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Ateneo dethrones La Salle to claim UAAP crown

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) For the second consecutive game, it looked as though Ateneo de Manila University was about to waste a double-digit advantage against De La Salle University in the UAAP Season 80 finals.

This time around, however, the Blue Eagles proved to have enough in the tank to battle past the Green Archers and emerge as the champions of the men's basketball tournament.

The victorious Ateneo Blue Eagles pose for a group photo as they celebrate their latest UAAP men's basketball championship. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
In a remarkably well-fought game that featured seven deadlocks and seven lead changes, the Blue Eagles fended off the Green Archers, 88-86, in the do-or-die Game 3 of the best-of-three finals to dethrone their rivals and annex the UAAP crown.

It was Ateneo's first UAAP title since Season 75, when they won the last of five consecutive championships.

"Mission accomplished," said Matt Nieto after the contest. "All the goals, all the dreams, we made it. It's all worth it."

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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