Friday, October 9, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Black-To-Back!

As soon as UE's Paul Lee and Elmer Espiritu connected on that alley-oop dunk with minutes remaining in Game 2 and the Red Warriors leading by double digits (and especially when another Red Warrior took an unguarded, buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 20-point UE lead), I knew that the Blue Eagles would get them back and win Game 3.

Eagles complete back-to-back title romp
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Defense and deadly focus sparked a second straight title for the Blue Eagles that completed a second consecutive championship double for Ateneo in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Aggressive on both ends of the court, the Blue Eagles pulled away in the second quarter and roared to a 71-58 rout of the University of the East Warriors in the finale of the best-of-three title series before a 19,000-strong crowd.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who scattered 28 points in Ateneo’s 78-71 Game 1 win, came out dominating Game 3 with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead this batch of Blue Eagles in replicating Ateneo’s first back-to-back title romp in 1987 and 1988.

The moral lesson: "You don't tug on Superman's cape/ You don't spit into the wind/ You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger/ And you don't mess around with Slim."

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