UP will do nothing but continue to 'Bo-lieve' in UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2019 08:54 PM
UP will do nothing but continue to 'Bo-lieve' in UAAP 82
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

The University of the Philippines still has head coach Bo Perasol's back.

That much was evident as the Fighting Maroons and their fans put on a show of force in their first game without their suspended mentor.

In the warmups of their matchup opposite Far Eastern University, Sunday at the MOA Arena, all of State U's players were wearing maroon shirts with a white text on it that read "We Bo-lieve" while 300 of their supporters had cutouts of the face of coach Bo.

Asked about the brand new part of their uniforms post-game, team captain Noah Webb answered, "It's basically just standing behind what coach Bo did. Of course, it's not ideal what he did, but we believe he did it to protect us."

He then continued, "It's just us showing the UP community and the UAAP that we stand behind what coach Bo did."

Perasol was serving the first of a three-game suspension levied on him for a heated incident he had with referee Jaime Rivano in their Finals rematch against Ateneo de Manila University a week ago.

Of course, as their mentor was not in the venue with them, UP was hoping to dedicate a win to him. "We wanted to get it for coach Bo, but you know how it is," Bright Akhuetie said.

Unfortunately, they were able to battle back from 16 points down only to run out of gas in overtime.

And so, the Fighting Maroons will have to try to get one for their head coach in their next assignment against University of the East next Saturday.

There, they are only even more determined. "We really have to get it for him next time. We still Bo-lieve," Akhuetie said.

Webb could only agree. "This only makes us hungrier to get it for coach Bo next time."

Whether or not they finally make that happen is yet to be determined, but what is certain is that State U will continue to "Bo-lieve."

 "Yes. Yes. The whole team still 'Bo-lieves,'" their skipper said.

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