UP bows down to UST in close fight

by Mikee Garcia

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons ended the first round in a sour note with a 0-1 loss to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers in the UAAP Season 78 men’s football tournament, Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Field.

It was a tough call for the Diliman-based booters in the 18th minute of the game, when defender Ian Clarino was booked for a red card after a hard foul to UST’s rookie sensation AJ Pasion.

This resulted into a penalty kick for the Espana-based booters which veteran Ronald Batisla-Ong comfortably converted to seal the early lead for the Tigers.

Despite having majority of the ball in the whole duration of the game, the Fighting Maroons had some tricky shot selections that kept the comfortable lead of their opponents.

UP had its chances to score in the second half of the game, through the mid-range shots of team skipper Daniel Gadia and veteran Carlos Monfort and long free kicks courtesy of Patxi Santos.

A last-minute goal attempt from substitute Vince Aguilar during the 92nd minute proved futile as the ball easily came to the hands of UST’s goalkeeper Zaldy Abraham.

Although his boys suffered a tough outing, UP head coach Anto Gonzales commended them for playing their hearts out in the game.

“It’s very difficult playing 64 minutes with ten players but I thought that the boys responded very well despite having a man sent off the game,” said Gonzales.

He also gave credit to the Growling Tigers for packing their defense well after scoring the lone goal of the match.

“It’s been an ongoing adjustment (for my team), trying to get clear scoring opportunities and, of course, technical shooting,” Gonzales added, which he said are also vital in winning more games during the next round of eliminations.

Monfort, however, had a different view with how well they performed in this game.

“I’m contented when it comes to how we move, how we pass the ball, and how we play. But I won’t be contented until we start scoring more goals,” he emphasized.

With the win, UST tied with De La Salle University in the top spot of the team standings by having 17 points, while UP is at fourth place with 11 points.

UP exits season with loss to UE

“We weren’t able to achieve our goal but we’re happy with the improvement. We just need to find our killer instinct.”

• Amar, Gallarza, Juruena finish Maroons tenure on sour note
• “We weren’t able to achieve our goal but we’re happy with the improvement. We just need to find our killer instinct”

by John Remil Isaga

JR Gallarza, Mark Juruena, and Agustini Amar’s Palaban spirits still alive after ending their time playing for the Maroons with a loss to UE. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer.
JR Gallarza, Mark Juruena, and Agustini Amar’s Palaban spirits still alive after ending their time playing for the Maroons with a loss to UE. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer.

It was a bitter send-off to three Fighting Maroons—Agustini Amar, JR Gallarza and Mark Juruena– who played their last UAAP game as UP loss to scrappy UE Red Warriors, 67-79, Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The three already maxed out their collegiate playing years donning the Maroon jersey.

UP’s rising star Paul Desiderio carried the Maroons all game long, finishing with a career-high 26 points, 14 coming off 17 free-throws. Henry Asilum chipped in 12 points, six coming from rainbow territory. Amar and Juruena combined for 15 points and 14 boards.

A balanced attack and relentless defense sealed the deal for the Warriors. Big man Clark Derige led his team with double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds. Paul Varilla provided a late spark off the bench, finishing with 14, while captain Chris Javier provided 13 points and 6 boards.

Gallarza dove for loose balls and was efficient at clogging the UE’s fastbreak-oriented offense. Amar and Juruena drove hard to the basket getting easy shots for the Maroons. However, the Warriors retaliated and kept UP’s lead to one at the end of the first quarter.

Momentum shifted to UE at the start of the second with key baskets from Javier and Derige. Tensions ran high early on and technical fouls were called on Juruena and Javier for taunting each other.

The Maroons kept their composure as Juruena and Dave Moralde made steals and easy lay-ups to keep the game close. However, the Warriors closed out the half with 7 unanswered points as they led, 37-28.

The Warriors continued to pull away at the third through smart ball movement and shot selection, as opposed to the Maroons who relied heavily on isolation plays and resorted to tough, contested shots – a habit that has contributed heavily to their losses throughout the season.

UP tried to match UE’s fast-break game and barrelled through their feared full-court pressure defense, which resulted into multiple turnovers for the Diliman-based squad.

The Red Warriors took advantage and led by 15 with six minutes left in the third. Hustle plays by Juruena and Desiderio prevented the lead from ballooning uncontrollably, and a fast-break three by the former Batang Gilas swingman cut the deficit to eight with three minutes remaining.

UE’s guard Paul Varilla, however, continued to get and-one baskets and pushed the lead back to 14 at the end of the third.

UE continued to look for inside shots at the final canto while UP relied solely on Desiderio to create shots for the Maroons. Desiderio scored 11 of UP’s final 20 points.

Faced with an insurmountable lead with a minute remaining, head coach Rensy Bajar sent Amar, Gallarza and Juruena back into the game, letting them play for the last time as Fighting Maroons.

Amar was called for his fifth and final foul soon after, and he was cheered on by the crowd and hugged by his teammates as he exited the hardwood.

Coach Bajar said in an interview that he was still not satisfied with the team’s performance even after the Maroons finished with their best record in three seasons.

“Yung goal namin, hindi namin nakuha. But we’re happy na kahit papano ay may konting improvement. Kailangan lang talaga namin mahanap ang aming killer instinct (We weren’t able to achieve our goal but we’re happy with the improvement. We just need to find our killer instinct),” said the rookie coach.

Amar, meanwhile, was happy and content with the team’s direction moving forward, and was thankful that he was utilized well in his final season.

“Sobrang saya ko kasi nagamit ako this season (I was happy to play this season),” said the senior forward from the College of Engineering. “Mas maganda ang record namin at masaya ako na na-serve ko ang UP (We had better records and I’m glad to have served UP).”

Amar added he was very confident with the team he is leaving. “Alam ko na in the following seasons, kaya ng team na ‘to na mag-champion (I know that we can get to the championship in the following seasons).”

The Fighting Maroons end the season with a 3-11 win-loss card, tied for last place with Adamson University.

 

Scores:

UP (67) – Desiderio 26, Asilum 12, Amar 8, Juruena 7, Manuel 6, Moralde 4, Dario 2, Gallarza 2, Kone 0, Webb 0, Vito 0, Harris 0, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0.

UE (79) – Derige 18, Varilla, P. 14, Javier 13, De Leon 8, Varilla, J. 7, Yu 5, Palma 5, Batiller 3, Manalang 3, Gagate 2, Sta. Ana 1, Charcos 0.

Quarterscores: 18-17, 28-37, 47-61, 67-79

DLSU exacts revenge on UP in second round

by John Remil Isaga

Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer UP Fighting Maroons
Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers escaped a dangerous University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons squad, eking out a 72-68 win in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Araneta Coliseum, Wednesday.

With this victory, the Taft-based squad tied defending champions National University with a 6-7 record in the battle for the last Final Four slot. While UP fell to 3-10, leading by a half game over Adamson University.

Jeron Teng led the DLSU pack with 20 points, while Paolo Rivero and Thomas Torres also gave the Archers a huge lift by combining for 29 points and 28 rebounds.

UP’s leading scorer Jett Manuel finished with a team-high 15 points but he blanked all his five attempts from three-point land. Dave Moralde also caught fire in this game, finishing with 14 points.

The Maroons were ice-cold from the opening tip. They finished the first quarter with just six points as they failed to convert their 14 attempts in the perimeter.

However, the Archers were caught off-guard at the second quarter, as the Maroons went on a 14-3 scoring spree to tear down their deficit to just one point at the half. A pair of three-pointers from Moralde and Pio Longa gave the UP faithful hope that their team could duplicate its remarkable 71-66 win during the first round.

UP continued its hot streak and extended their lead to four at the start of the third canto. However, the team was called for a technical foul when the DLSU coaching staff noticed that Longa wore the wrong team shorts.

Both teams then went back and forth with multiple field goals from an assortment of players which sent the coliseum rocking with deafening cheers. The Archers trailed by three at the end of the third, 49-52.

With their Final Four hopes on the line, the Archers went on a game-deciding 11-0 rally to put them up by nine, 69-60. UP trimmed down their deficit with a small 6-0 run but it wasn’t enough as a pair of charities from Teng put them away for good.

“We were aware that our last two games are very crucial,” said Teng after the game. “So I told myself and my teammates to take it one game at a time.”

UP will play its final game of the season against their first game victim University of the East Red Warriors next Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

 

Final Scores:

UP (68) – Manuel 15, Moralde 14, Desiderio 10, Dario 9, Longa 8, Amar 6, Kone 2, Vito 2, Gallarza 2, Juruena 0, Harris 0, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0

DLSU (72) – Teng 20, Rivero 18, Torres 11, Torralba 8, Caracut 7, Perkins 4, Muyang 2, Langston 2, Go 0

UP succumbs to NU; out of Final Four contention

“Our game at the third quarter exposed our lack of maturity and experience which NU had. We’re just starting to learn and we have to do it as a team.”

by Mikee Garcia

Diego Dario drives the ball past a wall of NU Bulldogs. Dario ties with Jett Manuel as UP’s highest scorers of the game. Photo by Anna Biala, TNP Photographer.

Hopes for a Final Four slot faded for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons after being outlasted by defending champions National University (NU) Bulldogs, 75-69, in their second round meeting in UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Sunday.

The Diliman-based squad fell to 3-9 record at seventh spot while the Sampaloc-based team kept their Final Four aspirations alive, improving to a 6-7 record.

Head Coach Rensy Bajar pinpointed the team’s failure of maintaining their lead in the first half to the team’s lackluster performance in the third quarter.

“Our game at the third quarter exposed our lack of maturity and experience which NU had. We’re just starting to learn and we have to do it as a team,” said Bajar.

UP had good looks in the basket and forced their opponents to costly turnovers throughout the first quarter, posting a five-point lead at the end of it with a score of 18-13.

But NU tallied a 9-0 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter to grab the lead, 22-18. Although UP assured to have the lead before the end of the first half as Jett Manuel and Diego Dario scored buckets in the final minute going to half-time, 31-28.

At the third canto, the Maroons kept their scoring pace in the first five minutes as team captain JR Gallarza and Agustini Amar drained their shots to tie the game at 38 all. They, however, failed to score in the next three minutes as the Bulldogs posted their biggest lead at 12 with a score of 52-40.

It was a tight game at the final quarter for both teams as UP trimmed the lead of NU to three, 60-63, courtesy of a fastbreak play from Henry Asilum. But NU’s top scorer Gelo Alolino fired up as he scored nine of his 26 points in the succeeding plays to secure the win for the Bulldogs.

Manuel, who led the Maroons with 13 points, was not impressed by his personal performance.

“I feel [honestly] frustrated. It’s hard for me to think that I performed well and then ending up with a loss,” he said. “I’d rather perform well and end up with a win.”

As one of the veterans in the team, Manuel was optimistic that the Maroons will play all out in their last two games even they are already out of the Final Four contention.

“Right now, we are still keeping the mindset that we want to improve our record. Even if we feel that we’re out of the play-offs already, it’s still no excuse to think that that’s it already because it’s going to reverse everything that we’ve been working for the whole season,” he added.

The Maroons will have a tough assignment in their next game when they face De La Salle University Green Archers, whom they defeated in the first round, on Wednesday still at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

 

Scores:

NU (75) — Alolino 26, Aroga 15, Neypes 7, Celda 7, Salim 6, Alejandro 4, Javillonar 3, Yu 3, Javelona 2, Morido 2, Diputado 0, Abatayo 0.

UP (69) — Manuel 13, Dario 13, Desiderio 10, Amar 9, Kone 6, Moralde 4, Asilum 4, Gallarza 4, Harris 2, Lim  2, Longa 2, Jaboneta 0, Juruena 0, Webb 0.

Quarterscores: 13-18, 28-31, 52-42, 75-69.

UP loses to ADMU in Battle of Katipunan

by David Tristan Yumol

Paul Desiderio very eager to carry his team to a victory to no avail as they lose 'Battle of Katipunan' anew. Photo by Katrina Artiaga
Paul Desiderio very eager to carry his team to a victory to no avail as they lose ‘Battle of Katipunan’ anew. Photo by Katrina Artiaga

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons continued its slump at the hands of Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 43-56, in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wednesday.

Both teams struggled in the field as Ateneo shot 33 percent while UP had a woeful 25 percent shooting.

Paul Desiderio was the lone bright spot for the Maroons, tallying 12 points and eight rebounds. Dave Moralde added nine points as UP suffered its fourth consecutive setback after starting the season with a 2-0 record.

“Hindi pumapasok ang mga tira namin. Pero iyong defense nandyan naman, medyo off talaga ang opensa in this game,” admitted Desiderio.

UP tasted its last lead of the game in the 4:36 mark of the first quarter, 9-8, after a jumper from Desiderio. But Ateneo’s big man Arvin Tolentino led a 9-0 run in the last four minutes of the first quarter to end it with a 9-17 lead.

The Blue Eagles continued their dominance against the Maroons in the second quarter by tallying a 9-1 run in the first six minutes. They even limit the Diliman-based cagers to only eight points to grab a 19-point lead after the first half, 36-17.

Ateneo’s bench, led by John Apacible, contributed 16 points in the first half as compared to only a point from UP.

The Maroons tallied a 7-0 run at the start of the third canto to trim the lead of the Loyola-based cagers, 24-36. Tough defense in the paint from the Blue Eagles, however, derailed the comeback threat of the Maroons to still trail after three quarters, 31-45.

A low scoring fourth quarter secured the win for the Blue Eagles, notching its fourth win in their last six games.

Kiefer Ravena registered double-double numbers with 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Eagles in victory. Von Pessumal chipped in with 11 points also.

“Ateneo had a really big advantage in the inside. Our defense was a bit too slow in this game,” said forward Jerson Prado, who starred and played more than his usual game minutes finishing with eight points and 11 boards.

UP head coach Rensy Bajar promised to bounce back in their game against Adamson University this Sunday still at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“We must learn from the mistakes that we had here. We had many good looks but those failed to convert,” stressed Bajar.
The scores:

ADMU 56 – Ravena 11, Pessumal 11, Apacible 8, Tolentino A. 8, Nieto 4, Gotladera 4, Pingoy 3, Capacio 2, Wong 2, Ikeh 1, Tolentino M. 1, Black 1, Cani 0, Babilonia 0.

UP 43 – Desiderio 12, Moralde 9, Prado 8, Amar 6, Asilum 5, Dario 2, Kone 1, Manuel 0, Lim 0, Harris 0, Gallarza 0, Longa 0, Vito 0, Jaboneta 0.

Quarterscores: 17-9, 36-17, 45-31, 56-43.

UP continues slump; drops third game against NU

by Jason Mercene

Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Resident Photographer.
Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Resident Photographer.

After starting their Season 78 campaign on the right foot, the University of the Philippines (UP) absorbed its third straight setback against Season 77 defending champions National University (NU), 52-68, in the UAAP men’s basketball wars at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday.

Jett Manuel paced the Diliman-based squad with 16 markers while Paul Desiderio contributed for 10 points and six boards off the bench.

The Maroons started the season with a 2-0 record, tallying back-to-back wins against University of the East and De La Salle University. They fell short, however, in their next three games against University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and now NU.

“They prepared for us,” said Manuel when asked about the defensive set displayed by NU.

Manuel added, “Coach Eric (Altamirano) is really a good coach, he prepares for all the teams,” referring to the Bulldogs head coach.

With UP down by just one midway in the second quarter, NU’s Gelo Alolino caught fire as he knocked four consecutive treys to erect a commanding 11-point lead going to halftime, 27-38.

Alolino led the Sampaloc-based team in scoring, finishing with 16 points.

The Fighting Maroons managed to trim the Bulldogs’ lead to eight entering the final canto, 43-51. But Alfred Aroga nailed back-to-back jumpers to spearhead an 8-0 bomb, as the Bulldogs pulled away and kept the Maroons at bay for good.

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Cameroonian Aroga who stands 6’7 proved to be too much for the Maroons as he registered double-double figures with 12 points and 22 rebounds.

“We knew coming into this game, it will be a defensive game, knowing UP plays a very good defense,” said Altamirano as his squad improved to 3-3 after losing its first three games.

He added, “I think all throughout the game we were consistent on our defense, we were able to lockdown their shooters.”

While both squads shot below 40 percent, NU was more aggressive in the free-throw line. They made 21 out of 30 charities against UP’s 8 out of 14.

“One game at a time,” said Manuel as the Maroons will set their eyes on their last two assignments in the first round. “We’re learning right now, and we have to move on quick to the next game against Ateneo.”

UP will try to snap their losing skid against the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles on Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

The scores:

NU (68) — Alolino 16, Aroga 12, Salim 9, Tansingco 9, Neypes 7, Javelona 6, Diputado 4, Alejandro 2, Celda 2, Abatayo 1, Javillonar 0, Yu 0.

UP (52) — Manuel 16, Desiderio 10, Dario 8, Lim 5, Asilum 4, Gallarza 2, Jaboneta 2, Longa 2, Moralde 2, Amar 1, Harris 0, Juruena 0, Kone 0, Prado 0, Vito 0.

Quarter scores: 19-12; 38-27; 51-43; 68-52

UP scores twin victories in UAAP Badminton wars

The University of the Philippines (UP) badminton squads posted victories in Day 4 of the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall on Saturday.

by Luisa Morales

Photo: Tinig ng Plaridel
Photo: Tinig ng Plaridel

The University of the Philippines (UP) badminton squads posted victories in Day 4 of the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall on Saturday.

Early in the day, the Diliman-based men’s shuttlers escaped with a 3-2 win against a fancied University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Shuttlers.

Miggy Leonardo opened the match in favor of UP with a tight three-set win against Paul Pantig of UST, 21-16, 16-21, 21-17.

Alcaed Sabanal of the Golden Shuttlers exacted revenge in the second match, winning against Maroon Jojo Malelang in three sets too, 21-9, 7-21, 21-18.

In doubles’ action, the Espana-based duo of Pantig and Edward Reyes swept past the tandem of CK Clemente and Joaquin Deato, 21-16, 21-11, to give a 2-1 lead to UST.

However, the Diliman-based tandem of Vinci Manuel and Roberto Pineda denied the win for the Golden Shuttlers as they tallied a three-set win over the duo of Mark Sotea and Kristian Barrios, 22-20, 20-22, 21-11. UP tied the game to 2-2.

Joseph Lopez sealed the tie for the Maroons by outpointing Edward Reyes in straight sets, 23-21, 21-13.

With this result, UP and UST have both tied its overall win-loss record with two apiece.

In women’s action, Season 77 titlists Lady Maroons flashed their dominance by disposing Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons, 5-0.

UP unleashed its form in the first match as Bea Bernardo outlasts AdU’s Mikaela Aquino in straight sets, 21-15, 21-5.

Last year’s top rookie Mary Ann Maranon gave the Lady Maroons their second match win by dominating Clydel Pada again in straight sets, 21-9, 21-10.

In doubles’ play, the tandem of Diliman-based shuttlers Jessie Francisco and Lea Inlayo outpointed the San Marcelino-based duo of Christine Garin and Margarita Villacorta, 21-8, 21-10.

The Falcons once again bowed down to the Maroons as UP’s Bernardo and Elisha Ongcuangco took the match against AdU’s Aquino and Pada, 21-15, 21-12.

Ann Jeline Masongsong closed the match by sweeping Lady Falcon Christine Garin, 21-19, 21-10, to give UP a 4-0 record in the overall team standings.

This article was originally published on the Tinig ng Plaridel Facebook page.

 

 

Maroons finish 2nd in Men’s football, take special awards

The University of the Philippines settled for second place after falling to Far Eastern University, 1-0, in Game 2 of the UAAP Football Finals Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

by John Reczon Calay

The University of the Philippines settled for second place after falling to Far Eastern University, 1-0, in Game 2 of the UAAP Football Finals Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

The Maroon Booters, who played in the finals without ace striker Jinggoy Valmayor due to a red card penalty, lost in their last two finals appearances after conceding the crown last season to Ateneo de Manila University.

FEU striker Jes Melliza scored the lone goal of the match after converting a header in the 71st minute.

Despite the painful loss for the Maroon Booters, Ace Villanueva was hailed as the league’s Best Goalkeeper while Patxi Santos was named as the league’s Rookie of the Year.

“The team fought [sic] hard till the end. Congratulations FEU for winning the championship!” Valmayor tweeted.

“Thank you UP community for supporting us this season! Next year ulit!” he added.

UP Women’s chess team repeats at 2nd place; Men’s improves to 6th

The women’s squad dropped their last assignment to four-peat champions De La Salle University, 2.5-1.5, but still ranked second after securing enough margin against eventual third placers Far Eastern University going into the final round.

by Raphael Rayco

The University of the Philippines Women’s team duplicated their Season 75 performance by finishing at second place in the UAAP Chess Tournament Season 76 Sunday at Enrique Razon Sports Complex.

The women’s squad dropped their last assignment to four-peat champions De La Salle University, 2.5-1.5, but still ranked second after securing enough margin against eventual third placers Far Eastern University going into the final round.

DLSU notched the MVP award this season courtesy of national team mainstay Jan Jodilyn Fronda. Another Lady Archer took the Rookie of the Year award with Bernadette Galas.

Season 75 MVP Christy Bernales, Roxanne Atayde, and rookie Aubrey Ruth De Guzman each won silver medals on Boards 1, 2, and 6, respectively. Team captain Joanna Vanessa Barbosa closed out with the bronze medal on Board 4 while Arvie Lozano ended up fourth on Board 3.

The Men’s Team meanwhile improved from a dismal eighth place finish last season by securing the sixth spot this year. They were already locked at sixth after the results of the penultimate round.

The Maroons displayed a gutsy final round performance after Board 1 Claudio Olar, Jr. delivered an upset to Season 75 MVP Timothy So Kua of the University of Santo Tomas, before losing to the Tigers 1.5-2.5 in the last round.

John Edison Ubaldo of the UP men’s team, though, received the individual gold medal on Board 6 while Paulo Cristobal finished at fourth on Board 4.

FEU retook the championship they held for six years before UST dethroned them last season. Adamson University soared high at second while DLSU completed the top three in the men’s division, eclipsing the defending champions by just half a point.

FEU’s Kevin Mirano was announced as the Season MVP while National University standout Austin Jacob Literatus seized the Rookie of the year award.

Maroons bag silver in Men’s Tennis

Facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage, the University of the Philippines battled their hearts out against defending champion National University but still lost 3-2 in the finals of the UAAP Men’s Lawn Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Philippine Columbian Association.

by Luis Miguel Miclat

Facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage, the University of the Philippines battled their hearts out against defending champion National University but still lost 3-2 in the finals of the UAAP Men’s Lawn Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Philippine Columbian Association.

The Maroons, who finished fourth last season, ended a 13-year finals appearance drought after placing second in the elimination round. UP posted eight wins and two losses, both against the Bulldogs who touted an immaculate 10-0 record.

“It’s not bad,” said UP Coach Junjie Guadayo of their runner-up finish. “Kahit na talo tayo sa finals, we fought hard.”

Things looked promising for UP early on as Rookie of the Year Jurence Mendoza maintained his undefeated streak, thrashing NU’s Dheo Talatayod in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

The Bulldogs quickly countered as Michael Madrio and Jigo Peña dispatched UP’s Ique Ferrer and Angelo Esguerra in doubles, 6-2, 6-2.

NU sustained momentum as Leander Lazaro schooled Joshua Miranda, 6-2, 6-2, to pull ahead 2-1, one match away from retaining their crown.

But UP foiled their plans as Maroon duo Franklin Encarnacion and Gabby Guiterrez slipped past NU’s Al-Khady Jainul-Jeric Accion duo in a three-set thriller, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, to set the stage for the deciding match.

Season 76 Most Valuable Player Fritz Verdad then showed his might to carry the Bulldogs into their second championship, hammering Maroon’s Joshua Cano, 6-2, 6-0.

Lady Maroons stay strong in chess, men’s team suffer losses

The University of the Philippines Men’s and Women’s chess teams delivered contrasting performances after four rounds into the season.

by Raphael Rayco

The University of the Philippines Men’s and Women’s chess teams delivered contrasting performances after four rounds into the season.

The women’s team, which narrowly lost the crown by 1.5 points last year, captured consecutive victories in the third and fourth rounds. Led by Season 75 most valuable player Christy Bernales, they won 2.5-1.5 versus the Far Eastern University and 3-1 against Ateneo de Manila University.

The Lady Maroons has now accumulated 10 points which currently placed them at second place, behind De La Salle University with 12.5 points.

Meanwhile, the men’s unit finished with identical narrow 1.5-2.5 losses to La Salle and National University. Kristian Paulo Cristobal and skipper Wilbert Pilarta scored a win and a draw, respectively, in both matchups.

The Diliman-based squad now has a total of 6.5 points, placing them in a tie for fifth place with defending champion University of Santo Tomas.

Maroon booters edge Eagles for 2nd straight win, 1-0

After opening the season with two early losses, the University of the Philippines nipped defending champion Ateneo De Manila University, 1-0, in a rematch of last season’s finals in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Football tournament Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

by John Reczon Calay

Photos by Luis Adrian Hidalgo

After opening the season with two early losses, the University of the Philippines nipped defending champion Ateneo De Manila University, 1-0, in a rematch of last season’s finals in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Football tournament Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

Maroon striker Jinggoy Valmayor catapulted the ball past Ateneo goalkeeper Yu Murayama in the 30th minute to push UP ahead by one, a lead they protected up to the final whistle.

With the win, the Diliman booters are now tied with DLSU for third place (6 points) while sending the Loyola squad down to sixth place with only 4 points to show.

But the victory did not come in handy for the Maroons. They had to weather numerous attempts by Ateneo’s Mikko Mabanag and Anton Sison during the second half.

It was UP’s second consecutive win after beating the National University (2-0) last Dec. 3, rising up from its first two defeats against the University of the East (2-0) and the De La Salle University (2-1).

UP will next face league-leading Far Eastern University (12 points) on Dec. 15 also at the FEU-Diliman football field.

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