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09 OCTOBER 2000. VOLUME 32. NUMBER 20. 4 PAGES_ 

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La Salle clinches three UAAP golds
men’s teams bag basketball, table tennis, and chess crowns

De La Salle University-Manila emerged triumphant in the first half of the 63rd University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) as the different green and white squads captured championship titles in the men’s senior division. La Salle secured the basketball crown for the third consecutive year; chess for the second straight year; and a first in table tennis.

The Green Archers bagged the cage title against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 74-65, at the predominantly La Salle crowd at the Araneta Coliseum on October 5. The Archers swept the best-of-three series.

Sharpshooter Ren Ren Ritualo led the Taft-based dribblers, scoring 22 points. His hoops in the final minutes of the game allowed La Salle to break away and to eventually grab the crown. He was ably supported by other stalwarts: 2000 Rookie of the Year Mike Cortez, Adonis Sta. Maria, and Ronald Cuan, who scored 10 points each; and Alvin Castro who scored seven points.

Head Coach Franz Pumaren attributes the victory to the team’s hardwork and dedication. “This is not a dominant team but we had players who believed in themselves.”

“It’s a great feeling to accomplish a feat like this for the school. I can’t find a better way to exit from La Salle,” said team captain Mon Jose, who graduated last Saturday. Co-team captain Cuan, who is also in his last year of playing in the league, echoed this, “It’s such a good feeling because we worked hard for this and we deserved to win. I’m thankful that we’re going to leave as champions.” 

Meanwhile, the chess team won several gold medals, including the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award given to Oliver Dimakiling. Green Paddler Philip John Silos, on the other hand, was named this season’s MVP. 

To celebrate the recent feats, the Lasallian community will hold the “Animo Party: The DLSU Grandslam Jam” on October 11 at the Amphitheater. Among the activities lined-up are a Thanksgiving Mass, motorcade, bonfire, and disco.

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