View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Well, advantage right now is in Ateneo. Why? UP’s going to be tired because of all the emotions and everything, it’s also tired physically,” said Pumaren who witnessed his team, which finished the eliminations with a 10-4 card, falter by an average of two points in the Final Four.“The way UP’s playing, with the crowd support, it’s like a typhoon surge and it’s hard to stop.”It was impossible for Pumaren not to notice UP community’s torrential outpour of support for the Fighting Maroons with majority of 20,944 patrons who packed Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday sporting a maroon shirt.“The Maroons won purely by heart and because of the support of the community, and that was very good for the UAAP.”But UP would need much more than heart when it faces Ateneo, which swept the Fighting Maroons in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It will be the first time in UAAP history that powerhouse Ateneo will take on University of the Philippine in the championship round of the men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Boxing on the ropes as IOC weighs Olympic future ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Blue Eagles are the defending champions after wrestling the title away from De La Salle in 2017, their ninth, while the Fighting Maroons went all out in Season 81 to reach their first finals since winning the championship in 1986.Ateneo reached the finals with a 12-2 record in the eliminations and an easy 80-61 win over Far Eastern University in the Final Four while UP had to gut through the preliminaries with an 8-6 card and do a little more in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Fighting Maroons had to overcome Adamson University’s twice-to-beat advantage and take a close 89-87 overtime win in the do-or-die to set up their bout with the defending champions.This tough road, Soaring Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren said, may have put UP in the disadvantage in the best-of-three battle starting Saturday.