THERE'S arguably few rivalries in Philippine sports as intense as that between La Salle and Ateneo.
However, it couldn't be denied that the Green Archers also find another nemesis in Far Eastern University given the recent history of heated battles in the UAAP and in preseason face-offs.
The brawl in a pocket tournament in Davao is just the latest episode of dramatic, even violent, confrontations involving two of the top collegiate basketball programs in the country.
SPIN.ph digs into the memorable, at times heated, moments involving this rivalry between La Salle and FEU.
1991: FEU wins UAAP title after La Salle no-show
The Tamaraws were declared the UAAP champions after the Green Archers failed to show up for a game that was ordered to be replayed due to a technicality. FEU filed a protest against La Salle as Tony Boy Espinosa was able to play for a few seconds despite already fouling out in the game.
1998: DLSU bridesmaids no more
Second-placers for five consecutive years, La Salle finally captured the UAAP crown when it swept the finals series against FEU. Renren Ritualo put the finishing touches to Game 2 by hitting crucial shots to claim the title, the first of four straight for the Green Archers.
2004: JV Casio triple sends DLSU past FEU in finals
Game 3 of the UAAP finals that year saw JV Casio hitting a key triple that sent La Salle to a 68-65 win over FEU in the winner-take-all match for the league crown, its first since its four-peat in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
2005: FEU claims 2004 UAAP title over DLSU after board decision
The Tamaraws became the UAAP champion in 2004 despite bowing to the Green Archers in the championship series following the discovery the following year that two La Salle players were ineligible to play for the squad in that season. The UAAP Board stripped La Salle of the crown, which went to the runner-up that year in FEU.
2005: Arwind Santos heroics in Game 1
Santos orchestrated one of the most memorable takeovers in a game, as he singlehandedly built a 5-0 blast including a go-ahead tip-in to lead FEU to a 75-73 win over La Salle in Game 1 of the UAAP finals.
2005: Arwind Santos hit by DLSU official
Following Game 1 of the 2005 finals, a fracas occurred when La Salle assistant team manager Manny Salgado hit Santos at the back of the head. Salgado was later banned by the UAAP, and the Tamaraws swept the Green Archers in the title series.
2014: Confrontation after playoff game
At the end of a playoff match for the No. 2 seed in the Final Four between the Tamaraws and the Green Archers, a confrontation happened between FEU coach Nash Racela and DLSU team manager Terry Capistrano. Racela claimed he was being accused by Capistrano of challenging him to a fight, which Capistrano denied, saying he was only questioning Racela's hand gestures during the game which looked like he was looking for a fight.
2014: Mac Belo breaks DLSU hearts with buzzer-beater
With a finals spot on the line, the score tied at 64 in a Final Four rubber match, Belo made a corner triple at the buzzer, sending the Tamaraws to a walk-off win and into the championship series in one of the most memorable moments of the rivalry. The Tamaraws went on to lose in the finals that year against National University.
2016: Heated tune-up game in San Juan
A tune-up game between La Salle and FEU ended prematurely when Tams assistant coach Eric Gonzales confronted Archers coach Aldin Ayo. This was after Green Archers players kept passing the ball at the general direction of FEU coach Nash Racela, which was hit by the ball in all three occasions.
2017: Melee in Davao
A match between FEU and La Salle in a pocket tournament in Davao went out of control when a handful of players were involved in a free-for-all. In the center of the controversy was Ron Dennison, who was thrown out of the game for a dangerous foul over Ricci Rivero. A free-for-all later ensued with Dennison caught by videos punching Kib Montalbo during the fracas. Videos later surfaced as well as allegations against La Salle coach Aldin Ayo and Rivero for their involvement in the melee.