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UAAP basketball: Baldwin says Ateneo looked at Game 1 loss as ‘opportunity to grow’


Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin believes their Game 1 defeat was a “blessing” as the Blue Eagles had been in a position to do make the massive performs  down the stretch this time to drive a winner-take-all for the title in opposition to the never-say-die College of the Philippines.

The Blue Eagles refused to endure one other meltdown as they staved off the Combating Maroons’ late comeback to take Game 2, 69-66, within the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball Finals on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Area.

“I believe the loss in Game One, in a approach, is a blessing. And it’s a blessing as a result of you realize, we fail in life. It occurs to all people,” stated Baldwin after Ateneo bounced back from an 81-74 loss in Game One final Sunday. “We looked at that as a chance to develop. We looked at that as a state of affairs wherein we had to acknowledge we weren’t adequate.”

“The 2 video games had been so related, however the distinction in sport (two) was we made some large performs at the tip and sport one, they made large performs at the tip,” he added.

The American-Kiwi coach, who’s searching for Ateneo’s fourth straight UAAP championship, noticed the appearance of Goldwin Monteverde’s UP to the 2017 La Salle crew, led by Ben Mbala and former Inexperienced Archer-turned-Maroon Ricci Rivero below coach Aldin Ayo.

“Definitely the bodily toughness of up may be very related to the bodily toughness of La Salle the way in which they play bodily protection. However the UP crew is actually a terrific rebounding crew. And that is such a giant key I believe and profitable championships,” stated Baldwin.

“Statistically, we’ve been a really, superb robust rebounding crew this 12 months as effectively. We’ve had our palms full greater than had our palms full with UP. I believe they’re a greater rebounding crew than La Salle was. La Salle most likely shot the ball a little bit bit higher with (Aljun) Melecio and (Andrei) Caracut and these guys that had been uncommon, superb perimeter gamers.”

Baldwin and the Blue Eagles, who had been led earlier than by Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go and Matt and Mike Nieto, received their first championship in opposition to La Salle in Season 80 5 years in the past.

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UP coach Goldwin Monteverde speaking to Ricci Rivero. UAAP PHOTO

Like how he was impressed with Ayo, the previous nationwide crew coach lauded Monteverde’s prime quality teaching.

“In all honesty, you realize, I’m a giant Aldin Ayo fan. And positively, Goldwin is making me a giant fan of his as effectively, the way in which he’s teaching his crew and the way in which that they’re enjoying in large moments,” he stated. “It is a prime quality teaching employees led by Goldwin and nothing is like very very similar to the La Salle collection.”

Of their first Finals Game 3 since 2017, Baldwin anticipates an epic struggle and he hopes his Blue Eagles will give their all to make all their sacrifices this unprecedented bubble season.

“It’s powerful and if ever there was a flip of the coin, this sport three might be that,” he stated. “Heading into sport three, we’ve to put all the things that occurred for Game Two behind us now. And we’ve a complete new problem in entrance of us. No matter work we did, no matter sacrifices we remodeled the previous few days, they had been important. We must always anticipate to be dealing with the identical state of affairs.”

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