UE Red Warriors beat La Salle; make history in UAAP
“The Creative Man is motivated by his desire to achieve and not to beat others…” — Ayn Rand
The unstoppable University of the East Red Warriors, who have stamped an exclamation point at the end of the UAAP’s season 70’s elimination round, were indeed fueled not by their desire to crush the Taft-based De La Salle University Green Archers. They were inspired by their sheer ambition to achieve.
Their desire to achieve is distinct from their desire to whip all the teams in the league. That is just the upshot of their ultimate goal, which is to achieve and to prove their worth.
The Red Warriors emerged victorious in their last assignment at the league’s elimination round after beating DLSU, 92-84, at the historic Araneta Coliseum. Not only that they smashed their stubborn contenders black and blue, they have also made history after coming out unblemished with 14-0 win-loss card, being the only UAAP team that scored such a historic exploit in the new millennium.
Had they made such an amazing achievement in the last decade, the Red Warriors would have been declared automatic champion for sweeping the league’s elimination round. But unfortunately that’s not the case as they still have to wait for the three remaining teams to cut each other’s throat prior to the championship game. They still have to win two more games against the second-best to bag home the most elusive UAAP crown.
It’s a pity that I wasn’t able to catch the game live as I had to attend my Thursday class at 6 o’clock noon. Luckily for the first time in UE’s history, the University administration mounted a life-size TV screen at the lobby of the Administration Building located at the Recto wing of the campus (Dalupan Building) in order to boost red and white support. In between classes, I was able to take a peek of the extension of the match along with about 500 or so students.
Apart from the heart-pounding nip and tuck hard court battle, the UE crowd was also an inspiring view. It was a great deal to see the overwhelming support of the UE students.
I felt sorry that I failed to watch all the games of the Red Warriors even if I’m assured of free admission.
How the Red Warriors were able to escape La Salle’s attempt at foiling their14-0 target is something that truly explains how formidable they have become. The proud coach of the Red Warriors, Dindo Pumaren, the younger brother of La Salle’s head coach Franz, was surprised by the excellent showing of his wards.
Following their 77-77 escape in the final canto that led to over time, the Warriors had to regroup and capitalize on rebounds and a combination of offense and defense. Warriors’ highly improved center Hans Thiele, a Friendster addict, showed a great improvement in the game, tallying 16 points and 16 rebounds, nine coming from the offensive end.
Overall, UE’s performance was a clear showing that they have upped the ante when it comes to their level of maturity and teamwork on the hard court. When they played, they played as a team. They have exuded not a single tinge superstar factor or bullheadedness. Without a doubt, the guys played like true blue Red Warriors.
Sportsmanship was the brand of their game, a sign that they have attained a higher level of maturity as college ballers. Unlike what their aggressive counterparts had shown in the early installment of the game, as when La Salle’s Bryan Ilad intentionally hit the head of forward-center Mark Fampulme, Coach Pumaren’s wards showed what sportmanship means till the final buzzer.