UAAP: Coach Tab could only smile at coach Franz after Ateneo fell to Adamson
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2018 06:09 PM
Coach Tab Baldwin and Ateneo were at the wrong end of an upset by coach Franz Pumaren's Adamson in the opener of the UAAP Season 81
Last Sunday, Adamson University got the better of Ateneo de Manila University to open the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
That means that likewise, on that day, Soaring Falcons’ mentor Franz Pumaren got the better of Blue Eagles’ head coach Tab Baldwin.
Having been preparing for three months, Adamson took it to Ateneo and came away with an upset win.
Post-game, coach Tab had this to say about his counterpart: “No, I don’t like coach Franz at all.”
Of course, the reigning and defending champion coach was just joking.
In truth, the Blue Eagles mentor had nothing but good words for the tactician of the team that had just beat them. “You ask me how I feel about coach Franz? He’s a good guy and he’s a good coach,” he told reporters.
Coach Tab then went on to applaud how prepared the Soaring Falcons were. “Coach, he’s got so much experience. He’s a successful coach so it’s foolish for everybody to think that he isn’t gonna do a good job preparing his team and they’re not gonna come out and play well,” he said.
Between them, Pumaren and Baldwin have six UAAP championships.
And as the former came away with the win, the latter could only be gracious in defeat. “That’s why you saw me smile at him right after the game. It always hurts to lose, but that’s my comrade in arms right there (as a coach) so I gave him a wink and a smile and I told him, ‘You were better today,’” he shared.
For Ateneo and their coach, the loss will only serve as fuel to their fire in their title defense. As coach Tab put it, “We just move on. We just figure out how to be better than they are being better. It’s not complex.”
He then continued, “I don’t dislike (coach) Franz ‘cause he beat us today. I compliment him. I acknowledge what he did.”
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