Coach Ghika Bernabe ‘confused’ over NU Pep squad’s bronze medal

NU Pep Squad during the UAAP Season 84 Cheerdance Competition.  UAAP pictures

NU Pep Squad during the UAAP Season 84 Cheerdance Competition. UAAP pictures

MANILA, Philippines – National University PEP squad coach Ghika Bernabe insisted he was not questioning their third-place finish that ended his two-season reign, but he could not help but wonder if the 2022 UAAP cheerleaders competition would change the judiciary.

Considered the standard of mid-season extravaganza for a long time after winning six of the last seven seasons through speed stunts, the NU PEP squad failed to complete its “three-pit” and settled for the bronze at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.

But for the multi-title coach, his team has done well.

“I think my team did really well. If there is a shake in our stunt segment, I don’t think it will completely affect the routine. I’m telling the truth. How many years I’ve been in this industry, I don’t want to question the results but I believe my team has done well, “Barnabas lamented.

The NU PEP squad scored 681 points, including a six-point penalty and deduction. The FEU Cheering Squad finished first in the 727.5 scoring category. There were no penalties or deductions in the clean routine of points, while the Adamson PEP squad also did not get any concessions as runner-up with 688.5 points.


File - Coach Ghika Burnabe not.

File – Coach Ghika Burnabe not.

Barnabas admits he did not understand the judgment of this unique cheerdance competition, which was limited to a three-minute performance without the presence of only 15 actors and drummers.

“It simply came to our notice then. Now I’m analyzing what I should do – do I still have to tell them to run death-crime stunts and pyramids? Or we will just somehow [do something] It’s safe, “said Bernabe. “Honestly, I’m confused. All the coaches are confused, even my kids (cheerleaders). Can I push them further? “

“I just have to fly, I’ll just leave them alone or I’ll say it’s okay?” (I was about to throw them out myself.) I can’t explain. I’m still weighing the standard, “he added.

At Bernabe, their high-risk, high-reward fast-paced routine has stuck because it has done wonders over the last two seasons and helped them dominate the 2010s.

“We want to gather, we want to collect, we want to earn points, even if there is still a staggering point. Next time, if that’s the case, we’ll just change the formula, “he said.

“For me, it’s close to perfect performance. If there was a jolt, as far as I can remember, it wasn’t the fall in our Stunts II. Maybe it’s just two points, our landing has a touch down. But still, my hopes were high, “he added.

The NU coach congratulated the winners, especially his alma mater FEU and his close friend, Adamson coach Jam Lorenzo. But he admitted that he did not see their performance because they are not paying attention to other performances.

Bernabe further revealed that they changed a player, whose name he did not disclose, when he ruled ineligible for lack of a document.

“Three days before the competition, unfortunately, we changed a player because there was a lack of a document (his or hers). We made a lot of adjustments, especially in a pyramid, “he said.” We didn’t expect the players to be disqualified. So there was a sudden change and it was really challenging. “

Despite the end of their reign, Barnabas are still proud of their Pep squad for meeting the expectations of their supporters.

“The NU Pep Squad has met the expectations of our supporters, especially with the level of difficulty with the breathtaking performance. They did a really great, amazing job, “he said.” Unfortunately, we didn’t win the title, maybe I’m still stunned. Fans. They are fearless. “

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