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    The UP Fighting Maroons: Blazing it UP one game at a time! #TaasKamao

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    #NoWhereToGoButUP: How a hashtag helped transform UP Fighting Maroons
    From: Jed M. Eva III
    September 12, 2015, 03:07 pm


    -- UP alumni and administration officials have committed to work together to help the State U's varsity athletes. From left to right: Lenlen Berberabe, May Tan, Annette Gozon-Abrogar, Aruba Flores-Opida, Apryll Dumas, Dan Palami, Kras Frialde, Mandy Reyes, Rina Tan, Cristina Millan, Taipan Millan, Peewee Ruiz, UP Diliman chancellor Michael Tan, Rey Ablanida, UP president Alfredo Pascual, Mike Tan, Renan Dalisay, Gerry Esquivel, Ryan Oliva, Jed Eva III, Ags Uvero, and Jay Ruiz. Photo courtesy of Apryll Dumas

    IT's not just the team logo that is new.

    There is a new attitude, a swagger and composure that was absent the previous season; a new coach and a new system that have instilled confidence in a team that once displayed little of it last year.

    The result is a new experience: a winning streak, not a string of losses; a place atop the UAAP standings, instead of at its bottom.

    Just two games into a very young UAAP season, some may say it may be a bit premature to call the UP Maroons the league’s biggest surprise. What can’t be denied, however, is that two games into UAAP Season 78 and having already doubled its win total from last year, the UAAP’s perennial whipping boys now look set to give more than they once got –in no small part to a Facebook post and a hashtag that set off a chain of events that have culminated in the Maroons’ impressive 2-0 start.

    To attribute State U’s remarkable turnaround to a hashtag culled from a concerned UP alumnus’ Facebook post is not hyperbole. The developments leading to the reinvigoration of the Maroons and its oft-frustrated fan base were triggered by a movement of sorts – one inspired by a post by UP alumnus Renan Dalisay, who in early 2014 wrote about the sad plight of UP’s varsity basketball players.

    Hungry

    Dalisay's post reminded UP alumni of something we have long known: that the support given by our eternally cash-strapped alma mater to its varsity athletes pales in comparison to that provided by the better-funded athletic programs of other universities in the UAAP.

    For the first time, however, the harsh realities of this truth were revealed to an alumni base that didn’t know the full extent of the sacrifices made by UP's varsity athletes in order to play for State U. One line from Renan's post would sum up the struggles of the UP Maroons: “Our team has been playing hungry, literally.”

    “They have been going to practice on empty stomachs," according to Dalisay, "playing competitive games without the nourishment of a student-athlete."

    His narration of the team's sorry circumstances would be accompanied by an impassioned plea to fellow alumni to help the players and to help bring the literally hungry Maroons closer to what then seemed like an impossible feat: just one win.

    Renan ended his call to action with a catchphrase that would become one of the UAAP’s most familiar hashtags: #NoWhereToGoButUP

    Domino effect

    That was in March 2014. After the post went viral, Renan would get offers of help from other UP alumni. He and other alumni were able to find willing sponsors for the team’s practice meals, generous donors for the Maroons’ other needs, and firm commitments – financial and otherwise – from alumni moved to act.

    One of those who answered the call was Azkals manager Dan Palami, a UP alumnus credited for engineering the dramatic turnaround of our men's national football team.

    “When your alma mater calls for help, you don’t think too much of the risk,” Palami would say after being named the Maroons' manager in April 2014.

    “You think more of it as an obligation to an institution that has been responsible for forming you and making you what you are right now.”

    Despite joining the Maroons' management team at the twelfth hour last year, Palami would help change the culture of the team. Professionals like former PBA import Joe Ward were hired to help develop the team’s players, and much-needed equipment was purchased. The team even got a new bus – the product of donations from fellow UP alumni inspired by Dalisay's message. Other alumni adopted the #NoWhereToGoButUP hashtag and created a Facebook page that would become a venue for UP alumni to pitch in and help not just the UP men’s basketball team, but UP’s other varsity teams as well.

    More importantly, the hashtag would galvanize a UP community that would echo Dalisay's call for “just one win.” The Maroons would play in front of more supporters, all hoping for an end to a years-long losing streak. The seemingly herculean challenge facing the Maroons would even catch the interest of non-UP alumni, many cheering for the underdog Maroons to clinch that one, elusive victory. The word “bonfire” became part of the UAAP lexicon, and when the Maroons finally broke their 27-game losing streak, the Maroons' sole win that season dominated social media and the news that day.

    Not satisfied

    While happy that the team ended its string of losses last year, UP’s team manager has made it clear that he has bigger ambitions for the Maroons in 2015.

    With a full preseason to prepare the Maroons, Palami has set what others would think is a lofty goal for a team just starting to turn things around: a spot in the UAAP Final Four. But with the help of other alumni and members of the UP administration, Palami has spearheaded efforts to help the team achieve this ambitious, but realizable goal. He stepped up player recruitment and brought in a new coaching staff, led by Rensy Bajar. Even the team’s logo underwent a transformation; a change as radical, it seems, as the transformation of the team that beat perennial tournament favorite La Salle on Wednesday.

    “It’s a collective effort, and the whole UP community deserves to be commended for where we are right now,” said Palami.

    “While we were happy last year to get that one win last season, it was important for us to not lose sight of our ultimate goal, which is to build a competitive team. That, I feel, will help elevate #NoWhereToGoButUp from a hashtag and rallying call to a new mindset, a culture of winning.”

    Two games into the season, it appears that the Maroons are almost – if not already – there.

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    UP loss to UST Tigers proof Maroons still a work in progress, says coach Bajar
    From: Reuben Terrado
    September 13, 2015, 06:11 pm

    AS painful as the defeat was, University of the Philippines coach Rensy Bajar knew it was a timely wake-up call.

    The Maroons were sent crashing back to earth by University of Santo Tomas, 59-67, on Sunday afternoon - a reality check for the team and its supporters who had been on cloud nine after a 2-0 start to the UAAP season.

    Bajar said the only loss only showed the vastly improved Maroons remain a work in progress, exposing the aspects the team still need to work on if it hopes to be a playoff contender this season.

    “Kulang pa. Kumbaga dapat hindi pa rin kami sumusuko. At the same time, kailangan sa depensa, walang pogi pogi. Hindi puwedeng mag-relax. Sinabi ko nga sa kanila, sa depensa, walang papogi," said Bajar.

    "Kung gusto niyo magpapogi, mag-artista kayo,” he added.

    The Maroons started slowly, going 6-of-26 from the field in the first half. Bajar was also unhappy with a defense that gave up 27 points to Tigers hero Ed Daquioag.

    Bajar said it wasn't a case of overconfidence for the Maroons.

    “Kumbaga ‘yung overconfidence, hindi puwedeng pumasok sa isipan namin ‘yun dahil alam niyo naman kung saan galing ang UP. Every game is a very important game. Down the stretch lang talaga ‘yung naging problema at nagbigay kami ng 23 points sa second half kay Daquioag,” said Bajar.

    “Pagdating namin ng crucial minutes, doon kami bumigay. Kailangan pa namin pag-igihan,” said Bajar.

    After their first defeat of Season 78, Bajar said the coaching staff will make sure that they will have the right mindset coming to their next game against Far Eastern University next week.

    “Kailangan, number one, maramdaman namin ‘yung sakit. Kailangang maramdaman naman ‘yung pagkatalo. Pero we must move on. We have a 24-hour rule. After that, it’s over. From there, focus na sa next game,” said Bajar.

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    I'm a UAAP/basketball fan from UST but I never had that much respect for UP until I saw them playing this season.

    Dati rati pag UP matik nang cellar dweller pero ngayon iniba nila ang imahe nila. Sana magtuluy-tuloy para maiba naman ang UAAP basketball, di puro FEU, Ateneo or DLSU (but no hate).

    Iba rin ang excitement ng game kahapon. Never akong na-excite sa game kapag kalaban UP since season 69 pa yata pero ngayon iba na ang UP.

    Alam ko ang feeling na nasa 5-8 lang ang expectations ng mga tao dahil ganun naman lagi ang UST. Congrats pa rin. Nahirapan UST sa inyo!

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    ^ congrats din sa inyo sa UST!

    i'm glad to see this new attitude sa mga bata namin. hindi na ito yung dating Maroons na bibigay na lang when facing a tough opponent. kitang kita naman kahapon kung paano makipaglaban against your veteran team ang Maroons, especially the Batang Gilas boys (Dario and Desiderio) and Jett Manuel. ibang iba talaga if you are familiar with recent past batches of Maroons.

    hopefully magtuluy-tuloy na ang they will stay with their goal of achieving things one game at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberonelebron View Post
    I'm a UAAP/basketball fan from UST but I never had that much respect for UP until I saw them playing this season.

    Dati rati pag UP matik nang cellar dweller pero ngayon iniba nila ang imahe nila. Sana magtuluy-tuloy para maiba naman ang UAAP basketball, di puro FEU, Ateneo or DLSU (but no hate).

    Iba rin ang excitement ng game kahapon. Never akong na-excite sa game kapag kalaban UP since season 69 pa yata pero ngayon iba na ang UP.

    Alam ko ang feeling na nasa 5-8 lang ang expectations ng mga tao dahil ganun naman lagi ang UST. Congrats pa rin. Nahirapan UST sa inyo!
    The season when UST Tigers won the basketball championship but lost twice to UP Fighting Maroons. Di na ulit nakaulit ang UP sa UST after sweeping the Tigers last 2006?

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    Quote Originally Posted by isportskid View Post
    The season when UST Tigers won the basketball championship but lost twice to UP Fighting Maroons. Di na ulit nakaulit ang UP sa UST after sweeping the Tigers last 2006?
    yes. 2006 was the last time UP won over UST. nag-champion na ang UST, had Pido as its head coach at nawala na yung key players pero hindi pa din nananalo ulit ang UP over UST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by __bahay__kubo__ View Post
    yes. 2006 was the last time UP won over UST. nag-champion na ang UST, had Pido as its head coach at nawala na yung key players pero hindi pa din nananalo ulit ang UP over UST.
    Aww ! 2006 rin ang last time na nanalo ang cheering squad ng uste sa up pep squad. haha

    Pampalubag-loob.

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    ^ may ganun talaga, ano?

    next game of UP will be against FEU. so far, FEU has the edge in terms of team strength. sa halos lahat ng positions ay malalim sila bukod sa nakaka-deliver ang starters at ang bench. ang UST kasi, parang patas sa FEU kaya nagawang talunin ang FEU in a tight match. let's see how things will pan out between FEU and UP.

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    Just dropping by dito sa thread. Congratulations sa UP MBT. I am not a die-hard basketball fan, but this UAAP season has converted me into one, at least for the UP MBT. Backreading a few pages in the old thread taught me a lot about our basketball history in the UAAP. Thank you for sharing the posts.

    Just sharing: I watched the game vs UST live last Sunday, my first in over a year. A lot of my orgmates who also don't watch basketball in UAAP live have attended at least one of the past three games. Truly, times are a-changing. These current crop of student-athletes have shown potential that has the whole league noticing. Thus, I think that it is just imperative for us students and alumni to support the Maroons live in their best season yet. So far, it is happening (based sa online at number ng live audience in support of UP). I love how the whole UP community is responding for the call for that Final Four spot. After reading the articles and posts here, this thread have strengthened my belief that we really could achieve that by winning through this season, one game at a time.

    Laban lang, UP Fighting Maroons. I will check this thread even more often for more post-game analyses. I'm learning a lot ah, ignoring the bad vibes from that account.

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    our loss to the black gold black white was a good kind of loss. alam mo yung hirap na hirap sila to breach that 4-6 point barrier na lead ng uste pero andun pa rin yung fight to win attitude. something we haven't seen from out mbt in the past.

    finally nagsawa na rin silang matalo.

    finally they're living up to the hinding hindi papahuli part of our unibersidad ng pilipinas cheer.

    great game UP! lalo na yung 2 guards natin ang tapang nila desiderio.

    bawi na lang sa susunod. let's make winning our new habit.

    UP fight.
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    next stop for the Maroons will be the FEU Tamaraws, a tough and complete team that always had a "walk in the park" wins against past UP teams. sa ipinakita ng Maroons against UST last Sunday, sa tingin ko ay kayang dikitan or talunin nila ang Tams. perhaps the loss to the Tigers and the so-called "24-Hour Rule" will make the Maroons more motivated to go all out in earning their third win this coming weekend despite going up against the Tams.

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    ^if UP will apply what UST had done to FEU, for sure... kaya natin. just contain belo and tolomia. Foul them lagi. wasak ang game nyan.

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    After 9 years, may new thread na ang UP Fighting Maroons! Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by _UP_ View Post
    ^if UP will apply what UST had done to FEU, for sure... kaya natin. just contain belo and tolomia. Foul them lagi. wasak ang game nyan.
    the difference between us and UST is that UST has almost the same material as FEU. both UST and FEU have tall and athletic players na kayang makipagtapatan sa isa't isa. Daquioag, Ferrer and Abdul and even Vigil and Lao can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Belo, Tolomia, Pogoy, Jose, Inigo, the Escoto brothers and Urizu.

    we'll see how we will be able to go against FEU despite FEU being a more complete and deeper team than us. kung nagawa natin dikitan ang beterano at mas athletic na UST nang dahil sa tapang at lakas ng loob kahit na dehado tayo, maybe we can do the same with FEU. baka nga hindi lang dikitan kundi manalo over them if we will do things right.

    still, i'm happy with what i'm seeing, so far. gusto ko ang tapang ng Maroons, especially ng Batang Gilas boys. ang laking kaibahan from past UP teams.

    if magtuluy-tuloy ito and things turn out well, malayo ang marating ng UP this season for as long as they treat things one game at a time.

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    I just watched the replay and sayang talaga. I am a big fan of #legenDario now. Cute pa! Hahaha

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    ^Dario will be a legend for UP with Desiderio and Longa. These trio will be our future.

    Well Prado, webb and Jaboneta are also good addition to the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallenservicemen View Post
    Kailan ang game against FEU?
    UP vs FEU game will be this coming Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4:00 PM at Araneta Coliseum.

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    After loss, it’s about moving on for Fighting Maroons of UP
    Posted on September 15, 2015 06:26:00 PM

    FROM A HIGH of winning their first two games that marked their best start in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in years, to the sting of their first defeat this season, the marching orders for the UP Fighting Maroons is clear -- move on.
    Lost their last game against the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 67-59, last Sunday that effectively halted their strong opening bid to Season 78, the Maroons have to let things simmer first and learn from the lessons of the loss and rally back, this according to coach Rensy Bajar.

    “Number one, we have to feel the pain. The pain of the loss. But we have to move on. We have a 24-hour rule. After that, it’s over. From there, we have to focus on the next game,” Mr. Bajar told members of the media after their game against UST.

    Much like its performance in its first two victories, the University of the Philippines went all out versus UST in a battle between erstwhile unbeaten teams.

    The Maroons bucked a slow start that saw them score just 15 points in the opening half before exploding for 25 points in the third period to make the game close at 42-40.

    UST star guard Ed Daquioag, however, would not let his team lose as he poured in 17 of his game-high 27 points in the final canto which proved to be the difference maker in the match.

    UP tried to stay in the game but the Tigers had an answer for everything it threw down the stretch to hold on for the win.

    For Mr. Bajar, the UP loss highlighted the fact that as much as the Maroons have shown improvement, their work is still cut out and they have to continue working hard, particularly on their defense.

    “We are still a work in progress but we should not give up. Defensively we have to grind it out and not relax. Defense will be key if we are to succeed,” the coach said.

    It has been a balanced attack offensively for the Maroons (2-1) so far this season with Andres Desiderio, Jet Manuel and Diego Dario scoring 10 points or better per game.

    Next for UP is a meeting with Far Eastern University (2-1) on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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