MANILA, Philippines – Nowhere to go but up! The longest active Final Four drought in the UAAP is finally broken.
After 21 dreadful years, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons secured a spot in the highly coveted Final Four of the 81st season of the UAAP men's basketball tournament.
With an all-important win over the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers, 97-81, UP finished with an 8-6 record in the eliminations, good enough for a 3rd place finish in the standings.
BREAKING NEWS. #UPFight!!! FINAL: UP 97-81 DLSU The UP Fighting Maroons are BACK IN THE UAAP FINAL FOUR for the FIRST TIME SINCE 1997! Congratulations! #UAAPSeason81 https://t.co/Xhl8xHe5NM pic.twitter.com/Nyz6QMELA5 — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) November 14, 2018 WE DID IT! The @upmbt is now in the Final Four! Let’s continue supporting them in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. #UPFight #ItAllBeginsHere pic.twitter.com/7ZenokGCXr — UP System (@upsystem) November 14, 2018 UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES CRASHES INTO THE FINAL FOUR AFTER 21 YEARS. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/jIFG81npil — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) November 14, 2018
Shortly after the historic win, UP fans took to Twitter to express their support. Keywords related to the game dominated the Twitter trending topics in the Philippines.
Twitter users also used the hashtag #16strong to show their support for the UP's men's basketball team.
AFTER 21 YEARS, THE DROUGHT HAS BEEN FINALLY ENDED!!! #UPFIGHT #16STRONG @upmbt pic.twitter.com/GnOV4HZpcW — hazel (@heytherehazelle) November 14, 2018 Congraaaats @upmbt!!! So happy nawitness ko itong panalong ito. #PUSO #UPFight lang hanggang sa Final 4!!! Goodluck sa game vs DLSU sa Wed. Sana makanood ulit ako. Last elims game! #16Strong @pauldesiderio18 @bright_bigtinzz @juan_swish9 @Jun13Manzo @javigdl22 pic.twitter.com/sCWgU264Z7 — jomar yap (@jumarjomar) November 10, 2018
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UP is in the Final Four
UP will face the Adamson Soaring Falcons in the semifinals, while the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles will go up against DLSU or the FEU Tamaraws.
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