEMAN)

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 08:38 AM
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UC takes Game 1
Saturday, October 17, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE University of Cebu Webmasters drew first blood in their best of three semifinal series in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc as they trounced the University of San Carlos Warriors, 97-91, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

UC started slow before Kelvin Juliane rescued them down the stretch.

Trailing by 11 points in the waning minutes of the game, Juliane, who finished with 18 points, scored five straight triples to lift UC out of the hole.

Juliane’s heroics from beyond the arc was part of UC’s 26-4 run that turned an 11-point deficit to a nine-point UC lead in the final minutes of the game.

USC managed to get close to 90-88 but the Warriors failed to seize the lead again.

June Mar Fajardo led the scorers with 27 points, while Mocrief Rogado added 20.

Meanwhile, the defending junior division champions UC Baby Webmasters suffered this season’s biggest upset after the University of San Jose-Recoletos swept their semifinal series with an 80-74 in Game 2.

The Baby Webmasters never saw it coming. UC led all through the first half and enjoyed a 45-34 lead at the turn before USJ-R suddenly came to life with a 29-13 run in the third period.

The Baby Jaguars third period rally was initiated by Clint Muñez and Alister Escatron, USJ-R’s second stringer who scored three triples.

Muñez scored the bulk of his 23 points in the third for a 62-58 USJ-R lead going into the fourth.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2009.

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 06:47 AM
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Baby Jaguars sweep Cesafi semifinal series
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 06:43:00 10/18/2009

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

3:30 pm – UV vs CIT (jrs.)

series tied 1-1, winner moves to Finals

5 pm – UC vs USC (srs.)

semis, UC leads 1-0

6:30 pm – USJ-R vs UV(srs., if necessary)

There will be a new champion to be crowned this year in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament.

That much is guaranteed after the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars ousted defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters by sweeping their best-of-three semifinal series with an 80-74 win in yesterday’s Game 2 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Proving that their Game 1 victory was no fluke, the Baby Jaguars rallied in the second half and erased an 11-point halftime deficit behind the stellar play of star forward Clint Munez and unheralded guard Alister Escatron, who drained seven three-pointers in the match on his way to establishing a career-high 26 points.

For a while, it looked as if a Game 3 is in the offing after UC raced to a, 45-34 lead at the turn behind the 14-point explosion of Jerei Pingoy. However, the tide suddenly turned USJ-R’s way in the third period, as the Baby Jaguars found their mark from behind the arc, none more so than Escatron, who made three in that stretch.

Munez was also in his element in the third where he scored 10 of his 23 points in that stretch as USJ-R found themselves on top, 62-58, entering the final period.

UC tried to mount a comeback in the final stretch but came up short as Pingoy scored just two points there, while fellow star forwards Alfred Codilla and Alvin Labo-Labo combined for just 11 points all game long. The lone bright spot for UC was Gerald Ampoon, who ended his season by scoring 21 markers.

Tallo scores 32 points as Wildkittens tie Baby Lancers

USJ-R will now wait for the winner of the semis series between the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens and the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers, after the former tied their series following their, 73-65 victory in Game 2.

Still seething from their narrow, 74-75, Game 1 loss on a last-second three-pointer by Mark Linao, the Wildkittens roared their loudest behind the game-long brilliance of prodigious guard Mark Jayven Tallo, who torched UV with 32 points.

The deciding Game 3 is scheduled today at the same venue.

Meanwhile, in the seniors division, the top-seeded UC Webmasters showed nerves of steel by coming back from an 18-point deficit in defeating the University of San Carlos Warriors, 97-91, in Game 1 of their best-of-three semis series.

USC led from the opening tip until midway through the final period, where UC erased the double-digit deficit with a hale of three-pointers from cat-quick guard Kelvin Juliane. UC was staring at a 61-72 deficit heading into the final period when it dropped a whopping 26-3 run that put them on top, 84-75.

At the helm of the surge was Juliane, who came to life by making five consecutive three-pointers in that stretch.

USC battled back to within two, 88-90, but Moncrief Rogado hit a tough leaner that gave them a four-point cushion, 92-88 with 24 seconds left. Jansen Abella then sealed the win with four straight free-throws.

6-foot-10 behemoth June Mar Fajardo scored 27 points, Rogado added 20 while Juliane wound up with 18 markers.

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10-19-2009, 06:48 AM
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For Ninth Straight Year, Lancers march into finals
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 19, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Another season, another finals appearance for the formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

For the ninth consecutive year, the UV Lancers under the coaching guidance of Elmer “Boy” Cabahug advanced into the championship round after completing two-game sweep over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars via an 82-67 romp in Game 2 in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Saturday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

6-foot-11 giant Gregory Slaughter paced the Lancers with 20 points followed by Harold Cincoflores, Gilbert Lao and Phil Mercader with 36 points combined.

Aniceto Lapiz, Jr. topped USJ-R with 16 points, while Jerome Villaver tossed in 15 markers in a losing cause.

The Lancers will now have to wait for their next opponent as the remaining finals ticket is still being contested by the top-ranked University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters and the fourth seed University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

The Webmasters drew first blood over the Warriors in their own race-to-2 series, 98-91, thanks to the endgame dexterity of flashy guard Kevin Juliane, who amazingly shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the 3-point land to catapult UC to a come-from-behind victory. He finished with 16 points.

If the Webmasters succeed in kicking out the Warriors, that would set up a marquee showdown between two of the league’s powerful giants in 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter of UV and 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo of UC.

The Webmasters, then under the leadership of team captain Kenneth Ketn Sesante, lost to the Lancers in the 2005 finals.

The scores

First game

UC (98) - Fajardo 27, Rogado 20, Juliane 18, Abella 15, Luceño 9, Quilantang 2

USC (91) - Padillo 22, Bautista 17, Hermosa 15, Cantonao 15, Galarde 12, Cortes 7, Bakker 7, Codilla 6

Halftime: 36-51

Second game

UV (82) - Slaughter 20, Cincoflores 13, Lao 12, Mercader 11, Dennison 9, Señeres 6, Canahug 2, Calo 2, Silva 2, Olivares 2

USJ-R (67) - Lapiz 16, Villave 15, Amores 11, Dela Rama 7, Bibera 5, Duran 4, Pateño 3, Dela Peña 3, Nudalo 3

Halftime: 41-32. – THE FREEMAN

amdgc82
10-20-2009, 06:23 AM
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CIT, USJ-R start final battle for secondary crown
(The Freeman) Updated October 20, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - New faces will step into the hardcourt today as the third-seed Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens go up against the fourth-ranked University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars in Game 1 of the best-of-five finals series for the secondary crown of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

For third

4:30 pm UC vs. UV

Finals

6 pm CIT vs. USJ-R

Last year’s champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters and the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers have been relegated into playing for third place.

For the first time in CESAFI history, the Wildkittens advanced into the championship round after escaping with a 76-73 victory over the Baby Lancers.

The Baby Jaguars, on the other hand, grabbed the first finals berth by sweeping the Junior Webmasters in their best-of-three semifinals.

Basing on their elimination round record, the CIT-USJ-R match-up could be as exciting as in the collegiate division because they finished third and fourth seed, respectively.

The stars to watch out for in the Wildkittens camp are Mark Jayven Tallo and sensational rookie Franklyn Batiquin. On the Baby Jaguars side of things, the focus will be on power forward Clint Muñez and rookie guard Arlister Escatron.

The title showdown in the collegiate level will feature the highly-anticipated face off by the two goliaths in 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter of UV and the 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo of UC. They are both in hot pursuit for glory and supremacy as they gird up for the most momentous duel the league has to offer in recent years.

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters are back to the finals for the first time since in four years, but Fajardo was not yet around during that time. For Slaughter, this will be his third finals appearance for the eight-time champion UV Lancers.

The Webmasters, who emerged as the elimination round topnotcher, earned the right to challenge UV after kicking out the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors last Sunday, 87-78.

The scores

UC (87) - Rogado 18, Luceño 18, Fajardo 16, Abella 15, Quilantang 6, Mohamad 6 Gomez 5, Cayanong 4

USC (78) - Padillo 17, Cortes 14, Cantonao 13, Hermosa 10, Gallarde 9, Padayao 7, Bautista 6, Otida 2

Halftime: 40-37 (GGM) (BANATNEWS)

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10-20-2009, 06:26 AM
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UC makes it, faces UV in finals
Monday, October 19, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

MONCIEF Rogado sure knows how to pick the right moment to shine.

Rogado, University of Cebu’s newly-acquired shooter this year, has been silent this season and made his presence felt in a big way Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum when he led the UC Webmasters to an 87-78 win over the University of San Carlos Warriors.

That win gave UC its second straight finals appearance in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) against the eight-time champion University of the Visayas.

UC snatched the lead back from USC, who was at the driver’s seat, 40-37, at the half then built a 15-point lead, 81-66, in the final canto.

Comeback

However, USC’s Giovanni Padillo led a blistering 12-0 blitz, spiked by a triple that cut UC’s lead down to three, 81-78 with less than two minutes left in the game.

With his teammates in disarray, Rogado kept his calm and sank five straight points via two tough jumpers and a free throw that snuffed out USC’s fiery comeback for their 2-0 semifinal series win.

Rogado and Rommel Luceno each had 18 points for UC, while big man Fajardo finished with 16.

UV and UC will face off in Game 1 of the Best of five finals on Thursday.

Meanwile, the best-of-three series for third place will start today at the Cebu Coliseum.

USC will take on the University of San Jose-Recoletos in the college division at 6 p.m. after the 4:30 p.m. match between last year finalists, champion UC Baby Webmasters and their runners-up, the UV Baby Lancers.

The two teams were relegated to playing for third place after losing to unlikely bets, USJ-R and Cebu Institute of Technology.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2009.

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10-21-2009, 06:48 AM
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IT’S UC VS UV
Webmasters advance to Cesafi seniors finals to face Lancers
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:20:00 10/20/2009

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 p.m. – UC vs. UV

(jrs., battle for third, Game 1, best-of-three)

6 p.m. – USC vs. USJ-R

(srs., battle-for-third, Game 1, best-of-three)

The addition of Moncrief Rogado has paid dividends for the University of Cebu (UC) as the latter led the Webmasters to just their second appearance in the Finals of the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) with an 87-78 win over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors in Game 2 of the best-of-three semifinal series Sunday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The victory swept the series, 2-0, in the Webmasters' favor and set up an explosive Finals showdown with the eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers. UV also swept its own semifinal series with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 2-0, Saturday.

Rogado, a former star of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), pumped in 18 points but none more important than the five-point cluster he dropped in the game's final two minutes that put an end to the Warriors' frantic charge from a 15-point fourth period deficit.

UC was ahead, 81-66, when the Warriors came alive and unleashed a 12-0 run behind the hot-shooting og wingman Giovanni Padillo.

Rogado quickly extinguished the blaze with a tough jumpshot that pushed the lead back up to five, 83-78. He made an identical move on UC's next possession that hit nothing but the bottom of the net with 55 seconds left. He added a free-throw for an 86-78 lead to seal the win for the Webmasters.

USC appeared to have the inside track on forcing a do-or-die Game 3 as they led at the turn, 40-37. A 19-2 bomb bridging the end of the third period and the start of the final stanza changed the complexion of the game as UC surged ahead, 79-64.

6-foot-10 center June Mar Fajardo and Rogado were at the helm of the uprising as they combined to score 10 points in that hot stretch.

Power forward Rommel Luceno also had 18 points for UC while Fajardo just had 16 markers. Starting point guard Kelvin Juliane missed the entire second half after injuring his ankle in the second canto.

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10-21-2009, 06:50 AM
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UC Bantams win in opener, gain 1-0 upstart vs. Baby Lancers in fight for third
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 21, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters last night averted a strong second-half rally by the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers to hack out a 95-82 victory and take Game 1 of their best-of-three series for third place in the secondary division of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games tomorrow

(Cebu Coliseum)

For third

1:00 pm UV vs. UC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USC vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

Finals

4:00 pm CIT vs. USJ-R (Jrs.)

6:30 pm UC vs. UV (Srs.)

The Junior Webmasters enjoyed an imposing 60-39 bulge at halftime, but the Baby Lancers hurriedly trimmed the deficit to a sustainable 11-point cushion, 49-60, with still 7:40 left in the third period.

Burly center Alvin Labolabo, Jr., however, ended the UC bantams’ scoring drought by hitting two free throws that sparked a fluid 11-0 burst as the Junior Webmasters all of a sudden regained a commanding 70-49 lead. They never looked back from there onwards.

UC’s dynamic tandem of Gerald Ampoon and Alfred Codilla brought the heaviest damage on the Baby Lancers, whom they defeated in last year’s finals. Ampoon finished with 19 points, while Codilla banged in 18 markers. Jerei Marion Pingoy and Labolabo contributed 10 apiece.

The Junior Webmasters need only to score a repeat performance over the UV juniors in tomorrow’s Game 2 to formally wrap up the third place honors.

Gerald Legarde paced the Baby Lancers with 23 points, while wingman Glennson Ybañez and Jasper San Brigoli posted an identical 15 points.

The scores

UC (95) - Ampoon 19, Codilla 18, Pingoy 10, Labolabo 10, Aranas 9, Nazareno 8, Talisic 7, Pua 5, Saramosing 4, Comendador 3, Padilla 2

UV (82) - Legarde 82, Ybañez 15, Brigoli 15, Mendoza 6, Suan 4, Linao 4, Arong 4, Smith 4, Pangan 3, Navaja 2, Calvo 2 Halftime: 60-39 (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-21-2009, 06:52 AM
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UC downs one in best-of-three
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

GERALD Joseph Ampoon scored 19 points and Alfred Codilla contributed 18 to lead the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters to a dominating 95-82 win over the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers in Game 1 of their best-of-three series for third place of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) High
School basketball tournament held at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

Aside from a 33-16 lead that the Baby Lancers had in the early part of the second quarter, its was all UC affairs as the deposed champions rallied behind the huge efforts to take the series opening win for the consolation third place finish.

Despite the huge efforts of Gerald Legarde, who scored the game-high 23 points for the Baby Lancers, UC stood pat over the strong challenge with Alvin Labo-Labo Jr. and Jorei Marlon Pingoy made significant contributions to give UC its first win after suffering back-to-back losses in the semifinal round.

UC was unstoppable in the elimination round, winning all its eight-game assignment to take the top spot entering the quarterfinal round.

However, its win over the Don Bosco Technology Center Baby Greywolves in the quarterfinal round proved to be their last hurrah as they suffered painful back-to-back defeats in the semifinal round to the resilient and hardworking University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars.

UV, on the other hand, suffered its third straight setback and may finish the season empty-handed.

The No.2 team and winner of six Cesafi high school titles failed to make it to the finals for the first time in nine years.

UV was eliminated by the aggressive and No.3 finisher Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens making the race for this season’s high school title on an equal footing.

Labo-Labo and Pingoy finished with 10 points each while helping Legarde on UV’s losing cause were Glennson Ybañez and Jasper San Brigoli who scored 15 points each.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 21, 2009

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10-21-2009, 09:11 AM
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Baby Webmasters take 1-0 lead vs UV
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:18:00 10/21/2009

THE UNIVERSITY of Cebu Baby Webmasters vented their ire on the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers as they took Game 1 of the best-of-three series for third place, 95-82, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) juniors division basketball tournament, yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Though still disappointed over their flameout in the semifinals where they got swept by the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, the Baby Webmasters showed no ill effects of it as they decided the match as early in the first period, where they came out with guns blazing and led, 35-16.

John Aranas, Jerei Pingoy, Gerald Ampoon and Alex Nazareno combined to score 28 of their total output after the first 10 minutes of action. They kept the lead heading into halftime, 60-39.

UV, which also was a failure in the semis, where they were edged by the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens, tried to claw their way back into the ballgame with a 10-0 blast at the start of the third period, anchored on the fastbreak attacks of Glennson Ybanez, Gerald Legarde along with the inside forays of Jeffer Brigoli, which cut the lead to just 11, 49-60.

UC though, showed their determination to get the job done with their own 10-0 rally which was highlighted by consecutive three-point shots by Ampoon and Pinogy. Eight straight points by Alfred Codilla pushed the lead back up to 19, 78-57 before it eventually settled at 16, 78-62, after a buzzer-beating trifecta by UV's Michael Smith.

The Baby Lancers came as close as 12 in the final canto but did not threaten any further. Ampoon scored 19 points to lead UC while Codilla scored 18 markers. Alvin Labo-Labo and Pingoy contributed 10 points apiece.

Legarde led UV with 23 points while Ybanez and Brigoli added 15 points each.

Game 2 is set on Thursday, the same date as the start of the best-of-five championship series in both the juniors and seniors division. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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10-22-2009, 06:52 AM
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Slaughter, Fajardo take centerstage as UV, UC commence final battle
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 22, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The league’s mighty goliaths in 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo will surely be the center of attraction as eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers collide with the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in Game 1 of their best-of-five finals series for the collegiate championship of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today

(Cebu Coliseum)

For third

1:00 pm UV vs. UC (Jrs.)

2:30 pm USC vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

Finals

4:00 pm CIT vs. USJ-R (Jrs.)

6:30 pm UC vs. UV (Srs.)

Slaughter, now in his last playing year with the Lancers, wants to leave a legacy to his younger comrades by exiting with another crown, while Fajardo, who is making his maiden finals appearance, carries a heavy load on his broad shoulders with hopes of giving the Webmasters their first crown ever in CESAFI history.

Both Slaughter and Fajardo were not yet in their respective teams when the Lancers and the Webmasters figured in the 2005 finals. The Webmasters failed to advance for three straight years, paving the way for the UV-USC shown in 2006 and 2007, while the Lancers smashed the USJ-R Jaguars in 2008 for an unprecedented eight straight title.

For two consecutive occasions this year, Fajardo sent a message to Slaughter that he is more ready to rise above the challenge this time.

During their first meeting this season last August 2, Fajardo powered UC to a 75-73 stunner over UV and just recently, Fajardo’s West All-Stars pulled off an 85-84 squeaker over the Slaughter-led East side.

Their third encounter tonight though is bigger as the championship is on the line and it would be up to these two giants on how they perform to bring honor and glory to their beloved alma mater.

Dissecting through their respective rosters, the Lancers and the Webmasters are equipped with heavy offensive arsenals.

In the Lancers’ camp minus the suspended Eulogio Lasala, Jr., Slaughter’s supporting cast include sneaky guard Harold Cincoflores, the crafty Chris Victor Diputado and pesky defender Ritchum Dennison manning the backcourt.

On the UC side of things, the frontliners also include Moncrief Rogado, Arvin Kim Gomez, Janssen Abella and Kelvin Juliane.

Slaughter relishes the comfort of having Edrian Lao, Mark Anthony Manigque and Jerome Silva involved in the rotation, giving them a big advantage at the post.

Only Rommel Luceño can be a great compliment for Fajardo at the frontcourt as the Webmasters cannot really rely on rookie Mark Tano as well as on Jal Anthony Cueva and Pompeo Miranda.

Whoever wins in their initial battle will certainly enjoy a psychological advantage in the entire series that some pundits believe will go the full distance.

Meanwhile, the USC Warriors moved a win away from bagging the third place honors in the collegiate division after beating the USJ-R Jaguars, 79-72.

Joven Cid Cortes, who failed to finish the game after suffering a bad fall with his chest landing on the floor first, led the Warriros with 27 points, while Giovanni Padillo scored 21. (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-22-2009, 06:58 AM
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Hunt for No.9 starts
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

“DEFEND the title at all cost.”

This will be the battlecry of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers when they defend their title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. against the title-hungry University of Cebu Webmasters in Game 1 of the best-of-five finals series today at the Cebu Coliseum.

“We have to defend that title. At all costs. It doesn’t matter how many games it takes us as long as the title stays with UV,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, who is aiming for an unprecedented ninth straight championship title of Cebu’s premier collegiate basketball league.

Despite being the defending champion, UV comes into the game the underdog after losing in the league’s opening game against UC last June.

But UV is known for its amazing comebacks that despite losing in the elimination round, they still come out victorious in the end.

This match-up will be highlighted by the face off of the teams’ giants—UV’s Greg Slaughter and UC’s June Mar Fajardo.

“We hope we can stop UV’s fastbreaks and their shooters,” said UC team manager Baldmero Estenzo.

“This will be an exciting match especially with Fajardo and Slaughter leading the teams,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug’s main concern, however, is how to fill the slack that power forward Junjun Lasala left after he was meted a five-game suspension for not playing in the All-Star game slam dunk competition.

“Malas ni Lasala but his loss only gives the other players a chance to shine,” said Cabahug, who added he is challenging the rookies playing Lasala’s position to step up in his absence.

“This is my challenge for Ralf Olivares, Jerome Silva and Phil Mercader. They should be able to fill in Lasala’s shoes,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug, however, hopes Lasala will be able to finish his suspension so that he can help out the team and at least get to play in the finals now that he is in last year.

Also today, the UV Baby Green Lancers will try to equalize their battle for third place against the Baby Webmasters.

UC won Game 1, 95-82.

In the second game, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and the University of San Carlos will face off anew in Game 2 of their own best-of-three series for third in the collegiate ranks.

Last Tuesday, Cid Cortes had 27 and Giovanni Padillo finished with 21 to lead the USC Warriors to a 79-72 win and a 1-0 lead.

In the third game, the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens and the USJ-R Jaguars will start their best-of-five series for the high school title.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2009.

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10-22-2009, 07:05 AM
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Pages: UC vs. UV: Can Fajardo slaughter the champs? champs
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
John Pages
Match point

When I spoke to the two-time reigning Cesafi MVP yesterday, Greg Slaughter corrected me. “Are you ready for the match-up of the two tallest men in Cebu?” I asked.

“You mean the two tallest players in the whole Philippines!” answered Greg.

Oh, yes. Greg Slaughter is Herculean. He stands 7-feet-tall. Jun Fajardo is gargantuan. He’s 6-foot-9. In the history of Cebu basketball—and possibly of the entire Philippine collegiate basketball—this is the most sky-scraping and towering of contests.

Think about it. One is mammoth; the other, monstrous. One is a behemoth; the other, a leviathan. When one extends his arms upwards to the Cebu Coliseum ceiling, he nearly touches the 10-foot-tall ring. When the other stretches his arms sideways, it’s like seeing a Jumbo 747 jet’s full wingspan.

Can you imagine Greg and Jun, one backing up to score, the other, defending? One slamming a dunk; the other, blocking a skyhook? This is dramatic and breathtaking. Unlike anything we have seen before in Cebu.

“For Greg, this is a major challenge,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug, when we spoke yesterday noon. “Unlike the previous years when Greg was able to dominate, this season, he has a counterpart in Fajardo. He has someone na kapareha niya (who’s his equal).

“Greg has improved. But, this year, he chooses his opponents if he’ll play well or not. Unlike the past two years when he overshadowed everyone, this season, only when he’s met stronger and bigger opponents did he show his true, dominating self.”

Jun Fajardo? “He’s also developed a lot. I just hope he’ll be as confident playing in the finals,” said Cabahug. “On my part, we have enough exposure in championship games. And, lahi ra gyud ang pressure sa finals. You’ll see players who are afraid to receive the ball. It is during the finals when makita nimo ang kasing-kasing sa players. In Tagalog, they say, ‘pusong-mamon.’”

Coach Boy recently had a one-on-one talk with his star player. “I told Greg, ‘Let’s see if you can still get the MVP award this season. It might be difficult.’”

Greg’s mature reply? “Don’t worry, coach. What’s more important than the MVP is the championship.” That impressed his coach.

Plus, Greg added, “I’ll also go for the Finals MVP.”

This UC versus UV quarrel will be an irrepressible confrontation. There’s the electricity of the “Twin Towers.”

There’s the Green Lancers aiming for their ninth straight CESAFI title. There’s the UC Webmasters targeting an upset win for their first trophy. And, of course, there are the tens of thousands of UC and UV students. Can you imagine how boisterous and ear-splitting the Cebu Coliseum will be later today?

Here’s another intriguing fact: In the only time they met this season, UC beat UV. That was in the league’s first game when UC won 75-73.

“That was our only loss,” said Cabahug. “Same as last year. We also lost in the very first game against USC—and we went on to beat them in the finals. So I hope it will be a repeat this year. Also, that UC loss has given us an extra challenge. I told my players, ‘better to lose the game early than in the championship.’”

I admire Boy Cabahug. Not only for his achievements as a PBA player and as UV coach, but also for his humility. He doesn’t boast. He doesn’t gloat. You can see it on court. You can sense it speaking to him.

“I keep myself rooted on the ground,” he said. “With Coach Al (Solis), and especially with the support of the Gullas family, we try to prepare our players to be the best they can be.

In the beginning of each year, we talk to them one on one. I tell them, ‘You’re lucky to be a Green Lancer. You’re joining a team that has a lot of history. So ayaw pag-dako ug ulo.’ Because if they do, we either suspend or kick them out.”

Any predictions on the Finals ‘09, I asked? The coach laughed.

It’s the same question I’ve asked him the past years. “We are aiming for our ninth. No matter how many games it takes, we will prevail.”

Jun Fajardo and the University of Cebu, obviously, think otherwise.

So... Hercules or Goliath?

Take your giant pick.

(www.pages.ph)

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10-22-2009, 09:55 AM
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BATTLE ROYALE ON
Green Lancers, Webmasters start Cesafi finals series
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:06:00 10/22/2009

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

1 pm – UC vs UV (jrs. Battle for third, Game 2)

2:30 pm – USJ-R vs USC (srs., Battle for 3rd, Game 2)

4 pm – CIT vs USJ-R (jrs. Championship, Game 1)

5:30 pm - UC vs UV (srs. Championship, Game 1)

They started the season with a bang. So it is only fitting that they end it with one.

The eight-time champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers will face the latest and probably the most dangerous challengers to their Cebu collegiate basketball domination when they battle the University of Cebu Webmasters in Game 1 of their best-of-five Finals series in the seniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament.

The Webmasters dealt the Green Lancers their only loss of this season, a 75-73 squeaker in the tournament’s opening game way back in June and fans expect no less than a battle royale in today’s game at the New Cebu Coliseum.

Expected to highlight the slam-bang match-up is the battle in the shaded lane between two of the country’s most talented and tallest men in UV’s 7-foot center Greg Slaughter and UC’s prized 6-foot-10 slotman, June Mar Fajardo. Slaughter especially has an axe to grind against Fajardo this season as he has yet to win a game against the latter in this tournament.

The rest of the Lancers must do their share in the wake of the five-game suspension slapped on their high-flying forward Junjun Lasala. Talented guards Harold Cincoflores, Ritchum Dennison and Chris Diputado will be bringing up the fight against UC’s vaunted trio of Jansen Abella, Moncrief Rogado and Kelvin Juliane.

CIT, USJ-R start jrs title series

The juniors division on the other hand, will have first time finalists Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens and the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars tangle for the crown in a beat-of-five titular series. CIT ousted six-time juniors champions UV in a thrilling best-of-three semis match while USJ-R swept title-favorites UC in the other pairing.

The Wildkittens will be leaning on Jr. NBA MVP Mark Jayven Tallo along with the sweet shooting Franklin Batiquin and Joseph Nalos. USJ-R will counter with star forward Clint Munez and rock-solid forward Edu Autentico.

Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos Warriors won Game 1 in the best-of-three series for third place, after beating the USJ-R Jaguars, 79-72, in overtime, late Tuesday night. Joven Cortes scored 27 while Giovanni Padillo added 21 for the Warriors.

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10-23-2009, 06:50 AM
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UC juniors lift third place trophy
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 23, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters salvaged some pride after losing their title as they swept the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers in their best-of-three series via a 103-83 rout in Game 2 to claim the third place trophy in the secondary division of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the collegiate battle for third, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) lashed back at the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 81-78, to forge a rubbermatch.

Knowing that steady shooter Gerald Ampoon and spunky guard Jerei Marion Pingoy were under the stonewall defense of the Baby Lancers, the Junior Webmasters made a lot of adjustments yesterday in order to accomplish the job, putting Clint Saramosing into the battlefront to lead all scorers with 18 points.

Alfred Codilla had 14 points, while Ruel Padilla Jr. added a dozen markers for the Junior Webmasters. Their explosion was very timely as bulky center Alvin Labolabo, Jr. struggled with 11 points.

As usual, Gerald Legarde paced the Baby Lancers with 16 points. They fell to their four straight setback this season after being eliminated by surprise finalists Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens.

The scores

First game

UC (103) - Saramosing 18, Codilla 14, Padilla 12, Labolabo 11, Ampoon 9, Pingoy 8, Nazareno 8, Talisic 8, Pua 6, Aranas 6, Comendador 3

UV (83) - Legarde 16, Marta 14, Ybañez 11, Brigoli 8, Pangan 7, Linao 7, Arong 7, Quilaton 6, Navaja 3, Mendoza 2, Smith 1

Second game

USJR (81) - Dela Peña 22, Amores 16, Villaver 14, Dela Rama 8, Bibera 8, Alquizola 6, Duran 4, Pateño 3

USC (78) - Cortes 18, Hermosa 17, Cantonao 11, Padillo 10, Padayao 9, Gallarde 6, Codilla 2. – THE FREEMAN

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10-23-2009, 06:53 AM
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Kittens run wild
Thursday, October 22, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE high school finals are proving to be as equally exciting as the collegiate series as the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wild Kittens and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars gave the rabid Cebuano basketball fans a rare hard court treat in the opening game of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Secondary Basketball championship series.

The Wild Kittens proved to be a better team as they defeated the Baby Jaguars 68-60 last night at the jam-packed Cebu Coliseum.

The game was filled with action and drama—and a near fistfight too—resulting to the ejection of three CIT players in the final 25.9 seconds of the game.

After Franklyn Batiquin grabbed the defensive rebound, Venjie Trozo gave the diminutive CIT guard a hard foul.

The drama was just starting when a second later, the players started taunting each other, resulting to a bench-clearing episode.

Fortunately, no punches were thrown since the referees were quick to step into the action.

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. also quickly went to the CIT bench to identify those who stepped into the court.

After nearly 15 minutes of deliberation by the referees and deputy commissioner Danny Duran, Trozo got slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul while Edo Autentico got slapped with a technical.

Batiquin sank the free throw for USJ-R but the ball possession went to CIT, owing to Autentico’s infraction.

CIT’s Joseph Aero Nalos, John Merlow Gera and Carlo Jay Figuracion were thrown out of the game and will also serve an automatic suspension in Game 2.

The loss of the three didn’t hamper CIT as Batiquin sank the two technical free throws and four more free throws thereafter, while USJ-R went on fouling the opponents in its effort at a last hurrah.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 23, 2009.

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10-23-2009, 12:31 PM
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CIT wins game 1
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:27:00 10/23/2009

Nobody thought that the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens would make it to the Finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) juniors basketball tournament.

Yesterday, CIT proved that it deserved to be in the championship round as the Wildkittens took Game 1 of the best-of-five series with a 68-60 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars at the packed Cebu Coliseum.

The Wildkittens were riding the crest of their monumental win over the six-time juniors titlists University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers in the semifinals.

They utilized the momentum they gained in that series as they zoomed off to a 14-point lead in the third period and had enough fortitude down the stretch to hold off the resilient Baby Jaguars.

The game almost ended on an ugly note as two players from USJ-R received unsportsmanlike fouls while three from the CIT side got ejected as a result of a scuffle with just 25.9 seconds remaining in the game.

CIT was ahead by a just a point, 59-58, after back-to-back baskets by USJ-R big men Edu Autentico and Vengie Trozo.

However, much like his dagger shot in Game 3 of the semifinals, Wilkins Sanchez once again rose to the occasion as he hit a three-pointer off a feed by Mark Jayven Tallo, that put them on top by four, 62-58.

It was then that things turned messy.

After a miss by USJ-R, CIT's Franklin Batiquin was clotheslined by USJ-R’s Trozo. Teammate Autentico also got in the act as he too was assessed an unsportsmanlike foul.

CIT's Joseph Nalos, Carlos Figuracion and John Gera came off their bench to their teammate's defense, and were subsequently ejected from the match.

When the dust cleared, Batiquin canned six free-throws in the game's waning moments to secure the Game 1 victory.

Tallo and Batiquin each had 18 points for CIT. Trozo and Autentico had 16 points each for USJ-R as their star forward Clint Munez was held down to just 11 markers.

Meanwhile, the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters claimed the third place trophy after routing UV, 108-85, in the best-of-three series. USJ-R on the other hand, tied their series up with the University of San Carlos Warriors at 1-1 after pulling off an 81-78 win in Game 2.

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GS 22 points and 14 rebs
JF 22 points and 15 rebs

UV wins Game 1, 66-61 in Game 1 of the CeSAFI 2009 finals

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10-24-2009, 06:43 AM
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Lancers down Webmasters in opener
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 24, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Six-foot-11 center Gregory Slaughter struggled a bit in his offense but guards Phil Mercader and Ritchum Dennison made a huge impact at the endgame as eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers ran over tough challenger University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 64-56, in the opener of their best-of-five finals series for the collegiate title of the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season last Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers, who trailed for most of the way, were down by 10 points, 48-38, with just three minutes gone by in the fourth period but they turned a sluggish start into a blazing finish using a furious 21-r to suddenly swoop the lead, 51-50, on Slaughter’s free throw at the final 4:33 mark of the contest.

The Webmasters quickly climbed back on top, 52-50, on a powerful drive by 6-foot-9 beanpole June Mar Fajardo against Slaughter, but Dennison sank a 3-point dagger in the ensuing play to push the Lancers ahead for good, 54-52.

Despite having a hard time in his match-up with Fajardo, Slaughter managed to topscore for the UV Lancers with 16 points. Mercader and Dennison chipped in 12 and 10 markers, respectively, as they avenged their opening day 73-75 loss to the Webmasters last August 2.

From the time they were ahead by 10, the Webmasters were in total wreck as the Lancers outscored them 24-8 in that span.

It was as sorry loss for the Webmasters as they opened the game with a 9-0 blast. The big-hearted Lancers easily wiped out that deficit though and pulled within just two points at the intermission, 25-27.

Fajardo had 21 points for the Webmasters, who have a lot of things to ponder as they head into Game 2 this Monday. The missing link for them in that UV debacle were Janssen Abella and Moncrief Rogado, who combined for only a measly 10 points.

In the secondary finals, the Cebu institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens drew first blood against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 68-60, in their own race-to-3 showdown. The match was marred by a near bench-emptying melee that resulted into the suspension of CIT’s Joseph Nalos, John Merlow Gera and Carlo Figuracion and USJ-R’s Venjie Trozo for the rest of the season.

Trozo instigated the fracas when he elbowed CIT’s Franklyn Batiquin down to the floor, which also ignited a second motion by another Baby Jaguar Gudeve Edu Autentico.

The Wildkittens, who are gunning for their first title in CESAFI history, were led by Batiquin with 19 points followed by Mark Jayven Tallo with 18 points. Trozo and Autentico each scored 16 for the Baby Jaguars.

The scores

First game

CIT (68) - Batiquin 19, Tallo 18, Pamaong 9, Nalos 8, Sanchez 7, Gera 4, Limalima 2, Koino 2

USJ-R (60) - Autentico 16, Trozo 16, Muñez 11, Go 5, Montecillo 4, Alob 3, Senining 2, Figues 2, Mante 1

Halftime: 32-23

Second game

UV (64) - Slaughter 16, Mercader 12, Dennison 10, Diputado 7, Lao 6, Cincoflores 5, Olivares 4, Cabahug 2, Señeres 2

UC (56) - Fajardo 21, Quilantang 7, Abella 6, Mohamad 5, Tano 5, Luceño 4, Rogado 4

Halftime: 25-27. – THE FREEMAN

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10-24-2009, 06:47 AM
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Tenacious D
Saturday, October 24, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

JUNMAR Fajardo outplayed Greg Slaughter in the battle of pivot men, but the University of the Visayas Green Lancers took Game 1 over the University of Cebu Webmasters, 64-56, in the best-of-five finals of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) at the Cebu Coliseum.

The defending champion struggled to break the full-court trap of the Webmasters as they lagged, 48-38, before finding their groove and returning the favor in the fourth.

Leading 42-36 entering the final quarter, UC quickly scored a 6-2 run, capped by Fajardo’s free throws for their 48-38 lead with 7:49 left.

Ritchum Dennison scored five quick points for UV before Fajardo hit two more points from the free throw line for a 50-43 lead.

However, that proved to be UC’s last hurrah as UV used varying full-court and half-crout traps and a running game to mount their comeback.

Anchored on Slaughter’s imposing presence in the middle, UV dropped a telling 15-2 run to turn the tide around for a 58-52 with 2:05 remaining.

A triple from Phil Mercader in the final 68 seconds formally gave UV the win.

Unlike the first three quarters, UC only had three field goals in the final quarter and was held scoreless in the final two minutes and 40 seconds.

The Lancers, who are seeking their ninth straight title, also had a lot of help from school president and Cebu first district Rep. Eduardo Gullas, who helped Cabahug train the team for three days prior to Game 1.

Gullas once called the shots for the Green Lancers back in 1950s.

Slaughter topped UV scorers with 16 points, while Mercader added 12 and Dennison contributed 10.

Fajardo scored a game-high 21 points for UC but was the lone Webmaster who scored in double digits.

The team’s second leading scorer, Moncrief Rogado, wilted when his scoring was badly needed.

Game 2 is scheduled on Monday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 24, 2009.

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10-24-2009, 10:36 AM
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TEACHING UC A LESSON
Cesafi men’s powerhouse UV shows championship form
Pushes UC to brink of elimination
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:56:00 10/24/2009

Give the University of the Visayas (UV) an inch and they will take a mile.

This was a lesson that the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters painfully learned as they lost Game 1 of the Cesafi seniors division finals, 56-64, to the rampaging Green Lancers Thursday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Webmasters were in full control of the opening match of this year's title clash and even led by 10 in the early stages of the fourth period.

However, the championship-laden Green Lancers dropped a 29-7 run that turned the tide around decisively en route to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three finals.

Game 2 is set on Monday at the same venue with UV looking to continue its dominance in the tournament for a ninth straight year.

Greg Slaughter led UV with 16 points while Phil Mercader backed him up with 12 important markers.

The game was played on even terms for most of the first three periods as UC led, 14-11, after the first period and held that advantage at the turn, 27-25.

The Webmasters made their move late in the third canto and minutes into the final stanza as they rattled off an 11-2 rally behind baskets by 6-foot-10 giant June Mar Fajardo and power forward Rommel Luceno, which gave them a 48-38 lead with just 7:49 left in the game.

UV turned to its battle-tested experience and fortitude and made its comeback behind Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison, Ralf Olivares and Mercader.

Dennison started the shooting parade off with five quick points while Diputado's lay-in finally tied the count at 50-all.

Slaughter gave the Green Lancers their first taste of the lead with a free-throw, 51-50, with just 4:33 remaining in the match and UV never looked back as Dennison hit another three-pointer and Olivares converted on a tough fadeaway jumper that put them in front, 58-52.

Moments later, Mercader hit a booming trifecta with the shot-clock winding down that sealed the Game 1 victory.

Fajardo tallied 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks for UC, which now faces elimination after dominating this season’s competition.

Aside from Fajardo, nobody else on the UC side scored in double-figures.

BOX SCORES:

UV (64) Slaughter 16, Mercader 12, Dennison 10, Diputado 7, Lao 6, Cincoflores 5, Olivares 4, Cabahug 2, Senires 2.

UC (56) Fajardo 21, Quilantang 7, Abella 6, Rogado 6, Tano 5, Luceno 4, Mohamad 4.

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10-24-2009, 04:20 PM
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CEC bares P1.8M hoop program
By Kelvin Cañizares
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:26:00 10/24/2009

Never laugh at live dragons.”

This adage of famous novelist J.R.R Tolkien may well fit on the Cebu Eastern College (CEC), which announced its P1.8 million basketball program after becoming the whipping boys in the Cesafi secondary basketball tournament.

The new program, aimed at improving the Dragons’ competitiveness in the Cesafi tourney, will be financed by the Cecaba All Stars team led by sports patron Chester Cokaliong.

“When our CEC team hugged the headlines for being massacred by over 100 points, we became a laughing stock. Every Easternian felt embarrassed, especially the CECABA All-Stars team, which is a respectable and feared squad in the local non-professional leagues,” Cokaliong said.

“With this debacle, we decided to have a new basketball program with a budget of P1.8 million for its initial phase, which spans three years. ”

Cokaliong said he acceded the request of CEC school director Frederick Ong Jr., who first sought moral and financial support from him being a “die hard Easternian”.

He explained that the program's initial stage aims to field a competitive team for the first year and then try to secure a slot in the semifinals and finals for the second and third year.

Cokaliong said the program will start out with the extensive players' recruitment and meticulous selection process under the supervision of an oversight committee composed of CEC Alumni and CECABA-All Stars namely Jefferson Go, Seven Villabert, Erick Ong III, Wilson Yu, Samuel Sia and Joel Chan.

Initial tryouts are set on Nov. 7, 14, 21 at 2 p.m. at the CEC gym.

“Since we have a big budget, we will recruit and select the best players. We will be hiring players from Cebu and neighboring provinces as well as in Mindanao,” said Cokaliong, who added that they would welcome players from Cesafi-member schools provided they undergo the selection process.

Cokaliong said they already have eight prospected recruits in their list but refused to divulge their names since negotiations with their parents are still going on.

According to Cokaliong, CEC adopted the recruitment system for the first time in the school's history.

cash incentive

One salient feature of its basketball program, patterned after commercial and pro teams, is the cash-per-win incentive for the players, which will become higher if the team advances to the semifinals and finals.

“This will be an additional motivation for the players to work hard aside from the school's name being at stake,” he said.

Oversight committee member Wilson Yu added they won’t compromise academic standards to give way for players who might not fare well in their studies.

“The committee will provide the players with tutorial classes, so they can cope with the school's standards,” Yu said.

CEC hired four new coaches for their elementary and high school squads.

The secondary team will be mentored by Iloilo Warriors coach in Liga Pilipinas Jerry Jaranilla with ex-pro Lou Regidor as assistant. Calling the shots for the elementary is Rex Salvaña and Albert Alocillo as assistant.

To kick off the basketball program, Cokaliong and Ong donated P100,000 each.

To recall, the CEC Dragons suffered humiliating losses by over 100 points at the hands of the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers (159-28 on Aug. 6), the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters (178-23 on Aug. 15 ) and the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars (142-33 on Sept. 12.)

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10-25-2009, 06:47 AM
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CECABA earmarks P1.8 million for 3-year basketball program
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated October 24, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - In what they described as an “ambitious and expensive” undertaking, the Cebu Eastern College Alumni Basketball Association (CECABA) under the flagship of Chester C. Cokaliong has earmarked P1.8 million for a three-year compreshensive basketball program aimed at transforming the CEC Dragons into a fighting force in the school-based cage leagues.

Cokaliong unequivocally admitted that their unprecedented move was sparked by CEC’s pitiful campaign in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) where the hapless Dragons were thrashed by 100 points or more by their mighty foes. At one point, CEC was pulverized by an all-time record of 155 points by the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers.

“When the varsity team recently hugged the headlines for being massacred by more than points thereby becoming the laughing stock, every Easternian felt embarrassed, if not ashamed, more so for the CECABA All-Stars for it is a well-respected and feared team among the local non-professional basketball leagues,” said Cokaliong in a press conference the other night at Whitegold House Restaurant.

Cokaliong said that CEC director Frederick Ong, Jr. and the rest of the school staff paid him a visit last week to ask his financial and moral support.

“Being a diehard Easternian, I readily acceded to their request,” said Cokaliong, himself a highly-esteemed figure in the local hoopdom for his shooting acumen.

Cokaliong said the initial phase of their extensive basketball project will run through the next three years. “Admittedly, this program is ambitious and expensive as it would entail an estimated cost of P1.8 million,” he said.

The CECABA All-Stars will be at the forefront of the newly-launched CEC Basketball Program with a committee to oversee its implementation as well as the selection or the recruitment process. The working group is composed of six professionals who are all CEC alumni in Jefferson Go, Steven Villabert, Eric Ong III and CECABA All-Stars Joel Chan, Sammy Sia, and Wilson Yu.

“This is the first time in CEC history that we are implementing a recruitment process, which has long been adopted by other schools,” said Cokaliong. “We want to form a competitive team, specifically in the CESAFI next season. We want to field in the strongest team we poosibly could.”

To start the ball rolling, Cokaliong and Ong pitched in P100,000 each for the training program.

“We have taken this initiative and have done this in order to encourage everyone, especially all the CEC alumni, including the parents, to support in any manner by donating whatever they can afford to give,” said Cokaliong.

Cokaliong further bared that they also hired four coaches to be at the cornerstone of their project. They are ex-Cebu Gems assistant coach Rex Salvaña and former USJ-R Jaguar Albert Alocillo in the elementary level and Jerry Jaranilla and Lou Regidor in the high school department.

Jaranilla, who once served as the program coordinator of the Scientific Training and Efficiency Program (STEP) of Ateneo de Iloilo, had several coaching stints in bigtime commercial leagues such as the National Basketball Conference (NBC) and the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA). Before jumping ship to CEC, Jaranilla called the shots for the Iloilo Warriors/Mang Inasal’s in the Liga Pilipinas Conference III.

Regidor, on the other hand, was among the brightest Cebuano hardcourt stars during his prime. He played for one season in the PBA with San Miguel Beermen in 1995 and is currently one of the trusted lieutenants of Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba in the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala bench.

On top of their monthly stipend, Cokaliong said the coaches will receive incentives for every game won in the elimination round. There will be an additional bonus for them if CEC will reach the semifinals more so in the finals. For those who are lucky enough to make it to the CEC varsity squad, they will enjoy athletic scholarship, monthly allowance and free board and lodging for those who are leaving far from the city or out-of-towners.

Now that all the framework has already been laid out, Jaranilla acknowledged that a tough challenge looms ahead of him but he is optimistic that everything is achievable given the all-out support thrown by the Easternians.

“For sure we’ll form a competitive team. It’s a long process, but with the help of the CEC alumni everything is possible,” said Jaranilla.

To start its head-hunt for potentials, committee member Sammy Sia said they will be holding a series of try-outs on November 7, 14 and 21 starting at 2 pm at the CEC gym. It is open to all aspiring hoopsters aged eight to 15 years old. Those who are interested to join are advised to proceed directly to the CEC gym on the said dates.

In adherence to the academic standard set forth by CEC, all those who make grade in the try-outs will still have to pass the entrance examination before they will be admitted into the training program.

“Three years from now, we will start to harvest the fruits of what we have planted today. I hope that by next year, headlines would already banner the story that CEC has fielded a varsity team that is competitive and hopefully would someday bring home the honor for us (Easternians),” said Cokaliong. - THE FREEMAN

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10-25-2009, 06:50 AM
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Tuikinhoy denies CIT appeal for players
(The Freeman) Updated October 25, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - CESAFI Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy, Jr. yesterday stood firm on his decision to suspend, for the rest of the season three, Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) players who entered the court during a near bench-clearing melee in Game 1 of the high school finals series between CIT and USJ-R last Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Tuikinhoy said his decision is “irrevocable” in response to the appeal by CIT Athletic Director Alexander P. dela Torre.

The commissioner added that he based his decision on Article F of the 2009 amended CESAFI rules and regulations. The rule in its current form states that “Any player or players of a team, coaches, team officials and utility staff who participate in a melee and seen inside the court will be penalized by suspension for the rest of the season.”

Before this amendment those who enter the court during any incident only gets a five-game suspension.

Tuikinhoy emphasized that CESAFI has strictly enforced this rule to prevent players, coaches and team staff from entering the court during any incident.

Those who enter the court and positively identified by the referees are usually suspended.

The referees positively identified the three CIT players as Joseph Nalos, John Merlow Gera and Carlo Figuracion who entered the court during last Thursday’s incident.

Dela Torre, in his appeal to Tuikinhoy, said the rule only applies to those who participate in a melee and in that case, no fistfight happened.

Tuikinhoy said that as far as he is concerned the suspension of the three players stands but he said dela Torre could still appeal to the board of CESAFI. (FREEMAN NEWS)

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10-25-2009, 06:52 AM
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Commissioner Tiukinhoy suspends three CIT players
Saturday, October 24, 2009
By Erwin S. Lirazan

COMMISSIONER Felix Tiukinhoy turned down the appeal of the Cebu Institute of Technology on their three players suspension in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. finals.

The three players cleared the bench during a commotion and were meted a suspension for the rest of the season.

Tiukinhoy said in an e-mail the Cesafi rules on conduct of players and coaches provides , “Any player or players of a team, coaches, team officials and utility staff who participate in a melee and seen inside the court will be penalized by suspension for the rest of the season.”

The three players who drew the suspensions are Joseph Aero Nalos, John Merlow Gera and Carlo Jay Figuracion, bringing the total number of suspended payers this season to seven.

However, Tiukinhoy said CIT can still file an appeal with the Cesafi board.

The incident happened with only 25 seconds left in Game 1, which CIT won, 68-60 against the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

CIT consultant Mark Anthony Tallo, whose son is a member of the Wild Kittens, said they will respect the decision of the league but said it was unfair because no melee happened.

“We have no problem because it’s in the rules, but there was no melee. Ako gyung gibasa og klaro ang rule. Unsa na man lay mahitabo sa finals?” Tallo told Sun.Star Superbalita.

Tiukinhoy said that though his office has released its decision, CIT can still file another appeal to the Cesafi Board.

Tallo admitted that his three players cleared the bench but it was only to defend his son, Mark Jayven, who allegedly got hit by Lester Escatron of USJ-R.

“Escatron hit Mark on the chest and that triggered the bench clearing. They wanted to stop Mark, because he might overreact, that was what triggered the bench-clearing but no melee happened,” said the senior Tallo.

He added that no foul was called on Escatron because the referee didn’t see the incident.

“I think the table officials can attest to what Escatron did because it happened right in front of them. It would be better if the table officials would speak up.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 25, 2009.

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10-25-2009, 06:55 AM
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Battle of the Giants
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BLEACHER TALK By Rico Navarro (The Freeman) Updated October 25, 2009 12:00 AM

UV, UC, Slaughter, Fajardo, Cabahug/Solis, Gomez. Put all these names together and what do you have? Cebu’s deadliest concoction in basketball. If this were a cocktail drink, you’d be drunk after only one shot. It’s the CESAFI 2009 finals and nothing can get any better for the CESAFI this year after a “rough” season both on and off the court. Although the 2009 season will be remembered for isolated problems off the court, it should also be remembered for the battle of the giants. And we’re not talking only about the Slaughter-Fajardo showdown.

For starters, we have to give credit to both UV and UC for establishing basketball programs that other schools could only drool at. There’s a lot of talk about the Slaughter-Fajardo battle, but already being established behind the scenes and even bigger from a total view is the battle between the two biggest school-based programs outside Metro Manila. The finals is also going to be a reflection of the successful programs of both powerhouses whose domination is expected to last for a long time. On one side is the tradition of basketball excellence started by the Gullas family in UV. It has produced numerous championships and players through history and is determined to maintain its perch. Winning eight straight CESAFI championships is no big joke, and winning a ninth is definitely a realistic goal. UC, on the other hand, is slowly but surely getting more recognized for crafting its basketball program. With the support of UC President Atty. Augusto “Gus” Go, UC basketball program manager Atty. Baldomero Estenzo has launched a comprehensive program never seen in UC before. If there’s a team that should be considered as a real threat to UV’s dominance, UC would be it. After all, didn’t it give UV its first taste of defeat in the CESAFI, doing this on UV’s home court?

Programs will have its managers and also its good coaches. Without them, a team will never win games consistently. UV has the tag team of Boy Cabahug and Al Solis. Called to action after UV slipped in performance in the late 90s, the two ex-Lancers stepped up to take the task with a determined will to bring UV back to the top. BoyCabs and Solis have become an inseparable pair since the start of the decade and the fruits of their efforts are clear for all to see. Nine straight CESAFI titles and a two Final Four finishes in the Champions’ League is already a benchmark for any collegiate team today with no other team being able to match it. The tough part for the pair is how they’re questioned if UV loses even only once. They’ve raised the bar too “high” for themselves that any mistake or UV loss is seen as a big thing. Let’s give credit where it’s due. For the record, they’re still the eight-time defending champs and haven’t been toppled (yet). Roehl Gomez is another alumnus who’s giving back to his alma mater. Known as a role player in his PBA days with Alaska, Gomez’s is no longer a role player but THE leader of the UC basketball team. Although he hasn’t had as much success as his other colleagues, he has done a good job of squeezing the best out of his team, much in the same that role players deliver when their number is called. Now that the UC program has made inroads in recruitment and over-all management support, Gomez has led UC to the finals and now has the task to dislodge UV from its eight-year old throne.

And then you have Greg Slaughter and Junemar Fajardo. They’re two tallest college players in the country and are expected to lead their respective teams to a championship. One is a Fil-am while the other is a pure Pinoy. Both were recruited to their teams with tons of upside and a bright future up ahead. In terms of achievements, Slaughter has been on course, having been part of two CESAFI championship teams. Fajardo, the more agile and athletic of the two, is still without a CESAFI title, with many people saying that he’s already ripe to win it all this year. Both have also been tapped to join the Philippine-Smart Gilas national team that was set up by the SBP. Slaughter is already on board and will join the team after the CESAFI season, while it is reported that Fajardo is still being wooed by the SBP. No confirmation has been given by the UC management if Fajardo is indeed set to join the team being prepared for the country’s bid to make it to the Olympics. Each of their battles is always a classic, with Slaughter using his height and heft to score down low, while Fajardo mixes it up with medium range jumpers, putbacks from offensive rebounds and running jumpers.

With all these giants also come the little giants who will be called upon to support their team leaders. On paper, Slaughter’s support crew is a bit deeper than that of UC, but Gomez, being the role player that he is, has an uncanny way of bringing the best out his crew. UV’s backcourt is solid. Chris Diputado, Ritchum Dennison, Phil Mercader and Harold Cincoflores have been a consistent crew who can step up and take over even without a Slaughter on board. UC’s reply is in through Moncrief Rogado, Janssen Abella and Kelvin Juliane. The three have proven that if and when Fajardo has to sit in the bench due to foul trouble or an injury, they can easily fill in the vacuum through the outside shooting of Fajardo and Abella and the wily playmaking of Juliane. It’s just about even across the line-up with a slight edge for UV with their frontcourt that includes Edrian Lao and Mark Manigque. The biggest edge that UV is enjoying is its eight years of championship experience

So far, UV is up 1-0, but it’s a best-of-five affair and anything can still happen. But one thing’s for sure. It’s a battle of the giants.

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10-26-2009, 09:17 AM
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CESAFI DENIES APPEAL
Suspension slapped on three CIT players to stay
Wildkittens’ juniors title bid in peril
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:13:00 10/25/2009

The title aspirations of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens was severely hampered after their appeal for reconsideration regarding the season-long suspension of three of their players was denied yesterday by Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

CIT is leading the best-of-five series in the juniors division against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars, 1-0, following their 68-60 win in Game 1 last Thursday.

However, the aftermath of that victory saw three of their players, namely Joseph Nalos, John Gera and Carlos Figuracion get ejected and subsequently suspended for the remainder of the season for leaving the bench area during a fracas with just 25.9 seconds left in the game.

CIT athletic director Alex dela Torre filed an appeal with the commissioner last Friday citing that the troika only went inside the court to pacify the situation and not to escalate the melee.

However, he was denied by Tiukinhoy as the latter stood pat on his decision based on the Article F, Section 5 of the Amended Rules and Regulations of the Cesafi, which states "any player or players of a team, coaches, team officials and utility staff who participate in a melee and seen inside the court will be penalized by suspension for the rest of the season."

Tiukinhoy added in his letter: “While your good self only emphasized that the rule only applies to those who participate in a melee, the rule should be read in its entirety to include the phrase ". . . and seen inside the court will be penalized. . ."

Tiukinhoy said his decision can still be reversed but will be needed to be appealed to the Cesafi Board of Trustees.

amdgc82
10-26-2009, 09:18 AM
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UV Lancers gun for 2-0 lead
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 26, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Six-foot-11 tower of power Gregory Slaughter and the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers gun for a pivotal 2-0 lead when they go up against the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in Game 2 of their best-of-five finals series in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

2:30 pm USC vs. USJ-R (Srs.)

4 pm CIT vs. USJ-R (Jrs.)

5:30 pm UV vs. UC (Srs.)

Slaughter maybe struggling with his offense during the series opener, but his teammates gamely came to the rescue when the sailing gets rough especially Phil Mercader and pesky guard Ritchum Dennison.

The Lancers trailed by 10 points early in the fourth period but turn the tables on the Webmasters using a blistering 23-4 binge in the windup.

Aside from Slaughter, Mercader and Dennison also dished out twin figures in that come-from-behind triumph. They had a sluggish start but spewed fire and brimstone at the endgame to melt down the Webmasters.

UC's 6-foot-9 goliath June Mar Fajardo, on the other hand, was performing at par anchored on his 21-point output, but fell short in the end as the rest of his comrades failed to back him up. Basketball is a team game and they must accept the fact that Fajardo alone cannot carry the Webmasters on his shoulders.

That is the tough challenge the likes of Moncrief Rogado and Janssen Abelle are faced with heading into the battlefield today. They are supposed to be among UC's top guns but the two were limited to a paltry 10 points combined during Game 1.

Trouble is inevitable for the Webmasters if Rogado and Abella won't step up bigtime to salvage UC from crashing into a deep 0-2 hole.

It is expected though that the Webmasters will do their homework well and make the necessary adjustments in a bid to put the series back to square one.

In the secondary finals, the Cebu Institute of Techonology (CIT) Wildkittens also try to secure a 2-0 advantage against the University of San Jose-Recoleos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars in their own race-to-3 series.

Prior to that, the USJ-R Jaguars and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors will figure in a sudden-death Game 3 for the third place honors in the collegiate division. Gametime promptly starts at 2:30 pm. – THE FREEMAN

amdgc82
10-26-2009, 09:20 AM
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UV guns for 2-0 lead
Sunday, October 25, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE centers of attraction will once again face each other in Game 2 of the best-of-five finals series of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) today at the Cebu Coliseum.

UV Green Lancers’ 7’ giant Greg Slaughter is hoping to get back at UC Webmasters 6’10” beanpole Junmar Fajardo, after getting outscored in Game 1.

UV is eyeing for a strong 2-0 start, while UC is looking to even the series at 1-1.

The Green Lancers stole Game 1 from the Webmasters, 64-56.

“Game 1 was a measure of our maturity. We were leading all the way but the last five minutes of the game. We had a 10-point lead yet we wasted it all because of our lack of championship experience,” said UC coach Roel Gomez.

The Webmasters used best of the three-day rest to prepare and make some adjustments on their game.

But UV is also fine-tuning their game plan.

“We are ready. We will be making the necessary adjustments on what UC will give us on Monday. The good thing is nakauna ta and hopefully makaduha mi,” UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug said.

Both coaches agree that aside from the gameplan, what is necessary today is having the heart of a champion and a will to win.

Aside from Slaughter, UV will also bank on Phil Mercader, Ritchum Dennison, Chris Diputado and Edrian Lao.

On the other hand, UC will look to Moncrief Rogado, Janssen Abella and Rommel Luceño to ease the load of Fajardo.

Also today, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wild Kittens and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars will face off in Game 2 of the secondary finals scheduled at 4 p.m.

CIT won Game 1 68-60 but will be playing without Joseph Aero Nalos, John Merlow Gera and Carlo Jay Figuracion.

The three were suspended by Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy for the rest of the season.

Also today is the deciding Game 3 of the best-of-three series for third place between University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors and the USJ-R Jaguars at 2:30 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 26, 2009.

amdgc82
10-26-2009, 12:17 PM
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Lancers, Wildkittens eye 2-0
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:08:00 10/26/2009

Games today:

(Cebu Coliseum)

2:30 pm – USC vs USJ-R

(battle-for-third, Game 3)

4 pm – CIT vs USJ-R

(jrs., Finals, Game 2, best-of-five)

5:30 pm – UC vs UV

(srs., Finals, Game 2, best-of-five)

Eight-time champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers hope to take a huge 2-0 lead today against the University of Cebu Webmasters, in Game 2 of the seniors division best-of-five championship series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament, at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Green Lancers weathered a 10-point fourth period deficit on their way to taking Game 1, 64-56, last Thursday and they very well know that a 2-0 lead will all but crush whatever is left of the Webmasters’ resolve.

While UV’s 7-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter and UC’s 6-foot-10 giant June Mar Fajardo cancelled one another out in their exciting match-up last week, it was UV’s role players that took charge led by the 12 points of reserve guard Phil Mercader and the 10 markers of veteran sniper Ritchum Dennison.

The duo were also instrumental in their final stanza breakaway that turned the game around in their favor.

In stark contrast, UC’s shock troopers fell way short as aside from Fajardo, nobody else managed to score in double digits. Wingman Moncrief Rogado, who was brought in during the offseason to complete the championship puzzle, was a puzzle himself, as he managed just four points. Jansen Abella scored just six while point guard Kelvin Juliane was held scoreless.

Secondary Finals

Meanwhile, the juniors division finals is also proving to be a hot ticket especially after Game 1’s all-season suspension of three Cebu Institute of Technology players Wildkittens.

CIT won Game 1 over the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, 68-60, but will be hard-pressed to duplicate the feat with the absence of key players Joseph Nalos, John Gera and Carlo Figuracion.

The bulk of the scoring load will now rest on the young shoulders of Mark Jayven Tallo and shooting guard Franklin Batiquin, who each had 18 points in the opening match of the series.

On the other hand, USJ-R star forward Clint Munez is expected to bounce back from his dismal 11-point performance in Game 1.

The deciding Game 3 of the best-of-three encounter for third place in the seniors division between the USJ-R Jaguars and the University of San Carlos Warriors will also take place at 2:30 pm with the winner going to Bacolod for the qualifying round of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

The second placer and the fourth placer will stay at home and do battle in another qualifying stage for the PCCL against Adamson University and San Sebastian-Cavite.

baller_one
10-26-2009, 04:40 PM
Are the scouts for the UAAP and NCAA schools still banned from watching the games? A lot of UAAP and NCAA players will graduate this year and the Manila schools will definitely be shopping for fresh talents in the CeSAFI tournament.

thadzonline
10-27-2009, 09:13 AM
UC ties series at 1-1 with 71-70 OT win over UV last night

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10-27-2009, 09:14 AM
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UC evens series with UV, 1-1
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ROMMEL Luceño was left wide open at the 3-point land and the University of the Visayas Green Lancers paid dearly for that mistake as the University of Cebu Webmasters evened the best-of-five series at 1-1 following a cardiac 71-70 overtime win in Game 2 of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) at the jampacked Cebu Coliseum last night.

Meanwhile, the drama continued in the high school finals as the undermanned Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens bucked the suspension of three team members to erect a 2-0 series lead after their 86-81 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars in the high school series.

It will be the turn of the Baby Jaguars to lose an important player after Venjie Trozo was banished from the court after punching CIT’s Franklyn Batiquin with 3:14 remaining in the second period.

UC was staring at another defeat before Luceña sank the booming triple with only 19.9 seconds remaining in overtime for the lead.

A tough defensive job forced UV to lose possession for a few seconds before regaining it at the final 5.5 seconds mark.

With little time left and UC playing a full-court trap, Chris Diputado’s missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.

The Green Lancers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first quarter before fighting back in the third.

With the 7’ UV giant Gregg Slaughter winning his personal battle over the 6’10” Junmar Fajardo in terms of overall performance, UV managed to sneak up front for the first time at 62-61 with 1:44 left to play in regulation period.

Fajardo, who was the lone UC player to score in the final quarter, tied the game at 62 with his split charities 29 seconds later.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2009.

amdgc82
10-27-2009, 09:18 AM
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UC evens series
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:47:00 10/27/2009

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4:30 pm – CIT vs USJ-R

(jrs., Game 3, best-of-five)

6 pm – UV vs UC

(srs., Game 3, best-of-five)

In a game of superstar behemoths and future PBA stars, it was little-known power forward Rommel Luceno who rescued the University of Cebu (UC) from the jaws of defeat.

Luceno hit a booming three-pointer that pushed the Webmasters to a 71-70 overtime victory over eight-time champions University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in Game 2 of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) seniors finals yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Luceno, who scored nine points, capped off his heroic efforts as he came up with a crucial steal that tied the best-of-five series at 1-all.

The Webmasters wasted an early 16-point lead and looked headed towards the same fate as Game 1, which they lost, 56-64, until Luceno came to save the day.

The match was played on even terms in the extra session as a free-throw by UC's 6-foot-10 giant June Mar Fajardo tied the count at 68-all.

UV's Ritchum Dennison broke free from the defense and made an uncontested lay-up that gave the Green Lancers a 70-68 lead with just 32 seconds left.

With time running out on UC’s shot clock and with all passing options closed, Luceno faked his defender out, stepped back from beyond the three-point arc and swished the shot that gave his squad a 71-70 lead with just 14.5 ticks left.

He then swiped away the ensuing inbound pass but committed a costly boo-boo as he hurriedly attempted a lay-up that missed and went out of bounds.

Fortunately, UV point guard Chris Diputado was not able to attempt a shot as time ran out.

Fajardo had 27 points and 14 rebounds while Rogardo had 13 markers. Greg Slaughter had 22 points and 14 boards for UV. Game 3 is set today at the same venue.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens shrugged off their lack of manpower and displayed the heart of a champion as they pulled themselves a win away from the juniors title after an 86-81 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars in Game 2 of their best-of-five series.

With three of their players suspended for the rest of the season in the wake of Game 1's fracas, CIT remained unfazed as they turned to reserve guard Wilkins Sanchez and star playmaker Mark Jayven Tallo for the goods to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

USJ-R's starting center Vengie Trozo was ejected from the game in the second period for throwing a punch during a mad scramble for the ball. He will be missing Game 3 today, which is set at 4:30 pm.

thadzonline
10-27-2009, 04:55 PM
Are the scouts for the UAAP and NCAA schools still banned from watching the games? A lot of UAAP and NCAA players will graduate this year and the Manila schools will definitely be shopping for fresh talents in the CeSAFI tournament.


AFAIK, hindi naman pwedeng gawin ng CeSAFI yan unless they are inviting legal issues

amdgc82
10-28-2009, 09:23 AM
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Wildkittens nail historic title
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 28, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Spunky guard Mark Jayven Tallo had another spectacular performance as the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) Wildkittens applied the broom in finishing off the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars in Game 3, 81-78, to claim their first ever championship in the juniors division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) at the Cebu Coliseum.

The brightest star in CIT’s 3-0 sweep of USJ-R, Tallo pumped in 34 points last night to become the hands down choice as juniors MVP. Tallo, thus, automatically made it to the Mythical Five alongside his teammate Franklyn Batiquin, Clint Muñez of USJ-R, Gerlad Ampoon of UC Junior Webmasters and Gerlad Legarde of the UV Baby Lancers.

Tallo’s explosion was very damaging as he sparked every Wildkittens’ rally especially when the Baby Jaguars wrested the upperhand, 69-66, in the crucial stage of the game.

Exemplifying his all-around brilliance, Tallo drilled a triple to knot the count at 69-all and later

Monsour Pamaong hit a basket to put the Wildkittens on top for good, 71-69, at the final 3:57 mark of the contest.

CIT made the most out of the opportunity after USJ-R’s Franklyn Batiquin flubbed a triple with Wilkin Sanchez knicking in a triple to give the Wildkittens a 76-71 breather with only 1:32 left to play.

Batiquin backed up Tallo with 18 points followed Clyvin Limalima with 11.

The Wildkittens perhaps also drew strength from their chief cheerleader at the sidelines in City Councilor Arsenio “Pax” Pacaña, the dean of the CIT College of Education who was in attendance since the series openers.

Arlister Escatron, who banged in crucial triples in the final canto, topscored for the Baby Jaguars with 20 points, while Clint Muñez chipped in 13 markers.

The scores

CIT (81) - Tallo 34, Batiquin 18, Limalima 11, Koino 6, Sanchez 5, Pamaong 5, Abad 2

USJR (78) - Escatron 20, Muñez 13, Mate 12, Senining 10, Autentico 8, Go 3, Montecillo 2 Halftime: 32-29. – THE FREEMAN

amdgc82
10-28-2009, 09:25 AM
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CIT WINS TITLE
Tallo leads Wildkittens to first Cesafi jrs. title
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:47:00 10/28/2009

Mark Jayven Tallo towed the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) to the promised land as he led the Wildkittens to their first ever juniors title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) with a 81-78 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars in Game 3 of the the best-of-five series yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Tallo, the reigning Jr. NBA MVP, did not miss a beat as, after scoring 29 points in their Game 2 win, he came up with an unforgettable performance, tallying 34 points, including 14 markers in the final period that pushed his undermanned squad to a 3-0 sweep of the finals.

He capped off his incredible performance this season by capturing the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award along with his spot in the prestigious Mythical Five squad.

The 15-year old playmaker was in a class of his own as he scored nine straight points at the onset of the fourth period with a barrage of fancy drives to the basket, each one more spectacular than the last. His basket with 6:04 remaining gave CIT a 66-64 lead.

USJ-R retaliated by using their height advantage, as Edu Autentico and Clint Munez scored on inside for a 69-66 lead.

Tallo scored the last of his points with a booming three-pointer that tied the game at 69-all. A basket by CIT's Monsour Pamaong was equalized by a shot by Autentico that tied the count at 71-all with two minutes left in the game.

CIT's vaunted shock troopers took over as Clyvin Lima-Lima hit a floater while Wilkins Sanchez hit a three-pointer that gave CIT a five-point cushion, 76-71, with 1:35 left in the match.

A free-throw by Arthur Go and a trfecta by Alister Escatron sliced the lead down to one, 75-76, but Lima-Lima rose to the occasion as he rattled in an undergoal stab off a nice pass by Franklin Batiquin that pegged the score at 78-75 with just 21.5 ticks remaining. Batiquin made two more free-throws that sealed the title for CIT.

Batiquin, who had 18 points, joined Tallo on the Mythical Five team.

The rest of the Mythical Five includes the University of the Visayas' Gerald Legarde and the University of Cebu's Gerald Ampoon.

amdgc82
10-28-2009, 12:08 PM
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CIT sweeps USJ-R
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MARK Jayven Tallo lived up to his lofty billing as he carried the Cebu Institute of Technology Wildkittens to its very first juniors division title of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) following an 81-78 win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The brunt of the pressure lay on the shoulders of the 15-year-old sniper Tallo, who wiped out the opponent by scoring 34 points that paced CIT’s victory.

This year proved to be Tallo’s breakout year. After being named the Jr. NBA MVP early this year, he picked up his second MVP title yesterday owing to his impressive performance.

CIT was undermanned after losing three of its players due to suspensions for figuring in a melee in Game 1 of the best of five finals series, but Tallo made sure he got all areas covered.

With USJ-R starting to make a comeback, Tallo bared his fangs and scored 14 points in the final period that assured CIT of the victory.

He scored nine straight points at the start of the fourth for CIT to lead, 66-64.

USJ-R, however, answered with a 5-0 run to snatch back the lead, 69-66 behind Edu Autentico and Clint Muñez.

But all of USJ-R’s efforts went down the drain when Tallo hit a triple that tied the game at 69. The game went to another deadlock, 71-all but USJ-R never took the lead again.

CIT’s Clyvin Lima-Lima’s shot and Wilkins Sanchez triple gave CIT a five-point lead, that assured them of the victory.

Tallo also earned a slot in the Mythical Five along with Lima-Lima, Alister Escatron, USJ-R’s Franklin Batiguin, Muñez and the University of the Visayas’s Gerald Legarde and the University of Cebu’s Gerald Ampoon. (With MCB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2009.

amdgc82
10-28-2009, 12:10 PM
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Cesafi lauds CEC’s efforts
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy lauded Cebu Eastern College alumni’s efforts to help improve the school’s basketball program.

CEC has been this year’s laughingstock in the Cesafi juniors basketball as they became the whipping boys in the tournament sometimes losing by 100 points.

CEC, led by one of its famous products, businessman Chester Cokaliong, stepped in and announced he and the rest of the alumni were willing to carry the responsibility on their shoulder by shelling out P1.8 million to strengthen the basketball program of the school.

“This move is very laudable. We have seen time and again, especially in leagues in Manila and abroad that a school’s athletic program is greatly boosted if the alumni is supportive,” said Tiukinhoy, adding he is excited what CEC will have on its plate for the next season.

“I hope the other alumni from other schools would follow CEC’s footsteps and also take active roles in their schools’ sports programs,” said Tiukinhoy.

Meanwhile, after having to deal with one fiasco after another and slapping suspensions almost every week, Tiukinhoy still thinks these will only make the Cesafi better.

“I see these things in a positive perspective because all the rules, sanctions and penalties were tested this year so we get to implement the proper punishment for each. We were also able to identify the gray areas in our rules so we will know the changes to make for the next season,” said Tiukinhoy.

Tiukinhoy however hinted that the rules that Cesafi penned are clear but there are parties who want to twist these to suit their own agenda.

“So to prevent this, we will just make sure that all the holes will be filled para wala nay lusot,” said Tiukinhoy. (MCB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2009.

amdgc82
10-29-2009, 07:17 AM
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Lancers near ninth straight crown
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 29, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers bounced back from an overtime defeat in style, hacking out a masterful 81-67 demolition of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five finals series in the 9th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) men’s basketball tournament last Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Game today

(Cebu Coliseum)

Game 4, Finals

5:30 pm UC vs. UV

The Lancers of coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug could wrap up their ninth straight championship if they hurdle tonight’s Game 4 but they must be extra cautious as the Webmasters will surely wage an all-out war in a bid to live and fight for another day.

UV’s 6-foot-11 hardcourt bulldozer Gregory Slaughter had a complete domination over his UC counterpart in 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo, making sure that everything is in order with regards to his ardent desire of producing another crown before bading farewell from the Lancers’ camp.

Slaughter, now in his last playing year with UV, once again topscored for the green and white jersey side with 22 points. His perimeter shots were even more impressive because he didn’t have to play hard one-on-one against Fajardo.

Ritchum Dennison pumped in 17 markers, but the big revelation for UV was crafty guard Eman Calo who had an easy 15 fastbreak points. Harold Cincoflores also stepped up to chip in with 10 points for the Visayanians.

Fajardo was the only bright spot for UC with 24 points. He could have scored more but some of his attempts were deflected by Slaughter’s stonewall defense. Compounding their woes was the rest of his teammates could hardly buy a bucket in sharp contrast to their razor-sharpo outside shooting in their Game 2 triumph.

Save for Fajardo, no other UC player came up with twin figures as the likes of Moncrief Rogado and Kevin Juliane was held off to only eight points apiece.

During the previous two games, the Webmasters had a blazing start but it was a completely different storyline the other as the Lancers was in full command of the match from the start on the way to post a 14-point romp.

The scores

UV (81) - Slaughter 22, Dennison 17, Calo 15, Cincoflores 10, Diputado 9, Olivares 5, Lao 2, Manigque 1

UC (67) - Fajardo 24, Rogado 8, Juliane 8, Bernil 8, Abella 7, Quilantang 5, Tano 3, Cayanong 2, Mohamad 2

Halftime: 32-27 (FREEMAN NEWS)

amdgc82
10-29-2009, 07:24 AM
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A step closer
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

TITLE No. 9 is now just a win away.

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers routed the University of Cebu Webmasters, 81-67, for a 2-1 lead 1 in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Collegiate Basketball Finals held at the Cebu Coliseum last Tuesday.

The Green Lancers showed they have learned the lesson in the past two games as they took the game hard to the Webmasters in the opening minutes and refused to be out-hustled and outscored in the opening quarter.

UV, which trailed UC early in the first two games, held its ground steadily while waiting for the Webmasters to slowly melt behind its precise running game.

Today, the Green Lancers will be shooting for an unprecedented ninth straight title in Game 4 of the best-of-five series at the Cebu Coliseum.

In Game 3, UV got some surprising firepower from Emmanuel Calo who proved to be the missing link in coach Boy Cabahug’s bench.

Calo, who was unstoppable at the backcourt, scored all of his 15 points in the second half to help UV keep the Webmasters at bay.

UC put up a good fight in the past two quarters before allowing UV to pull away from the tight contest in the last 2:15 of the second quarter.

The Webmasters tied the game for the last time coming from the five points of Franz Bernil and a jumper by Fajardo with 7:29 remaining in the third.

From there, UC crumbled into pieces and its defense mellowed after Greg Slaughter scored back-to-back perimeter shots over Fajardo to anchor UV’s quick 10-0 run for a 44-34 lead.

UC narrowed it to 46-41 but Slaughter, Calo and Chris Diputado answered with a quick 7-0 spurt for a 12-point lead at the start of the fourth.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 29, 2009.

amdgc82
10-29-2009, 07:28 AM
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Pages: Can UC ambush UV to force a wild Game 5?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
John Pages
Match Point

EVER since the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) started in 2001, one name has emerged victorious in men’s collegiate basketball. For the past eight seasons, the University of the Visayas has been undefeated. They’re 8-0.

Will this number become nine out of nine tonight, when the UV Green Lancers, armed with a 2-1 lead in this best-of-five Finals series, meet the University of Cebu Webmasters in Game 4?

“This is our biggest game of the entire season,” said top lawyer Baldomero “Merong” Estenzo, who is UC’s Dean of the Law School and the basketball team manager, when we spoke yesterday morning. “If we win, we will have an excellent chance in Game 5 on Sunday. The momentum will be with us. Our players will have added morale.”

Of course, the big, two-lettered word is... “IF.” Because if UC loses, then it’s the end to another disappointing season—and another splendid year for the unbeatable Green Lancers.

“The key to UV’s wins has been their experience,” added Estenzo. “In Game 1, we led the entire game and only lost it in the last three minutes. Same with Game 2. We led but then UV came back. Good that we won that game in the end.”

That’s true. In Game 1, UC led 42-36 entering the fourth quarter. With 7:49 left in the ballgame, they had a 10-point margin, 48-38. But in the end, the last-minute jitters attacked their squad as UV escaped with a 64-56 victory.

In Game 2, UC again led, this time by as much as 16 points before UV sneaked back to lead 70-68 with just 32 seconds left to play. That’s when the heroics of Rommel Luceño arrived when he buried a three-pointer to give UC the win via overtime, 71-70.

In last Tuesday’s Game 3, it was all-UV as the Lancers won, 81-67.

“Our players were very tired in Game 3,” said Estenzo. “Game 2 was played on Monday and, on Tuesday, we played Game 3. Unlike UV where they have a lot of second stringers, with us, we rely on a few key players for the entire ballgame. And so, playing back-to-back days, UC was tired. Also, that was a disadvantage to us because many of our players are rookies and not as experienced.”

As to UC’s star center, the 6’9” Jun Mar Fajardo, how has he fared in the finals?

“He knows he’s carrying the team. But, sometimes, he becomes too ‘gigil.’ Maybe because too much pressure is on him.

At times, “ma-pugos niya ang iyang duwa.” When he’s double- or triple-teamed, ma-pugos niya. He has to realize that, when he’s double-teamed, that leaves one teammate vacant. And with UC, there are plenty of good shooters.”

How has the Fajardo vs. Greg Slaughter one-on-one played so far?

“Slaughter, no doubt, is a very valuable player for UV. He has the height. He has the heft. And he can stop Fajardo. But in Game 1, it was Fajardo who outplayed Slaughter. But in the next two games, it was Slaughter who dominated.

What I told Bernard Ricablanca (UC’s athletic director) was for Fajardo to take advantage of his speed. He’s fast. For a person with his height, he’s fast. But I’ve noticed that he has the habit, in practice, of simply jogging. They should engage him with more sprints.

Fajardo is extraordinary for a guy at 6’9”. He’s not slow-footed. He has to take advantage of his speed. Like, for example, after he rebounds and passes the ball, he should sprint back. No one, especially Slaughter, will be able to catch him.”

When I asked Estenzo why UV, this entire decade, has been unbeatable, his reply was precise. “They have an excellent program. A program that’s geared towards winning championships.

They have a deep bench. They have a lot of players. Lots of reserves. They can even form a second squad that can compete against everybody. And so, these second- and third-string players, after a year or two with UV, they’re already seasoned.

It’s a continuous winning program.”

Finally, I asked Atty. Estenzo what it will take for UC to break the UV streak. “Our players need to trust each other. No one player can carry the whole team. Not even Fajardo. He needs the support of all players. We have to be a team.”

(www.pages.ph)

amdgc82
10-30-2009, 07:20 AM
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TRIPLE GRANDSLAM: UV Lancers finish off UC in Game 4 to claim ninth straight CESAFI crown
By Gabby G. Malagar (The Freeman) Updated October 30, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - It's all over. The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers formally knocked out the very game University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters with another convincing 75-62 victory in Game 4 to annex their all-time record to ninth consecutive title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) collegiate basketball last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Lancers finished the best-of-five finals series at three games to one, thereby further galvaning their status at the mightiest amateur ballclub in this portion of the achipelago.

UV's resounding conquest of UC was more meaningful for Gregory Slaughter as the 6-foot-11 tower fulfilled his ultimate goal of leaving a championship legacy before bading farewell from his Lancers' family. Slaughter was doubly happy as he shared the coveted MVP trophy with his Webmasters counterpart in 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo.

They were joined into the elite Mythical Five by Chris Victor Diputado of UV, Moncrief Rogado of UC and Giovanni Padillo of the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

Slaughter had his worst game of the season scoring only a paltry six points, but coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug's secret stepped up bigtime to topscore for the Lancers with 21 points spiked with three 3-pointers including a very long one just above the centerline that sparked a furious assault.

Calo was truly the man of the hour in UV's series-clinching victory as everytime he made a shot, the crowd responded with a thunderous applause.

The Lancers were so productive in the first period alone where they dropped five 3-point bombs, two each from Elmer Mykiel Cabahug and Harold Cincoflores and one from Ritchum Dennison. They then sank three more tomahawks to startle the Webmasters at halftime.

Cincoflores also made a huge contribution with 15 points followed by Dennison with 10.

"I'm just lucky enough to have won nine titles for UV. Hopefully, it will become 10 next year," said Cabahug while expressing his profound gratitude to the Gullas family for their all-out support in the comprehensive basketball program he institute for UV.

The Lancers led by as many as 20 points, 66-46, at the final 4:03 of the contest and th best UC could muster was to trim the deficit down to 10 points, 61-71, off a blistering 15-5 run. In that span, rookie Mark Tano hit three straight triples and ace point guard Kelvin Juliane completed two three-point plays but they still fell short of extending the series into its full route.

Just like Slaughter, Fajardo also had an off-night churning out a measly seven points. Rogado and Tano led UC's offensive charge with 25 points combined.

The scores

UV (75) - Calo 21, Cincoflores 15, Dennison 10, Slaughter 6, Cabahug 6, Lasala 4, Mercader 4, Olivares 4, Manigque 3, Diputado 2

UC (62) - Rogado 13, Tano 12, Juliane 9, Fajardo 7, Mohamad 7, Quilantang 5, Cayanong 4, Luceño 3 Halftime: 34-27 (FREEMAN NEWS)

amdgc82
10-30-2009, 07:23 AM
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Simply the best
Thursday, October 29, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE championship may have been marketed as the matchup between the two giants—University of the Visayas’s Greg Slaughter and University of Cebu’s June Mar Fajardo—but a rookie stole center stage and chose a perfect time to break out as UV extended its dominance in Cebu collegiate hoops.

UV’s Emman Calo overshadowed the two skyscrapers to help UV capture its ninth straight title in Game 4 of the best-of five-finals series in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

“UC gave us a good fight . My players were at their best form but it was my rookie Calo who did it for us. He won this championship for us,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

Calo topscored for UV with 21 points--11 in the crucial fourth period--spiked by three triples that helped the team win an unprecedented nine straight championships.

Will they stop at nine? Definitely not, according to the coach.

“We will not stop trying. As long as we will be blessed, then we will go for it. If it stops, then we start again,” said Cabahug.

On the other hand, Fajardo couldn’t seem to find his bearings as he only managed a measly seven points, while Slaughter scored only six.

UV had the victory in their hands as early as the first period when they ganged up on UC’s second stringers, scoring all of their points from the three-point lane.

UC’s rookies, however, were able to hold back and trailed only by three, 15-12, at the end of the first.

The game went on a momentary standstill when the power went out and it took 20 minutes before the game resumed.

When it did, Calo started making his presence felt and led the team’s 17-8 run, including back-to-back triples that put them ahead, 32-20.

UV managed to take control of the game in the third period behind Ritchum Dennison, who is playing in his final year, for a 50-40.

In the final quarter, UV seemed to play more inspired when school Rep. Eddie Gullas arrived and instead of sitting at the VIP area, opted to sit with the crowd.

In the fourth, another rookie, Ralf Olivarez, opened fire and scored two straight baskets to pad UV’s lead to 54-40.

And before UC could answer, the Webmasters were staring at a 66-46 deficit with four minutes left to play.

Slaughter, who was named the season MVP, said he enjoyed this final so much.

“It was great playing with Fajardo. This was the most fun I ever had in the Cesafi,” Slaughter said. “Right now, I am just happy we won. He can outplay me all he wants, people can say he is better than me anytime, but right now, I am the champion.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2009.

amdgc82
10-30-2009, 11:52 AM
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UV IN CLOUD NINE
Green Lancers win ninth straight Cesafi seniors crown
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:05:00 10/30/2009

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers landed in cloud nine after capturing their ninth straight Cesafi seniors division title following their 75-62 victory over the upstart University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in Game 4 of the best-of-five Finals series yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

While the hyped clash of the titans between UV's 7-foot-center Greg Slaughter and UC's 6-foot-10 giant June Mar Fajardo proved to be a dud last night, another hero emerged to etch his name in Lancer lore.

Eman Calo, the unheralded rookie guard, picked the perfect time to have his breakout game as he tallied a game-high 21 points.

A mere day after scoring 15 in Game 3 that proved to be key to their victory, Calo once again displayed his fearlessness as he scored 11 in the final period to help the Lancers close out the series, 3-1, and end UC's dream season.

Slaughter was held down to just six points while Fajardo faltered when it mattered the most, managing just seven points. Both, however, were named co-MVPs for the tournament.

UV took control of the game early as they reigned from behind the three-point arc, sinking five three-point shots for a 15-12 lead.

Calo spearheaded a blistering 11-0 run that was capped off by consecutive trifectas by Macmac Manigque and Calo for a 32-20 lead. UV eventually held on for a 34-27 lead at halftime.

The Lancers kept a 50-40 lead going into the final period and broke the game wide open with easy fastbreak baskets that erected an insurmountable 66-46 lead.

Ralf Olivares, Harold Cincoflores and Calo proved to be too quick to handle as they oversaw a 16-6 rally that forced UC to sit down Fajardo for good with 4:04 left in the game.

UC came close to 10, 61-71, but Calo ended that comeback attempt with an acrobatic alley-oop lay-up that brought their rabid fans led by UV president and Congressman Eddie Gullas, off their feet.

Cincoflores had 15 points for UV while Ritchum Dennison added 10 markers.

Moncrief Rogado had 13 for UC while Mark Tano contributed 12 points

The Mythical Five was bannered by Slaughter, Fajardo, Rogado, Chris Diputado and the University of San Carlos' (USC) Giovanni Padillo.

UV will now set their sights on the title in the upcoming Philippine Collegiate Champions League late in November.

UC, on the other hand, will have to compete against Adamson University, San Sebastian Cavite and the University of San Jose-Recoletos for a wildcard slot in the pocket tournament starting on Nov. 5.

amdgc82
11-01-2009, 07:21 AM
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Pages: With UV’s 9th prize, Eddiegul is on Cloud 9
Saturday, October 31, 2009
John Pages
Match Point

HUMBLING.” That’s the first word uttered by Eduardo Gullas, the University of the Visayas president and Congressman of Cebu’s first district, when we spoke yesterday.

“Humbling because the Lord was very kind to us this series,” he said. “Many thought this would be the end of our championships. But I told the boys after, ‘You are the champions... but maintain the spirit of humility.’”

That word, “humility,” is a synonym for the name, “Eddiegul.” To the tens of thousands who’ve met him face-to-face, that’s one word best to describe Eddie Gullas: humble.

This was most evident last Thursday night when, right before the start of the fourth quarter between the UV vs. UC final, the congressman arrived. He sat beside Cesafi Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy. But that only lasted for three minutes.

Because, never mind if he had the best ringside seat inside the Cebu Coliseum, he opted to climb the bleachers and sit among the crowd. He’s simple, modest—a man for others, with others.

In our wide-ranging phone conversation yesterday afternoon which lasted over 20 minutes, I asked the Cebu Sports Hall of Fame awardee a variety of questions after UV won it’s 9th title...

“We’re now looking forward to the PCCL (Phil. Collegiate Champions League) on Nov. 23,” he said. “Meanwhile, I told the team to relax and have fun. Visit your loved ones.”

What would it mean, I asked, if UV won the national title?

To recall, I mentioned to Eddiegul, “in 1957, UV won the inter-collegiate crown and you were adjudged by the Phil.
Sportswriters Association (PSA) as the ‘Coach of the Year.’ What if UV wins this year?

“That will be a big challenge,” he said. “The Manila teams are strong, especially Ateneo. And the NCAA champs, San Beda.

Plus, the UAAP and NCAA numbers two, three and four are strong.

But it’s not impossible. Still, it’s a big challenge for out-of-town teams. Also, the advantage with the Manila teams is their exposure to the PBA games.”

On his coaches Boy Cabahug and Al Solis? He said: “They are valuable. Boy and Al complement each other. If you recall, in his playing days, Cabahug was an offensive player. And Solis was the point guard. And so Didi (Eddiegul’s son) made a good choice with their tandem. Boy focuses on the offense; Al on defense. Their skills complement each other. I saw this for myself several times when we had no sessions in Congress and I’d watch them practice in the UV gym.”

We also talked about Greg Slaughter, the 7-footer who wears jersey No. 7 and was named Cesafi co-MVP (with Jun Fajardo) this season.

“According to Didi, he has not signed any contract yet with the SBP. Greg’s parents were here last month and they listed down four important points before Greg signs an agreement. Greg has been told to report to Manila and be with the Gilas squad. But I believe he has expressed his opinion asking if he can play for UV during the PCCL event.

“As to Greg playing for UV next year? Well, there’s still a possibility although, on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say it’s around 4 or 5. Personally, I’d like Greg to play one more season. Not only because our ‘Perfect 10’ dream would be enhanced, but also so that he can finish his Business Administration degree. Basketball is a contact sport and, if anything happens, it’s a big advantage. Also, if ever Greg goes back to the US, it won’t be difficult for him to land a job if he finished a college course.”

Finally, I asked: “Why is UV unbeatable? What success secrets do you have?”

“First, our coaches instill in the players a desire to be No. 1. A desire not to settle for No. 2.

Second, our alumni is a big factor. They help out. In the different provinces, when they see good material, they contact us and even accompany the players to UV. This is unique.

Third, I believe the all-out support of the UV administration helps. Right now, the younger boys have taken over the program.

Jiji and Didi have given their full support.

And now, it’s Sam-Sam. He’s very dedicated. And I believe, with the players, it has instilled in them a desire to give it their best.

Fourth, prayer. I believe in prayers.”

(john@pages.ph)

amdgc82
11-01-2009, 07:24 AM
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UV's Giant(s)
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BLEACHER TALK By Rico Navarro (The Freeman) Updated November 01, 2009 12:00 AM

UV’s conquest of UC in winning its ninth straight CESAFI championship will no longer be known as the win of the one giant in Greg Slaughter over the other, Junemar Fajardo. It will and should be recognized as the conquest of UV the giant dominating UC in every aspect of the game.

While many expected the finals to be a Slaughter-Fajardo show, Coach Boy Cabahug did a great job of easing pressure of his big man and instead relied on his entire team to win his ninth straight title. And this is what basketball giants do so well. They’ll somehow lead people to believe that Slaughter is the only show on the team, then pull a surprise on all with the excellent performances of everybody else who were always hidden behind their giant. At the end of the day, UV’s cast of little giants were the real giants of the CESAFI Finals.

If one is to look for one key factor that contributed to the UV championship, it would have to be the excellent play of the Lancers’ backcourt. The Lancers, anticipating that UC was essentially a four-guard, one-center set-up, also fielded a similar match-up with the rotation of Chris Diputado, Harold Cincoflores, Ritchum Dennison, Phil Mercader and Emman Calo taking the 1-2-3 spots to complement Slaughter. They’re all natural point and off guards who are all stand shorter than six feet. While UV needed a bigger set of players against other CESAFI teams, the five-guard rotation was just perfect for UV against UC. In fact, there were times when four guards were on the floor along with Slaughter.

The playmaking of Diputado and Cincoflores was crucial in the win, especially in Games 3 and 4 where they totally dominated UC. They broke the press consistently, and distributed the ball perfectly among their teammates on the floor for easy baskets. In Game 3, both combined for 16 assists in running the UV offense. Calo was the surprise package in offense, benefitting from the feeds of Diputado and Cincoflores. It seemed like UC never took Calo seriously (maybe a lack of scouting?), as the rookie was all over the place making easy lay-ups in transition and drilling triples when left open. The irony of it all is that after Calo scored 15 points in Game 3, he came back stronger with 21 points in Game 4. Wasn’t he scouted at all?

Many people have raved at how Boy Cabahug and Al Solis did a great job in pushing the right buttons in UV’s player rotation. They aren’t scared to make substitutions that somehow don’t make sense only to come out making the right decision. In Game 4, UV didn’t start out well in the first quarter and decided to call on Boycab’s son, Mykee. In an instant, Mykee drilled two out of UV’s five triples which served as the only points made in the quarter. Mykee never saw action again, but his instant offense impact was greatly felt. In the box scores, he tied Slaughter’s six points, but this came in only five playing minutes.

Another surprise strategic decision from UV was their three-point shooting. UC is widely known as being one of the better (if not the best) three-point shooting teams with Janssen Abella, Kelvin Juliane, Kevin Quilantang, Rommel Luceño, Robinson Muhammad, Kim Gomez and Mark Tano serving as a perfect multiple choice of players who can shoot the trey. But the CESAFI finals was a different story. UV surprised everyone with their three-point shooting. Case in point was Game 4. By the third quarter, UV had drilled ten triples against two of UC. Cincoflores, Calo, Dennison and Mykee Cabahug reigned from the outside, thus spreading the UC defense to open up the inside. Tano made three straight 3’s in a UC fourth quarter rally, but these weren’t enough to turn the tide.

But that wasn’t it. A few may not have realized that Junjun Lasala was sitting on the bench due to his five-game suspension. And instead of getting worried, UV’s deep bench stepped up. While the five-man guard rotation took care of the 1-2-3 spots, Ralf Olivarez, Mark Manigque and Edrian Lao manned the power forward spot in Games 1 to 3. Lasala was back in Game 4, but it hardly mattered. UV would’ve won even without him. Now I know why Boy Cabahug didn’t have any qualms when Lasala was suspended.

Another crucial department where UV completely dominated UC was in mental preparation. Buoyed by eight years of championships, the Lancers were focused and determined to win it all, while UC was inconsistent. They were often tentative and their killer instinct was gone when UV would mount big leads in the game. This mental preparedness had the entire team coming out with confidence in every game, making them more relaxed and at ease to execute their game plans.

Now that talk is already pointing towards a tenth straight title, UV looks like they’re up to the challenge. Slaughter is expected to be back for one last hurrah (or is he headed elsewhere?). UV also has another 6-5 Fil-Am who’s reportedly on board and practicing with the team already. Cincoflores, Mercader and Calo will be back while everyone else who’ll leave will be replaced by players coming from UV’s deep bench of reserves in Team B. Deep indeed is this giant.

We have always said since the pre-season that UV was still the reigning champ and their belt will have to be taken away (by force). They aren’t a nine-time champion for nothing and they will defend their titles at all costs. It will take more than a giant to take them down.

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Time-out: As we commemorate All Saints’ Day today and All Souls’ Day tomorrow, let’s all join hands in praying for all the souls who have departed. You can reach me at bleachertalk@yahoo.com

amdgc82
11-01-2009, 07:28 AM
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UV releases Slaughter
Saturday, October 31, 2009

AFTER plucking its ninth straight title of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), the University of the Visayas is now ready to let go of its prized center, Greg Slaughter, to find better opportunities in Manila, where he will suit up for the national team.

However, UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug will still be closely monitoring Slaughter and vowed he will pull him out if the RP Gilas team benches him.

“He wants to play in Manila so we let him especially if it means he will improve. If he does well, that will be good but if they make him a bench warmer, I’d get him back so he can play his full potential here with UV,” said Cabahug.

The RP Gilas team is a guest squad in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Slaughter picked up his second season MVP title of the Cesafi. The difference is, this time, he shared it with June Mar Fajardo, the University of Cebu’s pivot man.

This is the first time two players from the opposing finalist teams share the honor.

The two big men were pitted against each other since Day 1 but Fajardo proved he was better than Slaughter statistics-wise.

That was why Fajardo was already tipped to be the MVP.

However, in Game 4 of the finals series, both centers’ performances were mediocre with Slaughter scoring six and Fajardo managing only seven.

Because of this, Cesafi officials called it a stalemate and gave both players the title.

“There was mixed votes for Slaughter and Fajardo. We were going back and forth with it. There was no unanimous vote.

While Fajardo topped the statistics, it was Slaugher, who brought his team to the ninth Cesafi title,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

Even if Slaughter will start his stint with the RP Gilas team, he will still be assisting UV when it once more tries its luck in capturing the ever-elusive Philippine Collegiate Champions League title next month.

Fellow Cesafi teams UC or University of San Jose-Recoletos will get a chance to compete in the PCCL should they win the wildcard slot in a tournament on Nov. 5.

They will play Adamson University and San Sebastian Cavite for the slot.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 1, 2009.

Schortsanitis
11-01-2009, 01:16 PM
However, UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug will still be closely monitoring Slaughter and vowed he will pull him out if the RP Gilas team benches him.

“He wants to play in Manila so we let him especially if it means he will improve. If he does well, that will be good but if they make him a bench warmer, I’d get him back so he can play his full potential here with UV,” said Cabahug.


I think Slaughter has to EARN his playing time with Smart-Gilas. There's no use giving him playing time just for the sake of getting playing time, if he isn't going to contribute out there on the court, anyway.

amdgc82
11-02-2009, 09:06 AM
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Limpag: El Presidente speaks
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Mike T. Limpag
Fair play

UV: 9, rest of Cesafi: 0.

That’s the score so far in the basketball competition of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., after the University of the Visayas won their triple grand slam.

Or we can call it a UV-slam, a perfect 9 of 9 conversion. The streak started when the current batch of Green Lancers were barely kids, and with the ways things are going, it seems their kids would extend it to 30.

UV, it seems, is unbeatable when once it gets to the finals.

They could have done it without Greg Slaughter, their 6’11 center. That’s how deep their bench is.

The same can’t be said of UC. Without Jun Mar Fajardo, they’d be lucky to make it to the semis.

This season is proving to be a memorable one for the Cesafi for all the wrong reasons.

Three volleyball coaches walked out of their semifinals and got banned for life.

And pending any more post-season suspensions, a total of 10 basketball players got axed, with one getting a lifetime ban.

Poor Eliud Poligrates is now seeking comfort in the Liga Pilipinas, while the three volleyball coaches have shunned calls from our reporter because of a couple of columns I wrote and have sought comfort in one who they think is on their side.

Now that only puts a delicate twist on things.

But what really struck me this season were the words of El Presidente, Ramon Fernandez, Cebu basketball’s most famous product.

The legend who has four PBA MVP trophies to his name, was pissed with the no-show of four slam dunk contestants during the All-Star contest last month.

“Bata pa, taas na ang sungay,” Fernandez said after the four players didn’t even have the decency to inform Cesafi they were backing out.

The benefits collegiate players enjoy these days probably make what Fernandez enjoyed in his career a pittance.

And seeing how those four treat the game that put them where they are must have rankled El Presidente, big time.

I’ve always loved talking with old-timers, be it in any sport or profession.

Sometimes, the things they went through put our so-called “hardships” in perspective.

That’s why, when I had the chance, I grilled veteran writer Al Mendoza no end on what it was like when he was just a cub reporter. Or, I’d ask “old-timers” Nimrod Quinones and Rick Gabuya—who were my former bosses at the Freeman—how “easy” it was to be on an out-of-town coverage in the days without the Internet, cell phones and fax machines.

The four no-shows of the dunk contest can only hope to get within a mile close to what Fernandez has achieved and their future pro careers—if they have any—will forever be associated with the words of the old-timer.

“Bata pa, taas na ang sungay.”

And when it comes to a sport where promising stars are a dime a dozen, what a legend thinks, sometimes, outweighs any scouting report.

E-MAILS. Here’s a couple of reactions from readers I want to share.

One is from an American living in Cebu who wrote about following US pro sports here.

“There is one other option for NFL fans in Cebu. It is a bit expensive, but it is worth it for me and probably for other American expats here. NFL.com makes the games available through live streaming video on their website…It just requires a fast and reliable high speed internet connection. The picture is quite sharp actually.”

The other is from a fellow Mindanaoan (souleater_ark@yahoo.com), who reacted to “Parents in Milo football.”

“I’m from Mindanao and they shouldn’t use it as a threat to other people. Kay nganu? Ila ba diay nang Mindanao?”

I couldn’t have said it any better.

(mikelimpag@gmail.com, football.cebunetwork.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 2, 2009.

amdgc82
11-03-2009, 06:35 AM
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Slaughter refuses to join RP Smart Gilas for now
Monday, November 2, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

GREG Slaughter, the seven-foot basketball stalwart of the University of the Visayas Green (UV) Lancers, saw his basketball career catapulted to greater heights with several offers including an all-important stint with the Smart-Gilas RP team.

But Slaughter is taking it easy.

“He is not signing anything with Smart Gilas just yet. He decided to still train and play for the national team but also still maintain his scholarship with UV because according to him he wants to graduate,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

After towing UV to an unprecedented ninth straight title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), UV’s prized center, decided to take things slowly.

After UV agreed to let him go if he decided to suit up for the national team, it was expected that the Filipino-American would rush back to Manila to play for the Smart Gilas team in the PBA.

However, Slaughter extended his stay in Cebu and decided he wanted to finish school.

“He said he still wanted to play for UV next season and finish his accounting management course. This actually made us very happy not just because we will still have him in Cesafi next year, but because out of his own resolve, he chose this,” said Cabahug.

Cabahug said they have always made it a point that Slaughter is given a free hand at making decisions about his career.

“We are here to guide him. Sir Eddie (Gullas, UV president) was very impressed at how he weighed his options and made his decision because at least we know if he decided a career in basketball, he will already have a degree. And if he graduated with UV, we can really claim that he is a UV product,” said Cabahug.

“Basketball is temporary, really. If he has a degree then he has something to fall back on,” said Cabahug.

With Slaughter’s decision, the same regimen will be followed with him jetting back and forth Cebu and Manila, wherever his services are needed.

thadzonline
11-03-2009, 09:14 AM
Did I speak too soon? :-D

Schortsanitis
11-03-2009, 01:05 PM
Looks like you did, thadz. As for Greg, let him stay there in Cebu, where he will continue to be living legend there. Also am sure he will be living legend with Liga Pilipinas also. LOL.

thadzonline
11-03-2009, 04:24 PM
He prolly wont be playing with Liga Pilipinas either. It should be enough jetlag to deal with flying between Manila(Gilas) and Cebu(UV). Allow Gilas players to play in the PBL while there is no international competition and I think he'll change his mind

sash
07-16-2010, 12:22 PM
Hey I am trying to find a school that fits for a good swingman from Chicago, IL that i have been watching play in The MBT with Siemens SIS. Black american 6ft3 tall athletic but has apprently been nursing and playing with a bad back. I heard he was supposed to go to CSB but due to the residence rules with the UAAP and NCAA decided not to play college basketball here..But he is a really good player, scoreds at will, can post up, face the basket and has a soft touch, although it looks like the bad back slows him down a little and makes him move wit an awkward motion..Good steal for whomever grabs him.

sir_hodge
06-14-2011, 10:51 PM
Just wanted to post here that the Ormoc Inter-College Fiesta Basketball tournament was held from June 5-8 at the Ormoc City Superdome... four colleges from Cebu joined, UC, UV, USC and SWU joined together with Ormoc WLC and ACLC... It had a PCCL Regional Games format.

Bracket A
University of Cebu (UC)
Southwestern University (SWU)
Western Leyte College (WLC)

Bracket B
University of the Visayas (UV)
University of San Carlos (USC)
AMA Computer Learning Center - ACLC College (ACLC)

The Final result was:
#1 University of Cebu (UC)
#2 Western Leyte College (WLC)
#3 University of the Visayas (UV)
#4 University of San Carlos (USC)

no game for 5th and 6th was held... sana maging annual na ang pagsali ng CESAFI team sa Ormoc Fiesta...

kuzma1313
06-17-2011, 11:14 PM
Post naman kayo sa mga incoming rookies sa CESAFI...