See You CEU

Mendiola, Manila
June 8, 2014
See You CEU

If I was asked two or three years ago if Centro Escolar University has a chance against collegiate powerhouse San Beda if the two play each other in a basketball game, I would have laughed the sarcastic smile on you and scream at you these words: “Are you freaking kidding me?”
Fast forward to the future and you ask me again the same question and I will tell you with all honesty that YES the Scorpions have a chance against their mighty cross street rival from Mendiola.

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Indeed, CEU has gone a long way, winning the NAASCU championship and making their way to this year’s edition of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup where only the best of the best qualify. It was the first time the Scorpions made it here. And boy, did they make the experience memorable as they swept their way to the quarterfinals in six games and beat NCAA school Lyceum in the round-of-eight to book a spot in the semis.
There, CEU faced off with San Beda. You probably know what happened by now. The Scorpions stared eye to eye with the Lions, a basketball dynasty in the NCAA, a royalty if you ask me. These brave, gallant souls by coach Egay Macaraya came a shot from shocking the NCAA demi-gods. They eventually lost by a point but won the hearts of many including Sportsmaryosep.

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In essence, CEU is a team that the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup stands for. Really, this is the reason why the league is around, to give all schools, big or small, to compete against the cream of the crop of collegiate basketball on this massive stage. It will not be surprising if a small school from Tawi Tawi or perhaps from Yolanda-ravaged Leyte and maybe far North in Ilocos. That will be the day.
For now, let’s enjoy these CEU Scorpions, who should cast a long a shadow on these Lions whenever they enter the San Beda campus just across the street. There they will remember how close they came to be beaten by their neighbors.
Follow Sportsmaryosep on Twitter: @JoeySVillar

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(Photos courtesy of Filoil Flying V)

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