This time, it was the Maroons who made Perasol ‘Bo-lieve’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 23, 2017 07:46 PM
UNBELIEVABLE. UP is the first team to defeat defending champion and Ben Mbala-led DLSU in UAAP Season 80. Yes, you read that correctly.
Heading into their matchup with undefeated defending champion De La Salle University on Saturday, head coach Bo Perasol just wanted University of the Philippines to put up a good fight.
“I’m a little bit ashamed to admit this, but in the days coming over to this game, my thoughts really were we were up against a powerhouse team so iniisip mo lang what good can you get out of that. Iniisip mo lang na pag natalo ako, what are you going to gain from the loss,” he shared.
In his defense, Perasol had good reason to think so as the Green Archers were way ahead of the Fighting Maroons in terms of statistics.
The Taft-based team scored 98.3 points per game, State U scored 76.3 points per game. The former converted 44.9 percent of its attempts, the latter converted 38.6 percent of its attempts.
As it turns out, however, numbers didn’t matter at all for the mentor’s wards. “Then again, before the game started, somebody forwarded to me yung Twitter ni Jun. Tapos sabi dun, ‘Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala,’” he shared.
He then continued, “Nahiya ako sa sarili ko kasi my players believed we can compete with that powerhouse.”
Not only did they compete, UP actually pulled off the upset win, 98-87, against the defending champions.
And it was a feat they knew beforehand they could accomplish even if they were considered the underdogs. ‘Naniwala kami na mananalo kami kaya nag-post ako sa Twitter para malaman ng UP community na mananalo kami against La Salle,” point guard Jun Manzo said.
Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala 🙏🏻 #UPFIGHT— Jun Manzo (@JkManzo13) Setyembre 23, 2017
Still, the Fighting Maroons know very well that an upset win against DLSU is far from a championship win. “We won this, but our win against La Salle is the same with UE,” Perasol said, reminding everybody that their sights remain set on breaking into the Final Four.
And that answer goes as well for all those asking if there will be a bonfire tonight or tomorrow. “Mataas ambisyon namin that’s why we cannot stay in this situation. We have to look forward to the FEU game,” Perasol expressed.
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