The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles recovered in time, to earn a historic three-peat, by winning Game 2 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 73 Finals versus the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 65-62. The Blue Eagles sweep the best-of-three series against the Tamaraws, 2-0, for their third straight men’s basketball title and fifth overall since joining the UAAP.
During Game 1 of the series, Ateneo routed FEU, 72-49. The Tamaraws however started strong early in the game but failed to sustain the momentum as the Blue Eagles stamped their class on defense. Ateneo rallied from a first quarter deficit, 22-13 and finally took the lead in the second quarter at 27-27. It has been a see-saw battle from there for both teams. Ryan Buenafe, chosen as the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), drilled in a three-point shot with 22 seconds to go, that delivered the win for the Blue Eagles.
Ateneo also had a three-peat when they are still in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1931 to 1933 and a total of 14 NCAA titles.
Ateneo, thus, joined FEU (2003-2005), University of Santo Tomas (1946-1949, 1951-1953 and 1993-1996), University of the East (1965-1971) and De La Salle University (1998-2001) as the only teams in the UAAP to have won the men’s basketball title three in a row.