DLSU's Teng and Torres remember their Ateneo-De La Salle experiences
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 04, 2015 10:28 AM
(Photos: Arvin Lim/ABS-CBN Sports)
The atmosphere is always different when Ateneo and De La Salle are sharing the court.
The drums seem to be a bit louder, the cheers are more heartfelt, and the action is always more intense. That’s how you know that this is the biggest rivalry in collegiate sports.
Green Archers Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres have both been on the floor for some of the most intense Ateneo vs. De La Salle games, and while this season won’t be the last time they take on their Katipunan rivals, we caught up with the Taft veterans and asked them to what they have to say about the legendary rivalry.
What makes the Ateneo-De La Salle rivary as big as it is?
Jeron Teng: Syempre, Ateneo and La Salle, grabe yung rivalry niyan eh, not only in basketball but also sa work, ganun. Siguro it’s a matter of pride for the two schools.
How different is the atmosphere?
JT: Yun nga, because of the hype, it’s really different, eh. More people watch and even sa school, sinasabi sa amin “You have to beat Ateneo!” It's one of our goals every year.
Thomas Torres: Pag nakita mo, wild eh, talagang hati eh. Blue-green, tapos kung paano mag-asaran yung both teams, wild!
Do you remember your first Ateneo-La Salle game?
JT: Parang ang wild nung feeling eh, it’s really overwhelming, kasi the crowd is so loud. When you’re playing inside the court, hindi mo maiisip yung mapapagod, siyempre the hype gives you all the energy. It drives you to play even harder.
TT: First Ateneo-La Salle game ko, I played a few minutes lang, pero yung hype talaga, since it’s an Ateneo-La Salle game. Pero if you’re a rookie, yung pressure talaga, nasa’yo.
What’s your favorite Ateneo-La Salle moment?
JT: Two seasons ago, I hit a game-winner against Ateneo.
TT: That season that we won the championship, nung second round na Ateneo, it was a close game, but then nag-stick talaga kami sa isa’t isa at sa system, which pulled us through in the end.