67th UAAP: La Salle strikes back; drubs archrival Ateneo

Monday, September 20, 2004

67th UAAP: La Salle strikes back; drubs archrival Ateneo

Now comes the really hard part... finding tickets :p

I would have loved to be at the Araneta Coliseum yesterday to watch my alma mater win their Final Four Match-up with arch-rival Ateneo. Even from my room, watching television, I could feel the intensity of both teams, though Ateneo looked like they lost steam in the third quarter.

Tempers flared, wayward elbows hit just about anyone, heated exchange of words, awesome moves on the floor, great shots. Just some of the things that happened during the ballgame. Araneta was standing room only (the scalpers hit the jackpot with that game). 20,000 screaming fans, students, alumni, administrators, celebrities, senators (Gordon & Recto), businessmen & women, former players, whole families all trooped to Araneta, in a sea of green, white & blue. I wished I was one of them.

Mac Cardona made the difference in that game. He was everywhere, doing just about anything, and even made a difficult hook shot with his eyes partly covered by his sweatband. He's changed a lot. He's not, as my brother used to say, bwakaw anymore. He even pacified his teammates, led them away and told them to shut up, when tempers started flaring. Huh?! Siya ba yun? Dati sha yung nangunguna, ngayon sha yung pumigil? Ano kaya nakain nun? Hahaha!

It was nice to see players from both teams meet in the middle of the hardcourt, shake hands and hug after the very emotional game. Specially when Cardona hugged rival and injured Ateneo player Larry Fonacier. Coach Sandy Arespacochaga has nothing to be ashamed of, he's a rookie coach who steered his team to the Final Four. Too bad they peaked early.

The man of the hour along with Cardona has got to be Coach Franz Pumaren, though. He rarely smiles during games">games and I laughed when he bodyslammed Cardona after Macmac hit the difficult hook shot. It was so unlike him. I guess the rumors that he'd be replaced after this season will die a natural death now. :p

It's great to be back in the Finals. :D All the team has to do now is beat the well-rested FEU Tamaraws on Thursday and Saturday, and Taft shall erupt in jubilation once again.

Now, can anyone help me get a ticket? Nyahahahaha!


Joey said...

Man, I'll never understand the fascination with UAAP. Still fun to read about it though. :)

laine said...

hello. i was just browsin` and saw your site. it`s kewl, how`d you get the chatterbox thing on the left? and the other modules? well i`m just asking. have a nice week. cya laterr. <33

red_door8 said...

animo la salle!!! hehe!
i just missed watching UAAP games live.

Jennie said...

joey: before college i didn't understand the fascination, too. pero mahahawa ka sa excitement about uaap because the whole school community is so into it. :)

lainee: hi! thanks for stopping by :) i got the chatterbox from this site: http://chatter.nvncbl.com.

red_door8: ANIMO! I miss watching it live, too. iba yung energy pag nandun mismo so araneta. :)