The San Sebastian College Recoletos claimed the 2010 Fil-oil Flying V Invitational Basketball tournament after an exciting win over last year's champion Far Eastern University Tamarraws, 79 - 78.

I caught the 2010 Fil-Oil Flying V Invitational Basketball championship game via channel-flipping. The San Sebastian Stags were fighting defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws for the title.

By then it was in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 55.

I was glad to have my first glimpse of the guys FEU will be fielding in the upcoming UAAP basketball competition. RR Garcia, Aldrech Ramos, JR Cawaling and Reil Cervantes are familiar faces. A new player surnamed Romeo was being praised by the commentators as a big addition to FEU's basketball campaign.

San Sebastian will be defending their NCAA basketball crown starting in two weeks time, the start of NCAA Season 86 and is coached by one of the greatest players in the PBA, coach Ato Agustin. They have this rookie named Calvin Abueva, that is very active on both sides of the court. No wonder, he won the MVP of the tournament.

The game was nip and tuck and very much enjoyable and exciting. I wouldn't have mind if it went to overtime. It was just a bit sad that it ended anti-climactic.

Initially, it was a duel between Abueva of SSC-R and Garcia of FEU. In the end game, veterans from both squad contributed.

With the scored tied at 78, a foul was called in the scramble for the loose ball. Raymundo made 1 of 2 free throws. A good inbounds play by FEU allowed them to come up with a good attempt but Aldrech Ramos long two missed its target.

I was siding with FEU but I admit that Stags deserve the win and the title, becoming the first team from the NCAA side to rule this annual pre-college-hoops-season tournament.