UAAP Season 86 Basketball: La Salle’s Triumph and UST’s Redemption Journey


In a dramatic showdown, La Salle’s triumph over its arch-rival Ateneo in UAAP Season 86’s men’s basketball tournament was not merely a game but a defining moment. The Green Archers’ 72-69 victory not only avenged an earlier loss but also cemented their dominance, positioning them favorably for the upcoming Final Four.

Coach Topex Robinson emphasized the team’s unwavering focus on what lies within their control. He stressed the importance of channeling all their energy and effort into preparing for the semifinals rather than expending it on contemplating potential opponents. With an impressive 11-3 record, La Salle boldly claimed the top spot for the first time, overshadowing University of the Philippines (11-2) and National University (NU) at 10-3.

La Salle’s fate now depends on the outcome of the UP-NU match, where a specific score differential could impact their seeding. However, regardless of their final position, the Green Archers stand as an imposing force, presenting a significant challenge for any team they face in the upcoming playoffs.

On the other end of the spectrum, University of Santo Tomas (UST) bids adieu to a tumultuous season, eagerly anticipating a period of rejuvenation. Coach Pido Jarencio radiates optimism, acknowledging that success in basketball hinges on timing, team development, and strategic planning.

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As UST moves forward, their journey toward redemption begins instantly. They aim to extract valuable lessons from past experiences, utilizing them as building blocks to fortify the team’s foundation for the future. Despite the challenges and a modest 2-12 record, Jarencio refrains from pointing fingers, wholeheartedly assuming responsibility for the team’s performance. He underscores their commitment to an ongoing process of growth, recognizing that it’s not merely about this season but laying the groundwork for future successes.

For La Salle, the victory over Ateneo serves as a testament to their determination and capability, fueling their aspirations for championship glory. Simultaneously, UST’s reflective approach marks the beginning of their resurgence—a vital step toward regaining strength and competitiveness in subsequent seasons. Both teams embody different points in their journey, each pivotal in shaping the narrative of UAAP basketball and the resilience it demands.

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