UP ends 18-game losing streak, defeats UE 69-61
(SPOT.ph) After defeating the University of the East Red Warriors 69-61 yesterday, July 14, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons finally ended their 18-game losing streak, reports ABS-CBN News.
UP holds the record for second-longest losing streak in the history of UAAP basketball. Their last win was when they beat La Salle 83-78 in August 22, 2009. According to sports blogger Rick Oliveres, only Adamson University has lost more games in succession-35 straight losses from 1999 to 2002.
A relatively young team with six to seven rookies and a new coach, UE also lost key players Paul Lee and Ken Acibar this year. The lack of connection among the players was evident. UE lost possession of the ball 24 times, which the Maroons, in turn, converted to 22 turnover points. Despite trying to rally in the last quarter, chief Warrior Paul Zamar, one of UE’s few UAAP veterans, was unable generate enough response from his younger teammates.