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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 #Filoil2017 Journey Starts with Mapua Cardinals


The UP Fighting Maroons may have won twice off-season but their loss in the recent Ilo-ilo Invitational Tournament held at Pototan Coliseum, Ilo-ilo served as a rude awakening. For them, they are ever hungrier this time to take the next tournament title to ultimately regain their confidence for the upcoming UAAP Season 80 wars this September.

In their bid to start things off with dominance, Paul Desiderio and the rest of the Maroon crew will be battling it out with Mapua Cardinals on May 19. They will be facing off EAC Generals and much-improved Benilde Blazers on May 21 and May 24.

Their first real battle against a UAAP team will be on May 28 against Adamson Soaring Falcons, which will be followed by a re-match of their Ilo-ilo duel against FEU Tamaraws on May 31.


Aside from Desiderio, the Maroon crowd has something to watch out for as Juan Gomez de Liano will have his Filoil debut with the UP Fighting Maroons this season. It will definitely be put on full display as they square off against stingy San Sebastian College Stags and Arellano Chiefs on June 7 and 12 before facing another tough UAAP team, NU Bulldogs for their final eliminations match on June 14.

Once they enter the Top 4 of their bracket, a single elimination playoffs will commence. UP is eyeing to make it at playoffs at least for this season.


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.

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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:


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?