Puerto unsure of defending Slam Dunk title in CESAFI All-Stars
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Reigning Slam Dunk King Garciano "Garrexx" Puerto Jr will try to defend his title Sunday, October 1, during the CESAFI All-Stars which will be held at the New Cebu Coliseum.
The team captain of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters is unsure of bagging the title for the second straight year because he is still nursing a sprained left ankle.
Puerto injured his left ankle during a game against defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers when he stepped on the feet of Ted Saga coming from a layup.
Aside from Puerto, also vying for this year's Slam Dunk title are reigning MVP Rey Anthony Suerte and Mar Leandro Actub of the Green Lancers; Albert Catiloc, Juan Miguel Gastador and Jong Jeffrey Calang of the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars; and Rodelio Cauba Jr of the University of Southern Philippines (USPF) Panthers.
Green Lancers' Tristan Ray Albina will also be going for his second straight 3-Point Shootout title.
He will go up against fellow Green Lancers' Jerome Napao and Josue Segumpan.
Others vying to unseat Albina are Braulio Compra and Nichole John Ubalde of the Jaguars; Jemcerson Sable and Clark Con-ui of the Cebu Institute of Technology University (CITU) Wildcats; Jayvee dela Cruz and Justine Dacalos of the Webmasters; Bryan Divinagracia, Kevin Oleodo and Froilan Mangubat of University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors; Clyde Avanceña and Lyndon Colina of the Panthers; and Sir Shaquille Imperial and Daryll Nazareno of the Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras.
College North vs South
Chosen to comprise the South collegiate All-Stars are UV's Suerte, Napao, Segumpan, Monic Soliva and Liberian import Bassieru Sackor; and USJR's Jaybie Mantilla, this year's leading MVP contender, Ralph Jude Dinolan, Tricky Dyn Peromingan, Nelvin Navarra, and Catiloc.
Completing the South all-star lineup are CITU's Sable, Marck Christian, Mariel Nunez, John Nigile King, and Krisner Lyle Jabinez.
The South will be coached by Bembem Alcaraz of the CITU Wildcats.
The North All-Stars, on the other hand, will be comprised by players from UC, USC, USPF, and SWU.
From UC are Dacalos, John Calvin Jabello, Puerto, Cameroonian import Frederick Ngoh Elombi and Joren Tagudin; representing USC are Arc Gabrielle Araw-Araw, John Reel Saycon, Lucky Ecarma, Victor Rabat, and Julius Cadavis; from USPF are Avanceña and Colina while from SWU-Phinma are Imperial, Reeve Ugsang, and Mark Christopher Racho.
Their head coach is USC's Bong Abad.
High School All-Stars
The All-Stars team in the South will be manned by players from UV Baby Lancers, USJR Baby Jaguars, SWU-Phinma Baby Cobras, Cebu Institute of Technology University (CITU) Wildkittens, and USPF Baby Panthers.
Leading the Baby Lancers is their team captain Jim Paul Amistoso, Justin Jake Rosete, and Beirn Anthony Laurente. From USJR is the towering Arnold Dave Ando who will be joined by his teammates Theo Gabriel Ranara and John Kirck Gonzaga.
The rest are Gyle Patrick Montaño, Zareygel Rosano and Harvey Kent Sanchez from SWU; Marion Abinuman and Kim Trigue of CITU and USPF’s Chris Isabelo, Kyle Ochavo, and Jay Winston Ynot.
Calling the shots for the South is SWU Phinma Baby Cobras head coach George Aznar.
The North All Stars team will be represented by players coming from reigning junior champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles, UC Junior Webmasters, USC Baby Warriors, Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons and DB Greywolves.
The Magis Eagles will be contributing Christian Manaytay, Patrick Wilson Yu and Justin Javelosa while UC will be lending Virlou Orquez, Miguelito Jusay and Allan Dave Peligrino.
Joining the lineup from CEC are James Daniel Tempra, Ivan Dave Ares and John Vincent Galarse; from USC are Johndel Balazuela, Steven Mendoza, and Ralph Garrick Bande, and completing the lineup are John Benedict Damolo, Jomari James Ranuco, and Grenald Malubay of DB Greywolves.
Coaching the North is DB Greywolves head coach Marvin Carreon. – Rappler.com