The University of the Philippines (UP) Men’s Basketball Team (MBT / Fighting Maroons) won against the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 84-76, on Tuesday, April 12. The victory marks the Fighting Maroons’ seventh straight win and its first win in the second round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 84 men’s basketball tournament held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The UP Fighting Maroons finished the first round with a 6-1 win-loss record, ranking second after Ateneo de Manila University’s Blue Eagles.
UP MBT head coach Goldwin Monteverde said they started strong during the first half, with the NU Bulldogs catching up only during the third quarter. The Fighting Maroons attribute this winning streak to their hard work, aggressiveness, and always seeking to improve with each game.
UP’s Carl Tamayo, Ricci Rivero, Zavier Lucero, and Joel Cagulangan shone brightest this time, with Tamayo contributing 21 points, ten rebounds, and three steals for the team. Rivero and Lucero delivered 16 points each.
NU’s John Lloyd Clemente led the Bulldogs with 18 points, as did Reyland Torres with 15 points.
With its 7-1 win-loss standing, the UP MBT will face the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws on Tuesday, April 19.
UP 84–Tamayo 21, Rivero 16, Lucero 16, Cagulangan 7, Diouf 7, Alarcon 5, Webb 5, Fortea 4, Abadiano 3, Spencer 0, Catapusan 0.
NU 76–Clemente 18, Torres 15, Ildefonso 11, Malonzo 9, Minerva 8, Felicilda 5, Gaye 4, Joson 2, Figueroa 2, Manansala 2, Tibayan 0, Enriquez 0, Mahinay 0.
Quarterscores: 26-14, 42-35, 62-58, 84-76
Photos from the UAAP Season 84 Media Team.
Information, interviews, and photos were provided by the UAAP Season 84 Media Team.