The Ultramen of UAAP Season 81
Head & Shoulders on Mar 08, 2019 06:52 PM
Let’s pay tribute to the athletes who dazzled us with their on-court prowess and at the same time were the Ultramen of their respective squads.
Season 81 of UAAP Men’s Basketball was historic. It featured games that were nerve-wracking from the first jump ball to the final buzzer, and moments that would be etched in our memory forever. And now that the dust has settled and the champion has been crowned, Season 82 can’t come any sooner. But before we get to that, let’s pay tribute to the athletes who dazzled us with their on-court prowess and at the same time were the Ultramen of their respective squads—the players who were always there when their teammates needed them and did whatever it took to secure the W.
Thirdy Ravena definitely earned his way to his Finals MVP award. He was all over the court for Ateneo—way before the finals even began—doing whatever he can on both ends. Ravena has all the talent in the world, but his incredible hustle and heart is what truly makes him an Ultraman for the Blue Eagles.
CJ Catapusan is all about his teammates: from giving them scoring opportunities to being there for them when they need a helping hand. Despite being a rookie, Catapusan has proven that he’s got what it takes to be an Ultraman for the Falcons.
Former Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio may not be large in size, but he’s one of DLSU’s biggest guns. Melecio is always there providing his team with the necessary firepower. But more than looking for buckets, he’s always looking out for his teammates, which is what makes him an Ultraman for the Green Archers.
Jerrick Ahanmisi isn’t only the Adamson Falcons’ leader and Ultraman because he’s the team’s best player, but because he knows what it truly takes to be one. Ahanmisi has formed a special bond with his teammates, whom he treats like his brothers—the Mythical Five member even has a unique handshake for each of them. Jerrick knows that their teamwork will be solid if their camaraderie also is.
Matt Nieto is fast. The Atenean point guard has the agility to get to where he needs to be on the floor, which is why he is one of the Blue Eagles’ deadliest weapons. But sometimes, he uses his speed to quickly lend a helping hand to a teammate in need—a quality of a true-blue Ultraman.
Who will be the next batch of Ultramen? We’ll see later this year in the much-anticipated Season 82!
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