Ce­safi spik­ers im­press F2 Lo­gis­tics men­tor

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - By John Carlo Vil­laruel COR­RE­SPON­DENT

It only took two games for leg­endary F2 Lo­gis­tics Cargo Movers and De La Salle Uni­ver­sity head coach Ramil De Je­sus to be con­vinced that the fu­ture of Cebu vol­ley­ball is shin­ing brightly like a di­a­mond.

Although, the Ce­safi All-Stars dropped their games against the Cargo Movers los­ing, 25-21, 2519, 25-14 on Fri­day and 25-10, 25-16, 25-15 on Satur­day, the 10-time UAAP cham­pion coach De Je­sus said that he was im­pressed with the tal­ent and skills of Cebu play­ers although he noted their lack in height and ex­po­sure.

Ce­safi’s tallest player who also hap­pens to play for the All-Star team is Uni­ver­sity of San Car­los mid­dle-blocker Marie Mala­gar who only stands at 5’9.

“Lack of height sila, so me­dyo mahi­rap makita ang ganong prob­lema. Nakikita ko more train­ing, tin­gin ko yun ang kailan­gan ni­lang gawin para mas made­velop at mag-im­prove pa yung skills nila tsaka yung de­ter­mi­na­tion para mas maen­hance pa yung level,” De Je­sus said. “Sig­uro more on ex­po­sure pa sila, mas ma­g­a­nda sig­uro kung maikot nila ang whole Philip­pines.”

Cargo Movers mid­dle­hit­ter Aby Marano echoed the same ob­ser­va­tion say­ing that Cebu’s level of play re­ally im­proved since they are draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from their idols.

“Mataas ta­laga kumpara nung una. Dati puro bas­ket­ball ta­laga, tapos sa labas may naglalaro kaya ngayon ang mga play­ers dito tu­mataas na din ang level,” Marano said.

Ce­safi All-Star head coach Grace An­tigua said that their games against the Cargo Movers re­ally helped the play­ers both phys­i­cally and men­tally and she is hop­ing that they can ap­ply it when they re­turn to their re­spec­tive schools.

“Self-learn­ing. It's the ap­pli­ca­tion of the learn­ing they got. We only get a chance to play with a Manila team once a year so I al­ways tell the play­ers to give your best be­cause this is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity and I hope they can ap­ply it when they re­turn to their re­spec­tive schools.”

F2 Lo­gis­tics team owner Efren Uy added that he is hop­ing to get an in­vite next year from the league since they aim to strengthen the grass­roots pro­gram of vol­ley­ball not only in Cebu but also all over the coun­try.


F2 Lo­gis­tics' Ma­joy Baron (10) and Tin Ti­amzon (16) blocks DJ Rodriguez (4) of the Ce­safi All Stars dur­ing Satur­day night’s game at the Uni­ver­sity of San Car­los Gym.

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