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  1. NCAA HISTORY, PART VI

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association took in Perpetual Help College of Rizal (later known as the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta) in 1984 and Trinity College of Quezon City (now known as Trinity University of Asia) became a full member the following year.
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    San Sebastian College-Recoletos captured the 1985 NCAA seniors crown in 1985.* It was the Golden Stags’ first title in a dozen seasons.
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    Colegio de San Juan de Letran registered back-to-back title finishes in 1986 and 1987 and SSC-R duplicated the feat of the Knights with a pair of championships in the next two seasons.
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    The NCAA’s hottest and most popular property at the time was Mapua Tech’s Alvin Patrimonio, who earned league Most Valuable Player honors in 1985 and 1986.
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    San Beda College rejoined the NCAA in 1986, the year Trinity College of QC was expelled from the league for non-compliance of league requirements.
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    In 1988, SSC-R became the first team in NCAA history to register a perfect record at 10-0, capturing the first- and second-round pennants for an automatic championship.* The Golden Stags were led by back-to-back league MVP Eugene Quilban and crowd-drawing Paul Alvarez.
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    Behind Quilban, a graduating senior, SSC-R retained the crown the following year, defeating upset-conscious Perpetual Help College in the three-game finals.* The Altas were bannered by league MVP Eric Clement Quiday and Rene (Bong) Hawkins.
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    Mapua Institute of Technology followed the path of Letran and San Sebastian College-Recoletos with back-to-back championships in 1990 and 1991.* Benito Cheng was the Cardinals’ hero in the deciding third game of the 1991 finals against San Beda College with a last-second twinner.
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    Letran was back on top in 1992.
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    SSC-R jumpstarted its five-year reign, the longest in NCAA seniors history, the following season.*
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    Led by season MVP Jesse Bardaje and rookie Ulysses Tanigue, the Golden Stags easily grabbed the 1993 title, clinching it with its eighth victory in nine games for a sweep of the double-round elimination phase and an automatic championship.* SSC-R dropped its no-bearing 10th and final assignment against Mapua Tech for an 8-2 overall record.* Stags coach Arturo (Turo) Valenzona snared his first NCAA championship.
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    In 1994, SSC-R registered the second perfect record in NCAA seniors history at 10-0 for an automatic championship.* John Rodney Santos and Romel Adducul wound up as the league’s MVP and Rookie of the Year awardees, respectively.
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    The following season, the Golden Stags became the fifth team in NCAA annals to score a title “three-peat,” sweeping Mapua Tech in the best-of-three finals to finish with an 11-1 mark.
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    SSC-R raced to a 9-0 start for a 19-game winning streak over two seasons before dropping its last regular assignment against season MVP Ruben Dela Rosa and the MIT Cardinals.
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  2. NCAA HISTORY, PART V

    In securing the seniors crown during the 1974 National Collegiate Athletic Association season, De La Salle nearly finished with a perfect record at 13-1.
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    The Green Archers’ lone defeat came against Jose Rizal College in elimination action, a 72-71 loss on a last-second twinner by Angelito Ladores.
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    It was the farewell season of hotshot Lim Eng Beng for La Salle and the 5-foot-11 guard made it very memorable, earning a second NCAA title ring following a two-game sweep of arch rival Ateneo de Manila in the finals.
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    Lim averaged 30.9 points an outing (433 points/14 games) – a season average that remains the all-time NCAA scoring record in the seniors division until now. Along the way, he shattered the single-game mark of 52 points set by Letran’s Ricky Pineda in the previous season.* He collected 55 against the Knights and 54 against Trinity College of Quezon City, which was a probationary member at the time.
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    Ateneo de Manila ruled the NCAA in 1975 and 1976 behind frontline stars Steve Watson and Bernardo (Joy) Carpio and the Blue Eagles were seeking a “three-peat” when they were ambushed by San Beda during the tumultuous 1977 finals.
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    In the opener of the best-of-three 1977 title duel, a melee broke out between San Beda and Ateneo at the Araneta Coliseum.* This led to a deciding third game that was held on closed doors.* In the series-clincher, a last-second shot by the Blue Eagles’ Manolito (Pons) Valdez was ruled invalid, thus handing the victory to the Red Lions and denying Ateneo a third straight pennant.
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    Ateneo withdrew from the NCAA in 1978 due to the violence that had become rampant during the games.* At the time of their departure, the Blue Eagles owned the most number of championships in the seniors division, a record that would be equalled and then surpassed in 2003.
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    San Beda whitewashed De La Salle in 1978 to retain the crown.* Colegio de San Juan de Letran succeeded the Red Lions the following year.
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    In 1980, hooliganism again marred the league as fans of La Salle and supporters of Letrtan were involved in a brawl during a second-round encounter.* The Rizal Memorial Coliseum was a wreck after the two opposing sides ripped apart the chairs screwed to the ground and threw them as weapons.
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    The Basketball Association of the Philippines, the local basketball-governing organization in the country at the time, ordered the cancellation of the entire 1980 NCAA campaign and suspended Letran from all events.* No champion was declared that season.
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    The NCAA reinstated Letran in 1981 and the move triggered De La Salle’s exit from the league that same year.
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    Mapua Institute of Technology topped the 1981 competitions and Letran came roaring back with three consecutive title finishes from 1982-84.
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    The Knights’ star during the time was the high-flying Avelino (Samboy) Lim, who was voted the league’s MVP in 1984.
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    San Beda College temporarily withdrew from the league in 1984 to focus on school-based sports activities such as intramurals.
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    Following the withdrawal of Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle and San Beda College, the NCAA opened its membership to other schools.
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  3. NCAA HISTORY, PART IV

    Ateneo de Manila returned to the top of the National College Athletic Association seniors’ basketball competitions in 1957 and 1958 behind sturdy
    soccer player-turned-cager* Edgardo Ocampo, Pocholo Gayoso, Roberto Littaua, lanky Rafael Carvajal and Cristino Arroyo, a recruit from Ateneo de Naga.
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    The Blue Eagles beat their arch nemesis, the De La Salle Green Archers, for the 1958 NCAA crown.* In the finale, Ateneo emerged victorious by just a basket in overtime.
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    In 1959, San Beda ruled once more behind burly Alberto (Big Boy) Reynoso. The following year, host Colegio de San Juan de Letran grabbed the championship.
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    The Knights were succeeded by Ateneo, which beat Mapua Tech for the 1961 crown in controversial fashion.* A riot erupted during the 1961 championship game when the supporters of Mapua Tech alleged that one referee had favored the Blue Eagles.
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    Due to hooliganism and proliferation of ineligible players (especially in the juniors division), the NCAA suspended play in 1962 in both the high school and college divisions.
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    The year before, competitions in the juniors level had already been shelved and they would last for four seasons through 1964.* In the seniors division, Jose Rizal College topped the games in 1963 and 1964 but they were later ruled as unofficial by the NCAA.
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    Mapua Tech grabbed the championships in the juniors and seniors divisions in 1965.* The following season, Colegio de San Juan de Letran emerged triumphant in the collegiate level.
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    Jose Rizal College won two straight titles in 1967 and 1968 behind Heavy Bombers stars Rhoel Deles (1967 league MVP), Carlos Villamayor and Sixto Agbay.
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    San Sebastian College-Recoletos was admitted into the NCAA in 1969.* This marked the first time that the NCAA made a membership change since 1936.
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    The 1969 tournament was won by Ateneo behind team skipper Luis (Chito) Afable Jr., Ricardo (Joy) Cleofas, Marte Samson, Francis Arnaiz, Richard (Ricky) Palou, Lyle Ross Jr. and Rafael (Baby Boy) Morales.*
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    That year’s Blue Eagles were one of the most dominant championship teams in NCAA annals.** However, the Hail Mary quintet’s reign was brief as several veteran stars, such as Cleofas, Arnaiz and Samson, were declared academically ineligible.
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    De La Salle College romped away with a pair of titles in a four-year stretch during the early seventies behind hotshot Lim Eng Beng and legendary national team coach Valentin (Tito) Eduque.
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    Lim, a bull-shouldered 5-11 guard, powered the Green Archers to the “NC” crown as a rookie in 1971, leaving Mapua Tech’s Fortunato (Atoy) Co without any ring in his entire collegiate tenure despite two MVP trophies.** (Co is the rookie head coach of the Cardinals in the current Season 89.)
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    Jose Rizal College, behind frontline star Philip Cezar, romped away with the league crown in 1972.* All the five starters of the Heavy Bombers were drafted by Philippine Basketball Association ballclubs when the pro league opened shop three years later. *It was last time that Jose Rizal College (now Jose Rizal University) held the title until now.
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    San Sebastian College-Recoletos, powered by David Supnet, Jimmy Otazu and Benjie Cleofas (younger brother of Ricardo of Ateneo), succeeded the Heavy Bombers in 1973.* For the Golden Stags, it was their first-ever seniors champion ship.
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    De La Salle would reclaim the throne in 1974 in Lim Eng Beng’s senior season.
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  4. NCAA HISTORY, PART III

    In 1952, the San Beda Red Lions successfully defended their National Collegiate Athletic Association title.

    The Bedans knocked off De La Salle, 50-39, in the finals before a mammoth crowd of 11,000 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

    The versatile 6-foot-3 Carlos (Caloy) Loyzaga poured in a game-high 18 points, including 10 in the decisive fourth quarter, and put the defensive clamps on La Salle ’s towering center Rene Wassmer during the same stretch.

    The Green Archers had rallied to take a 32-31 lead at the end of the third canto. But Loyzaga staged a last-quarter one-man show, blocking Wassmer in mid-air then dribbling all the way to the frontcourt for a layup to bring the lead back to San Beda, 33-32.

    After connecting on a free throw, Loyzaga tallied seven more points to douse any comeback by La Salle , which scored a measly seven markers in the final 10 minutes.

    For the second consecutive year, Loyzaga was voted the NCAA’s Most Valuable Player

    In 1953, Ateneo, behind high-leaping and league MVP Francisco (Frankie) Rabat , stripped the NCAA crown from the Red Lions’ head. The Blue Eagles stopped Loyzaga and his San Beda backups, 63-59, in the finals.

    Ateneo made it two championships in a row the following season as the Red Lions were disoriented by the absence of Loyzaga for academic reasons. With Caloy unable to impose his will at the shaded lane against the opposition, the Red Lions were badly beaten by the Blue Eagles, 74-65, for the championship.

    In 1955, after a year’s sabbatical, Loyzaga returned to help San Beda secure permanent possession of the much-coveted three-legged Crispulo Zamora Cup by exacting revenge against Ateneo with another NCAA title.

    The battle for the Zamora Cup, the hardware that was awarded by the NCAA to the first team that won three titles after World War II, surprisingly was a walk in the park for San Beda.

    Ateneo also was looking to bring home the Zamora Cup but the Blue Eagles were meek as a lamb in the finale against San Beda. The Red Lions got off to a quick start and never looked back, mauling the Blue-and-White battalion to the tune of 64-50 after 40 minutes.

    In 1956, a rookie by the name of Kurt Bachmann Jr. took the NCAA by storm after spearheading La Salle ’s upset of Carlos Badion and the Mapua Tech Cardinals in the finals.

    The only child of German national Kurt and Alice Streegan of Jaro, Iloilo, Bachmann later joined several national teams, having already chosen to become a Filipino at age 18 in 1954.

    Bachmann’s major offensive weapon was the hookshot. Naturally, the 6-4 center-forward was given the monicker “Mr. Hookshot.”
  5. NCAA HISTORY, PART II

    Far Eastern University, National University, the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas bolted the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1938 to form the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), now its chief intercollegiate league rival among the elite schools in the Metro Manila area.
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    The year 1939 was remarkable in that arch nemesis De La Salle and Ateneo faced each other in the finals of both the juniors and seniors divisions for the first time ever.*
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    The La Salle Greenies snared the juniors diadem while their senior counterparts, the Green Archers, also emerged triumphant for their first NCAA crown.
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    San Beda annexed the 1940 collegiate championship and Ateneo de Manila succeeded them the following year before the start of World War II.
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    No thanks to World War II, there were no NCAA competitions for five years from 1942-46.
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    The league resumed action in 1947 with De La Salle beating Mapua Institute of Technology in the finals.* The deciding game went into the final shot.
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    Three schools took turns in winning the title trophy in the next three seasons – Jose Rizal College (194, Mapua Tech (1949) and Colegio de San Juan de Letran (1950).* Moro Lorenzo of Ateneo was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1948 and 1949.
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    Dubbed “Murder, Inc., the 1950 Letran Knights ranked among the greatest championship units in NCAA annals.* They were bannered by Lauro (The Fox) Mumar, the league’s MVP; Herminio Astorga (who later became the Vice-Mayor of Manila) and Luis Tabuena (who later became a top government official during President Ferdinand Marcos’ time).
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    That season, Letran scored nine consecutive victories during the six-team, double-round tournament.* Only San Beda stood the way for a 10-game season sweep and an outright championship by the Muralla-based school.
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    However, the Knights were deprived of an undefeated season when they bowed to the Red Lions, 56-51, in their 10th game.* In a playoff, Letran exacted revenge with a 66-55 thrashing of the Bedans to secure the second NCAA crown in school history.
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    Then came the Carlos (Caloy) Loyzaga era.
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    San Beda came roaring back in 1951 with the NCAA debut of then-21-year-old Loyzaga, who at 6-foot-3 was a rarity among the local players at the time.
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    The year before, the lanky, elongated slotman with the mestizo looks was not able to suit up for SBC due to residence eligibility.* This was after he had played in the 1948 National Secondary Championship with the National University Bullpups.
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    The popular and multi-dimensional Loyzaga finally donned the Red Lions jersey during the 1951 NCAA wars.* Among his teammates were Ponciano Saldaña, Eduardo Lim, Antonio Genato and brothers Pablo and Vicente Cuna.
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    With Caloy at the helm, the Benedictine-run school proceeded to corral three NCAA titles over a five-year period.
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    Issuing slick passes, making pivot shots and barrelling his way into the shaded lane were his signature moves.
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    When the Red Lions claimed the 1951 crown, Loyzaga averaged nearly 20 points a game.
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