If the UP Maroons find their way to Japanese manga culture, they could be the equivalent of Team Shohoku.
UP fans liken underdog Maroons to Slam Dunk's Shohoku
Carlo Anolin (Philstar.com) - December 6, 2018 - 2:05pm

MANILA, Philippines – Are you familiar with the anime and manga series “Slam Dunk?” You definitely had that “childhood life” if you tuned in to the television right after you take off your school uniform.

For some fans, the similarities between University of the Philippines and the manga's protagonist team Shohoku are quite obvious.

After the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles bested the Fighting Maroons in Game Two of the UAAP Finals Wednesday, 99-81, the UP community took to Twitter and expressed their support for their school.

In the anime, Shohoku is the underdog throughout the season, the same as UP in its series against the Blue Eagles. On the other hand, defending champion Ateneo is most likely the Kainan in this battle, with both being powerhouse teams.

But some UP supporters begged to disagree. Ateneo might also be Ryonan, another crowd favorite team in Slam Dunk.

For context, Kuroko [no Basket] is also an anime series about basketball. But for this UP fan, this Finals series is definitely an episode of Slam Dunk.

This supporter is ecstatic for the next season, naming prized rookie recruit Kobe Paras as [Hanamichi] Sakuragi, the main protagonist in Slam Dunk. Ricci Rivero, a former De La Salle University star, will also suit up for the Maroons next year.

Ateneo may have won the crown anew but UP captured the hearts of its community. The Maroons’ runner-up finish is their best showing since they bagged the title in 1986, or 32 years ago.

In 1996 and 1997 however, the UP appeared in the Final Four but succumbed to University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University, respectively.

UP is definitely done being cellar-dwellers in UAAP basketball. Who knows, there could be an Ateneo-UP finals rematch in Season 82.

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