THE University of the Philippines Maroons always had a hard time putting together a 40-minute game that was good enough to win in the UAAP.
But they sure know how to party.
Supporters came by the thousands on Saturday night when UP celebrated the long-suffering Maroons' first win in the UAAP in almost two years with a bonfire party at the school's famous Sunken Garden.
The celebration started among UP supporters in the Mall of Asia stands shortly after the Maroons' 77-64 win over the Adamson Falcons and continued on campus just before nightfall.
UP officials, team manager Dan Palami, coaches and some of the players led in the singing of the school hymn then spoke before jubilant supporters, the scenes mirroring - and even rivalling - championship celebrations in other schools in the past.
Also present was suspended coach Rey Madrid as well as acting coach Ramil Cruz.
The party continued long after the short program and stretched into the night as lights and sounds were set up around the bonfire.
And this for ending a 27-game losing streak in the college league. Imagine how the scene would be at State U once the Maroons end a championship drought that goes all the way back to 1986.