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The Ateneo Blue Eagles has just won the Season 72 championship against the UE Red Warriors, 71-58. Off-topic, but awesome nevertheless, one of our web comrades, spot lists down the 10 Big Fights at the UAAP. We couldn't help but handpick our favorites. And of course, we reserve a space and a place for the Blue Eagles and the Red Warriors. Do you agree with our booknote version?

1. La Salle vs. UE, 2007

During the 14-0 elimination sweep of the Red Warriors in 2007, UE's Mark Borboran gets whacked on the head by Green Archer Rico Maierhofer. Maierhofer raises his hand to acknowledge the foul, but Borboran’s teammate Mark Fampulme confronts Maierhofer. In front of the La Salle Bench, the two teams shove and jeer at each other. Coaches and referees rush to break the fight in the Christmas confusion of green and red, Archer rookie Brian Ilad, punched the back of Fampulme’s head.

An onslaught of fouls were called: Maeirhofer got an unsportsmanlike foul. Fampulme, a technical. Both teams were slammed with a technical, and finally, Ilad a disqualifying foul. "The UAAP board later suspended Ilad for five more games, which meant the end of the season for Ilad," reports spot.

2. UST vs UP, 2009
In their second game this season, Cam of the UST Growling Tigers gives Alvin Padilla of the UP Fighting Maroons a “sucker punch.” "Makes you wonder what Cam has for Padilla,” spot quotes UAAP commentator TJ Manotoc as saying. Of course, the closed-fist punch translates to automatic ejection from the game. Cam was also slapped with a suspension.

UST won the game, 93-88 but the "sucker punched" Padilla was the second highest scorer of the game with 21 points. The Tigers placed fourth overall while the Maroons tied with the National University Bulldogs for last place.


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