Scenes from 2015: Sports

By Abbie Escarilla, Isabel Doria

Philippine sports in 2015 can be likened to a rollercoaster as some athletes found themselves on top of their game while others would rather forget the year that was. Collegiate basketball in 2015 saw contrasting championships with the Letran Knights ending a 10­-year title drought to win the NCAA men’s basketball event over the heavily favored San Beda Red Lions while the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws proved they were the team to beat in the UAAP after they defeated the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers for the crown. It was not to be for men’s basketball on the world stage as Gilas Pilipinas finished second twice – to China on Fiba Asia and to Iran for the Jones Cup. It wasn’t a good year for boxing as Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria lost his world flyweight title to Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather. The bright spot was Margarita Ochoa who won the gold medal in the World JiuJitsu Championship at the Long Beach State University in California. Filipino fans of the NBA were treated to a visit by Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry who showed them why he was now the best in the NBA.

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Letran ends 10-year title drought, wins NCAA 91 championship

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Gilas Pilipinas

Gilas Pilipinas hands Russia first loss, 85-71, at William Jones Cup

Gilas Pilipinas bows to China, 67-78

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Pacquiao vs Mayweather (Fight of the Century)

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Gonzales defeats Viloria

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Margarita Ochoa wins gold at World Jiu Jitsu Championship

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NBA star Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry, LeBron James lead roster of US minicampers for Rio Olympics–report

NBA star Stephen Curry coming to Manila in September

NBA superstar Stephen Curry arrives in Manila, tweets hello to Filipinos

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