In his final game for the UP Maroons, Jun Manzo has no regrets fouling out

Nov 13, 2019
PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

HIS last game with the University of the Philippines may not have gone like he imagined, but Jun Manzo wouldn't have it any other way.

The senior guard, considered one of the key players for the UP Fighting Maroons, fouled himself out of the game for teammate Bright Akhuetie. UP was leading by four points, 63-59, when Manzo committed the foul with 2:33 minutes left in the game.

He confessed he wasn't aware at the time that it was already his fifth.

"Ginawa ko yon kasi nakita ko si Bright nakahiga, pero di ko in-expect na fouled out na pala ako," he said. "Akala ko three fouls pa lang ako. Pero hindi ko pinagsisisihan 'yon kasi kahit na alam ko yung 5 fouls na ako, 'yon pa rin ang gagawin ko, kasi family ko si Bright and hindi ko hahayaang may mangyari sa kanya."

Despite UST's victory, 68-65, Manzo delivered 12 points and five rebounds for the Fighting Maroons before the incident.

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And while he won't be suiting up anymore for the Diliman-based squad, he believes they're capable of giving more in the near future.

"Sana makuha na nila 'yung chemistry na hinahanap namin. Sana ituloy nila yung winning mindset and attitude nila and magpatuloy pa rin yung pagpasok nila sa final four," he added.

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