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Sports and Hobbies

The UAAP 2013 Final Four is Finally Complete

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Spanky Hizon Enriquez

D-Rose was in town and no one even noticed?

Perhaps because the Chicago Bulls' superstar has been injured this past season, and has been absent from our TVs for over a year. 

Not really surprising, in spite of us being an NBA-crazy nation in particular, and a basketball-crazy country in general. Because there's only one league that can, arguably, rival the NBA in popularity in the Philippines.

And in no way, manner, or form, am I referring to the PBA.

Season 76 has been a nail-biter throughout, and we've yet to venture into the Final Four!

I have a feeling that this is finally NU's year, in large part, thanks to the overall excellence of Bobby Ray Parks, who really is his father's son. Amazing skillz!

(And in larger part, perhaps, to the pork barrel-levels of cash infused by the Sy family into their new university; NU's basketball teams are on top of the Men's, Women's, and Junior Divisions in the UAAP; and National University also won the Cheerdancing Competition.)

De La Salle, gramatically-challenged meme notwithstanding, is the hottest team in the league right now, sweeping seven games in the second round, and I pick them to be the team most likely to challenge NU for the championship.

(De La Salle will face FEU in a one-game tie-breaker; the winner gets the #2 post, after NU at #1,  and both will have the twice-to-beat advantage.)

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FEU ended up tied for first, by virtue of its stellar first round record, but the Morayta team seems to have imploded in the homestretch, and I have grave doubts about this team's mental focus for the last push.

The Thomasians, celebrating the return of Jeric Teng, crushed the six-peat hopes of the five-time champion Blue Eagles in an epic game that determined the last team in the Final Four.

Congratulations to Coach Pido Jarencio for another roller coaster ride! Now, whether or not the Tigers can maul the Bulldogs of NU, that's the question.

And as for my favorite team?

It was a great run, but all good things have to come to an end. Keep your heads up, Blue Eagles, console yourselves with the fact that your rivals, De La Salle and UST only got as far as the 4-peat. 

Animo Ateneo!

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