MAKATI CITY – The City University of Pasay Eagles ruled the 12th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Cheerleading Competition Monday afternoon (December 3) at the Makati Coliseum.
The Eagles scored 277.0 out of a possible 375.0 points from the five-man judging panel from the National Cheerleading Championship to frustrate defending champion Centro Escolar University’s bid for a three-peat. The Scorpions managed to tally 250.5 points, good for Second Place.
The Scorpions exhibited good basics but the Eagles executed better stunts, tumbles, pyramids and tosses en route to the win. Winning coach Eroll Ang Beja, who took over this school year, cited his Eagles’ collective desire to make up for their Third Place performance last year.
“Of the current 30-person squad, 24 are returnees from last season,” said the rookie mentor. “This is special because this is the very first NAASCU Cheerleading championship for our school.”
Last year’s runner-up Our Lady of Fatima University edged out STI College for Third Place by a mere point and a half, 226.0 to 224.5. While the Olympians had lesser deductions, a big slip in one of their pyramids may have cost them valuable points.
New Era University (197.0) and Saint Clare College of Caloocan (190.0) rounded out the six-school field. NAASCU President Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem of Saint Clare and members of the NAASCU board awarded the trophies to all the winners.
Each member of the five-man judging panel was assigned a specific area among cheers and basic elements, pyramids, tumbling, tosses and stunts. A judge may award a maximum of 75 points for his or her assigned area after which deductions will be made for penalties and violations.
Meanwhile, second semester NAASCU action goes full blast next month with the holding of the volleyball tournament along with athletics, swimming, chess, badminton, table tennis, taekwondo and billiards.
The Official Tally: