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Friday, October 11, 2013
“VISAYANIANS fight best when the odds are greatest.” This is how University of the Visayas (UV) president Eduardo Gullas described the dramatic comeback win of the UV Green Lancers in the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) college basketball finals.
The school honored the Lancers yesterday with a mass and a ceremony, which also coincided with the 83rd birthday celebration of the Gullas patriarch.
“I have never been prouder in any of our championships than this one. Gipakita ninyo ang Green Lancers spirit. You showed the true heart of a Lancer, the ability to bounce back strong when everything seemed to be lost,” Gullas said during the press conference held at his office.
Down 2-0 in the best of five series, everybody thought the Lancers were finished.
But with their faith in God, their system and themselves plus the guidance of school officials, the Lancers regained their footing in Game 3. That win boosted the confidence of the team that had been down after losing five straight to their rivals Southwestern University (SWU) this season.
“It would be a lie if anybody would say they were not entertaining the idea of total defeat after we were down 2-0. But their determination to comeback finally paid off and when we won Game 3. I told myself, kami na pud ang ma champion ani,” said Lancers team manager and Cebu 1st district congressman Gerald Anthony “Sam-Sam” Gullas Jr.
The Lancers took the last the three games in the series to win their 10th Cesafi title.
Now that Cesafi tournament is over, UV is now preparing for its ultimate goal – the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) eliminations, which will start be Nov. 20 and 21.
They will travel to Ormoc City to play the winners between Cesafi third placer University of San Carlos Warriors and the Visayas conference champion.
If they win – UV will play for the Southern Islands championship for a spot in the Final Four in Manila.
The Lancers could face the SWU Cobras, who will play the Mindanao champions in their first game.
“The next stop is PCCL. We hope that we can win the Southern Islands Championship so that we can go to the Final Four in Manila,” Belano added.
As part of their preparation, UV will leave today for an exhibition game in Ormoc City against the PBA Legends team.
And on Oct. 21-28, UV will get to test their preparations in the Uni-Games, which will be held in Bacolod City.
“Just stay humble. Whatever achievements you have made, keep your feet on the ground,” said the elder Gullas.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.