They were down by 12 twice in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. And then it happened. That re-energized Fighting Maroon spirit emerged, eager to bounce back from a previous game’s defeat. That hunger for victory powerfully played out in a 21-5 run in the last seven minutes of the game.
UP and UST exchange leads 17 times, before the Fighting Maroons succumb to the Growling Tigers’ defense and stunning perimeter scoring in their second UAAP Season 82 match-up.
UP Men’s Basketball Team returned to the court with consistent offensive play and better defense. It was a redemption game for the Fighting Maroons, as well as a return of the momentum especially to Jun Manzo and Ricci Rivero, as they overcame the University of the East’s (UE) Red Warriors in a 3-point lead victory coming from a two-time loss.
In their second round opener of the UAAP men’s basketball on October 6 at the MOA Arena, the UP Fighting Maroons challenged the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, but were not able to survive the attack in overtime, 82-79.
The Maroons fell prey to the Eagles twice in one bloody Sunday at the Big Dome on September 29. The Lady Maroons failed to win against the Lady Eagles, 62-76, and the Fighting Maroons lost to the Blue Eagles, 63-89.
With its fourth straight win, UP raises its scorecard to 5-1. The only team left to battle in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball first round games is its finals rival last season, the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
UP rises second (4-1) in the first round of standings. When asked about the preparation of the team against DLSU today at the Mall of Asia Arena, Coach Perasol answered, “Susubukan naming mag-improve pa rin from our previous games. And I hope that we can be better to make sure that we can have the chance against a powerhouse team like La Salle.”
It was a nail-biter reminiscent of last season’s finals bid: the UP Fighting Maroons head to head with the Adamson University Soaring Falcons. Last year’s semifinals saw UP snatching the finals spot away from Adamson, knocking away its twice-to-beat advantage in what was arguably the two most exciting games of Season 81 of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.
First game, first win. The UP Fighting Maroons took the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws by the horns to win its Season 82 opener in the University Athletics Association of Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on September 4 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.