For the first time in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) Basketball tournament history, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers will not be participating in the finals. UV won the first 9 basketball championships of the CESAFI and last year was the first time that another school hoisted the crown. The slide continues as the Green Lancers failed to beat the Sotuhwestern University (SWU) Cobras in their do or die semifinal battle. With the victory, SWU earned the right to face the defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in the 11th CESAFI finals.
The SWU Cobras mentored by legendary Cebuano coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba is seeking its first ever Cesafi title. Their match against the Green Lancer’s was one-sided but hotly contested and highly emotional. Several players were ejected including UV coach Donbel Belano. The game ended with the score of 74-53 in the Cobras favor. The game was actually cut short by Commissioner Felix Tiukonhoy with 54.9 left on the clock.
Suspensions are given to UV’s Edrian Lao, Phil Mercader, John Abad and Rene Saycon and coach Belano. UV team manager Sam-Sam Gullas apologized on behalf of his team and he informed the media that the 4 players will not play in their series against the USC Warriors.
A new era has began in Cebu college basketball, UV ended a streak of ten straight finals appearances and it is not surprising for some players and fans to get emotional. Hopefully, the Green Lancers will learn from defeat and start getting hungry again.
As for the finalists, it is a very intriguing match-up as the Top 2 teams after the elimination will be facing off for the crown. Will Junmar Fajardo end his college career with a title? Will the boys of Coach Yayoy Alcoseba spoil the UC farewell party? We will know soon as more drama unfolds at the Cebu Coliseum.
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The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras coached by Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba completed its sweep of the second round of 11th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season as they beat the defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 71-68. The win clinched the second seed for them and the twice to beat advantage in the semifinals.
There were many heroes in their latest win against UC. Rene Pacquiao made a jumper to tie the game at 68-all. Cameroonian center Justin Aboude hit a rare mid-range shot to take the lead at 70-68 with under a minute left in the game. Eleazar Armecin and Joseph Nalos who made crucial steals at crunch time. Bonifacio Guillena, Jr. scored 20 points to keep up with the Webmasters in the earlier periods. The win was a total team effort and SWU will be up against the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers. They have won their previous 2 meetings with the Lancers.
The loss did not affect UC’s No.1 seeding but it wasted the 28 point effort by behemoth Junmar Fajardo. UC will be enjoying a twice to beat advantage over the 4th seeded University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.
SWU (71) – Guillena 20, Pacquiao 20, Aboude 12, Armecin 9, Nalos 4, Ortuyo 3, Arong 2
UC (68) – Fajardo 28, Heruela 13, Mohammad 8, Ampoon 7, Bercede 6, Auditor 4, Batino 2. Pao 0
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A few weeks before the 11th season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament started, the coaches are unanimous in saying that the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras are one of the favored teams this season. They attribute the hype to the reentry of legendary coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba to the collegiate scene. Alcoseba has won countless of trophies for the M.Lhullier team and he is widely considered as one of the best coaches south of Manila.
For the first few weeks, that Cobras were falling short of the high expectations that were bestowed upon them by pundits. They had close losses to USC Warriors, USP Panthers, and UC Webmasters. Many thought they will falter from their preseason billing. They suddenly woke up and got a win against the powerhouse UV Green Lancers to start a winning run. They were just learning how to win and when they got the confidence, the Cobras struck to win many basketball games.
Last weekend, the SWU Cobras repeated over UV to tie their records to 8-3 with one more game left in the preliminaries. The Cobras rallied in the second half after being down 26-35 at the intermission. Bonifacio Guillena Jr. scored 22 markers to lead 3 other Cobras in double digits in the 71-67 victory over Felix Belano coached Green Lancers. Eleazar Armecin, Justin Aboude, and Rene Pacquiao finished with 19, 13, and 11 points respectively. The Lancers were led by Edwin Lao, Rene Saycon, and Jerome Silva who scored 14 points each.
The win is fifth for SWU in the second round. Should SWU hurdle the defending champs UC Webmasters, they will clinch the No.2 seed going to the semi-finals. It would mark the first time in CESAFI history that the University of the Visayas will have no twice to beat advantage in the knockout phase. UV will play USP Panthers in their last game of the eliminations.