It's All Red and White in the CCL Finals

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It will be the UAAP’s University of the East Red Warriors and the NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions in the Last Dance of the Collegiate Champions League.

In the first game, the Warriors pulled through in their match against the gritty Mapua Cardinals to clinch the first Finals spot. In my opinion, there was no surprise there. The Lions followed suit in the next game, just squeaking past the upset-minded Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 61-58. That was a surprise.

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The CCL Final Four

It’s the underdogs versus the powerhouses (isn’t it always?) in the Final Four of the Collegiate Champions League. Ladies and gentlemen, the second-to-the-last dance:


UE Red Warriors vs. Mapua Cardinals
San Beda Red Lions vs. JRU Heavy Bombers

The two tiffs are scheduled for Thursday in the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, starting at 2 PM. The Cards and the Heavy Bombers stunned the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Letran Knights, respectively, to barge into the Final Four.

Whilst Mapua and JRU’s wins might both seem tremendous upsets, the pair battled undermanned opponents. Continue reading “The CCL Final Four”

Best Basketball League?

College players are supposed to aspire to become pros, but our Pro league, the very first in Asia, is a yawner and the cameraman can’t find enough angles to hide the empty seats.

Meanwhile, both College leagues are so exciting they regularly fill up Araneta Coliseum to the rafters. A Champion’s league that puts winners of each team together is knocking on the door to fame, but what about the many Amateur leagues that are supposed to do the same?

Then finally, there’s the question of where to go to get players for the International Events. There are the pros, but they’ve not done a good job so far, and are hampered by Company commitments. There are the amateurs, but which league to get from?

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Thoughts on the UST-JRU Game and the CCL being just one of those thingies…

The upset pulled off by the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers over the UST Growling Tigers yesterday showed us why the Collegiate Champions League (CCL) is still and just ONE OF THOSE TOURNAMENTS…

I took the time out to watch the whole game last night and to see for myself how are things coming along with the league.

Having been crowned the UAAP Champs and seeded 3rd in the tournament, UST came into the game the obvious favorite against the 14th seed JRU Heavy Bombers, a wildcard entry from the NCAA.

If you watched the game, you can immediately see the evident disparity in skills, basketball fundamentals, and team system. On all points — advantage UST. Add to this a huge plus factor — homecourt advantage.

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