UAAP 82: Coach Bo chooses to see silver linings even as UP bows to UST anew

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 17, 2019 07:55 AM
Coach Bo chooses to see silver linings as UP bows to UST
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

The University of the Philippines is now 0-for-2 up against University of Sto. Tomas in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Still, the Fighting Maroons have nothing to be ashamed of even as they were actually two minutes away from exacting revenge on the Growling Tigers. "I need to take the positive side of our game," head coach Bo Perasol said post-game.

Coach Bo, back after a two-game suspension, then went on to laud how his boys battled back from their opponents barrage of bombs in the first half. As he put it, "We started really off. The way I saw it in the first half was that UST really wanted it more."

He then continued, "I told them that if that's going to be the case, we're just going to hand over the win to UST. There was no chance that we're going to win against them if that is the body language we're going to show."

Indeed, State U just turned it on in the second half and even fought all the way back to a four-point lead with 1:40 left.

In particular, Kobe Paras and Jun Manzo delivered the goods in the last two quarters with the former pounding in 11 of his 18 points and the latter pouring in seven of his 12 points in that timeframe.

Even more, Paras did that all while battling through a right shoulder injury. "Ang ganda ng pinakita ni Kobe despite the fact na may injury yung shoulder niya. In fact, this is the first time he (saw action) since our last game," his mentor said.

And so, while they remain winless against the Growling Tigers, UP also remains nothing but upbeat about its overall chances, but will have to get right back to work. "We're still there, but we need to get one more win and then another because it's not getting any easier," Coach Bo said.

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