UAAP Finals: DLSU wins crown vs UST in battle of Teng brothers
Real men are magnanimous in victory, and gracious in defeat.
Brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng were the epitome of strength and sportsmanship in the bitterly fought UAAP men's basketball championship series between their respective schools, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas. DLSU, which lost Game 1 but bounced back in Game 2 to force the winner-take-all Game 3 on Saturday, finally prevailed in a thrilling 71-69 overtime victory to capture their first title since 2007.
In a touching show of sportsmanship, Jeron raised the hand of his brother Jeric. It was a heartbreaking loss for Jeric and his Growling Tigers, but UST had nothing to be ashamed of after overcoming the odds throughout Season 76.
UST had dethroned five-time defending champions Ateneo to enter the Final Four, where they overcame top seed National University's twice-to-beat advantage to set up the finals appearance against DLSU.
This year's epic finals clash was a revival of the rivalry between the two schools in the 1990s, with the added drama of brother against brother even giving birth to the hashtag #TengVsTeng, which was consistently one of the top trending topics on Twitter in the Philippines.
Moreover, the DLSU-UST finals showcased the UAAP spirit at its finest, with sports excellence and sportsmanship going hand in hand. Truly, this was one championship series that lived up to its billing.
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