UM, STI dispute NAASCU crown

TAKE  your pick:  five-time  champion  University of  Manila or perennial  title  contender STI Colleges?

The  Hawks and  the  Olympians,  who topped the  elimination and  semifinal  rounds, will square  off    today  in  Game 1  of  the    best-of-three  title  showdown in the  10th  NAASCU men’s  basketball tournament at  the  Makati Coliseum..

Game time is 12 noon with  the Hawks  slightly  favored  to beat the Olympians  and move closer to an unprecedented sixth title in 10 years

The  Hawks  crushed  Centro Escolar  University, 89-61, while the  Olympians demolished  Informatics  International  College, 82-48,  in a pair of  lopsided  semifinal matches to  arrange  the   keenly-awaited  title duel.

This will be the third time that UM and STI will meet in the championship.

In 2005, the Hawks defeated the Olympians to capture  their fifth straight  NAASCU title – and the last under coach Ato Tolentino.

The  Olympians exacted revenge in 2007, beating the Hawks for their first-ever NAASCU crown  under Ycasiano.

STI also finished runner-up  to AMA Computer University in 2006 and San Sebastian College-Cavit in 2008.  Radito Torres


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