After downing DLSU and FEU, coach says Ateneo can still improve
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 09, 2016 09:37 PM
LOOKING UP. After toppling the top two teams, coach Sandy Arespecochaga thinks Ateneo still has a lot of ways to go.
Ateneo de Manila University is on a four-game winning streak now in the stretch run of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament – and that still isn’t their most impressive feat.
The latest of those four wins came at the expense of erstwhile top two teams De La Salle University and Far Eastern University.
The Blue Eagles humbled their archrival Green Archers, 83-71, last Saturday before toppling the defending champion Tamaraws, 74-59, only four days later.
In both games, anything and everything were just clicking for the Katipunan-based team. Against once thought to be invincible DLSU, they imposed their will and erased any signs of “mayhem.”
They then implemented total team effort on both ends to overwhelm revenge-seeking FEU. They were so impressive that for the second straight game, little-known Isaac Go made much impact.
Talking after his 14-point, seven-rebound performance, the third-year center said, “It was a great team win. As you see in the stat sheet, everybody contributed across the board.”
He then continued, “Almost everybody who checked in scored, (almost) everybody who checked in got a rebound, everyone contributed on defense.”
Indeed, 11 of 13 Eagles contributed in the scoring column. Also 11 of the 13 Eagles collared at least one rebound.
And although they just got the better of the erstwhile top two teams, Ateneo is adamant that this is not yet their peak. “(Our players) have been improving and we hope we continue to see them grow. It’s a very nice feeling amongst ourselves, seeing the growth of every individual,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said.
He then continued, “But we’d like to think that we can still improve. We’re doing well, but of course, we’d like our team to continue improving.”
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.