The UE Red Warriors is eyeing for a final four slot and ultimately wants to bag the championship of the much awaited UAAP season 76. If you will recall, UE is one of the powerhouse team back in the 80’s. Their last championship for the UAAP was in 1985 where they were coached by Boysie Zamar. The good news is that in this season coach Zamar will be returning as the head coach for UE.
Coach Zamar stressed that he wants to surpass what former UE Red Warriors, Ronald Tubid, Paul Lee, Elmer Espiritu, and James Yap had done in their time. And according to their veteran center Chris Javier, they want to bring back the glory that was once belonged to their team. It seems that UE’s line-up for this season is all fired-up for the upcoming games.
You may remember that in the last season 75 of the UAAP, UE played decently but was unable to make it to the final four of the league because of some crucial losses to Adamson, NU, FEU, and UST. But they have defeated Ateneo with a 2-point win in the last season.
We can attribute this win to Ateneo to 2 factors; this can mean that the UE team have the potential to regain its lost glory and come back strong in the next season, or the Blue Eagles just played poorly in that particular game which makes the lose to UE. The former would be the best for UE Red Warriors.
With the return of John Noble as forward, Lord Casajeros, and forward-center RR De Leon, this can very well be the team that will rocket them to the final four. UE Red Warrios team was not included in the final four for the last 3 seasons and according to them, this is the time for their much anticipated comeback.
But many UAAP enthusiasts say that in order for the UE Red Warriors team to dominate the league this season, they must play as a team and not rely heavily on only two players; Sumang and Mamie. We all know that Sumang is one of the best if not the best point guard in the league and Mamie is definitely not a player that you will take for granted. The combination of these two will be a big threat for other teams.
Mamie should improve on his overall skills if he wants to beat UST’s Karim Abdul. Although Karim is more skilled than Mamie, he has an advantage in the weight and speed department. Mamie has quicker steps compared to Karim and he is about 20 pounds heavier. This can be a big advantage for Mamie of he uses it properly.
On a final note, Roi Sumang said, “Sawa na ako matalo”, which translates to more exciting and action packed games to other teams this season. The season 76 of UAAP will prove to be the most exciting season in its history. We will witness this come June 29, where UE Red Warriors will face FEU in the opening day at the MOA Arena.
UAAP Season 76 UE Red Warriors Team Roster
|4||Luis Adrian Vinci D. Pujante||PG||San Beda College|
|5||Dan Irvin D. Alberto||PG||5' 10"||160 lbs.||2nd||Divine Word Academy of Dagupan|
|6||Shej Roi R. Sumang||PG||5' 8"||150 lbs.||3rd||Colegio de San Juan de Letran|
|8||Jhon Rey C. Sumido||SF||6' 2"||180 lbs.||5th||Iloilo Central Commercial HS|
|9||Adrian M. Santos||SF||6' 3"||185 lbs.||4th||University of the East|
|10||Lord Howier M. Casajeros||SG||6' 1"||175 lbs||5th||University of Perpetual Help|
|11||Christopher Joyce F. Javier||PF/C||6' 5"||195 lbs.||3rd||San Beda College|
|12||Nett Charles H. Mammie||C||6' 7"||250 lbs.||1st||St. Anthony's School for Boys|
|14||Ivan Jeric S. Hernandez||PF/C||6' 5"||195 lbs.||3rd||University of the East|
|15||Pedrito D. Galanza, Jr.||SF||6' 2"||175 lbs.||2nd||University of Manila|
|17||John Michael D. Noble||SF||6' 3"||185 lbs.||5th||Colegio de San Juan de Letran|
|19||John Carlo R. Duncil||PG||5' 7"||145 lbs.||3rd-Trf.||University of the East|
|20||Gino A. Jumao-as||SF||6' 3"||185 lbs.||1st||San Sebastian CollegeRecoletos|
|21||Jairold T. Flores||SF||6' 2"||180 lbs.||Final Yr.||Iloilo Central Commercial HS|
|22||Ralf S. Olivarez||SF||6' 2"||180 lbs.||Final Yr.|
|Leo A. Guion||PG||Rookie||Hope Christian High School|