De La Salle seizes control in UAAP overall title race
MANILA, Philippines - De La Salle, boosted by its victories in the men’s and women’s basketball, poised itself for a repeat as it surged ahead in the race for the general championship after the first semester action in Season 76 of the UAAP.
Capped by the Green Archers’ conquest of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in men’s basketball finals, La Salle assembled 162 points to lead perennial general champion UST (146) by 16 points.
The Lady Archers also made a major contribution by winning the women’s basketball crown, their first in 11 years, as La Salle stayed on track for another general championship after snapping the Tigers’ 14-year domination last season.
De La Salle also collected titles in men’s table tennis and taekwondo and women’s judo and finished second in women’s badminton and table tennis and men’s swimming. The Green Archers placed third in women’s taekwondo and swimming and men’s judo events.
“We are happy and pleased with the performances of our student-athletes in the men’s and women’s division,” said De La Salle representative to the UAAP board Henry Atayde.
UST won women’s taekwondo and poomsae and also wound up second in men’s and women’s beach volleyball and men’s taekwondo. The Tigers bagged third place in women’s basketball and table tennis and men’s badminton.
In third with 133 points was University of the Philippines, which highlighted its campaign with a sweep of the men’s and women’s swimming titles. The Fighting Maroons ruled women’s table tennis and were second in women’s taekwondo and poomsae and men’s judo and finished third in women’s badminton and men’s taekwondo.
Ateneo took the fourth spot with 125 points, followed by Far Eastern University (78), National University (74), University of the East (68) and season host Adamson University (51).
Atoning their fifth place finish in men’s basketball a season after nailing their fifth-straight crown, the Blue Eagles ruled men’s and women’s badminton and men’s judo and recorded runner-up finishes in women’s swimming and judo. Ateneo was third in women’s beach volleyball, men’s swimming and poomsae.
The Tamaraws were runners-up in men’s table tennis and third-placers in men’s basketball, while the Bulldogs retained the men’s beach volleyball crown and collected a couple of runner-up trophies in women’s basketball and men’s badminton.
Adamson University highlighted its first-semester effort with a title-conquest in women’s beach volleyball. UE, on the other hand, has yet to win a crown but had strong finishes in men’s table tennis and women’s judo.
A championship is worth 15 points, second place 12, third 10 points, fourth eight points, fifth six points, sixth four points, seventh two points and eighth one point.