TUMITINDIG! Top 10 moments from UAAP 78 Men's Srs. Basketball (Part 1)
Paul Lintag on Dec 05, 2015 07:41 PM
The UP Fighting Maroons were the talk of the town to start UAAP Season 78.
Season 78 men's seniors basketball has come and gone, providing yet another banner year for the UAAP.
In a season filled with drama, some crazy twists and turns plus some unexpected outcomes, an early-season prediction came true as the FEU Tamaraws fulfilled their basketball destiny to win an unprecedented 20th title.
If you already miss UAAP basketball, never fear because we will count down the top ten moments from an exciting Season 78.
10. A UE spoiler.
In what seems like a yearly thing now that the UE community certainly do not like, the Red Warriors somehow always find themselves one game short of a Final Four berth.
But what makes this season a little easier to deal with is the fact that this year's UE team was not supposed to contend for a playoff spot. Not with a bunch of rookies in the roster.
But that is what they did in a furious second round run that saw them run the top-seeded UST Growling Tigers to death and stun the Ateneo Blue Eagles, preventing them from fighting for a twice-to-beat advantage that could have had some major playoff implications.
Too bad they lost to an equally young Adamson side. Maybe next year Red Warriors. Hopefully.
9. Easy Ed.
The biggest revelation in Season 78 probably has to be UST's Ed Daquioag.
Barely a factor in the Tigers' previous finals runs, Daquioag was a relative unknown. Well, you might know him from Season 77 as the guy who was guarding Kiefer Ravena in the Phenom's game-winner over UST.
But in Season 78, Easy Ed made his presence felt as on of the key factors in UST's latest attempt to capture an elusive 19th title.
Daquioag finished in the top five of the MVP voting, secured a spot in the UAAP first team and exploded for countless memorable games including a career-hign 34 points against the Red Warriors.
8. House of Chaos, the Taft version.
Two seasons ago, the De La Salle Green Archers were the kings of the UAAP and it looked like Juno Sauler was the one to lead a new era of basketball greatness in Taft.
Fast forward to Season 78 and the Green Archers are on the outside looking in as the Final Four rolled around and Sauler has resigned from his post.
Enter Letran's Aldin Ayo, who as a rookie coach led the Knights to their first NCAA title in 10 years, to take over as the chief tactician for La Salle.
It will be interesting how the House of Chaos plays out with the Green Archers. Only one thing is for sure though, La Salle will have the most muscle in Season 79 with Ayo, Jeron Teng and finally Ben Mbala.
7. Heart of a champion
National University's Season 78 title defense did not go exactly as planned.
Opening the season with three straight defeats, the Bulldogs were never above .500 for the entire season.
At one point, they were at 4-7 and were in great danger of missing the playoffs altogether.
And then they made a run. J-jay Alejandro emerged from the shadows of Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino to save the Bulldogs from near-certain defeats against Adamson and La Salle while Alolino provided the telling blows in NU's final win of the season against the Tamaraws in the finals rematch.
They got a little help from FEU to sneak into the Final Four before going down fighting against UST.
6. Nowhere to go but UP.
As Season 78 hosts, there was some extra excitement in the UP Fighting Maroons' campaign.
And for the first couple of weeks, the Fighting Maroons played some great basketball that genuinely got the UP community excited.
The Maroons had their best start in almost a decade after starting 2-0 including a massive upset against La Salle and in the battle of the last two undefeated teams vs. UST, dubbed as "Church against State," the Diliman crew gave the Tigers all they could handle before losing in the end.
It will be interesting how UP will perform next year but without a doubt, they owned the start of Season 78.
Don't forget to come back for the top five!