MANILA, Philippines – San Beda College regained the overall championship in the NCAA seniors division after edging back-to-back titlists De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) in a close race in the league's 91st season.
San Beda also extended its dominance in the juniors division for a third consecutive year.
The Lions amassed 632.5 points, edging the Blazers by only five points to clinch the overall crown for the fourth time in the last six years.
San Beda raked in most of its points by topping men's and women's tennis, men's taekwondo, women's table tennis, lawn tennis, and soft tennis. It also finished second in basketball, women's taekwondo, men's table tennis, football, and women's beach volleyball.
"San Beda is proud of what our athletes have done," said Jose Mari Lacson, San Beda's representative to the NCAA Management Committee.
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CSB, for its part, won in women's taekwondo, badminton, men's table tennis, and women's volleyball, while winding up in second place in men's and women's swimming, women's table tennis, and lawn tennis.
Arellano University, meanwhile, came in third place for the second straight year after garnering 497.3 points, thanks to its triumphs in football, chess, and track and field.
Rounding up the top 10 were Lyceum of the Philippines University (376), University of Perpetual Help (365), Colegio de San Juan de Letran (347.8), Mapua Institute of Technology (338.3), Emilio Aguinaldo College (332.5), San Sebastian College (320.5) and Jose Rizal University (163.8).
The Cubs, for their part, captured their third straight high school general championship by collecting 405 points, besting La Salle Greenhills (355) and Lyceum (307.5).
San Beda tied La Salle Greenhills for the most number of juniors overall titles with 12. Mapua continues to lead the way with 21 overall championships in the high school division.
San Beda's victories came in basketball, chess, table tennis, and lawn tennis while finishing second place in swimming, badminton, and football.
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