Ce­safi teams to com­pete in Minglanilla Mayor’s Cup Christ­mas hoops league

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /RE­PORT ER G LENDALE G . ROS-

THE REIGN­ING Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion, Inc. (Ce­safi) men’s bas­ket­ball cham­pi­ons Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers will lead the list of teams com­pet­ing in the Minglanilla Mayor’s Cup In­ter-Col­le­giate Christ­mas Bas­ket­ball League that starts this Satur­day at the Minglanilla Sports Com­plex.

The week­long tour­na­ment, which of­fers P100,000 cash to the cham­pion team, will also fea­ture other Ce­safi teams such as run­ners-up Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos Jaguars, Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion Pan­thers, Univer­sity of Cebu and South­west­ern Univer­sity Co­bras.

The tour­na­ment is ex­pected to be a hit for this bas­ket­ball-crazy town lo­cated south of Cebu City, which is home to some of the top lo­cal cagers such as ris­ing prospect Steve Nash En­riquez, who is now play­ing for the Na­tional Univer­sity (NU) Bull­dogs.

“We al­ready planned this a long time ago, and now it is fi­nally hap­pen­ing,” said Minglanilla town mayor Lani Peña dur­ing a press con­fer- ence yes­ter­day at the Sun­burst restau­rant at the One Mango ar­cade. “This just shows how crazy the peo­ple of Minglanilla is when it comes to bas­ket­ball. We love bas­ket­ball so much that we had to make this Christ­mas league hap­pen.”

Join­ing the mayor dur­ing the launch­ing was mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tor Con­cor­dio Me­jias.

Peña added that they are plan­ning to make this an an­nual tour­na­ment, which will be good for the Ce­safi teams as this gives them ad­di­tional ex­po­sure after the sea­son ends.

“We will make this a yearly tour­na­ment and hope­fully, we can in­clude a high school divi­sion next year,” added Peña.

Kick­ing off the tour­na­ment this Satur­day will be a game be­tween the Pan­thers and the Co­bras at 7:30 p.m. fol­lowed by the show­down be­tween the Jaguars and Web­mas­ters at 9 p.m.

GLEN­DALE ROSAL

Mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tor Con­cor­dio Me­jias (left) and Minglanilla Mayor Lani Peña (right) lead the launch­ing of the Minglanilla Mayor’s Cup In­ter-Col­le­giate Christ­mas League at the Sun­burst One Mango branch.

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