View from the Enemy: UP Fighting Maroons
With only weeks to go until the final four, everyone is definitely going to fight harder. Whether they’re on top, struggling to stay afloat or at the end of the standing, no one should be taken for granted.
Not even the UP Fighting Maroons. Their name says it all, evidently. They’re out to fight and that’s what the NU Bulldogs are going to give them.
The Bulldogs have no time to relax. They cannot afford to take a backseat — they have to push harder and score better. In their last game, National-U took advantage of their bigger size especially in getting rebounds. They were also sent to the line more and fortunately, did good job in shooting free throws. However, one issue in the previous game was their three-point shooting in which NU didn’t perform too well. They also failed to maximize the 16 times UP turned the ball over—only scoring 11 points compared to the Maroons’ 19.
Keys to the Game
Don’t count them out
UP, although being at the bottom, has been giving other teams a good fight. I don’t think it’s going to be any different in this game. We’re now at the climax of the season and everyone is either gunning for a spot in the final four or just really want to win a game at the very least. The Fighting Maroons are no different. The Bulldogs have no room for mistakes or for relaxation. They have to bring their A-Game every single quarter.
Battle for Rebounds
Raul Soyud recorded 20 rebounds in their first round bout against the Gold and Blue. NU big guys should establish their spot under the basket immediately at the start of the game to prevent Soyud from getting solid rebounds.
It’s brighter outside
The Bulldogs were 12.5% from the three-point line which is unforgivable especially since the team is filled with outside shooters. Robin Roño, Dennice Villamor and Jeoff Javillonar should dust off the rust from their shooting hands and make triples to secure the win.
We’re three games away from the semi finals. Just a few games more and we’re there. The Bulldogs have to just over-power the UP Maroons with rebounds and offense right away. They must prevent the opponents from finding loop holes that could take away the victory.