I call it fate…

or redemption. Or a return to glory. Or now an acceptable mathematical anomaly:

2 > 14.

Last week it was, 2 > 3.

Winning when it matters. The DLSU Green Archers captured its “official” fifth UAAP Title under the auspices of Coach Franz Pumaren. I got to hand it to him for trusting and believing in his players. There were a lot of times that I’ve doubted his rotation but from the interviews, he kept on saying that he knows his team and has tremendous confidence in them. Thanks, Coach Franz for making us believers.

At the onset, I have said that this year’s team is far different and maybe the weakest of the batches that we had but fortunately, we made it this far and won the championship. Thank you, Lord!

This game is what DLSU Basketball is all about. We were aggressive in all fronts. Rico Maierhoffer was there to get those crucial rebounds. JV Casio unleashed those back-breaking treys. Cholo Villanueva, the team’s 4th Quarter Man, was fearless in taking it straight to the hoop. Bader Malabes has become more reliable on both ends of the court. Our defense worked and we guarded UE’s main stars well. The unexpected game heroics of players like Kish Co and OJ Cua were the icing.

BUT WHAT I REALLY CAN’T GET OVER WAS JV CASIO’S BIG HEAVE OF A THREE ON THE TOP OF THE KEY AS THE SHOT CLOCK EXPIRED. Who would have thought that that would go in? UE was beginning to stage its rally but Casio’s trey was just in time. Just like his name 😀 hehe.

Anyhoo, this season has been one of the most memorable ones for me and today, I tried going to Araneta Coliseum and watching it live but there were no more tickets available (say what? I heard that the DLSU-ADMU Game 5 had 23,000 paying patrons!?). Today, game attendance was at 18,067. Ang labo.

But I’m just happy that my brothers in St. La Salle, Mon and E-jay, were there to create deafening noise inside Oyster Boy which by the way, serves excellent Ilonggo Seafood Rice 🙂 Going back to this victory blog, the Pumaren brothers did an excellent job in making this an exciting series. My hats off to you Coach Dindo Pumaren for steering UE to 14-0 but your Kuya Franz has taken you to school. I know that you will learn from this and turn UE into a championship squad kasi Lasalista ka 😀

As texted by E-jay’s boss who’s from UE, this win is more convincing than Pacquiao’s (Mabuhay ka, Manny! I have greater respect for you for staying focused and showing Barrera how Future Hall of Famers should act).

The odds were against DLSU this season having paid our dues last year and coming into this season with a team that lacked a King Archer like Cortez or a Ritualo but we kept the faith.

Players come and go but Coach Franz Pumaren’s mastery of college basketball has shown DLSU a greater future in the shades of green and white.

Thank you, Coach Franz. Thank you, Green Archers.

and thank you, NU 😀