UP Maroons eager to get back on winning track, put midseason wobble behind them
UP coach Rensy Bajar and Falcons forward Jerome Garcia nearly collide in the sidelines. The two later had a heated exchange of words. Jerome Ascano

A TEAM building session just before the start of University of the Philippines’ second-round campaign has helped the Maroons right the ship in the UAAP season.

With the Maroons winless in five games and morale low, UP coach Rensy Bajar said the team gathered in a posh hotel on the eve of the match against Adamson in search for answers.

“Last night, we had a team building. Nag-usap-usap ang mga coaches kung paano uli namin makukuha ‘yung energy namin,” said Bajar.

Playing with energy and a new-found sense of purpose, the Maroons took down the Adamson Falcons, 89-84, to get back in the race for Final Four spots on a 3-5 win-loss record.

“This game is a team effort. Talagang collective effort lahat. Nagsama-sama kaming lahat to finally maputol ‘yung five-game losing streak," Bajar said.

[See UP Maroons snap out of skid with victory over Falcons]

Bajar admitted the five-game skid was tough for the team.

“’For three weeks, ‘yung emotions namin, sobrang baba. Kumbaga test sa amin ‘yung struggles not only for the players but for the coaches. Pinagusapan namin kung paano namin ‘yun mao-overcome,” said Bajar.

UP guard Diego Dario and Jett Manuel said the Maroons are ready to put the struggles behind them. But at the same time, they hope to learn from the experience.

“We are forgetting the first round, but at the same time, we want to learn from it,” Manuel said.

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