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The University of the Philippines, after winning just one game last season, will be aiming much higher when the Fighting Maroons attempt to prove themselves in the upcoming UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament under new coach Rensy Bajar.

Bajar said that the standard for the bonfire celebration will be raised considerably this season with nothing short of an appearance in the semifinal round worth the honor.

“Final Four talaga ang objective namin marating,” Bajar told InterAksyon.com.

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PBA legend Patrimonio joins UST coaching staff (July 31, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

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A legend has arrived in España.

Alvin Patrimonio, a four-time PBA MVP, has joined the coaching staff of University of Santo Tomas as the Tigers’ big man mentor for the upcoming UAAP season 78.

“I can see that they really want to improve,” Patrimonio told UST’s official student publication, the Varsitarian.

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MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) stalwarts Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia could have opted to chase their PBA dreams after strong individual campaigns in UAAP Season 77, leading the Tamaraws to a stint in the Finals.

Yet Belo and Tolomia also know that they have unfinished business in the collegiate league as they bowed to National University in the finals.

This season, they are determined to reach the top of the mountain.

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Jeron on La Salle's woes: 'Kaya pa naman' (July 31, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Jeron Teng. ABS-CBN photo

MANILA, Philippines – Former Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng believes the Green Archers can still be competitive in the upcoming season despite the decision of De La Salle University teammate Arnold Van Opstal to skip his final year of eligibility in the UAAP.

Van Opstal confirmed last week that he will not play in his final year of eligibility for La Salle due in part to a lingering Achilles heel injury "which has never had time to fully heal."

"Siyempre, I've known Arnold since my first year, and siyempre si Arnold naman, I respect his decision," Teng said. "Of course, he has to think of himself also, 'yung injury niya, and for his career din."

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New UP coach promises more than win (July 30, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

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No more one-win bonfires.

That’s the vow given by new UP coach Rensy Bajar as the Fighting Maroons continue to prepare for the UAAP Season 78 on September.

“Sa ngayon, medyo nakikita namin na hindi lang isa ang magiging panalo (With what we are seeing, we believe we can get more than just a win),” Bajar said.

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UP vs UE, Adamson vs UST open UAAP season 78 on Sept. 5 (July 28, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

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Host University of the Philippines seeks to start the season on a winning note as it clashes with University of the East on opening day of the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament on September 5 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

In a report by ABS-CBN Sports, the game between UP and UE is set at 2 p.m., immediately following the opening ceremonies presented by the Diliman crew at 1 p.m.

University of Santo Tomas and Adamson tangle in the nightcap at 4 p.m.

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Screengrab from Arnold Van Opstal’s Instagram account.

De La Salle University’s Arnold Van Opstal will forego his final playing year in the UAAP.

The Filipino-German center on Wednesday announced his decision on his Instagram account accompanied by a photo of him and teammate Jason Perkins celebrating the Green Archers’ championship in Season 76.

“It pains me to announce that after 4 of the best years of my life, my career in La Salle is coming to an end,” Van Opstal wrote.

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