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So Far So Good for College Basketball

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 4,329 Views / 13 Comments

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, July 28It’s been an excellent one month so far in college hoops as both the NCAA and UAAP thrilled us with highly exciting games.  This season could very well be the most balanced in both leagues in recent years.

In the NCAA, all teams had already been defeated.  All teams have at least one win as well.  Right from the very first game on opening day (June 23), Letran already set the tone for the season by upending an intact San Sebastian crew, 80-74.

Then on July 12, last year’s cellar dweller Perpetual Help shocked defending back-to-back champion San Beda, 88-87, in overtime.

The UAAP has its surprises as well.  Only one team, FEU, remains undefeated, even when three of their four wins were close calls.  UST has been the biggest revelation so far as the Tigers upset both defending titlist and five-peat seeking Ateneo and top contender NU, even when they succumbed to La Salle in their first game of the season.  The highly anticipated match-up between the Blue Eagles and Bulldogs ended in a blow out in favor of the defending champs.

NCAA Season 88: Letran Knights vs. Mapua Cardinals, July 16In both leagues, it’s difficult to predict which teams will make it to the Final Four, unlike in previous years.  The Letran Knights, which ended Season 87 at third place with a 15-5 card, have already absorbed three defeats in six games, all from unlikely conquerors – UPHSD, Arellano and St. Benilde.  So far, the top four teams are JRU (5-1), Perpetual Help (5-2), and San Beda and San Sebastian, both with 4-1 records.  Letran and CSB follow with 3-3 and 3-4 cards respectively.

We also have witnessed some of the most amazing moments in college basketball ever.  First was the debut game this season of the three-peat seeking Red Lions.  Only six players were allowed to play against the AU Chiefs after the league slapped one-game suspensions on eight SBC cagers, and a four-game ban on Nigerian rookie Olaide Adeogun, after their reported involvement in a fracas during an NCAA volleyball game in the school gym late last year.

But the remaining Red Lions, dubbed the “Super Six,” managed to accomplish an almost impossible mission by stamping their class on the Chiefs, 81-71, even when five of the six are first-timers in the NCAA men’s division.

Then, in the SBC-UPHSD game, Lion Baser Amer threw an amazing shot from the backcourt and with just 0.8-second left in play to force overtime.  But in the extra five minutes, the hard-fighting Altas stormed back from a four-point deficit to spoil San Beda’s magical run, and complete the upset win.

Three games later, the Altas continued to be the talk of the town as they escaped imminent defeat at the hands of the EAC Generals, after they erased an eleven-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining in play.  Jett Vidal connected with a triple with just 5.1 ticks left to left his team to victory over the hard-luck Emilio Aguinaldo, 72-71.

Meanwhile, in the UAAP, five teams are looming to be strong contenders for the four semis slots.  FEU, Ateneo, UST, NU and DLSU are early frontrunners.

More exciting games are coming in the next few weeks for both leagues.  Among the most awaited NCAA jousts are San Beda versus San Sebastian (August 9), JRU versus Letran (August 9), and San Beda versus Letran (August 11).  In the UAAP, the upcoming match-ups between NU and FEU (August 2), NU and DLSU (August 11), and Ateneo and FEU (August 12) are much anticipated.

Thank God we are only in the First Round.

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Currently Assistant Team Manager of Henkel-Sista Super Sealers PBL Team and part of the Coaching Staff of the RP Men's Basketball Team-PBA. Also Anchorman of the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball for ABS-CBN Sports and TV Analyst for both the PBL Silver Cup and 2006 Fil-Oil-Flying V Homegrown Cup. Formerly Assistant Coach of the San Beda Red Lions, part of the Coaching Staff of the 2003-2004 Coca Cola Tigers. Also formerly TV Analyst for the National Basketball Conference (NBC), Global Destiny Basketball League(GBDL) and Collegiate Champions League(CCL).


  • Cho says:

    Sir correction lang, UST choked away the game vs FEU on opening day not La Salle.

    • Mysterious Blue Eagle Man 97 says:

      Yeah, but maybe that was what propelled the Tigers to become tougher performers, especially in the clutch.

  • Merman G Dollentas says:

    So far so great for Perpetual Altas!Si Lord naman, burger lang naman ang hinihiling namin para sa Perps, mantakin mo ba namang sinamahan pa ng cheese at fries…at may panghimagas pa!=)

  • banned says:

    exciting first round so far. i just wish the ncaa chose different play dates so we can still watch the uaap games. good thing there’s replay on balls channel. the ncaa still lags way behind in terms of popularity, school support, advertising support. the ncaa games so far have been exciting though, more so than the uaap, imo. more upsets and cardiac finishes. still, the uaap overall trumps the ncaa in every other aspect. i do hope that aktv has a good plan to bring the ncaa back to its status as the premier collegiate league. best of luck to all the teams!

  • Wala nga commercial ang NCAA. Kawawa nga eh. Ang liit na nga ng venue ng NCAA sa San Juan Arena pero hindi pa ma puno yong venue.

  • ZzZzZ says:

    It’s ok na hindi sa moa arena yung venue kasi hindi talaga kaya punuan ng ncaa yun. Pero sana sa venue na lang na mas accessible, like Cuneta Astrodome or Rizal Coliseum kasi sa totoo lang mdaming students gusto manuod kaso kailngan pa sumabay sa bus ng school para lang makapunta dun kasi mahirap talaga puntahan ang San Juan Arena kung commute or kahit may car. I’m 80% sure na kapag nilipat ang venue, dadami yung attendance every game.

    • Baser "The Hammer" Barocca says:

      Ang mga taga San Sebastian, San Beda, Arellano, Letran, Mapua, Lyceum, isang G Liner bus ride lang, nasa San Juan Arena na. I think EAC too, one bus ride lang. JRU pinaka malapit, pero it takes two rides for them to get there. That’s 8 out of 10 schools na.

  • sir leon says:

    Sad to say, even San Beda has poor attendance during weekend games. Same old bedan faces during games. Problem eh nauubos na mga die hards since the all boys high school department was abolished.

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