Highlights of the 18th season of the ABL.
League pioneers Teams Cacho and Magpale participated in their 18th ABL season without a miss. Team Cacho also won their 3rd ABL championship this year.
League pioneer, Team Gaston played in their 17th ABL season. Teams Gamboa and York who debuted in the ABL’s 2nd season in 2002 played in their 17th consecutive ABL season.
FIRST TO A DOZEN
Team Gamboa became the first team to play in 12 ABL championship matches.
THIS YEAR’S BEST CINDERELLA STORY
Making a case to be the best Cinderella story in ABL history, Team Selorio won the 2018 Fr. Fermin Division championship by becoming the first grade school teams to win a title after ending the classification round with a winless 0-3 record.
OTHER CINDERELLA STORIES
AHS 2010 finished the first phase of the AHS 2009-2011 division as the lowest seed among the 5 teams. Entering the knockout phase, the team started as the 4th seed. It would then go on to win 3 knockout matches, including two on a back-to-back weekend to win the championship.
Team Silvoza avoided elimination in the AHS 2008-2011 by winning its final game of the elimination round and finishing as the 4th seed with a 3-4 record. It would then upend the 1st and 3rd seed of the division in the semis and the finals and be the only team this year to win a championship match despite finishing with a losing record in a division with an elimination round.
FANTASTIC FINALS I
Teams Limchutick and Chan of the Roco Division battled in this season’s only alumni division championship match to go to overtime.
FANTASTIC FINALS II - BEST AHS FINALS EVER?
AHS 9 Lalemant 18 and AHS 9 BLM of the Fr. Candelaria Division battled in the first AHS division championship match to go into overtime.
FANTASTIC FINALS III
Team Villanueva clinched the Francisco Division champion as Billy Del Rosario nailed a three point shot with the shot clock expiring in the dying seconds of the title match.
AHS 4B 10 and AHS 4L 08 battled in a double overtime match in one of the semis matches for the AHS 2008-2011 division.
CLASSIC BACK-TO-BACK SEMIS
Team Evangelista clinched a spot in the finals for the Ateneo Parents C Division by winning two back-to-back matches by 1 point each.
THIS SEASON’S BEST DIVISIONS
Heading into the final day of the elimination round, the Martinez Division had only one team qualify for the semis outright with a 5-1 record. The 2nd ranked team which had a 4-2 record was followed by 5 teams with identical 3-3 records.
The AHS 2009-2011 division ended the classification round with the top seed having a 3-1 record, seeds 2-4 with a 2-2 record and the 5th seed with a 1-3 record. The 5th seed would eventually go on to win the championship.
SECOND TO DOUBLE FIGURES
Carlo Poblete became the second ABL player to win 10 Best Defensive Player awards, joining Mon Tioseco (12), as the only players with at least 10 awards.
Chiqui Reyes became the first ABL player to make 600 swipes in a career.
WELCOME TO THE 1000-1000-1000 CLUB
Vincent Cruz and Mark Gamboa became the 4th and 5th players to register at least 1,000 points, rebounds, and assists in an ABL career. They join Chiqui Reyes, JP Cabero, and Charles Tiu as the first five members of the ABL’s triple 1,000 club.
The official tally for the 2018 season was 164 teams in 34 divisions.
The alumni sector still accounts for the most teams and divisions with 100 and 18 respectively. This year, batches AHS 1980s, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2007-2008, 2008-2011, 2009-2011 formed divisions made up primarily of their batchmates from grade school, high school, and college.
The student sectors drew the following number of teams and divisions- grade school- 14 and 4, high school 15 and 4, LS- 9and 2, and Law School- 5 teams. The parents of students and alumni had 16 teams in 4 divisions while the employees had 5 teams in the AHS Principal’s Cup.
We would like to thank all the following for their contributions to the 2016 season of the ABL.
ALL THE ABL TEAM REPRESENTATIVES-Without your tireless efforts of organizing your teams, none of this would be possible.
- Gatorade c/o Mr. Ton Gatmaitan
- Molten GG 7X Basketball, the official basketball of ABL 2016 c/o Mr. Anil Buxani and Ms. Luz Ricardo of Sonak.
- Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs c/o Mr. Jogee Cruz
- Total Excellium c/o Mr. Chito Medina
- Villa Socorro Farm Banana Chips c/o Mr. Raymund Aaron
MEMBERS OF THE ATENEO COMMUNITY
- Ms. Erika Dy, University Athletics Office
- Mr. Em Fernandez, University Athletics Office
- Mr. Jonny Salvador, Headmaster Ateneo de Manila Grade School
- Ms. Carmela C. Oracion, Principal, Ateneo de Manila High School
- Mr. Enzo Flojo, Ateneo de Manila High School
- Atty. Sedrey Candelaria, Dean of the Ateneo Law School
- Ms. Geia Barrido, Ateneo Law School
- Ms. Monique Masambique, UAO
- Ms. Marilyn Franco, UAO
- Mr. Rick Du, UAO
- Mr. Rodel Cubos, UAO
- The staff and crew of the Blue Eagle Gym
- Ms. Millette Bonoan, Manager of the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center
- Ms. Zheillah Villuga of the MLSC
- Central Accounting Office
- The staff and medics of the MLSC
- All the ABL’s contracted service providers
Once again, we would like to thank everyone who made the 2018 season of the Ateneo Basketball League a success on and off the court. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.
Mr. Chiqui Paterno