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    UP surpasses win total from last season, but Manuel says Maroons want more

    Sep 9, 2015
    Jett Manuel says the Maroons are doing well because the players have accepted their roles. Jerome Ascano

    UNIVERSITY of the Philippines is 2-0 for the first time in a decade and has surpassed its win total from last season.

    But make no mistake about it, the Maroons’ thirst for wins is insatiable, says Jett Manuel.

    The Fighting Maroons came away with a huge victory on Thursday, upsetting La Salle, 71-66, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in a win of utmost importance to a school which has seldom tasted success in the UAAP.

    “It feels really good to win more than one game. We are looking for more wins,” said Manuel.

    “High pa kami,” said Manuel. “It was a total team effort. Maganda ang contribution ng buong team.”

    [See Jett Manuel powers UP Maroons past Green Archers and into early lead in UAAP]

    UP went 2-0 for the first time since 2005, and has won back-to-back for the first time since 2006. The Maroons also won against La Salle for the first time since August 22, 2009.

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    Manuel, returning to the squad after a two-year hiatus, came up with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Fighting Maroons in the win over the Green Archers.

    [See UP Maroons kick off UAAP season with a bang after turning back Red Warriors]

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    Manuel got support from Paul Desiderio and rookie Pio Longa, who had 13 and 10 points respectively.

    “We accepted our roles. I can’t stress enough the roles of the players, that’s what we played out today. It was a good outcome,” said Manuel.

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