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 Contains the best offensive showcases, dramatic wins, and kita-mo-yun moments that the UAAP has seen[firstpara]

1. TWICE THE MAGIC
YEAR: 2006

The final plays of Game One of the 2006 finals between the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles and the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.

With 4.6 seconds remaining and Ateneo leading at 71-70, UST’s Allan Evangelista got the inbound pass from behind their basket, spun around and knocked in a fade-away jumper for a one-point lead leaving exactly a second on the clock.

Coach Norman Black of Ateneo quickly sued for a timeout and drew up something for the ensuing play. After a series of picks, Ateneo big man Doug Kramer found himself alone near their basket.

Spotting his open teammate point guard Macky Escalona threw the inbound pass to Kramer, who in return scored on pointblank range before time expired. The Ateneans whooped in glee.

2. NOT CLOSE ENOUGH
YEAR: 1994

From pointblank buzzer-beating conversions let’s move to pointblank booboos. The 1994 UAAP finals featured the defending champions UST against conventional powerhouse De La Salle University Green Archers.

With six seconds remaining in the deciding game, UST’s spitfire guard Bal David sank two pressure-packed free throws off a foul from La Salle’s Elmer Lago, giving UST a 77-76 lead. That foul would not be the last of Lago and La Salle’s misfortune.

Needing a lone basket for the win, La Salle went to lanky Mark Telan, who missed on a hurried shot. Lago was able to grab the rebound, but missed on two shots at pointblank range. La Salle faithfuls were left stunned, while UST celebrated the second of what eventually would be four straight championships—three of those at the expense of La Salle.

Next: Who is twice denied?


WORDS: B.A. Borleo

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