WINNING fewer titles can still result in a championship.
College of St. Benilde proved that as it emerged the NCAA general champion at the end of Season 89 on Thursday to unseat San Beda.
Despite having lesser championships in events this year than three-time defending champion Red Lions, the Blazers banked on a late flourish in the second semester and their consistency to place in the top-half of the standings in most sports.
With only three titles (men’s beach volleyball, men’s badminton, and women’s soft tennis), the Blazers still ended up with 550.5 points to emerge on top of the 10-team field and dethrone the Lions, who captured eight titles to finish a close second with 544 points.
It is the fourth overall crown for St. Benilde, which ended a string a bridesmaid finishes after last winning the coveted award in 2009. The Taft-based school also grabbed the title in 2006 and 2008.
The difference in the close race was the men’s beach volleyball tournament just last month, when St. Benilde and San Beda finished in opposite poles, with the Blazers on top.
The Lions’ dismal showing in men’s badminton also did them in.
San Sebastian, with two titles in women’s beach volleyball and chess, finished a distant third with 428 points, while Arellano tallied 413.5 points to follow the Stags. Letran rounded out the top five with 371 points.
Emilio Aguinaldo College registered 367 points, University of Perpetual Help, had 340, Lyceum 279, Mapua 170, while Jose Rizal University wound up last with 132 markers.
San Beda, though, grabbed the general championship in the juniors division as it logged in 311 point—riding the crest of victories in basketball and football—to dethrone San Sebastian.