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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