IN PHOTOS: UAAP S80 Ateneo vs La Salle Finals Game 3

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles defeated the then-defending champions De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers, 88-86, and were crowned as the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball champions on Sunday, December 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum 

Although the Blue Eagles led the Green Archers for most of the match, the second half unfolded into a thriller that saw them enter the payoff period tied at 66-all. 

It took an Isaac Go clutch triple  the last 24.7 seconds of the game to secure the win at 85-80 for Ateneo. The Green Archers managed to rally back with a 6-2 run in that short span. The seconds, however, died out and the UAAP Season 80 title landed into the hands the Ateneo. 

TEARS. Ricci Rivero sheds his tears as he receives a hug from his coach. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

TEARS. Ricci Rivero sheds his tears as he receives a hug from his coach.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FIRST. It is first seniors championship of Aaron Black, Jolo Mendoza, Isaac Go, Anton Asistio, Matt Nieto and Raffy Verano. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FIRST. It is first seniors championship of Aaron Black, Jolo Mendoza, Isaac Go, Anton Asistio, Matt Nieto and Raffy Verano.

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

THE CELEBRATED COACH. Coach Tab Baldwin adds the UAAP Season 80 title to his coaching record. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

THE CELEBRATED COACH. Coach Tab Baldwin adds the UAAP Season 80 title to his coaching record.

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

1ST RUNNER-UPS. The DLSU Green Archers settle for the runners-up honors this Season 80. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

1ST RUNNER-UPS. The DLSU Green Archers settle for the runners-up honors this Season 80.

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SEASON 81. Ben Mbala will be back in Season 81 for his last year of eligibility in the UAAP. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SEASON 81. Ben Mbala will be back in Season 81 for his last year of eligibility in the UAAP.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

And to sum up the Ateneo post-game on-court celebration, here we go: 

– Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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