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Watching from the Courtside: 2019 stories retold through the lenses

by Courtside Philippines, December 30, 2019 10:09pm

Stories can be told through paper and pen, or in modern times, a computer and a creative mind but there were stories that were best told by freezing the time for us to look back to it.

Good thing, Courtside Philippines have special individuals who can do such things with the use of their cameras and lenses and they were able to capture the moments that can retell the stories in the year-long basketball coverage.

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Kobe Paras just took the UAAP season by storm as he guided the UP Maroons back to the Final Four. More is expected from the second-generation cager as he committs to return to UP next year.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines

The Ateneo Blue Eagles just made history capturing their third straight title in the most dominant fashion. They swept the tournament with a 16-0 overall record and Thirdy Ravena just stamped his class in the Finals en route to his third straight Finals MVP award.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines

UST had been a revelation in 2019 and the trio of Rhenz Abando, Mark Nonoy and Soulmane Chabi Yo left lasting impressions for the years to come for the Espana-based squad.

The one-and-done reinforcements of this year's UAAP changed the overall landscape of the collegiate circuit. UE's Rey Suerte and DLSU's Jamie Malonzo spearheaded the crew with their respective offensive explosions.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines

One of the biggest headlines in the collegiate circuit was Letran's return to the throne.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines

Fran Yu poured his hearts out in the Finals and he was eventually rewarded with Finals MVP award - a perfect way to prove doubters wrong.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines

San Beda had a dominant run in the eliminations sweeping it only to be tamed by the Knights in the end.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines

Allyn Bulanadi, just shot the lights out in the NCAA this year. And he is now tasked to do the same this time with Gilas in the years to come.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines

 

The pro-league also had their share of the best highlights.

SMB showed dominance once again and just proved all their doubter/haters wrong by winning two of the crown jewels of the PBA

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Photo by Courtside Philippines

The biggest question though will SMB keep its core after a sour end to their season?

Meanwhile, Ginebra is looking to make a repeat of history as they booked a Finals seat against Meralco once again, just before the year ends.

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RR Pogoy continued to be the uber-reliable two way player not just for TNT but for Gilas this year.

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After a troublesome 2019, will we see 'The Beast' back this 2020?

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The brightest stars also shine in the biggest stages. And the Gilas Pilipinas Women's showed the heart of the Filipinas capturing the first ever Southeast Asian Gold medals

Photo by Reynald Magallon/ Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines

Afril Bernardino epitomized that 'Puso' battlecry playing through pain for the flag and the country.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines

The intensity from Mo Tautuaa, as he along side CJ Perez, Chris Newsome and Jason Perkins captures PH Gold in the Men's 3x3. 

Photo by Jamie Velasco/Courtside Philippines

Chris Ross savored first stint in the national team and he just proved that he truly belong.

Photo by Reynald Magallon/Courtside Philippines

And the rest of the national team stamped class in the Southeast Asian Region

Photo by Reynald Magallon/Courtside Philippines

 

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