Expect the unexpected in Game 2 of the exciting UAAP Season 86 finals between the talented UP Fighting Maroons and the skilled De La Salle Green Archers.
It will surely put you on the edge of your seat. It will be a battle like no other. A match of epic proportions.
The Fighting Maroons gave their 110% in Game 1 to win, 97-67. It was a total team effort. The Diliman-based team worked hard on offense and defense, getting lots of points and rebounds for a balanced attack. Like a well-oiled machine that fired from all cylinders. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work. Indeed, there’s no I in team.
Moreover, time is gold. Therefore, the Fighting Maroons put an all-out effort to not waste the golden opportunity given to them. Indeed, it is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. They were on the same page and had each other’s backs. It goes without saying that their chemistry was something to marvel at. But surely, they're taking it one game at a time.
Of course, UP cannot rest on its laurels because the Green Archers are not giving up. They cannot afford to lose. Their backs are against the wall. They are on the ropes. But they’re not yet done. There's no sense in crying over spilled milk. They went back to the drawing board and will surely give their best in Game 2 to even up the amazing series.
In every dark cloud, there’s a silver lining. Even though the margin in Game 1 was as big as the sea, the Taft-based team is a relentless group. It will not fold in the face of a challenge. No hurdle is too high. The Green Archers learned from their mistakes in Game 1. They will apply the lessons they acquired and make the necessary adjustments in Game 2. Indubitably, failure is the best teacher. It’s not over until it’s over.
Aside from offense, defense will be important in Game 2. Defense wins championships. Henceforth, both teams have to defend like their lives are at stake. At the end of the day, win as a team, lose as a team. It's not rocket science.
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Key numbers from Game 1
Numbers don't lie, and there were several statistics in Game 1 that was crucial for UP's win. Let's check them out:
7 - Turnovers of UP
18 - Turnovers of La Salle
20-of-26 - Free throws of UP
11-of-17 - Free throws of La Salle
Key players to watch out for
Harold Alarcon - Led UP in Game 1 with 21 points
Mike Phillips - Led La Salle in Game 1 with 19 points
Several players will step up for both squads in Game 2. They have what it takes. They have the passion to rise to any challenge and grab the bull by the horns. They are always willing to take one for the team. They are fantastic team players and they will definitely bring their A games.
What to expect
In conclusion, it’s about who wants it more. It’s not about the statistics. It’s about the willingness to win despite all odds. It’s about taking it to the next level. It’s about doing the little things. Time to pour blood, sweat, and tears. Who has the biggest heart will be the victor. After all, great power comes with great responsibility.
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Will the Fighting Maroons put the nail in the coffin? Or will the Green Archers live to see another day?
End or extend? Triumph or defeat? UP or La Salle?
The answer awaits.
Catch Game 2 of the UAAP finals this Sunday at 4 p.m. live on One Sports, the UAAP Varsity Channel, and the Pilipinas Live app.