I was able to watch most of the UAAP cheering competition while writing. UP did a fine job, but I thought UST should have won. The defending champions were performing on a different level altogether; perhaps it was the one mistake at the start of their routine that spelled the (0.5 percent) difference.
What impressed me, however, was the way the UST squad, the popular and prohibitive favorites, reacted to the results. They responded to their second-place finish with undiminished joy. It really IS the way you play the game.