La Salle bets pace UAAP overall race

By Olmin Leyba, The Philippine Star

Posted at Dec 23 2012 09:38 AM | Updated as of Dec 24 2012 12:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - De La Salle University continues to hold sway in the race for the general championship of the UAAP Season 75, keeping a slim lead against University of Santo Tomas heading into the league's Christmas break.

The Green Archers and Lady Archers, the leaders since the first semester, have accumulated 190 points through 18 events to stay four points ahead of the Tigers and Tigresses (186 points).

The Taft-based university benefited from third place finishes in men's and women's fencing and men’s athletics as well as fourth spot in women's athletics in the early stages of the second semester to sustain the upperhand.

The Thomasians, who were eight points behind the La Sallians at the halfway point, chopped off half of their deficit with strong finishes in the first four events of the second semester. The Tigers took runner-up honors in women's fencing and men's athletics, third in women's athletics, and No. 4 in men's fencing to close in on the Archers and boost their quest for their 15th straight general championship and 40th overall.

Far Eastern University gained precious points from their sweep of men’s and women's athletics and fourth and fifth standings in fencing's women's and men's divisions, respectively, to vault to No. 3 overall with 137 points.

Ateneo occupied fourth spot with 133 points, making gains from their second place finish in women's fencing.

University of the Philippines, which was third after the first semester, dropped two notches with their 128-point tally. The Maroons and Lady Maroons were fifth in the men's and women's athletics hostilities and sixth in the men's and women's fencing plays.

University of the East climbed to No. 6 with 107 points after sweeping the fencing events and placing second and fourth in athletics' women's and men's events, respectively.

National U stood at No. 7 with 73 points after a seventh place standing in men's fencing, ahead of Adamson, which tallied 55 points after seventh place finishes in men's and women's athletics.

The eight teams will resume their chase for titles next month with still 10 more events up, namely men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's chess, men's baseball, women's softball, men's and women's football.

The UAAP’s point system gives 15 points to the champion team in a certain event, 12 to the runner-up, and 10 to the third placer, and 8, 6, 4, 2, and 1 to the consequent order of finish with the top team at the end of the 28 events copping general title.