Cebu fig­ure skaters shine in Manila

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Jonas Rey N. Pane­rio CORRESPONDENT

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

CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

Mem­bers of the Cebu Fig­ure Skat­ing Team show off the medals they won in the Skate Philip­pines: Sum­mer Cham­pi­onships in Manila.

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