The DLSU Green Archers beat The UST Growling Tigers in the game 3 of this season’s UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals, 71-69. I am not from either school but I was shrieking and screaming from all the excitement especially when the game went OT. Grabe. That’s my second most favorite UAAP game ever. First one is still the ADMU – DLSU championship match in 2003!
The DLSU-UST fight was also known to many as the battle of Taft and España, Juno kontra Pido, and Teng vs Teng. My fave (and probably yours too) is the last. The sibling rivalry definitely made the fight more interesting. Plus, it birthed so many amusing puns like inTENGse and TENG ina. And of course, the song… “Wild Teng. You make my heart sing!” :p
Jeron Teng who was named Rookie of the Year in Season 75 was named this Finals MVP. He said the win was bittersweet. He said, “When the buzzer sounded I really didn’t know what to feel. On one side, we’re champions, but on the other side, I feel my brother’s pain. He played his heart out, he deserves to be MVP.” I think Jeric was really a tiger in the hardcourt. I hope he gets drafted by the best team in the PBA.
I cried a little when Jeron raised his kuya’s hand and they hugged. :,) That was really touching. España must be flooded because of Typhoon Santi and the tears of the Thomasians. Lulunurin daw sa baha si Aljon Mariano. He’s being criticized as the reason for UST’s ugly loss because of Jeron drawing a foul off him. I feel bad for Aljon. He helped in bringing UST to the finals but he gets bashed mercilessly for something he did in a team sport. Chin up, Aljon. Don’t mind the haters. I hope you get to be next season’s MVP. Hug kita pag mabisita ako sa USTe.
Instead of focusing on the negative, why not highlight the positive? Like when Vosotros picked up the loose ball and scores the first basket of overtime? :) Seemed like both teams really gave their best. But there can only be one winner of course. And I guess in situations like this, the winner is the one who wants the win more. With 5 (or 6?) years of being win-thirsty, the Archers must have really wanted it more.
To the UST Growling Tigers, your team is mighty and fierce. I look forward to the tigers growling stronger for victory next year. To the DLSU Green Archers, excellent job on hitting the aim this season. To both teams, thank you! Even if I am a Bedan/Iska, I got to immensely enjoy this final game which I am sure will be permanently be in the list of the most epic UAAP games ever.
It was so epic that poker-face, rookie Coach Juno Sauler finally broke into a smile!
The final scores:
La Salle- 71- Teng-25, Vosotros-16, Perkins-13, Van Opstal-11, T. Torres-4, N. Torres-1, Revilla-1, Tampus-0, Salem-0
UST- 69- Abdul-26, Teng-24, Ferrer-7, Bautista-4, Mariano-3, Sheriff-2, Lao-2, Pe-1
Pahabol lang. Jeric and Jeron, you bros don’t happen to have another brother than can play for
aTENGneo Ateneo, do you?
// listening to Swedish House Mafia – Save The World