Entering their game against the San Beda Red Lions in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, the UP Fighting Maroons were already short-handed.
The Gomez de Liano brothers, Jun Manzo, and Will Gozum were out for the contest as they had school work.
Down to just 10 men, UP were further chopped down, as Ricci Rivero fouled out with three minutes left in the contest.
And the fouls called on him – particularly the last one – left him scratching his head.
“No, I don’t know. I want to watch the replay if what I did were really fouls ’cause I don’t know. I was jumping straight up,” Rivero recalled.
“San Beda’s trying to hold us, we’re just trying to remove their hands but… I don’t know.”
It stopped Rivero right in his tracks, as he was having an excellent game with 18 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
“I don’t really get mad at the refs but today was just weird. But there are no excuses,” added Kobe Paras.
Though playing with just nine men, the Fighting Maroons still put up a good fight before falling to the Red Lions, 66-75.
Given the circumstances, Rivero – who transferred to UP back on May 2018 – shared that they have to prepare for anything when they get back to Diliman.
“In a way, San Beda’s really good though so I think we just have to prepare a lot more. We just need a lot more games together and we need our teammates, Jun, Javi, Juan, and Will,” the UAAP Season 80 Most Improved Player admitted.
“I think we just need to prepare a lot more.”
Moreover, Rivero is just glad to finally wet his feet with this batch of Fighting Maroons.
“It feels good. It feels great, especially to play with them. I’ve been with them for almost a year. It feels great and I’m looking forward to playing with them a lot more,” expressed the 6-foot-1 swingman.
“We’re gonna play as a team a lot more. After how many games, we’re getting there.”
And by the looks of it, the Fighting Maroons are a power waiting to be unleashed.
Mika Reyes transfers from Petron to Sta. Lucia
Josan Nimes shoots lights out as Pasig-Sta. Lucia snaps Binan streak in MPBL
Balkman can’t wait to share court with ‘brother’ Blatche in Mighty
Schrock strike propels Ceres past Port in AFC Champions League
Project Ethan Kirkness commits to UP
Foton to sign Jasmine Nabor, denies tapping Bernadeth Pons
SBP eyes Sage Tolentino, more stalwarts as additions to Gilas pool
Dave Ildefonso returns home to Ateneo
Jeremiah Gray steps up on both ends, lifts Alab past Fubon in ABL
Alab Pilipinas absorb first home loss at hands of Purves’ Wolf Warriors
Roosevelt Adams picked by Columbian as top pick in PBA Regular Draft
Isaac Go goes to Columbian in PBA Draft’s special Gilas portion
- Basketball1 day ago
Luke Sese moves out of Perpetual, reunites with Nelle in La Salle
- CSJL5 days ago
Michael Imperial powers EAC Generals rout of Letran to open NCAA 95 bid
- ADMU2 days ago
Rep. Puno seeks naturalization of Angelo Kouame
- Basketball3 days ago
Evan Nelle goes AWOL in San Beda, looking at La Salle transfer