Friday, December 16, 2011

San Sebastian Bests Ateneo For The 2011 PCCL Championship

The philosopher Ric Flair once said, "To be the man you gotta beat the man." Well, if that's truly the case then the San Sebastian Stags have just become the man. It's just too bad they became that at the expense of my favorite team.
Stags trim Blue Eagles for PCCL title
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Wiping out any doubt, San Sebastian captured the championship that even coach Topex Robinson thought might be improbable to clinch.

The Stags showed solid form throughout to down an erratic Ateneo Blue Eagles crew, 73-67, Thursday at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan and become the first NCAA team to rule the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL).

Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang again barreled their way against the four-time UAAP champion Blue Eagles, finishing with double-double figures in the winner-take-all title showdown.

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The Stags' win isn't as colossal an upset as some think, as they've actually pwned the Blue Eagles this year. San Sebastian is one of only four teams that have beaten Ateneo in tournament play in 2011 (after La Salle in the FilOil Flying V Hanes Preseason Premier Cup, NU in the Fr. Martin Summer Cup, and Adamson in the UAAP) and the only team to prevail in a championship series. Even more impressive, the Stags beat the Blue Eagles three out of four times, once in the FilOil and twice in the PCCL.

And having reached the 2011 NCAA finals (where they lost to eventual champions San Beda) San Sebastian is not exactly chopped liver. It's a good thing they play in the NCAA or Ateneo's fourth straight UAAP title might've been in jeopardy. Nevertheless, the tapes from the Ateneo-San Sebastian matches this year are now a must-watch for the rest of the UAAP squads hoping to derail the Blue Eagles from annexing a fifth straight title in Season 75.

Bacon Austria, Kirk Long, and Emman Monfort end their tours of duty in Ateneo with a loss. But don't cry for them, Argentina, as they've all had collegiate careers for the ages. Austria and Long were part of four UAAP champion teams while Monfort was part of three. And aside from helping lead the Blue Eagles to a four-peat in the UAAP, they also won multiple championships in the Nike Summer League, FilOil, Fr. Martin, Philippine University Games, and PCCL tourneys.

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