MANILA, Philippines – Apart from the desire to halt a 5-game losing streak, the UP Fighting Maroons had one other motivation heading into their game against the Adamson Soaring Falcons: to win for injured comrade Jerson Prado.
With Prado's jersey number 20 taped on every Maroon's left shoulder, the team accomplished their goal with an 89-84 escape of the Falcons in the men's basketball tournament of UAAP Season 78 on Saturday, October 10.
"This game was for Jerson Prado," said co-captain Jett Manuel after the game.
The rookie Prado suffered a dislocated right knee and torn ACL and MCL ligaments, according to Manuel, after a bad landing from a rebound attempt during UP's first round encounter with Adamson on Sunday, October 4. (READ: UP Fighting Maroon Jerson Prado stretchered off after apparent knee injury)
The 6-foot-5 big man, who averaged 4.1 rebounds a game, will miss the remainder of the season.
UP improved to a 3-5 standing in the second round after they staved off a strong comeback attempt from Adamson. – Rappler.com