SUMUSULONG! Top 10 moments from UAAP 78 (Part 2)
Paul Lintag on Dec 06, 2015 11:36 AM
The FEU Tamaraws are the undisputed kings of the UAAP.
Hey welcome back to our countdown of the top 10 moments from the 78th season of the UAAP!
If you missed items 10 to 6, read all of that here.
Now on to our top five!
5. Oops I did it again.
La Salle fans know it and now, supporters of both Ateneo and UST know it as well.
It's never fun to get Belo-fied.
In Season 77, FEU star forward Mac Belo buried a cold-blooded three to eliminate then defending champion Green Archers in the Final Four.
In Season 78, Belo was at it again, this time shattering the Finals hopes of Kiefer Ravena and the Blue Eagles via a last-second putback off a Mike Tolomia miss.
And just for fun, he also torched the Growling Tigers in game 3 of the UAAP Finals to win the Tamaraws' 20th title, all while battling cramps in the fourth quarter.
During the second half of Kiefer Ravena's UAAP career, no team gave him more problems than the NU Bulldogs.
And perhaps knowing that it was the last time he'll get to face his nemesis, he had a little parting gift for NU.
Ravena gave the Bulldogs six treys. All in the first quarter.
In what is certainly Ravena's greatest shooting performance in a single quarter, the Phenom scored six straight triples to open their second-round matchup against NU.
He would finish with a game-high 32 and a win for Ateneo. Oh and he had a bad ankle by the way, peak Phenom.
3. Reunited and it felt so good.
Similar to their senior season in high school, Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Ferrer engaged in a two-man race for the right to be called MVP.
And although the results were a little different, Ravena won this time for his second straight MVP plum, what happened during the awarding ceremony was what had people talking.
Ravena shared his award with Ferrer and named his old friend and rival as his "Co-MVP."
That is why we love sports people.
2. He came in like a wrecking ball.
Perhaps inspired by his friend naming him "Co-MVP" and the fact that his team was already facing elimination, Kevin Ferrer made history at the expense of the FEU Tamaraws.
The King Tiger scored 24 points in a telling third quarter run in game 2 of the UAAP finals to help the Tigers force a deciding game 3. He even brought back his infamous tongue-wagging gesture.
His 24 markers were built around six three-pointers and is the single most explosive scoring performance in a quarter since the UAAP started using computer-based stats over a decade ago.
You have got to be kidding me.
1. Bravest of them all.
After another classic UAAP final, the FEU Tamaraws emerged as not only the best team in Season 78 but the most decorated basketball program in all of the UAAP.
Beating the UST Growling Tigers in game 3, 67-62, the Tamaraws broke a 10-year dry spell and found a sense of redemption after losing in similar fashion just a year before.
They also won a record 20th UAAP title, now two more over the Tigers and the UE Red Warriors for most in UAAP history.
It was a brave performance, one deserving of a top spot in the top ten moments for this season.
There you have it! See you next season for more UAAP basketball!