Top Cebuano coach wants Cebuano coach, players in national cage team (Sports)

November 11, 2014 5:38 am 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 10 — Top Cebuano coach Ramon Alcoseba is batting for a Cebuano coach and a Cebuano-laden national basketball team for the minor Southeast Asian level basketball competitions.

Alcoseba, the Southwestern University coach who sits in the search committee of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), wants the legendary Ramon "El Presidente" Fernandez to be considered as head coach of the national non-Philippine Basketball Association-based Gilas Cadet.

SBP formed two search committees, one for the non-PBA-based team that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament and one for the PBA-based Gilas Pilipinas that will compete in the Fiba Asia and the Olympic qualifiers.

"It's an honor to be included in the selection committee. We are tasked to identify the next coach and the national team members for the Seaba and SEA Games," said Alcoseba, who is representing the Visayas and Mindanao regions in the search committee.

"I recommend Ramon Fernandez to coach the national squad. He won the PBA MVP four times and he was also a playing coach. He has the knowledge," said Alcoseba.

Alcoseba, who recently won the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) title, said he nominated the legendary Cebuano cager since another basketball legend, Robert Jaworski, has been touted as Chot Reyes' replacement for Gilas Pilipinas.

"Since the name of Robert Jaworski has come out, it's only imperative that Mon should be nominated since he is also a basketball figure," said Alcoseba.

However, Alcoseba may have a hard time convincing the legendary slot man from San Miguel Beer, who has relocated to Cebu after retiring from the league.

"To my dear friend, well-respected coach Yayoy, thank you very much for the trust and confidence but I have long been home," Fernandez was quoted by his wife Karla in an online post.

Aside from Fernandez, Alcoseba also nominated his rivals in the local collegiate scene, Junthy Valenzuela of the University of San Carlos and Felix Belano, the former coach of the University of the Visayas who was fired just last week.

"They are good coaches and they can be an asset to the team," he said.

For the players to be included in the national team, Alcoseba named SWU's back-to-back Cesafi MVP Mark Jayven Tallo and Filipino-American Jasper Parker, University of San Carlos guard Victor Rabat, University of San Jose-Recoletos center Kevin Villafranca and UV forward Raffy Octobre.

Alcoseba, along with other members of the committee, Edmund Baculi of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), Fr. Vicor Calvo of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) will meet on Nov. 15 for the deliberation.

The search committee is chaired by SBP executive director Sonny Barrios. (PNA)

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