XU, City High cagers sizzle

CAGAYAN DE ORO. High School girls champion Lorebina Carrasco II of Corpus Christi School makes a move as arbiter Angelito Felisilda looks on. The Xavier University toddlers dominate the elementary side of the competition held on Friday at South Central School, Cagayan de Oro City. (Lynde Salgados)

ENJOYING a relatively successful season in basketball, the Corpus Christi School’s vaunted Knights apparently suffered a setback in the 2019 South District Meet held on Friday, September 6, in Cagayan de Oro City.

The Baby Knights of coach Carlo Dagalea put up a brave stance but were just smaller to overcome the heftier Xavier University Baby Crusaders of coach Mariano “Jun” Velez in a 34-47 defeat for a spot in the City Division Meet set to be slated later this month.

“Naay tulo ka tag-as ang Xavier, maglisod gyod mi’g daug unless naay madugang sa amo nga sentro,” said Corpus Christi president, Dr. Alfonso del Fierro who watched the elementary boys’ tiff at the Macasandig covered court.

Handled by coach Tristan Mark Pagente, the Corpus Christi Junior Knights enjoyed a smooth sailing in their early game assignments, but got bludgeoned by the City High Tigers in high school boys final over at the Nazareth gym.

“Ga-ulan ang tres sa City High kay kabisado homecourt nila ang Nazareth gym,” one spectator said.

To Dr. del Fierro’s consolation, the CCS ladies of coach Catrina June Pong-Biongcog continues to rampage by easily winning the South District meet’s high school girls’ rivalry after lording it over in the recent Batang Pinoy basketball championships in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Meanwhile, Corpus Christi chessers David Rey Ancheta and Lorebina Carrasco II emerged as board one champions in the meet’s chess competition held at the South Central School which also hosted events in arnis, taekwondo and sepa takraw.

Ancheta’s partner Euniel Grant Capilitan and Carrasco’s board 2 Maeren Janiella Garcia, however, fell short in their quest to make the City Division meet qualifier in favor of Timothy Mutya of the Oro Christian Grace School and Christine delos Reyes of the Cagayan de Oro National School (Senior High), who prevailed in the tiebreaker.

This, as the wards of Xavier University coach Silverio Abasolo swept all the chess slots at stake in elementary boys (Marion Erx Daabay and James Ching) and elementary girls (Cecile Bagalanon and Lothy Mae Abuena).


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