The two players hunched over the table, their eyes fixed on the tiles arranged on the scrabble board, forming words of various difficulty. Inside the hushed room J301 this afternoon, the game was almost ending and the observers stood around the players quietly.
The silence was broken only by the gentle click of the tile Kristine Joy Carabaña placed on the board – a back hook S connecting the words ‘vibe’ and ‘qi.’ The observers held their breath in awe. Adding to her already leading score, the single tile earned her a stunning 66 points, the highest score gained during the round.
Several minutes after, Kristine from the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) Tigers successfully defended her title as she won this year’s Palarong Atenista Women’s Scrabble Tournament.
As what Kristine described, the battle between her and Danielle Marie Panaligan from the Accountancy Griffins was intense.
Daniella opened with the word “Beau” for 12 points. But the lead was taken immediately by Kristine in her fourteenth move as she gained 145 points. Carefully choosing which tiles to put, she took the lead all the way to the end of the game, finishing the round with 371 to her opponent’s 255.
When asked about what she felt after winning the game, Kristing said, “First kay nahappy also wala pud ko nag-expect kay gipildi man gud ko niya (Daniella) sa elimination rounds.”
A fourth-year student, she said she might play again next year if she wins the SEA eliminations round.
Meanwhile, the 1st runner-up Danielle was followed by Jonabie Gamao from the Computer Science Chameleons.
1st – Kristine Joy Carabaña (SEA Tigers)
2nd – Daniella Marie Panaligan (ACC Griffins)
3rd – Joenabie Gamao (CS Chameleons)
4th – Caryl Labja (SOE Sharks)
5th – Jessa Mae Suico (SS Dragons)
6th – Tiara Serene Alicando (BM Vipers)
7th – Kristine Angela Soria (H&L Wolves)