LAST Saturday, tropical depression ‘Ferdie’ washed out UAAP’s scheduled doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena in only the league’s third playdate of the season. The postponement isn’t a rare occurrence in the league, which on one occasion was forced to call off a game in the middle of the championship series due to bad weather. Here are three unforgettable postponements in recent years due to weather disturbances.
Game Two of the UAAP championship series between University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo in 2006 was postponed after Metro Manila was struck by typhoon ‘Milenyo.’ The Blue Eagles were coming off an unbelievable victory after Doug Kramer scored off a Macky Escalona inbound in just one second to beat the Tigers, 73-72.
The postponement may have broken the Blue Eagles’ momentum. Some parts of Metro Manila were still without electricity when the Growling Tigers captured Game Two with an 87-71 victory. UST finally captured its first crown in eight years by defeating Ateneo in Game Three, 76-74, in overtime despite being the third seed coming into the Final Four.
UAAP officials had initially announced that Game Two of the 2011 UAAP finals between Ateneo and Far Eastern University was green-and-go despite the arrival of ‘Pedring’ early in the day. In fact, the women’s and juniors championship games were already being played at the Araneta Coliseum despite the strong winds and rains.
The weather, however, didn't improve, forcing host Ateneo to call off Game Two of the Blue Eagles-Tamaraws match-up. The Blue Eagles were holding a 1-0 lead in the series and the Game Two postponement merely delayed the coronation. When they returned to the court, Ateneo dominated FEU and captured the crown via an 82-69 victory for its fourth consecutive crown.
Who could ever forget Typhoon Ondoy? The start of the best-of-three championship series between Ateneo and University of the East in 2009 was called off a day before Game One owing to the worst floods the metropolis had experienced in decades.
Just like thousands of Filipinos, a few Ateneo players including Jai Reyes were also affected by the typhoon as they got trapped in their houses due to flooding.
When the finals series finally got underway, the Blue Eagles came out focused for the series despite the calamity. Ateneo beat UE, 78-71, in Game One with Reyes even leading the Blue Eagles with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Even though the Blue Eagles lost Game Two, they came out strong in the series decider, winning 71-58 for their second consecutive crown.