Published on October 14th, 2015 | by Naomi Imbang0
DLSU Jins kick starts campaign in UAAP 78
“Stay focused [at] wag susuko, lahat ng laban isipin nilang finals na, that’s how I motivate them to do their best in court,” – Coming from head coach Roberto Cruz as how he guided the team in the first day of this year’s UAAP Taekwondo tournament. Alongside with the new Assistant Coach Japoy Lizardo, they are determined and ready than ever to get the championship back. The competition took place yesterday, October 13, at the Blue Eagle Gym.
With a mix of fresh and veteran players, the Green Jins had trouble with first game jitters and lost to University of the East, 1-6. First in the mats was Green Jin Kyle Arsenal who outwitted Jean Buan of UE, 2-1. Even if the team got a great start, they weren’t able to maintain their confidence and lost the next matches to the UE Red Warriors.
However they made a great comeback against NU with an almost flawless record of 6-1. Green Jin Arsenal initiated the victory as he dominated Bulldog Diether Baylon, 9-1. Followed by team captain Pogs Jazmines who pushed down Alfred Avila from NU with forceful attacks, 10-7. Just like the other Bulldogs, Noel Sabillano wasn’t able to get control of the might of Green Jin Alfritz Arevalo, 3-10. Mitch Agapito of DLSU also showed the Sampaloc-based squad not to mess with the Green Jins, 10-4. At the middle of the fight, Green Jin Keith Sembrano unleashed brutal kicks and beats Erickson Silvestre of NU, 12-1. Despite the good fate inside the mats, Green Jin Kyle Uy took a wrong turn and dropped the sixth match to Dave Cea, 4-5. Nevertheless, Green Jin Karl Delos Santos managed to bounce back and grabbed the win to end the day against the Bulldogs, 9-4.
For their female counterparts, it started with a nail biter match up against NU. It was an intense game but fortunately, it ended in the hands of DLSU, 4-3. Also with a combination of rookies and veterans, the Lady Jins hope for the best in this year’s tournament.
In their last game of the day, the Taft-based squad dominated the Tamaraws with a score of 6-1. Although Lady Jin Cleio Bañez took a fall at a sudden death match, it didn’t make the Lady Jins lose control over the Morayta-based squad. In fact, it made them more aggressive in the mats. Lovely Avaceña gave FEU a payback in the second match, 12-3. Veteran Apriel Solimen showed Lady Tamaraw Geena Gadit a beast mode move and won, 8-0. Lovely Balmes did not stand with Shanelle Romuar of DLSU as she attacked vigorously inside the mats, 6-1. In the next match, former ROY Camille Bonje did not even let FEU score, 7-0. In another sudden death round, team captain Paola Amon took it all and crushed her opponent at 4-3. Lady Jin Gabrielle Yunchingtat ended the game against FEU with a bang, 6-0.
The Green Jins now hold a 1-1 win-loss record while the Lady Jins swept the first day with a 2-0 win-loss record. They will continue battling with other teams on October 15, at the Blue Eagle Gym.