UAAP 82: Manzo, UP refused to lose against Adamson
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 20, 2019 08:13 PM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
ANTIPOLO - The University of the Philippines looked like it was going to bow to Adamson University once more, Sunday at Ynares Center here.
Jun Manzo was not letting that happen, however.
The Fighting Maroons' graduating guard stepped up when it mattered most, delivering seven of his 17 points in the last seven minutes to go along with his total of seven rebounds and three dimes.
Along with that, he flat-out dominated his endgame matchup with Soaring Falcons one-and-done star Val Chauca who just seemed out of it and only had two points in the final frame.
Conversely, Manzo looked like a man on a mission in the pivotal period - at the end of which, he and the rest of State U were the victors. "Inisip ko na kailangan talaga naming manalo at parang ito na yung last game ko," he said, talking about his effort in the last seven minutes when he made his presence felt all over the floor.
The 22-year-old furthered that all of them considered this a crucial contest for their title hopes as they know full well how big a twice-to-beat advantage would be. As he put it, "Iniisip namin, kung matalo kami ngayon, baka wala na kaming tsansang maging no. 2."
He then continued, "Lalo kung mag-sweep ang Ateneo, mahihirapan na kami lalo. Itong game na 'to yung susi para makabalik kami ng Finals."
UP has been holding onto the second-seed, but also has third-running University of Sto. Tomas breathing down its neck.
And this year's playoff race is all that was on their minds through their furious fightback - and that meant their new-age rivalry with Adamson was far from it. "Sa amin, wala na rin yun kasi ibang grupo na rin yung ngayon e. Ang iniisip lang namin ngayon, mag-no.2 kami tsaka manalo dun para pumasok ulit sa Finals," Manzo said.
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