WITH the first half over, 10 colleges and universities competing in the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) braces for the second part of the 31st season later this year.
University of Baguio (UB) and the University of the Cordilleras (UC) gear for another showdown as they seek three peat in women’s and men’s volleyball which is set to kick of the second phase of competition tentatively slated last week of January.
Saint Louis University, Baguio College of Technology, Cordillera Career Development College and Philippine Military Academy are expected to give stiff opposition in the volleyball competition against the two squads, who are also vying for the top spot in the over-all standings.
Aside from volleyball, other events to be played include athletics, taekwondo, judo, while demo sports such as karate and weight lifting will be played during the second phase, along with the newest regular sports, Muay Thai.
The Muay Thai competition will follow the rules set by the Muay Thai Association of the Philippines with seven schools already signifying their intention to join the contest.
UB currently holds the top spot of the over – all standings at the end of the first phase after bagging nine titles.
Despite a third place finish in the premiere men's basketball tournament, the Cardinals soared to the top of the team standings by topping swimming, table tennis, men's wushu, men's badminton, women's archery, men's chess, and women's basketball.
UB also snatched second place finishes in women's badminton, men's archery, and women's chess.
Reigning over-all champion University of the Cordilleras slowed down with five first place finish after bagging their fifth overall crown in men's basketball while securing the top spot in women's wushu, men's archery, women's chess, and baseball.
The Jaguars also settled for second in men's wushu, men's badminton, women's archery, men's table tennis, and women's basketball while salvaging third place finish in sepak takraw, and women's table tennis.
Saint Louis University, on the other hand is at far third with its title in women's badminton, and sepak takraw as the Navigators secured second place finishes in swimming, women's table tennis and men's chess while bagging third in wushu, archery, men's badminton, men's table tennis and women's chess.
Philippine Military Academy with its string of second and third place finishes is at fourth while Benguet State University, which lost the baseball crown, is at fifth place.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on January 03, 2018.
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