UAAP: Coach Tab doesn't care how people label Ateneo
Philip Matel on Sep 12, 2018 07:59 PM
What matters for coach Tab Baldwin is how his team performs.
Call the Ateneo Blue Eagles whatever you want. Coach Tab Baldwin doesn't care.
Following Ateneo's shocking opening day loss against Adamson, Baldwin said that people branded the team as losers. And now following an 87-79 win against neighboring UP, there is a big chance that people will call the defending champs as winners.
"Every time we go out we have to answer that question because that’s what our opponents ask of us. ‘Who are you?’ When we give an answer like we did last week, then all of you people label us losers. And rightfully so," Baldwin said after the game.
"When we give an answer like we did today, we have a very good chance of you people labeling us as winners. But it doesn’t matter to me no matter what you label us. What matters is how these guys actually play.”
The former Gilas Pilipinas head coach also pointed out that a lot of fight was lost in the defeat, and with it, made them realize that the boys from Katipunan need to step up no matter what the circumstances are.
"I’m happy with the fight that we had inside of us today. That was more evident than the game against Adamson. Whether that was the wake-up call from Adamson or whether it was the realization that the UAAP is a different animal than what we’ve been seeing through most of the summer and most of the offseason, I guess it doesn’t really matter,"
Just a three-point game at the half, 46-43, in favor of Ateneo, the team turned up the heat in the third to create some separation and led by nine, 67-58, by the end of the third and never looked back.
Thirdy Ravena meanwhile agreed with his coach's sentiments in taking no opponent lightly.
"Tulad nga ng sinabi ni coach Tab, we take it one game at a time. Every single game is a championship game. ‘Yung last game namin was bad, but we needed to improve from that."
"Coming into the game, mahirap kasi ine-expect mo lahat ‘to kada team ibibigay nila lahat para matalo lang kami. That’s why it’s harder to defend the championship than to win one. That’s the challenge, and I think my team responded well."
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