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Ateneo gives Black fitting farewell, wins 5th straight UAAP title

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Thursday, 11 October 2012 139 Comments


By JOSEF T. RAMOS (with Enzo Flojo)

ATENEO DE Manila University gave head coach Norman Black a fitting farewell by winning his fifth consecutive University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball title at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Sophomore guard Kiefer Ravena, who had a game-high 22 points, buried an insurance basket with 30 ticks remaining on the way to the Blue Eagles’ 65-62 conquest of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in Game 2 of the best-of-three UAAP Season 75 championship series.

Ateneo won Game 1 last Saturday, 83-78.

“It was a great championship experience,” said Ravena, who scored the jumper after a ‘killer crossover move’ against Jeric Fortuna that gave Ateneo a 65-59 lead with time down to the last 29 seconds. “They (UST) never gave up until the last second, but I’m happy we overcame their challenge. It was sweet.”

“They didn’t simply give it to us. Kudos to them (UST),” he added.

The Growling Tigers didn’t give up in the dying seconds though, as Fortuna, who led his team with 20 points, nailed a three-pointer to slice the Blue Eagles’ lead to just three, 62-65, with 19 seconds to go.

Although Ateneo failed to make a basket in the fading seconds, Ateneo guard Juami Tiongson stole an important possession under the last 10 seconds and threw the ball away as the final buzzer sounded.

Tiongson, who contributed 10 points, had made a key play when he scored a running jumper with 1:12 left to increase Ateneo’s lead to 62-58 before 7-footer Gregory William Slaughter split his free throws for a 63-58 lead with 59 ticks to go.

“We really wanted to give head coach Norman a fitting farewell in the UAAP,” said Tiongson. “We love him very much.”

Slaughter rebounded from a sluggish performance in Game 1 with 15 points and 11 rebounds this time around.

Black, a former best import and grand slam coach in the PBA, surpassed the elite amateur coaches who have won four straight titles like University of the East’s Baby Dalupan (1965 to 1971), UST’s Aric Del Rosario (1993 to 1996) and De La Salle University’s Franz Pumaren (1998 to 2001).

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. DLSU Green Archers, Sept. 29
“We had just enough offense to win,” said Black, who will return to the PBA this season to coach Talk ‘N Text. “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I don’t know when it will. Its’ something I’m proud of. Our recruitment program throughout the years has made it possible to win our five straight titles.”

“I want to be remembered for helping build the foundation for a successful program. I have my biggest respect for UST and Coach Pido Jarencio,” he said.  “I predicted in the beginning of the season that UST would be strong. I thought Mariano would make a big difference for them, and it came out to be true.”

Power forward Nico Salva, who played his fifth and last year for Ateneo, posted only eight points after scoring 30 points in Game 1, but later won the Finals Most Valuable Player plum.

“This is the sweetest championship experience I’ve ever had in my collegiate career,” said Salva, who is now setting his sight in the D-League and then the PBA draft in August next year.

UST took a 14-13 lead in the first period, but Ateneo relied on the 11 first half points of Ravena, whose two late charities tied the count, 29-all at halftime.

Ravena’s three-point play provided Ateneo with a 47-42 spread in the third frame, but guard Jeric Fortuna scored four straight points – a split free throw and an off-the-glass three-pointer – to keep UST within one point, 47-46, entering the last canto.

Fortuna started the last period on a high note by hitting a three-pointer to give the Tigers a 49-47 edge.

The Blue Eagles, however, launched a massive 10-2 attack capped by Slaughter’s post up move to lift Ateneo to a 59-51 lead with 6:43 left in the game.

UST countered with its own 7-1 run to come within two, 60-58, on a Jeric Teng put-back with 2:05 left before Tiongson’s clutch runner.

UST center and Mythical Five member Karim Abdul was limited to only eight points and 12 rebounds.

Despite the loss, UST mentor Pido Jarencio remained proud of the boys.

“It is only basketball,” he said in Filipino. “All my players have given their best this season, particularly Fortuna, but the good thing is many of my players still have more years left. They have championship experience now.”

 

Other Notes: This win enabled Ateneo to enter the history books as the only team so far to win five straight UAAP titles in the Final Four era.  Nico Salva and Justin Chua are graduating this year having won titles in all of their five years for Ateneo. In 8 UAAP season as Ateneo’s Head Coach, Norman Black steered the team to 8 Final Four appearances, 6 Finals appearances, and 5 titles. Salva was also named Finals MVP for the second straight year. By all intents and purposes, this era in Ateneo will be remembered as one of the most dominant ever in local college ball.

 


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139 Comments

  • Spinning Back Fist says:

    One Big FIVE!!!

    • Together-on-three says:

      What a finals game, actually I enjoyed this one more than last year’s finals. UST really put up a fight, but it’s their freethrow shooting and Mariano’s bad timing of an off-night ended their championship hopes. But I salute this squad, especially Fortuna. He really left the old-Fortuna the past years, and really improved as a leader – bringing this UST team to the final four last year and now in the finals. And to Coach Pido – for a good job of motivating the boys as years pass.

      For ADMU, nothing feels sweeter than what Nico Salva and Coach Norman Black achieved. CNB was tapped by ADMU, lost to UST back in 06, learned and now a 5-peat champ. Salva, on the other hand, lived on a winning basketball tradition. A winner in high school, straight to his final collegiate season. A clear showing of what hardwork and persistence can pay. Congratulations ADMU!

  • phil says:

    nice game..

    those 2 turnovers during the last 2 minutes were very crucial.

  • ahmadinejad says:

    CONGRATS ATENEO! til next season :)

    Nico Salva’s draft stock would really increase after bagging another Finals MVP.. though he really needs to work on his d. What a season in general, no? :)

    • Arvie Bringas says:

      He really needs a refresher course on footwork.. He gets called for travelling way too much..

    • Three Stripes and a Swoosh says:

      Do you think Salva could possibly be Top 5 in the PBA Draft?

      • Anti-heat says:

        If he can further improve his 3pt shooting and ball handling. He will probably play the 3 position at the next level so he needs to polish up his dribbling skills. Other than that he’s a smart basketball player and a proven winner so I’m sure that won’t hurt his chances.

      • Spinning Back Fist says:

        If someone like Ian Sanggalang joins the draft with him, I’d rather get Sanggalang. If he stops imitating Kobe Bryant and starts doing an Alvin Patrimonio, Top 8 siguro.

      • wye says:

        hmmm..depends on the draft list and his dleague performance. right now i’d say r.pascual, greg, nuyles (assuming he bounces back from his injury), rr (if he decides to) and j.pascual are ahead of him.

      • Baser "the Hammer" Amer says:

        Top 5 in the PBA Draft “material” in terms of looks, appeal sa fans. I bet Bmeg Llamados fans are clamoring for him just like how they clamored for Chris Tiu.

        And agree ako w/ sbf and wye. I’d rather have someone like Sanggalang or Nuyles than him.

        • ahmadinejad says:

          but you have to give it to him, he knows how to play big during big games like the past 2 championship years of Ateneo. playing big in the biggest stages possible – and winning – is a feat not all players can say they have/did/can do. work on his D, match it with his money perimeter game, I’d take him over a Jake Pascual or a Ronald Pascual and injury-prone Nuyles.. but I’d take Sanggalang over him in a heartbeat tho

  • Wye says:

    Congrats ateneo! Well deserved title…we’ll get it next year. Until then, thanks to the uaap for giving us a great, great season 75. Thank you tigers! I still am a proud thomasian…go uste!

    • Three Stripes and a Swoosh says:

      Thank you, wye! Your Tigers have been worthy Finals opponents!

      One Big Fight!

      • Jose Protacio Rizal, M.D says:

        congrats to ur team, ateneo got the championship crown for 5 consecutive seasons.

        and my admiration also to UST Tigers, because of your school/team season 75 got exciting to watch on…

        quality collegiate basketball from UST AND ATENEO.

        what a great season 75 we had.

        great games

        classic collegiate basketball games that any colleges students wont ever forget

        dramas

        controversies

        etc

        that’s what season 75 was all about! thanks UAAP Boards and to the rest of participating schools.

        #Bombs Away!! KABOOOM!

    • boy_USTe says:

      Congrats to Coach Norman and to the ADMU Blue Eagles for the 5 peat!!!
      Congrats to Nico Salva for the back 2 back MVP finals!!!

      Congrats to Coach Pido and to the UST Growling Tigers for a well fought finals!!!

      Kudos to the Thomasian Community, for the unending support to our team!!!

      Just the same, the growling continues…
      Go USTe!

      Grrrrr…..

      • Jose Protacio Rizal, M.D says:

        now i really appreciate how important pido jarencio to UST, before i hate him, im was always hoping that sana si al francis chua n lang sa UST mag headacoach, ngyn ang laki ng nagawa na ni pido jarencio sa UST Team.

        ngyn ang wish ko si al francis chua mag headcoach sa UST at si pido pa rin ang headcoach

  • banned says:

    congratulations, ateneo!

  • keep2mys3lf says:

    5 championships won by good teamwork on both ends of the floor. That’s something that other teams need to pick up on. There’s no other secret to winning. Congrats to coach Black the Blue Eagles, and the entire Ateneo community for another great season!

  • jaegerbombs! says:

    Correction, he didnt not surpass Baby Dalupan!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Three Stripes and a Swoosh says:

      He did say, in the Final Four era. UE’s seven-peat is unsurpassed, but they did not go through the current eight-team, playoff format.

    • A Time To Fly says:

      I think what the writer is saying, is that the five straight championships of Coach Norman is the longest streak with all five series were PLAYED and WON. No “ * ”, no footnotes, just five finals series PLAYED and WON.

    • benggal says:

      As UAAP coach Baby Dalupan won more championship titles over-all but in terms of consecutive UAAP MBT championship, the legendary coach actually, had only four (4) consecutive ‘winning’ run…. board awarded lang yung 1967, he did not ‘win’ it in a hardcourt competition….

  • correspondent says:

    the third title of UE of that so called 7peat was tied with UST. there was no final championship game… UE and UST were awarded both the championship. Why? during those days basketball games were taken seriously by fans. To avoid mayhem and fights they just gave the trophy to both teams.

    • benggal says:

      Nah, Baby Dalupan did not win 7 straight championship. In the championship finals game in 1967, UE was down by double digits as the 1st half ended. The 2nd half game couldn’t be started since the respective coaches of UST and UE refused to submit the names of their respective starting 5 thus, after a long wait the game was called-off, declared as ‘no contest’. The UAAP Board met shortly and declared the championship vacant since they do not want a similar incident to happen again.

      But, as the following season was about to open, the Board declared UST and UE as co-champions much to the surprise of many, what gives? Well, now we see and understand clearly, to give a coach much credit to what he actually did not or failed to achieve, for a legendary coach, as if he needs a fake ‘winning’ run…….

      • ag says:

        Thanks for this. I’ve always wondered what happened that year. How did you find out what really happened that year?

        • benggal says:

          How do I know, he…he….coz’ I was there at the RMS, after the game was called-off we were so frustrated, shouting, asking “soli bayad”; i-soli ang binayad namin to watch a complete basketball finals, in fairness to us…….
          I give credit to the ‘legendary’ coach for the consecutive UAAP finals appearance, from 1957 (after NU faltered) all the way to 1971 (when he concentrated on Crispa)….
          and of course, all those championships won but his longest winning streak was from 1968 to 1971 only {four years lang talaga)…..di nia kailangan ‘false’ winning run to be recognized as ‘legendary’….his basketball program became the mother board of other teams, e.g. La Salle, Ateneo and now NU

  • Navigator says:

    Jeric Fortuna will be a big loss for UST.

    Good thing Eddie Aytona will be back for them in Season 76.

    Daig pa nun ang makuha mo si Jason Kidd or Steve Nash.

    LOL

  • DILAW PUTI says:

    CONSISTENCY is the secret!!!
    That’s what I admire with Coach Norman & the Eagles. They may be off at times but with a solid Basketball system in place, no wonder the 5-PEAT CHAMPIONSHIP DREAM has come true with a a tougher 8-school team format.

    WELL DONE, ATENEO!

    Kudos to USTe’s Coach Pido & the TIGERS with their valiant effort. The best team won.

  • First and foremost: Thank You Dear God and Mother Mary! We always knew that if ADMU achieves the 5 PEAT it will have to be Authored in Heaven, and it was.
    We are grateful to the Growling Tigers for keeping the fight clean and aboveboard. Thank you Tigers and your fans. You surely kept us company from the beginning to the end. Without meaning to be condescending, you surely have a Heart. Thank you for keeping us in our toes. You’ll have a chance to win it next year. We hope this decent rivalry continues.
    LUX IN DOMINO!!!
    AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM!!!

  • Thank you MVP and Coach Norman!
    Thank you Nico, Justin, Oping, Tonino and Greg!

  • 22 Championships; 14 in the NCAA and 8 in the UAAP
    The late Ateneo college athletic moderator, Fr. Edgar A. Martin, S.J., once said that “basketball brings glory to Ateneo”. The student-athletes of Ateneo share in this belief.[ As of the year 2012, Ateneo has 50 combined NCAA (23) and UAAP (27) basketball titles, which include championships won in men’s, women’s, juniors’ and midgets’ divisions. This is more than the total number of combined titles in men’s, women’s, and juniors’ divisions held by University of Santo Tomas, which has 42 (40 UAAP and 2 NCAA), San Beda College, which has 35 NCAA titles, Far Eastern University with 30 UAAP titles, Colegio de San Juan de Letran with 26 NCAA titles, De La Salle University, which has 23 (10 in the NCAA and 13 in the UAAP) and Mapúa Institute of Technology with 23 NCAA titles.
    In men’s basketball, the Ateneo Blue Eagles have won 22 titles as of 2012, 14 in the NCAA and 8 in the UAAP. The Ateneo Blue Eaglets have 8 NCAA and 17 UAAP titles in juniors basketball, 1 NCAA title in the Midgets division won in 1924, for a total of 26. The Lady Eagles have won two UAAP titles.

  • IMO, our defense, desire and maturity spelled the difference. UST matched us in desire and defense.

    • Together-on-three says:

      Yeah. The experience to handle the pressure especially in the finals.

      • Jose Protacio Rizal, M.D says:

        so true, this is the first seniors championship of mariano. ferrer, fortuna, bautista. but on the other hand ateneo used to play in championship for 5years in a row.

        UST can bounce back and get the crown, it depends on ust recruitment, training, fitness/conditioning training and prayers to god almighty.

        like norman black told abscbn last night, college basketball is all about recruitment!

  • FROM ABS-CBN
    Businessman Manny V. Pangilinan congratulated the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles for winning a historic fifth straight championship even as he has announced that he has pulled out his support for the team.
    Pangilinan, the Blue Eagles’ primary benefactor throughout their championship streak, attended the team’s mass before the game.
    The Eagles then defeated the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers, 65-62, to win the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball title — their fifth in a row.
    “Happy for the players and coaches. I said I’ll be with them ’til the end. Mission accomplished,” Pangilinan later tweeted.
    Pangilinan recently announced that he has made a P5-million donation to the University of the Philippines.

    3 point shots tend to disappear in crucial games not unless your ahead in scoring and mentally.

  • Slaughter finally showed up! He has been playing with a sword of Damocles over his head.

  • Congratulations Nico! Back-to-Back MVP Finals!!! Don’t forget to share this with everyone, Ravena most especially! It is what we stand for!!!

  • To all UAAP fans, thank you for making our journey to 5 Peat interesting and challenging…..

    To all ADMU Fans, We made it…

  • Pido, class act from the start of the game to the end….

    Fortuna, thank you! I think you and the rest of the Growling Tigers displayed Class. You educated a lot of future basketball players and FEU how to take and aceept God’s Will as a True Dominican-educated student should…

  • If UST will win it next season, you need another Big guy and 2 good point guards… my humble opinion…

  • “We stand on a hill between the earth and sky. Now all is still where Loyola’s colors fly. Our course is run and the setting sun ends Ateneo’s day. Eyes are dry at the last goodbye; this is the Ateneo way.
    Mary for you! For your white and blue! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!
    Down from the hill, down to the world go I; rememb’ring still, how the bright Blue Eagles fly. Through joys and tears, through the laughing years, we sing our battle song: Win or lose, it’s the school we choose; this is the place where we belong!
    Mary for you! For your white and blue! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!

  • 6 Peat will be bas dor UAAP business, so good luck to all of you…. Expext UE, ADU and UP to be better…

  • Adrian Dy, your article on The Magic of Pido was wishful, superstition thinking. Thank you nevertheless for the additional drama….

  • IMO, the UAAP came out a better league this season. We need to revisit:

    Protests

    Challenge Rule

    Flopping

    Officiating

    How to handle players and asst. coaches with very low moral standards???

  • jaypee says:

    Congrats to all ateneans :)

  • I-Soar says:

    Well done, Ateneo! ad majorem + Dei gloriam. Great game, USTe. Sorry, but no dejavu of ’06. One Big Fight! To all Ateneans here… We are all the 6th man! Cheers!

  • Unending Grace says:

    Congats Ateneo, you’ve made HISTORY!
    For my Growling Tigers, the FUTURE is ours!

  • paulrenzo says:

    I’m loving my crow pie right now.

    Given eliminations and Final Four performances, I pegged UST to win it all. Then, when Ateneo won Game 1, my pessimism died down a bit. I then breathed a sigh of relief once the team won Game 2.

    Really, REALLY glad I was wrong.

  • SK says:

    tsamba ulet hihihi huhuhu

  • Anti-heat says:

    Congrats to Ateneo. You now hold the standard when it comes to winning. Shout out to IBP Atenean’s namely Z, Navigator, SBF, Tax.

    • Anti-heat says:

      Shout out to WES and Wye. Your tigers will be back next year for sure hopefully with Pido still coaching the team.

      • wye says:

        Pido has always been like this during this time of the year…he’ll be back for sure, his contract runs til next year. It was a great season, fitting that it was ended in historical fashion. thanks AH! see you in the PCCL.

      • Tax says:

        We will probably see your team in the finals next year Anti-Heat!

      • super engineer says:

        pogi ba talaga si jeron teng in person?

      • WES says:

        Thansk, Anti-heat! It will be competitive next year! While UST and ADMU have started a friendly rivalry, and of course ADMU-DLSU will always be there, with the kind of competition next year, the 90s rivalry might be rekindled! IT will be very competitive! Good luck to your Green Archers next year! MAY WE ALL HAVE MO CARDIAC GAMES! Cheers to the blue eagles!

  • Spinning Back Fist says:

    Juami Tiongson: “I might not be as good as Fortuna, RR or Romeo, but I have Jai Reyes and Emman Monfort on my side”.

    Plus.

    Ryan Buenafe: 0 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists.

    Oh Yeah!!

    • bubuchacha says:

      mr. intangibles

      he had a couple of steals too, including one in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter.

    • Together-on-three says:

      Actually Juami has a game. But still, the position he is playing is very delicate and crucial, especially when playing inside the court with Nico, Greg and Kief. But he delivered on sharing the ball well, and hit some key baskets. One good example of a good, true PG. ^_^

  • ag says:

    1Big5! Let’s go for 6 next year! Kiefer, Juami, Ryan (?) and Erram will provide us a solid core next year. Plus our other vets should start to mature. I wonder who our coach will be. If Bo Perasol doesn’t push thru, I don’t mind having Sandy again. I think he’s ripe already.

    • bubuchacha says:

      sandy doesn’t want to be head coach. i think perasol’s going to be black’s heir apparent.

      Ravena
      Tiongson
      Elorde
      Erram
      Golla
      Buenafe
      Capacio
      Porter
      Babilonia
      Pessumal
      Lim
      Newsome
      Lasa
      Siarot

      • Celebrate says:

        Weak line-up- only Kiefer and Ryan (if he doesn’t join the draft) are solid threats. Next year would be tough one considering NU, DLSU & UST would be hungrier than ever.

        S75 line up was one of the best UAAP line-ups together with the 2002 class.

      • Z says:

        You forgot Ace Basas man.

        • bubuchacha says:

          a lot of talented first team material biding their time in team B… i’m sure i’m missing others too.

        • El Metodico says:

          Ace Basas is an Oping Sumalinog in the making: Can start on other teams but prefers education over basketball.

          • bubuchacha says:

            imho, a lot of team b players are good enough to start for the other teams. that’s black’s legacy… a bunch of awesome, hungry players in team b.

            hindi mauubusan ng pagpipilian ang susunod na head coach.

          • Jose Protacio Rizal, M.D says:

            ace basas from mapua high? sa ateneo na rin ba sya naglalaro?

          • Navigator says:

            Yes. And nandyan rin si Joma Adornado, the best pure shooter of Ateneo Team B since his inclusion.

        • Jose Protacio Rizal, M.D says:

          again, we have to keep an eye on ateneo team next season, ateneo na rin pala maglalaro si ace basas, powerhouse ulit ang line-up ng ateneo.

          may balita ba kay kay pingoy from feu highschool? saan skul kaya siya ma re recruit?

  • Incognito says:

    Thank you Lord for giving us the strength to accomplish an amazing feat. Thank you MVP for your support all throughout the years (we hope hat someday our differences will be set aside and just support each other on our common goals). Thank you Coach NORMAN FOR BUILDING THIS SYSTEM AND FOR GUIDING OUR BOYS TO VICTORY. Thank you to all our players for all their sacrifices.

    Preparation begins once again for the Ateneo. We know that it will be harder now but we will move on and as long as we stay true and united we can still be team.

    ON TO THE BONFIRE!!!

    • bubuchacha says:

      pseudo-rebuilding process for admu. but the veteran core will be around for 2-3 years more so everything should work out well.

  • grrr says:

    Hope in your bonfire buenafe will get burned. That pervert needs to be purified by fire.

  • Z says:

    Juami pulling out the “Shotgun” maneuver from the Jainamite. Sweet. Just effing sweet. BonFIVE on Saturday fellas, feel free to join the booze and food. :)

  • Butch Domingo says:

    Mag-compile na ng drive for five CD and sell to the Ateneo Fans and alumnai, income yan. The final four and then Championship round.

  • Ahlen says:

    IMO, you cannot call any team a “Rebuilding Team” if you have a Kiefer Ravena on the roster.

    Ateneo has a legit chance of making it 6 in a row, graduating players are not an excuse.

    You have the guy called PHENOM! :D

    • El Metodico says:

      Legit chance of 6 in a row? No way. Ateneo’s chances of repeating are slim mainly because a new system will be in place, not to mention the losses of key and important role players.

      It’s safe to say that next year’s probably #1 team is La Salle, followed by UST then National Univ.

      • Madz says:

        Expert ka bro?

        • super engineer says:

          most probably, kasi ang babata ng la salle eh but still they managed to enter the final four, partida na yun, especially jeron teng from xavier high, tiong lian league, talagang bata nag start pero he made the average of 10 to 16 points if im not mistaken. talagang may ibubuga at uubra ang bata, ANG POGI PA!

      • super engineer says:

        pwde din, talagang may mababago, pwedeng for good or bad, kasi norman black ba naman mawawala eh, but what if chot reyes will be the headcoach + the recruitment ( pingoy from feu high and others )? yun n nman ang magiging challenge sa lahat ng school

    • bubuchacha says:

      new head coach, new system, new playing style, a couple of graduating core veterans – has rebuilding written all over it.

      6-peat? let’s save that discussion for later. kaka 5-peat lang kahapon. chill muna.

    • ag says:

      I agree that Ateneo still has the tools to make it 6. Phenom is greedy. Hehe.

  • super engineer says:

    congrats ateneo! and to ust you gave us a fight that was very entertaining fight na hindi namin makakalimutan

    team to watch next season will be:

    ateneo – kiefer ravena/sumalinog
    feu – terrence romeo/escoto
    n.u – ray parks/mbe
    la salle – jeron teng/torres/vosotres
    ust – jeric/kevin ferrer/lo

    u.p siguro kasi madami n mawawala na players sa kanila, maybe they can recruit better players than they have before

    • Navigator says:

      Sumalinog and Mbe have already played out their eligibility this season while it is not 100% sure if Parks will stay with NU as he has his eyes still on a US-NCAA stint.

  • naked truth says:

    watch out for our team next season!

    • Jose Protacio Rizal, M.D says:

      saan sa volleyball?

      • YHplayed4SanBedaFC says:

        e ikaw kamusta team nyo?

      • ahmadinejad says:

        with MVP backing the State U starting this offseason, they’ll certainly be a team to be watched out. I’m dying to see a competitive UP team!

        and as for the JRU guy, please take your trash out of this thread. save it for the league you belong to. watch your final four.. wait, your team didn’t make it!

        • Jose Protacio Rizal, M.D says:

          @ahmadinejad, the hell i care even our basketball team didn’t make it through final4, sa national accountancy naman ako nag co compete eh, kaw saan ka nag co compete? sa inuman lang yata eh? or baka nakikipanuod ka lang sa mga ibang tao.

          • Aquila Legis says:

            mukhang mahusay tong batang to, magling ka naman mag english sana eh, pero try not to degrade others, jan nagsisimula ang gulo eh…

            make love lagi tayo dito sa uaap ah, hehe

  • julius says:

    next year uaap season is tough one!national u!as considered as emerging team well be in top form……even .U.P is in great shaped back by manny pangilinan is a another twists and turns…

  • Unending Grace says:

    Without any bias, fearless forecast for UAAP 76:
    UST vs DLSU in the finals with UST emerging victor!

  • calvin says:

    Dati one big fight and now one big win!…Congratulations to both teams!…Savor the victory Blue Eagles and as for the other teams, prepare ahead of time.

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