THE Philippines continued to dominate the basketball competition with University of San Jose Recoletos leading the way, but Malaysia flexed its muscle in badminton to win four of five gold medals in the 2nd Asian Pacific University Games (APUG) in Cebu City.
USJR brought down University of Southern Philippines Foundation, 84-81, in the keenly-watched battle between unbeaten teams to take the solo lead with three straight wins at the Cebu Coliseum.
John Ubalde scattered 24 points to power the Jaguars to a come-from-behind victory over the Panthers in the three-nation, week-long tournament being held in the “Queen City of the South”.
Three other players — Ricky Peromingan, Ralph Jude Dinolan and Jaybie Mantilla – also scored in double figues for the Jaguars, who are seeking a fitting follow-up to their respectable third-place finish in the 3rd Xiamen Collegiate Basketball Tournament held in Xiamen City, China last Nov. 4.
Also hurdling their matches in this tournament organized by the Asia Pacific University Sports Union (APUSU) and supported by the by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) are University of the Visayas, which routed Universiti Teknologi MARA-Malaysia, 118-44; and University of San Carlos, which crushed Jiangxi Provincial Pingxiang College-China,141-32.
Both UV and USC are now tied with USPF with similar 2-2 win-loss records behind only USJR’s 3-0.
Over at the Racket Zone, UiTM-Malaysia captured four of the five golds at stake in badminton at the Montebello Villa Hotel Racquet Zone courts..
Steve Robert of UiTM-Malaysia and Nurul Syuhaidah Norazmi of UiTM-Malaysia stamped their class to capture the gold medals in both the men’s and women’s singles in badminton.
Robert defeated Angelo Ouano of USJR and compatriot Nik Ahmad Azfar Bin Mazlan in the men’s singles, while Norazmi edged compatriot Nur Adilah Adiman and Jenny Rose Ramirez of Universityof Cebu in the women’s singles.
Alfred Armamento and Peter Jester Almirol of USJR saved the day for the Filipinos by bagging the gold medal in the men’s doubles event in badminton.
Dexter Opalla and Nino Jay Quindao of UC took the silver medal.
Other Malaysian winners were Nurazmi and Adiman, who beat Charmaine Villa and Soon Kim of USJR and Elloise Marie Canillo and Nester Tapalles of UC in the women’s doubles; and Mazlan and Norami, who defeated Paolo Mangubat and Agatha Cristine Amante of USJR and Chrisitan Urot and Allinette Rojas of UC in the mixed doubles,
USJR (84) -Ubalde 24, Peromingan 17, Dinolan 13, Mantilla 11, Gastador 7, Galvez 4, Navarra 4, Calang 2, Nunez 2.
USPF (81) — Mendez 14, Ynot 14, Villarta 13, Quiachon 10, Avancena 8, Cada 7, Sastrillas 6, Cabahug 5, Alocillo 2
Quarterscores: 21-25, 43-44, 63-56, 84-81.
UV ( 118) — Napao 22, Gahi 19, Butuhan 15,
Maestre 14, Suerte 10, Cabahug 9, Delator 9, Soliva 7, Hassan 7, Villaceran 6.
UiTM (44) — Amman 13, Mokles 8, Ashman 8, Monzaniman 5, Zaq 4, Fadzil 2, Mazlan 2, Kamal 2.
Quarterscores: 31-14, 61-34, 96-40, 118-44.
USC (141) — Saycon 18, Labiste 18, Cabanog 18, Rabat 17, Mangubat 16, Tan 14, Marata 10, Aranas 9, Ecarma 7, Divinagracia 6, Trangia 2.
Jiangxi (32) — Xia Yang 14, Guixian 9, Jingchao 3, Xubin 2, Zhenkang 2, Yuqi 2, Chengxiang 1.
Quarterscores: 39-11, 78-15, 110-22, 141-32.