Isaiah Blanco emerges as top vote getter in Cesafi All-Star Games

Jonas Panerio

UNIVERSITY of Cebu (UC) standout Isaiah Blanco has emerged as the top vote-getter in the upcoming Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) All-Star Games at the Cebu Coliseum on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Blanco, a versatile forward who also happens to be the son of Cebuano basketball legend Dondon Hontiveros, ended up with a whopping 3,740 votes to earn a starting spot for the Team A of the high school all star games.

Blanco was surprised with the development and expressed his gratitude to those that cast their votes for him.

“I’m thankful sa mga family, friends, schoolmates, kay grabe kaayo sila naka support, pag-share palang daan. Unya honored pud ko makaduwa sa all-star balik, dili tanan matagaan og chance na makaduwa sa all-star so just being here with other top players from different schools, grateful kaayo ko,” said the 6-foot-3 wingman.

(I'm thankful to my family, friends, schoolmates for their support. I'm also honored to play all-star again because not everyone is given the chance to play all-star. Just being with other top players from different schools, I'm very grateful.)

He is being joined on the starting five by the University of San Carlos (USC)’s Nathaniel Montecillo, Ateneo de Cebu’s LA Casinillo, Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma’s John Dave Aznar and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)’s Kevin Guibao.

Composing the rest of Team A are University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)’s Kyle Ochavo and Christopher Isabelo, UC Lapu-Lapu Mandaue’s Joseph Arth Nalos and Kirt Jalalon, Don Bosco’s Imransev Escobido and Jay Cabanero, SWU-Phinma’s Dezeo Villanueva, USJ-R’s Jake Co, USC’s Matthew Booc and UV’s AJ Sacayan.

They will be going up against Team B, which is comprised of starters Vhann Baruc of USC, Santos Go and Kendrick Abarquez of USJ-R, Vincent Escobido of Don Bosco and Sol Tirol of Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U).

The rest of Team B are CIT-U’s Erick Caesar Cabrera, USJ-R’s Ryzel Abatayo, UV’s Samuel Melicor, Don Bosco’s Jose Dizon, USC’s Khadshein Tagalog, Rori Buzon and Justin Atilano and USP-F’s Elijah Singson.

Meanwhile, the college Team A will be bannered by starters Sheldon Gahi and Jancork Cabahug of the University of the Visayas, Jules Langres of USC, Luigi Gabisan of USC and Lamine Thiam of SWU-Phinma.

They would be joined by UC’s Paul Galinato and John Jabello, CIT-U’s JC Escalona, UV’s Ted Saga and Monic Soliva, CIT-U’s Jem Sable, USJ-R’s Miguel Gastador, SWU-Phinma’s Red Cachuela, USPF’s John Maglasang and USC’s Sommy Managor.

Standing opposite them would Team B, which is led by UC’s Shane Menina and Renz Galdo, USC’s Magic Marata, SWU-Phinma’s Gerald Fernandez and USPF’s Sameen Swint.

The rest of Team B are SWU-Phinma’s William Polican, Shaq Imperial, Dyll Roncal, USC’s Kurt Trangia, UV’s Froiland Maglasang, Michael Maestre and Las Coulibally, USPF’s Alje Mendez, CIT-U’s Jesse Aloro Jr. and Miggy dela Torre.