first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrimming with talent, University of the Philippines is not a team to be messed with beginning this coming UAAP season and for the years to come.With the addition of prized recruits over the last couple of years, UP is primed to end its seemingly interminable Final Four drought, a position where Bo Perasol had envisioned the team would be two years ago when he was appointed head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “If I talk about the vision, it’s actually happening, but the results have yet to happen because nobody can assure any championship or Final Four in basketball,” Bo Perasol said on Tuesday.“When we started this what we really wanted is to just have a good chance of being there. Of course, people are gonna say, ‘You’re gonna win the championship.’ We want that to happen and we want to encourage our community to believe in that,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPerasol needed only one season to somehow make the UP community believe that he could turn the Fighting Maroons fortunes around after having one embarrassing year after another.In Perasol’s first year at the helm, the Maroons finished the season in sixth place with a 5-9 record which was already a big improvement considering that the team won five games out of the possible 51 in the last four years prior to his arrival. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I want them (UP community) to be there, I want them to be involved just like when you talk about Ateneo and La Salle that when you talk about being in the Final Four, it’s automatic that you have to be there and I want that to happen for UP also,” he said.The expectations are high and Perasol is embracing the challenge.“There’s pressure but that’s excellence and that’s what UP should stand for.” LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UP continued to make progress in Perasol’s second season with the team as it came just a game short of making the Final Four with a 6-8 mark.With added experience, the Fighting Maroons are built to contend not only for this season but also in the years the follow.“We built this program two years ago for the next two years which means it’s a four-year program so we’re going to have a strong team this season and the next,” he said.“What I don’t want to happen whether I’m here or not, I want this program to continue on just like other programs where the even if some players are gone, there will be others next in line,” he added. “That’s why we wanted to get Ricci (Rivero), J-Boy (Gob) or Will (Gozum) or the young ones and then, we have to plan again how to fill those spots two years from now.”Perasol also wants to set a high standard for UP where the short term goal is always to reach the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lue says Cavs not motivated by underdog status Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View commentslast_img

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