UP snaps 10-year, 19-game skid against UST

After 10 long years, the UP Fighting Maroons defeated the UST Growling Tigers, 74-69, for their fifth overall win at the FilOil Flying V Centre, November 6.

By John Remil Isaga
Photography by Keith Magcaling

After 10 long years, the UP Fighting Maroons defeated the UST Growling Tigers, 74-69, for their fifth overall win at the FilOil Flying V Centre, November 6.

With this victory, UP (5-8) eliminated UST (3-9) from Final Four contention, providing the proverbial cherry on top for the Maroons.

Coincidentally, this win also eclipsed the 4-8 team record set by the Maroons in that same season, where now-PBA stars Arwind Santos and LA Tenorio still ran wild with their alma maters.

With a UP-dominated crowd nearly filling the San Juan-based arena, the Maroons opened the game pumped and ready to trade shots with the struggling Tigers. Neither team let up in the first two periods as UP entered halftime with only a one-point lead, 31-30.

The first half was highlighted with short bursts of scoring from both sides. UP came up big on the defensive side, however, especially from the fleet-footed forward Noah Webb, who recorded two chasedown blocks a la LeBron James. His second rejection of the first half was so powerful that the ball jammed between the rim and backboard, much to the disbelief and awe by the UP faithful.

Gunning to break free from the hungry Tigers, key returnee Kyles Lao went on a personal 6-0 run, sending the UP bench to a very raucous frenzy that even got them a warning for improper bench decorum.

Up to this point, no single Maroon stood out on the offensive end thanks to unselfish ball-movement leading to numerous wide-open shots.

With a comfortable lead heading to the fourth, UP proceeded to stir up the crowd to a fever pitch as they went on a 13-2 run. This gave the Diliman-based ballers their largest lead of the game at 15, 63-48. UST captain Louie Vigil even fouled out in the process, which made the UP fans even happier.

Not giving up, UST’s Zach Huang and Jeepy Faundo tried to keep the score within reach and almost succeeded, trimming the score to as close as 69-66 with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Historically known for blowing late-game leads, the battle-hardened Maroons held their ground until the final buzzer, which sent the packed arena rocking with cheers. They now head to their final game of the season against the UE Red Warriors with a two-game winning streak.

Coach Bo Perasol clearly noticed the increase in passion and attendance from the fans.

“More than anything else, the thing that resulted in this win [was] the excitement from the UP community.”

He also noted that many of the players who contributed in this game were inspired by Lao’s personal run. He also said that Lao was actually surprised that he was even called to play at all.

The team effort was indeed clear from the box score, as five Maroons had six points apiece followed by four players with three markers each. Paul Desiderio led the charge at the end with 16 points, a team-high 13 rebounds and seven assists. On the other end, Vigil tried his best to keep the Tigers alive with 16 points and eight boards, but ultimately fell short.

Desiderio was also very pleased with the fan turnout of this game.

“Dati nga, halos binibigay na namin yung mga ticket, pero di pa rin nauubos,” joked the third-year swingman.

As Coach Perasol noted, their possible entry to the Final Four is out of their hands as current fourth seed Adamson University needs to lose their remaining games for UP to have a chance.

Nevertheless, the Maroons look forward to ending the season on a high note against the freefalling UE Red Warriors next Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Araneta Coliseum, in what will possibly be captain Jett Manuel’s final game as a Maroon.

DLSU crushes UP MBT in first Season 79 matchup

By Denise Valdez

The UP Fighting Maroons failed to repeat last season’s first round upset of the DLSU Green Archers as they lost 89-71 at the Araneta Coliseum, Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Diliman-based cagers struggled on the defensive end, giving up 54 combined points for DLSU’s Ben Mbala (30), Abu Tratter (12) and Jeron Teng (12). Scoring for UP heavily depended on consistent swingman Paul Desiderio who totaled 21 points, followed by veteran Jett Manuel’s 13.

The collective shooting percentages of both teams were close, however – with DLSU at 49% and UP at 44%.

The game remained in favor of DLSU from start to finish, with UP tying the game only once during the first quarter at 13-all. The lead ballooned up to 28 points towards the fourth quarter, but was gradually trimmed up to 14 points after a jumper from Manuel on the last three minutes of the game. The duel ended with an 18-point lead for DLSU.

UP’s big men Andrew Harris and Jerson Prado were unable to stop the relentless shooting of DLSU from inside the paint, as reflected in the Archers’ 46 points from down low. The Maroons continued to dwell on their perimeter shooting and fell flat towards the end – with 20 points from outside in the first half and only two in the second half.

The Maroons also failed to maximize their chances off DLSU’s turnovers as the Archers took advantage of theirs – scoring 34 points off turnovers compared to UP’s 10.

DLSU’s starters greatly edged out UP on offense with 65 starter points compared to a measly 38 from the Maroons. Although UP had 33 points off the bench , DLSU was not far behind with 24.

Coach Bo Perasol commended his big men for their efforts on defense despite Mbala scoring all over them.

“Despite the mismatches ‘dun sa personnel, I think the effort was really there,” said Perasol.

“There was no question we got outplayed totally by La Salle,” he added, and said that beating La Salle was not their agenda in the first place. “Our agenda, really, was to prepare ourselves for the games that we can win.”

UP now falls to 0-2 to start the season – tied with the University of the East for last place in the overall men’s basketball ranking.

Nowhere to go but up: 2016 UP Pep Rally showcases reinforced alumni support

By Mikee Garcia

Highlighted by improvement off a rebranding year, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons’ annual Pep Rally was held at the University Theater, Wednesday, August 24.

UP’s varsity teams did crossover performances to hype up the crowd for Season 79 of the UAAP, collaborating with one another as they exhibited their talents.

Notable performances included UPIS student athletes in the Juniors division – a first in Pep Rally history, and the debut of the newest UAAP sport, Ballroom Formation.

Chancellor Michael Tan began his opening speech by recalling how people, in recent years, used to view Iskolars ng Bayan as underdogs when it comes to sports.

According to him, however, a game-changer arrived for the Maroons when a group of alumni by the name of NowheretogobutUP started offering support to the university’s athletes.

Tan said that their combined efforts have really made a difference for the teams in the form of improved facilities, more sponsors and better crowd support, which resulted in better performances from the Maroons.

According to a video aired by NowheretogobutUP, the initiative was born out an assessment of the current state of UP athletes in preparation for UP’s hosting duties of the UAAP last season.

The video highlighted various persisting difficulties such as dilapidated, insufficient facilities and lack of nourishment before games, among others.

Tan also pointed out that UP is the only public university in the UAAP but stressed that the athletes sacrifice just as much of their time as that of any other school in the league. With the help of alumni, he claimed that the UP administration will not be holding back in funding the university’s athletic program even further.

Aside from showing support for the university’s athletes, Tan also honored fallen Men’s Football Team player Rogie Maglinas who was diagnosed with cancer October 2015 and tragically passed away earlier this year. He said that Maglinas had so much love for the sport and his hometown, which kept him going until the end of his bout with his illness.

According to Tan, Maglinas’ eventual passing took a hard toll on both the Men’s and Women’s Football teams but they chose to fuel themselves instead on the field which culminated in a double championship last May. “Ang sarap ng championships natin kasi natalo natin ang Ateneo at La Salle, the second and third best universities in the country,” Tan added.

Tan concluded his speech by saying this season’s athletes carry not only the name of UP but also the honor of the country.

“Ang tagumpay ng UP ay tagumpay ng bayan,” said Tan as he concluded his speech to a thunderous ovation from the students in attendance.

The University of Sto. Tomas will be hosting this season’s UAAP. The opening ceremonies are set to be held September 3 at the UST Plaza Mayor in Manila .#


UP rules Battle of Katipunan to clinch men’s football title

by David Tristan Yumol

The members of the UP Men's Football Team hold a banner commemorating their fallen brother, Rogie Maglinas, after their win in the UAAP Season 78 Men's Football Tournament. Photo by David Tristan Yumol
The members of the UP Men’s Football Team hold a banner commemorating their fallen brother, Rogie Maglinas, after their win in the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Football Tournament. Photo by David Tristan Yumol

A resilient Kintaro Miyagi led the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons on to their UAAP Season 78 title conquest after disposing Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles at nightcap, 4-1, Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

It was a double victory celebration for the Fighting Maroons after the women’s football team won their first title in the previous game.

This win against the Katipunan-based booters also ended their four-year title drought in the said tournament.

Miyagi provided the hot start for the Maroons as he scored the first goal from a miss by team captain Daniel Gadia in the 28th minute.

Gadia followed up with his own goal in the 34th minute by eluding several defenders from Ateneo to give the early lead for UP, 2-0.

The game rhythm somehow changed two minutes after Gadia’s goal as graduating Mikko Mabanag of Ateneo struck a goal from a free kick as the ball slips past UP goalkeeper Nathaniel Villanueva.

First half ended, 2-1, in favor of the Diliman-based booters.

In the second half, Miyagi added two goals from open assists in the 70th and 80th minute to cap a victorious night for the state university.

The suffocating defense of the Maroons was a main factor to deny the Blue Eagles a goal in the last 45 minutes of the game.

Miyagi confidently said that he really prepared for this game and pushed himself to play hard since it’s their last game already.

“I did all my best in training to be in top shape for this game. Good thing it paid off and the whole team played hard tonight,” he stated.

The players also dedicated their victory to their fallen teammate Rogie Maglinas, who succumbed before the season started because of a rare form of cancer.

“Until our final game and this championship, we dedicate this to our brother Rogie. I hope he’s happy up there,” says Gadia, who was crowned as this year’s Most Valuable Player.

Patxi Santos and Sebastian Patangan were also included in the Mythical Eleven of Season 78.

UP edges La Salle to bag first UAAP women’s football crown

by David Tristan Yumol

The UP Women's Football Team bagged its first ever UAAP title after beating La Salle, 2-1! ‪#‎GoalUP‬ ‪#‎UPFight‬ ‪#‎ForRogie‬ Photo by David Tristan Yumol
UP President Alfredo Pascual pose with the members of the UP Women’s Football Team after a successful championship campaign in the UAAP Season 78 Tournament, bagging the title after beating De La Salle University, 2-1. Photo by David Tristan Yumol

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons won their first UAAP championship via an upset of top-seeded De La Salle University, 2-1, Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Cristina delos Reyes provided the much-needed lift for the Diliman-based booters by scoring a penalty kick during the 50th minute.

However, a penalty was also awarded to La Salle’s Sara Castaneda in the 61st minute after UP’s Aira Agustin was called for a yellow card in their collision inside the box.

She comfortably scored the kick to tie the game at one apiece.

Six minutes after that goal from the Taft-based booters, Angeliza Sta. Clara scored a fantastic header from a corner kick to bring back the lead to the Lady Maroons, 2-1.

From there, UP did not let La Salle score as they sealed their first ever championship in the women’s football event of the 78 year-old league.

In a post-game interview, Sta. Clara admitted she did not expect to score her winning goal which was not a perfect hit though.

“I didn’t saw where the ball was going after I made that header. I felt surprised that luckily, the ball went inside the goal box,” she said.

Coach Anto Gonzales was proud of what his girls achieved after going through a challenging season.

“It was a tough game at the first half. Fortunately, we pulled away in the second half with those lucky breaks,” he mentioned.

Molly Manalansan was named Most Valuable Player at the awarding rites graced by UP President Alfredo Pascual and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan.

UP dominates UST, inches closer to Final Four

by Denver del Rosario

The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons edged out the University of Sto. Tomas Lady Tigresses in four sets, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, today in the UAAP 78 women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

After a slow start in the opening set, the Lady Maroons eventually found their groove and took the succeeding sets. Isa Molde spearheaded the Diliman side with 23 points, while Marian Buitre added 12.

Meanwhile, team skipper EJ Laure led the España-based squad with 20 points.

The Lady Tigresses started hot in the first set, getting to the first technical timeout (TTO) ahead of UP, 4-8, courtesy of points from graduating player Mela Tunay.

UST continued to pull away as Cherry Rondina finished the first set with an attack, 17-25. The Lady Maroons started slow anew in the second set as the Lady Tigresses dominated early, 3-8, courtesy of attacks from Laure and Tunay.

However, the set proved to be a different story as the Diliman-based squad came back to take the driver seat, 16-15.

UP ultimately took the second set via an attack from Molde, 25-21.

In the third set, UST led as much as seven points, 8-15, courtesy of back-to-back spikes from Laure.

The Lady Tigresses continued to lead, 12-18, via an attack from Tunay and a spiking error from Justine Dorog.

Like the second set, however, the Lady Maroons recomposed themselves as they produced 10 consecutive points, 22-18, courtesy of aces from Jewel Lai and attacks from Molde.

Eventually, the Diliman side stole the third set as they denied a spike from Laure, 25-20.

Finally finding their rhythm, the Lady Maroons pulled away early in the fourth set, leading as much as nine points, 21-12.

Molde ended the game with a down-the-line hit, 25-20, giving UP its 8th win of the season.

Even with the victory, UP coach Jerry Yee is disappointed with his team’s ‘fluctuating’ maturity.

“When they get in the court, they play differently from what we practiced,” Yee said in Filipino. “We really need to be patient with them.”

With the huge possibility of clinching a Final Four slot, Yee said they will hope that fate goes their way.

“We are going to pray that La Salle beats NU so we can avoid a playoff,” Yee said in Filipino.

UP’s final four hopes will depend on the outcome of the NU-DLSU game. A win by DLSU will give UP the fourth spot.

UP absorbs tough loss against La Salle

by David Tristan Yumol

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The La Salle Lady Archers try to block off Lady Maroon Kathy Bersola’s drop, ultimately leading to their victory. Photo by Hannah Paguila.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons suffered a stinging defeat at the hands of De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-18, 12-25, 18-25, 21-25, in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.

Rookie Diana Carlos was the lone double-digit scorer for the Diliman-based spikers with 14 points. Fellow rookie Isa Molde and skipper Kathy Bersola added eight and seven points respectively as UP slid to a 6-4 record in the team standings.

“We failed to stick [to] our game plan. Coach wants us to work on our first touch, which is the service and first ball. We don’t know what happened today,” Bersola said.

Things are looking good for the Maroons in the first set as they scored six unanswered points led by Carlos’ kills after being down 0-4.

The momentum continued when UP tallied its biggest lead, 24-16, mostly off aces from Nicole Tiamzon and Molde. They eventually closed the set with a seven-point lead.

A complete turnaround happened during the second set when the Archers started an onslaught of attacks to lead early, 8-3.

La Salle, eventually, made a huge scoring spree midway through the set with their 9-0 run to grab a commanding 15-point deficit, 21-6.

UP tried to get back on track by scoring five unanswered points at the homestretch of the set, 12-24, but failed to end it with a respectable act by committing a service error.

The third set exposed more of UP’s vulnerability as their spikes were not converted to points anchored by the impressive defense at the net of crowd darling Mika Reyes and team captain Kim Fajardo.

Spikes from Archer Mary Joy Baron also bared the defensive lapses of the Maroons especially on who will get the ball after the attack was made.

These mistakes were somehow corrected early in the fourth set when UP had good touches and benefitted from the aces of Hope Christian High standouts Molde and Carlos that kept La Salle’s lead to one, 7-8.

The Archers, however, capitalized on their attacks through the efforts of Kim Dy and Ara Galang to close out the win for the Taft-based spikers.

Despite the defeat, Bersola was optimistic that their performance in this outing was a learning experience for the team.

“I don’t want to feel this way anymore. That’s what I want to instill with my teammates. I don’t want to happen like in the past seasons when we pull away from the games that we know we are capable of winning,” she said.

Bersola added, “This kind of games will teach us our individual playing capabilities and what will lose to us if we give away the win to our opponents.”

Dy and Reyes both contributed 14 points while Galang added 12 points for La Salle.

Next game for UP will be this Sunday against University of the East, 2 pm, at the Philsports Arena.

UP ends 9-year win drought against ADMU

The University of the Philippines showed some grit and pulled off an upset against two-time defending champions Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22.

by Anton Onato

The UP Women’s Volleyball Team in top form after winning 3 sets to 1 against the defending champions from Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Anton Onato.

It’s another upset. This time against the defending champions.

The University of the Philippines showed some grit and pulled off an upset against two-time defending champions Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22, in the second round of eliminations of UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at San Juan Arena, Sunday.

Four Lady Maroons scored in double digit with rookie Isa Molde leading the charge with 15 points, four of which came from service aces. Diana Carlos and Nicole Tiamzon provided 12 points each as skipper Kat Bersola contributed 10 markers.

“We had better first ball [compared to the first round meeting]. We also had better blockings in this game,” Molde said in Filipino.

UP had seven kill blocks compared to Ateneo’s five.

Alyssa Valdez, meanwhile, tospcored Ateneo, which dropped to 6-2 after losses to La Salle and UP, with 19 points as Jhoana Maraguinot chipped in 15 markers in losing effort.

After a diesel start in the first set, UP went on to take the next sets by banking on their excellent offense. They also capitalized on Ateneo’s errors whom they last defeated on Jan. 17, 2007.

The Fighting Lady Maroons is now on solo third with 5-3 win-loss card. They will face Adamson University on Saturday at San Juan Arena.


This article was originally published in a slightly different format on the Tinig ng Plaridel Facebook page. It has been republished here in full.

Lucky bounce for UP as volleyball teams score wins

by David Tristan Yumol

It was a productive day for the University of the Philippines (UP) volleyball teams as they piled up wins in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 78 volleyball wars Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.

The Lady Maroons returned in their winning ways by upending the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 26-24, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19.

Rookie sensation Isa Molde stamped her class in the game with 23 points. While team skipper Kathy Bersola somehow found her rhythm already, notching 11 points.

The first two sets were close as both teams showed their promising wares in the court.

It was UP who ruled the first set, 26-24, with star spiker Nicole Tiamzon and Molde taking turns in scoring.

However, Adamson capitalized UP’s errors in the homestretch of the second set to win it, 27-25.

Molde scored the crucial points late in the third canto to give the set victory for the Lady Maroons, 25-21.

While in the fourth set, the Lady Maroons contained Adamson’s lead spiker Jessica Galanza in scoring to finish the game and nail their second win in four outings.

UP head coach Jerry Yee was pleased with this victory of his wards.

“I am satisfied with the composure of my team in this ga0 This game is important if we want to enhance our chances in the Final Four,” Yee said.

Galanza and team captain Mylene Paat were the only bright spots for the San Marcelino-based spikers, scoring 25 and 23 points respectively.

The Lady Maroons evened their win-loss slate to two apiece while the Lady Falcons fell to 1-3 record.

Earlier in the day, the Fighting Maroons stinged another highly-favored opponent by humbling De La Salle University in four sets, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25.

Wendel Miguel led the charge for UP with 15 points, 13 of which are through spikes. John Mark Millete and team captain Alfred Valbuena added 13 and 11 points respectively for the Diliman-based spikers.

The men’s team tallied their third straight victory after losing their first game. In their previous game last February 13, the Fighting Maroons did a shocker early at the season by sweeping former titlist National University, 25-19, 25-20, 31-29.

Raymark Woo of De La Salle’s game-high 26 points went for naught as the Taft-based spikers lost their third straight outing after winning their first.

Next games for the State U volleyball teams will be this Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. In the morning at 8 am, the Fighting Maroons will try to extend their magical run as they face defending champions Ateneo de Manila University. While the Lady Maroons will go head-to-head with Far Eastern University in the afternoon at 4 pm.

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.



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 falls flat to Ateneo in Battle of Katipunan

by John Remil Isaga

UP falls again to Ateneo in second Battle of Katipunan uaap 78 men's basketballl fighting maroons blue eagles tinig ng plaridelAteneo de Manila University proved to be the better basketball team in Katipunan Avenue by downing neighbor University of the Philippines, 74-65, in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Araneta Coliseum, Wednesday.

The Blue Eagles have an 8-4 win-loss slate which solidified their hold at the third spot of the team standings. While the Fighting Maroons fell to 3-8, although their chance for a Final Four slot is still alive.

Kiefer Ravena powered Ateneo’s win with 16 points while reserve Adrian Wong became the unlikely star for them with 14 markers, nine of which came from the three-point area.

Questionable shot selection ultimately contributed to UP’s demise at the hands of Ateneo. While starters Diego Dario, Agustini Amar and Jett Manuel combined for 34 points for the Maroons, the trio made 40 shots and converted just 12 of it.

Former Batang Gilas swingman Paul Desiderio finished with just eight points off 11 attempts and failed to sink all six of his free-throws.

UP shot a horrendous 33 percent from the field and nine percent from deep compared to Ateneo’s 51 percent and 44 percent from those respective categories.

The streaking Eagles started hot off the gate, busting out a 22-7 run in the first 15 minutes to gain a 29-16 advantage over the Diliman-based cagers.

The Maroons just couldn’t seem to find a good rhythm, finishing the second quarter with a disappointing 1/11 clip from downtown. Ravena and Arvin Tolentino led the way for Ateneo, combining for 18 points and a perfect 4/4 from three-point range.

Momentum shifted to the Maroons at the start of the second half. Through hustle plays from Desiderio who went scoreless at the first two periods, UP chipped away at the deficit and outscored Ateneo, 18-9, at the end of the third.

The Eagles were not intimidated, however, and unleashed a 12-3 run at the start of the final canto, stretching the lead back to 19. UP hustled for rebounds and good shots down the stretch but didn’t do enough to cover for their dismal shooting throughout the game.

“It was a bad start for us…sobrang bad start,” said Dario after the game. “We did a good job coming back but we fell short at the end.”

Dario added that as a young team, they still have to learn more in terms of strategies and game decisions.

“There’s always something we can learn after a game, manalo o matalo, so we just have to look at that,” added Dario, who led the Diliman-based cagers in scoring with 13 points.

The Fighting Maroons look to upset the defending champions National University Bulldogs, a team clawing their way back to title contention, this Sunday, 11 a.m., at the Araneta Coliseum.


The Scores:

ADMU (74)  – Ravena 16, Wong 14, Tolentino A 8, Gotladera 6, Ikeh 6, Nieto 5, Pessumal 5, Babilonia 4, Capacio 4, Black 2, Tolentino V 2, Go 2

UP (65) – Dario 13, Amar 11, Manuel 10, Desiderio 8, Kone 7, Harris 4, Moralde 4, Vito 4, Gallarza 2, Lim 2, Asilum 0, Jaboneta 0, Juruena 0, Longa 0

Quarter scores: 19-11, 45-26, 54-44, 74-65