UAAP: Thirdy on Ateneo's upset loss: 'It's just the first game'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2018 08:32 PM
UAAP: Thirdy on Ateneo's loss: 'It's just the first game'
Thirdy Ravena and Ateneo are keeping their eyes ahead with 13 games still left in the season

Adamson University pulled off a shocker on defending champion Ateneo de Manila University to start the season.

With everybody from Jerrrick Ahanmisi to Jerom Lastimosa doing their part, the Soaring Falcons saw to it that the Blue Eagles’ title defense got off on the wrong foot.

While Adamson celebrated and everybody else was amazed at the development, Ateneo was still on an even keel. “It’s just the first game. Let them talk. We’re just here to improve every single game,” Thirdy Ravena told reporters post-game.

Head coach Tab Baldwin, calm and collected as ever, could only agree. “I can only congratulate coach Franz [Pumaren] and the team. I say we’ll see them in the second round,” he said.

He then continued, “Of course, (people) think there’s asteroids falling outside and the world is ending. We don’t.”

In the end, the Blue Eagles’ mentor said that, like he always says after losses, this is just a learning experience for them. “We have to keep our heads up and realize that we play basketball to play well. We didn’t play enough and those moments we didn’t play well enough, we have to learn from it,” he shared.

He then continued, “We have to try to improve that so that a different result will be there.”

First and foremost, Ateneo now knows better how to have a target on its back. As their head coach put it, “I told our guys that we said that we are everybody’s championship game. Now, we know what that actually means, what that actually feels like.”

He then continued, “Now, we have to live up to our word that every one of these games is the only one that matters. If we can do that, I think we’ll be fine.”

Indeed, the Blue Eagles only see the upset loss as a wakeup call. “We may or may not admit it, but this game really put us back on the ground. ‘Di ko sinasabing mayabang kami, pero with the way Adamson played, binigyan nila kami ng isa pang challenge na kailangan naming trabahuin,” he remarked.

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