San Beda–Letran rivalry

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School colors of Letran and San Beda.

This rivalry is between Mendiola's San Beda and Muralla's Letran.

The rivalry started on October 28, 1950 when Letran and San Beda meet in the finals for the first time. Letran then was led by Lauro Mumar while San Beda was led by Carlos Loyzaga who eventually became legends of Philippine Basketball. During the second round of eliminations Letran was on the verge of sweeping the tournament to become eventual champions (the Final 4 format was not yet implemented), but San Beda spoiled it and beat them to arrange a championship showdown with the Knights. In the finals, Letran got their sweet revenge as they beat San Beda to get their second title in the NCAA. The Letran team was called "Murder Inc." by the late Willie Hernandez because of their merciless brand of basketball, very unforgiving. After that historic match, San Beda kept on winning many championships until the 70's while Letran ended the 70's with only six championships. In the 80's, the NCAA saw the downfall of the San Beda while Letran peaked and became a powerhouse team that will continue until the millennium decade.

With the exit of their fierce rivals, Ateneo for San Beda and La Salle for Letran, some say the rivalry has died down because of their heaven and earth situation not until in 2006 when the Red Lions won their 12th championship after 28 years. During that same year San Beda won twice against Letran and denied the Knights to gain a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

On 2007, San Beda and Letran played for the championship for the second time and was dubbed "The Dream Finals" because it featured two NCAA teams who have very rich basketball history and tradition and in this series, San Beda has a championship score to settle with Letran (to avenge their defeat in the finals 57 years ago). The Red Lions eventually swept the Knights 2−0. San Beda's Rogemar Menor was named as the 2007 NCAA Finals MVP. Right now they are the most anticipated games in the NCAA which led to bringing the games at the Araneta Coliseum. They are also compared to UAAP's Ateneo-La Salle rivalry where in some columnists say it is the "icing in the cake" of today's NCAA.

Head-to-head record by sport[edit]

Seniors' Division[edit]

As of October 2010, the Letran Knights has more collegiate championships in the seniors' division compared to the San Beda Red Lions.[1] Letran has 73 collegiate championships while San Beda has 69. Letran also leads the General Championships Tally with 9 titles with San Beda having only 2.

Letran leads San Beda 6-5 in different all-time sports categories.

Both schools have yet to win collegiate championships in cheerleading.

General Championship[edit]

Letran leads the General Championship race with 9-3.[1]

  • Letran (9) - 1979-80, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2009–10
  • San Beda (3) - 2010-11, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

Juniors' Division[edit]

As of October 2010, the San Beda Red Cubs leads the rivalry in the juniors' division with 87 championships while the Letran Squires has 61 championships. The Red Cubs also leads the general championships tally with 10 compared to the Squires' 7 general championships.

San Beda leads Letran 6-5 in different all-time sports categories.

General Championship[edit]

San Beda leads the general championship race with 10-7.[1]

  • San Beda (10) - 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Letran (7) - 1983, 1986, 1987, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Basketball Statistics[edit]

Men's basketball results[edit]

Both teams are expected to meet at least 2 times per year. Since 2001, San Beda leads the rivalry 22-17.

Date San Beda Letran Venue Note/s
July 25, 2000 San Beda 61 Letran 77 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
September 5, 2000 San Beda 59 Letran 68 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
July 10, 2001 San Beda 77 Letran 85 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
September 4, 2001 San Beda 67 Letran 88 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
June 29, 2002 San Beda 64 Letran 69 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City NCAA Season 78 opener.
August 23, 2002 San Beda 54 Letran 67 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
July 7, 2003 San Beda 63 Letran 69 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
August 18, 2003 San Beda 65 Letran 76 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
July 7, 2004 San Beda 55 Letran 70 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
August 25, 2004 San Beda 70 Letran 79 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila OT
June 29, 2005 San Beda 54 Letran 63 Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City Letran had a 2-0 record prior to the game
August 12, 2005 San Beda 58 Letran 68 Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City Letran had 9-0 record prior to the game
July 19, 2006 San Beda 67 Letran 59 Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila Letran had a 6-0 record prior to the game. San Beda's 1st win against Letran in years.
September 13, 2006 San Beda 54 Letran 43 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City San Beda overcame a 12-point deficit to win the game.
July 25, 2007 San Beda 69 Letran 70 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 5-0 record prior to the game, Letran's 1st win against San Beda since 2005.
August 31, 2007 San Beda 87 Letran 84 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Game was marred by a brawl during and after the game.
September 19, 2007 San Beda 76 Letran 68 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Finals - Game 1. 1st Meeting between San Beda and Letran in the Finals since 1950 and also San Beda's 1st win against Letran in the finals since the 1950 Finals defeat.
September 26, 2007 San Beda 76 Letran 64 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Finals - Game 2. San Beda successfully defends their title. Letran's 1st defeat in the finals since the 1980s and under Coach Louie Alas
July 30, 2008 San Beda 71 Letran 67 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Letran had a 6-0 record prior to the game.
September 10, 2008 San Beda 65 Letran 63 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City San Beda's Borgie Hermida shoots the winning shot with just 2 seconds left in OT. San Beda then went on to win their third consecutive championship title.
July 24, 2009 San Beda 79 Letran 74 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
September 23, 2009 San Beda 76 Letran 64 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
October 16, 2009 San Beda 82 Letran 76 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Semifinals. San Beda lost in the Finals vs. San Sebastian.
July 21, 2010 San Beda 77 Letran 60 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 3-0 record prior to the game.
September 24, 2010 San Beda 74 Letran 56 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 14-0 record prior to the game.
August 10, 2011 San Beda 77 Letran 62 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 5-0 record prior to the game.
October 7, 2011 San Beda 84 Letran 68 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda now has a 12-game winning streak against Letran since 2007. This secured them a twice-to-beat advantage.
August 16, 2012 San Beda 65 Letran 43 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
September 1, 2012 San Beda 68 Letran 62 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
October 18, 2012 San Beda 62 Letran 60 Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay Finals - Game 1. San Beda leads 1-0. First NCAA game and San Beda–Letran game held at the Mall of Asia Arena.
October 20, 2012 San Beda 55 Letran 64 Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Finals - Game 2. Letran ties the series and at the same time breaks their 15-game losing streak to San Beda since 2007.
October 26, 2012 San Beda 67 Letran 39 Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Finals - Game 3. San Beda wins their 17th championship, the most in the league. This is also their 6th championship in 7 years.
August 25, 2013 San Beda 67 Letran 74 Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay Both teams had a 7-1 win-loss record prior to the game.
October 21, 2013 San Beda 76 Letran 72 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan OT
November 11, 2013 San Beda 80 Letran 68 Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay Finals Game 1 San Beda lead series 1-0.
November 13, 2013 San Beda 74 Letran 79 Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay Finals Game 2 Series tied at 1-1 all as Raymond Almazan as the Best Player of the Game.
November 16, 2013 San Beda 60 Letran 56 Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay Game 3 of San Beda win it's 18th Championship Title, Arthur Dela Cruz is the Finals MVP of NCAA Season 89..
August 13, 2014 San Beda 53 Letran 64 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Mark Cruz as The Best Player of The Game Win Against Defending Champion San Beda.
September 13, 2014 San Beda 73 Letran 44 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Arthur Dela Cruz is the Best Player of The Game Win Against 2-year Finals opponent Letran.

Juniors' Basketball Results[edit]

Since 2007, San Beda leads the rivalry is 17-7 but if the game on July 21, 2010 favored San Beda, San Beda will still be the leader of the rivalry but with a better record of 18-6.

Date San Beda Letran Venue Note/s
July 9, 2007 San Beda 92 Letran 106 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
August 31, 2007 San Beda 98 Letran 96 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
September 12, 2007 San Beda 96 Letran 86 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Semifinals. Letran has twice-to-beat advantage.
September 14, 2007 San Beda 92 Letran 96 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Semifinals. Letran lost in the finals vs. San Sebastian.
July 30, 2008 San Beda 77 Letran 91 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
September 5, 2008 San Beda 61 Letran 65 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
July 24, 2009 San Beda 84 Letran 99 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Letran had a 5-0 record prior to the game.
October 2, 2009 San Beda 92 Letran 91 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Letran had a 17-0 record prior to the game.
October 14, 2009 San Beda 91 Letran 77 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan 1st seed playoff.
October 22, 2009 San Beda 98 Letran 75 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Finals - Game 1. San Beda leads series 1-0.
October 24, 2009 San Beda 80 Letran 83 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Finals - Game 2. Series tied with 1-1.
October 29, 2009 San Beda 86 Letran 75 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Finals - Game 3, San Beda ends 4-year title drought.
July 21, 2010 San Beda 86 Letran 71 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Game forfeited due to the wrong uniform of San Beda's player, Baser Amer.[2]
September 24, 2010 San Beda 86 Letran 71 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
October 6, 2010 San Beda 92 Letran 80 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Semifinals. San Beda went on to win the championship vs. San Sebastian.
August 1, 2011 San Beda 84 Letran 72 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 5-0 record prior to the game.
October 7, 2011 San Beda 88 Letran 63 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 16-0 record prior to the game. San Beda now has a 4-game winning streak against Letran since 2010.
August 16, 2012 San Beda 86 Letran 69 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had an 8-0 record prior to the game.
September 1, 2012 San Beda 73 Letran 64 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 10-0 record prior to the game.
October 13, 2012 San Beda 61 Letran 57 Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City Semifinals. San Beda now has a 7-game winning streak against Letran since 2010,San Beda went on to win the championship vs. San Sebastian.
August 25, 2013 San Beda 100 Letran 86 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had an 8-0 record prior to the game.
October 21, 2013 San Beda 95 Letran 84 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 17-0 record prior to the game.
August 13, 2014 San Beda 70 Letran 48 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan
September 13, 2014 San Beda 88 Letran 83 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan

Final Four Rankings[edit]

For comparison, these are the rankings of these two teams since the Final Four format was introduced.

      Finished as the champion

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