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    Despite controversies, Rendon declares first half of UAAP season a success

    Oct 20, 2013
    There were a lot of controversies in the first half of the season, but Fr. Max Rendon insists that has not stopped the UAAP from achieving its goals. Jerome Ascano

    FR. Maximino Rendon of host Adamson declared the first-semester of competitions in the UAAP a success despite several problems such as player suspensions and game forfeitures, plus battles that dragged the league out of the playing arenas and into the legal courts.

    “Season 76 was very successful despite the problems we encountered along the way,” said Rendon. “This we credit to the enormous support of students, alumni and fans to their respective schools.”

    Suspensions marked Season 76, especially in the men’s basketball competitions, with University of the East bearing the brunt.

    Far Eastern University’s games in women’s basketball were also forfeited after it was learned that one of the key Lady Tamaraws played in a club tournament while the season was ongoing, thus foiling the team’s bid to repeat as champions via a sweep. The La Salle Lady Archers went on to win the title.

    Basketball and swimming were was not spared of controversies after the league decided to impose a two-year residency rule on high school graduates who transfer from one UAAP school to another.

    But all’s well that ends well, according to Rendon, who pointed to the record attendance in both the Cheerdance Competition won for the first time by a resurgent National University, and the men’s basketball finals where De La Salle topped UST.

    The Cheerdance Competition recorded an unprecedented attendance of 20,830 fans last September 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena, figures that exceeded the 20,686 last season.

    In men’s basketball, Game One and Game Two of the Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum were witnessed by 20,525 and 23,037 live audience, respectively.  

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    Game Three drew a record 23,696 spectators at the MOA Arena. The demands for tickets were such that scalpers got their share of the publicity.

    “Despite all intrigues and controversies, the UAAP board [of trustees] was able to provide effective solutions to manage it well, and we think that's what “Greatness Never Ends” means,” said Rendon.

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    There were a lot of controversies in the first half of the season, but Fr. Max Rendon insists that has not stopped the UAAP from achieving its goals. Jerome Ascano
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