IT HAS been five long years since the Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma rose to the pinnacle of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball tournament.
As a matter of fact, several members of that title-winning team have already gone on to have their own professional and semi-professional basketball careers. And when told of their alma mater’s rise back to prominence, they surprisingly were unsurprised.
“I’m happy for them. I never doubted na madadala ni coach Mike (Reyes) yung team sa finals. It was only a matter of time before SWU-Phinma really put it all together. Hopefully, manalo talaga sila,” said Manila Stars guard Macmac Tallo, a former two-time Cesafi Most Valuable Player, who, along with Cameroonian sensation Landry Sanjo, led the Cobras to their last title in 2014, winning over the University of San Carlos in a grueling five-game series, 3-2.
The sentiment was echoed by Jasper Parker, Tallo’s backcourt mate in 2014, who is now playing for Iloilo in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
“These guys are always in good hands with coach Mike. I know after our year they lost a lot of guys so basically it was a complete rebuilding process for them,” said the Filipino-American.
John Lloyd Luz, another former Cobra who was a key cog of that 2014 squad, said this Cobras squad definitely earned their ticket to the finals for all the hard work they have put in. (JNP)