The UAAP Men's Basketball finals has come and gone, but most of us still can't get over the intense fight for the champhionship title that happened between the UP Fighting Maroons and the Ateneo Blue Eagles. In the end, Ateneo emerged as the winners of this historic "Battle of Katipunan."
But for those who are outside of these competing schools, the UAAP finals wasn't any less exciting. Which side of Katip did these non-UP and Ateneo students support? See the reactions of college basketball fans from different universities in our latest installment of #ChalkAsks:
"It’s really nice and refreshing to see two katipunan schools battle it out in an intense game. Plus, it’s been 32 years since UP got into the finals, which is historic. Both Ateneo and UP’s offenses were great but Ateneo had more strength power to clench on the back-to-back championship title. I hope there will be more surprising matches in the next UAAP seasons." - Louis, 20, University of Santo Tomas
"I think it's an exciting finals for UAAP Basketball. UP broke the ADMU-DLSU trend rivalry. I just wished that UP prepared better for the fight since I was rooting for them. I also think that the UP Maroons got overwhelmed by the situation, but congrats to ADMU." - Jim, 20, Wesleyan University
"Since I'm forever an Ateneo fan, this is a good game for me! Ateneo tried their best to win because they wanted to give Anton a good exit which is by having a back-to-back championship. They didn't let the title get away from them that easily. I'm so happy for Ateneo. Congrats!" - Tricia, 20, Mapua University
"UP gave Ateneo a great game, even though almost everyone knew that Ateneo already has a strong player which is Thirdy Ravena. The braveness UP gave for the game was amazing, evne though I know losing might have hurt the students' pride. That's why I believe UP will give their one hundred percent effort to be in the finals again, and most probably compete against Ateneo, knowing that Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras would finally be able to play for them!" - Joshrel, 22, Malayan Colleges Laguna
"As someone who's not a fan of basketball, UP reaching the finals for the first time in 32 years caught my attention/ I'm happy for them. It actually made me root for UP, albeit low-key. I got turned off, though, when I heard that people were making threats and resorting to physical violence due to the UAAP events." - Hans, 21, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
"The basketball game between UP and Ateneo was everywhere on the internet, so it's really impossible not to hear anything about it. I might be from a different university, but it is still a state university just like UP, so my heart goes to UP! I really think it's about time for UP to take home the championship because Ateneo has been there for like many years, but the game ended differently. It would have been so exciting if UP won the second game. But Ateneo did an excellent job. They once again proved that basketball is their game. But still, I'm so happy for UP because they made it to the finals!" - JK, 18, Technological University of the Philippines
"To be honest, I want Game 3 to happen not because I'm a fan of either of the teams, but because I just love sports. About the game, it's a good way of practicing not just because of sportsmanship and a chance to have a good career, but on the university level. There's a sense of unity among the students cheering for their respective school's team. Overall, the only thing that should be avoided is unnecessary fights between schools because of pride. I love the match and I hope to see underdog teams like UP more on the finals." - Duke, 23, Bicol University
"I was there during the game. I attended it because I know how intense it's going to be. During the game, I'm with UP because I saw how they wanted to win the championship title and I also saw how they played with their heart. The whole UP community supported them, too. Even the alumni. I have nothing against Ateneo, but UP wins my heart." - Pierre, 20, Far Eastern University
The game didn't just bring the UP and Ateneo community together, but also the other schools who have their own way of supporting the team that they were rooting for. We hope this is not the last time we would see such equally deserving teams battle it out in the finals! Once again, congratulations to these Katipuneros! 'Til next season!
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