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amdgc82
06-01-2009, 07:34 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cesafi-selection-face-blue-eagles
Cesafi selection to face Blue Eagles
Monday, June 1, 2009

By Marian C. Baring

THE top three teams in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Partners Cup held last March—the Southwestern University (SWU), University of Cebu (UC) and University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)—will unite to represent the Cesafi in the Friendship Cup on June 7 to 11 at the Cebu Coliseum.

The team will be facing the 2008 champion of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, who will be fresh from their summer training in the US.

Aside from these two teams, also competing are the Cebu Landmasters and the Smart Pampanga Buddies of Liga Pilipinas.

Leading the Cesafi selection are SWU’s Alfred Belande, Ardd Evan Django, Eleazar Armecin, Ritchie Jalandoni and Rene Pacquiao.

UV players

The picks from UC are 6’9" center June Mar Fajardo, three-point master Moncrief Rogado, Jansen Abella, Edward Pao and Kevin Quilantang.

The players from USJ-R are Kurt Amores, Jerome Villaver, Edwin Bibera, Marvin Duran and Edmar Pateno.

Ateneo, on the other hand, will be led by UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Rookie of the Year Ryan Buenafe, Kirk Long, Jai Reyes, Nonoy Baclao, Bacon Austria, Eric Salamat, Juami Tiongson, Zags Gonzaga, Nico Salva, Vince Burke, Mike Baldos, Justin Chua, Chris De Chavez, Frank Golla and Cebuano Christopher Sumalinog.

Although players from the eight-time champion University of the Visayas (UV) are not included in the Cesafi lineup, the Cebu Landmasters lineup is filled with former Green Lancers.

The Cebu Landmasters will be coached by Jun Tan.

Rino Berami, Ariel Mepana, Mark Abaon and Jayford Rodriguez lead the Landmasters with Alex Cainglet and former USJ-R player Luther Justiniani.

The teams will play a single round-robin with the top two squads advancing to the championship round, while the bottom two will fight for third place.

amdgc82
06-02-2009, 06:26 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cesafi-selection-miss-uv-players
Cesafi selection to miss UV players
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) will go into battle against the best basketball team in the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in this Sunday’s Friendship Cup at the Cebu Coliseum without its best arsenal, the eight-time Cesafi champion, University of the Visayas.

“It is unfortunate because we were not given a go-signal from school heads in time. The Cesafi was also pressed for time because it needed to come up with a lineup as soon as possible so they could start practicing,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

The Cesafi invited Adrian Lao, Greg Slaughter, Junjun Lasala and Harold Cincoflores to join the team.

The Cesafi selection team will be bannered by players from Southwestern University, University of Cebu and University of San Jose Recoletos. They will be going up against Ateneo, which recently came from training in the US.

Meanwhile, Cabahug said that for the summer, UV was focused on sending its players to various competitions.

“Lasala, Cincoflores and Lao have been joining tournaments the entire summer and Greg is busy with his RP team stint,” Cabahug said.

“Also this summer, I was hands-on with our Team B. We were touring all over Cebu and other provinces joining different competitions before the Cesafi season starts so that we will be ready by then,” said Cabahug.

amdgc82
06-08-2009, 07:19 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cesafi-beats-pampanga
Cesafi beats Pampanga
By Marian C. Baring

IT WASN’T pretty but they got the job done.

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) selection survived an end-game scare to carve out a hard-earned 76-73 win over the Pampanga Buddies to open its bid in the Friendship Cup on a positive note yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the other game, Ateneo de Manila University defeated the Cebu Landmasters, 83-69.

Coach Norman Black said they opted to back out of a Manila tournament to play in Cebu since the Friendship Cup was scheduled ahead.

Black said they also played here three years ago and did well in Manila and he hopes to repeat the feat this season.

Yesterday, the Cesafi selection came blazing in the highly-physical contest before faltering in the later stages against the veteran-laden Pampanga squad.

The team also had to deal with the loss of its two top offensive forces, Alfred Belande and Moncrief Rogado.

Belando was dropped for failing to join practice, while Rogado injured his ankle and could possibly miss the entire tournament.

Pampanga’s defenders targeted Cesafi’s go-to man June Mar Fajardo and limited the usually high-scoring center to just 16 points.

On several occasions, a frustrated Fajardo had to be restrained by his teammates as he tried to retaliate for the physical defense Pampanga had on him.

With Fajardo nipped, the rest of the Cesafi selection chipped in to get the job done.

Cesafi led most of the way and posted its highest lead at the start of the fourth period, 63-56.

Charities

However, the Pampanga Budies initiated a comeback behind Jam Alfad and Billy Bansil with a 9-0 run to snatch the lead, 65-63, for the first time.

A fadeaway jumper from Fajardo arrested Pampanga’s run and Kurt Amores scored a bucket and halved a charity to put the Cebuanos back up front, 72-67.

Cesafi was leading, 75-71, in the final minute of the game when Arrd Django fouled Pampanga’s Earl Saguindel, a former University of San Jose Recoletos player.

Saguindel converted his charities in the final 34 seconds to cut Cesafi’s lead to just two, 75-73, but the Buddies couldn’t get closer

Today, Pampanga will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the opening game, while Cesafi and the Cebu Landmasters battle in the second game.

amdgc82
06-08-2009, 07:20 AM
CESAFI stars disconnect Buddies
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated June 08, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Six-foot-nine tower June Mar Fajardo of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters scored 16 points to vault the CESAFI Selection past the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 77-73, in the opening match of the five-day Friendship Cup yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

4 pm Pampanga-Smart Buddy vs. Ateneo

5:45 pm Cebu Landmasters vs. CESAFI Selection

The game, which went close all the way with the CESAFI Selection leading only by three points at the intermission, 37-34, was still tied in the final 5:53 of the contest on Fajardo’s medium range jumper.

Back-up big man Kurt Amores of the University of San Jose-Recoletos added three more points to give the local boys of coach Dodie Miego a 68-65 edge with still 4:39 left to play.

A spectacular air-suspension drive by Aard Diango gave the host team a 72-67 edge but after two costly errors by the CESAFI Selection, the visitors from Pampanga pulled within 73-75 on two gift shots by former USJ-R Jaguar Earn Saguindel with only 34 seconds remaining.

In the ensuing sequence, Kevin Quilantang and Amores hit crucial free throws to seal CESAFI’s win.

The scores

CESAFI Selection (77)- Fajardo 16, Diango 12, Armecin 10, Pao 8, Amores 6, Pacquiao 6, Abella 5, Pateño 4, Quilantang 4, Villaver 2, Bibera 2, Duran 2

Pampanga (73)- A. Espiritu 17, Arao 16, Gelig 11, Alfad 6, Luanzon 6, Bansil 5, Saguindel 4, Vizcara 3, Baluyo 3, Espiritu 2 Halftime: 37-34. – THE FREEMAN

thadzonline
06-08-2009, 09:57 AM
participating teams:

CeSAFI Selection
AdMU Blue Eagles
Smart Pampanga Buddies
Cebu Landmasters

thadzonline
06-08-2009, 10:06 AM
CeSAFI roster:

Junmar Fajardo(6'9)
Kurt Amores(6'4")
Edwin Bibera(6'3")
Rene Pacquiao(6'5")
Rich Jalandoni(6'5")
Edward Pao(6'2")
Ely Armecin(6'2")
Kevin Quilantang(6'1")
Ardd Django(5'8")
Janssen Abella(5'11")
Marvin Duran(5'11")
Jerome Villaver(6'0")
Edmar Pateño(5'9")

thadzonline
06-08-2009, 10:20 AM
AdMU roster:
Rabeh Al-Hussaini
Nonoy Baclao
Bacon Austria
Eric Salamat
Jai Reyes
Mike Baldos
Nico Salva
Kirk Long
Ryan Buenafe
Tiongson
Vince Burke
Frank Golla
Justine Chua

thadzonline
06-08-2009, 10:23 AM
Landmasters roster:
Luther Justiniani(6'0")
Alex Cainglet(5'9")
Woodrow Enriquez(5'8")
Stephen Padilla(5'11")
Jet Latonio(6'2")
Marvin Mercado(6'2")
Bernie Ursal(6'2")
Frank Nailon(6'4")
Mark Abadia(6'3")
Carlos Sayon(5'10")
Mark Ababon(5'10")

thadzonline
06-08-2009, 10:28 AM
Pampanga Buddies roster:
Jam Alfad
Alwyn Espiritu
Ford Arao
Niño Gelig
Billy Bansil
Christian Luanzon
Earn Saguindel
jemal Vizcarra
Chris Baluyot
Anthony Espiritu

thadzonline
06-08-2009, 10:35 AM
CeSAFI versus Pampanga game thoughts:

CeSAFI beats Pampanga 77-73

I came to watch the 2nd half of the game. Junmar Fajardo looked rugged tired. But could have been because Pampanga was really playing him physical. He is double teamed everytime he gets the ball. He did well passing off double teams, Pacquiao was recipient of at least 3 of those passes which Pacquiao converted(a short stab, a reverse layup and a power move down low). Amores converted a midrange off JF's pass as well but missed a couple too. Armecin did good with some timely outside shots. JF was also solid on defense getting some good blocks against Pampanga's big men, I've seen at least 3 of those blocks. Jam ALfad got the usually cool Fajardo mad with a hard foul in the 3rd quarter. Alfad was called for a flagrant foul on that play. Pampanga kept it close with their outside shooting in the 4th but CeSAFI made 2 splits care off Kurt Amores and Kevin Quilantang in the last minute to preserve the victory

thadzonline
06-08-2009, 10:42 AM
Ateneo versus Landmasters game thoughts

Ateneo beat Landmasters 83-69

Some of Ateneo's key players were out of game shape, Rabeh and Bacon Austria.

Landmasters was a ragtag selection of has-beens in Cebu basketball. It was disappointing they advertised that Berame and Mepaña will be on that team but they didnt turn up. Instead, it was Marvin Mercado and Bernie Ursal who had to man the post alongside Frank Nailon for Landmasters.

The Landmasters relied on veteran smarts to keep the game close until the 3rd canto when Ateneo's superior system of basketball came into play anchored on Jai Reyes and their pair of sophomores: Ryan Buenafe, Nico Salva playing alongside senior Mike Baldos and rookie Frank Golla.

Officiating was biased and Ateneo should have won that game more handily.

amdgc82
06-09-2009, 07:19 AM
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20090608-209387/Local-schools-score-in-Cesafi-Friendship-Cup
Local schools score in Cesafi Friendship Cup
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:12:00 06/08/2009
Filed Under: Golf

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4 p.m. – Ateneo vs. Smart-Pampanga

5:30 p.m. – Cesafi vs. Cebu Landmasters

THE TWO collegiate squads showed that youth and cohesiveness is far more valuable than any talent-laden squad as they came away with convincing wins at the start of the Cesafi Friendship Cup 2009 yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The hometown Cesafi Selection squad eked past the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 77-73, in a hard-fought ballgame while the defending UAAP basketball champions, Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, gave their huge throng of supporters plenty to cheer about as they crushed the Cebu Landmasters, 83-69.

The Blue Eagles, who just arrived back in the country after a grueling three-week training trip in the United States and Canada, showed little of the jetlag as they abused the veteran-laden Landmasters in the fourth period, where they finally broke the game wide open.

Ateneo was leading by just two points, 59-57, when they suddenly let go of a searing 16-0 blast that opened up an 18-point advantage, 75-57.

At the helm of the charge was the smallest man on the floor, Jai Reyes, who scored eight points during that stretch. He wound up with a game-high 23 points, 12 of which came in the final period.

Reyes was also pivotal in the third period as he combined with bullstrong guard Eric Salamat in an 11-0 surge that gave them the lead after ending the first half, behind by five points, 29-34.

He scored the first seven points of the period for the Blue Eagles, off a rare four-point play and another trifecta. Salamat added two layups to give them the driver's seat at 40-37.

Salamat and Nico Salva scored in double-figures with 10 points each. Reigning UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Husseini was not much of a factor as he scored just four points, and was nailed to the bench in the entire second half.

In the first game, the Cesafi Selection squad turned to their 6-foot-9 behemoth June Mar Fajardo and some crafty play from speedy point guard Ardd Django to repulse the Pampanga Buddies, whose core was composed of stalwarts from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST).

Though Fajardo was held down to just 16 points, he scored most of them when it mattered the most. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
06-09-2009, 07:21 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cesafi-falls-short-2nd-game
Cesafi falls short in 2nd game
By Marian C. Baring

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) faltered in the second game of the Friendship Cup and lost to the Cebu Landmasters, 88-71, at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

Cesafi won its first game against the Pampanga Buddies last Monday and will gun for its second against Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) tomorrow.

Meanwhile, ADMU leaned on Rabeh Al-Husaini for their second straight win, 76-68, against the Pampanga Buddies in the first game.

After a tight first half, Ateneo pulled away in the third period behind Al-Husaini’s strong run. The 6’6” center tallied 12 of his 21 points in the third as Ateneo shook off the pesky Pampanga squad to lead the tournament with a 2-0 win-loss record.

The smallest man on the court, Ateneo’s Jai Reyes, led the assault at the start of the third as they broke a 39-all deadlock for a 43-39 lead.

amdgc82
06-09-2009, 07:22 AM
Ateneo now 2-0, thanks to Salamat
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated June 09, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles made an endgame surge when they were about to collapse, thanks to Eric Salamat.

Salamat scored five of his 11 points in the closing seconds of the contest to power the Eagles to a 76-68 victory over the Smart-Pampanga Buddies last night in the Friendship Cup basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was, however, reigning UAAP MVP Rabai al-Hussaini who paced the Eagles of coach Norman Black with 21 points, most of them he made when they needed it most in the final period.

The Eagles shoot for their third straight win and a final berth when they take on the CESAFI selection tomorrow.

Ateneo’s Cebuano ward Christopher Sumalinog hit two triples to put the Eagles in front at halftime, 30-29. He sank another trey for a 56-50 Ateneo lead with 27 seconds left in the period.

The Buddies staged a courageous fightback but Ryan Buenafe, Rico Salva and Jai Reyes, son of PBA coach Chot Reyes, pumped up life to the Eagles before Salamat came up with his own endgame heroics.

Reyes, who topped the Eagles with 23 points in their 83-69 victory against the Landmasters the other day, chipped in 14 points followed by Salamat, whose score macthed his jersey No.11.

Gelig finished with 18 points to the Buddies, who suffered their second straight loss in as many games. Former Ateneo star Ford Arao had 14 points followed by Anthony Espiritu with 11.

The scores

Ateneo (76) - Al-Hussaini 21, Reyes 14, Salamat 11, Buenafe 9, Salva 8, Sumalinog 6, Baclao 2, Austria 2, Long 2, Chua 1

Pampanga (68) - Elig 18, Arao 14, A. Espiritu 11, Vizcara 7, Al Espiritu 4, Luanzon 3, Saguindel 3, Alfad 2, Taylor 2, Baluyot 2, Nicdao 2 – THE FREEMAN

bowtoBLUE
06-09-2009, 09:37 AM
were there any good al-hussaini vs arao moments in the game?

Raging Blue
06-09-2009, 10:12 AM
Ateneo now 2-0, thanks to Salamat


The Buddies staged a courageous fightback but Ryan Buenafe, Rico Salva and Jai Reyes, son of PBA coach Chot Reyes, pumped up life to the Eagles before Salamat came up with his own endgame heroics.




O, biglang naging anak si Jai ni Chot :o

Lolo na pala si Chot :D

xxiocebu
06-09-2009, 11:06 AM
I watched the game against the Landmasters. The Eagles tried a lot of different combos. Rabeh played maybe 8minutes because he was assessed an unsportsmanlike foul in the first half and Coach Norman never brought him back in. I noticed Salamat and Buenafe were never used together for some reason, and Kirk still passes up too many open shots.


My only comment was the team, Rabeh and Ryan in particular kept complaining to the refs, Eric , Nonoy, and Jai were the exceptions and would just play on after a brief show of emotion . IMHO both teams got bad calls our players should learn to accept it and move on.


I had to work yesterday and didn't watch the one against Pampanga. I did go to the dinner hosted by the Ateneo Alum Assoc-Cebu and got autographs and pics.

oca
06-09-2009, 11:45 AM
I watched the game against the Landmasters. The Eagles tried a lot of different combos. Rabeh played maybe 8minutes because he was assessed an unsportsmanlike foul in the first half and Coach Norman never brought him back in. I noticed Salamat and Buenafe were never used together for some reason, and Kirk still passes up too many open shots.


My only comment was the team, Rabeh and Ryan in particular kept complaining to the refs, Eric , Nonoy, and Jai were the exceptions and would just play on after a brief show of emotion . IMHO both teams got bad calls our players should learn to accept it and move on.


I had to work yesterday and didn't watch the one against Pampanga. I did go to the dinner hosted by the Ateneo Alum Assoc-Cebu and got autographs and pics.


Expect the same if you get to watch another game.

It can be frustrating even to the some loyal Blue Eagle fans, as I have observed at the venues here in Manila and read in their forums.

Ang laki-laking tao, parang "nana" kung magreact sa banggaan ng laro.

Just recalled what happened during that day of ADMU-SBC game at Fil-Oil. In the preceeding game between DLSU and Letran, John Foronda of Letran got an elbow on the head which resulted in a cut. There was no reaction from the guy. Dumudugo na nga at lahat and the crowd hardly noticed it as he walked back to the bench very casually. Parang walang nangyari. Pero gumagapang na ang dugo sa kanyang leeg at yung collar ng uniporme niya ay pulang-pula na.

Eto naman si Rabeh, sa sumunod na laro, ni pasa o bali ng buto ay wala, pero pulos himas at hawak sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng katawan akala mo may "nana" na nasagi.

amdgc82
06-10-2009, 06:43 AM
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20090609-209558/Eagles-soar-high
Eagles soar high
Reigning UAAP champions log 2nd straight victory
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:31:00 06/09/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Reigning UAAP champions Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles kept their undefeated record intact as they bagged their second straight victory with a 76-68 win over the Smart-Pampanga Buddies in the Cesafi Friendship Cup 2009 yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win put the Blue Eagles at 2-0 (win-loss) and allowed them to creep even closer to a berth in the Finals. They need only a win against the Cesafi Selection tomorrow to formalize their entry.

In contrast, the Cesafi Selection team was pushed to the brink of elimination as they need to win against Ateneo tomorrow in order to have a shot at the championship round. This developed after they were walloped by the Cebu Landmasters, 71-88, in the second game.

The win by the Landmasters put their record at 1-1, and in a tie with their recent victims.

The veteran-laden squad bounced back with a vengeance after their 69-83 loss to Ateneo in the opening day of action.

The triumvirate of Alex Cainglet, Stephen Padilla and Carlos Sayon proved to be too much to handle for the Cesafi squad, as they shot the lights out in the pivotal third period.

The trio combined for 26 of their total output of 28 points in that stretch as they outscored their opponents 28-11 to establish an insurmountable 25-point lead, 65-40, heading into the final stanza.

Cainglet had a game-high 27 points while Woodraw Enriquez and Padilla had 19 and 12 markers, respectively.

amdgc82
06-10-2009, 06:47 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cesafi-faces-ateneo-today
Cesafi faces Ateneo today
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) and the visiting Ateneo Blue Eagles will finally meet in the most-awaited faceoff of the 2009 Cesafi Friendship Cup today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The game will be crucial for the Cesafi selection squad as it needs to win this game to move to the championship round.

There would be less pressure on Ateneo’s side, as it is already assured of a slot to the finals after winning its first two
games.

Underscoring today’s battle is the showdown of giants—Ateneo’s Rabeh Al-Hussaini, the reigning MVP of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines and Cebu’s June Mar Fajardo, the prized center of the University of Cebu.

The two teams will take on each other in the 7:15 p.m. main offering. Also hoping to score a ticket to the finals is the Cebu Landmasters, who will face the winless Smart-Pampanga Buddies at 5:30 p.m.

amdgc82
06-10-2009, 06:48 AM
Ateneo shoots for final berth
By Gabby G. Malagar
Updated June 10, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines – The pace-setting Ateneo Blue Eagles shoot for their third straight victory and more importantly an outright final berth when they clash with the Hapee-CESAFI selection tonight in the resumption of the Friendship Cup basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.

Games today (Cebu Coliseum)

5:30 pm Smart-Pampanga Buddies vs. Cebu Landmasters

7:15 pm Ateneo vs. Hapee-CESAFI Selection

Expected to be the centerpiece of attraction is the match-up between reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Rabeh Al-Hussaini of the Blue Eagles and CESAFI’s 6-foot-9 skyscraper June Mar Fajardo from the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters.

Prior to the Ateneo-CESAFI showdown set at 7:15 pm, the Cebu Landmasters will attempt to meet the Blue Eagles in the championship when they take on the winless Smart-Pampanga Buddies.

The Landmasters of team owner Joe Sobrano and coach Jun Tan stayed alive in the final race after they clobbered the Hapee-CESAFI selection, 88-71, to forge a tie with their victim with similar 1-1 win-loss records.

In last Sunday’s opener, the CESAFI selection pulled off a 77-73 win over Pampanga, while the Landmasters fell prey to the Eagles, the reigning UAAP champion, 69-83. The other night, the Landmasters vented their ire on their younger rivals behind the excellent shooting by Stephen Padilla and Alex Cainglet.

Cainglet went on to finish with 27 points for the Landmasters followed by Woodrow Enriquez with 19. Padilla added 12 markers.

The CESAFI squad was led by Fajardo with 23 points.

Aside from finding itself in a must-win situation against the soaring Eagles, the CESAFI selection must also pray that the Landmasters will bow to Pampanga to bolster its bid of advancing into the final round. – THE FREEMAN

amdgc82
06-11-2009, 06:36 AM
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20090610-209762/Aiming-for-finals
Aiming for finals
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 13:46:00 06/10/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

5:30 p.m. – Smart-Pampanga vs. Cebu Landmasters

7:15 p.m. – Cesafi vs. Ateneo

The last seat in the Finals of the 2009 Cesafi Friendship Cup basketball tournament hangs in the balance as a pair of crucial games is to be played in the resumption of the competition today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The defending UAAP champions Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles have already secured the first slot in the championship round after winning their first two games en route to registering a 2-0 (win-loss) record.

They will be trying to play spoilers to the title bid of the Cesafi Selection squads as the two collegiate teams collide in the main game at 7:15 pm.

Also in the hunt for the last ticket to the next round is the Cebu Landmasters squad, who will be facing the Smart-Pampanga Buddies in the curtain-raiser at 5:30 pm.

The veteran-laden squad have the momentum heading into this crucial match after they blew away the Cesafi squad, 88-71, last Monday.

The highlight of today's playdate will be undoubtedly the highly-anticipated match-up between two of collegiate basketball's brightest stars in the reigning MVP of the UAAP, Ateneo's Rabeh Al-Hussaini and the University of Cebu's prized beanpole, 6-foot-9 June Mar Fajardo.

Both giants shone in their respective games last Monday with Al-Hussaini firing in 21 points against the Buddies, to make up for his dismal four-point showing in their opening game. Fajardo on the other hand, had 23 in their loss to the Landmasters.

The Landmasters will be pinning their hopes on their fiery guard combination of Alex Cainget, Stephen Padilla and Woodraw Enriquez.

The Buddies will counter with their core composed of former stalwarts from the University of Sto. Tomas.

Both the Cesafi and the Cebu Landmasters hold similar 1-1 records. Should both teams win or lose against their respective opponents, the Landmasters will advance to the Finals by virtue of their win against the Cesafi squad. Cesafi's chance of barging into the Finals will hinge on the Landmasters losing against Pampanga and them, winning against Ateneo.

amdgc82
06-11-2009, 06:39 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/landmasters-beat-pampanga
Landmasters beat Pampanga
Thursday, June 11, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE Cebu Landmasters have one foot into the finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Partners Friendship Cup as they hacked out a hard-earned 74-70 sneaker over the Smart Pampanga Buddies yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win, however, was not an assurance that they will make it to the final round against the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles today. The Landmasters’ chance of snatching the finals ticket hinges on the game between the Cesafi selection and Ateneo, which was being played at press time last night.

Cesafi needs to win by at least 12 points over Ateneo in order to advance to the finals.

Demand

The first game was momentarily put on hold after the Landmasters decided to field a new player, Marlon Basco, who was not part of the original lineup.

Since it was against the rules, Pampanga head coach Allan Gregorio initially said no but the Landmasters’ Jun Tan persisted and would not field his starters unless the organizers agreed.

Tan had the Landmasters’ owner call up the organizers to ask for permission. Commissioner Mon Fernandez had to consult Smart Sports’s Patrick Gregorio, who came to watch the games with RP junior team head coach Rajko Toroman, about the move.

Gregorio then had to consult with the team, who eventually agreed to the Landmasters’s demand, before the game finally kicked off.

“This is a friendship game so we just allowed it,” said organizer Jack Huang.

Pampanga, who is the only winless team in the tournament, was determined to go home with a victory as they were on attack mode all-game long. They jumped off to an early lead and finished the first period with a 39-32 advantage in the first period behind the efforts of Anthony Espiritu, who scored eight points in the period.

amdgc82
06-11-2009, 06:40 AM
Landmasters advance into finals
By Gabby G. Malagar Updated June 11, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Landmasters defeated the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 74-70, to barge into the finals of the Hapee-sponsored Friendship Cup last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Landmasters struggled in the entire game and even allowed Pampanga to take a 35-39 at the half.

Stephen Padilla later took charge of the offense in the third period by drilling in two triples and one three-point play as he sparked a Landmasters’ rally ending the period with just a 55-58 deficit.

Elusive guard Woodrow Enriquez greeted the fourth period with a triple to tie the count at 58-all then Franklin Nailon gave the lead back to the Landmasters by hitting two charities, 60-58, with still 8:01 to go in the game.

Pampanga led for the last time after chris Baluyot’s free throws off a foul by Padilla, 65-64, at the final 3:30 mark, but soon after Carlos Sayon tied the count at 65-all, the Landmasters went on to control the game up to the dying seconds capped by Marlon Basco’s insurance gift shots in the final 4.2 seconds.

Padilla had 16 points for the Landmasters, while Mark Ababon added 12 points and Jett Latonio and Enriquez each finished with 11 points.

Former UST Growling Tigers top gunner Anthony Espiritu led Pampanga with 17 points, while Alwin Espiritu and Earn Saguindel had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The scores

Landmasters (74) - Padilla 16, Ababon 12, Enriquez 11, Latonio 11, Basco 7, Mercado 5, Cainglet 3, Abadia 3, Sayon 1, Ursal 1

Pampanga (70) - A. Espiritu 17, Al Espiritu 12, Saguindel 10, Arao 9, Baluyot 7, FGelig 5, Vizcara 3, Taylor 3, Alfad 2, Nicdao 2 Halftime: 35-39 - THE FREEMAN

elvis
06-11-2009, 06:48 AM
I read in Interbasket that CeSAFI beat the Blue Eagles by 68-66. Based on the earlier post, CeSAFI needed to beat us by 12 to advance to the finals. So the finals will be Ateneo vs. Cebu Landmasters.

pachador
06-11-2009, 08:36 AM
grabe naman yan. inserting a new player that was not in the roster... hehehe is that hocus pocus or what ?
buti na lang friendship games lang hehe



http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/landmasters-beat-pampanga
Landmasters beat Pampanga
Thursday, June 11, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE Cebu Landmasters have one foot into the finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Partners Friendship Cup as they hacked out a hard-earned 74-70 sneaker over the Smart Pampanga Buddies yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win, however, was not an assurance that they will make it to the final round against the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles today. The Landmasters’ chance of snatching the finals ticket hinges on the game between the Cesafi selection and Ateneo, which was being played at press time last night.

Cesafi needs to win by at least 12 points over Ateneo in order to advance to the finals.

Demand

The first game was momentarily put on hold after the Landmasters decided to field a new player, Marlon Basco, who was not part of the original lineup.

Since it was against the rules, Pampanga head coach Allan Gregorio initially said no but the Landmasters’ Jun Tan persisted and would not field his starters unless the organizers agreed.

Tan had the Landmasters’ owner call up the organizers to ask for permission. Commissioner Mon Fernandez had to consult Smart Sports’s Patrick Gregorio, who came to watch the games with RP junior team head coach Rajko Toroman, about the move.

Gregorio then had to consult with the team, who eventually agreed to the Landmasters’s demand, before the game finally kicked off.

“This is a friendship game so we just allowed it,” said organizer Jack Huang.

Pampanga, who is the only winless team in the tournament, was determined to go home with a victory as they were on attack mode all-game long. They jumped off to an early lead and finished the first period with a 39-32 advantage in the first period behind the efforts of Anthony Espiritu, who scored eight points in the period.

thadzonline
06-11-2009, 09:47 AM
Landmasters beat Pampanga, 74-70:
Landmasters backcourt outsmarted their Pampanga counterparts with the ageless Woodrow Enriquez and rising star Mark Ababon weaving their magic with no-look passes, shotclock buzzer beaters, and acrobatic shots. 6'4" ex-UC standout Franklin Nailon also held his ground against Pampanga's big men collaring crucial rebounds at endgame and also displaying steady hands at the FT line. Basco was a non-factor as he was in foul trouble midway through the 3rd until he canned the insurance FT's. Padilla also helped the Landmasters cause with his outside sniping. Earn Saguindel and Anthony Espiritu played solid for Pampanga but Espiritu passed up on an open 3 pointer in the last 2 minutes wherein he passed to Baluyot in the corner who missed his 3 point attempt.

thadzonline
06-11-2009, 10:10 AM
CeSAFI beat Ateneo 68-66:

The much awaited matchup saw CeSAFI on top 68-66. The effort was not enough however as CeSAFI still failed to make the Finals. Their win created a 3-way 2-1 tie between Ateneo, CeSAFI and Landmasters. Ateneo and Landmasters had better quotients though and will dispute the championship tonight.

Janssen Abella hit a crucial three to tie the game and added 2 free throws with less then 2 minutes left and Junmar Fajardo had split charities and a good display of his defensive prowess in the final 42 seconds to help CeSAFI win over Ateneo.

Rabeh and Junmar sized each other early both taking tentative fade-away jumpers that missed instead of going strong at the post. While both struggled in the early goings, Junmar showed his much improved FT shooting as he was fouled many times in the first half(his 1st miss actually came in the 4th quarter and only had 2 misses the entire game). Rabeh got into foul trouble in the 3rd quarter after he picked his 3rd foul. Baldos and Golla took turns on Fajardo but were also called for fouls. Baldos fouled out in the 4th quarter. In the final 42 seconds, Fajardo had 4 key blocks on Buenafe, Salamat and Baclao to seal the win for the CeSAFI selection.

Kurt Amores also showed he can go up against the UAAP's best big man defender in Nonoy Baclao using a variety of moves, mid range jumpers, spin moves, offensive putbacks and some nifty assists.

Providing some comic relief for the otherwise tense and tight ballgame is SWU's 6'2" wingman Ely Armecin who hoisted a Hail Mary shot with 1:10 left in the 3rd quarter on a 1-on-1 fast break play against Jai Reyes because he thought there was only 1 second left in the clock.

Coach Norman Black was fuming mad and was shouting the referees after the final buzzer.

Personally I think Ateneo has difficulty playing a physical game and complains a lot about slight contact. It seems only Ryan Buenafe(and maybe Nico Salva) is ready to play that kind of a game. While Fajardo did dominate Rabeh, I also think Rabeh is out of shape for it to be a real gauge of how Fajardo can do with a UAAP big man. Baclao was in his usual defensive power with a good number of blocks in the game but I think he needs some offense as well. Jai Reyes is impressive but then again the physicality of the game takes away something from his game. I feel that team might not repeat in the UAAP this year, I'm picking FEU over them.

amdgc82
06-12-2009, 07:05 AM
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20090611-209934/Cesafi-stuns-Ateneo
Cesafi stuns Ateneo
But fails to get final seat due to lesser quotient
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 13:49:00 06/11/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

Games today:

(Cebu Coliseum)

5:30 pm – Cesafi vs Smart-Pampanga

7:15 pm – Ateneo vs Cebu Landmasters

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Selection showed that it can hang with the best collegiate squads in the country, rallying from 11-points down, to stun the reigning University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champions Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 68-66, in the 2009 Cesafi Friendship Cup, last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

University of Cebu's 6-foot-9 giant June Mar Fajardo did not disappoint the audience which included Smart Gilas RP Team head coach Rajko Toroman, as he scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth canto and more importantly, had three crucial blocks in the dying seconds to preserve the victory for the Cesafi team.

The win, though awe-inspiring, went for naught as the Cebu Landmasters took the last ticket to the Finals after they won over the Smart-Pampanga Buddies 74-70, in the first game. Ateneo, Cesafi and the Landmasters all wound up with identical 2-1 records but the Blue Eagles and the Landmasters will fight in the championship round by virtue of their higher quotients.

Still, the Cesafi Selection made the affair a night to remember as they hung tough despite falling behind by 11, 45-56, at the start of the fourth period after a midrange jumper from Ateneo's Nico Salva.

They made their move behind the UC combination of Fajardo and wingman Jansen Abella, who combined for 17 points for Cesafi to trail by just three, 62-65. A free-throw by Amores and then a sweeping lay-up by Eleazar Armecin finally tied the game at 65-all with 2:17 remaining in the contest.

Ateneo had their last taste of the lead with Nonoy Baclao’s free-throw, 66-65, but Abella retaliated with two-free throws to give Cesafi the driver's seat, 67-66, with 1:07 left on the clock.

amdgc82
06-12-2009, 07:08 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/buddies-beat-cesafi-third
Buddies beat Cesafi for third
Friday, June 12, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE SMART-Pampanga Buddies took advantage of Junmar Fajardo’s absence in the first half to beat the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Selection, 92-67, and take third place in the Friendship Cup at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Fajardo, the heart and soul of the Cesafi Selection, failed to suit up despite arriving on time for the game because he left his uniform at the University of Cebu Webmasters quarters in Banilad.

It was only in the third quarter when the 6’9” center was able to suit up for the team.

Coming into the knockout game for third place without a win, the Buddies took advantage of the shorter and less-experienced opponents and gained a 25-14 lead after the first quarter.

The woes of the young Cesafi players got worse in the second quarter as they succumbed to the varied offensive and defensive patterns of coach Ryan Gregorio.

During a 10-minute stretch, the Cesafi Selection scored only five points, while the Buddies piled 23 for a 29-point margin at the half.

Ball movement

Despite the presence of Fajardo in the third quarter, the Buddies kept piling on the points.

Pampanga was even able to log the biggest lead of the game at 33 points despite the 19-point production of the UC superstar center.

Cesafi gave the Buddies some worries when the combination of Fajardo, Kurt Amores, Jerome Villaver and Edmar Pateño cut the lead of Pampanga down to 23 on a 15-4 run still with 3:59 left in the game.

However, Pampanga was able to repulse the rally with good defense rotation and better ball movement to secure the victory.

Christian Nicdao topped Pampanga with 15, Jemal Vizcarra added 13, while Ford Arao and Billy Bansil contributed 10 points each.

Fajardo scored 27 points despite seeing action for only 19 minutes, while Amores added 15.

It was Pampanga’s only win of the tournament.

The Cesafi Selection also failed to ride on the momentum of their victory against the Ateneo de Manila University Blue
Eagles last Wednesday night.

Cesafi earlier beat Pampanga in the first game of the tournament last Sunday.

Despite losing to Cesafi, Ateneo moved to the finals against the Cebu Landmasters. The game was being played at press time last night.

elvis
06-12-2009, 08:02 PM
Cebu Landmasters bag crown
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:56:00 06/12/2009

The Cebu Landmasters displayed southern supremacy as they tamed the proud collegiate champions from the north, the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles, 70-64, to take the championship in the 2009 Cesafi Friendship Cup last night at the packed Cebu Coliseum.

The Landmasters were undaunted against the heavily-fancied UAAP champions Blue Eagles as they weathered an early drought and turned to their hot three-point shooting to eke out the win.

The hastily-formed Landmasters, which was composed mainly of players from the former national champions M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos, found gems in Stephen Padilla, Marlon Basco and Mark Ababon as the duo delivered the crucial blows to the Blue Eagles.

Padilla and Basco combined for four three-point bombs in a sizzling 13-2 run that gave them a 40-32 advantage and ultimately a 47-41 lead heading into the final stretch.

The two squads battled back-and-forth in the final canto until spitfire guard Mark Ababon stepped up to the plate and canned a long three-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer that erected a 64-56 lead with 1:33 remaining.

The Blue Eagles fought back to trim the lead down to four, 60-64, after consecutive baskets from Nonoy Baclao.

Ababon once again played spoiler as he dashed down the lane and sank a tough lay-up to give the Landmasters a 66-60 advantage with 34.7 seconds left.

Woodraw Enriquez and Alex Cainglet coolly sank their free-throws in the waning seconds the preserve the championship win.

Padilla and Basco, a late addition to the squad, each had 14 points while Enriquez and Frank Nailon scored 11 markers each.

Reigning UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini led the way for Ateneo with 13 points while 2008 Rookie of the Year Ryan Buenafe scored 12. Blue Eagle point guard Jai Reyes was named as the tournament's MVP.

Meanwhile, the Smart-Pampanga Buddies secured third place after beating the Cesafi Selection, 92-67.

The Cesafi Selection was hampered by the absence of their star center, June Mar Fajardo, in the first half, where they went down by 29 points, 19-48.

Fajardo arrived in the third period and scored 23 points there, but it was all for naught. He wound up with 27 markers.

amdgc82
06-13-2009, 07:48 AM
Cebu Landmasters beat Ateneo, 70-65 in Friendship Cup
Saturday, June 13, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa

THE RAGTAG Cebu Landmasters squad annexed the Cesafi Partners Friendship Cup title, 70-65, over the highly-touted
Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in the championship match late Thursday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Landmasters bounced from a sloppy first half with torrid shooting in the second half to beat the heavily- favored Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champions.

It took two triples each from Stephen Padilla and Marlon Basco to lift the Landmasters to the driver’s seat for good.

“I told the players that since we have not yet jelled because we were formed just a week before the tournament, we need spacing and patience in our shots. I also emphasized rotation of the ball during the halftime break,” said Cebu Landmasters head coach Jun Tan after the game.

Ateneo last held the lead at 32-30 on Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s jumper at the 7:47 mark of the third period.

After that, the Landmasters dropped a telling 10-0 run with Padilla sinking two triples and Basco nailing his second for a 40-32 lead.

Ateneo tried to adjust but the Landmasters kept their composure.

Tournament MVP Jai Reyes pulled Ateneo within 67-65 in the final 14.1 seconds of the game but the Landmasters kept their poise as they put up the final defensive stance while sinking three of the final five free throws to preserve the win.

Ateneo skipped a pre-season event of the UAAP just to join the Friendship Cup.