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 1970s while Letran ended the 1970s with only six championships. In the 1980s, 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.

In 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 had 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 2016, the San Beda Red Lions has more collegiate championships in the seniors' division compared to the Letran Knights. San Beda has 112 seniors' collegiate championships while Letran has 94. Letran leads the General Championships Tally with 9 titles with San Beda having 6.

San Beda leads Letran 7-6 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 9-6.

  • Letran (9) - 1979-80, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2009–10
  • San Beda (6) - 2010-11, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2015-16, 2016-2017

Juniors' Division[edit]

As of October 2016, the San Beda Red Cubs leads the rivalry in the juniors' division with 102 championships while the Letran Squires has 70 championships. The Red Cubs also leads the general championships tally with 12 compared to the Squires' 8 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 12-8.[1]

  • San Beda (12) - 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Letran (8) - 1983, 1986, 1987, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Basketball Statistics[edit]

Men's basketball results[edit]

Both teams are expected to meet at least 2 times per year.

Juniors' Basketball Results[edit]

Since 2007, San Beda leads the rivalry is 21-7 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 22-6.

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
July 16, 2015 San Beda 99 Letran 59 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda now has 12 game winning streak against Letran.
October 6, 2015 San Beda 76 Letran 67 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda had a 17-0 record prior to the game and San Beda swept the elimination round after beating Letran.
June 27, 2016 San Beda 107 Letran 74 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan Opening game.
September 8, 2016 San Beda 96 Letran 83 The Arena in San Juan, San Juan San Beda was on a 6-game winning streak prior to the game.

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
  Finished as the 1st runner-up
  Finished as the 2nd runner-up
  Finished as the 3rd runner-up

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