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UP Fighting Maroons’ victory over Ateneo a thriller from start to end

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Posted at May 14 2022 01:42 AM | Updated as of May 14 2022 02:26 AM

In a game for the ages, the UP Fighting Maroons bested their Katipunan rivals in the best-of-3 UAAP men’s basketball finals Friday for their first championship since 1986.

Malik Diouf and company overcame a red-hot SJ Belangel, timely plays by Gian Mamuyac and the rest of the Blue Eagles with scorching runs of their own to secure the title, ending Ateneo’s 4-peat quest. 

The series went down to the wire with the scrappy Maroons only taking home the trophy after a gutsy, game-winning stepback 3-pointer in overtime from unlikely hero JD Cagulangan. 

Here are some scenes from the heart-pounding game.

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Ange Kuoame battles Malik Diouf for the rebound.

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Tyler Tio skies for the rebound.

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Gian Mamuyac wins the rebound against multiple Maroons.

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Coach Tab Baldwin talks to the Blue Eagles.

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Malik Diouf and Ange Kuoame fight for the rebound.

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JD Cagulangan goes for the reverse against Ange Kuoame.

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The Blue Eagles coaching staff reacts to a call.

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Ricci RIvero drives to the hoop.

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Andrea Brilliantes cheers for boyfriend Ricci RIvero.

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Gian Mamuyac goes up against Ricci Rivero.

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JD Cagulangan sells the foul in a drive to the basket.

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Ricci Rivero and Ange Kuoame battles for the board.

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Regular season MVP Ange Kuoame and Finals MVP Malik Diouf.

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The UP coaching staff reacts.

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Ange Kuoame battles Malik Diouf for the rebound.

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UP fans support the team.

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Ricci Rivero prays during the 4th quarter.

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Ange Kuoame questions a call.

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Malik Diouf goes for the dunk.

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Zavier Lucero and RIcci River celebrate after winning the game.

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UP fans support the team.

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Coach Tab Baldwin comforts graduating senior Gian Mamuyac after the game.

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UP fans support the team.

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The Ateneo Blue Eagles after the game.

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he UP Fighting Maroons celebrate after the win.

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The UP Fighting Maroons celebrate after the win.

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