DBTC defends title

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

IN YOUR court. Roygbiv Barro of Don Bosco-A battle for ball possession against a Sacred Heart-Ateneo de Cebu booter. Don Bosco defeated Ateneo in their own home court. (Sun.Star Foto/Allan Cuizon)


THE Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) showed its grit as it edged out Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC), 2-0, in the latter’s homecourt to nab back-to-back titles in the boys’ Under-15 division of Aboitiz Cup yesterday.

After a scoreless first half, Kyle Ronquillo, the eventual Most Valuable Player, of DBTC lit the fire on the defending champions and scored the first goal in the game on the early goings of the second half.

Ronquillo’s shot was almost stopped by SHS-AdC’s goalie Kyle Bayquen, but the ball spun out of his hands and towards the back of the net at the 37th minute of the match.

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DBTC rode on that momentum and continued to break apart SHS-AdC’s defense. Ronquillo again took charge making a timely pass to Mark Unabia who was momentarily open on the left wing.

With three players from DBTC and two defenders of SHS-Adc, goalie Bayquen decided to come out and commit to the defense but he left the goal post wide open giving Unabia multiple spots to land the shot at the 44th, for a 2-0 lead in favor of the reigning champions.

Tbe SHS-AdC tried to recover led by the event’s best striker Leo Maquiling and best midfielder Joshua Shields but DBTC’s keeper Jessie Semblante managed to keep these attempts at bay.

Semblante was hailed as the event’s best goal keeper.

“The game plan for this final is to stop Leo (Maquiling) and (Joshua) Shields because they are strong on the Ateneo’s attack. We executed well on our marking on defense and team blocking,” DBTC coach Dave Gerali said.

“I instructed the boys to build up first before we do our counter attacks because I know Ateneo is a strong team,” he added.

“I told and inspire them to play hard and continue executing the game plan and the goal will come,” said Gerali.

“We are happy for this back-to-back title and especially seeing the result of our grassroots program. The program has produced players who are champions,” Gerali added.

Meanwhile, the Dynamo FC beat DBTC team B, 3-1, in the battle for third in the boys U15 division.

Kenneth Niaga scored two goals in the 19th and 37th, while his teammate Victor Villamero added one. Dustin Ramirez scored the lone goal for DBTC team B at the 34th.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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