CEBU CITY — Cebu basketball icon Julian Macoy has waited a very long time to feel like a champion again – 57 years.
And after the near-six decade wait came to an end on Tuesday when the University of San Carlos Warriors claimed the Cesafi title, Macoy was at a loss for words seeing his beloved alma mater on top again.
“I really can’t put into words what I’m feeling right now. It’s awesome. It took 57 years to be on top again and I can’t describe how happy it makes me feel,” said Macoy, who now serves as USC’s consultant.
Macoy was a sophomore and the focal point of the Green and Gold Warriors’ attack, leading the team to the 1958 title of Cesafi’s precursor the Cebu Collegiate Athletic Association.
Macoy established the country’s all-time scoring mark during that year, racking up 126 points in just 28 minutes of action against the Cebu Normal School.
Those thinking that that performance was fluke better think twice too, as he also breached the century mark in his rookie season in 1957, scoring 101 points, also against CNS.
Macoy was tapped as Warriors head coach in 2012 after a six-year stint as deputy commissioner of the Cesafi. He led the Warriors to a third place finish in 2013 before relinquishing coaching duties to former PBA player Junthy Valenzuela in 2014. With new coach Britt Reroma, the Warriors finally won their first Cesafi title.
“When I took over the team in 2012, me and Mayor Junie (Martinez, Bogo City Mayor and the team’s chief backer) had a four-year plan for the Warriors. So we’re a year ahead of that plan,” Macoy told Spin.ph the morning after USC’s title win.
“It was tough at first. There were times when I had to use my own money to supplement the team’s needs. But thankfully, everything slowly fell into place,” shared Macoy of the pivotal move to add Cameroonian reinforcement Shooster Olago to the squad during the 2014 season. After trying out several different imports in past years, USC finally hit the jackpot with Olago, who was named as the league’s MVP this year.