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CBSAA Trailblazers complete historic 9-0 sweep in CESAFI

Emmanuel B. Villaruel - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  The City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy (CBSAA) Trailblazers outclassed UCLM (University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue), 73-61, to complete a historic nine-game elimination round sweep in the juniors division of the 2022 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

A clean sweep has already been achieved before by the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles but the feat of the Trailblazers is also one for the books being a guest/rookie team in the CESAFI.

Their remarkable performance could very well be their golden ticket to become a regular member of Cebu’s premiere inter-school athletic league next season.

“Of course I’m very happy. It’s something that is unexpected on my part,” said CBSAA head coach Leode Garcia. “It makes me proud that somehow I made a legacy in the CESAFI.”

“First of all, I thank God for this is really his plan. Second, to the management especially to sir Junnie Martinez and his family because without their support, we would have reached this far. Lastly, to my boys for their competitive mindset, always giving their best each time they’re on the floor,” Garcia furthered.

Yzali Dugaduga and Simon Maghinay dropped 16 points each while Francia Solis chipped in 10 markers for the Trailblazers who were in full command after racing to hot 19-7 start, which they parlayed into a 37-19 edge at the break.

CBSAA’s biggest lead stood at 24 points, 48-24, at the 6:05 mark in the third period. UCLM couldn’t  get any closer than 10 points, 52-62, with only four minutes left to play as the Trailblazers quickly countered with an 11-2 spurt to restore a huge 73-54 advantage in the final two minutes.

“Now that we’re given a chance to play in the semifinals, we’ll take it one game at a time. To my players, stay humble and continue to follow the system we have inside and outside the playing court. Remember all the sacrifices we make for the team from the very beginning of our journey because we are not yet done. We still have a long way towards our goal,” Garcia said.


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