Before we move forward, full discretion: I am an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas (UST). Not a hardcore Growling Tigers fan, by any means, but I have been to my fair share of games live. In hopes of canceling out any bias, our editorial consultant—who was once an Iskolar ng Bayan—is giving this a thorough run-through.
With that out of the way, the Tigers beat (or let’s just say absolutely mauled) the Fighting Maroons 89-69 over the weekend to force a do-or-die duel. If momentum continues to swing UST’s way tomorrow, the team will meet the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the finals—a matchup that’ll see the Tigers play the underdogs against the reigning UAAP men’s basketball champions.
If the Maroons ends up falling short this year, fans can find consolation in the fact that members of UP men’s basketball team—namely, Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, Juan Gómez de Liaño, and Bright Akhuetie—are still champions when it comes to posing with rides. Look:
All right, it’s slim pickings on Instagram when it comes to UAAP athletes and their cars. Understandable, considering these dudes are still pretty much kids when you think about it. But hey, whatever takes away the sting of losing, right, UP fans?
We kid, of course. This is all in the good spirit of competition. So, who do you think will move on to face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the finals? Let us know in the comments.