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Blue Eagles fulfill promise to Ateneo captain Tolentino

MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles made sure that their captain, Vince Tolentino, would graduate as a champion as they fulfilled a promise that they made to him at the start of the UAAP season.

Ateneo hacked out an 88-86 victory against archrival De La Salle University on Sunday, earning them the UAAP Season 80 championship in thrilling fashion.

Ateneo's Vince Tolentino. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
For Tolentino, it was the culmination of an entire season of quiet hard work that often went unnoticed. The forward was perhaps the least flashy of Ateneo's players, but served as the leader that the rest of the team followed.

"For me, going into my last year, that was the only thing on my mind," said Tolentino after their win. "I wanted a championship."

"And these boys promised me a championship," he added. "Since Day 1, we always talked about it, that we were going to get it."

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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