I’m writing from a pretty unique perspective. See, I graduated High School from The Ateneo. And I also graduated from University at DLSU Taft. I hate it that only one team can win the game, especially since I fully understand how it feels to need to beat the other team. I know only a handful of people who can even relate to this. (Those who’ve learned from both school systems)
When I was in the Ateneo, I wanted nothing else but to beat DLSU. When I was in DLSU, it wasn’t easy being an Atenean. I got into trouble a lot of times during my first 2-3 years (I was picked on and fought back many times) when I literally considered myself an Atenean simply learning more about DLSU. Keeping friends close and enemies closer, like Sun Tzu commanded. And it wasn’t till I fully understood what it meant to be truly LaSallian in 1997 (I was invited to be a Freshman Orientor) that I saw a similar passion for excellence. I began to feel how my fellow LaSallians did when facing Ateneo— we needed to beat them.
That being said, it was a great game by both DLSU and Ateneo! Is it even possible that both teams actually won and lost in one game? Too bad they played each other too soon. A finals classic ala 2001 would have been amazing. I see Ateneo winning #5 this year. What comes after this year is what we have to see. Ateneo won because Ravena would not let them lose. The Guy has heart, I give him that. Not as much heart as Dino Aldeguer taking and making that 3 point shot in 1999 against UST. But enough to win me over as more than a casual fan of his game.
That’s how Ateneo won.
Enjoy it while it’s there though, as there has never been a team that dominated the UAAP for more than 5 years straight since the Final Four format was established in 1994. As quickly as you can win 5, you can easily find yourself out of it 5 years in a row. We know that.
Don’t think that DLSU and its fans don’t know that. They were on top from 1998-2001 and again in 2007. And have been out of it in the last 5 years.
Today, DLSU moved its timetable several notches forward with the stellar play of Rookies Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres. Next year, only 2 players move on and that will give the team time to build trust and learn about each other. They would also benefit from practicing the areas where they were weak. (TO Rate, FT shooting, Point Blank shots to name a few)
That’s how DLSU won.
So, how did both teams lose?
Well, Ateneo won’t be winning 10 seasons in a row. Let’s get over ourselves. Even with MVP still there. (But he isn’t) The next 5 years will be crucial in seeing where the Basketball program will be headed. No one expects losing seasons. I’m sure Ateneo didn’t expect to lose from 1989 and the next 14 years after.