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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.

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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
07 ESPANOLA, JJ
09 BATTAD, Enzo
04 LAO, Kyles
18 DESIDERIO, Paul
01 GOMEZ DE LIANO, Juan
17 JABONETA, Janjan
26 MADRIGAL, AJ
06 GOMEZ DE LIANO, Javi
05 DARIO, DIEGO
25 WEBB, NOAH
02 RICAFORT, ROB
19 ROMERO, PAOLO
03 VILLARUZ, RICHIE
21 HARRIS, ANDREW
11 OUTTARA, IBRAHIM
20 PRADO, JERSON
19 VITO, GELO
08 ONG, KYLE

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.

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.

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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:

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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:

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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?