Underdog Eagles ‘not bowing out of the way’ for Archers
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2016 04:29 PM
UNDERDOG DAYS ARE OVER. While they consider themselves to be the underdogs, Ateneo will nonetheless give prohibitive favorite DLSU all they can handle.
Right after Ateneo de Manila University set up the so-called “Dream Finals” against De La Salle University, head coach Tab Baldwin made something clear.
“If they don’t see that we’re the underdogs, they’re blind. We are the prohibitive underdogs,” he expressed.
He was also quick to point out, however, “But we have some confidence that we take from having beaten them once.”
The Blue Eagles humbled the Green Archers, 83-71, in the second round. With that, the former became the one in the latter’s 14-1 win-loss record thus far in the tournament.
Still, the American-Kiwi coach made it a point to explain that across from them will be a different Taft-based team than the last time around. “Knowing that was a team that was a little bit complacent, being on a 12-game (winning streak), and knowing that was a team that had beaten us soundly before, we know that we’re not gonna see the same Green Archers in Game 1,” he said.
In Round 1, DLSU routed Ateneo, 97-81.
Nonetheless, self-proclaimed underdogs and all, the Eagles will go all out in trying to humble their archrivals even more. “I think that we have some momentum from the win (against Far Eastern University). We are going to stand in front of them and we are not gonna bow out of the way for them,” he said.
He also added, “We’re gonna bloody them just like I’m sure they wanna bloody us.”
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