Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Ateneo Dream Team Lineup

I was really into the UAAP Seniors Games during the 99-00 Season. If I'm not mistaken, it was the last season to be shown on PTV4. Yes. There was a PTV4. It's now called NBN.

So anyway, my first ever Seniors Game was at the Cuneta Astrodome. July 31, 1999. Saint Ignatius Day. Against DLSU. Ateneo won that day and it was a long time since Ateneo defeated the Green Archers.

The players then were the ones I really grew up with. Enrico and Wesley were sophomores. Rich was a rookie.

Just to keep everyone on the same page. I grew up idolizing the "Legends" so this is entirely MY opinion ok? Hahaha. If I missed your favorite players, no offense.

If I have 16 players...

My starting 5 would be.

PG - LA Tenorio
SG - Larry Fonacier
SF - Wesley Gonzales
PF - Rich Alvarez
C - Enrico Villanueva


SG/SF - Chris Tiu (Gotta have my batchmate there! And we need the 3s!)
SG/SF - Magnum Membrere (Mags' got a lot of fight in him, kung hindi lang na-ACL...)
PF/C - Nonoy Baclao (Nuff Said)
C - Japeth Aguilar (Showtime dunks? Blocks? Anyone?)
PG - Macky Escalona (Game 3, Finals vs UST. Wow!)
PG/SG - Eric Salamat (Gotta be the best in getting steals... seriously. Lupit!)
SF/PF - JC Intal (The ROCKET!)
C - Ford Arao (Mamaw!!! Gotta love Ford!!!)
SF - Ryan Buenafe (This kid is made of awesome!)
PF/C - Paolo Bugia (Bugs has the shooting skillz)
PF - Zion Laterre (This guy works like a horse! Zion Ion Power!)

Extended Bench - Rainier Sison, Gec Chia, Jai Reyes, Yuri Escueta, Rabeh Al-Hussaini

Coach - Norman Black assisted by Sandy Arespacochaga

Courtside Reporter - Hmmm... Patty, Lia, or Jessica? =/

I gotta give this one to Patty Laurel. (Lia, friends pa din tayo! Hall of fame ka naman eh, hehehe)

Commentators - Jude "Kaboom" Turcuato and TJ "Everyone's twidol" Manotoc


arrie said...

couldn't agree more!perfect line up from start to end!HAHA!nice one!! =D

LIA CRUZ said...

Jiggy!!! I just read this now! HAHA! Excuses, excuses! Haha, no I'm kidding :)

MarieClaireJustine said...

i definitely agree. with your dream line up. haha. i had been a blue eagle fan (though im from another school) since high school and seeing my favorite jc intal in your list made me smile from this end to that end. :) haha.

simplegal said...

Can't help but comment..nice line-up indeed..I'm also an avid fan of the blue eagles..and seeing chris' name made the agree more on the list..:D

aingheltrix said...

super perfect line-up! esp that larry foancier is there! my most favorite player! :) i widh they could play once more wearing the blue and white jersey. :)

tj said...

I actually played for Ateneo High with the Prada team
in 1993-1994. In fact I think we were the only Prada team to beat the UAAP Jrs team of our batch! We made them cry after that intense practice game! Seriously! Rainer was my teammate, but he was a scrwany, skinny, and short (!) dude at only 5'10 as a sophomore!

So with that said, I'd like to argue that I be included in your extended bench! Haha! Just kidding :)

Thanks for the honor of being your dream TV analyst for your Ateneo Dream Team :)

Anonymous said...

your starting 5 is the best lineup for me. i remember staying overnight at the college tennis court with all the supporters just to get tickets to the final championship game. nostalgia. :)

ianne said...

oh so true! the best line-up talaga.
I remember I was sobbing when Larry had his ACL injury during his senior year and to think i'm not even Atenean.