The Arena, San Juan City
May 6, 2014
Cebu Basketball, Anyone?
How time flies.
It’s been seven months since fatherhood embraces Sportsmaryosep. You see, yours truly have a son now. His name is Iago Sebastian. Babies are God’s blessings to humanity. The first time I saw him, he utterly took my breath away. And because of Daddy duties, Sportsmaryosep, being a sportswriter by day and a blogger by night, has to give up something. And it is blogging yours truly chose.
And months passed and, with my baby sleeping and my wife reading her books, finally, Sportsmaryosep has found his way back into your embracing arms my friends. And I have to thank Rick Olivares, from whom I got my inspiration to create my own blog site, for the extra prodding.
On our return I chose Cebu basketball as our topic.
You see, the Southwestern U Cobras, the reigning Cesafi or Cebu collegiate league champions, have made history by becoming the first non-Manila team to ever make the semifinals of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup. Nevermind that they lost to the La Salle Green Archers, the UAAP titlists, 64-72, in the semis. Just by being there in the company of one of the country’s top collegiate teams is a reflection of how Cebu basketball has closed the gap between itself and the mighty programs of Big City schools like the UAAP and NCAA.
Sportsmaryosep got in touch with fiery SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba and his words fittingly honored what’s been evident for decades. “We’re here to show what Cebu basketball is all about, win or lose,” he told us.
Like the rest, SWU has also into heavy recruiting with several Fil-Ams, Jasper Parker and Adam Mohammed, and a pair of Cameroonians, Landro Sanjo and Justin Aboude, already at its disposal. And oh, there are also the locals espcially this one named Mark Tallo. And in case you don’t know, talented Ben Mbala is originally with the Cobras before something happened along the way and eventually transferred to….guess where?…La Salle.
And before we forget, this same SWU team also crashed into the Manila party by making the finals of the PCCL late last year. So don’t be surprised if a Cebu team, not just SWU, emerges from nowhere and snatch the title away from a team like La Salle, Ateneo or San Beda. It will happen. It may not be now, but soon it will. I promise you.
Cebu basketball is truly back.
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(Photos courtesy of Filoil Flyin V)