'First to perform curse' bites NU Pep Squad

Mark Escarlote on Dec 02, 2017 08:05 PM
'First to perform curse' bites NU Pep Squad
Though hindi kami nag-champion ngayon ayoko namang panghawakan ‘yung jinx na walang chance mag-champion ang first performer -- coach Ghicka Bernabe of dethroned four-time UAAP Cheerdance Competition champion NU Pep Squad

The curse of drawing the first to perform position claimed yet another victim.

Even the mighty four-time champion National University Pep Squad didn’t stand a chance against the most feared number in the order of performance in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

NU had an 11-point deduction in their overall tally and struggled in stunts, pyramid, tosses and dance categories as the Bustillos-based pep squad relinquished its four-year reign to a flawless and hungry Adamson side Saturday in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition at the MOA Arena.

The NU Pep Squad finished tied at fourth to fifth spot with Far Eastern University with identical 610.50 points behind Adamson (663.50), University of Sto. Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe (638.50) and University the East (634.50).

But what did them in was the number of falls and failed pyramid attempts that plagued the early part of the NU Pep Squads’ under the sea-themed routine.    

Something that cheerdance pundits attributed to the superstitious belief that in the past 22 editions of the much-anticipated event, no team has ever claimed the crown when performing first.     

Head coach Ghicka Bernabe, who had the luck or bad luck of drawing the opening performance during the drawing of lots a few weeks back, shrugged off the said superstition.               

“Though hindi kami nag-champion ngayon ayoko namang panghawakan ‘yung jinx na walang chance mag-champion ang first performer,” said Bernabe.

NU topped the tumbling (84.5) but fell behind in other categories.

“Nu’ng sa first part ng routine na medyo may mga nalaglag medyo kinabahan talaga ako,” said Bernabe. “Alam ko naman na first kami nag-perform and meron pang seven universities.”

“So after matapos ng seven universities pinanood ko ulit yung routine namin sa Facebook, still nagkaroon ako ng chance and hope na we’re still part of the top three kasi first part lang naman ang may laglag. Its just three or four stunts but aside from that flawless naman ang routine naming sa 60% onwards,” she added.

Unfortunately, the judges saw it differently.





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