Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Five senior Bulldogs leave NU with 5th straight crown

Last Wednesday, UAAP Season 80 Men’s Badminton Most Valuable Player Alvin Morada said, “Last na nga naming lima, ibubuhos na namin lahat sa Friday.”

And thus Morada and three of National University’s graduating seniors played all-out and needed just three matches to take their 43rd straight win and secured the fifth-consecutive UAAP title past the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, Friday morning at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Just like the previous Season’s Finals, the crucial opening match went the way of the Bulldogs as former MVP Ros Pedrosa made amends this time, taking down fourth-year Maroon JM Bernardo.

Keeping the UP lead man at bay, the graduating Pedrosa clawed out of an 8-all deadlock to lead at 11-8 after a series of errors from the former. The Bustillos-based shuttler then responded to the challenge of his opponent to slowly inch away to the game win at 21-17.

In the second game, Pedrosa ran roughshod on Bernardo and gave the latter a dose of his own medicine after taking a huge 10-0 spread at the start. The Maroon tried to keep in step and came within six, 9-15, but the lead was just too much even for a skilled singles player. NU took the tie advantage at 21-14 in the second.

The second singles match was a showcase of skills for eventual-MVP Mike Minuluan. The other graduating senior covered the court well, taking Michael Clemente out of his game. It was Minuluan who came out victor in the battle of length. Using a combination of speed and power, the NU standout cruised to a 21-12 win in the first game.

#ReadMore  Johnriel Casimero takes on Jonas Sultan in title eliminator

Clemente started well in the second frame, taking it at 8-all, but when Minuluan piled up the points, there was no turning back. His win sent the Bulldogs to the cusp of yet another UAAP crown.

With two seniors on deck for the doubles match, it was just a matter of time before the Bulldogs get it done.

Morada and Alem Palmares made quick work of Harvey Tungul and the lone graduating senior from UP Betong Pineda in the first frame at 21-15. Calm and composed, the Bulldogs were unstoppable in the frame, leading by as much as seven, 19-12, after a close score line at 11-10 at the break.

Another close start ensued in the second game, with NU taking another tight 11-10 lead at the interval. Nonetheless, just like in the opening set, Morada and Palmares just knew when to turn it up. Down three, Pineda tried to prolong his UAAP career and UP’s season, but his shot failed to clip the line, sending the crowd from Sampaloc into a joyous frenzy.

After the win, Morada was lost for words.“Sobrang saya lang po kasi pinaghirapan talaga namin to.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa mga coaches, sa National University sa tulong nila sa’min. Sa mga professors namin, sa pagbibigay sa’min ng chance na makabawi sa acads.”

With everything settled, the five-time champ also quipped, “Siyempre, graduating na rin kami so focus na kami sa acads.”

Morada has always dedicated the win for the recognition of the institution in the sport. “Siguro naman sa na-achieve namin, hindi mawawala yung NU. Nakasulat na yan, nasa history na yung five-peat. Kaya ‘pag sinabi mong badminton, NU.”

Grew to appreciate various sports from tennis to judo. True-maroon kiddo since the new millennium. Fanboy. Singer. Occasional sports writer.

You May Also Like


After ending National University’s 60-tie winning streak last Wednesday, Ateneo de Manila University made sure to finish the job four days later. Behind a...


NATIONAL University relied on its doubles pairs before Mark Velasco dominated in the decider to complete a massive 3-2 reverse sweep of University of...


The longest active winning streak in the UAAP has been broken. Ateneo de Manila University halted the run of the reigning seven-time UAAP Men’s...


National University extended the UAAP’s longest current winning streak to 60 by defeating fellow semifinalist University of the Philippines, 3-2, on Sunday at the...


Defending, seven-time champion National University and University of the Philippines turned down their respective foes to secure two of the Final Four berths in...


University of the Philippines secured a share of the lead in the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Badminton tournament after clinching a 3-2 victory over...


Seven-time defending champion National University initiated its title defense with a dominant 5-0 sweep of Adamson University on the opening day of the UAAP...


University of the Philippines secured back-to-back titles in rousing fashion, sweeping all its assignments in the 2nd SMART Philippine Intercollegiate Badminton Championships on Saturday...