‘Rookie’ Baldwin says he’s still learning all about the UAAP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 29, 2016 01:28 PM
‘Rookie’ Baldwin says he’s still learning all about the UAAP
ON THE JOB. Tab Baldwin admits that he has much to learn about the Philippines' premiere collegiate league.

Ateneo de Manila University was well on its way into setting up a Dream Finals against archrival De La Salle University last Saturday.

That was, until Raymar Jose and Monbert Arong willed Far Eastern University into setting up a do-or-die matchup for the remaining spot in the championship round.

The two graduating Tamaraws, along with reinforcement Prince Orizu, had 23 points in the final frame to outscore all of their opponents who only mustered 19.

Not making any excuses, Blue Eagles mentor Tab Baldwin was quick to admit that they had no answer for the heart the defending champions pulled out in the endgame. “We didn’t play with the same sort of composure and experience that we thing we have developed over the course of the season. It got away from us in the fourth quarter and we paid the price,” he said.

He was also quick to add, however, soothing the worries of the faithful over at Katipunan, “But we just have to make sure it won’t happen again.”

Indeed, Ateneo’s youngsters were unable to keep up with FEU’s battle-hardened veterans in the pivotal period.

Even former Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin fell short in again getting the better of champion coach Nash Racela.

The American-Kiwi pointed out that he is still in the process of learning all about collegiate basketball in the Philippines. “It’s going to be tough. That’s what everyone told me because I’m the rookie here,” he said.

The first-year mentor in the UAAP also added, “This has been a great learning experience for me and I’m still learning.”

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