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Green Archers Triumph: DLSU Clinches 10th UAAP Men's Basketball Championship

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Salman Khan
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Green Archers Triumph: DLSU Clinches 10th UAAP Men's Basketball Championship

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers have ended their seven-year championship drought with a riveting victory over the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons. A nail-biting score of 73-69 in a high-stakes do-or-die game led to the Green Archers capturing their 10th University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men's basketball championship title.

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Quiambao: The Game Changer

MVP Kevin Quiambao was the crux of DLSU's match strategy. Despite the Fighting Maroons leading by 65-58 with less than eight minutes to play, Quiambao's unwavering resolve instigated a 12-2 run, which precariously positioned the Green Archers at a 70-67 lead with 4:12 remaining. The 6-foot-5 point forward delivered his best performance with 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.

A Triumphant Return to the Pinnacle

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The victory marks DLSU's first championship since 2016, and the institution's 10th overall men's basketball title. It also adds another chapter to their illustrious history in the UAAP, re-establishing their status as a powerhouse in the league. The Green Archers overcame a 57-63 deficit with a decisive 13-4 surge, capped off by Quiambao's personal seven-point barrage with 4:17 left in the game.

Reflecting on a Storied History

The Green Archers' triumphant win signals the return of the UAAP men's basketball crown to DLSU after seven long years. The team finished the elimination round at the second spot with an 11-3 card, earning a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the Final Four. Quiambao's two successful free throws in the final 2.5 seconds sealed the victory for DLSU, closing the door on the Fighting Maroons' hopes of a win.

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