UAAP: Former UP cagers congratulate Fighting Maroons for Finals trip
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 29, 2018 02:59 PM
It is UP's first Finals appearance since 1986, on top of making the semifinals for the first time in 21 years.
The celebrations are on.
The UP Fighting Maroons wrote another chapter in this storybook season, climbing from a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the Adamson Soaring Falcons in the Final Four to advance to the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals Wednesday evening.
It is their first Finals appearance since 1986, on top of making the semifinals for the first time in 21 years.
The current roster has accomplished something no previous UP team has done in decades.
That is why former Maroons congratulated their team for doing a job well done.
Ginebra guard and former UP team captain Jett Manuel could not express his happiness fully.
WHAT A GAME!!! Happy beyond words!!! This is what the UP Community deserves!! #UPFight— Jett Manuel (@_jettmanuel) November 28, 2018
Dave Moralde of the Muntinlupa Cagers in the MPBL simply invoked his school's hymn to express his elation.
UP NAMING MAHAL!! #UAAPFinals— Dave Moralde (@davemoralde8) November 28, 2018
From the other side of the world in Canada, JR Gallarza stayed up in the wee hours of the morning just to watch his beloved team make the championship series.
Unfortunately, he slept through the epic second half and overtime but woke up to the most wonderful news.
I was keeping my family awake while watching the first half of the game so I closed my eyes for a bit...— Role x Coach JR (@JRGallarza) November 28, 2018
...ended up waking up and UP is off to the finals?!?! This shit is so crazy. 21 years since the final four, 32 years since the finals...and I’m alive to witness all this?!?!
He also wished his alma mater good luck against the defending champions Ateneo.
EVERYONE LOVES A WINNER.— Role x Coach JR (@JRGallarza) November 28, 2018
EVERYONE LOVES AN UNDERDOG STORY.
EVERYONE also LOVES CONSISTENCY.
Keep the consistency up UP Family!!! The boys need it the most this weekend! 🏆
ABS-CBN Sports analyst Mikee Reyes shared a throwback photo when Gelo Vito, Jarrell Lim, and Diego Dario sported skinhead cuts to signify that they were rookies.
How fast time flies.
Back when Gelo, Jarrell and Diego were rookies, and Coach Mo was a player. Proud of u guys ❤️— Mikee (@_mikeereyes) November 28, 2018
Pag rookie ka, tradition na kakalbuhin ka. Ayan sila. Mga batang kalbo 😂@IAmGeloV @JarrellLim12 @Diego5Dario pic.twitter.com/r9Vk0FGgY9
Former foreign center Ibrahim Ouattara sounded off the alarms for this Tagalog tweet.
Former courtside reporter Niña Alvia called on the Maroons to recreate an iconic moment from years back.
throwing it back to a couple of seasons ago (season 79), this was right after the @upmbt won against ateneo. it was the first time they won against the blue eagles in a decade (i think)! TARA, REMAKE???? hehehe #UPFIGHT pic.twitter.com/eb14xXklfB— Niña Alvia (@NinaAlvia) November 28, 2018