Congratulations to the Lady Tankers, Ateneo’s Swimming Team, to the basketball team and swimming team of Ateneo’s High School division, and to the basketball team of Ateneo’s grade school division. This season has been a really rigorous and exciting season. I would like to congratulate, most especially, the Ateneo Blue Eagles – Ateneo’s Men’s basketball team, who persevered this season and came out as the champions. To everyone on the basketball team, good job and great effort. Thank you also to Coach Norman Black and everyone else who worked hard with the team. The 6 year drought has been a really hard obstacle to overcome, but you have shown everyone that determination persevers in the end. For that, the whole Ateneo community would like to thank you.
Game 1 and 2 of the Finals were really very exciting matches. Even though I wasn’t able to watch the games live for both matches, I was in spirit with the team as we cheered on for our players. Game 2 was most especially exciting because that match against DLSU would determine whether or not we’d finally come out as champions, or we’d have to face the Green Archers in a steaming Game3. I was at the edge of my seat for the most part because my 3-6pm class prevented me from watching the entire game. Thankfully though, as our class was dismissed at 6, I and many of my Philosophy101 classmates rushed to Escaler Hall (on campus) to watch the rest of the game with our other schoolmates. It felt as if we were in our own Mini-Araneta, amongst fellow students and teachers, cheering on for the team. The Blue Eagle gym, as well as the Moro Gym and Loyola Schools cafeteria were also home to various groups watching the game on tv. And as later on shared to me by some friends, GMA7 was at the Blue Eagle Gym taping the game and the Ateneo community as they cheered on the team.
In the end, and after (still) much criticism, Ateneo triumphed over DLSU in Game 2. Congratulations both to the Ateneo Blue Eagles, and the DLSU Green Archers for giving the UAAP Community a very exciting match to behold throughout the season. A mass at the Church of Gesu was held after the game, with the Ateneo community coming together to celebrate. Players Chris Tiu and Yuri Escueta will be graduating this year and will be the only players to leave the team this year, giving way to many skilled rookies who will be playing next season.
Wonder what Season 72 will hold next year?
ONE BIG FIGHT!