Coach of PSL U21 MVP Sarok Weavers warmly welcomed to hometown Alegria
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Consolacion Sarok Weavers head coach Kareem Alocillo and his precious ward Rojan Montemayor received a warm welcome home in Alegria, southwest Cebu, after their huge success in the Pilipinas Super League (PSL) U21 Aspirants Division Cup.
Alocillo and Montemayor returned to their hometown earlier this week. They paid a courtesy visit to municipal officials at Alegria Town Hall.
Divine Sarmiento, the city’s tourism agent, SK federation president Kim Marie Leguiz and outgoing councilor Emelio Cabañero warmly welcomed them during their courtesy visit.
Alegria is approximately 112 kilometers southwest of Cebu City.
The young manager known for his basic training clinic in Cebu led Sarok Weavers in their dominant run in the PSL U21 Aspirants Division Cup en route to winning the inaugural title last April at Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte.
The Sarok Weavers ended their campaign with a stellar record of 9-1 (win-loss), including their appearance in the semi-finals and the final. They swept the host team, Roxas Vanguards, in the final, 2-0, in their Best-of-Three Finals series.
MVP PSL U21
Montemayor, a former University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tiger Cub, was named the Finals MVP and the league’s Mythical Five for his dominating performance.
Alegria native Barangay Poblacion put in a monstrous double-double performance in their decisive Game 2 victory with 20 points and 21 rebounds.
For Alocillo, welcomed by his hometown, people surely warmed his heart considering that one of his goals in the PSL was to represent Alegria.
“Mao jud na akong aims to represent pud Alegria while coaching Consolacion. Although the municipality of lahi gani nga akong gi represents during the league, I always make sure to honor where I come from,” Alocillo of Barangay Santa Filomena told Alegria.
(It’s my goal to also represent Alegria while coaching Consolacion. Although it’s a different municipality that I represented during the league, I always make sure to honor where I come from.)
“Coming from Alegria, our city is not very well known in the sport, so winning the PSL U21 is very special for Rojan and me. We are always proud of our achievement,” he said.
Sports program trainer
Alocillo said that before being hired as head coach of the Sarok Weavers, he and his father had already started the sports program in the city where they discovered Montemayor.
Alocillo also coached the Alegria basketball team which played in the Cebu Provincial Government Governor’s Cup.
“Nakabuild na mi og team diri ug sports program kami sa akong papa. After denying dad in sports we won the Governor Cup. Amo pud gibuhat was training local coaches nga mao pud makapuli namo kung wala nami didto sa Alegria” , said Alocillo.
(We, my father and I, have built a team here and a sports program. When my father left the sport, I replaced him at the Governor’s Cup. We also trained local coaches who can replace us when we’re not here in Alegria.)
He also revealed that they are already keen to get back into action in the PSL with the Sarok Weavers, whom he considers his family.
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