The first PBA Ateneo – La Salle Showdown ended in an unexpected stalemate. The showdown ended in a rare 90-90 deadlock that warrants a rematch. The rematch is not likely to happen soon but PBA and UAAP fans are looking forward for the next Ateneo – La Salle game because of its sheer intensity and excitement.
It was an up and down battle for most parts of the first half until PBA – La Salle built a 10-point cushion in the third period. The game could have been won by PBA – La Salle but they squandered the 10-point margin as the clock ticked away.
La Salle‘s Mike Cortez drained a pair of free-throws that tied the game 90-all with 19.4 seconds on the clock. On the ensuing play, Ateneo‘s Wesley Gonzales, who finished with 13 points, missed the potential winning shot at the top of the key as the time expired.
Carlo Sharma led La Salle with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Joseph Yeo added 13 points while Don Allado finished with 11. Mack Cardona and Cortez contributed eight and seven points respectively.
Enrico Villanueva paced his team with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Fonacier finished with 9 points including a crucial 3-point basket down the stretch. Veteran guard Olsen Racela contributed 10 points while L.A. Tenorio and Rich Alvarez added 7 points each for the Ateneo.
The people behind the showdown thought that an overtime period was not needed because it was just an exhibition affair, but it clearly begs for a rematch.
“The battle for bragging rights between the arch rivals was not resolves. I certainly welcome a rematch between these two teams, more so if it’s for a cause.” said PBA board chairman Tony Chua.
A possible rematch is likely on talks right now and fans will surely be waiting for that. The next showdown will certainly be more intense and exciting that the first bout. Now I can’t wait for that. And next time, I hope somebody emerges as the winner and I sure hope it will be my guys in La Salle.
ANIMO LA SALLE