Cebu figure skaters shine in Manila
The Organique California-University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers served notice of their intentions for the preseason crown as they trounced the Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras, 79-54, in the Cesafi Partner’s Cup yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.
Now at full strength with the return of foreign player WHERE there is unity, there is success.
This was proven by the Cebu Figure Skating Team that won in the Skate Philippines: Summer Championships held at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila last May 28 and 29.
The team bagged the overall team title with a total haul of 130 gold medals, 15 silvers and three bronze medals.
The Cebu Figure Skating Team is composed of around 30 newbie ice figure skaters who honed their skills at the SM Seaside City Cebu ice skating rink.
According to Hannah Go, a parent of one of the members of the team, Johannah Go, the team’s expenses to that prestigious competition came from the parents’ own pockets.
“Every single centavo that we spent during the competition, including the airfare, food, hotel, uniforms and other logistics came from us, Rich Managor, who missed nearly all games of last season due to a torn ACL, the Panthers flaunted their strength and depth and led by as many as 26 late in the fourth and cruised to the dominant win.
The loss was the Cobras’ second in as many games after losing to the University of Cebu (UC) in their opening game.
RR Cauba led the way for the Panthers with 15 points while Mhike Patalinghug added 14.
The Panthers led by a parents. But we never complained neither regretted our sacrifices because it’s about giving pride to Cebu City,” she said in a press conference at the SM Seaside City Cebu skating rink yesterday. “We were always overshadowed by other sports in Cebu and were often given lesser commendation and recognition but now, we are very happy because all our sacrifices have paid off.”
Joining Go in the presser were fellow parent and one scant five points, 18-13, after the first period but surged ahead, 36-22, at halftime behind a 13-5 spurt that was capped off by a long three-pointer from veteran forward Roy Quiachon.
USPF continued its onslaught in the third, which it started with a 10-3 blast sparked by transition buckets from Patalinghug to erect a 46-25 lead.
SWU-Phinma battled right back and trimmed the deficit to 10, 39-49, as Reeve Ugsang, Edmundo Bayho- of the founders of the Cebu Figure Skating Team Joanne Arriba, head coach Ireneo Awing Sr., and SM Seaside City Cebu skating rink manager Emily Alcantara.
Go added that if not for the unity of the parents, they wouldn’t have tasted sweet victory.
According to Arriba, it was the first time the Cebu Figure Skating Team dominated the tournament, which was described by Awing as a grassroots level ice skating com- nan and Dominic de Lara all found their groove.
But the Panthers bared their fans once again behind Cauba,who punched in two tough baskets to raise their lead back to 57-41, heading to the last canto.
Three-pointers by Karl Langahin and Patalinghug early in the fourth settled the game’s outcome as it put them ahead, 73-47.
In the high school division, USPF routed the Cebu Eastern College Dragons, 84-60, for their second win in a row. petition.
The winning figure skaters from the team were Go, Dominique Van Chua, Armielle Cabrera, France Tadena, Maurelle Paredes, Danica Denise Chua, Lloyd Vincent Formentera, and Ryan Joseph Ryan Abadilla.
Most of Cebu’s bets were products of the summer grassroots program organized by SM Seaside City Cebu, Awing Sr., and the Cebu Figure Skating Team. / R EPORTER GLENDALE G. ROSAL
Cebu Figure Skating Team shines in Skate Philippines tilt
Members of the Cebu Figure Skating Team show off the medals they won in the Skate Philippines: Summer Championships in Manila.