We all have that one person in our lives whom we love to hate: someone who keeps us on our toes, and brings out the best and worst in us. It’s the kind of loving rivalry that gives us a reason to live, even if it’s just to show them that we can do better than them. (Sounds like all our love teams, TBH.) Our fave example? Ateneo and La Salle, of course.

The savage competition is always at its most extreme during the UAAP season, and more so with men’s basketball. This year, the Blue Eagles and Green Archers battled it out for the top spot in a series of intense AF games (like literally edge-of-your-seat, fist-in-your-mouth, screaming-at-the-TV realness). Both teams played so well that no one could have predicted the final outcome.

For the third and last (deciding) battle on December 3, the scores of the two were so close to each other throughout the whole game. For those living under a rock, here are the highlights of yesterday’s game:

The Blue Eagles emerged victorious, bringing the crown back to Katipunan after five years. But it was a close win. Like two-three-pointers-from-La-Salle-and-two-free-throws-from-Ateneo-in-12-goddamn-seconds close. My heart was not ready for this game.

 

Two-time MVP Ben Mbala led the Green Archers with 19 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to Ateneo, 88-86.

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And just when we felt our hearts took enough for the day, DLSU comes and does this:

Lighting up the St. La Salle building in blue to pay tribute to the Men’s Basketball champions of UAAP Season 80 was seriously sweet of them. Putting aside differences and acknowledging the hard work and awesomeness of the other? I mean RIGHT IN THE FEELS, Green Archers!

Not that this was the first touching exchange between the two. A few days ago, after La Salle’s Game 2 win, the ADMU Facebook page posted this:

Obviously, if these two universities were people, they would be the cutest frenemies: two equals always bickering and throwing shade, but also deeply admiring each other. (Not gonna lie, it would make a good premise for a rom-com too.) Afterall, what’s a competition without a worthy opponent?

How do you feel about the #ADMUxDLSU rivalry? Hit us up in the comments below!