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.