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Harnessing Last Season’s Loss: Harold Alarcon Leads UP to Victory in UAAP Finals

Harold Alarcon.–MARLO CUETO/

“Siguro yung nakuha ko last season individual kasi halos lahat last season and nakikita halos kami lahat. Ngayon, team effort na. Yung trust andon sa bawat isa,” he said.

(What we learned last season was we were more of individuals. Now, we’re showing [a good] team effort. The trust is there.)

Leading a team with several newcomers, Alarcon always makes sure that he guides them through his actions in practice and games so they will follow his lead.

“I’m guiding them through my actions. If they see that I work hard in practice, they follow. I also give them a constant reminder not to let up,” he said.

After a rousing performance, Alarcon reminds his teammates that the job is not done knowing that in the Maroons’ previous two finals appearances, they lost in Game 2.

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Alarcon hopes to recapture the crown this season and redeem themselves from last year’s heartbreak as the Fighting Maroons try to complete a series sweep on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.