UAAP Finals: Ateneo wins a championship at expense of Coach Bo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 05, 2018 08:55 PM
Ateneo wins a championship at expense of Coach Bo
Coach Bo Perasol was at the wrong end of a Finals sweep by Ateneo (FILE PHOTO)

Ateneo de Manila University could now be thankful for Bo Perasol.

The Blue Eagles bagged back-to-back championships on Wednesday at the expense of the University of the Philippines, which is now being coached by Perasol.

With that, a joke that has been going around in social media has become reality: “Finally, Perasol can give Ateneo a championship.”

Coach Bo called the shots for Ateneo from Season 76 to Season 78, going 27-15 along the way. He led them to two Final Fours, but failed to make any Finals.

He was sandwiched between the tenures of Norman Black, who won five championships, and Tab Baldwin, who has now won two titles for Katipunan.

Safe to say, Coach Bo was far from the favorite mentor of the blue and white.

Still, the now shot-caller of the Fighting Maroons has taken it all in stride.

In fact, he wasn’t at all sweating all those jokes. “They already had a championship last year,” he candidly told reporters, reminding everybody that the Blue Eagles had already won a championship a season ago even when he wasn’t at the opposing bench.

And now Katipunan is celebrating a title at his expense, Coach Bo remained gracious. As he put it, “I’d like to congratulate them. They’re just the champion, no question about that.”

After all, whatever happens, he still has his supporters from the Blue Eagles’ side – including school great Kiefer Ravena.

That also goes for another Ravena in Thirdy, this year’s Finals MVP. “I just want to give a shout out to Coach Bo, my former coach. He had a great season,” he said.

And more than that, whatever happens, Bo Perasol will be remembered in UP as the coach who ended their 21-year playoff drought and their 32-year Finals absence.

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