After 27 straight losses, University of the Philippines savored its first victory, routing Adamson University, 77-64, Saturday in UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Playmaker Miguel Reyes scored 28 points and swingman JR Gallarza added 24 as the Fighting Maroons erased a losing slump that lasted almost two years. UP last won in August 12, 2012 when it beat University of the East, 63-48.
“We are so very thankful to our other teammates who played and contributed well in this game,” said Reyes.
“We were insulted and felt disrespected by the hype of this game [UP-Adamson], but we’re happy we won,” said Gallarza, who also had six rebounds and three steals. “We really prepared hard for this win.”
Kyles Lao added 10 points along with six rebounds and four assists for the Fighting Maroons.
UP head coach Rey Madrid was not on the Maroons’ bench as he served the last day of his two-game suspension for accusing the referees of game rigging.
Reyes sparked the Maroons’ 12-0 run in the third quarter for a 52-32 bulge that ballooned to as high as 24 points, 60-36.
The best the Falcons could do was narrow the gap to 10 points in the final quarter.
Adamson is still winless after six games.