UAAP: James Spencer returns for final year with UP

James Spencer UP Fighting Maroons UAAP

James Spencer. UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — James Spencer will return for his final year with the University of the Philippines after losing to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 85 Men’s Basketball Finals.

Spencer went all out in Wednesday’s win-all game with 14 points built on four three-pointers to keep the Fighting Maroons afloat but the Blue Eagles still won, 75-68 and reclaimed their previous title. 21,814 fans at the Araneta Smart Arena.

After playing four UAAP seasons, the Filipino-Australian winger was quick to express his desire to return and end his collegiate career by redeeming the Fighting Maroons after a final defeat. conclude.

“Yeah. I mean, I’ve been playing this whole season because of injury so I want to go home and fix that, but that takes a long time and then, yeah, back to everyone, ” said Spencer, who was with Zavier Lucero after the loss.

Losing the championship was a hard pill to swallow for Spencer, who believed that the Fighting Maroons were a “very talented team” that failed to reach their full potential.

“I still feel weird when we lose. I think we are a super talented team. Very talented team. I think it’s just that sometimes, we have a hard time taking advantage of that and using all the pieces correctly. Move the ball, he said.

Spencer said it’s hard to play two seasons in one year but he promises that the Fighting Maroons will draw on all the lessons and experiences they’ve gained during this unprecedented time to come back stronger in the future. Section 86.

“There is a lot of work, there are two seasons in a year. That’s not how we wanted it to end,” he said. “But I’m not going to let that take away all the lessons we’ve learned and all the experiences we’ve had, as Zav said, all the friendships we’ve built that are what we will bring with us. These people will go their separate ways and it’s a hell of a ride.

As they need a much-needed respite, Spencer looks to take advantage of the new season to show a better version of himself and his team as he enters the final chapter of his school career. college next year.

“Finally we will have a whole season so there will be more time with the group. More time to build chemistry. I think we’ll be fine. We will be back there again,” Spencer said.

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