MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Blue Eagles, reigning University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball champions, are currently mapping out plans for the defense of their title next season.
Coach Norman Black said one of the team’s plans is to boost their stock of players to replace their mainstays who have graduated this school year.
“Talking about it in general, we have different groups coming in,” said Black.
Some of the players, he said, will be coming from the reserve team.
“There are players coming up from Team B. They have the chance to make it into the team. There will be 3 or 4 recruits coming in from other schools [outside Ateneo],” said Black, who steered the Blue Eagles to back-to-back championships.
Black, however, declined to name the players who will serve as replacements for UAAP graduates like Jai Reyes, Nonoy Baclao and big man Rabeh Al-Hussaini.
“It’s really difficult for me to talk about it right now because some of them are attending high school and other schools outside Ateneo,” he said.
Ateneo receives PCCL trophy
Ateneo recently received its trophy for winning the 2009 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL).
Black and Baclao attended the awarding ceremonies at ABS-CBN's ELJ building last Friday. They were handed the Manny V. Pangilinan Perpetual Trophy for winning the championship against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws.
Apart from the trophy, Ateneo also received P500,000.00 worth of athletic items and scholarship grants, plus P400,000.00 worth of athletic items and gift certificates from Smart and ABS-CBN Sports.
FEU, meanwhile, received P200,000.00 worth of athletic items and scholarship grants for their athletic program, while team members got another P200,000.00 worth of athletic items and gift certificates.
Third placer San Beda Lions also received a total amount of P100,000 worth of prizes, while 4th placer San Sebastian got P50,000.
The PCCL also handed awards to other teams and personalities for their achievements and contributions in the 2009 season:
Collegiate Player of the Year award
Stability and Consistency award
University of Visayas Green Lancers and Far Eastern University
True Heart of a Champion award
De la Salle Green Archers
Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights
Commitment to an Idea award
UAAP President Anton Montinola
Driving Forces to a National Goal award
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. and Smart Communications