View Full Version : 1988 UAAP Finals: Ateneo vs La Salle, The Return of a Fabled Rivalry

04-16-2009, 01:59 PM
Reminiscing the very first Ateneo vs La Salle Championship for Cage Supremacy, this time with the UAAP, a return to the finals for long time rivals dating back to the good old days of their NCAA history.

Preview of the '88 UAAP Finals: Blue Eagles vs Green Archers

Once again, like old times, hardcourt rivals Ateneo blue eagles and La Salle green archers figure in the Finals of a basketball tournament. This time the arena is the UAAP which is now on its 51st season.
The battle has been hard fought and fierce with La Salle beating Ateneo the first time around, 78-76 at the close of the first round of action. Both teams ended up with identical 6-1 won-lost slates.
In the first round, Ateneo defeated UE, 75-73; Adamson, 84-81; NU, 106-72; UP, 88-58; UST, 94-87 and FEU, 106-97. On the other hand, La Salle won over NU, 102-67; UE, 84-69; UST, 71-66; UP, 77-75; Adamson, 91-83 and Ateneo. It lost to FEU, 78-74 on July 24.
In the second round, before confronting each other again, both teams got bloodied only once to move into their rematch with identical 11-2 cards. Ateneo defeated UST, 96-75 and FEU, 108-94. And then it absorbed a 68-83 loss to UP in a fight-marred contest last September 4. With time down to 1:21, Joseph Canlas committed a hard foul on Samuel Marata who retaliated with a punch that brought both benches on their feet.
Dr. Frankie Nieto, father of one of the Eagles, kenneth, drew a gun and fired shots in the air. He was later subdued by Filomeno “boy” Codinera. Nieto is a councilor of the fourth district of Manila. Ateneo regained its bearing by trouncing NU, 91-77; UE, 81-78; and Adamson, 90-73. On the other hand, La Salle started with a 96-85 win over NU but was stymied by UST, 70-75 on August 27. The Archers bounced back by beating UE, 100-94; FEU, 93-90; Adamson, 114-75; and UP, 83-78.
In the much-awaited return match last October 2, spritely Jun Reyes played the hero’s role as he drove in with seven seconds left to lift the Eagles past the Archers, 83-82. With the win, which raised Ateneo’s record to 12-2 at the close of the double round elims, the Eagles need only to triumph once more to make it as back-to-back champions. La Salle must beat Ateneo twice to cling on to its dream.
It will be a cerebral battle between coaches Fritz Gaston of Ateneo and Derick Pumaren of La Salle. But more than that, the roar of the fans could spell the difference.

For the record, here are the scoring averages of players from both camps

Ateneo: Jaime Gayoso (15.80) Gilbert Reyes (15.46) Kenneth Nieto (15.2) Daniel Francisco (11.36) Eric Reyes (10.07) Joseph Canlas (9.67) Alex Araneta (6.50) Roderick Racela (6.43) Ramil Basa (6.4) Albert Mendoza (3.28) Jose Miguel Habana (2.5) Gene Louis Afable (1.27) Enriquito Santiago (1.16) and Raymond Morales (1.00)

La Salle: Dindo Pumaren (20.5) Jose Santamaria (13.00) Johnedel Cardel (11.29) Eduardo Viaplana (10.11) Richard Bachmann (9.43) George Peralta (8.77) Lincoln Lim (8.00) Jonas Mariano (5.87) Teddy Monasterio (4.62) Enrique Afable (3.00) Richard Del Rosario (1.89) Gelacio Abanilla (1.80) Rafael Dinglasan (1.67),and Zandro Limpot (1.00)

04-16-2009, 02:05 PM
51st UAAP
Two in a row for the Blue Eagles

It took the Ateneo blue eagles ten years to claim its first ever championship in the senior division of the UAAP and there isnt any way they would allow their long time rival- the La Salle green archers – to ascend to the throne after only three years of residence in the league.
This, in a nutshell, was how things turned out at the close of the 51st UAAP basketball tournament last October 8 as the Blue Eagles turned back the Green Archers, 76-70 to clinch their second straight cage plum.
It was a tale of small men, as the fate of each team lay in the hands of their respective point guards – Gilbert Reyes for Ateneo and Dindo Pumaren for La Salle. Reyes, bucked a bout with flu and presided over a spirited Ateneo drive. He netted 19 points despite being fielded in and out of the court by coach Fritz Gaston. Reyes had to check fever level and use ice packs, towels and oxygen each time he was pulled out. Pumaren, on the other hand, hit 24 points but typified La Salle’s downfall in the last two minutes as he missed four times, was called for a dribbling violation, and lost the ball to Reyes.
The blue eagles had four players drilling in twin digits with power forward Eric Reyes netting 15, slotman Danny Francisco tossing in 14 and Joseph Canlas hitting 10. In contrast, the only other guy who hit double figures for La Salle was Johnedel Cardel with 10.