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Undersized Cebu girls’ basketball team wins Palaro medal

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

In the land of the giants, Cebu’s secondary girls’ basketball team proved that height does not matter in the battle to bring home the bacon.

Representing Central Visayas, the undersized team, considered the underdogs, won the bronze medal in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.

“We are very happy because I think this is the first time in four years that our girls’ basketball team won a medal in Palarong Pambansa,” said Team Coach Ronnie Mata.

The players were also proud that they can compete in a biggest competition of their level.

“I am so proud of myself. I was able to prove that my talent and skills in basketball can match with the strongest players in Manila,” said five-foot-two-inch Shooting Guard Glenna Mae Dayon, a native of Carmen town.

Dayon, who averaged 15 points per game, is one of the leading scorers of the team.

Mata brought the Palaro medalists to Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale on a courtesy call. He also thanked the governor for the Capitol’s support to the athletes.

Mata said they were the smallest lineup among the 17 regions in the competition held in Laguna Province last week. But their running style of play and shooting obliterated their opponent’s advantage.

“We really lacked size, especially on the center position. But we won it by our determination and aggressiveness,” he said.

Playing for number five spot for them was Lylian Padilla of Ateneo de Cebu. She is the daughter of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Ronilo Padilla.

Padilla only stands five feet eight inches while others fielded centers with height ranging from five feet 11 inches to six feet one inch.

Enaje pointed out that they are quicker and have superior passing skills that enabled them to beat their defenders.

The basketball team is composed of five players from Carmen, two from Mandaue City and one each from Cebu City, Compostela, Consolacion, Daanbantayan, and Danao City.