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.

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 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.

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