The Impact of Philippine Collegiate Basketball: A Recap


The Philippine collegiate basketball scene underwent a significant transformation in recent seasons, witnessing new champions and historic victories across the UAAP and NCAA tournaments. Let’s take a closer look at the memorable journeys that defined UAAP Season 86 and NCAA Season 99.

La Salle’s Triumphant Return

The resurgence of the De La Salle Green Archers marked a remarkable story in UAAP Season 86. Under coach Topex Robinson’s guidance, La Salle overcame expectations, clinching victory after a long championship drought. Spearheaded by sophomore sensation Kevin Quiambao, who secured both the Finals and season MVP awards, the Green Archers stunned the league with their exceptional performance. Quiambao’s decision to stay with the team for another year amplifies expectations for their future dominance in Philippine Collegiate Basketball.

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San Beda’s Unforeseen Victory

San Beda, known for its winning legacy, experienced a dip in performance in recent NCAA seasons. However, Season 99 unveiled a different narrative. Despite losing key players and coaching transitions, the Red Lions, led by Jacob Cortez, Yukien Andrada, and James Payosing, defied odds and secured an unexpected championship. Coach Yuri Escueta’s emphasis on defense proved pivotal, showcasing the team’s resilience and unwavering spirit, ultimately culminating in a surprising championship win.

UST Breaks the Streak

In the women’s basketball arena, the UST Growling Tigresses put an end to National University’s seven-year championship reign in UAAP Season 86. In a thrilling game, Nikki Villasin’s game-winning shot sealed the fate of NU’s dynasty, propelling UST to victory. The victory was not only a testament to UST’s prowess but also a tribute to coach Haydee Ong’s leadership. Tantoy Ferrer’s determination, earning the Finals MVP, highlighted the team’s commitment to fulfilling promises and making history.

Philippine collegiate basketball witnessed unexpected triumphs and the rise of new heroes in the recent seasons. These victories, marked by passion, resilience, and teamwork, reflect the ever-evolving and captivating nature of the sport.

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