Ateneo–La Salle rivalry
|Ateneo Blue Eagles–De La Salle Green Archers|
|1st Meeting (NCAA)||1924|
|Last Meeting (UAAP)||August 17, 2014|
|Next Meeting (UAAP)||TBD|
|Rivalry Series (UAAP)||43–31 (.581) Ateneo|
|Largest Margin of Victory||80–55 Ateneo
(September 14, 1996)
|Post Season Basketball History|
|Championship Meetings (Basketball)||Tied 4-4|
|1939 NCAA Basketball Championship||La Salle won 27–23|
|1958 NCAA Basketball Championship||Ateneo won 105–103|
|1974 NCAA Basketball Championship||La Salle won 90–80|
|1988 UAAP Basketball Championship||Ateneo won 76–70|
|2001 UAAP Basketball Championship||La Salle won 2–1|
|2002 UAAP Basketball Championship||Ateneo won 2–1|
|2008 UAAP Basketball Championship||Ateneo won 2–0|
|2008 Philippine Collegiate Championship||La Salle won 71-62|
The Ateneo–La Salle rivalry is a school rivalry between two universities in the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. Both are private and Catholic academic institutions within the Metropolitan Manila area. The Ateneo men's varsity team is known as Ateneo Blue Eagles, women's varsity team as Lady Eagles, and high school team as Ateneo Blue Eaglets. The La Salle men's varsity team is known as De La Salle Green Archers, women's varsity team as Lady Archers, and high school team as Junior Archers.
- 1 History
- 2 Head-to-head records by sport
- 3 Basketball
- 4 Other sports
- 5 Men's basketball results
- 6 Trivia
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Ateneo and La Salle were co-founders of the NCAA but now compete in the UAAP. The seed for a future rivalry was planted after an Ateneo loss to La Salle in the championship game of NCAA season 16 (1939–40). Games between Ateneo and La Salle in the NCAA were always hotly contested but not yet tagged by the sportswriters as a rivalry since the recognized rivalry then was between Ateneo and San Beda. When Ateneo and La Salle transferred to the UAAP, they continued their hotly contested games and the sports press started to write about a rivalry. The basketball games between Ateneo and La Salle are currently the most anticipated in every UAAP season. These games draw huge crowds of students, school faculty/ officials, alums, high government officials such as cabinet members, senators and even a chief justice of the Supreme Court. Former presidents of the Philippines and ambassadors of the United States of America also attend the games. Both schools have extended their rivalry into the academic field and other sports.
From 1924 to 1925, basketball games between Ateneo and La Salle were played at the open basketball courts in the Padre Faura, Ermita campus of UP and in 1926 at Nozaleda Park (now called Agrifina Circle which is part of Luneta Park). The venue later moved to the covered court of the US Army's 31st Infantry Gym and UST Gym. The games then moved to the Rizal Memorial Coliseum to accommodate bigger crowds, and at one point, the venues included the Loyola Center, Cuneta Astrodome, and PhilSports Arena. Currently, the Smart Araneta Coliseum and the SM Mall of Asia Arena are the main venues for the sold out games also seen on national television.
Head-to-head records by sport
As of 2014, the De La Salle Green Archers has more collegiate championships compared to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the NCAA and UAAP combined. La Salle has 151 collegiate titles versus Ateneo with 80 collegiate titles. La Salle also has 7 Overall (General) Collegiate Championships versus Ateneo with 1 Overall (General) Collegiate Championship. This count excludes additional collegiate titles and the 4 General Collegiate Championships also won by De La Salle-College of St. Benilde since it participated in the NCAA in 1998.
La Salle leads Ateneo 9-5 in fourteen sports category.
- Badminton – Ateneo (7) – La Salle (5)
- Baseball – Ateneo (4) - La Salle (3)
- Basketball – Ateneo (24) – La Salle (18)
- Chess – La Salle (10) – Ateneo (6)
- Fencing – Ateneo (1) – La Salle (none)
- Football – La Salle (32) – Ateneo (12)
- Judo – Ateneo (6) – La Salle (1)
- Softball – La Salle (3) – Ateneo (1)
- Swimming – La Salle (16) - Ateneo (4)
- Taekwondo – La Salle (9) – Ateneo (none)
- Table tennis – La Salle (6) – Ateneo (none)
- Track and field – La Salle (13) - Ateneo (9)
- Tennis – La Salle (20) – Ateneo (2)
- Volleyball – La Salle (15) – Ateneo (4)
Both schools have yet to win collegiate championships in beach volleyball and cheerdance.
La Salle leads Ateneo in the number of overall General Championships in the Seniors division, 7–1. Note that all championships listed are NCAA General Championships and UAAP General Championships. La Salle won its first UAAP General Championship in the Seniors Division in 2012. It is also the reigning General UAAP Champion for Season 76 (2013-2014). Ateneo has never won the UAAP General Championship.
- La Salle (7)- 1972-73, 1974-75, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
- Ateneo (1) – 1968-69
As of 2014, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets has more high school titles than the De La Salle Junior Archers in both the NCAA and UAAP combined (La Salle's juniors team was represented first by the De La Salle High School from 1924 to 1968, then La Salle Green Hills from 1969 to 1981, and currently De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School since 1986). Ateneo has won 109 high school titles versus La Salle with 104 titles. La Salle has 10 Overall (General) High School Championships titles versus Ateneo with 4 Overall (General) High School Championships titles. This count excludes the additional high school titles and the 4 General High School Championships won by La Salle Green Hills after it began to represent De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in the NCAA Juniors division in 1998.
Ateneo leads La Salle 9-4 in thirteen sports category.
- Baseball – Ateneo (3) - La Salle (none)
- Basketball – Ateneo (28) – La Salle (8)
- Chess – Ateneo (7) – La Salle (3)
- Fencing – Ateneo (2) – La Salle (none)
- Football – La Salle (31) – Ateneo (5)
- Judo – Ateneo (9) – La Salle (none)
- Softball - La Salle (7) - Ateneo (none)
- Swimming – Ateneo (11) - La Salle (9)
- Taekwondo – Ateneo (3) - La Salle (none)
- Table tennis – Ateneo (1) - La Salle (none)
- Track and field – Ateneo (34) - La Salle (23)
- Tennis – La Salle (8) – Ateneo (none)
- Volleyball – La Salle (15) – Ateneo (6)
La Salle leads Ateneo in Overall (General) High School Championships titles, 10-4. The first two Overall (General) High School Championships titles of La Salle were won by DLSC High School while the next 8 titles were won by La Salle Green Hills. Note that included are NCAA and UAAP general championships.
- La Salle (10) - NCAA 1965–66, 1966–67 (DLSC High School), 1971–72, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81 (LSGH)
- Ateneo (4) - (2) UAAP 2000-01, 2001-02; (2) NCAA 1967-68, 1976-77
In terms of total college and high school basketball titles won in the NCAA and UAAP, Ateneo leads La Salle, 52–26. In Men's basketball, Ateneo has a total of 22 men's titles whereas La Salle has 13. The Blue Eagles has 14 NCAA men's basketball titles to the Green Archers' 5. In the UAAP, both are tied in the number of men's basketball titles at 8. In juniors' basketball, the Ateneo has 11 NCAA titles and 17 UAAP titles, for a total of 28, whereas La Salle has 6 NCAA titles and 2 UAAP titles, for 8 total. In women's basketball, both schools have only won titles in the UAAP (the NCAA doesn't have a women's basketball program), where La Salle leads Ateneo, 5–2.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles and De La Salle Green Archers have met in the championships of the NCAA and UAAP at least seven times. The Blue Eagles won the men's basketball title over La Salle in 1958, 1988, 2002, and 2008, whereas the Green Archers prevailed in 1939, 1974, and 2001.
In the junior division, the De La Salle Junior Archers defeated the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eaglets in 2007. In 2009, the Eaglets defeated the top-seeded Junior Archers.
Collegiate Titles of National Scope
In terms of collegiate titles of national scope, Ateneo leads 3 titles to 2. Ateneo won the Collegiate Champions League title in 2007, and won back to back the Philippine Collegiate Championship (PCC) in 2009 and 2010. La Salle won the Philippine Inter-collegiate title in 1988 and the Philippine Collegiate Championship in 2008 with La Salle winning over Ateneo.
Ateneo won the 2007 Collegiate Champions League title against the University of the Visayas Green Lancers, 71–54. The Collegiate Champions League (CCL), was then reformatted and became the Philippine Collegiate Championship (PCC). It is currently the national collegiate basketball championship tournament, sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the country's official basketball federation. College teams from all over the country participate in the tournament. The tournament also has a Sweet 16 similar to the United States' NCAA Basketball Tournament during "March Madness."
The Green Archers won the 2008 PCC title. La Salle defeated the second-seeded NCAA champion San Beda Red Lions and arranged a finals meeting with the top-seeded UAAP champion Ateneo Blue Eagles, who defeated the Letran Knights in the final four. In the championship match, the De La Salle Green Archers prevailed over the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71–62.
In the 2009 season of the Philippine Collegiate Championship, the Blue Eagles defeated the FEU Tamaraws in three games to clinch their second national title, whereas the Green Archers were eliminated by the Letran Knights in their first game in the round of 16.
In the 2010 season of the Philippine Collegiate Championship, the Blue Eagles defeated the Adamson Falcons in three games to clinch their third and back-to-back national titles, while the Green Archers settled for 3rd-placed beating the UC Webmasters despite having 4 players injured and 10 players intact in the line-up.
Ateneo has also won back-to-back titles in the annual University Games, winning in 2008 and 2009.
Ateneo was 3-peat NCAA champion from 1931 through 1933, and its record of 14 collegiate titles remained unsurpassed by any school in the NCAA until 2003. They currently hold the distinction of having the longest UAAP basketball title streak in the Final Four era after winning five straight times from 2008 to 2012.
La Salle became the first school to be three-peat UAAP basketball champions in the both Men's and Women's division in 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Both schools have also managed to post what are regarded as "double championships" by winning both the seniors and juniors titles in the same year. The Ateneo Blue Eagles still have the most number of double titles in NCAA history, with 4 double championships, including the NCAA's second back-to-back double championships in 1975 and 1976 (the first was accomplished by the University of the Philippines in 1925 and 1926).
Ateneo holds the distinction of being the only double three-peat champion in the Senior and Junior levels from 2008 to 2010 whether in the NCAA or the UAAP, and has posted two four-peats and three back-to-back title streaks in the UAAP juniors division.
After winning two championships in 1989 and 1990 in the UAAP, La Salle temporarily gained the upper hand, further dominating in the late 1990s through the turn of the millennium as 4-peat champion from 1998 to 2001.
La Salle does not have any such streaks in the NCAA, but won back-to-back titles once and also posted a rare four-peat in UAAP men's basketball. The Lady Archers also achieved a 4-peat of their own in 2002. This is currently the longest UAAP women's basketball championship streak in the Final Four era.
La Salle, accomplished the double championship once during its stint in the NCAA and UAAP.
In 1939, La Salle defeated Ateneo in both the Seniors and Juniors NCAA Championship. A legend states that the rivalry reputedly started that year when after La Salle defeated Ateneo, then the defending champions, La Salle students threw fried chicken outside the gates of the old Ateneo campus in Manila. Ateneo and La Salle would not meet in the championship again until 1958 where Ateneo defeated La Salle by a basket in overtime. Another finals meeting of both schools took place in 1974 with La Salle prevailing over Ateneo in the championship. Ateneo and La Salle left the NCAA in 1978 and 1981 respectively after games turned into full-blown riots, with Ateneo leaving after losing the 1978 championship against San Beda in closed doors, and La Salle after fan disturbance in their 1980 second-round game against Letran.
Ateneo completed a back-to-back in 1988 by prevailing over La Salle in the first head to head championship match up between the two schools. La Salle, on the other hand, won four straight titles from 1998 to 2001, with La Salle beating Ateneo in the 2001 Finals, capping its 4-peat title run. Ateneo subsequently defeated La Salle in the 2002 championship to end its 14-year title drought. In 2003, Ateneo eliminated La Salle in the semifinals, breaking a streak of La Salle appearances in the finals. La Salle won the 2004 title after eliminating Ateneo in the semifinals, but was stripped off the title when they were suspended for fielding two ineligible players. La Salle swept the UE Red Warriors to win the 2007 title after the suspension, a season that saw them meet the Blue Eagles five times, lose thrice, but win two crucial games including the one that paved the way for a finals appearance. Ateneo defeated La Salle in all four encounters in 2008, including the Finals, thereby dethroning DLSU. Ateneo then went on to win all matches against La Salle on the way to winning a running total of five consecutive UAAP titles, except for a lone La Salle victory in the first round of eliminations in 2010. The two teams most recently met in a Final Four encounter, where the Blue Eagles defeated the Green Archers, eliminating La Salle from contention. With its 2012 title victory, the Ateneo broke its deadlock of UAAP titles with La Salle and exceeded La Salle's championship streak with the longest in the Final Four era, and now has the longest held by only one UAAP school. Ateneo failed to enter the Final Four in 2013 while La Salle won the title for the first time since 2007. Both teams failed to enter the Finals in 2014.
2001 Finals: Last of the Four-peat
|Game 1||La Salle 74||Ateneo 68||La Salle 1–0|
|Game 2||Ateneo 76||La Salle 72||Tied 1–1|
|Game 3||La Salle 93||Ateneo 88||La Salle 2–1|
La Salle was the defending three-time champions, while Ateneo were in a 13-year championship drought. Ateneo started well, but La Salle had a relentless fourth quarter run, capped off by Manny Ramos' insurance free-throws to seal the game with 3.9 seconds left. At Game 2, Enrico Villanueva scored 22 points to lead the Eagles to a series-extending win. After Mike Cortez tying the game at 72–all, Villanueva passed the ball to teammate Magnum Membrere who scored a three-pointer. On the next possession, Ren-Ren Ritualo failed to answer with a game-tying three of his own to force a sudden-death Game 3, scoring Ateneo's first win against La Salle in the season after three games. In the deciding game, Carlo Sharma scored a UAAP career-high 22 points, 11 in the final quarter to prevent an Ateneo victory; Ateneo's rookie L.A. Tenorio had 30 points of his own, but it wasn't enough, as La Salle coach Pumaren remarking that "This was the sweetest of the four championships because we're able to erase the stigma of our 1988 loss to Ateneo."
2002 Finals: 14-year Ateneo championship drought is over
Prior to the Finals, Ateneo prevented a 14–0 elimination round sweep of La Salle that would had given a bye up to the best-of-3 Finals. Instead, Ateneo defeated La Salle in the elimination round finale 76–63. La Salle defeated rival University of Santo Tomas (UST), and Ateneo overcame No. 2 seed University of the East (UE) in two games, with the second game ending in a buzzer beater by Gec Chia to push Ateneo into the Finals anew.
|Game 1||Ateneo 72||La Salle 70||Ateneo 1–0|
|Game 2||La Salle 85||Ateneo 77||Tied 1–1|
|Game 3||Ateneo 77||La Salle 70||Ateneo 2–1|
Game 1 ended with Villanueva scoring Ateneo's last ten points, and teammate Larry Fonacier blocking two shots by Mark Cardona that would've forced overtime to give Ateneo a 1–0 series lead. In Game 2, with the Ateneo team noted as being "tense," La Salle had an 18-point lead at halftime, which Ateneo cut down to three, 80–77, but Sharma and Adonis Santa Maria converted crucial free-throws that gave La Salle enough breathing space to force another Game 3. In Game 3, La Salle player Mike Cortez missed 11 of 13 shots, which caused La Salle students and alumni to accuse him of throwing the game, as Ateneo eventually won the title to deny La Salle a fifth-consecutive championship.
2003–2005: Semifinal meetings
Along the way, the two teams met in the semifinals, where the higher seed gets the twice-to-beat advantage. In 2003, La Salle forced No. 1 seed Ateneo into a rubber match after a 76–72 overtime win, with the game being halted after a brawl erupted between the two teams. With Ateneo's LA Tenorio and La Salle's Ryan Araña suspended for the deciding game, Ateneo eliminated La Salle from Finals contention in the deciding game with a 74–68 triumph.
In 2004, La Salle and Ateneo finished the elimination round tied for second place, so a playoff game was played to determine which team gets the twice-to-beat advantage. La Salle won the game, and ended Ateneo's season in the semifinals, to face FEU in the Finals. La Salle would win in three games to deny FEU which had defeated Ateneo a season before, a back-to-back championship run.
In 2005, three teams, La Salle, Ateneo and UE, were all tied for second place. La Salle won the tiebreaker with a superior point differential on games played by the three teams, causing Ateneo and UE to play for the right to face La Salle with the twice-to-win disadvantage in which the Eagles won. However, La Salle defeated Ateneo in the semifinals to clinch another Finals appearance against FEU.
2006: La Salle suspension
After FEU swept La Salle in the 2005 championship series, La Salle admitted it fielded two ineligible players from 2003 to 2005, albeit it claimed not to be aware of their ineligibility which caused them to return the 2005 runner-up trophy and the 2004 championship trophy they won against FEU (The league would later award FEU the trophy). The league suspended La Salle in 2006 for a year due to negligence, with all of their games during that period also forfeited. Ateneo faced UST in the 2006 Finals, a series UST won in three games.
2007: "Two is greater than three"
Upon their return in 2007, UE swept the elimination round 14–0, with their last game against La Salle going into overtime with the Warriors still prevailing. With Ateneo also losing their last game, the two teams were again tied for second place, and La Salle won the playoff game to clinch the twice-to-beat advantage. Prior to this, Ateneo won the two elimination round games against La Salle.
Unlike earlier match-ups where the team with the advantage won the first game, Ateneo won the first game, with Chris Tiu playing pivotal roles in crunch time where he scored the winning lay-up with 7.3 seconds remaining to force a deciding game. In their fifth meeting of the season, Pocholo Villanueva scored a three-pointer to add La Salle's lead to nine with less than three minutes in the game left. After an Ateneo 6–2 run, Villanueva scored a jump-shot anew, padding the lead to seven. After Ford Arao later cut the lead to five, La Salle's OJ Cua missed two free-throws with 23.9 seconds remaining. Chris Tiu passed the ball to Nonoy Baclao who scored a three-pointer to cut the lead to two, but JV Casio converted both of his free-throws with 4 seconds left to punch La Salle's ticket to the Finals. This had been the only time Ateneo and La Salle played for five games in a season without both the teams advancing to the Finals.
La Salle would eventually sweep UE in the Finals 2–0 to cap their seventh men's basketball championship. After the season, La Salle coach Franz Pumaren remarked that "This is the only time that two is greater than three, they beat us three times, but we beat them when it counted the most."
2008 Finals: Double Championship
|Game 1||Ateneo 69||La Salle 61||Ateneo 1–0|
|Game 2||Ateneo 62||La Salle 51||Ateneo 2–0|
Ateneo would later claim their fourth UAAP title in 2008 against defending champions La Salle by sweeping the finals series 2–0. In Game 1, Rabeh Al-Hussaini scored 31 points to lead Ateneo to a win. In Game 2, Ateneo led by 15 points at halftime, but La Salle came back cutting the lead to three, 50–47 at the end of the third quarter. However, La Salle forward Rico Maierhofer was ejected just before the end of the third after the officials said that he flashed the dirty finger, although Maierhofer denied the charge. A La Salle scoring drought saw the lead balloon to eight in the last two minutes, and Ateneo never looked back after a Jai Reyes three-point play to secure Ateneo's fourth UAAP men's basketball title.
2009-12: Ateneo championships
La Salle paraded several rookies for the 2009 season, while Ateneo emerged with only Chris Tiu as the major graduating player. With these conditions, the first Ateneo–La Salle game came at the heels of former President Corazon Aquino's death, and as a result, spectators wore yellow as a sign for respect for Aquino. Ateneo outlasted La Salle in overtime to end the first round with a solitary loss. The two teams met a week later, but this time Ateneo had a big enough lead to prevent La Salle from catching up. Ateneo qualified for the semifinals as the No. 1 seed, eventually winning the championship; La Salle missed out on the Final Four on the final day after being defeated by NU. The 2009 season would be the first time Ateneo and La Salle would not meet in the playoffs since 2001, not including their Finals encounter in 2008 and the DLSU suspension in 2006.
In 2010, parading some new players and an improved set of veterans, the Green Archers defeated the Blue Eagles, 66–63, with the Blue Eagles still feeling the loss of three of the previous season's starters and sophomore guard Sam Marata shooting hot in the end game. This was the first official win of the Green Archers against the Blue Eagles in UAAP action since 2007. In the second round encounter, the Ateneo Blue Eagles were threatened with falling into a tie in the standings had they lost to DLSU. After falling behind 4–9, the Blue Eagles went on a 10–0 scoring run to take a double digit lead, and went on to defeat the Archers decisively, 74–57.
2010 was the second straight year that Ateneo and DLSU would not meet in a post eliminations series. DLSU managed to reach the Final Four after missing it in the previous season, but fell to the top-seeded FEU Tamaraws in overtime. The Blue Eagles defeated the Adamson Falcons in the Final Four, and went on to sweep the Tamaraws for their third consecutive title despite not having any player in the Mythical Team.
In 2011, the Ateneo Blue Eagles team headlined by two rookies defeated DLSU again in both of their elimination matches. It is also the third straight year that Ateneo and DLSU would not meet in a post elimination series, since the DLSU failed to qualify once again for the Final Four. The Ateneo was the top-seeded team in the semifinals and defeated the UST Growling Tigers in one game. The Blue Eagles then proceeded to sweep the finals series against the FEU Tamaraws, thus achieving its own four-peat.
Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Norman Black announced that this would be his last season as head coach of the Ateneo. La Salle, on the other hand, had a rookie coach in Gee Abanilla. The two schools met thrice that season- twice in the elimination and once in the semi-finals with Ateneo winning all of the games. A few days prior to the Final 4 match between Ateneo and La Salle, the Blue Eagle's patron, Manny Pangilinan, announced that he would be pulling out his support from the school. Despite the controversy, Ateneo eventually won its fifth consecutive title, facing UST in the finals.
2013: The End of an Era for Ateneo
Upon the departure of Norman Black, Dolreich "Bo" Perasol, a former member of the University of the Philippines men's basketball team and a seasoned Philippine Basketball Association head coach, was tapped by Ateneo as head coach of the Blue Eagles. The entry of Perasol, who was rumored to be tapped as team consultant of the UP Fighting Maroons prior to his appointment as Ateneo head coach, also heralded the return of Manny Pangilinan as the Blue Eagles' main patron. Joining Ateneo men's basketball team was Filipino-American forward Chris Newsome.
Over at La Salle, a series of reshuffles within and outside of the team resulted to the appointment of then assistant coach Juno Sauler as the head coach of the Green Archers. Joining the De La Salle Green Archers coaching staff prior to the start of the 2013-2014 UAAP season was Allan Caidic, who took on the chores of shooting coach. Filipino-American forwards Jason Perkins and Matthew Salem became a part of team roster, which had to adjust to the loss of resident players Yutien Andrada, Mac Tallo, Fonzo Gotladera and Papot Paredes.
For the first time since 2005, La Salle was able to sweep Ateneo during the elimination round. During their first round meeting at the Mall of Asia Arena last July 7, 2013, the Green Archers, banking on the heroics of combo guard Almond Vosotros and center Arnold Van Opstal, defeated the Blue Eagles, 82-73, resulting to Ateneo's third straight loss to start the season. The second round meeting, which was held at the Araneta Coliseum last September 1, 2013, was tightly contested by Ateneo and La Salle, with the Green Archers winning over the Blue Eagles, 66-64, after sophomore forward Jeron Teng sank a floater with only two seconds left in the shot clock.
Toward the end of the second round Ateneo-La Salle game, Perasol was involved in a scuffle with JJ Atayde, an alumnus of La Salle, after the former got irked with the latter's heckling. The incident caused the UAAP Board to penalize Perasol with a one-game suspension and Atayde with a season-wide ban from watching games. Controversy further ensued after Perasol violated his one game suspension by watching from inside the Ateneo dugout during the Blue Eagles' September 8, 2013 game against the UE Red Warriors, forcing UE team officials to file an inquiry before the UAAP Board. The UAAP Board acted on UE's request for an inquiry, ordering Perasol to serve his one-game suspension during Ateneo's September 18, 2013 game against the UST Growling Tigers.
Ateneo, with Perasol serving his one-game suspension, was eventually defeated by UST, 74-82, causing the Blue Eagles to not only be dethroned as UAAP Men's Basketball Champions after five straight seasons but to also miss Final Four contention for the first time since 1998.
La Salle, after a disastrous 3-4 finish during the first round of elimination games, swept the second round and ended the elimination round at 10-4, forcing a three-way tie for the top spot alongside the NU Bulldogs and the FEU Tamaraws. Due to having the highest quotient, NU took the Number One spot with twice-to-beat advantage and faced the UST in the Final Four, with the Growling Tigers defeating the Bulldogs in two games. On the other hand, La Salle and FEU faced each other twice, the first meeting being a rubber match game for the Number Two spot and the twice-to-beat advantage and the second being the formal Final Four game, with the Green Archers winning on both occasions and entering the Finals for the first time since UAAP Season 71.
During the Finals series, La Salle defeated UST in three games to win the UAAP Season 76 Men's Basketball Championship title.
2014: No Ateneo or La Salle in the Finals
Ateneo defeated the defending champions La Salle in their first meeting in 2014, 97-86 with Kiefer Ravena exploding 29 points including 4 three-pointers in the fourth quarter. In their next encounter, La Salle emerged victorious, 88-86 with Jeron Teng scoring 32 points including 17 out of 20 from the free throw line. Ateneo later became the #1 seed and gained the twice-to-beat advantage after defeating FEU in their elimination round finale while La Salle settled for the #3 seed after being defeated by FEU in the playoff game for the #2 seed. In the Final Four however, Ateneo lost to #4 seed NU in two games while La Salle, despite winning against FEU in their first game in the Final Four, they lost to FEU in the next game with FEU's key player Mark Belo hitting the game-winning three-pointer, 67-64.
For the first time since 1993, neither Ateneo nor La Salle qualified to the Finals.
Juniors' basketball rivalry
The two universities are also represented in the high school level, with the Ateneo de Manila High School and La Salle Green Hills (1968–1981), De La Salle Zobel (1986–present). And a similar rivalry, although on much lesser scale, currently exists. When La Salle Green Hills used to be the Juniors' team of the Green Archers in the NCAA though, the rivalry between the Ateneo and La Salle in the high school level was much stronger, considering that both the Ateneo High School and the LSGH High School are both all-male schools, igniting a huge rumble in 1978. But this rivalry has since faded, with AHS being in the UAAP and LSGH staying in the NCAA. Still, the remnants of this rivalry live on in the UAAP with LSGH's sister school De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School, the juniors representative of De La Salle University in the UAAP, taking its place.
In Juniors basketball, the Ateneo has 11 NCAA titles and 17 UAAP titles, for a total of 28, whereas La Salle has 6 NCAA titles and 2 UAAP titles, for 8 total.
La Salle Greenies defeated the Ateneo Blue Eaglets in the 1939 NCAA Junior Championship. Ateneo High School and De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) met twice in the UAAP juniors' basketball finals; in 2007 in which DLSZ won in two games dethroning the Eaglets in the process, and in 2009 in which the Blue Eaglets won the best-of-three series, 2–1. In addition, the Junior Archers weren't able to defend their 2005 championship due to their suspension along with their seniors' counterparts.
Philippine University Games
Ateneo has won the basketball crown of the Unigames 3 times (2008, 2009, and 2011). La Salle has won it once (1998).
National Seniors Open championship
The National Seniors Open was a tournament participated by top commercial (MICAA) and collegiate teams in the country. La Salle won the 1939 and 1949 Championships. Ateneo has not won a National Seniors Open championship.
La Salle also won the National Open in 1983.
Both schools have also competed in various sports including badminton, baseball, chess, football (soccer), softball, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis, track and field, tennis, and volleyball during various periods of the NCAA and UAAP.
Football, the most popular sport in the world, was also reported to be the top sport in the Philippines from the 1920s, 1930s, and shortly after World War II. In terms of the total number of collegiate and high school titles in the NCAA and UAAP combined La Salle leads Ateneo 63–17.
La Salle has the most number of collegiate championships in NCAA history with 21 versus Ateneo with 6. The Green Achers were 9-peat champions from 1932 through 1940. In the UAAP La Salle also leads with a combined 11 titles, made up of 3 Men's and 8 Women's titles, versus Ateneo's 7 Men's titles. The Ateneo Men's football team were 3-peat champions twice in the UAAP, from 1998 through 2001 and 2003 through 2005.
In the NCAA Junior division La Salle has 30 titles versus Ateneo's 2 titles. La Salle Junior Archers were twice 5-peat champions from 1937 through 1941 and 1971 through 1976. Both high schools have 1 title apiece in the UAAP which only considers the Junior division football a demonstration sport.
For the De La Salle Zobel Men's football team; they have maintained 5 years of high school football championships in the RIFA cup 1 and 2 where Ateneo was not successful in winning any match against De La Salle Zobel which totaled 9 championship titles from 2001 to 2005. From 2001 to 2005, De La Salle Zobel were RIFA 1 and 2 champions 9 times, most of them back to back champions in every year. The only loss La Salle Zobel encountered was a loss to Xavier high school during the RIFA 2 championship in 2004.
In the inaugural UAAP Juniors Football Championship in 2007–08, De La Salle Zobel won the demonstration championship. Ateneo won the demonstration championship the following year. In 2009–10, Ateneo won the first official UAAP Juniors Football Championship.
In volleyball, one of the most popular collegiate sports, La Salle leads with 15 championships compared to Ateneo with 4 championships. La Salle was 4-peat men's NCAA champions from 1977 through 1980 (considered their golden era). The Green Archers were also UAAP men's champions in 2001 and 2003. The Lady Archers were three-peat UAAP champions from the 2003–2004 season to the 2005–2006 season. They were the first NCAA champions in 1975 and had five additional UAAP titles that were won during the 1999–2000, 2008–2009, 2010–2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. Ateneo was men's and women's NCAA champion in 1976 and Women's UAAP champion in 2014.
UAAP Season 74 Women's Volleyball Finals
For the first time in history, Ateneo and La Salle met each other at the UAAP Season 74 women's volleyball finals. The De La Salle Lady Spikers automatically entered the finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage after sweeping the elimination round. On the other hand, the Ateneo Lady Eagles, consistently ranked second throughout much of the elimination round, entered the finals for the first time since Ateneo de Manila University joined the UAAP.
The De La Salle Lady Spikers defeated the Ateneo Lady Eagles in three games to win their seventh UAAP women's volleyball championship title. Game One of the Finals was won by Ateneo in four sets but Games Two and Three of the series were won by La Salle, with the DLSU Lady Spikers beating the Ateneo Lady Spikers in four sets during Game Two and in three sets during Game Three. La Salle team captain Charleen Cruz was named as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the finals.
UAAP Season 75 Women's Volleyball Finals
Ateneo and La Salle faced each other once again during the UAAP Season 75 women's volleyball finals after the De La Salle Lady Spikers defeated the NU Lady Bulldogs and the Ateneo Lady Eagles defeated the Adamson Lady Falcons during the Final Four matches that were held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on February 23, 2013.
Game One of the Ateneo-La Salle finals was played before a crowd of 17,342 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 2, 2013. The Lady Spikers defeated the Lady Eagles in five sets, 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6.
Game Two of the finals was held at the Mall of Asia Arena on March 6, 2013. With the game attended by 18,779 paying patrons, La Salle defeated Ateneo in three sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16, to finish the series in two games and win their eighth UAAP women's volleyball championship title. Michele Gumabao was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Finals.
UAAP Season 76 Women's Volleyball Finals
For the third time, Ateneo and La Salle faced each other during UAAP Season 76 women's volleyball finals. The De La Salle Lady Spikers automatically entered the finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage after sweeping the elimination round. On the other hand, the Ateneo Lady Eagles, under new head coach Anusorn "Tai" Bundit, were able to reach the finals after winning knockout matches against fourth-seed Adamson Lady Falcons and then second-seed National University Lady Bulldogs under the stepladder format.
Game One of the Finals, which was held on March 5, 2014, was won by Ateneo in four sets, 17-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-20. Three days later, on March 8, 2014, La Salle bounced back in Game Two and defeated Ateneo in four sets, 25-14, 25-20, 19-25, 26-24. The first two games of the Finals were held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The venue of the remaining games of the Finals shifted from the Smart Araneta Coliseum to the Mall of Asia Arena. In Game Three, which was held on March 12, 2014, Ateneo defeated La Salle in five sets, 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 16-25, 17-15, to forge a do-or-die title match on March 15, 2014. In Game Four, the Ateneo Lady Eagles swept the De La Salle Lady Spikers, 25-23, 26-24, 25-21, to win their first UAAP women's volleyball championship title.
Ateneo Team Captain Alyssa Valdez, who was awarded the UAAP Season 76 Most Valuable Player of the Season, was named as the Most Valuable Player of the Finals.
Ateneo has had 7 to La Salle 5 in terms of total seniors' badminton collegiate championships. The last men's badminton crown for La Salle came in 2007 and for Ateneo in 2013. Both schools have had fairly strong teams over a number of years in collegiate badminton.
In another popular collegiate sport, taekwondo, La Salle has 9 collegiate titles whereas Ateneo has no titles to date.
In judo, Ateneo has the upper hand with 6 collegiate titles while La Salle has 1. La Salle almost won their first Judo championships in Season 71 with 3 gold medals and the Ateneo with 2. Ateneo was able to clinch championships with bronze medals that boosted them to the overall championship.
In 2010, the Ateneo Blue Judokas won their third straight judo title in UAAP Judo, together with the Ateneo High School Judokas, that won their fifth straight title.
La Salle has 16 collegiate swimming titles versus Ateneo with 4 swimming titles. La Salle was 3-peat champion in the Men's division in 2000, 2001, and 2002 as well as 2-peat champion in the Women's division in 2002 and 2003. Ateneo won the Women's title in 2000 and 2014, and the Men's title in 2012 and 2014.
La Salle has had the upper hand in Ateneo-La Salle match ups. Prior to Ateneo's 10-year curse, in 1991, La Salle lost to Ateneo 10–5 for Ateneo's last victory before the infamous losing streak. It took 13 years before Ateneo could beat La Salle when in 2004, Johnel Clemente's game-winning RBI single off La Salle pitcher Angel Gabriel nailed Ateneo's victory, 9–8. In 2006, Ateneo handed La Salle its first humiliating 10-run loss, 17–7, on Jonathan Sibal's 2-RBI single off pitcher Jeff Ardio which ended the game prematurely at the 8th inning (mercy rule). La Salle actually led 7–4 in the 4th inning before Ateneo exploded for 9 runs and put the game out of reach. In 2009, Ateneo and La Salle combined for what may be the highest scoring game in UAAP Baseball history when Ateneo defeated La Salle, 27–14.
Men's basketball results
Men's basketball games between the two in the UAAP are the most anticipated match-ups in the season, with most games being sold out. Both teams are guaranteed to face each other at the elimination round (regular season) twice, while they can meet for a maximum of three times in the playoffs (up to three times in the semifinals, or twice in the semifinals plus a seeding playoff).
The games were played consistently from 1986 until 2006 when La Salle was suspended for fielding two ineligible players.
Official UAAP league records since 1986 show that head to head championships between the teams have Ateneo leading 3 championships to 1. Including regular season, Final Four and Championship games in the UAAP, Ateneo leads 43 games to 31 as seven La Salle wins from 2003 to 2005 were forfeited due to the use of ineligible players using falsified documents.
|1939||Ateneo 23||La Salle 27||First Ateneo-La Salle championship game results with La Salle winning their first NCAA title.|
|1958||Ateneo 105||La Salle 103||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila||OT; NCAA championship, Ateneo wins second consecutive title.|
|August 13, 1966||Ateneo 72||La Salle 69||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila|
|September 29, 1966||Ateneo 80||La Salle 74||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila|
|1968||Ateneo 48||La Salle 49||Blue Eagle Gym, Quezon City||NCAA second round|
|September 27, 1969||Ateneo 93||La Salle 88||Blue Eagle Gym, Quezon City||NCAA second round|
|1974||Ateneo 80||La Salle 90||La Salle wins NCAA championship|
|July 26, 1986||Ateneo 88||La Salle 77||PhilSports Arena, Pasig||Ateneo won their first four meetings against La Salle in the UAAP.||1-0|
|August 23, 1986||Ateneo 92||La Salle 81||Blue Eagle Gym, Quezon City||2-0|
|August 23, 1987||Ateneo 95||La Salle 91||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila||3-0|
|September 26, 1987||Ateneo 98||La Salle 89||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila||4-0|
|August 13, 1988||Ateneo 76||La Salle 78||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila||First win of La Salle against Ateneo in the UAAP.||4-1|
|October 2, 1988||Ateneo 73||La Salle 72||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila||Ateneo defeats La Salle in the second round, giving Ateneo a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals.||5-1|
|October 7, 1988||Ateneo 76||La Salle 70||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila||UAAP Championship. Ateneo wins back-to-back titles.||6-1|
|August 27, 1989||Ateneo 69||La Salle 77||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||6-2|
|September 17, 1989||Ateneo 67||La Salle 61||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||7-2|
|August 12, 1990||Ateneo 57||La Salle 64||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||7-3|
|September 16, 1990||Ateneo 64||La Salle 66||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||7-4|
|August 10, 1991||Ateneo 77||La Salle 99||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||7-5|
|September 7, 1991||Ateneo 75||La Salle 79||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||7-6|
|July 25, 1992||Ateneo 64||La Salle 70||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||7-7|
|September 5, 1992||Ateneo 89||La Salle 94||Blue Eagle Gym, Quezon City||7-8|
|August 7, 1993||Ateneo 71||La Salle 81||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Ateneo gets its 7 game losing streak against La Salle.||7-9|
|September 18, 1993||Ateneo 77||La Salle 66||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Blue Eagles Richie Ticzon and Vince Hizon's last game.||8-9|
|August 13, 1994||Ateneo 66||La Salle 81||Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay||8-10|
|September 3, 1994||Ateneo 73||La Salle 72||Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay||Blue Eagle Red Camua scored 18 points with 4 three-point shots and the last 4 free throws to seal the win for Ateneo.||9-10|
|August 5, 1995||Ateneo 49||La Salle 54||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||9-11|
|September 2, 1995||Ateneo 58||La Salle 66||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||9-12|
|July 27, 1996||Ateneo 69||La Salle 77||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||9-13|
|September 14, 1996||Ateneo 80||La Salle 55||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Ateneo shot 50% from 3-point range (16 of 32) and led the entire game.||10-13|
|July 26, 1997||Ateneo 54||La Salle 61||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||10-14|
|September 6, 1997||Ateneo 66||La Salle 68||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||10-15|
|August 1, 1998||Ateneo 50||La Salle 64||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||10-16|
|September 12, 1998||Ateneo 75||La Salle 87||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||10-17|
|July 31, 1999||Ateneo 60||La Salle 57||Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay||BJ Manalo's first game against Ateneo||11-17|
|August 28, 1999||Ateneo 59||La Salle 70||PhilSports Arena, Pasig||11-18|
|July 15, 2000||Ateneo 70||La Salle 94||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||11-19|
|September 16, 2000||Ateneo 66||La Salle 63||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||12-19|
|July 15, 2001||Ateneo 76||La Salle 91||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||12-20|
|September 16, 2001||Ateneo 63||La Salle 76||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||12-21|
|September 27, 2001||Ateneo 68||La Salle 74||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 1||12-22|
|October 4, 2001||Ateneo 76||La Salle 72||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 2||13-22|
|October 16, 2001||Ateneo 88||La Salle 93||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 3; La Salle wins fourth consecutive title.||13-23|
|August 10, 2002||Ateneo 60||La Salle 70||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||13-24|
|September 14, 2002||Ateneo 76||La Salle 63||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||La Salle had a 13–0 record prior to the game.||14-24|
|September 26, 2002||Ateneo 72||La Salle 70||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 1||15-24|
|September 29, 2002||Ateneo 77||La Salle 85||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 2||15-25|
|October 5, 2002||Ateneo 77||La Salle 70||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 3; Ateneo ends 14-year title drought.||16-25|
|August 9, 2003||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||First game with ineligible La Salle players.||17-25|
|September 13, 2003||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||18-25|
|September 25, 2003||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||OT; UAAP semifinals, marred by a brawl that halted the game for several minutes.||19-25|
|September 30, 2003||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Semifinals; Ateneo lost in the Finals vs. FEU.||20-25|
|July 11, 2004||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||21-25|
|August 22, 2004||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||22-25|
|September 14, 2004||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||2nd-seed game||23-25|
|September 19, 2004||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP semifinals; La Salle was later stripped of their championship.||24-25|
|July 10, 2005||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||25-25|
|September 15, 2005||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||26-25|
|September 25, 2005||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP semifinals; La Salle lost in the Finals vs. FEU.||27-25|
|July 26, 2007||Ateneo 80||La Salle 77||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||OT; first game since the La Salle suspension.||28-25|
|September 9, 2007||Ateneo 89||La Salle 87||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||29-25|
|September 18, 2007||Ateneo 69||La Salle 70||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||2nd-seed game||29-26|
|September 27, 2007||Ateneo 65||La Salle 64||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP semifinals||30-26|
|September 30, 2007||Ateneo 60||La Salle 65||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP semifinals; La Salle went on to win the championship vs. UE.||30-27|
|July 6, 2008||Ateneo 79||La Salle 73||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||31-27|
|September 6, 2008||Ateneo 65||La Salle 57||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||32-27|
|September 21, 2008||Ateneo 69||La Salle 61||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 1||33-27|
|September 25, 2008||Ateneo 62||La Salle 51||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Finals–Game 2; Ateneo wins second championship in 6 years.||34-27|
|August 9, 2009||Ateneo 76||La Salle 72||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||OT; Game played with a tribute to the late president Corazon Aquino. Some supporters from both sides wore yellow.||35-27|
|August 16, 2009||Ateneo 81||La Salle 65||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Ateneo went on to win their second consecutive championship.||36-27|
|July 24, 2010||Ateneo 63||La Salle 66||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||36-28|
|August 22, 2010||Ateneo 74||La Salle 57||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Ateneo goes on to win their first three-peat in UAAP men's basketball. The Eaglets also took home the championship to make it a double three-peat, the first in the history of the two major collegiate leagues in the Philippines—UAAP and NCAA.||37-28|
|July 16, 2011||Ateneo 81||La Salle 72||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||38-28|
|August 28, 2011||Ateneo 79||La Salle 62||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Ateneo had a 10–0 record prior to the game and later went on to win their fourth consecutive championship.||39-28|
|July 28, 2012||Ateneo 71||La Salle 61||Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay||This is the first Ateneo-La Salle game held at the Mall of Asia Arena||40-28|
|September 1, 2012||Ateneo 77||La Salle 67||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||41-28|
|September 29, 2012||Ateneo 66||La Salle 63||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||UAAP Semifinals. Ateneo went on to win their 5th straight UAAP championship||42-28|
|July 7, 2013||Ateneo 73||La Salle 82||Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay||La Salle defeats Ateneo turning Ateneo's record to 0-3.||42-29|
|September 1, 2013||Ateneo 64||La Salle 66||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Ateneo loses bid for a sixth straight UAAP Men's Basketball Championship title and misses the Final Four for the first time in 14 years after losing its last elimination round game against the UST Growling Tigers. La Salle enters the Final Four and wins the UAAP Season 76 championship title after defeating UST in the Finals.||42-30|
|July 20, 2014||Ateneo 97||La Salle 86||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||First meeting between the two teams in 2014. Ateneo defeats La Salle that sends them to a 0-2 start.||43-30|
|August 17, 2014||Ateneo 86||La Salle 88||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City||Jeron Teng explodes for 32 points and 6 rebounds, including 17-20 from the free throw line. Ateneo lost to NU and La Salle was defeated by FEU in the Final Four. For the first time since 1993, both the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers failed to enter the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals.||43-31|
Due to many socialites watching the games live, La Salle head coach Franz Pumaren said that "The janitors in Araneta always say, 'If there's an Ateneo-La Salle game, once everybody's out of the coliseum, it still smells good because of the all the socialites watching.' " In the late 1990s, former first daughter and actress Kris Aquino would call Ateneo head coach Joe Lipa to check on the team's progress, according to Ricky Dandan, Lipa's former assistant and brother of former NU Bulldogs coach Manny. Joel Banal, Ateneo's head coach from 2002 to 2003, used to have nightmares about La Salle's dreaded press, and considers the 2002 championship as his greatest accomplishment, after which Ateneo alums would pay for his restaurant bills.
Furthermore, Ateneo alumni installed the playing floor on the 2000 NBA All-Star Game to the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center, while shipping magnate Enrique Razon, Jr. donated about US$1 million to refurbish La Salle's sporting facilities.
During the collegiate games between both schools, notably basketball, televised coverage would occasionally flash famous alumni from entertainment, politics, business, education, and other fields watching from the sidelines. Former Ateneo cheerleader and current Senator Richard Gordon is renowned for sideline antics like jumping on the scorer's table to rile up the crowd. Gary Valenciano entertained the crowds during the recent UAAP 73 opening ceremonies.
Orlando Magic player Gilbert Arenas described the Ateneo-La Salle game as "you split the crowd in half, 50–50. One side of their gym was blue and one side of their gym was green and everybody was just yelling."
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