UAAP Season 82: UP rookie Gamban comes out firing in first Battle of Katipunan

Mark Escarlote on Mar 04, 2020 05:07 PM
Rookie Gamban comes out firing in UP win over Ateneo
(Photo: Arvin Lim)

Louis Gamban owned the spotlight as the freshman made an immediate impact to help University of the Philippines score a huge upset over Ateneo de Manila University, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.

The feisty hitter backed his on-court swag with an explosive debut of 10 points coming off eight attacks, a block and an ace spiked with six excellent receptions to star in the Fighting Maroons' first win over the Blue Eagles since the first round of Season 76.

Trailing, 20-21, in the third set, Gamban fired four straight points to push UP at match point. Ateneo saved a match point before Ruskin Ijiran sealed the win with a drop ball.

"Ang goal namin talaga simulan ng maayos ang season. So kahit sino ang maging unang kalaban," said UP first year coach Rald Ricafort. "Nahirapan lang talaga kasi Ateneo ang simula agad so ang anticipation, ang pressure nasa amin."

"Pero yun nga sabi ko naman sa kanila kapag tumugma ang lahat ng adjustments, offense, defense, execute lang saka sa mental part namin kapag maayos. Kahit makuha o hindi masaya naman kami," he added. "Eh today nag-execute sila ng maayos so happy kami dun. Happy kami di lang sa panalo kundi pati sa composure ng mga bata."        

Freshman John Lomibao led UP with 11 points while seniors John Mark Castillo and Mac Millete registered nine and eight markers, respectively, for last year's cellar-dweller.

Chu Njigha got 12 points while Gian Glorioso added 11 markers for the Blue Eagles, who saw their 12-game head-to-head winning streak over their Katipunan neigbors snapped.     



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