A New Chapter for the UP Fighting Maroons
As of this writing, the UP Fighting Maroons just punched their ticket to the quarterfinal stage of the 2011 FilOil Flying V Tournament. With 4 wins and 2 losses, the Maroons are riding on a high momentum entering the bracket for the top eight teams participating in this pre-UAAP season meet.
Nonetheless, we’re taking the best out of this pre-season meet, and with it build our hopes high for the Maroons, who are now under a new head coach in the person of Ricky Dandan.
Dandan, a former Fighting Maroon himself, has been calling the shots since late last year for the Maroons, months after the team endured a winless season, and not to mention the coaching debacle. The smoke of confusion has finally died down, and there is now one clear person in front of the pack, set to draw the tactics for the Diliman squad.
After setting the hopes way too high last season, the Maroons are in no way in a hurry to barge into the top four. While that, being the ultimate goal, is like candy up for grabs between a thousand kids, UP will be more occupied with getting their acts together and taking the season one game at a time. Win or lose, what matters is the team arrives at their purposed end together.
Mike Silungan is expected to get his game a notch higher this season. In the back court, Mike Gamboa is back, together with Miggy Maniego, will provide veteran firepower, along with the inclusion of Moriah Gingerich in the system, as well as the new talents like Chris Ball, Robby Wierzba, and Julius Wong. With Magi Sison gone, the center position will be taken over by Aliniko Mbah, with Martin Pascual on the support. The mainstays Mark Juruena, Carlo Gomez and Alvin Padilla will provide power in the wing.
There are no promises for this season coming from the UP Fighting Maroons. But there will also be no let-ups.
As always, UP FIGHT FOR LIFE!