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Green Archers make UAAP history

The Green Archers celebrate their 4th straight title.

De La Salle University - Manila makes history when it clinched its fourth championship crown with a sweet victory over long-time rival Ateneo de Manila University during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’ (UAAP) men’s basketball championship at the Araneta Coliseum on October 16.

In a nerve-racking Game 3 of the championship series, the Green Archers triumphed with a 93-88 win over the Blue Eagles, with Carlo Sharma sealing La Salle’s destiny in the dying minutes of the game.

Green Archers Mike Cortez delivered the outside firepower while Renren Ritualo and BJ Manalo provided the formidable support crew to bring the green and white squad to its 4-peat triumph that redeemed La Salle’s loss to Ateneo in the 1988 finals.

DLSU System President Brother Rolando Dizon lead the Lasallian community in celebrating the victory during the post-game dinner held at the College Canteen. He affirmed La Salle’s rightful place in UAAP history as the Centennial 4-peat champions.

Winning four years in a row from 1998, the Green Archers go down in UAAP history as the first team to win in the new millenium, an opportunity that comes along only once every one hundred years.

Downplayed, hurled with controversies, and stricken with injuries and illness, the Green Archers revealed the strength and power of the Lasallian spirit amidst obstacles, emerging as the best team in the country’s collegiate basketball league.

“This season has been really a stormy one, a very rocky one,” coach Franz Pumaren confessed. “From the opening game till the very end, we didn’t play as a complete unit. But with His guidance, we were able to survive it,” he believed.

They did more than surviving though, they triumphed. “It’s mission accomplished for me!,” Pumaren said. His four year coaching stint redeemed the Archers from frustrating defeats from University of Santo Tomas (UST), Far Eastern University, and Ateneo.

Last October 19, the Lasallian community celebrated La Salle’s historic win with an animo celebration at the DLSU-M grounds.

Four other exceptional Lasallian teams were also honored during the event. Claiming the supreme spot in their respective fields, the women’s basketball, men’s swimming, men’s volleyball, and men’s chess triumphed over their UAAP counterparts.

The Lady Green Archers sealed their 3-peat victory over University of the Philippines (UP) while the Green Spikers blocked UST’s championship bid in men’s volleyball. Meanwhile, the Green Tankers swam their to way a back to back championship with UP trailing from behind. The Green wood pushers retained their seat with a 3-peat victory in men’s chess. DLSU-M reigned supreme in all sporting events except for women’s chess, women’s volleyball, and women’s swimming where the school placed second.

Revealing the formidable strength of DLSU-M’s sports program, the university leads other schools in the over-all standing of the 64th season of UAAP.

*Photo courtesy of www.pinoycentral.com

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