Ate­neo vs USJ-R for Ce­safi sec­ondary f’ball ti­tle

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /CORRES PON-

EX­PECT ex­plo­sive ac­tion as the Sacred Heart SchoolAte­neo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Ea­gles and Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars con­test the sec­ondary foot­ball ti­tle of the Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion, Inc. (Ce­safi) this 10 a.m. at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter.

The head coaches of both teams promised that their boys will be giv­ing their all in gun­ning for this year’s ti­tle.

“We just try our best to play as hard as we can. For the game to­mor­row (today), it’s bal­anced for both teams, but def­i­nitely, they have the edge be­cause their play­ers are all se­nior high while my team is com­posed of se­nior and young play­ers born 2003,” said Magis Ea­gles head coach Oliver Colina.

For Colina, the Baby Jaguars are a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent and they were lucky to have won against them dur­ing the elim­i­na­tions.

Colina also had to give his team am­ple time to rest as they took part in the re­cently held Je­suit Ath­letic Meet wherein they lost to Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity, 0-1, in the fi­nals.

Not only did they start train­ing for the Ce­safi fi­nals late, Colina added that he also had to lessen their train­ing time from two hours to just one hour and 20 min- utes be­cause he did not want them to get burnt out and to give time for in­jured play­ers to re­cover.

They will also be miss­ing out some of their play­ers be­cause they went to Ja­pan for a school ac­tiv­ity.

As for USJ-R coach Rom­mel Ramirez, this sea­son is noth­ing short of a mir­a­cle run for his team, who has been a bot­tom dweller for sev­eral years.

Af­ter bag­ging their fi­nals ticket against the de­fend­ing cham­pion Don Bosco Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (DBTC) Grey­wolves, Ramirez said that no mat­ter what hap­pens in the fi­nals, for him, they are al­ready cham­pi­ons.

“Now that we are fi­nally here, we will do our best to get that ti­tle be­cause the boys have been work­ing hard for this,” said Ramirez, who added that this will also serve as a morale booster for them as af­ter this they will be com­pet­ing in the Cebu City Olympics which will start on Nov. 14.

Aside from try­ing to fin­ish a fairy tale run on a high note, the Baby Jaguars are also keen to avenge los­ing the ti­tle to Ate­neo the first time they met in the fi­nals in 2010.

Be­fore the cham­pi­onship game be­tween Ate­neo and USJ-R, the Grey­wolves will face Univer­sity of San Car­los (USC) in the bat­tle for third place at 8 a.m.

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