QUEZON CITY – Pasig Catholic College captured the Eighth Universities, Colleges and Schools Athletic Association (UCSAA) Seniors Basketball crown via a dominating 92-52 win over Saint Dominic Savio College last Monday at the PhilAM Homes Clubhouse. The Crusaders thus swept the best of three series over the heavily favored top seed Unicorns, 2-0.
It was a fitting follow up to their equally impressive victory in Game One, 69-35, last December 7 at the same venue. The Crusaders employed an air-tight defense from the opening tip that constantly frustrated the Unicorns and led to easy baskets.
The Crusaders’ achievement was spoiled by a near-riot moments after the final buzzer between supporters of both teams. Timely intervention by village security and UCSAA officials prevented the situation from further escalating.
Because of the situation, the Crusaders had to be whisked out of the court and were unable to celebrate and be recognized. This is the first ever title of the school, one of the founding members of the league in 2011.
In light of the events, Pasig Catholic decided to forfeit Game Two of the Juniors Division Finals that was to be played on December 12. Therefore, First City Providential College was declared as back to back champions after the Royal Eagles took Game One, 80-78.