RIVALRY REBORN: The Green Archers-Growling Tigers

DLSUvsUSTMemories of those great battles back in the 90s wherein (at least in my part) most of us grew up in the memory of DLSU led by Marc Clemence Telan, Harmon Bautista, Jason Webb, Luigi Trillo, Tony Boy Espinosa, Maui Rocha, Don Allado, a certain Orfrecio  to name a few (and coached by Jong Uichico) would hit the brick wall that is the UST Growling Tigers led by Dennis Espino, Chris Cantonjos, Edmun Reyes, Gudoy Belmonte, Bal David, Henry Ong. Gerard Francisco, Richard Yee,  and Coach Aric Del Rosario. That UST team capped off a 4 Peat that included a season sweep in 1993 and 3 straight title victories over the Green and White.

Indeed memories were born, and the rivalry was born as well, fans would throw insults at one another even to the point that there was (reportedly) a sign where in “Tuition niyo, allowance lang namin” held by La Sallites during the peak of it’s intense rivalry.

Aside from the crowd trying to one up one another, the battle in the court was intense as it featured close games in the eliminations and the Finals as well. There was even a controversial call at the end of the 1996 Championship where the call was made in favor of UST when DLSU should have the ball (I was cheering for UST back then). In 1997 however, DLSU would end the UST curse as they defeated them in the Final 4, and in 1998 DLSU won the first of their 4 peat at the expense of the FEU Tamaraws.

In 1999, a new crop of players joined the fray as DLSU-UST once again shared the basketball court once more, this time the memories from the mid 90’s where shattered as DLSU would eventually win Game 3 in OT. (Remember the Dino Aldueger shot?)

Fast forward to 2013, Season 76, DLSU and UST will again face each other in what could be a memorable series as Pido Jarencio will gun for his 2nd championship in 7 years while DLSU will seek their 8th title and their first since 2007. Another side note is this might be the first UAAP Finals that will pit brothers on both teams as Jeron Teng the undisputed King Archer battles his older brother Jeric Teng the potent King Tiger.

Here are the memories: