Epic win over Ateneo ends UP’s UAAP title drought

THE University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons hungered for a UAAP men’s basketball championship for the last 36 years.The long wait finally ended on Friday with an epic victory over the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles that was capped by a three-pointer in the dying moments of an overtime period.Joel Cagulangan worked around a pick set up by center Malick Diouf to set himself up for the step-back triple that shattered a 69-all tie with 0.5 seconds to go.The UP fans that packed the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City exploded in wild celebration.A court-length desperation heave by Dave Ildefonso was wide of the mark.The Fighting Maroons’ 72-69 victory also ended the Blue Eagles’ three-season reign as men’s basketball titlists.Diouf was named the Finals MVP.The finals series went the full route after Ateneo edged out UP last Wednesday to force Friday’s do-or-die game.Cagulangan “knows that the entire team really trusts him…
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