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DTC 2022 concludes three-month run with SCEGE sweep

Article by: Crismhil S. Anselmo and Albert L. Dela Cruz, Jr.
Photos by: Ma. Chinie M. Sta. Juana and Maria Isobelle A. Tudtud

With the official return of the Don Tomas Cup (DTC) A.Y. 2022-2023, organized by the Mapúa University (MU) Council of Presidents (COP) along with the University’s administration and the National Association of Mapúa Alumni (NAMA) Inc., various teams from the 12 schools and departments of MU vied for the disputed trophy across seven sporting events last September 28 to December 13.
During its nearly three-month course, winners have emerged from different departments. The Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Mixed Volleyball, Chess, and Table Tennis events were held at the Intramuros Campus Gymnasium. Meanwhile, the 8 Ball Pool was conducted at the Magallanes Billiards in Intramuros and the Valorant e-sports tournament took place online.

The following schools and departments participated in DTC 2022: School of Architecture, Interior Design, and Built Environment (AR-ID-BE), School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering and Sciences (CBMES), School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering (CEGE), the Department of Liberal Arts (DLA), School of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering (EECE), Enrique T. Yuchengco School of Business (ETYSB), School of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IE-EMG), School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME), Senior High School (SHS), School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), School of Media Studies (SMS), and School of Information Technology (SOIT).

Getting past nets and baskets 

In the battle between chess masters, representatives from each school or department participated in a nine-round elimination that took place last October 2, which tested every player’s wit and mental stamina.

Last October 9, SOIT’s Jared Poblete secured the championship by playing better tactics and strategies, reigning supreme against his adversaries in the Chess Tournament. The runner-up spots belonged to MME’s Kerby Koh, followed by Jan Santos from SHS.

For Table Tennis, a grueling two-day elimination round last October 8 to 9 at the Intramuros Campus Gymnasium reduced eligible finalists to six from across all departments, with two representatives from SCEGE, and one each from EECE, IE-EMG, MME, and SMS, competing for the top spots.

CEGE representative Sanjay Pinto emerged as the Table Tennis Champion, followed by Charlie Marzan of SMS, Joash Salamanca of CEGE, and Jose Lecciones of MME who occupied the first, second, and third runner-up spots, respectively.

Domains beyond the courtside

Meanwhile, the 8-Ball Pool event reduced the player to eight with three representatives from CEGE, two from IE-EMG, and one each from SHS, MME, and EECE during its elimination round last October 9. CEGESAUR representative Kurt Russell Dela Cruz took home the championship title with MME’s Domini Mangalili trailing behind as the first runner-up, and IE-EMG’s Patrick Cortez following as the second runner-up.

On the other hand, the E-sports adaptation of the DTC continued in the tournament of Valorant, setting the map for the best team of agents amongst Mapúans.

The SOIT team and CEGESAURS fought it out in the finals as both squads aimed for radiance. Each team showed its ascendant skills in Game 1, but SOIT’s efforts were wasted when the CEGESAURS flanked their hopes for advantage, claiming victory in the game slast November 23. Hungry for blood, the CEGESAURS stayed relentless for Game 2, which happened last December 5, spraying the SOIT team with bullets to win the Valorant championship title. The MME Dragons placed third after being defeated by the CEGE SAURS in Game 3 of the semi-finals last November 18.

Clashing in the court

Having an unblemished record throughout their DTC run, CEGE’s  Women’s Basketball and Mixed Volleyball teams gained a twice-to-beat advantage in their respective final matchups. As for the Men’s Basketball, the two finalists, CEGESAURS and EECE Bolts, fought in the best-of-three series.

With the mix of chance and competition, the CEGESAURS and the EECE bolts met again in the high-stake Men’s Basketball finals, having played each other on the inauguration day of the DTC with the CEGESAURS taking the win.

In the Finals Game 1 last November 20, the CEGESAURS rose with an 11-point advantage by the end of the game, finishing off with a 99-88 score. Meanwhile, the EECE Bolts took down the South-based ballers with their high-energy gameplays, finishing the CEGESAURS with a 79-71 win last December 10. Moving on to the last game of the final series held last December 12, the EECE Bolts attempted to overpower their opponents once more, but the CEGESAURS refused to give in to the EECE Bolts, taking the game away, 85-80.

While the CEGESAURS and EECE Bolts have been named the champions and first runners-up, respectively, the MME Dragons and the SHS squad battled it out for the third place with the dragons chomping the opposing team, 87-72, last December 12.

In the Women’s Basketball division, the CEGESAURS faced off against the EECE Bolts, similar to Men’s Basketball. Keen on grabbing the championship, the North-based team defeated the CEGESAURS in Game 1, 21-17, last December 10. Despite another loss in the Finals Game 1, the CEGESAURS showed no signs of letting off, taking the championship in the decisive Game 2, 21-12, last December 12.

After defeating the MME Dragons last November 10, the CBMES Labsters secured a place in the semi-finals. However, CBMES’ championship aspirations were put to an end by after the EECE Bolts clawed in for a win, 11-21, settling them on the third spot.

As for the Mixed Volleyball Tournament, with a heated first-game battled last December 10, the CBMES Labsters were poised to clinch the title after they bested the CEGESAURS, 3-2. However, the South-based squad regained their composure in their second finals encounter last December 12, overwhelming their North-based opponents in a clean sweep, 3-0, during the do-or-die Game 2.

On the other hand, the MME Dragons settled for the second runner-up spot after losing its semi-final matches against the CEGESAURS, 2-3, and the CBMES Labsters, 0-3, last November 10 and 13, respectively.

With the conclusion of the final games, the awarding ceremony for the sports events was held last January 4 at the Intramuros Campus Gymnasium, with University President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea and NAMA giving their respective speeches to recognize each department’s efforts and hard work throughout the DTC 2022 run.

The CEGE SAURS dominated as this year’s overall DTC champions after bagging six championship titles, a podium finish, and four Most Valuable Player (MVP) titles. Harvey Sahagun and Mary Claire Cortez rose as the MVPs for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball, while John Lloyd Daniel Sosa emerged as the Mixed Volleyball MVP and Reginal Ruszel G. Santy as the Valorant MVP. Additionally, the IE-EMG team bagged the championship title in the Cheering competition, while the MME Dragons were awarded Best in Jersey.

Meanwhile, the MME Dragons followed with six podium finishes. The EECE Bolts, CBMES Labsters, and SOIT were all tied for third place with two podium finishes each.

Completing a clean sweep during some of the elimination rounds, Sosa shared that they always treated each game as a fight for the championship, which pushed them to go all out every time they face their opponents. While they lost during the first finals game, the CEGE SAURS went back to the reason why they started, “After emerging as champions, everything felt surreal [..] Everyone in the team deserved to feel the satisfying feeling of winning, and I know this experience will forever remain in our hearts.”

Grateful for the support of the whole community, Sosa also expressed his gratitude towards the University and its students, "The school's hosting of these tournaments allows us to demonstrate our abilities and hobbies in addition to focusing on academics. Let us not lose this opportunity to explore new things and showcase our own capabilities.” he added.

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