Two weeks ago, we witnessed the heartbreak that the UST Growling Tigers underwent as eventual champions, the La Salle Green Archers, became the last team standing in the men’s basketball tournament of UAAP Season 76.
What a fantastic ride it has been, fittingly rollercoaster-like in nature. FEU and NU looked like the top contenders early on, winning a big chunk of their games in the elims and led by MVP-type players, Terrence Romeo and Bobby Ray Parks. The former, as expected by many, won the MVP plum. Defending champ Ateneo, dealing with the loss of the tried-and-tested Norman Black and key big men, faltered early on, made a big push nearing the end of the eliminations, but ultimately fell short—their hopes for a 6th straight championship dashed. As for U.P.? Well, they matched their dubious mark from the past as they once again pushed hard for a winless record. Nowhere to go but up, guys!
Indeed, the season has been an entertaining one. It’s really too bad that it had to end, and us, UAAP fans, will now have to wait for an entire year before the best of local college basketball returns.
To ease withdrawal symptoms regarding the end of the UAAP, here we have a recap of the season that was…done completely through funny, awkward pictures captured at the wrong time!
1) Adamson Falcons
Even with the addition of the 6'9" Cameroonian center, Ingrid Sewa, the Adamson Falcons barely kept up with the more established teams in the league. They finished with a 4-10 record. The good news: it's only the freshman year of the aforementioned Sewa.
2) Ateneo Blue Eagles
As mentioned above, the boys from Katipunan wanted that sixth straight UAAP trophy. But the changes in the team's system showed in the early goings, and it took a while before they really got some traction. Even so, they nearly made it to the Playoffs if only they hadn't faced a Finals-bound UST team for the last spot. Will the Eagles soar again next year?
3) FEU Tamaraws
When the tandem of RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo clicked, they were nigh unbeatable. When they didn't and they reverted to old, bad habits, well, that spelled trouble for the team. Their mettle was tested against La Salle, where they faltered, and eventually failed to fulfill their team's promise.
NEXT: Pido Jarencio has seen...the future!