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UAAP: Left open, Harold Alarcon makes Ateneo pay with crucial 3s for UP

UP Fighting Maroons' Harold Alarcon in Game 1 of the UAAP men's basketball finals. –UAAP PHOTO

UP Fighting Maroons’ Harold Alarcon in Activity 1 of the UAAP men’s basketball finals. –UAAP Picture

MANILA, Philippines — Harold Alarcon rose to the situation and strike two vital triples that sparked College of the Philippines’ large operate midway in the fourth en route to a 72-66 earn that pushed the Battling Maroons closer to the UAAP Year 85 men’s basketball championship on Sunday.

When Ateneo minimize it down to a two-position deficit in the payoff period, 58-56, Alarcon stopped the bleeding with a corner a few from Zavier Lucero’s block on Chris Koon’s dunk and capped a 10-2 run with a stepback triple to beat the shot clock and give UP a 10-position guide, 68-58, with 4:39 still left.

“Honestly siguro, hindi naman yung very first solution ko yung pag-rating. Nagkataon lang na open up ako so tinake ko lang, yun lang yung purpose ni Coach Gold, pag open up ka, tira mo. Tapos yung pangalawang three factors ko naman, wala na siyang shot clock, so, tinira ko nalang. Tapos naka-shoot,” said Alarcon.

(Honestly, it was not my to start with option to rating. It just so happened that I was open up so I took it. And mentor Goldwin [Monteverde]’s aim is to shoot when you are open up. It was my next 3-pointer, so I just shot the ball because the shot clock was expiring. It just went in.)

In entrance of 18,211 lovers, Alarcon was happy to embrace his part and assist his team with 11 details, 4 rebounds, two assists and a steal as the Fighting Maroons moved nearer to their 2nd straight title, which they try to clinch on Wednesday at Good Araneta Coliseum.

“For us, winning game 1 is a substantial variable for us. We actually have to have to get game 1 to get momentum heading to the next match,” he reported in Filipino.

But just like his teammates and coaches, Alarcon vows to continue to be concentrated and get the career finished in Recreation 2.

“Expect us to give our all. We will do regardless of what it requires to get it in Recreation 2. We want to win back again-to-back again championships to give our graduating players a fitting exit,” he claimed.

UAAP Year 85: UP Fighting Maroons

UP coach Goldwin Monteverde talks about their 72-66 victory over Ateneo with Zavier Lucero and Harold Alarcon stepping up in Finals Match 1 to go on the cusp of profitable another UAAP title.

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Sunday, December 11, 2022

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