Thursday, October 8, 2009
* Ateneo Blue Eagles (Juniors and Seniors) UAAP Season 72 Champion
2009 is the year for Ateneo, first is for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets winning back to back championship against DLSZ in game 3 with Ravena (son of Bong Ravena) winning the MVP award. Next is for the seniors division where the Ateneo Blue Eagles defeated the UE Red Warriors in game 3, most (including me) thought that this is UE's time but again they failed. Back to Back finals MVP Rabeh Al-Hussainiscored 21 big points and 14 rebounds and helped the Eagles with the 71-58 win.
Many players has stepped-up for Ateneo when the yare needed most including Eric Salamat who struggled during games 1 and 2, Noy Baclao showed why he is the second best defender in the league making things hard for UE to score and Jai Reyes who created the wise decisions and being the veterang point guard for the team. For the UE side it was the tandem of Paul Lee and Elmer Espiritu who is doing the job for the Warriors, Pari Llagas is really different and struggled during this game compared to his best performance during game 2. The UE bench was not that energetic compared to the previous game and it should have been a big factor.
Ateneo has now won back to back championships proving they are really the best from the eliminations to the finals.