MANILA, Philippines — Inching a win nearer from ending University of the Philippines’ 36-year title drought, Ricci Rivero refuses to get forward of himself, vowing to return out with the identical mindset in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball Finals.
The graduating guard scored essential baskets and made well timed stops in time beyond regulation as UP surprised defending champion Ateneo, 81-74, in Game 1 on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
After placing the Blue Eagles, who dominated the final three UAAP seasons, on the point of getting dethroned, Rivero careworn the significance of retaining focus heading into Game 2 on Wednesday, at 6 p.m.
“I don’t wanna think about if we’re up by one game or not, or whether we’re up during the game or we’re down,” mentioned Rivero, who topscored with 19 factors, two assists, 4 steals and two blocks.
“It has to come from us, to really want it more, more than the other team for us to be able to get the win.”
As the one participant from the Fighting Maroons with a championship expertise — throughout his rookie yr at La Salle in 2016, the flamboyant guard believes that the Fighting Maroons need to deal with the following sport with out considering of their 1-0 lead.
“For me, minsan nagiging hindrance pa siya doon sa gagawin namin na dapat. Mas gusto kong isipin na 0-0 ulit kami after this for us to be able to have that good and right mindset coming to Game 2,” Rivero mentioned.
(Sometimes it could possibly be a hindrance to the issues that we must always do. I’d slightly take a look at Game 2 as 0-0 for us to have the ability to have that good and proper mindset.)
“It doesn’t really give us the confidence, like legit confidence that ‘Okay we’re up by one, we’re gonna win this.’ It’s not really gonna matter,” he added.
As they brace for a harder Ateneo in Game 2 on Wednesday, Rivero is aware of what this UP workforce is able to so long as they stick to educate Goldwin Monteverde’s system that already beat the defending champion twice this season.
“It’s all about us knowing how good the team is and what the team is capable of doing and achieving, as long as we just stick as a team, stick to each other and just trust coach Gold’s system. I think we’re gonna go through that game,” Rivero mentioned.
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