Rampaging Cardinals bag chess, table tennis crowns-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
AFTER snatching the women's archery earlier this month, the UB Cardinals are off to a hot start and snatched four more gold medals in allied sports of the Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League season 27.
The Cardinals swept the table tennis and chess competition by winning both the men and women's side.
UB deposed 2012 women's chess champion Saint Louis University even with the absence of top board player Xyrelle Kindipan while the men's chess team also ended the University of the Cordillera's one year reign as they topped the event.
"Wow, we are on a roll," said UB athletic director Ed Laureano, who will be retiring next year and with the wins as send-off gift.
It also successfully defended the men's badminton event, with Saint Louis retaining the women's crown.
UB is also expected to make a big splash this weekend in swimming where it defends in both side. And it is expected the tankers in red will repeat this year and up its total to eight, the most so far in the BBEAL in years.
The soaring Cardinal will also seek the crown in men's basketball and women's volleyball where it has already qualified for the finals after sweeping the men's basketball and beating two time defending champion UC Jaguars.
Assured of another finals seat, the Lady Cardinals eye for their second crown in three years when it battles SLU after beating UC in straight sets the other week and SLU deposing the former six-peat champions from Gov. Pack Road during the weekend.
UB failed miserably in women's basketball where it is one of the most dominant teams the past years, while it landed fourth also in men's volleyball behind Cordillera Career Development College. UC and SLU are still disputing the top slot and finals seat as of press time.
The UB Cardinals will go for the jugular on October 1 at the UB Gym as they await the winner of the UC-SLU match where UC has a twice to beat advantage. SLU, which finished fourth, stopped upstart Baguio College Technology Monday, 80-71, to advance against UC.
Sports has always been synonymous with UB with its founder, the late Fernando Bautista being an avid sportsman who attended practically all the Olympics during his lifetime and a big supporter to college and national sports.
Not only did he recruit top athletics, judo and combative sports and even had the Gintong Alay players enrolled as scholars at UB when the sports program was based in Baguio. UB was second home to the likes of Lydia de Vega, Elma Muros, Guido del Prado, Eric Buhain, all giants in sports in the early 80s.
UB is also home to one of the best collegiate teams in the country in the past, the Cardinals, which won the National University Athletic Association title in 1983 against the Far Eastern University.
Its high school team, the Red Robins became a national champion in 1986 just before the Peoples Power in Edsa.
The Cardinals also sent some players to the Philippine Basketball Association, among them were Tony dela Cerna and Jun Marzan.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 26, 2013.