CROWD SUPPORT will play a big factor as City University of Pasay plunges into another season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). The Eagles have consistently drawn in the fans through its history of participation and that fact is expected to remain the same on August 17, 2017 at the Cuneta Astrodome, a good walking distance from their campus located behind the Pasay City Hall.
Success has come in trickles for the Eagles in recent memory but their fans have never deserted them. However, a lot of positives are in the horizon for the team if one is to look back at their 2016 campaign.
CUP dropped its first 11 games before upsetting playoff-bound Philippine Christian University in overtime in their penultimate assignment, 93-87. The Eagles then disposed of the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology to avoid the bottom of the standings and end the year on a two-game winning streak, 80-79.
Coach Benedict Martin is happy on how his wards ended the season on a positive note and it provides them a good foundation for 2017. Giving the team a big lift is the return of former team leader Aldrin Telpo who sat out last season.
Telpo hopes to revive his old role of being the team’s heart and soul and he will need to get a lot of help from returning veterans Edgar Erice, Jerry Varquez, Rutger Acidre, CJ Villagomez and Jomar Catarbas. The biggest concern of Coach Martin will be up front as the Eagles are easily vertically-challenged with no player standing above 6’2”.
The team will have the likes of wide bodies Ron de la Cruz and Adrian Gatchalian to man the slot along with Querubine Padilla and John Patrick Aquino. Completing the CUP roster are Marco Celestino, Sydney Diez, Kobe Villagomez and Patrick Martin.
Telpo, Erice, Varquez and Padilla are on their final year of eligibility. They hope to exit on the right note and handover the leadership mantle to the next batch of Eagles seniors.
The Eagles will tackle AMA University for their first assignment. For sure, they will have the proverbial home court advantage with CUP students and supporters dominating the Cuneta Astrodome gallery.