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The Ateneo Blue Eagles lost the University Games crown two months ago, but they bounced back and repeated as Philippine Collegiate Champions League champs. What a way to end another banner year for Ateneo basketball.
Ateneo Eagles keep soaring, cop PCCL titleThanks to DLSU the much-anticipated duel of 2010 UAAP and NCAA titlists Ateneo and San Beda didn't materialize in the PCCL, but a win is a win. The Manuel V. Pangilinan perpetual trophy will stay in Loyola Heights for a second straight year.
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA—One more crown to cap another stellar season.
Kirk Long’s hot shooting kept Ateneo’s offensive machine humming in the second half and the Blue Eagles went on to down the Adamson Falcons, 73-67, yesterday to capture their second straight Philippine Collegiate Champions League title.
Near-perfect from three-point range, Long produced a game-high 25 points while tournament MVP Nico Salva also came up with big numbers in the winner-take-all Game 3 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
“Maybe people are tired already of seeing us win, but we’re not,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, after his three-time UAAP champions wrapped up the best-of-three title series with a second straight win.
With their third PCCL win in four years the Blue Eagles extended the UAAP's domination of this tournament. All eight stagings have been won by UAAP squads. More importantly, the Blue Eagles are now the winningest team in PCCL history, just ahead of UE and FEU who each have two titles.