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Cesafi Basketball: UV completes epic comeback to be kings again

8 Oct

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers is once again the kings of Cebu collegiate basketball after beating the Southwestern University Cobras in a historic 5-game championship series for the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball title.  The Lancers won the memorable Game 5 by just a single basketball at 64-62.

UV‘s victory was somehow unexpected as they never beat the defending champions in their first 5 meetings of the season including the first 2 games of the best of five finals.  Coach Donbel Belano and the UV management led by Samsam Gullas were able find a way to motivate the reeling Lancers and make one of the most memorable fight backs in Cebu basketball history.  The title was the 10th overall for UV in the CESAFI but it was their first ever since 2009, the last year of the Greg Slaughter era.  In 2010 and 2011, the basketball crown went to the University of Cebu then led by current PBA rookie June Mar Fajardo.  Last year, SWU led by coach Yayoy Alcoseba made history by winning its first CESAFI title.

The 2013 Cesafi Basketball championships will go down as one of the best championship match-ups ever.  The championship was settled until the final buzzer sounded and the marginal basket was made by Wowie Escocio with just .7 seconds left in the clock.   It was a sweet championship indeed but UV can now focus on higher achievements in the PCCL while SWU will try to seek redemption with another solid PCCL campaign.

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Green Lancers in the PBA: Quinahan scores 19 in RoS victory; Mepana 0 in debut

24 Oct

Smart Araneta ColiseumRain or Shine Elasto Painters routed the Alaska Aces last night , 120-84, in the main game of the Sunday doubleheader of the PBA Philippine Cup. The victory put both teams in the extreme ends of the standings. The Elasto Painters grabbed the league lead after the Petron Blaze Boosters lost to the Meralco Bolts in the opening game. The Aces is now at the cellar along with Both teams are winless in 4 games so far.

Among those who excelled in yesterday’s game was former UV Green Lancer J.R. Quinahan. The burly 6-6 F/C scored 19 points, grabbed 8 caroms, dished 4 assists, and made 8 of 10 shots including his lone attempt in the 3-point area. He did all in just 24 minutes of play. Fellow UV alum Ariel Mepana made his pro debut with Alaska. The rugged undersized power forward played only 4 minutes. He grabbed one rebound and missed his lone attempt at the basket and his 2 free throw attempts. Their performances mirrored how their teams played the game. Alaska’s defeat was the most lopsided in recent memory and it is something Coach Joel Banal want to forget. The Aces have not won a single game ever since long-time coach Tim Cone moved to B-Meg Llamados. Former SWU Baby Cobras Cyrus Baguio finished 13 points.

11th Cesafi: SWU living up to preseason billing, repeats over UV

11 Oct
Southwestern University (Philippines)

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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.

SHS-AdC sweeps MILO BEST Cebu titles

3 Oct

The SHS-AdC Magi Eagles achieved a rare 5-peat in the Cebu MILO Best Passerelle tournament. The Magi Eagles beat Univesrsity of the Visayas, 73-44. The Magi Eagles were once again led by tournament MVP Hynric Ochea who scored 13 points. Paul Desiderio top scored for USC with 14.

The SBP team made it a double celebration for Sacred heart as they choked the USC North SBP Team in the 4th quarter to win 31-24 in their finals match. USC only managed to score 4 points in the payoff period. John Emmanuel Chen of SHS-AdC was adjudged as the SBP MVP.

The 2 SHS-AdC teams will fly to Roxas on October 22-23 to represent Cebu in the Milo BEST regional finals. The Passerelle team will target their 4th straight Visayas title while the SBP squad will try to go for a back-to-back. The winners of the regional championships will represent the Visayas region in the national finals where the SHS-AdC Magi Eagles are the defending Passerelle national champion. Last year’s team was backstopped by Philippine U-16 team member Jess Adven Diputado.

2011 CESAFI: UV stains UC’s record

26 Sep

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters started the season with a perfect 9-0 record in the college basketball division of the 11th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) competitions. UC swept the first round and was bent to assert their dominance against rivals University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers. UV had other plans as they upset UC,74-69, to give the defending champions their first taste of defeat in the 2011 cage wars.

Guard John Michael Abad and center Adrian Lao combined for 20 points in the 4th period to deny the Webmasters their 10th victory. Lao finished the game with 18 points as he took advantage of Junmar Fajardo’s foul problems. Lao was backstopped by Harold Cincoflores’ 17 and Abad’s 14. UC was once again led by Fajardo who had 22 points. He was supported by former Baby Lancer, John Michael Auditor who finished with 17 points. UV raised its record to 6-2 while UC dropped to 9-1.

The scores

UV (74) – Lao 18, Cincoflores 17, Abad 14, Silva 9, Avillanoza 9, Rios 4, Mercader 2, Saycon 1

UC (69) – Fajardo 22, Auditor 17, Bercede 9, Heruela 8, Pao 7, Mohammad 4, Batino 2 Halftime: 28-25

2011CESAFI: August 30 Results

31 Aug

Here are the results and boxscores of the  college basketball games held last Tuesday, August 30 in the ongoing 11th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI).

The scores


UV (68) – Abad 19, Lao 13, Perolino 12, Cincoflores 7, Silva 6, Silva 6, Saycon 6, Mercader 4, Rios 2, Avillanoza 2, Oktubre 2, Cabañero 1

USPF (54) – Sollano 13, J. Ferraren 12, Avila 11, Dajalos 10,Sedurifa 6, Fuentes 2


USC (54) – Hermosa 16, Cortes 111, Cantonao 8, Bautista 7, Panerio 3, Magat 3, Duran 2, Padillo 2, Otida 2

USJ-R (52) – Olbedado 15, Suliman 12, Tabaloc 11, Nudalo 7, Dela Rama 2, Capillar 2, Lajato 1.

Ex-Green Lancer Mepaña gets drafted in the PBA

28 Aug

Ariel  Mepaña was drafted as the 5th pick in the 2nd Round by the Alaska Aces. His next challenge would be how to make it into regular line-up of the Aces.  Another Cebuano is actually drafted by the Aces in the person of Julius Pasculado. Pasculado is an unknown but  made his mark during the pre-draft workouts. The other Alaska draft picks were Mac Baracael and Eric Salamat.  Mepana’s teammate at the University of Visayas, Mark Ababon was undrafted.

Here are the draft picks:

First Round


1      (Powerade) JV Casiao (DLSU)

2      (Rain or Shine) Paul Lee (UE)

3      (Petron) Chris Lutz (Marshall University)

4      (Powerade) Marcio Lassiter (Cal State Fullerton)

5      (Shopinas) Mark Barroca (FEU)

6      (Alaska) Mac Baracael (FEU)

7      (Meralco) Jason Ballesteros (SSC)

8      (Barako Bull) Allain Maliksi (UST)

9      (Ginebra) Reil Cervantes (FEU)

10  (Barako Bull) Dylan Ababou (UST)

Second Round


1      (Shopinas) Magi Sison (UP)

2      (Talk ‘N Text) Pamboy Raymundo (SSC)

3      (Alaska) Eric Salamat (ADMU)

4      (Alaska) Julius Pasculado (Wilbur Wright)

5      (Alaska) Ariel Mepaña (UV)

6      (BMEG) Brian Ilad (DLSU)

7      (Meralco) Gilbert Bulawan (SSC)

8      (Ginebra) James Martinez (UE)

9      (Barako Bull) Ken Acibar (UE)

10  (Barako Bull) Joseph Sorongon (UP)

11  (Powerade) Marc Agustin (Adamson)

Third Round


1      (Shopinas) Marc Cagoco (JRU)

2      (Petron) Felimon Fernandez (Orange Coast College)

Fourth Round


1      (Petron)Gerald Lapus (Arellano)

Greg Slaughter cleared to play in UAAP 74

6 Jul

From Lancer to Eagle (pic from

Former University of the Visayas Green Lancers and CESAFI MVP Greg Slaughter has been cleared by the UAAP board to play for the Ateneo BLue Eagles in the 2011 UAAP Basketball season. Some were questioning his eligibility after he saw action for the Smart GilasPhilippine National Basketball Team in the second conference of the Philippine Basketball Association. The National team was a guest team in the PBA as part of their preparation for their quest to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Some quarters believed that he violated the rule that prohibits players to play in commercial leagues. The board was convinced that his participation in the PBA was for a greater goal rather than for personal financial gain.

Days ago, Slaughter got a recommendation from the UAAP eligibility committee head by University of the Philippines‘ Lailani Gonzales and his eligibility was affirmed in the final meeting before the new season starts.

It will be a very exciting UAAP season and Greg Slaughter is expected to banner the 4-peat bid of the Blue Eagles. There are also other exciting rookies for the league as Keifer Ravena (ADMU) and Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. (NU) playing in the college level for the first time. Cebuano Mark Jayven Tallo would have been in the Ateneo line-up this year but his family decided to forego the opportunity.

4 Cebuanos make it to the topnotchers list of the recent LET

17 Nov
University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines

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Cebu schools has once again proven to be a hotbed of potential topnotchers of board exams.  In the recent September 2010 Licensure Examinations for Teachers, 4 Cebuanos made it to the top 10 list.  In the elementary level, Aileen Menes, a consistent dean’s lister of the University of San Carlos got a rating of 84.60 which is good enough for 4th Place overall. University of the Visayas Marie Cris  Regner placed 7th.

In the secondary level, Emy Espinosa of the University of San Jose-Recoletos and Marven Piera of University of Cebu placed 5th and 6th respectively.

The national passing rate for the elementary level was 19.58% and 25.86% for the secondary level.

caloycomment: I hope the newly minted teachers choose to become teachers.  I hope that they will find jobs because some topnotchers of the past exams are still unemployed.

Related Links:

4 Cebuanos top Teacher’s board(cebu daily news)

4 Cebuano top LET (sunstar)

CESAFI basketball season ends with new champs!

12 Oct

The nine-year reign of terror of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in Cesafi hoops ended yesterday when the Junmar Fajardo-led University of Cebu Webmasters  handed them a 73-72 heartbreaker.  UV which was saddled by the loss of perennial CESAFI MVP Greg Slaughter to the Ateneo Blue Eagles earlier this season, still managed to enter it’s 10th straight finals as the top seed.  It was a tragic end indeed for them because they manage to comeback from a 22 point deficit only to be denied by a Fajardo fall-away in the final seconds of the match. The Webmasters dedicated their victory to their President, Augusto Go who celebrated his birthday recently.

In the Juniors tournament, CEC Dragons completed its Cinderella journey by beating Sacred Heart-Ateneo de Cebu to become champions a year after being the laughing stock of CESAFI juniors.  With sound recruitment, CEC got the redemption that they wanted after being routed by more than 100 points in some games in last year’s tournament.

To all champs, Congratulations!!!!


Sunstar- UV dynasty falls

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