Coaches of top Cesafi squads welcome new rule limiting teams to one import each
Veteran coach Yayoy Alcoseba sees the rule limiting imports as a chance for local players to shine. Jerome Ascano

CEBU CITY — Coach Yayoy Alcoseba of reigning Cesafi champion Southwestern University has no problem with the new one-import per team rule, saying that even a total ban on foreign reinforcement will be good for the league.

“One import or no import, no problem,” said Alcoseba.

“If that’s what the Cesafi rule is, then so be it. Besides this will give our local big men more time to develop. If you look at our team, we have Raymark Acuno who isn’t getting much playing time because of the foreign big men,” Alcoseba added.

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The Cesafi currently has seven foreign players, two each on SWU, UV and the University of San Carlos and one on the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

“On one hand, it will be great for the locals since one player will get to have a slot on the team and partake of the scholarship and all that. On the competitive level, it’s unfortunate since malaki ang tulong ng mga imports in the improvement and development of the local players especially if they have aspirations of making it to the PBA,” said University of the Visayas’ new head coach Gary Cortes, who recently steered the Lancers to a 2-2 win-loss record in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

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“As a local, you have to work doubly-hard in order to get past the imports and that will make you a better player,” Cortes added.

USC team consultant Julian Macoy also welcomed the ruling and said that they had been batting for an all-local tournament but had to give in and recruit imports in order to compete with the league powers.

“We can adapt to not having any imports on our squad. We’re prepared for that,” said Macoy.

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