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Saturday, October 5, 2013
CHAMPIONS never say die. Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Greywolves showed a perfect example of that, after overcoming adversity to recapture the title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. secondary football.
DBTC reclaimed the crown after beating defending champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles, 4-2, in penalty shootout at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) yesterday.
“Their confidence level was really low. I had to motivate them to show up (in form) in the championship. They really had the fighting spirit to win,” DBTC coach Glen Ramos said of his squad, which lacked two of starters due to different ailments.
Despite losing two key players, DBTC came to the championship match to fight, trading shots with the equally talented SHS-AdC in the first half.
In the second half, DBTC, the 2011 titleholder, found its opening after Glen Thomas Ramos, Glen’s son, hit the opener in the 45th with ease after the ball breezed past lanky goalkeeper Kristian Taylor.
DBTC’s roaring fans were silenced in the waning minutes of regulation when Jun Canlas broke away from his defender to score the equalizer in the 77th minute.
Kintaro Miyagi gave SHS-AdC the lead in the fifth minute of extra time after he got away from the defender and struck past DBTC custodian Jake Vicen.
When everything seemed lost for DBTC, substitute Ezra Decena, who played with a fever, converted on a perfectly executed header in the waning minutes to level the match, 2-2, and send it to a shootout.
“I called their attention because there were still 10 minutes left. We started to relax,” said Glen. “When they were in front they also started to relax and despite being sick, Decena was motivated to score.”
In the penalty shootout, SHS-AdC skipper Miguel Kwan hit the first penalty kick. DBTC’s first kicker Kenry Balobo answered by hitting his target.
SHS-AdC’s Karlo Villamor made a crucial miss after his shot went wide. Andre Roa converted his shot to make it a 2-1 for DBTC. Both Kyle Silawan of SHS-AdC and Decena made both their shots to make it 3-2.
However, JM Kwan’s shot was too strong and it went way above the crossbar. Moiselle Alforque sealed the game by converting his penalty shot.
University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) took third place honors after an easy 4-0 victory over University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R).
Meanwhile, University of San Carlos takes on defending champion USJ-R in the tertiary division championship at 5 pm today at the CCSC, while USPF takes on UC for third place at 3 pm.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 06, 2013.