UAAP Basketball Championship
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The University Athletic Association of the Philippines holds its basketball tournaments from July to October. Basketball is a mandatory sport in the UAAP. All eight universities participate in the Men's, Women's, and Juniors (Boys') tournaments.
The tournament is divided into two divisions, the Seniors' division, which is further subdivided into the Men's tournament, for male collegiate players, and the Women's tournament for female collegiate players. The other division is the Juniors' which is also subdivided into two tournaments for the male and female high school athletes.
The UAAP basketball sport has a rich history of schools establishing dynasties. UE won a record seven consecutive basketball titles from 1965-1971 albeit the third one was a shared championship with UST. Ateneo had a 5 year winning streak from 2008 to 2012. Two other schools ended their championship streak at four. UST won it from 1993-1996 and La Salle from 1998-2001.
Championship in basketball is the most coveted title that schools aspire for during a UAAP season, but such aspirations have resulted in many controversies in the league. There are protests filed by the member-schools against each other almost every season. Ironically, the league has a handbook of its rules and regulations.
- 1 Tournament format
- 2 UAAP basketball champions
- 3 Number of championships by school
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Championship streaks
- 6 Final Four records
- 7 Most Valuable Players
- 8 Rookie of the Year
- 9 Facts and trivia
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Pre-first expansion format
Before the UAAP's first expansion, teams would play a single round robin where the team with the best record would be crowned champions. If two or more teams are tied, they would be declared co-champions. No quotient system or knockout games were used to break ties.
First expansion format
Teams play a double round robin. The winner of the first round play the winner of the second round in a 1-game championship to determine the champion. Ties for round winners are broken by knockout games.
If a team wins both rounds, it is automatically declared the champion, regardless if it was a sweep or not. If a team fails to win either rounds, but ends up with a better over-all record than either of the round winners, that team will challenge the second round winner for a championship slot against the first round winner.
Second and third expansion format
Teams play a double round robin. The top two teams (over-all record) after the double round robin play in the Finals with the #1 seed holding a twice-to-beat advantage. If a team sweeps the double round robin, they are automatically declared champions.
Final four format
The tournament currently uses the Final Four format, first implemented in 1993. The Tournament begins with a double round robin elimination, where a team plays the other teams twice to determine which teams will qualify to the semi-finals (also called Final Four). The top four finishers enter the Final Four phase.
Previously, if a team sweeps the double round robin, they are automatically declared champions. However, after UST's sweep in 1993, it was modified so that the sweeping team would automatically qualify to the best-of-three Finals. After UE swept their way to the Finals in 2007, it was again modified so that the sweeping team would now automatically qualify to a best-of-five Finals, holding a 1-0 game advantage.
Regular final four
If no team sweeps the double round eliminations, the four top teams (and tiebreakers, if applicable) qualify for the regular postseason.
The regular post-season is divided into the semi-finals (also called Final Four) and the Finals. In the semi-Finals, the two top seeds (#1 & #2) have a twice-to-beat advantage against the lower seeds (#3 & #4).
The surviving teams face off in a best-of-three Finals, where the team which notches two wins first wins the championship.
Step ladder final four
If a team wins all of the games in the elimination round, the step ladder format is used, where the unbeaten team has a bye up to the best-of-5 finals holding a 1-0 game advantage. The third and fourth seed will figure in a knockout game; the winner of that game will face the second seed with a twice-to-win disadvantage. The surviving team meets the first seed at the Finals.
UAAP basketball champions
Won the triple crown
Won the men's double (men's and juniors' championships)
Won the seniors' double (men's and women's championships)
The foundation of the UAAP by FEU, NU, UP and UST on 1938.
|1938–39||Far Eastern University|
|1939–40|| Far Eastern University
University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas
|1940–41||University of Santo Tomas|
|1941–42 to 1945–46||Not held due to World War II.|
|1946–47||University of Santo Tomas||University of Santo Tomas|
|1947–48|| Far Eastern University
University of Santo Tomas
|Far Eastern University|
|1948–49||University of Santo Tomas||National University|
|1949–50||University of Santo Tomas||University of the Philippines|
|1950–51||Far Eastern University||Far Eastern University||University of Santo Tomas|
|1951–52||Far Eastern University||University of Santo Tomas||Far Eastern University|
Adamson University, Manila Central University, University of Manila and University of the East admitted in 1952 on a two-year probationary membership status. Only UE retained as permanent member. Adamson readmitted into the league in 1970.
Ateneo accepted as a member in 1978.
La Salle accepted as a member in 1986.
Final Four era
Introduction of the Final Four format
- a.^ During the 1-game championship, the game was declared as a no contest prior to the third quarter as both coaches refused to issue to the officials their respective starting lineups for the third quarter. The UAAP Board later ruled the championship series as a tie and declared UE and UST as co-champions.
- b.^ UE's Juniors Division Championship win was overturned after it was discovered that the team had over-aged players.
- c.^ Top seeded teams Adamson and UE's wins were forfeited after it was discovered that the teams had over-aged players.
- d.^ De La Salle, holding a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals, defeated FEU. DLSU had a player with 5 fouls within the game for a very brief period. The table officials had mistakenly allowed the player to stay in the court for less than 10 seconds. FEU protested the game within the prescribed period and a replay was ordered by the UAAP Board. FEU was given the title after De La Salle failed to appear on the replay date. The controversy was elevated to the FIBA and BAP which sided with La Salle even though the proper venue was the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
- e.^ De La Salle admitted to have unknowingly fielded two ineligible players for the previous 3 years, from 2003-2005. However, the admission was made months after learning about the ineligibility. The UAAP Board forfeited their 2004-05 championship title and had to return their trophy. As a result, FEU was awarded the men's basketball championship for the 2004-2005 season. De La Salle team standings from 2003-2005 were revoked and De La Salle was suspended in the 2006-07 season from all UAAP events.
Number of championships by school
|University of Santo Tomas||11a||11||18||40||2006-07|
|Far Eastern University||4||11||19||34||2005-06|
|Ateneo de Manila University||17||2||8||27||2012-13|
|University of the East||2||0||18||20||1985-86|
|De La Salle University||2||5||8||15||2013-14|
|University of the Philippines||1||7||2b||10||1986-87|
|University of Manilac||0||0||0||0||none|
|Manila Central Universityc||0||0||0||0||none|
- a.^ Prior to 1980, the UST "Nuggets" had 6 UAAP Juniors titles.
- b.^ Includes one championship as University of the Philippines, Manila.
- c.^ The team was not accepted as a regular member after its two-year probationary membership in the UAAP expired.
- UE Pages swept the 1st and 2nd round and won the championship,(1972-1973).
- FEU's totals includes disputed 1991 championship where De La Salle did not attend the replayed Game 1, and the disputed 2004 championship, where De La Salle forfeited the championship due to unknown fielding of ineligible players.
- Longest finals appearances
|Juniors'||Ateneo de Manila University||Season 57 (1994)||Season 67 (2004)|
|Women's||University of Santo Tomas||Season 39 (1976)||Season 58 (1995)|
|Men's||University of the East||Season 20 (1957)||Season 35 (1972)|
- Longest finals match-ups between two teams
|Juniors'||Ateneo de Manila University,
University of Santo Tomas
|Season 57 (1994)||Season 64 (2001)|
|Women's||University of Santo Tomas,
University of the Philippines
|Season 39 (1976)||Season 48 (1985)|
|Men's||University of the East,
University of Santo Tomas
|Season 27 (1964)||Season 34 (1971)|
- Longest championship streaks
|Men's||University of the East||7||Season 28 (1965)||Season 34 (1971)|
- Longest unshared championship streaks
|Juniors'||Adamson University||6||Season 51 (1988)||Season 56 (1993)|
|Women's||Far Eastern University||4||Season 13 (1950)||Season 16 (1953)|
|University of the Philippines||Season 43 (1980)||Season 46 (1983)|
|University of Santo Tomas||Season 50 (1987)||Season 53 (1991)|
|De La Salle University||Season 62 (1999)||Season 65 (2003)|
|Men's||Ateneo de Manila University||5||Season 71 (2008)||Season 75 (2012)|
- Longest championship droughts
|Adamson University||22 years, since 1993||5 years, since 2010||38 years, since 1977|
|Ateneo de Manila University||4 years, since 2011||7 years, since 2008||3 years, since 2012|
|De La Salle University||8 years, since 2007||2 year, since 2013||2 year, since 2013|
|Far Eastern University||3 year, since 2012||3 year, since 2012||10 years, since 2005|
|National University||2 years, since 2013||1 years, since 2014||1 years, since 2014|
|University of the East||34 years, since 1981||63 years, since 1952||30 years, since 1985|
|University of the Philippines||13 years, since 2002||32 years, since 1983||29 years, since 1986|
|University of Santo Tomas||14 years, since 2001||9 years, since 2006||9 years, since 2006|
- Elimination sweeps
|Ateneo de Manila University||Season 47 (1984),
Season 49 (1986),
Season 60 (1997),
Season 62 (1999),
Season 69 (2006),
Season 73 (2010)
|National University||Season 76 (2013)|
|Women's||National University||Season 77 (2014)|
|Far Eastern University||Season 75 (2012)|
|Men's||Far Eastern University||Season 44 (1981)|
|University of the East||Season 49 (1986),
Season 70 (2007)
|University of Santo Tomas||Season 56 (1993)|
|7||Seniors||University of the Easta||1965–66 to 1971–72|
|5||Seniors||Ateneo de Manila University||2008–09 to 2012–13|
|4||Seniors||De La Salle University||1998–99 to 2001–02|
|4||Seniors||University of Santo Tomas||1993–94 to 1996–97|
|4||Seniors||University of Santo Tomas||1946–47 to 1949–50|
|3||Seniors||Far Eastern Universityb||2003–04 to 2005–06|
|3||Seniors||Far Eastern University||1978–79 to 1980–81|
|3||Seniors||University of Santo Tomas||1951–52 to 1953–54|
|2||Seniors||Far Eastern Universityc||1991–92 to 1992–93|
|2||Seniors||De La Salle University||1989–90 to 1990–91|
|2||Seniors||Ateneo de Manila University||1987–88 to 1988–89|
|2||Seniors||University of the East||1984–85 to 1985–86|
|2||Seniors||University of the East||1974–75 to 1975–76|
|2||Seniors||Far Eastern University||1972–73 to 1973–74|
|2||Seniors||University of the East||1957–58 to 1958–59|
|2||Seniors||University of Santo Tomas||1939–40 to 1940–41|
|6||Juniors||Adamson University||1988–89 to 1993–94|
|4||Juniors||Ateneo de Manila University||1983–84 to 1986–87|
|3||Juniors||Ateneo de Manila University||2008–09 to 2010–11|
|3||Juniors||Ateneo de Manila University||1978–79 to 1980–81|
|2||Juniors||Ateneo de Manila University||2003–04 to 2004–05|
|2||Juniors||Ateneo de Manila University||1999–00 to 2000–01|
|4||Women's||De La Salle University||1999–00 to 2002–03|
|4||Women's||University of Santo Tomas||1987–88 to 1990–91|
|4||Women's||University of the Philippines||1980–81 to 1983–84|
|4||Women's||Far Eastern University||1950–51 to 1953–54|
|3||Women's||Far Eastern University||1996–97 to 1998–99|
|3||Women's||University of the Philippines||1976–77 to 1978–79|
|2||Women's||Far Eastern University||2011–12 to 2012–13|
|2||Women's||Adamson University||2009–10 to 2010–11|
|2||Women's||Adamson University||2003–04 to 2004–05|
|2||Women's||University of Santo Tomas||1994–95 to 1995–96|
- a.^ UE Red Warriors own the longest championship run in Seniors Basketball, with seven straight championships (including a shared title), from 1965 to 1971.
- b.^ Includes the 2004 championship, where De La Salle forfeited the championship due to the fielding of ineligible players.
- c.^ Includes the disputed 1991 championship where De La Salle did not show-up in the replay of Game 1.
Final Four records
- For men's statistics, see UAAP Final Four.
|De La Salle||15||2013||6||1st||15-18 (.455)|
|De La Salle Zobel||12||2013||3||1st||6-11 (.353)|
* Does not include 4 seasons (1997–98, 1999–2000, 2006–07 and 2010–11) where Ateneo swept the elimination round and automatically advanced to the Finals.
Most Valuable Players
|1985||Allan Caidic||Jun Reyes|
|1988||Jun Reyes||Rolly Peñaranda|
|1989||Jun Limpot||Jun Longalong|
|1990||Jun Limpot||Rodel Bumanlag|
|1991||Johnny Abarrientos||Rodel Bumanlag|
|1992||Jun Limpot||Mark Mariano|
|1993||Dennis Espino||Adrodan Santos|
|1994||Dennis Espino||Gerard Francisco|
|1995||Chris Cantonjos||Ryan Pamintuan|
|1996||Mark Telan||Emerson Oreta|
|1997||Mark Telan||Enrico Villanueva|
|1998||Don Allado||Alwyn Espiritu|
|1999||Don Allado||Che Lubiano||Larry Fonacier|
|2000||Rich Alvarez||Minerva Narciza||June Cortez|
|2001||Rich Alvarez||Roussel Ocampo||June Cortez|
|2002||Enrico Villanueva||Minerva Narciza||Marcy Arellano|
|2003||James Yap||Dorothy Torres||Ken Barracoso|
|2004||Arwind Santos||Merenciana Arayi||Julius Porlaje|
|2005||Arwind Santos||Kristine Prado||Francis Maniego|
|2006||Ken Bono||Cassy Tioseco||Bacon Austria|
|2007||Jervy Cruz||Cassy Tioseco||Samuel Marata|
|2008||Rabeh Al-Hussaini||Marichu Bacaro||Mark Juruena|
|2009||Dylan Ababou||Analyn Almazan||Terrence Romeo|
|2010||RR Garcia||Analyn Almazan||Kevin Ferrer|
|2011||Bobby Ray Parks Jr.||Raiza Palmera||Jerie Pingoy|
|2012||Bobby Ray Parks Jr.||Allana May Lim||Jerie Pingoy|
|2013||Terrence Romeo||Camille Sambile||Ferdinand Ravena III|
|2014||Kiefer Ravena||Afril Bernardino|
|2001||Ren-Ren Ritualo||Regina Velarde|
|2002|| Larry Fonacier
|Regina Velarde||Marvin Cruz|
|2003||Arwind Santos||Mark Intal|
|2004||Mark Cardona||Jai Reyes|
|2005||Arwind Santos||Cassy Tioseco||Simon Atkins|
|2006||Jojo Duncil||Charmaine Canuel||Mike Gamboa|
|2007|| JV Casio
|Katrina "Kat" Quimpo||Joshua Webb|
|2008||Nonoy Baclao||Bernadette Mercado||Jayvee Dumrique|
|2009||Rabeh Al-Hussaini||Amby Almazan||Kiefer Ravena|
|2010||Ryan Buenafe||Amby Almazan||Kiefer Ravena|
|2011||Nico Salva||Allana May Lim||Ralph Atangan|
|2012||Nico Salva||Marilourd "Soc" Borja||Roger Domingo|
|2013||Jeron Teng||Trisha Piatos||Hubert Cani|
|2014||Alfred Aroga||Gemma Miranda|
Rookie of the Year
Prior to 2005, all players playing in their first year (including transferees and those elevated from "team B") are eligible for the award. In 2005, the rule covering the seniors division was changed. Only fresh high school graduates are eligible.
|1999||Leo Avenido||Camille Dowling|
|2000||Mike Cortez||Erika Catlin Dy|
|2001||Mark Cardona||Kristine Chua||Christian Manlapaz|
|2002||Arwind Santos||Carolyn Tan-Chi||Japs Cuan|
|2003||JV Casio||Cassy Tioseco||Leo Canuday|
|2004||Marcy Arellano||Angelica Barracoso||David Urra|
|2005||Jai Reyes||Sihaya Sadorra||Raffy Mangahas|
|2006||Woody Co||Katherine Sandel||Jeff Olalia|
|2007||JR Cawaling||Cindy Resultay||David Kurt de Guzman|
|2008||Ryan Buenafe||Angelica Ortega||Luis Alfonso dela Paz|
|2009||Jeric Teng||Miller Joy Ong||Kevin Ferrer|
|2010||Terrence Romeo||Aracelie Abaca||Roque Estoce|
|2011||Kiefer Ravena||Gemma Miranda||Tomas Ramos|
|2012||Jeron Teng||Princess Cochico||Reggie Morido|
|2013||Kyles Jefferson Lao||Love Joy Sto. Domingo||Aaron Reyes|
|2014||Arvin Tolentino||Ria Joy Nabalan|
Facts and trivia
- Last championship
- Last finals appearance:
- Championship streaks:
- The UE Red Warriors owns the longest championship run in UAAP Seniors Basketball, with seven straight championships (including a shared title), from 1965 to 1971.
- The University of Santo Tomas won the Juniors', Women's and Men's championship in the 1994-95 season, the only instance where the three championships were won by a school in one school year.
- De La Salle University won both the Men's and Women's basketball championships in the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2013 seasons, making them the first school to win three consecutive double championships in the seniors' division tournament.
- The Ateneo de Manila University won the Juniors' and Men's championships in 2008 and 2009, making them the first school to score a back-to-back double championships in men's and juniors divisions. The following year 2010, Ateneo won the titles in both divisions again, making them the first school to win a three-peat double championship.