UAAP Season 71 Championship, Sept. 25, 2008
For a moment there, I thought LaSalle would pull through. But when the shots mattered most, they didn’t come. Then two of the most important players in the LaSalle bench, team Captain JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer (who allegedly gave Rabeh the dirty finger) were fouled out on the third and final quarter. And yes ladies and gentlemen, the UAAP Championship goes to the archrivals, the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
This game saw the worst field goal ever in the entire season. Ateneo was not shooting well in the fourth quarter, and guess what? So was LaSalle! They weren’t able to take advantage of the bad shooting situation, and the foul trouble of every player (including that very irritating bench warmer Bagatsing who made four fouls in just one quarter) sealed Ateneo’s fate.
I was again just at home screaming at the top of my lungs thinking LaSalle will defy the statistics. Statistics says that in 10 of 14 seasons, the school that got the first game eventually took home the championship. And the Blue Eagles did win the first game, so history and statistics were on their side. Well, LaSalle also had its way of making history (like winning last year as comeback champions) and in those ten UAAP seasons, half belonged to the Green Archers.
I am also pretty sure Ateneo was shakened by that 10-point comeback of LaSalle in the third quarter, and making it to just a 3 point lead. For a moment, I actually thought LaSalle will win. JV Casio couldn’t stand the constant dumping of points that he had to step up one way or another. And when he rose to the occasion, the rest followed.
Unfortunately, LaSalle’s golden boy struggled with foul trouble, and bowed out at the crucial fourth quarter. A one-man team can never pull through; even Coach Franz mouthed “hindi na kaya”. And I am not saying the others didn’t help out; I’m sure they tried. But their efforts weren’t at par with the Blue eagles, and in the end, winning that one game for DLSU just didn’t come through.
With the sea of green stunned and sitting silently on one side, I can only declare that this Championship is BLUER THAN BLUE for the De La Salle Green Archers.