Heated Ateneo series has prepared Baby Tams for NU
Paul Lintag on Feb 20, 2017 09:46 AM
The Baby Tams are coming for the champs.
Unlike other teams, the FEU-FERN Baby Tamaraws relished the fact that their heated Final Four series against the Ateneo Blue Eaglets actually went the distance.
That's because with a championship showdown against the Nazareth School of National University coming up, the Baby Tams needed all the experience it could get.
Considering the Bullpups have made the UAAP Finals for six straight years, FEU really needed a crash course on how to compete on the big stage. Playing Ateneo accomplished that.
"NU is a veteran team eh. Swerte namin itong series na to, dumaan sa [butas ng] karayom," head coach Allan Albano said after his Baby Tams won a dramatic do-or-die game Friday to advance.
"I think it's a good experience dito sa series na to going to NU," he added.
Parading a new team that is nowhere near the last FEU squad that made the Finals and won the title against the Bullpups in Season 75, Albano is not thinking about fatigue right now.
What's on his mind is his squad ready to take on the defending champs in what should be a great series.
"It's a blessing sa playoffs na humaba. Pinatibay yung mga players ko for the championship. Para alam ng players ko kung paano maglaro pag end game," he said.
While the NU high school dynasty may sound imposing, FEU is still coming in with supreme confidence especially since the Baby Tams are the only team in the league to own victories against both the Bullpups and the Adamson Baby Falcons.
That alone is reason to believe that this current batch of brave young Tamaraws are not going to simple roll over in the face of the NU juggernaut.
"Malaking bagay yun na tinalo namin sila sa second round. Pero Finals, tapon na lahat yun," Albano said.
"Goal is to win the championship. Two games or three games basta ang goal is to win the championship," he added.
Game 1 of the best-of-3 Finals between NU and FEU for the UAAP Season 79 Juniors basketball title is set for Tuesday at the San Juan Arena at 2 p.m. and will air live on S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream.
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