Last year, I was still in Cebu during the 14th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) Men’s Basketball Tournament. The CESAFI is a sports association of 10 schools, colleges and universities in the province. It was established in 2001. Many of the biggest names in the history of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) made their names as collegiate players in Cebu, including Ramon Fernandez, Manny Paner, Yoyong Martirez, Jojo Lastimosa, Boy Cabahug, Al Solis, and Dondon Hontiveros.
I’m not really a basketball fan, though I am a die-hard Ginebra follower. However, with University of San Carlos (USC) – it was really a different story. Knowing that you own the school, and your Warriors are competing for the top plum – man, that is awesome!
We ended second best last year to Southwestern University (SWU) but our spirits are not to be conquered. The Warriors looked forward to this year, and yes, we made it.
For the first time in 57 years, the USC Warriors made a milestone when it toppled University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in the Game 5 of the 15th Season on Tuesday, October 20 at the New Cebu Coliseum. The score was 64-53.
According to Rappler, “The USC Warriors last won a Cebu title in 1958, when the scholastic league was known as the Cebu Collegiate Athletic Association. Current team consultant Julian Macoy, known as a living legend in Cebu basketball, was part of that team then. Macoy is known for scoring the most number of points in a single game twice as a member of the USC Green and Gold Warriors from 1955 to 1961.”
Congratulations to the USC Warriors! Fr. Andring, magluto tag Brazilian spaghetti! Akong nadungog ug nabati ang dakong kalipay sa mga staff, professors, mga yanong tawo sa unibersidad ug mga estudyante sa kaladugan sa atoang mga banggiitang Warriors. Let us keep the fire burning. #witnesstotheword.
The University of San Carlos has been under the management of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) since 1935. At present, it has 8 colleges and 27 departments.