Davao beach spikers upset Central Visayas

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Friday, April 11, 2014

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - The men's beach spikers compensated for what the booters and women dribblers failed to accomplish as the host Davao Region ended its stint in the 2014 Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) Games here Friday.

University of Mindanao (UM) Tagum College pair Johnrey Amora and Hachalia Gilbuena more than lived up to expectations by dethroning two-time defending champion Central Visayas, 21-19, 21-18 in men's beach volleyball finals at the Rotary Volleydrome.

Amora, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said: "Proud kaayo mi kay nakuha namo ug balik ang gold after two years. Wala mi nag expect kay kusog sab sila pero mas gihatag namo ang best karon (We're very proud since we reclaimed the title after two years. We really didn't expect to win but we just give our very best this time)."


He also said that it was a tough game having figured in a series of lead exchanges.

The Adrian Beneth Jayectin-coached Amora and Gilbuena along with reserved player Danilo Arat will next see action in the Nestea Beach Volleyball Championships on April 30.

Davao had won the Prisaa men's beach volleyball gold for three straight years before Central Visayas reigned two years in a row.

Prisaa 11 official and UMTC beach volley mentor Pedrito Manulat said, "Wala man gyud mi magdahum nga mapildi ang Cebu kay hastang kusuga gyud nila (We really didn't expect the men's team will beat the Cebuanos as they are very strong)."

Central Visayas, however, bounced back to capture the women's beach volleyball gold after spanking UMTC-bannered Davao Region, 21-19, 21-17, in their titular encounter. Davao's Maan Amparo and Pinky Salavate, thus, settled for the silver instead.

No match
Over at the RDR Sports and Cultural Gym inside Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, 2013 bronze medalist Davao Region bowed to Calabarzon, 69-97, to salvage the silver medal in women's basketball finals.

The Crisanthemum "Ining" Sarabia-coached Davao took a 22-20 lead at the end of the first period only to lose steam as defending champion Calabarzon snatched a 45-33 advantage at the break.

Calabarzon then stretched their lead and never looked back to secure the win and retain the title.

Coach Sarabia, interviewed by Sun.Star Davao, said: "Wala gyud mi kaya bisan unsaon pa nako ug ampo nga tagaan mi ug swerte demalas gyud. Dili mi kaapas sa kalaban kay maski kinsa makagunit sa bola, mutira, sulod.

Maski siguro i blindfold sila, musulod gihapon ilang mga tirada. Ana sila kabug-at. Sa ilang kadagko dili sad mi kasulod, daghan sad mi mintis sa shooting (No matter how I pray for luck, it's just the opposite. We can't match our rivals whose shooters are just incredible. Even if they are blindfolded they can still make baskets, that's how good they are. We couldn't also get in with their height and heft, we also did bad in our shooting)."

Sarabia, however, was content that they improved their bronze finish this year.

"The girls did their best, it wasn't just good enough for us to win the gold. But we're happy to get the silver," she added.

Davao's Anelyn Climaco and Coleen Calope were named the best shooting guard and best small forward titles, respectively, of the elite Mythical Five. Sarabia was assisted by Minda Dayot.

Missed opportunities

At the DDNSTC field, the Peter Jason Mortillero-mentored Davao squad succumbed to a heartbreaking 0-1 loss to Western Visayas in their championship game. It was their third finals meeting and Davao ended up with the silver again as the Western Visayas booters defended its gold.

A few Davao booters cried at the final blow of the whistle, regretting the missed opportunities when they could have tied the match or even outscored their rivals.

Coach Mortillero, talking to his boys after the game, said, "It was a good game. We gave our best and they've seen what we can do as a team. We just missed so many opportunities to score. We did not grab these opportunities."

A player, who was asked to pray, sobbed along with his other teammates. Most of them still couldn't accept their fate since their opponents only scored via a penalty kick.

Davao was composed of Roder Igancio, Richard Suarez, Mark Dayanan, Mark Anthony Bugay, Patrick Asoque, Roland Manabit, Rocky Custodio, Juven Benitez, Marlon Demapanag, Aldrin Tiboron, Abdul Mamadali, Edwin Giganto, Renente Bangi and Philip Delos Santos.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 12, 2014.


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