RECAP: Ateneo Blue Eagles Get Their Revenge Against DLSU, Capture Their 9th Championship Title.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The greatest sports rivalry in Philippine history squared off Sunday afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum in the two best words any UAAP fan can hear: Game. 3.


Ateneo celebrated their 9th championship Thursday night (Photo Courtesy of LJ Mendoza)



The day before, tickets sold out before any announcement could be made, as fans already started camping outside Araneta coliseum as early as 1 am, leaving only General Admission tickets and tickets from resellers/scalpers the only ones available to purchase. The rivalry between DLSU and ADMU could be well seen through social media and fans. 

Like the first two games of the finals, the game had lots of physicality and spirit, as 22,012 were in attendance. ADMU quickly jumped to a 4-0 lead off buckets from C Chibueze Ikeh and F Thirdy Ravena. Threes were going in everywhere from both sides. At the end of the first, the Eagles led DLSU by double digits at 24-14. La Salle turned the ball over 10 times, mostly off deflections and fouls, in just the first quarter. 

In the second quarter, the Green Archers came back charging as their excellent defense led to a 10-1 run. Ateneo didn’t get their first field goal of the quarter until the 5:34 mark. ADMU was able to maintain their 2-4 point lead during the last 5 minutes of the quarter until DLSU Guard Ricci Rivero grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the post for a second chance opportunity, handing them a 38-37 lead, their first of the game. The Blue Eagles closed the first half on an 8-0 run including a heavily contested bank shot from three made by G Anton Asistio at the buzzer. DLSU outscored ADMU 24-21 in this quarter.

At the end of the first half, the score was 45-38 in Ateneo’s favor. Thirdy Ravena led all scorers with 11 points while the reigning back-to-back MVP Center Ben Mbala and G Andrei Caracut led the Green Archers with 7 points apart. the Green Archers had 14 turnovers with 3 steals compared to Ateneo’s 8 turnovers with 6 steals, but DLSU was able to outrebound the Eagles, 27-22. ADMU was shooting 44 percent from the field while being able to hold DLSU at just 37 percent. 

During the beginning of the second half, shots were going in for both sides as was the great defense. DLSU G Aljun Melecio was able to drive through the lane for the 51-50 lead over Ateneo but Matt Nieto quickly responded with a three of his own to take back the lead for ADMU, his first since missing his first three in the game. The next few possessions turned to a three point shootout, with a total of three lead changes in a span of just 2 minutes. Ricci Rivero came up with two highlight plays during this stretch, one being a behind the back dribble slicing through defenders and a one handed baseline jam off a steal to snatch a 60-59 lead over Ateneo. At the end of the third, the game is tied at 66. La Salle again outscored Ateneo 28-21.

Now in the last 10 minutes of the season, DLSU’s star players Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero were both playing with three fouls each. Matt Nieto finally recaptured the lead for the Eagles with a three pointer and Asistio made it a back-to-back three which was all part of their 8-0 run to make the lead 76-68 in Ateneo’s favor with just 5 minutes left in the game. DLSU shot poorly from the perimeter as they were 0-for-7 until Aljun Melecio shot a three to keep DLSU’s hopes for a repeat alive. DLSU came up with several clutch plays including a 4 point play from Mbala and Rivero and a clutch three from G Andrei Caracut to cut Ateneo’s lead to just 2. With less than a minute left, Ateneo led 82-80. Ateneo C Isaac Go came up for the dagger once again with a contested three. Aljun Melecio’s second chance three wasn’t enough as ADMU sealed the game with two free throws. As time expired, Andrei Caracut threw a three pointer that counted. 


Ricci Rivero and Ben Mbala of DLSU hug each other in tears in defeat (Photo Courtesy of Ian Genada)


Ateneo captured their 9th championship, their first in 5 years. They now lead the all-time finals series against La Salle, 3-2. The Adamson Soaring Falcons won 2nd runner-up while the De La Salle Green Archers won 1st runner-up. Isaac Go won the Manulife Heart and Hustle Player while the PS Bank Player of the Finals and UAAP 80 Finals MVP was awarded to Thirdy Ravena, who averaged 16.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 1.3 SPG in three games throughout the Finals.


UAAP: Computation on how La Salle’s Majoy Baron won the Women’s MVP Award

Many are shocked that Majoy Baron of La Salle won the MVP Award of UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament. They are expecting that It was a run away win already by Santiago of NU. But here us the breakdown of the MVP computation

Baron: 46 + 81 + 90 + 66 + 20 + 36 + 20 = 359 x 10 = 3,590
Morente: 60 + 90 + 40 + 73 + 44 + 20 + 51 = 378 x 10 = 3,780
Santiago: 100 + 100 + 100 + 51 + 21 + 21 + 20 = 413 x 10 = 4,130

Won games were also considered and the victories in the regular season were multiplied by 30, the result of which is added to the total that was earlier computed.

Here are the three’s points total from their respective teams’ victories:

Baron: 3,590 + (11 x 30) = 3,920
Morente: 3,780 + (12 x 30) = 4,140
Santiago: 4,130 + (7 x 30) = 4,340

Finally, the grand total is divided by the number of sets played to arrive at each player’s statistical points.

So here’s the final tally:

Baron: 3,920 ÷ 46 = 85.217
Morente: 4,140 ÷ 51 = 81.176
Santiago: 4,340 ÷ 55 = 78.909

It was clear that Morente and Santiago had the edge in statistics from offende and defense, but their chances to win the MVP award were dilluted when the number of sets played came into play.

Credits to DLSU Women’s Volleyball Team FB page for the Stats and Details

Ricci Rivero sparked La Salle to a come from behind win over National University

Known as the High School Phenom from College of Saint Benilde and the Brother of Prince Rivero. Ricci entered the game late in the 3rd quarter and since then, La Salle took over the game and ended it with 75 to 66 victory.

The first 2 and a half quarter of the game was all NU with the help of their veterans, Matt Salem and JJ Alejandro. Their lead balloons to 9 points, midway of the 3rd quarter. Also helped NU is that Teng, Tratter and Mbala got into foul trouble.

But since the Ricci’s entrance, it seems La Salle already knew the formula for NU. They turned into their small line up with Ricci Rivero, Kib Montalbo, Thomas Torres, Andrei Caracut and Ben Mbala.

It was all La Salle in the 4th quarter as Teng, Mbala and Tratter took over the game.

Teng finishes with 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists while his compatriot, Ben Mbala finished the game with 16 points and and 15 rebounds for La Salle. NU was led by Matt Salem and JJ Alejandro with 15 and 14 markers apiece.

La Salle remains the only unbeaten team in the league with 4-0 record while NU droped to 2-1

Ben Mbala dominates as the Green Archers dismantled the Fighting Maroons

It was all DLSU from start to finish as Ben Mbala dominates early. He scored 12 points in the 1st quarter alone and finished the game with 30 points.

UP tried to hang on as they drew closer 44 – 39 at the opening part of the 3rd quarter. But since that, DLSU’s defense begun to tighten up ans they hold UP to only 18 points while scoring 33 points in that quarter. It was all DLSU since then.

Ben Mbala led the Archers with 30 points while grabbing 14 rebounds, Tratter and Teng finished with 12 point a piece.

UP was Led by Paul Desiderio with 21 points and Jet Manuel with 12 markers.

Box Score:

DLSU 89 – Mbala 30, Tratter 12, Teng 12, Go 11, Montalbo 9, Torres 8, Caracut 3, Sargent 2, Rivero R 2, Baltazar 0, Melecio 0, Rivero P 0, Dyke 0, Paraiso 0

UP 71 – Desiderio 21, Manuel 13, Harris 8, Dario 8, Vito 5, Webb 4, Lim 4, Romero 2, Gomez de Liano 2, Jaboneta 2, Lao 2, Asilum 0, Prado 0, Longa 0, Moralde 0

Scoring by quarter: 31-19, 43-34, 76-52, 89-71

Photos credit to Francis Quinto.