UAAP: Left open, Harold Alarcon charges Ateneo with crucial 3s for UP

UP Fighting Maroons' Harold Alarcon in Game 1 of the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals.  –PHOTO UAAP

UP Fighting Maroons’ Harold Alarcon in Game 1 of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals. –PHOTO UAAP

MANILA, Philippines — Harold Alarcon seized the opportunity and hit two crucial triples that sparked the University of the Philippines’ big run midway through the fourth en route to a 72-66 victory that brought the Fighting Maroons closer. of the UAAP Season 85 Men’s Basketball Championship. on Sunday.

When Ateneo cut it to a two-point deficit in the payment period, 58-56, Alarcon stopped the bleeding with a corner three from Zavier Lucero’s block on Chris Koon’s dunk and capped a 10-run. 2 with a back triple to beat the shot clock and give UP a 10-point lead, 68-58, with 4:39 to go.

“Honestly siguro, hindi naman yung first option ko yung pag-score. Nagkataon lang na open ako so tinake ko lang, yun lang yung goal ni Coach Gold, pag open ka, tira mo. Tapos yung pangalawang three point ko naman, wala na siyang clocks, so, tinira ko nalang. Tapos naka-shoot,” Alarcon said.

(Honestly, it wasn’t my first option to score. I happened to be open, so I took it. And Coach Goldwin [Monteverde]The objective is to shoot when you are open. It was my second three-point shot, so I just shot the ball because the shot clock was expiring. He just walked in.)

In front of 18,211 fans, Alarcon was happy to step into his role and help his team with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. as the Fighting Maroons edged closer to their second consecutive title, they are trying to land on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“For us, winning the first game is a huge factor for us. We really need to win the first game to build momentum for the next game,” he said in Filipino.

But just like his teammates and coaches, Alarcon pledges to stay focused and get the job done in Game 2.

“Expect us to give it our all. We will do whatever it takes to get it in Game 2. We want to win back-to-back championships to give our graduating players a proper outing,” he said.

UAAP Season 85: UP Fighting Maroons

UP coach Goldwin Monteverde talks about their 72-66 win over Ateneo with Zavier Lucero and Harold Alarcon stepping up in the opener of the final to prepare to win another UAAP title.

posted by Inquire Sports Sunday, December 11, 2022

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