Category: Basketball

Manzo, Lim Steps Up Big Time at Q4 in Come-from-behind Win vs Mapua


UP Fighting Maroons began their Filoil Premier Cup journey with a win, after they rallied a come-from-behind effort to beat Mapua University, 80-72 at Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan Arena, May 19. The UP Fighting Maroons were trailing 54-61 at the third quarter but Jarrell Lim and Jun Manzo took over which resulted to UP leading the game halfway into the fourth quarter.

Manzo, who had 13 points, scored two quick layups which gave State U the lead, 68-65. He was lauded the player of the game. Prized rookie Juan Gomez de Liano chipped in 12 points for his #Filoil2017 debut. Paul Desiderio contributed both offensively and defensively, scoring 10 points which was topped with a steal that resulted to a breakaway laup for Manzo at the end minutes of the fourth quarter.


UP held to a 23-20 after first quarter but the Cardinals came alive in the second quarter and even lead as much as 9 points from efforts of Victoria, Gabo and Estrella. Ibrahim Ouattara also debuted in his first #Filoil2017 gamem, with a double-double – 16 points, 14 rebounds.

According to Perasol, he is delighted with the composure the boys have shown, saying Manzo’s plays at the end game were excellent: “One of the few things I emphasized to them going in this tournament is that we have to practice overcoming adversities. When we practice going into our main tournament which is the UAAP, we need to bounce back coming from behind or ahead kami, those are the things that we need to do as a team also.”



UP (80) – Quattara 16, Manzo 13, Ju. De Liaño 12, Desiderio 10, Prado 6, Dario 6, Lao 5, Ja. De Liaño 4, Lim 4, Ricafort 2, Vito 2, Harris 0,

MAPUA (72) – Victoria 14, Raflores 10, Bunag 8, Magboo 8, Gabo 8, Estrella 7, Orquina 7, Biteng 6, Pelayo 4, Serrano 0, Nieles 0, Gamboa 0, Aguirre 0.


23-20, 36-40, 54-61, 80-72.

UP Fighting Maroons Filoil 2017 Line-up Announced; No Bright Akhuetie, Pio Longa

On their official UP Men’s Basketball Team Facebook page, UP Fighting Maroons will be fielding a 20-man line-up to be bannered by Paul Desiderio, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Jarrell Lim and Diego Dario.


After using Bright Akhuetie for their previous tournaments, he will be skipping the Filoil 2017 tournament for UP’s center for the upcoming season, Ibrahim Outtara. Also missing in the line-up is Pio Longa. Here is the official line-up from the UP Men’s Basketball page!

13 MANZO, Jun
12 LIM, Jarrell
09 BATTAD, Enzo
04 LAO, Kyles
17 JABONETA, Janjan

Jett Manuel, UP Fighting Maroons ex-Captain is now a Civil Engineer

Jett Manuel has definitely brought back the winning culture for the UP Fighting Maroons after he and his crew had five wins in his final year at UAAP Season 79, but after that – everyone kept an eye on him to joining the PBA D-League, but he did not. Why?



It is because the hardcourt heatthrob has different plans – and that is to pursue his profession, to become a licensed civil engineer. He had passed on the opportunity last September 2016 when his batchmates had taken the Civil Engineering board exams but now that he had decided to take his final year at the UAAP and now it is done, there is no hindering him to achieve his goal and he did it with flying colors!

Engr. Jose Anton Teodoso Villarama Manuel – yes, the basketball star from UP Fighting Maroons is now a registered civil engineer. He was among more than 2500 aspirants who passed the May 2017 Board Exam for civil engineers, according to the Professional Regulatory Commission.

Because of this, the 23-year-old was really happy that all his hard work and patience had paid off – that includes four months of review, and he felt it’s worth it. On his Twitter, he said:



The rookie selection for the next season, slated for October, will be tough but Manuel has a lot of time in his hands. There are a lot of outstanding players, especially in his position, so he is still weighing his best options moving forward. Manuel also emphasized the part on why he took Civil Engineering – he always counts the part that if he do not get drafted and won’t be lucky enough to play in the PBA, there is something he can do other than basketball and so he studied hard and worked for it – both basketball and engineering.

In his interview with ABS-CBN Sports, he said: “I can finally focus on basketball again. I’m gonna focus on preparing my body and mind naman for the PBA. The ultimate goal was always to get drafted in the PBA.”


UP Fighting Maroons, FEU Tamaraws Go to Ilo-ilo Invitational, April 28 – May 1

UP Fighting Maroons will once again, try to covet, one of the championship titles for this round of off-season games. This time, they are ought to battle three other teams, including Cebu’s finest Southwestern University and last year’s semifinalists FEU Tamaraws at the Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship.

The four-day event will be held at the Pototan Astrodome and is scheduled from April 28 to May 1. The said tournament will be UP and FEU testing grounds for their off-season bid at the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Tournament which will also start the same weekend. The admission for the games is free.

Paul Desiderio and Bright Akhuetie will be bannering the State U squad, along with Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano. Janjan Jaboneta of Antique and Richie Villaruz of Ajuy will also take part in the tourney.

The said tourney is spearheaded by Gov Arthur Defensor, Sr., Congressman Toto Defensor Jr. and Ruding Villaruz.

UP Fighting Maroons Reigns Supreme in Republica Cup 2017, Beats UST Growling Tigers, 100-91

UP Fighting Maroons, fresh from a championship crown in Araw ng Davao, scored another title. This time, they outlasted UST Growling Tigers in Republica Cup 2017 Finals held at the Malolos Sports & Convention Center, April 9.

State U finished the game 100-91, after an intense match that saw Bright Akhuetie’s ejection in the game, Steve Akomo and Jordan Sta. Ana graduating from fouls. Flooded by bad calls, the boys from Katipunan toughened their pressure, which only motivated them to rally the fourth quarter with a 9-3 start, 78-73.

Combination of treys from Renzo Subido and Marvin Lee got UST as close as six points but Paul Desiderio beasted at the end minutes of the game, powering 12 markers.

With a total of 36 points, Desiderio was announced the Most Valuable Player. This is the second time this off-season that UP won the championship. Aside from Desiderio, Juan Gomez de Liano showed signs of brilliance in his 15-point outing, while steady guard Jun Manzo chipped in 10.

For the UST Growling Tigers, who ended up as arunner-ups, Marvin Lee tallied a total of 23 points, scoring from first to fourth quarter. Steve Akomo had 16 points while Renzo Subido rained the court with four treys in his 16-point outing.

Missing from the UP bench are Pio Longa, AJ Madrigal and JJ Espanola while from the UST side, usual suspect Zachy Huang is missing while Justin Arana is silent throughout the game.

UP and UST might face each other once again as they both joined the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Tournament, which will start on April 29.


Akhuetie, Desiderio Fires UP Squad to #RepublicaCup2017 Finals

Bright Akhuetie and Paul Desiderio tag team for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons proved to be a force on court as the main guns of the UP squad tallied a score of 32 and 24 points in the semifinals of Republica Cup 2017.

The UP Fighting Maroons has advanced to the finals for the collegiate division after they won against Arellano University, 98-90, last Wednesday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. Akhuetie beasted on the court with 20 rebounds as young guns Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Rob Ricafort rallied the team win.

UP is set to face the UST Growling Tigers on Sunday, April 9, for the finals. UST Growling Tigers defeated Diliman College in their semis game, 68-60.

Unbeaten in all of their games in the elimination round, UP Fighting Maroons will be in the hunt for their second championship crown this off-season after winning at the Araw ng Davao tournament last month. In their elims match, UP won over UST, 78-68, with the heroics of Desiderio for the Fighting Maroons and Justin Arana, Marvin Lee and Zachy Huang for the Growling Tigers.

UP Fighting Maroons, to join FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup 2017

The UP Fighting Maroons, with the leadership of Paul Desiderio, is expected to join the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup 2017! This year, all eight teams of the UAAP will be joining the pre-season tournament.


UP Fighting Maroons will be part of Group B where they are joined by Adamson University, Arellano University, De Ls Salle-College of St. Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern University, Mapua Institute of Technology, National University, San Sebastian College.

Meanwhile, De La Salle Green Archers, the reigning champs, will be joined by the following in Group A: Jose Rizal University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Lyceum of the Philippines University, San Beda College, University of Perpetual Help, University of the East, and University of Santo Tomas.


The cup will be having single elimination games wherein the top four teams from each group will advance to the knockout rounds.

The said cup, #Filoil2017, will start on April 29.

javi gomez de liano highlights

WATCH: UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Highlights – Javi Gomez de Liano (VIDEO)

One of the most surprising rookies this year, Javi Gomez de Liano did not let his youth be a hindrance to contribute for the team. Flashes of brilliance all over the season, this kid definitely made a mark. With an unassuming personality on- and off-court, Javi manages to break in and keep his head in the game. Watch the video below:


Promising as he can be, the rookie from UP Integrated School became one of the greatest discoveries of the season even battling with expected rookie of the year candidates Jerrick Ahanmisi and Aljun Melecio for the ROTY plum. Watch his UAAP Season 79 highlights here:


With the right training, this skilled boy has all the makings of a King Maroon, and of course who can forget that pretty boy face?


WATCH: UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Highlights – Diego Dario (VIDEO)

Diego Dario is one of our junior point guards, alongside Jarrell Lim, JJ Espanola and Henri Asilum. In Season 78, Dario’s skills were on full display, helping our team win three games with his speed and formidable play-making. Watch Diego Dario UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Highlights here:


This season, while he shared the point guard responsibilities with Lim and Asilum primarily throughout the entire season, the kid did not disappoint and proved that he’s got what it takes to be one of the finest players in the league. Watch the video here:


Known as the Legendario – he will definitely be explosive come UAAP Season 80 with the likes of Jun Manzo and AJ Madrigal helping the team.