UP prepares for Game 2 vs. DLSU in Final Four

| Written by Fred Dabu

The UP Fighting Maroons and the UP community stand firm in resolve as they sing the UP Naming Mahal. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UPMPRO.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons will face the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers again today, May 6, after yielding to DLSU, 83-80, in their first match on May 4 for the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball Final Four at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

DLSU was able to keep its 11-point lead over UP during the second and third quarters, with UP narrowing the gap to only 3 points during the last minutes of the game.

UPMBT’s Joel Cagulangan evades a block from DLSU. Photo by the UAAP Media Group.

Fighting Maroons Coach Goldwin Monteverde said they could not match the Green Archers’ intensity. “We need to bounce back and be ready for Friday’s game,” he said.

Green Archers head coach Derrick Pumaren praised his team for their “disciplined effort.” “The boys played hard today,” he said.

UPMBT Coach Monteverde (center) in a huddle with the team. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UPMPRO.

The Scores:

DLSU 83–Nelle 26, Baltazar 15, Lojera 11, M. Phillips 7, Austria 7, Winston 7, Nwankwo 4, Nonoy 3, Manuel 3, B. Phillips 0.

UP 80–Diouf 18, Rivero 18, Lucero 17, Tamayo 8, Abadiano 7, Cagulangan 6, Spencer 3, Alarcon 3, Ramos 0, Fortea 0, Webb 0, Lina 0.

Quarterscores: 24-16, 48-37, 66-55, 83-80.

With reporting and photos by the UAAP Media Group.

Members of the UP community show their unwavering support—in victory or momentary defeat—for the UPMBT. Photos by Bong Arboleda, UPMPRO.