UAAP By the Numbers: Saying Goodbye
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 14, 2016 05:24 PM
FAREWELL. Three UAAP captains left the league after the dust settled last weekend.
Unlike the PBA, the UAAP can be a cruel place.
As a player, you only have a limited amount of time playing in the league. And when only four teams get to make the playoffs every season, the chance to truly go out and win a championship gets smaller especially if you happen to hit a rebuilding year for your school.
Some are truly lucky but for the vast majority of UAAP players, they exit the amateur ranks in anti-climactic fashion.
That's exactly what happened last weekend as three anchors from three UAAP teams are saying goodbye to the league, but not without some love from their respective communities.
Number of captains "retiring" in UAAP Season 79.
UST's Louie Vigil, NU's Alfred Aroga, and UP's Jett Manuel all made their exit in the UAAP last weekend. All of them lost their final game.
Vigil suffered a 3-11 season in his final year, the worst for UST in the Final Four era. This came after he played for UST for five years, making the Finals twice.
Aroga also ended his three-year reign in NU on a sour note, going for 5-9 in a disappointing season. Aroga would be leaving the Bulldogs as a champion though, helping NU break a 60-year title drought by winning the UAAP title in Season 77.
Meanwhile, Manuel is leaving the UAAP without ever making it past game no. 14 of the elimination round. However, the UP captain is leaving Diliman as part of the Fighting Maroons team that gave State U it's best season since Season 68.
Number of consecutive defeats by defending champion Far Eastern University.
After winning seven straight, the Tamaraws are on a free fall late in the elimination round, struggling to put anything together as the Final Four approaches.
A week ago, there was talk that FEU could snatch the top seed away from rival La Salle, now the Tamaraws are hardpressed to even have a twice-to-beat advantage come playoff time.
Number of years it took Adamson University to make it back to the Final Four.
Since entering the playoffs as the number 2 seed in 2011, the Falcons are only making it back to the title hunt now, punching their playoff ticket with a convincing win over the Growling Tigers early last week.
Number of teams that could end up tied for second place.
Ateneo (9-4), Adamson (8-5), and FEU (8-5) could all end up tied for second by the end of the week as the Blue Eagles take on the Falcons and the Tamaraws face also-ran UE.
If that happens, the team with the weakest quotient will slide to fourth place to face number 1 La Salle while the remaining two teams will start a virtual best-of-3 affair with a Finals slot on the line.