Rivalry Series: La Salle vs Ateneo

SaigonDeManila By SaigonDeManila, 10th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A chronicled account about two competing university, its glorious achievement, grandeur vision and passion to a competitive team sport we love - basketball.

La Salle vs Ateneo The Great School Rivalry

"My heart laments that virtue cannot live
Out of the teeth of emulation."

Living in the 21st century was never feel complete without basking on the glorious sports heroes and their rivalries. For over 9 decades or close to a century 9 years from now, two Universities live to the great dream of sports drama. La Salle (Green Archers) and Ateneo (Blue Eagles) are known all over my native land including the kibitzers around the globe who knew this continues rivalry as facts than fiction. From academic excellence to luminous graduates this religious run school run by FSC brothers and the Jesuits respectively has it fabled bad blood but this is was never been more pronounced than in the sports specifically in Basketball.

The early years and beyond

In Asia-Pacific, The Philippines has it's answer to Madrid and Barcelona great rivalry in soccer. By NCAA and UAAP standard the over all championship favors La Salle by 7 to 1(Ateneo never had general Championship in UAAP), on its long years of history, but the story is deeply rooted than what the papers says. They first met in 1924 at NCAA and last time was August 2014 in UAAP. The heighten tenacity and puritan collegiate allegiance is a fanatical stories one can't dispute. Something more colorful than Duke and North Carolina in America. In basketball championship they are currently tied at 4-4 between 1939 and 2008 finals match ups. On this court appearance includes several dozens (74) of regular games that as grand and mythical as 'Thrilla n Manila' .Of the combined league (college Univerity meet) La Salle has 151 collegiate titles versus Ateneo with 80 collegiate titles.You can imagine how the It;s not fierce and not hyped these confrontations are. All generations then and now continues to share their own experienced on how this two school fight tooth and nail in every basket, points, ball possession and grit for their alma mater. Every venues are full packed, the agony of defeats and glory of triumphs are always a year long disease. By sports category La Salle still leads 9-5 in 16 disciplines only cheer-dance and beach-volleyball is yet to be stained by the bad blood of this institutions.

This year 2015 will witness this modern day legends, of two Titans chasing for more than bragging rights.but lasting legacy as well. How will history put a period on this we will never know, After all I married an Atenean even if I am a La Sallite ended in divorced. Now that's my bitter history.

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Dear friends and foes: I am a teacher, a poet, an artist, self-published author on art & poetry, CSN Life Skill coach and an international marketer.

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author avatar Fatma
24th Feb 2015 (#)

Nice page...am from the state universty but find this rivalry compelling and intriguing over the years and beyond my student years.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
13th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Fatima!

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