MANILA—The University of the Philippines' (UP) 89-63 loss to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) is painful, but one staunch supporter remains bullish that the Fighting Maroons will bounce back from the crushing defeat.
"Yesterday's loss to ADMU was painful, but hey, at 5-2, we are still second after round one," businesswoman Robina Gokongwei-Pe wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
Gokongwei-Pe, a UP alumna and longtime backer of the basketball team, said she stuck it out with the Fighting Maroons even if the team went winless in the past seasons.
"Our company has supported the UP men's basketball team for the past nine years. Even if we went through so many 0-7's after round one and 0-14's at the end of the season, we still continued to support the team," she said as reported by sports website Spin.
"Because this is not about you or me. It's not about whether we win by one point or lose by 26 points. It's about getting the UP community finally together and getting them to support and cheer on, simply because we just darn love our school," she added.
Gokongwei-Pe, president and CEO of retailer Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc (RHHI), also mentioned the pressure UP head coach Bo Perasol was facing.
"Through these nine years we have gone through six coaches. As a head of a business I need not even explain what happens when you have six CEOs in nine years," she said.
Perasol lost his cool that led to his ejection from the first round game of UAAP Season 82.
Gokongwei-Pe called on supporters of the Fighting Maroons to remain upbeat as UP returns to action on Sunday for round 2, taking on Far Eastern University(FEU) at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"Let us not forget that last season, the UP mbt [men's basketball team] reached the finals after 32 long years, and I can't even remember the last time UP had a standing of 5-2 after round one," she said.
"Onward to round two! UP FIGHT!" she added.
The league-leading Blue Eagles improved to 7-0 with the victory, while handing the Fighting Maroons their second loss of the season.
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