The names of a handful of Ateneo players were being called one after the other to receive individual awards just minutes before game time, September 25. Several Eagles took home significant individual awards including the Most Valuable Player honor to Rabeh al-Hussaini and the Rookie of the Year trophy to Ryan Buenafe. Eagles forward Nonoy Baclao, adjudged the tournament's Best Defensive Player, and later won the UAAP Finals MVP. Chris Tiu who returned for one more season—his last- named as one of Mythical Five Players for this season.
A few hours later, the Eagles were being called for a trophy as one team.
Ateneo survived a determined La Salle team to win 62-51 and clinch the men’s basketball championship of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines at the Araneta Coliseum.