SWU Cobras – Champions at last (photo from sunstar.com.ph)
Cesafi Seniors: Southwestern University wins first ever Cesafi basketball crown
The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras won the Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc. (Cesafi) Collegiate Basketball Championship after beating the formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 3-2, in a memorable best of five series. SWU won the final game 73-72 after trailing by 49-63 with less than 6 minutes to play. Coach Yayoy Alcoseba unleashed John Augustin Pajantoy to fuel the rally that gave them the improbable Game 5 victory. With a great five game series, it looks like SWU-UV rivalry will rage on in the next few years. Will SWU keeps it title next year???
SHS-AdC wins first Cesafi title (photo from Sunstar.com.ph)
Cesafi Juniors: Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu goes undefeated en route to its first Cesafi High School title
The Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles capped their amazing season by sweeping the UV Baby Lancers , 3-0, in their Cesafi High School basketball championship series. It was sweet revenge for the Magis Eagles that lost the title last year in a decisive Game 5 against the Baby Lancers. The series sweep upped the record of the Magis Eagles to 14-0 in this year’s competition. Arc Gabrielle Araw-Araw scored 19 points to lead SHS-AdC in its game 3 victory. The sweep underscored the SHS-AdC dominance in Cesafi High School ball in the past couple of months. Will this be the start of a Magis Eagles dynasty in the Casafi?
UAAP Seniors: Greg Slaughter caps collegiate career with another title with Ateneo
Former UV big man Greg Slaughter finished his college career by winning another title with Ateneo Blue Eagles. The Eagles completed its drive for five as they beat the hard-fighting University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers. With the victory, Slaughter also completed his drive for five as he won his 2nd title with Ateneo along with his 3 Cesafi collegiate titles with the UV Green Lancers. He was once again selected into the UAAP Mytical Five this year. Ever since Slaugher moved to Manila, the UV Green Lancers has never won another Cesafi title. Is this the end of the Slaughter Curse for UV??
UAAP Juniors: Pingoy leads Baby Tams to its first Junior’s title in 25 years
25 years ago, a point guard named Johnny Abarrientos led the FEU Baby Tamaraws to a UAAP Junior’s division title. Fast forward 2012, another spectacular guard led the Baby Tams to another title. Former University of Cebu basketball player Jerie Marlon Pingoy scored 32 points in the clinching triple overtime game against the NU Bullpups. Pingoy is the back to back junior’s MVP of the UAAP. After the championship, Pingoy now becomes one the blue chip recruits in next’s year UAAP cage wars. Will he be donning the Tamaraws jersey or will he be wearing different colors next year?
PBA: June Mar Fajardo debuts with Petron
After Greg Slaughter left UV, the University of Cebu Webmasters had a two-year reign of terror behind the behemoth from Pinamungahan named June Mar Fajardo. After his college career ended, Fajardo played for San Miguel in the Asean Basketball League. When it was announced that Petron (San Miguel’s PBA team) got the first pick of the 2012 PBA Draft, the big man decided to join the PBA. As expected, he was this year’s top over-all pick. He got his baptism of fire when the Petron Blaze Boosters played the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their season debut. He finished with 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 38 minutes of action. He had decent numbers but he was outplayed by JR Quinahan, a former UV Green Lancer. Petron was routed 102-86. Petron won its next game over Barako Bull and Fajardo finished with 3 points and 7 reounds. With the possible entry of Greg Slaughter in the PBA next year, will their rivalry be renewed in the country’s top league?