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Like Paras in 1986, Tamayo fulfills destiny with UP in 2022


After 36 long years, the University of the Philippines men’s basketball team is the king of the UAAP.

To finally become champions again, the Fighting Maroons needed top-caliber recruits to match the achievement of legends such as Benjie Paras, Eric Altamirano, and Ronnie Magsanoc.

For a program and a fanbase that have steadily grown these past years, they lacked only a few pieces before they can complete that puzzle. One of those parts, though, was definitely Carl Tamayo – the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament’s Rookie of the Year.

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“Sobrang sarap kase siyempre, pinaghirapan namin ‘to eh,” said the 6-foot-7 big man after his team’s 72-69 win over Ateneo de Manila University to seal the Season 84 crown.

“Schedule pa lang ng UAAP, talagang bakbakan na. Game – pahinga – game ulit. Talagang sacrifices namin, talagang nagbunga siya and then lagi lang ni-re-remind sa amin ni Coach Gold na wag bibitaw kahit ano mangyari.”

To get to this stage, the Fighting Maroons had to overcome different challenges throughout their campaign. Losses to Adamson University in the elimination round; and De La Salle University in the Final Four threatened to derail everything.

Still, they stayed the course no matter what.

Indeed, UP managed to pull through against the odds. And that is because the players knew they can always lean on each other to get the job done.

Yung puso sa laro, yung puso sa ensayo, yun lang talaga. Pinanindigan namin na walang bibitaw kahit ano mangyari. Yung mga teammate namin, alam namin na sa likod namin sila. Magkamali kami o maganda yung ginawa namin, alam ko nandiyan sila,” said the two-time UAAP Boys’ Basketball Finals MVP, who averaged 11.33 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks in the finals.

“Alam ng bawat isa na nandiyan ang mga teammate namin para sa isa’t isa.”

Defeating Ateneo to get the championship was no easy feat, though. The Fighting Maroons had to overcome the coaching brains of Tab Baldwin as well as the interior presence of Ange Kouame; the intelligence of Gian Mamuyac; and the Gilas Pilipinas duo of SJ Belangel and Dave Ildefonso.

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If there was such a thing as the ultimate test – the Blue Eagles epitomized that. The fact that the Fighting Maroons outlasted them in this finals series means that this victory will live long in the memory of UP fans and neutrals alike.

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“Siyempre tulad nga ng sabi ko, hindi naman lahat makukuha nang madali. Binigay ni God ‘tong situation na ‘to na natalo kami game two para mag-learn. Para pagdating ng game three, yun na-learn namin, in-apply namin,” said the 21-year-old Tamayo.

The last time UP won a championship, it had Benjie Paras as its main big man. This time the Fighting Maroons had Tamayo as its star man in the paint.

In a sense, things went full circle for UP. How sweet it truly is for the Cebuano to be part of this legendary squad alongside mentor Goldwin Monteverde.

“Talagang walang bumitaw and then after 36 years, nakuha namin ang championship ulit para sa UP. Sobrang blessed kami. Sobrang binigay sa amin ni God ‘to,” expressed UP’s new tower of power.

“Yung mga situations sa laro, talagang binigay sa amin ni Lord ‘tong larong ‘to.”

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Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces


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