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UP team manager promises 'bonfire celebration' if Maroons end losing streak against Adamson


Dan Palami also serves as team manager of the Fighting Maroons. KC Cruz


University of the Philippines basketball team manager Dan Palami said that the team will throw a bonfire celebration if the Fighting Maroons bring home a win against Adamson University in UAAP Season 77 action on Saturday.
 
Palami said that UP Diliman chancellor Michael Tan has agreed to hold a celebration if the team snaps its 27-game losing streak, including the first six games this year, dating back to Season 75. UP's last taste of triumph came against University of the East in 2012.

Bonfire parties, such as those thrown by neighboring Ateneo de Manila University, are usually reserved for UAAP championship celebrations.
 
The UP community is hopeful for a win against Adamson, a rookie-laden squad that has also lost all its game so far this season. 
 
The Falcons (0-5) also posted the record for the lowest scoring output in the post-war era when National University handed them a 65-25 destruction last July 30.
 
Should the Maroons lose on Saturday, Palami said the promise of a bonfire is still on until they finally bag that first victory.
 
"Hopefully that will be added motivation for them," he said.
 
Madrid suspension
 
UP will be playing once more without coach Rey Madrid, who was given a two-game suspension by the UAAP board following his game-fixing accusations over the media.
 
When asked for a comment, Palami said that the coach realized the importance of controlling his emotions during post-game press conferences. Madrid missed the Maroons' loss last Wednesday to La Salle.
 
"I'm sure he regrets the fact that he had to publicly disclose his displeasure over the refereeing," Palami said. "Not just publicly discose, but in a manner that is actually unacceptable." — JST, GMA News
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