Green Shuttlers bow to undefeated Bulldogs to land in second place

Published on September 7th, 2014 | by Adiel Sam De Jesus

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After three heart breaking seasons, the Green Shuttlers finally show up a great feat by returning to the finals only being beaten by the eventual champions, the NU Bulldogs last September 7 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton courts. The men in green and white surrendered their last possible stand for the championship against the thrice-to-beat advantage of the Bulldogs.

Joper Escueta and Peter Magnaye delivered the championship for the Sampaloc-based squad as the two are the only players fielded the whole match. Escueta dropped Shuttlers’ team captain Elijah Boac in the first singles while Magnaye scored a close one over Kenneth Monterubio. The two then teamed up for the first doubles to steal the crown for good after a win over Anton Cayanan and Gerald Sibayan of DLSU.

Opening the match with a huge blow

Elijah Boac was not able to handle eventual season MVP Philip Escueta in the first singles at 11-21 for both losing sets. Escueta cruised early with a 11-3 opening blow before the technical timeout. Boac tried to counter by exchanging points with Escueta but the lead was too big to afford just exchanges. Boac only scored two-straight points once in the entire game as he could not pull off any run in the game.

Monterubio’s comeback

In the second game, come back player Kenneth Monterubio showed flashes of brilliance in the middle of the 15-21 and 17-21 defeat. His mighty performance was not enough to sustain Magnaye’s furious rallies in the end point of the match. Monterubio was still able to tie Magnaye despite being down early in both sets. It was 14 and 16-all in the first and second set, respectively, before Magnaye pulled away and win the sets.

“Mahirap kasi pressured tapos nandun na yung i-enjoy na lang saka ibigay na lang yung best ko,” said Monterubio who almost stole the game from Magnaye only to break down in the end.

Final stand

The duo of Magnaye and Escueta was just too much too handle for Sibayan and Cayanan as the match ended three games to love. The Lasallian duo just managed to score 10 and eight in the first and second set, respectively.

A great season, still

“Start ng season ang pinag-uusapan lang namin is to be back at top four. Hindi naming inexpect na lahat kami magpeperform ng sobrang ganda. No words can express kung gaano kami kasaya ngayon, to be back in the finals is such a great thing that happen to us,” said team captain Boac.

“Proud ako sa kanila kasi after three years saka lang kami nakabalik sa finals. We know NU is a powerhouse team kaya sabi ko sa kanila I hope at least mabigay lang nila yung best nila hanggang sa dulo. Saka sabi ko lang sa kanila kung may gusto silang ma-achieve kailangan pinaghihirapan,” said Coach Owen Lopez who expressed his joy on the performance of his team despite losing to National U.

The Green Shuttlers finished third in Season 74 and 75 before dropping to 5th last season because of Monterubio’s absence that left a singles’ spot void for the team. The team will not have a graduating player this season as the whole core will be up to try and steal the crown next season.

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