Saturday, 6 OctoberThis is a rematch of the 2006 Finals, which the Blue Eagles lost in three games after taking a 1-0 series lead via a picture-perfect buzzer-beater. I was in Araneta Coliseum for that game, and in the immediate aftermath of that thrilling Game 1 no one but the most rabid UST fans thought the Growling Tigers could bounce back.
3:30 PM, MOA Arena
Telecast live on ABS-CBN Ch. 2
Thursday, 11 October
3:30 PM, Araneta Coliseum
Telecast live on Studio 23
Saturday, 13 October (if needed)
But then Typhoon Milenyo came and caused the cancellation of the next playdate, dousing whatever momentum the Blue Eagles had. The Growling Tigers, meanwhile, made excellent use of the longer break and won Game 2 via a rout before prevailing in overtime in the deciding third game to nab the Season 69 title.
So yeah, just to be safe this time the Blue Eagles' supporters should troop to the Monasterio de Sta. Clara with egg offerings to help ensure good weather for the entirety of the Finals.
Incidentally, the Blue Eagles and the Growling Tigers were the top two vote-getters in the season-long mini-poll I had on this blog. They were also the top two teams after the Season 75 eliminations, so I expect that the Finals will be a highly competitive and tightly contested series. Fans of UAAP basketball are in for a treat.