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Paul Desiderio nearly missed the Maroons' historic moment

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Napakasarap na nag-start ako ng 0-14 tapos ngayon Final Four, may chance pa mag Finals,' says the veteran UP guard

LONG JOURNEY. Paul Desiderio relishes his roller-coaster ride with the Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

No more miserable Maroons for Perasol

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:59 PM

‘Is this worth it?' Before UP's Final Four breakthrough, coach Bo Perasol admits to moments of doubt

BREAKTHROUGH. Bo Perasol never gave up and finally fulfilled a dream. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Nothing would stop the Maroons' moment in history

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

For the UP faithful, it was the day when two decades of patience, pain, and heartbreak came to an end

NEW ERA. Juan Gomez de Liaño and the UP Fighting Maroons finally get to join the league’s big boys. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Perasol turns emotional after Maroons' historic romp

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:55 PM

'We're part of the Final Four cast and we're going to vie for it,' says UP coach Bo Perasol

GAME CHANGER. Head coach Bo Perasol bags a historic achievement for his beloved alma mater. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

#16Strong: UP fans loud and proud on Twitter after historic UAAP win

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Supporters of the Fighting Maroons rejoice as the longest active Final Four drought in the UAAP is finally broken

Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

U.P. stuns La Salle, snaps 21-year Final Four drought

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:12 PM

After decades of misery, the UP Fighting Maroons return to the Final Four following a surprise whipping of the La Salle Green Archers

Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: La Salle vs UP – UAAP Season 81

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The La Salle Green Archers and the UP Maroons fight for a Final Four berth

MUST WIN. The Archers and the Maroons dispute the No. 3 spot. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

The UP Maroons face their moment of truth against La Salle

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:00 PM

A win over La Salle guarantees UP a spot in the Final Four round and would mark the Maroons’ return to the UAAP playoffs for the first time since 1997

PINNACLE. UP head coach Bo Perasol himself is hungry for the success of the Fighting Maroons basketball program. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Under Perasol, UP finds 'winning culture'

Nov 10, 2018 - 9:53 PM

UP veteran Paul Desiderio says coach Bo Perasol transformed the Maroons' program

FINAL YEAR. Paul Desiderio is graduating with his best season of the UP Fighting Fighting Maroons since 2004. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

UP eliminates UST as star rookie Cansino suffers injury

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Maroons stay in the Final Four hunt as UP takes advantage of the absence of young UST sensation CJ Cansino

STAT-STUFFER. UP's Bright Akhuetie drops another huge double-double. Photo by Joaquin Flores

IN NUMBERS: UP vs UST – UAAP Season 81

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Fighting to keep their Final Four bids alive, the UP Maroons and the UST Tigers clash in a must-win match

CRUNCH TIME. UST’s star rookie CJ Cansino and UP veteran Paul Desiderio try to keep their teams in the playoff hunt. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Perasol: UP now '11 games wiser'

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:40 PM

UP coach Bo Perasol thinks the Maroons are ready to fight it out for a Final Four slot

LAST STRETCH. Jun Manzo and the UP Maroons hope to stay inside the top four heading into the final stretch of the eliminations. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maroons bully Bulldogs to fan Final Four hopes

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:37 PM

The UP Maroons grab solo 4th place after completing an elimination sweep of the NU Bulldogs

TOP FOUR. Paul Desiderio and the UP Maroons find their way past the NU Bulldogs to grab solo 4th place. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: NU VS UP – UAAP Season 81

Nov 03, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The UP Maroons and the NU Bulldogs try to stay in the UAAP Final Four chase

Mired at the bottom half of the standings, the Bulldogs and the Maroons go for a crucial win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

What do trip-dub studs Juan GDL, CJ Cansino have in common?

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:11 PM

UP's Juan Gomez de Liaño and UST's CJ Cansino share more than just record triple-double feats

Perasol on Manganti: He has to be 'thankful' of bashers

Oct 28, 2018 - 9:43 PM

'If you are making yourself a thorn on the side of your opponent, everybody's going to be against you,' UP coach Bo Perasol tells Adamson's Sean Manganti

NOTHING PERSONAL. UP coach Bo Perasol says bashing is all part of the game. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Adamson weathers late-game UP rally

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Falcons survive the Maroons' blistering run to secure their eighth victory

Jerrick Ahanmisi. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Adamson vs UP – UAAP Season 81

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Adamson dealt UP one of its biggest heartbreaks, so it's no surprise that the Maroons can't wait to get even

HOTSHOT. Sean Manganti vies to lead the Falcons to an elimination sweep of the Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

After career-high show, Desiderio wants winning sendoff

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:25 PM

The UP Maroons veteran finally finds his mark when it mattered most

LAST HURRAH. UP’s Paul Desiderio hopes to wrap up his collegiate career on a high note. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Desiderio erupts for career-high 31 as UP downs depleted FEU

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Paul Desiderio puts on a show as he fires a perfect 6-of-6 clip from downtown in the opening period

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: UP vs FEU – UAAP Season 81

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Fresh from a triple-double show, Juan Gomez de Liaño looks to lead the UP Maroons against the banged-up FEU Tamaraws

COLLISION. Juan Gomez de Liaño and the UP Maroons hope to crash into the top 4 versus Wendell Comboy and the FEU Tamaraws. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

After halftime scolding, Juan Gomez de Liaño rolls to triple-double

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The Maroons get an earful from coach Bo Perasol but Juan Gomez de Liaño responds by dropping record numbers

HISTORIC. Juan Gomez de Liaño warns that this won't be his last triple-double performance. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Juan Gomez de Liaño drops 1st UAAP triple-double in 12 years

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:28 PM

UP guard Juan Gomez de Liaño makes history in the Fighting Maroons' sweep of the UE Red Warriors

HOTSHOT. Juan Gomez de Liaño adds his name to the league's history books. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: UP vs UE – UAAP Season 81

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The leading MVP contenders collide as Bright Akhuetie's UP Maroons take on Alvin Pasaol's UE Red Warriors

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP’s Javi Gomez de Liaño slapped with one-game suspension

Oct 17, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The Maroons forward will sit out versus UE on Sunday

SUSPENDED. Javi Gomez de Liaño won’t be around to help the UP Maroons halt a two-game slide. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP's Juan Gomez de Liaño negative of dengue

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The shifty guard experienced body soreness and a high fever that went up to 39.5 degrees Celsius

SCARE. Losing Juan Gomez de Liaño would deal a huge blow to UP's Final 4 aspirations. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.


Back on top: Blue Eagles blast Maroons, grab solo lead

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Even minus hotshot Matt Nieto, defending champion Ateneo drubs UP to claim the UAAP top spot at 6-2

SWEET REPEAT. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles scoot past the UP Maroons for the second time this season.Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Akhuetie, Pasaol lead UAAP Season 81 MVP race

Oct 13, 2018 - 11:34 PM

UP center Bright Akhuetie and UE's Alvin Pasaol emerge as the top statistical leaders at the end of the UAAP first round

MAIN MAN. UP's Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie delivers as advertised. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

UP needs to 'hurry up' meshing together, says Perasol

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The third-year tactician, though, believes the Fighting Maroons can still turn their fortunes around

MISSED SHOT. The UP Fighting Maroons miss a chance of finishing the first round of UAAP Season 81 within the Top 4. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler


UST rolls over sloppy UP in stunning blowout

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Rookie CJ Cansino stars anew as the UST Tigers topple the UP Maroons for the first time in two years

STELLAR. UST’ freshman star CJ Cansino puts on another show against Paul Desiderio and theUP Maroons. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Perasol finds 'need to be better' after UP escape act

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'The positive way of saying it is we won while learning,' says UP coach Bo Perasol

BETTER THAN LOSING. Bo Perasol breathes a sigh of relief as the UP Fighting Maroons arrest another meltdown. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


GDL brothers power Maroons past Bulldogs

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño take charge as the UP Fighting Maroons climb to a share of 4th place

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Perasol knows UP can be better after near-collapse

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Fighting Maroons avert a fourth-quarter meltdown to notch their second win in 5 games in the UAAP Season 81 basketball tournament

STILL IN PROGRESS. UP Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol says there's still much to be desired despite his wards ending a three-game skid. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


No heartbreaker this time: Maroons escape Archers

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The UP Maroons rebound from an Adamson heartbreaker with a thrilling escape over the La Salle Green Archers

REBOUND. Bright Akhuetie and the UP Fighting Maroons arrest a three-game losing streak to pick up their second win.Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP'S Bright Akhuetie raring to 'bounce back real hard'

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:10 AM

After a wasted 20-20 game, the prized UP recruit can't wait to get back on court against next foe La Salle

HEADS UP. Bright Akhuetie hopes to bring in the numbers – and the win – when UP battles La Salle this weekend. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Adamson rallies past feisty Maroons, stays perfect

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Sean Manganti buries the game-winner as the Falcons rally from a double-digit deficit to spoil UP's upset bid

Bright Akhuetie barrels his way past Conrad Catapusan. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ricci Rivero immerses himself in UP culture

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:11 AM

The former La Salle stalwart feels like he's becoming a better version of himself in UP

WAITING GAME. Ricci Rivero is serving a one-year residency before suiting up for the UP Fighting Maroons. Photo from press release


Double whammy for Akhuetie as UP absorbs 2nd straight loss

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Fighting Maroons big man is hampered by a hand injury and FEU's menacing defense in a blowout loss

SKIDDING. After an emphatic win in their season opener, Bright Akhueti and the UP Fighting Maroons lose back-to-back games. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


UP Fighting Maroons wanted a win for suspended Perasol

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The Maroons had hoped to bounce back for head coach Bo Perasol, who served his one-game suspension

STEP UP. Javi Gomez de Liano comes off the team to lead the team with 15 points. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

FEU blasts UP as Perasol serves suspension

Sep 23, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The Tamaraws roll past the Maroons for their second triumph in the UAAP men's basketball tournament

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP star Ricci Rivero goes from hard screens to big screen

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While serving his UAAP residency, the Maroons standout juggles hoops and showbiz

HOOPS FIRST. Ricci Rivero says basketball  will always be his priority. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Bring back the beat: UP council calls for UAAP drum return

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:59 PM

The UP Diliman University Student Council calls for the full return of the drums in the UAAP men's basketball games

Screengrab from Nowhere To Go But UP Foundation

Ateneo spoils Bright Akhuetie's birthday, but it's okay

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons' new foreign player remains positive despite the loss

After career-high 29, Juan GDL ready for bigger role

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The UP Maroons standout says he's ready to take on leadership duties with captain Paul Desiderio this UAAP season

STELLAR. Sophomore player Juan Gomez de Liaño averages a team-high 22.5 points for the UP Maroons. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler

UP Lady Maroons capture historic volleyball crown

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:25 PM

The Lady Maroons turn back the FEU Lady Tamaraws to bag their first volleyball championship in over three decades

CHAMPIONS. The UP Lady Maroons celebrate after disposing of the FEU Lady Tamaraws in a Game 2 finals thriller in the Premier Volleyball League.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP coach Bo Perasol set to appeal likely suspension

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:31 PM

The UAAP rules state that an ejection automatically merits a one-game suspension

UP Bo Perasol. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bo Perasol first to lose composure in UP meltdown

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The Fighting Maroons head coach was ejected from the game after charging at the referee

BREAKDOWN. UP head coach Bo Perasol loses control of his emotions in the 4th quarter of the game against Ateneo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo turns back gutsy UP, picks up first victory

Sep 12, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The defending champion Blue Eagles avenge their stunning loss to Adamson with a win over a UP side that lost its coach to ejection

BATTLE OF THE KATIPUNAN. UP's Bright Akhuetie and Ateneo's Angelo Kouame figure in a tight contest between the two neighboring schools. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP's Bright Akhuetie 'not yet' at peak form after 15-18 stat

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Even after UP's 29-point victory, coach Bo Perasol says the Maroons can't get too excited yet

DOMINANT. Bright Akhuetie delivers the numbers but remains far from satisfied. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New-look UP wrecks UE in UAAP Season 81 opener

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons get their collegiate basketball campaign off to a strong start

PROMISING START. Paul Desiderio and the UP Maroons hack out a convincing win over UE. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler