New backer promises Maroons now ‘can match’ Archers, Eagles

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 18, 2016 07:12 PM
New backer promises Maroons now ‘can match’ Archers, Eagles
NEW DAY. A year after a new look, UP is glad to welcome a new supporter in Chooks-to-go.

The last time the University of the Philippines tallied more than three wins in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament was back in 2006.

From that point when they ended the elimination round at 4-8, the Fighting Maroons have spiraled downwards into the abyss with a 13-113 win-loss record.

That puts their yearly win average at just a little bit more than one – by far, the worst in the league in the last nine years.

That’s all in the past, however, if Diliman’s newest supporter is to be believed. “We will support the entire campaign of the UP Fighting Maroons in the 79th UAAP Season,” Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI) president Ronald Mascarinas said in the announcement of the partnership last Thursday.

He then continued, “This involves full merchandising, meal provisions, life-coaching, and personal development of the team and the staff.”

BAVI, one of the leaders in the poultry industry, is behind well-known roaster Chooks-to-go. Mascarinas, along with several other company executives, is an alumnus of State U.

The Chooks-to-go boss said they are well aware of what it takes to become a backer and mentioned Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and National University as examples of successful squads with corporate financial backing. Vowing to bring home the same sort of success to UP, he said, “This much I can say, today we can match them (Ateneo, DLSU, and NU).”

Later on, Mascarinas clarified his statement by saying, “What I mean is, (we will provide) whatever the team needs. (Kung) yung gastos ng La Salle, Ateneo, and NU can do so much, then we will provide the same amount for (UP) to be competitive.”

The Fighting Maroons and their newest supporter are not guaranteeing any win total just yet, however. Instead, what BAVI wants to see right away is for the team to be “a catalyst in restoring the true spirit of sportsmanship in the country.”

In return, team captain Jett Manuel promised that they will not let their partners down. “We thank them for helping the team. Now, it is not just about the culture of winning, but also the culture of sportsmanship that we will be bringing back,” he said.

Also upbeat about the development, team manager Dan Palami expressed, “We have nowhere to go but up.”

Meanwhile, UP is expected to announce the appointment of Bo Perasol as its new head coach in the coming days.  Only the confirmation of chancellor Michael Tan is left to be completed.

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