Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


UP’s convincing win shakes La Salle, Michael Phillips: ‘We can’t let this break us’

Michael Phillips wants the De La Salle Green Archers to remember one thing.

The last time they lost to the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Basketball Tournament, it paved the way for a nine-game winning streak that catapulted them into the Finals for the first time since Season 80.

Phillips, who is in his third playing year, led La Salle with 19 points and nine rebounds.

However, it went in vain. La Salle was on the receiving end of a 97-67 whipping at the hands of UP.

It was a night when everything went wrong for the Green Archers. But they will have to shake this off immediately for them to stand a chance at forcing a rubber match for all the marbles.

“We got punched in the mouth today,” said the 21-year-old Filipino-American big man.

“We can’t let this break us. Katulad nung sinabi ko nung isang araw about yung streak namin, it started from a loss. We’re gonna try to do the same thing as much as we can.”

UAAP86-MBB-UP-vs-DLSU-MIKE-PHILLIPS-7510 UP's convincing win shakes La Salle, Michael Phillips: 'We can't let this break us' Basketball DLSU News UAAP  - philippine sports news

It is one thing to lose – but another thing to lose this way.

La Salle’s 30-point drubbing was the worst defeat for any team in the finals in the Final Four era.

The Fighting Maroons were utterly dominant in the game, and it may be difficult for the Green Archers to find a way back.

However, Phillips is looking forward to the chance of bouncing back in game two.

“You gotta give credit to UP,” the 6-foot-8 opined. “They played a great game. They’re very physical [and] they wanted it more than us. That’s something we can take as motivation.

“Everybody hates this taste. Ayoko talaga yung lasa na ‘to, lalo na pag La Salle-UP. Pero, yun nga, Sunday naman.”

#ReadMore  UAAP 86 WBB: Clarin, NU wallop La Salle with 38-point romp for share of second
Written By

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

You May Also Like


UAAP’s reigning best setter and Finals MVP Joshua Retamar waxed hot for the NU Bulldogs not only in setting up plays but also in...


University of Santo Tomas’ sophomore playmaker Cassie Carballo embodied grace under pressure in orchestrating a five-set comeback win over Far Eastern University to still...


ADAMSON University ended its dry spell in the UAAP Season 86 Baseball tournament, dealing University of Santo Tomas its first loss, 14-8, on Sunday...


Ateneo de Manila University captured its sixth win to rise to solo second in the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Tennis tournament with a rousing...


Unsung heroes rose to the occasion for University of Santo Tomas to overhaul a two-set deficit to win via a reverse sweep against Far...


University of Santo Tomas preserved its immaculate record in the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Volleyball Tournament with a reverse sweep of Far Eastern University,...


Ramil Bation III and Orlan Togores linked up late to propel University of the Philippines past De La Salle University, 3-1, in the UAAP...


On the day that head coach Jerry Yee was suspended for the rest of the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, University of the...