UAAP 81 By the Numbers: Do you Bo-lieve it now?

Paul Lintag on Nov 29, 2018 11:18 AM
UAAP 81 By the Numbers: Do you Bo-lieve it now?
UP's monumental victory now sets up a historic Battle of Katipunan, with the champion Blue Eagles from Ateneo serving as the final obstacle in the Maroons' incredible journey.

Is UP the team of destiny this year? The Maroons certainly look and play the part.

After another wild win over Adamson Wednesday, the Maroons are through to the UAAP Season 81 Finals, keeping their burning dream alive.

UP's monumental victory now sets up a historic Battle of Katipunan, with the champion Blue Eagles from Ateneo de Manila University serving as the final obstacle in the Maroons' incredible journey.

The Finals will kick off in a couple of days but before that, UP's Final Four deserves another look.



Number of years since UP last made the UAAP Finals.

The Fighting Maroons won it all in 1986 and they never had a chance since then... until now.

UP will fight for a title for the first time in more than three decades, think about that for one second.



Number of years since the infamous bonfire game between UP and Adamson.

In 2014, the Maroons and the Falcons were at rock bottom, with UP celebrating a win and a 1-13 record with a school bonfire.

Four years later, both teams met again but with a more meaningful prize at stake. The Maroons will celebrate this latest victory over the Falcons without a bonfire but it's a culmination of both their journeys from that useless game to the Final Four.

And in the case of the Maroons, all the way to the UAAP Finals.



Largest lead of the game for UP against Adamson Wednesday.

In the middle of the third quarter, the Maroons were up, 60-44, and were feeling a little comfortable.

The Falcons then fired a 23-4 run to take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter, setting up a wild finish in a game that truly deserved a wild finish.



Booming three from Adamson's Jerom Lastimosa.

Down three in regulation, Lastimosa banked a triple from the near corner and left 2.6 seconds in the game clock. His uber-clutch basket forced overtime and even allowed Adamson to take over, 84-78.

But as UP countered with a run of their own to take another three-point lead in extra time, Lastimosa barely missed a second attempt to force a second overtime.

Still, it looked like the Falcons found a star for the future in this painful present-day loss.



Total points for Juan Gomez de Liano in the win over Adamson, a new career-high.

Lost in the wild ending to UP-Adamson was Juan GDL's masterful performance as he almost single-handedly gave the Maroon opportunities all game long.

Game ball might probably go to UP's late-game hero Paul Desiderio, but it was young Juan that got UP close enough to the finish line where it was possible to do hero things.



Total points for UP captain Paul Desiderio in the final minute of overtime.

The first was a wide-open triple to take a two-point lead for UP with about 40 seconds left. After Adamson responded and tied the game for the last time, Desiderio swished a mid-range jumper over the UP Killer himself to lift the Maroons to victory.

Desiderio was 2/18 from the field before his perfect clutch shooting in overtime.

If the UP Captain says, "Atin 'To" you better believe it.



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