PCU Dolphins

The PCU Dolphins are the senior athletic teams that represent Philippine Christian University. They are currently playing at the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU), after spending a leave of absence from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines) basketball.

PCU Dolphins
Philippine Christian University
Logo of PCU Dolphins
LeagueNCAA South: 1999–present
NCAA: 1996–2007; 2008-09
NAASCU: 2014–present
Joined1996
LocationTaft Avenue
Team colorsPCU school colors Blue and silver
Women's teamLady Dolphins
Juniors' teamBaby Dolphins
Seniors' general championships
  • NCAA: 2 (2004-05, 2006-07)
Juniors' general championships

Their 2004 title was their only NCAA basketball title. The juniors team are the Baby Dolphins while the women's team are the Lady Dolphins.

After the revelation in early 2007 that several of PCU's junior basketball players entered the university using fraudulent papers, the league suspended the school for the 2007-08. With the agreement that their seniors team can play on the 2008-09 season, the school took a voluntary leave of absence from the league starting at the 2009-10 season, in which they should re-apply their membership if ever they intend to return.

NameEdit

Originally, the PCU administration chose a killer whale, but they instead chose a mammal close to their heart, the dolphin. The Juniors (high school) team are the Baby Dolphins.

BasketballEdit

HistoryEdit

The PCU Dolphins entered the NCAA in 1996 headed by Orly Torrente (Seniors) and Karl de Guia (Juniors). Then known as the PCU Saints then went to the latter known, PCU Dolphins. They were known for their exemplary defense and hunger for the ball, leading to their only NCAA championship in 2004. The Dolphins' only problem is that they cannot seem to keep a head coach.

Also, the Baby Dolphins lose their best players to other college teams. Great players have been coming out of the PCU Baby Dolphins squad, but the coaches cannot seem to convince them to stay in PCU. Good players have included Ronjay Buenafe (EAC Generals), Rabeh Al-Hussaini (Ateneo Blue Eagles), James Mangahas (De La Salle Green Archers), Allan Mangahas (Mapua Cardinals), Jake Pascual (San Beda Red Lions) and Gabby Martinez.

PCU eligibility scandalEdit

After allegations of identity switching circulated via text messaging, Philippine Christian University (PCU) was investigated by the Management Committee (MANCOM) for alleged eligibility infractions on several of its varsity teams.[1] The MANCOM has completed its own investigation and are waiting for PCU's internal investigation and has hinted of suspending the Dolphins for Season 83 after PCU's representatives did not show up in the MANCOM meeting.[2]

After the deliberation by the MANCOM, the NCAA, via a statement issued by NCAA and José Rizal University (JRU) President Vicente Fabella, suspended the Dolphins from all events after four players of the Baby Dolphins basketball team were found to have used falsified documents. The Baby Dolphins were ordered to return their second-place trophy from last season's tournament and all individual awards. The senior Dolphins' 2005-06 general championship trophy was retained, however.[3]

RivalriesEdit

  • Letran Knights - Met twice in the Final 4 (PCU won both), once in the Finals (Letran won)
  • San Beda Red Lions - Met once in the Finals (San Beda won and ended 28 years of Championship drought)

Players of noteEdit

Chess (2006)

Daniel Causo - Gold Medalist Board 1

John Perzeus S. Orozco - Gold Medalist Board 2

Paul Louis Orozco - Gold Medalist Board 4

JuniorsEdit

Withdrawal from the NCAAEdit

Rumors have leaked that PCU will not be with the NCAA at the start of the 85th season. Reasons for this are as follows[citation needed]: (note: the ff. reasons are still rumors)

  • PCU plans to go to the UAAP
  • PCU plans to go to other leagues such as NCRAA, CUSA, etc.
  • PCU wants to rebuild and come back with a stronger lineup at the start of the 86th season, a season in which it will host.

There were talks of a possible PCU Dolphins comeback just before the 87th season started. The basketball team was rumored to be spearheaded by coach Ato Tolentino, the coach that led the Dolphins to their first and only basketball championship back in 2004. The talks died because of financial issues within the PCU organization.

Other SportsEdit

  • Roel Licayan (3-time gold medalist NCAA Lawn Tennis-Juniors Division)

Championships wonEdit

SeniorsEdit

  • Basketball - 1(2004–2005), (3 straight Finals appearance in '04, '05, '06)
  • Football - 3 (1998–1999, 1999–2000, 2000–2001)
  • Track and Field - 1 (2005–2006)
  • Swimming - 3 (1999–2000, 2000–2001, 2001–2002)
  • Volleyball
    • (M) - 1 (2005, 2006)
    • (W) - 2 (2003–2004, 2004–2005)
  • Table Tennis (W) - 1 (2004–2005)
  • Beach Volleyball (W) - 1 (2004–2005)
  • Total = 13 championships

JuniorsEdit

  • Track and Field - 2 (2002–2003, 2004–2005)
  • Table Tennis - 1 (2004–2005)
  • Chess - 3 (2005–2006)
  • Total = 6

ReferencesEdit