UP Fighting Maroons gains 1st win, downs UST, 98-82

| Written by Fred Dabu

UP Fighting Maroons’ Zav Lucero is soaring high. Photo from the UAAP Season 84 Media Team.

With a 1-1 win-loss standing as of press time, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons will face the National University’s team at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, March 31, for the UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) Season 84 men’s basketball tournament.

UP vs. UST

In its recent match against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) team, UP scored its first win, 98-82, on Tuesday evening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Fighting Maroons caught up with the Growling Tigers’ efforts and scored big in the second half, led by Zav Lucero. By the fourth quarter, 88-67, UP’s advantage was already 21 points.

UP Fighting Maroons’ Ricci Rivero. Photo from the UAAP Season 84 Media Team.

UP’s Ricci Rivero delivered 19 points, Lucero 18, Tamayo 18, Spencer 11, Cansino 7, Cagulangan 6, Catapusan 6, Diouf 6, Alarcon 5, and Abadiano 2.

UST’s Sherwin Concepcion scored 19 points, Fontanilla 17, Cabanero 16, Pangilinan 13, Manalang 7, Santos 6, and Manaytay 4.

Quarterscores: 16-25, 42-48, 78-63, 98-82.

UP Coach Goldwin Monteverde: “Every game is important to us.” Photo from the UAAP Season 84 Media Team.

UP coach Goldwin Monteverde highlights the team’s bounce back from the first game with Ateneo Blue Eagles. He said, “Every game is important for us; Marami pa kaming chances to improve and so… paghahandaan namin ng maayos to win the game.”

UP vs. Ateneo

The Ateneo Blue Eagles won against the Fighting Maroons in the game last March 26, with a final score of 90-81.

The scores for this match were:

Ateneo 90 – Ildefonso 19, Verano 18, Kouame 11, Belangel 10, Mamuyac 9, Mendoza 6, Tio 5, Chiu 4, Daves 4, Koon 2, Lazaro 2, Andrade 0, Gomez 0, Mallilin 0.

UP 81 – Cansino 21, Diouf 15, Tamayo 13, Rivero 11, Fortea 5, Spencer 4, Cagulangan 4, Lucero 2, Catapusan 2, Abadiano 2, Webb 2, Alarcon 0.

Quarterscores: 26-18, 46-35, 71-54, 90-81.

Information, interviews, and photos were provided by the UAAP Season 84 Media Team.