Behind national team members Rinna Babanto and Patrick Perez, La Salle clinched the UAAP Poomsae championship last Tuesday.
The team last won the title in 2016 and finished second last year. This gives La Salle its second UAAP championship this season.
Babanto opened the day by regaining the individual female gold over fellow members of the 2018 Asian Games bronze medal squad in University of the Philippines’ Nikki Oliva and Far Eastern University’s Juvenile Crisostomo. The senior Lady Green Jin showed her excellence in the two poomsae required in the medal rounds with 8.180. Also on her last playing year, Olivia missed the mint by 0.080, after finishing at 8.100. Crisostomo – likewise in her last individual event for the Tamaraws – ended with 7.900.
For his part, rookie Perez overwhelmed his rivals in the individual male event after ending with 8.305 in the finals. Adrian Ang took home the silver for the University of Santo Tomas at a distant 8.150, while National University’s own newbie Kier Macalino took home his school’s first individual medal at bronze with 8.035.
Perez and Babanto then teamed up for the mixed pair title, besting Jerel Dalida and Cyrinne Abenir of UST and Jayboy Buenavista and Patricia Jubelag from UP. The duo of eventual Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player walked away with 8.235 over the Thomasians’ 8.200. The Fighting Maroons tandem ended in third with 8.015.
The UAAP Taekwondo competition started last Tuesday and will conclude this Friday. La Salle finished 4th and 5th in the men’s and women’s division respectively last season.
After three-straight blowout losses, the Lady Archers are finally back in the win-column.
The slump ended last Saturday as they defeated the still winless UP Lady Maroons 68-56. Yesterday, the team climbed back from a 16-point deficit to stun the Adamson Lady Falcons 66-64.
The pair of victories brings them back in the semis picture as they now tie Adamson and UST for the third and fourth spots at 7-5.
They end their elimination round campaign next week against Ateneo on Tuesday and Friday versus the Tigresses.
DLSU (68) — Claro 16, Castillo K. 9, Arciga 8, Torres 7, Paraiso 6, Binaohan 5, Nuñez 4, Castillo R. 4, Jimenez 4, Del Ocampo 3, Quingco 2, Jajurie 0, Malarde 0.
UP (56) — Ordoveza 18, Medina 13, Cruz 11, Rodas 6, Amar 5, Ferrer 2, Gonzales 1, Bascon 0, De Leon 0, De Guzman 0.
Quarterscores: 15-6, 35-22, 50-37, 68-56
DLSU 66 – Claro 16, Delcampo 14, Nunez 10, Torres 9, Revillosa 7, Paraiso 5, Castillo K. 3, Quingco 2, Arciga 0, Binaohan 0, Jimenez 0, Castillo R. 0, Jajurie 0.
ADU 64 – Prado 33, Rosario 13, Camacho 6, Razalo 5, Araja 3, Alcoy 2, Bilbao 2, Cacho 0, Cabug 0.
Quarterscores: 4-13, 21-29, 41-49, 66-64.
Photo by Joaqui Flores (Tiebreaker Times)