UAAP Season 50 men's basketball tournament

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1987 UAAP season
Host school Ateneo de Manila University
Men's Finals 1 2 Wins
Ateneo school colors Ateneo Blue Eagles 94 1+1
UE school colors UE Red Warriors 92 0
Duration October 4, 1987
Arena(s) Rizal Memorial Coliseum
Winning coach Cris Calilan
TV network(s) ABS-CBN
< Season 49 1987 Season 51 >

The 1987 UAAP men's basketball tournament was the 50th year of the men's tournament of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)'s basketball championship. Hosted by Ateneo de Manila University, the Ateneo Blue Eagles defeated the UE Red Warriors in the finals taking their first UAAP men's basketball championship after transferring from the NCAA (Philippines) in 1978.

Elimination round[edit]

Tournament format:

  • Double round robin; the two teams with the best records advance Finals:
    • The #1 seed will only need to win once to clinch the championship.
    • The #2 seed has to win twice to clinch the championship.
Team W L Pts.
Ateneo school colors Ateneo Blue Eagles 13 1 27
UE school colors UE Red Warriors 10 4 24
UP school colors UP Parrots 9 5 23
FEU school colors FEU Tamaraws 8 6 22
La Salle school colors De La Salle Green Archers 6 8 20
Adamson school colors Adamson Falcons 5 9 19
UST school colors UST Glowing Goldies 3 11 17
NU school colors NU Bulldogs 2 12 16

Season host is boldfaced.
UST had to forfeit four wins due to an ineligible player.

  Qualified to the Finals with the twice to beat advantage
  Qualified to the Finals

Fedencio Oblina of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) was found to be ineligible as he failed his NCEE examinations. The board then forfeited all of UST's win where Oblina played, with the Goldies going from a 6–3 record (tied for third) to a 2–7 record, at seventh place ahead of winless National University (NU). The forfeitures benefited Adamson, Ateneo and Far Eastern University (FEU): Ateneo found themselves at the top of the standings with an 8–1 record. A source of the Manila Standard newspaper confirmed that while Oblina failed the NCEE twice, he passed it on 1985.[1]

NU won their first game in six years with an 89–75 win over the University of the Philippines (UP) squad that was shorthanded by injuries. Their win snapped their nine-game losing streak during the season. Meanwhile, the UAAP Board confirmed that Oblina has been meted with a lifetime ban.[2]


Number 1 seed Ateneo only has to win once, while number 2 seed UE has to win twice, to clinch the championship.

October 4
Ateneo Blue Eagles Ateneo school colors 94–92 UE school colors UE Red Warriors
Ateneo wins series after one game

With Ateneo center Danny Francisco sitting out the game due to a lung ailment, University of the East (UE) started the game strong, taking a 51–38 lead at halftime. After the Warriors extended their lead to twenty points at 83–63, Ateneo came alive and had a 22–2 run sparked by a three-point shot by Joseph Kenneth Nieto to tie the game at 85–all. Nieto and Gilbert Reyes scored for Ateneo to give them the 92–86 lead. UE tied the score anew at 92–all after free-throws from Bernie Villarias, Conrado Barilo and Modesto Hojilla, but on the succeeding possession, a driving Emilio Chuatico was blocked by Hojilla who was called for an intentional foul. After Chuatico split his free-throws and Ateneo retaining possession, the Blue Eagles dribbled the time until a driving Eric Reyes was fouled by Jerry Codiñera with three seconds left. Reyes ended the game by splitting his free-throws, and giving Ateneo their first UAAP championship.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atencio, Peter (1987-09-08). "UST forfeits 4 games due to 'bad egg'". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Nats reach out from depths to drown UP". Manila Standard. 1987-09-10. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ Atencio, Peter (1987-10-05). "UAAP title plateau for Ateneo; UST belles win". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
Preceded by
Season 49 (1986)
UAAP basketball seasons
Season 50 (1987) basketball
Succeeded by
Season 51 (1988)