Lasalle Ateneo Dream Game 2005, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

It was so painful to watch it that you got to wake up from the dream. The dream game that you don’t want to remember and one of the worst Ateneo-LaSalle game that I’ve seen.

First the facts, the games ended in a split. In the legends game, Lasalle won 63 to 59 of Ateneo with Sta. Maria 15pts and Jong Uichico 14pts leading the Lasallian Legends. In the All stars, Ateneo won finally at 88 over La Salle’s 85 led by Fonacier at 28pts, and Villanueva with 27 pts. including the game winning 3 points shot with 1s left in the game. You can say its good karma for Rico who was punched by Yeo earlier and shot the game winning 3 points.

Believe me these are the games that you don’t want to watch:

1. After all the controversies that La Salle went through this year, this would top it all. There was a brawl between Yeo and Villanueva who elbowed Yeo on a rebound game. Yeo retaliated with a punch and he was thrown out of the game. There was a tension whether to continue the game and they decided to continue less the amateur college players to lessen the tension. There are a lot of talks on who is at fault here, but in the end La Salle loses in the argument anyway that you look at it. Yeo should have controlled himself and not let Ateneo have the final laugh here.

2. Its like watching the PBA games where the alma matter spirit is corrupted by entreprenuer’s hoping to cash in on the rivalry. After the brawl, the game is practically a PBA Ateneo-Lasalle exhibition game. I guess that is why it was not sold out and the crowd was not charged enough to cheer throughout. Also, ABC 5’s coverage was poor in video quality, delayed and lots of the same commercials (like watching Pacquiao’s match). The all star games was disappointing, although it was great to see Ritualo, Cortez, Cardona, Limpot and Allado playing all at the same time. It would be delight to see JV and Yeo play along side Ritualo and Cortez… Likewise, on the Ateneo side, It was a delight to see the Champion Team Villanueva, Fonacier, Alvarez, Gonzales, and Tenorio reunited once again with the same fire and intensity.

3. I was bored watching the games which was practically a game of free throws. The second half was dominated by Ateneo but La Salle tied the ball game coming into the last 2 minutes. It was an exchange of free throws until the last 9 seconds where the game is tied with La Salle in possession of the ball. Ritualo was careless in receiving a pass while Villanueva ensured to sink the 3 point shots on the other end to make a statement. What happened to the excellent back court press and dazzling plays? We want Franz! Bring back Norman Black 🙂

Am I just dreaming that this happened? Wake me up!?! Aargh…