List of NCAA Philippines basketball champions

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A black and white photograph of men standing in three rows, mostly wearing jackets and shorts used for basketball. Two men on the left edge of the second and back rows, and a man at the right edge of the back row are wearing white collared shirts.
The 1975 Ateneo Blue Eagles, NCAA seniors' basketball champions
A black and white photograph of people standing in two rows in front of a basketball hoop. The back row mostly has men wearing white sleeveless shirts and white shorts while standing, while the front row has men wearing white sleeveless shirts and white shorts seated on chairs except for a woman in the center wearing a dress.
The 1978 San Beda Red Lions, the last NCAA seniors' basketball champions from the school until their 2006 championship

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines) (NCAA) holds its annual basketball tournaments for the Seniors' and Juniors' divisions from June to October of the academic year. The tournament started in 1924, the NCAA's inaugural year, and has been held continuously since then, only interrupted by World War II from 1942 to 1946, suspension of play from 1961 to 1965 due to the proliferation of ineligible players, and the 1980 riot between supporters of La Salle and Letran which wrecked the Rizal Memorial Coliseum which forced the league to suspend the rest of the season.[1]

For much of the league's history, the team at the top of the standings during the first half of the season faced the team that won the latter half of the season for the championship; in 1960 if a third team had a better cumulative record than either champion, that team played the champion of the latter half of the season to face the champion of the first half for the league championship.[1]

In 1998, the "Final Four" format used in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) was first applied: in a modified Shaughnessy playoff system, the two teams with the best records possess the "twice to beat advantage" in which they only have to win once to advance to the best-of-three finals while their opponents have to win twice. Prior to the introduction of the "Final Four" format, if a team managed to win all of the elimination round games (or at least won both halves of the season), the team were named outright champions. At the introduction of the "Final Four" format the unbeaten team had an outright finals berth with the twice to beat advantage while the remaining three teams played in a single-elimination tournament; in 2008, the unbeaten team still had an outright finals berth but the finals was a best-of-three series.[2] Starting in 2010, the unbeaten team possesses the "thrice to beat" advantage where they only have to win twice while their opponent has to win thrice to win the championship.[3]

List of champions per year[edit]

* Denotes school that won both juniors' and seniors' championship in the same year

Early years (1924–1935)[edit]

The NCAA was founded by the Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle College, the Institute of Accounts (known today as Far Eastern University), National University, San Beda College, the University of Manila, the University of the Philippines, Manila and the University of Santo Tomas. Membership was fluid, and the composition of the league changed frequently. To this date, San Beda College is the only founding member left in the league.[1]

Academic
year
Juniors Seniors Host school
1924–25 Ateneo de Manila (Midgets)
De La Salle College (Juniors)
University of the Philippines, Manila University of the Philippines, Manila
1925–26 University of the Philippines, Manila* University of the Philippines, Manila* University of the Philippines, Manila
1926–27 University of the Philippines, Manila* University of the Philippines, Manila* University of the Philippines, Manila
1927–28 University of the Philippines, Manila San Beda College none
1928–29 Colegio de San Juan de Letran Ateneo de Manila University of the Philippines, Manila
1929–30 Colegio de San Juan de Letran University of the Philippines, Manila University of Santo Tomas
1930–31 Colegio de San Juan de Letran University of Santo Tomas Ateneo de Manila
1931–32 University of Santo Tomas Ateneo de Manila Ateneo de Manila
1932–33 Colegio de San Juan de Letran Ateneo de Manila Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1933–34 Ateneo de Manila* Ateneo de Manila* Jose Rizal College
1934–35 Ateneo de Manila San Beda College Jose Rizal College
1935–36 De La Salle College San Beda College San Beda College

The old-timer six (1936–68)[edit]

After National University, University of the Philippines, Manila, and University of Santo Tomas left the league in 1932, the Ateneo de Manila, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, De La Salle College, Jose Rizal College, Mapúa Institute of Technology and San Beda College continued the league and the league's membership remained unchanged for several decades.[1]

World War II interrupted the league's activities in 1941, but the league resumed operations after the war in 1947.

Academic
year
Juniors Seniors Host school
1936–37 Suspended San Beda College Mapúa Institute of Technology
1937–38 Ateneo de Manila* Ateneo de Manila* none
1938–39 Ateneo de Manila Colegio de San Juan de Letran Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1939–40 De La Salle College* De La Salle College* Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1940–41 Mapúa Institute of Technology San Beda College Jose Rizal College
1941–42 Jose Rizal College Ateneo de Manila Jose Rizal College
1942–43 to 1946–47 World War II – not held
1947–48 Jose Rizal College De La Salle College De La Salle College
1948–49 Colegio de San Juan de Letran Jose Rizal College De La Salle College
1949–50 Jose Rizal College Mapúa Institute of Technology De La Salle College
1950–51 Mapúa Institute of Technology Colegio de San Juan de Letran Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1951–52 De La Salle College San Beda College Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1952–53 Jose Rizal College San Beda College Mapúa Institute of Technology
1953–54 Mapúa Institute of Technology Ateneo de Manila Ateneo de Manila
1954–55 Jose Rizal College Ateneo de Manila De La Salle College
1955–56 De La Salle College San Beda College Jose Rizal College
1956–57 Mapúa Institute of Technology De La Salle College Jose Rizal College
1957–58 Colegio de San Juan de Letran Ateneo de Manila Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1958–59 Mapúa Institute of Technology Ateneo de Manila San Beda College
1959–60 Jose Rizal College San Beda College Ateneo de Manila University
1960–61 Mapúa Institute of Technology Colegio de San Juan de Letran Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1961–62 Suspended[1] Ateneo de Manila University De La Salle College
1962–63 No tournament[2]
1963–64 Suspended[1] Jose Rizal College[3] De La Salle College
1964–65 Suspended[1] Jose Rizal College[3] De La Salle College
1965–66 Mapúa Institute of Technology* Mapúa Institute of Technology* Ateneo de Manila University
1966–67 Ateneo de Manila University Colegio de San Juan de Letran Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1967–68 San Beda College Jose Rizal College Jose Rizal College
1968–69 Mapúa Institute of Technology Jose Rizal College Mapúa Institute of Technology

First expansion (1969–78)[edit]

San Sebastian College–Recoletos was admitted in 1969, marking the first change in the league's membership since 1936. This increased the league's membership to seven colleges.[1]

Academic
year
Juniors Seniors Host school
1969–70 Mapúa Institute of Technology Ateneo de Manila University San Beda College
1970–71 Mapúa Institute of Technology Colegio de San Juan de Letran Ateneo de Manila University
1971–72 Mapúa Institute of Technology De La Salle College De La Salle College
1972–73 Mapúa Institute of Technology Jose Rizal College Jose Rizal College
1973–74 Ateneo de Manila University San Sebastian College–Recoletos Mapúa Institute of Technology
1974–75 San Beda College De La Salle College San Sebastian College–Recoletos
1975–76 Ateneo de Manila University* Ateneo de Manila University* Ateneo de Manila University
1976–77 Ateneo de Manila University* Ateneo de Manila University* Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1977–78 Jose Rizal College San Beda College De La Salle University

First contraction (1978–84)[edit]

The Ateneo de Manila University left the league in 1978 after the championship series against San Beda College where the final game was held behind closed doors.[4] In September 1980, De La Salle University withdrew from the league after an August 17 game against Colegio de San Juan Letran turned into a full-blown riot which led to the game being called off. The league ordered the game to be replayed behind closed doors but the then-FIBA recognized basketball association, the Basketball Association of the Philippines, ordered the league to cancel the rest of the season.[5]

San Beda College left in 1984 to concentrate on intramural events.

Academic
Year
Juniors Seniors Host school
1978–79 San Beda College* San Beda College* Jose Rizal College
1979–80 Colegio de San Juan de Letran* Colegio de San Juan de Letran* Mapúa Institute of Technology
1980–81 No champion – Tournament aborted by the Basketball Association of the Philippines[4] San Beda College
1981–82 San Beda College Mapúa Institute of Technology none
1982–83 San Beda College Colegio de San Juan de Letran Trinity College of Quezon City
1983–84 Colegio de San Juan de Letran* Colegio de San Juan de Letran* Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Second expansion (1984–95)[edit]

After the Ateneo de Manila, La Salle, and San Beda left, the NCAA opened its doors to new members. In 1984, Perpetual Help College of Rizal was accepted as a new member,[1] while Trinity College of Quezon City became a full member in 1985.[6] San Beda rejoined the league in 1986, while Trinity left in the same year.

Academic
year
Juniors Seniors Host school
1984–85 Trinity College of Quezon City Colegio de San Juan de Letran Jose Rizal College
1985–86 Colegio de San Juan de Letran San Sebastian College–Recoletos Mapúa Institute of Technology
1986–87 San Sebastian College–Recoletos Colegio de San Juan de Letran San Sebastian College–Recoletos
1987–88 San Beda College Colegio de San Juan de Letran Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1988–89 San Beda College San Sebastian College–Recoletos Jose Rizal College
1989–90 Mapúa Institute of Technology San Sebastian College–Recoletos Jose Rizal College
1990–91 Colegio de San Juan de Letran Mapua Institute of Technology Perpetual Help College of Rizal
1991–92 San Beda College[5] Mapúa Institute of Technology San Beda College
1992–93 San Beda College Colegio de San Juan de Letran San Sebastian College–Recoletos
1993–94 Mapúa Institute of Technology San Sebastian College–Recoletos Jose Rizal College
1994–95 Mapúa Institute of Technology San Sebastian College–Recoletos Mapúa Institute of Technology
1995–96 San Beda College San Sebastian College–Recoletos Perpetual Help College of Rizal

Third expansion (1996–2009)[edit]

In 1996, Philippine Christian University became the seventh member of the NCAA. Two years later, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was admitted as the eighth member. [1]

The Final Four format as used in the UAAP was first applied in 1998.

Academic
year
Juniors Seniors Host school
1996–97 San Beda College San Sebastian College–Recoletos San Beda College
1997–98 Mapúa Institute of Technology San Sebastian College–Recoletos San Sebastian College–Recoletos
1998–99 Mapúa Institute of Technology Colegio de San Juan de Letran Colegio de San Juan de Letran
1999–2000 San Beda College Colegio de San Juan de Letran Jose Rizal University
2000–01 Mapúa Institute of Technology De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Mapúa Institute of Technology
2001–02 Colegio de San Juan de Letran San Sebastian College–Recoletos Philippine Christian University
2002–03 San Beda College San Sebastian College–Recoletos San Beda College
2003–04 San Beda College Colegio de San Juan de Letran San Sebastian College–Recoletos
2004–05 San Beda College Philippine Christian University University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
2005–06 San Sebastian College–Recoletos Colegio de San Juan de Letran Colegio de San Juan de Letran
2006–07 San Sebastian College–Recoletos San Beda College De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
2007–08 San Sebastian College–Recoletos San Beda College Jose Rizal University
2008–09 San Sebastian College–Recoletos San Beda College Mapúa Institute of Technology

Fourth expansion (2009–present)[edit]

In 2009, Angeles University Foundation (AUF), Arellano University, Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) participated as guest members for the 2009–10 season;[7] only Arellano and EAC were accepted as members on probation starting on the 2010–11 season.[8] On 2011, Lyceum of the Philippines University was invited as a guest team that would play on the 2011–12 season.[9]

Academic
year
Juniors Seniors Host school
2009–10 San Beda College San Sebastian College–Recoletos San Beda College
2010–11 San Beda College* San Beda College* San Sebastian College–Recoletos
2011–12 San Beda College* San Beda College* University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
2012–13 San Beda College* San Beda College* Colegio de San Juan de Letran
2013–14 San Beda College* San Beda College* De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

List of championships per school[edit]

San Beda has 38 NCAA basketball championships, the most in NCAA history. San Beda is the only founding member left in the league. Now San Beda has the most number of juniors' and seniors' championships with the juniors having 20 titles and the seniors having 18 of its own. They are currently the defending champions in both the juniors' and seniors' tournament.
Mapúa won a league-best 18 juniors' championships until 2012 when San Beda won its 19th juniors title.
Letran has the most number of NCAA seniors' championships with 16 until 2012 when San Beda won its 17th seniors title.
San Sebastian College-Recoletos seniors' team had the longest championship run in the league with five consecutive titles.
The Ateneo de Manila won 14 NCAA Seniors basketball championships before leaving the NCAA in 1978. Up to 2003, the Ateneo had the most number of NCAA seniors' basketball championships.
De La Salle won the first juniors' championship.
School Jrs Srs All Last Srs Last Jrs
San Beda College 20 18 38 2013–14 2013–14
Colegio de San Juan de Letran 11 16 27 2005–06 2001–02
Mapúa Institute of Technology 18 5 23 1991–92 2000–01
Ateneo de Manila University[6] 9[7] 14 23 1976–77 1976–77
San Sebastian College–Recoletos 5 12 17 2009–10 2008–09
Jose Rizal University[3] 7 4 11 1972–73 1977–78
De La Salle University[6] 5 5 10 1974–75 1955–56
University of the Philippines, Manila[6] 3 4 7 1929–30 1927–28
University of Santo Tomas[6] 1 1 2 1930–31 1931–32
Philippine Christian University[6] 0 1 1 2004–05 Never
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde [8] 1 1 2000–01 [8]
Trinity College of Quezon City[6] 1 0 1 Never 1984–85
Arellano University 0 0 0 Never Never
Emilio Aguinaldo College 0 0 0 Never Never
Lyceum of the Philippines University 0 0 0 Never Never
University of Perpetual Help System DALTA 0 0 0 Never Never
La Salle Green Hills 0 [9] 0 [9] Never

Championship streaks[edit]

Ongoing streak
No. Division School Seasons
5 Seniors San Sebastian College–Recoletos 1993–94 to 1997–98
5 Juniors Mapúa Institute of Technology 1968–69 to 1972–73
5 Juniors San Beda College 2009–10 to 2013-14
4 Seniors San Beda College 2010–11 to 2013-14
4 Juniors San Sebastian College–Recoletos 2005–06 to 2008–09
3 Seniors San Beda College 2006–07 to 2008–09
3 Juniors San Beda College 2002–03 to 2004–05
3 Seniors Colegio de San Juan de Letran 1982–83 to 1984–85
3 Seniors San Beda College 1934–35 to 1936–37
3 Seniors Ateneo de Manila 1931–32 to 1933–34
3 Juniors Colegio de San Juan de Letran 1928–29 to 1930–31
3 Juniors University of the Philippines, Manila 1925–26 to 1927–28
3 Seniors University of the Philippines, Manila 1924–25 to 1926–27
2 Seniors San Sebastian College–Recoletos 2001–02 to 2002–03
2 Seniors Colegio de San Juan de Letran 1998–99 to 1999–2000
2 Juniors Mapúa Institute of Technology 1997–98 to 1998–99
2 Juniors San Beda College 1995–96 to 1996–97
2 Juniors Mapúa Institute of Technology 1993–94 to 1994–95
2 Juniors San Beda College 1991–92 to 1992–93
2 Seniors Mapúa Institute of Technology 1990–91 to 1991–92
2 Seniors San Sebastian College–Recoletos 1988–89 to 1989–90
2 Juniors San Beda College 1987–88 to 1988–89
2 Seniors Colegio de San Juan de Letran 1986–87 to 1987–88
2 Juniors San Beda College 1981–82 to 1982–83
2 Seniors San Beda College 1977–78 to 1978–79
2 Seniors Ateneo de Manila University 1975–76 to 1976–77
2 Juniors Ateneo de Manila University 1975–76 to 1976–77
2 Seniors Jose Rizal College 1967–68 to 1968–69
2 Seniors Jose Rizal College 1963–64 to 1964–65
2 Seniors Ateneo de Manila 1957–58 to 1958–59
2 Seniors Ateneo de Manila 1953–54 to 1954–55
2 Seniors San Beda College 1951–52 to 1952–53
2 Juniors Ateneo de Manila 1937–38 to 1938–39
2 Juniors Ateneo de Manila 1933–34 to 1934–35
2 Seniors Ateneo de Manila 1931–32 to 1932–33

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c The Juniors tournament was suspended from 1961 to 1965 by the NCAA Board of Control when it was revealed that several schools fielded ineligible players.[1]
  2. a Suspended by the NCAA due to hooliganism and proliferation of ineligible players[1]
  3. a b c Seniors championships awarded on the 1963–64 and 1964–65 seasons were later ruled as unofficial by the NCAA.[1]
  4. a Tournament aborted by the Basketball Association of the Philippines[5]
  5. a Colegio de San Juan de Letran returned the Juniors trophy after a player was found to be ineligible.[10]
  6. a b c d e f Denotes schools no longer in the league
  7. a Includes one midgets' division championship
  8. a b De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, a college without pre-college education units, does not field a juniors' (high school) team. La Salle Green Hills fields seniors' teams in behalf of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
  9. a b La Salle Green Hills, a K-12 school, does not field a seniors' (collegiate) team. De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde fields seniors' teams in behalf of La Salle Green Hills.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Malonzo, Julian. "NCAA History". NCAA official website. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ Medina, Roy (2008-09-26). "Staglets sweep Squires for NCAA jrs. basketball crown". ABS-CBNNews.com. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ Nazareno, Rocky (2010-09-30). "Sweet 16, sweet sweep for San Beda". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  4. ^ Olivares, Rick (2005-08-04). "1975: Year of the Eagle". Ateneo.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Backtrack: DLSU’s last game in the NCAA". Greenarchers.ph. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  6. ^ "About Trinity College of Quezon City". Trinity College of Quezon City official website. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  7. ^ Atencio, Peter (2009-04-25). "2 schools join Arellano as NCAA’s guest teams". Manila Standard-Today. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  8. ^ "Arellano, EAC become probationary NCAA members". GMANews.TV. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  9. ^ Santiago, Francis (2011-05-18). "Lyceum becomes 10th NCAA team". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  10. ^ "A Knight's Tale". The Lance. June 2005. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
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