UP alumni and UP Fighting Maroons varsity members are representing the country as athletes and coaches in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 2019).
The UP Fighting Maroons closed the men’s basketball tournament of UAAP Season 82 with a podium finish at third place. This after the UST Growling Tigers tore through UP’s second-seed twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals to nab the finals berth. In its last UAAP match on November 13 at the MOA Arena, the Diliman squad lost to the team from España by three, 65-68.
“We couldn’t bring that kind of game to any team. We have to be a lot better,” UP Men’s Basketball Team Head Coach Bo Perasol says after a defeat by UST in their first stepladder semifinals game.
The UP Fighting Maroons inch closer to the Final Four of UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball as they solidify their second-place ranking after the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
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.
Coach Bo is asking us to “keep on cheering for the team no matter what happens.” Let’s support the UP Fighting Maroons as they start off the second round with a match against the FEU Tamaraws on October 6, 4:00PM, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Read his assessment of the first round and his thoughts on the rest of Season 82. #UPFight #TeamAboveAll
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.