UP in UAAP 86: Back-to-back basketball twin wins

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

One of CJ Cansino鈥檚 five successful shots from beyond the arc in UP鈥檚 UAAP season opener versus Adamson University on October 1 (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

On the heels of its UAAP opening stunner against Adamson University (AdU) on October 1, UP notched basketball twin wins again on October 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena, this time versus the University of the East (UE).

The UP Fighting Maroons edged the UE Red Warriors by 15 points, 84-69, and won with 18 points over the UE Lady Warriors, 66-48.

 

24vs24: Adamson鈥檚 Kat Agojo challenges Rizza Lozada鈥檚 jumper. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

In their first games of this 68th UAAP season, the UP basketball teams registered double-digit leads as well, taking down the AdU Soaring Falcons and AdU Lady Falcons, 68-51 and 92-61, respectively.

 

JD Cagulangan鈥檚 no-look hand-off to Malik Diouf (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Malik Diouf easily converts the assist from JD Cagulangan. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Reigning MVP Malick Diouf kept a stellar performance with another double-double, 19 points and 16 rebounds, coming off his 20-point, 17-rebound game against Adu. The returning CJ Cansino, who sat out a year due to injury, made his presence felt as well. Now as team captain, Cansino in his court comeback cashed in 19 points for UP against AdU and 17 points against UE.

 

UP President Angelo A. Jimenez (in jacket) raises his fist, singing 鈥淯P Naming Mahal鈥 along with other UP faithful. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UP President Angelo A. Jimenez (in jacket) raises his fist, singing 鈥淯P Naming Mahal鈥 along with other UP faithful. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The Fighting Maroons bench (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Team Captain Justine Domingo (left) says that they still had a long way to go in the season, as Coach Paul Ramos listens intently. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Rookie Francis Lopez makes his first slam in the UAAP men鈥檚 basketball tournament. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The Maroons side goes wild with the buzzer beating three by Harold Alarcon. There were 1.3 seconds left in the first quarter when Alarcon released the shot from the arc across the court. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

CJ Cansino (left) apologizes for seemingly acting cocky on court after making his shots. His explanation of feeling like a kid being let out to play instead of being told to take an afternoon nap draws out a grin from Coach Goldwin Monteverde beside him. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

To view the official UAAP photos of the UP-UE matches on October 4, click here for men鈥檚 basketball and here for women鈥檚 basketball.