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At glory’s doorstep, UP looks to end Ateneo reign


Ricci Rivero (left) and the Maroons hope to break free from the Blue Eagles’ dynastic rule. —UAAP MEDIA

Ricci Rivero (left) and the Maroons hope to break away from the Blue Eagles’ dynastic rule. —UAAP MEDIA

There is no such thing as a excellent components for something, College of the Philippines (UP) coach Goldwyn Monteverde mentioned on Sunday, minutes after the Maroons held off the Ateneo Blue Eagles in time beyond regulation, 81-74, to stand on the doorstep of their first UAAP title since 1986.

Certainly, although, they have to be doing one thing proper.

UP, in any case, has completed what no different college has completed to Ateneo since 2017: Beat the Blue Eagles greater than as soon as in a season.

“I assume [if there’s a] components … it’s being constant as a staff,” Monteverde mentioned in Filipino. “Defensively, we must always belief one another and the communication ought to all the time be there.”

No matter it’s, UP hopes to deliver further doses of it on Wednesday when it tries to shut out the defending champions in Sport 2 of the Season 84 males’s basketball finals at Mall of Asia Enviornment.

Sport time is about at 6 p.m., when the Maroons strive to make it three straight in opposition to the Eagles. UP beat Ateneo, 84-83, within the remaining day of eliminations, halting an unbelievable four-year profitable streak by its Katipunan neighbors at 39 video games. After practically crashing in opposition to La Salle within the Ultimate 4, UP took Sport 1 of the championship sequence to stand on the threshold of greatness, the place it’s 40 minutes from ending Ateneo’s three-season reign.

Flashy guard Ricci Rivero, who helped gasoline UP’s 1-0 Finals begin, mentioned he’s hoping his teammates take the courtroom in Sport 2 with the mentality that the sequence continues to be deadlocked.

A hindrance, generally

“[I]t doesn’t actually give us … legit confidence that ‘okay, we’re up by one [game], we’re gonna win this,’” Rivero mentioned. “For me, it’s generally even a hindrance … so I’d slightly we’d assume [of the series] like we’re again to 0-0 once more.”

Rivero, Zavier Lucero and James Spencer delivered clutch hits for UP, which trailed by eight underneath the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter. On one hand, the Maroons did showcase the identical resilience that rallied them from 14 down midway by the ultimate interval in a sink-or-swim semifinal showdown in opposition to La Salle.

However, they did catch a Blue Eagles squad at its worst this season.

Ateneo missed 14 of 25 free throw makes an attempt and had 26 turnovers in opposition to 28 made subject objectives. And the Eagles have been nonetheless in a position to make a sport out of it, even main, 74-71, in time beyond regulation earlier than UP’s endgame run.

“We received to have a look at our lapses,” Monteverde mentioned. “We nonetheless want to have a look at the issues that we’d like to do.” INQ

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