San Beda reclaimed the general championship in the seniors division by edging back-to-back titlist Saint Benilde in one of the league’s closest races while capturing a three-peat feat in the juniors’ side the NCAA’s Season 91.
The Lions amassed 632.5 points, barely beating the Blazers, general champions the last two seasons, by a mere five-point lead to clinch its fourth overall crown, all coming in the last six seasons.
San Beda raked in most of its points by topping men’s and women’s siwmming, men’s taekwondo, women’s table tennis, lawn tennis and soft tennis and finishing second in basketball, women’s takewondo, men’s table tennis, football and women’s beach volley.
“San Beda is proud of what our athletes have done,” said Jose Mari Lacson, San Beda’s NCAA Management Committee representative.
St. Benilde won in women’s taekwondo, badminton, men’s table tennis and women’s volleyball while winding up runner up in men’s and women’s swimming, women’s table tennis and lawn tennis.
Interestingly, St. Benilde’s worst finish in a sport came in basketball after it ended up eighth.
Arellano U duplicated its third place finish last year by garnering 497.3 points, thanks to triumphs in football, chess and track and field.
Rounding up the top 10 were Lyceum of the Philippines U (376), Perpetual Help (365), Letran (347.8), Mapua (338.3), Emilio Aguinaldo (332.5), San Sebastian (320.5) and Jose Rizal (163.8).
The Cubs, for their part, captured their third straight high school general championship with 405 points, besting La Salle-Greenhills (355) and LPU (307.5).
San Beda tied La Salle-Greenhills with most juniors overall titles with 12.
Mapua is well entrenched at the top in the seniors with 21 overall championships.
San Beda’s victories came in basketball, chess, table tennis and lawn tennis while finishing No. 2 in swimming, badminton and football.