UAAP: Carl Tamayo is still confident in UP’s chances of winning despite losing game 2

UP Fighting Maroons star Carl Tamayo in Game 2 of UAAP Season 85. –UAAP PHOTO

UP Fighting Maroons star Carl Tamayo in Game 2 of UAAP Season 85. –UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — University of the Philippines star Carl Tamayo is confident in the Fighting Maroons’ chances of keeping the UAAP men’s basketball crown despite being unable to complete Wednesday’s sweep in Game 2.

Tamayo, one of UP’s brightest stars, helped his team bounce back from a 15-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter when he initiated a race to shorten Ateneo’s lead to just nine, 63-54, with the remaining score being 4:46.

But an important miss of Henry Galinato It turned out to be a drag as the Fighting Maroons scored just one point for the rest of the game as the Blue Eagles ended the series with a 65-55 win over 20,616 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Sinubukan is naming humabol sa laro. I think, kami dun is short,” said Tamayo, who finished with his teammate’s top 15 points. “[Pinagusapan namin] about the experience of salang namin, laban lang hanggang dulo, sabi ko.”

Tamayo may not be at his peak due to a nagging right ankle injury but he vows to continue to give his all to keep UAAP’s top spot as they play another 3-game tie, expected. ​will be another dramatic match-up.

“I think I got 80 to 90% in this Final. The coach always told me it would heal after the season. But I always try my best to overcome the pain because this is the Finals,” he said in Filipino. “At the beginning of the season, I had to battle with the psychological effects of the injury but as I went on, I found my rhythm again.”

Tamayo remains confident his team can finish another historic championship in Game 3 on Monday, the same way they did six months ago to end a 36-year title drought.

“We still have a chance in Game 3. We just have to do the right things and win the right way,” said the two-time champion of the legendary team. “We just have to stick to our system and our game plan.”

“I am confident with my teammates. We need to prepare and play properly and I think we will have a good chance to win the championship,” he added.

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