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Perasol commends Maroons for holding fort in absence

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Bo Perasol will return to the sidelines for the UP Fighting Maroons after missing two games due to his suspension

BACK AT THE HELM. Bo Perasol says he commends his players for positively responding to the ordeal brought by his suspension. Photo from UAAP


UAAP lifts Perasol suspension for October 16 return

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:49 PM

After missing two games, Bo Perasol will return to the sidelines for the UP Fighting Maroons' game against the UST Growling Tigers

BACK AT IT. Bo Perasol will call the shots anew for the UP Fighting Maroons after extending his apology to the UAAP. File photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler


WATCH: UP Maroons carry banged-up Akhuetie after UE win

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Bright Akhuetie usually does the heavy lifting for the Maroons, but this time, his UP teammates make sure to carry him – quite literally

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Manzo thanks Desiderio for heart-to-heart talk before breakout game

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:34 PM

After getting lost in the loaded UP backourt, Jun Manzo regains his old form – thanks to an assist from Mr Atin ‘To

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UP denies UE fightback to snap losing skid

Oct 12, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Still playing minus suspended coach Bo Perasol, the UP Maroons get back on track after turning back the pesky UE Red Warriors

SLAM. Kobe Paras soars for a dunk, adding another entry to an already impressive highlight reel this season. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP Maroons thankful for fan support amid Perasol suspension

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:52 PM

'We Bo-lieve' becomes the Fighting Maroons' mantra as Bo Perasol serves his three-game suspension

FACING ADVERSITY. Juan Gomez de Liano and the UP Fighting Maroons will try to win as many games as they can without head coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


LOOK: Akhuetie, Stockton figure in altercation at UP-FEU match

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Tempers flare as Alec Stockton falls on Bright Akhuetie, who then delivers a hit in the mouth

HIGHLY CHARGED. Despite taking a hit, Alec Stockton and FEU escape Bright Akhuetie and UP in overtime. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler


IN PHOTOS: FEU vs UP – UAAP Season 82, 2nd round

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Playing the first of 3 games minus coach Bo Perasol, the UP Maroons fall short in their comeback charge against the FEU Tamaraws

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

FEU survives massive UP comeback in OT thriller

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Arresting a late collapse, FEU pulls through in overtime against a UP side playing minus suspended coach Bo Perasol

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Suspension stays: UAAP says Perasol 'never apologized'

Oct 04, 2019 - 6:52 PM

'The sad part here is that Mr Perasol never apologized to the UAAP for what he did,' says UAAP basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan

'ACTS OF AGGRESSION'. UAAP basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan remains firm on his stance to suspend UP head coach Bo Perasol for 3 games. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Perasol on game ban: 'We need to rise above this adversity'

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The UP Maroons brace for the second-round absence of their suspended coach Bo Perasol

TEAM EFFORT. UP head coach Bo Perasol hopes his multiple game suspensions will be lifted sooner. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

'3 games is too much,' says Bo Perasol on his suspension

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:15 PM

'I’ve already said my piece about regretting what I did. Three games suspension for an ejection is just too much,' says Perasol

SITTING OUT. Bo Perasol is set to miss the opening 3 games of UP's 2nd round campaign. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP coach Bo Perasol suspended for 3 games

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Perasol will miss the first 3 games of the second round for his on-court outburst during Sunday's Ateneo-UP clash

SUSPENDED. Bo Perasol will not be calling the shots for the UP Fighting Maroons at the start of the UAAP Season 82 second round. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Perasol calls for UP unity, sets self-ultimatum for Season 82

Sep 30, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Bo Perasol says UP players and supporters should 'not beat each other up to pieces when we do not come out victorious' after his ejection against Ateneo

DETERMINED. Bo Perasol says he intends to lead the UP Fighting Maroons until 'the prize is won and the championship trophy is lifted for all Iskos and Iskas.' Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Ricci Rivero 'sentimental' in playing Ateneo again

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Former La Salle standout Ricci Rivero relishes playing against Ateneo, but this time in a different jersey

DEJA VU. Ricci Rivero plays against Ateneo but this time as a Fighting Maroon. Photo from release

UP is better, but so is Ateneo

Sep 30, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Now turning into one of UAAP basketball’s great rivalries, Ateneo and UP deliver the emotions, executions, and histrionics for a primetime spectacle

BATTLE OF KATIPUNAN. As Ateneo quickly rediscovers what makes it great, UP ends up folding against pressure. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Akhuetie blasts 'shitty' officiating after blowout loss

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:52 PM

'The referee was shitty no doubt,' says Bright Akhuetie after UP coach Bo Perasol's ejection

QUESTIONABLE. Bright Akhuetie slams the officiating in the Battle of Katipunan. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Perasol apologetic, but firm in officiating stance after ejection

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:20 PM

'It really doesn't matter what happens on the court, but I have to think about my composure because that is what I preach,' says UP coach Bo Perasol

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo vs UP – UAAP Season 82, 1st round

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Check out some photos of the game where Ateneo proves unflappable in the face of pressure as UP collapses in the second half

COMPOSURE. The Ateneo Blue Eagles prove unflappable in the face of pressure as the usual reliables take charge including Matt Nieto, who tallies 18 points, 5 boards, and 3 assists. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo reasserts mastery over UP, sweeps Season 82 1st round

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Poised all game, the Ateneo Blue Eagles prove too strong as the UP Fighting Maroons lose their cool and their coach

FLYING HIGH. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles continue to dominate the rest of the field. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UP – UAAP Season 82 round 1

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:48 PM

What better way to cap a wild first round than pitting top teams Ateneo and UP in a UAAP finals rematch on Sunday, September 29

UAAP badminton: NU nails top playoffs seed

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:52 PM

The NU Bulldogs secure the No. 1 spot and semifinal bonus after pinning a first loss on the La Salle Green Shuttlers

VETERANS. Keeyan Gabuelo and Solomon Padiz Jr secure the doubles match for the NU Bulldogs. Photo release

La Salle fumbles to UP: From a statement to 'sayang'

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:55 PM

UP didn't exactly steal the game, La Salle just gave it away

HEARTBREAKER. Aljun Melecio and the Green Archers blow their chance to get a win streak going. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ricci Rivero takes booing in stride, calls La Salle his 'second home'

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'No hard feelings... I used to give everything I’ve got for them,' says UP's Ricci Rivero after playing his first game against former team La Salle

OTHER SIDE. Former La Salle player Ricci Rivero helps the UP Maroons get the upper hand over this former team. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Banged-up Juan GDL relieved after game-winner

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:48 PM

'People don’t know I’ve been really working hard to get back in shape, just to get my rhythm back,' says UP game hero Juan Gomez de Liaño

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: UP vs La Salle – UAAP Season 82, 1st round

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Check out some photos of the UP Fighting Maroons' thrilling escape over the La Salle Green Archers

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Juan GDL hits game-winner in UP thriller over La Salle

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons survive another heart-stopper as Juan Gomez de Liaño knocks in a clutch triple against the La Salle Green Archers

UAAP Player of the Week Kobe Paras reintroduces himself

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:00 PM

After missing the first two games of the UAAP season, Kobe Paras immediately makes his presence felt for the UP Fighting Maroons

STREAKING. The UP Fighting Maroons has clinched 3 straight wins with Kobe Paras. Photo from UAAP


Akhuetie puzzled with UP’s character after another near-meltdown

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In a season full of comebacks and close calls, Bright Akhuetie says the star-studded UP Maroons need to get it together

STAYING SHARP. Reigning MVP Bright Akhuetie continues to average a double-double for the Maroons. Photo release

IN PHOTOS: UP vs UE – UAAP Season 82, 1st round

Sep 21, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Check out some game photos of the UP victory that secures the Fighting Maroons solo second

UAAP photo release

UP arrests late meltdown versus UE, wins 3rd straight

Sep 21, 2019 - 4:14 PM

After blowing a 12-point lead, the UP Maroons regain order just in time against the UE Red Warriors to secure solo second

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Paras, Perasol console NU after 4th straight heartbreak loss

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'I just told them to keep their heads up and they're gonna win a game soon,' says Kobe Paras after the UP Maroons dealt the NU Bulldogs another stinging one-point loss

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IN PHOTOS: UP vs NU – UAAP Season 82, 1st round

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Check out some snaps of the UP Fighting Maroons' thrilling escape over the NU Bulldogs

TOP SCORER. Kobe Paras leads the UP Fighting Maroons for the second straight game. Photo release

UP deals NU another one-point heartbreak

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Luck favors UP as the Maroons hold on to a slim win against the tough-fighting NU Bulldogs

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For the UP Maroons to be great, they must remember what makes them special

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:00 PM

UP edged out rival Adamson because its superstars fought the temptation to become heroes, and instead shared the spotlight with their brothers

UP FIGHT. UP returns to the winning column with a big win over Adamson. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Kobe Paras thanks UP for '3rd chance' after long-awaited debut

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:03 AM

'This is my fourth college so I'm just thankful for coach Bo [Perasol] and the whole UP community for giving me basically a third chance not just in basketball, but in life,' says Kobe Paras

GRATEFUL. Kobe Paras relishes another chance of playing collegiate basketball. Photo from release

Blazing 3rd quarter run propels UP to OT win over Adamson

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:29 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons emerge victorious in their heated Final Four rematch with the Adamson Soaring Falcons

SURGE. Kobe Paras leads UP's 3rd quarter surge to take home the win. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UAAP Season 82: Team standings, scores

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Check out the team standings and game results in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament

UST Tigers buck Maroons comeback to stay unbeaten

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Promising to surprise this season, the UST Tigers show poise down the stretch to stun the UP Maroons

STUNNER. Renzo Subido and the UST Tigers speed past last year's finalist UP Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Javi GDL keeps the weight down, brings his numbers up

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:26 PM

A faster, slicker Javi Gomez de Liaño sheds 25 pounds for the UP Maroons' finals return bid

Javi Gomez de Liaño. Photo by Josh Albelda

U.P. Maroons laugh off shorts mix-up in Season 82 debut win

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The throwback short shorts may have been amusing, but for the UP Maroons, what's more important is they didn't come up short in the endgame

OLD SCHOOL. There's no distracting Ricci Rivero and the UP Maroons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ricci Rivero overwhelmed in UAAP return with stacked Maroons

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Marking his comeback with an explosive alley-oop dunk, Ricci Rivero just feels happy that he's back doing what he does best

FOCUSED. Ricci Rivero quickly reminds the league what he brings to the floor. Photo release

Injured Kobe Paras ‘needs to feel the game,' says Bo Perasol

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:47 PM

UP head coach Bo Perasol hopes Kobe Paras gets to play soon, even in limited minutes, to get a feel of the UAAP

SIDELINED. Kobe Paras sits out in UP's UAAP Season 82 opening game against FEU. Photo from release

UP survives scrappy FEU to start finals return campaign

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Ricci Rivero and the UP Maroons hold off the FEU Tamaraws’ gritty comeback

HOT DEBUT. Ricci Rivero puts on a show in his first game with the UP Maroons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo lights up UAAP Season 82 opening ceremony

Sep 01, 2019 - 10:26 PM

UAAP Season 82 host Ateneo puts on a spectacle as the country's premier collegiate league officially comes off the wraps

POWERFUL. Ateneo showcases all 8 member UAAP schools with a futuristic theme. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

No surprise: UAAP teams pick Ateneo as team to beat

Sep 01, 2019 - 3:48 PM

'Ateneo should be rated No.1, but of course, you cannot count out other schools,' says Adamson coach Franz Pumaren as his Falcons test the Blue Eagles first

FAVORITES. Back-to-back UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eagles gun for a 3-peat title. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: No less than a championship for loaded UP Fighting Maroons

Aug 21, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons expect to return to the UAAP Finals and finally capture their first championship in 33 years

HYPED? The UP Fighting Maroons aim to prove their doubters wrong. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: Key matchups for UAAP Season 82 men's basketball

Aug 08, 2019 - 10:12 PM

UP gets to parade early its highly touted transferees while Ateneo and La Salle figure in an opening weekend rivalry clash

TITLE DEFENSE. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles kick off their three-peat bid against rival La Salle. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Next Desiderio? No, Kobe Paras to lead UP his own way

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:57 PM

'I never think of filling anyone’s shoes. Paul left his own legacy. I’m just trying to play my own game and be there for my teammates,' says Kobe Paras

NEW ROLE. Kobe Paras will do anything to help his team win a championship. Photo from Instagram (@_kokoparas)

Kobe Paras erupts for 37 in UP's Taiwan title sweep

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The UP Maroons' UAAP buildup goes in full swing with Kobe Paras at the helm

STALWART. Kobe Paras puts on a show in Taiwan. Photo by Keith Magcaling/UPMBT