In-game and post-game, it had to be everybody for UP
TEAM. Without a doubt, things are looking up for UP.
The University of the Philippines closed its campaign in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament with an emphatic 106-81 win against National University.
Paul Desiderio was, hands down, the first and foremost reason why with 30 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
The Gomez de Liano brothers also played their part as Juan had 22 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists while Javi had a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double of his own.
In the post-game conference, however, it wasn’t just those three who were with head coach Bo Perasol.
Traditionally, the winning team’s head coach along with two to three of the top performers in the game are the ones who enter the press room and sit in front of the media.
In this one, however, it was Andrew Harris who came in with Perasol and was followed by Desiderio and Jun Manzo.
Paolo Romero and Rob Ricafort then followed suit with the GDLs bringing up the rear.
And so, up until the post-win interview, the Fighting Maroons’ total team effort was on display.
Of course, Harris, Romero, and Ricafort themselves contributed to the emphatic win with two points each.
In their last assignment of the season, State U finally heeded their head coach’s call. “Alam nila na buhay ng team si Paul, but we can’t just depend on him. It has to be everybody,” he said then.
Parasol also said another time, “We cannot just rely on Paul or Jun because every time they’re going to have a bad game then we’re going to have a bad game too. What we need is contributions from them and then little contributions from the others.”
The always amiable mentor went on to say that things will only get better for UP.
While Harris, Romero, and Ricafort will no longer be there to see that, filling the void they will be leaving behind are several big-time transferees – Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie, Filipino-Canadian Evyn Santiago, and skilled slasher Jaydee Tungcab.
And rest assured that even now, they are already well-aware that it has to be everybody – from the game itself to the post-game conference.
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