PoAs the 92nd season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) came to a close last Thursday, March 9, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Blazers ended with a podium finish of second place with 647 points overall, following general champs San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions with 683 points.
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The Red Lions dominated the country’s oldest collegiate league after notching the general championship for the second straight year while Benilde placed second for the second straight year as well.
The Blazers were back-to-back champions in Seasons 89 and 90 before San Beda snatched the op award in Season 91 and this season.
“I commend the athletes for giving their all this season and congratulate the teams that brought home championships for the school.” mentioned Stephen Fernandez, Head of Benilde’s Center of Sports Development (CSD) in an interview with The Benildean.
It was a memorable season for the Taft squad as they garnered a number of championships in this year’s tournament such as Women’s Taekwondo, Men’s Table Tennis, Women’s Lawn Tennis, and the historic first ever Men’s Volleyball title.
“I do look forward to regaining the General Championship for Benilde. We can do it again. This year may not be our year but next year is another chance to work on it,” added Fernandez.
Benilde and San Beda are now tied with a total of five NCAA overall championships. The former however, only entered the tournament in 1998 compared to San Beda’s 1960 start.
The 93rd season of the NCAA will likely begin on June with San Sebastián as host of the tournament.