UPMBT is now up to 8 wins, two losses in 2nd round of UAAP Season 84

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

UPMBT’s Maodo Diouf soars high during the match against FEU. Photo from the UAAP Media Group.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons has notched eight wins and two losses following the matches against Far Eastern University (FEU) on April 19 (73-70), and against Adamson University (AdU) on April 21, with the latter cutting UP’s winning streak short at 58-66.

The UP Fighting Maroons will be squaring off against De La Salle University tomorrow, April 23, at 4:30 p.m., marking the halfway point in the second round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’ (UAAP) Season 84 men’s basketball tournament.

UP vs. FEU

The Fighting Maroons’ match-up against the FEU Tamaraws was neck-and-neck during the end game until Zavier Lucero scored with a mid-range jumper, pushing UP ahead. Ricci Rivero tallied a game-high 19 points with five rebounds and two assists for UP.

“Yung defense namin, especially nung third quarter doon pumick-up so doon namin nakuha yung confidence then tuloy-tuloy na hanggang dulo,” Fighting Maroons head coach Goldwin Monteverde said.

The Scores:

UP 73 — Rivero 14, Tamayo 14, Cansino 12, Alarcon 8, Lucero 7, Diouf 7, Cagulangan 3, Fortea 3, Webb 0, Abadiano 0, Spencer 0, Calimag 0, Catapusan 0.

FEU 70 — Ojuola 16, Abarrientos 13, Gonzales 13, Torres 9, Sandagon 6, Tempra 5, Alforque 3, Bienes 3, Li 2, Coquia 0, Sajonia 0.

Quarterscores: 16-17, 34-37, 57-54, 73-70.

UP vs. AdU

UP met with its second loss after eight straight wins, however, facing up against the AdU Soaring Falcons, which increased their successes to 3 games.

“We were able to beat a powerhouse team, nakakatuwa lang. I think our players deserved that, mabigat ‘yung pinagdaanan,” said Adamson head coach Nash Racela of this match between UP and AdU.

The Scores:

UP 58 — Rivero 14, Tamayo 12, Diouf 7, Lucero 7, Cagulangan 6, Cansino 5, Spencer 4, Webb 3, Alarcon 0, Abadiano 0, Fortea 0.

Adamson 66 — Lastimosa 13, Hanapi 12, Sabandal 11, Manzano 8, Zaldivar 8, Magbuhos 6, Peromingan 5, Colonia 2, Yerro 1, Douanga 0, Jaymalin 0, Erolon 0, Barasi 0.

Quarterscores: 20-12, 36-28, 47-44, 66-58.