Lowly Maroons topple EaglesA lot of things went wrong for the Blue Eagles in this game: they shot poorly from the field and the free-throw line; the usually productive bench didn't deliver on offense (that means you, Ryan Buenafe); the defense didn't take advantage of the league's most turnover-prone team; and the offense coughed up the rock 18 times compared to the Maroons' eleven.
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines - It took a winless team to figure out how to topple the defending champion.
Bucking all odds, the University of the Philippines Maroons barged into the win column in grand fashion yesterday by shocking the erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo Eagles, 68-58, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.
A 14-0 blitz at the start of the second half sparked the Maroons to a 43-35 lead from 29-35, before a hot-shooting performance by Woody Co kept the overwhelming underdogs on top for the rest of the game.
This was a big, big win for the UP. Not only did the Fighting Maroons win for the first time in Season 72—against a previously unbeaten team, no less—they routed a squad that has beaten them eight straight times the last four years. With the Lady Maroons beating UST, 55-49, on Saturday, it was a great weekend for UP basketball.
The Ateneo Lady Eagles now have a 2-1 record after drubbing NU.