UAAP: Ateneo's Coach Tab lauds La Salle for fighting 'til the end

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2018 08:22 PM
Ateneo's Coach Tab lauds La Salle for fighting 'til the end
Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin called La Salle courageous after their rivalry game

Ateneo de Manila University was actually trailing archrival De La Salle University by one point after the first quarter of their rivalry game on Saturday.

From that point, however, the Blue Eagles clamped down on defense and clobbered the Green Archers by a score of 38-20 in the middle periods.

The defending champions’ lead blew up by as much as 18 points and yet, their archrivals still kept coming.

So much so that at one point, Aljun Melecio had to lean against the barricade to get some sort of rest and Kib Montalbo put his fractured left thumb in danger to dive for a loose ball.

For that, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin had nothing but kind words. “They have very courageous players. They fought ‘til the end and I think that’s credit to (head coach) Louie [Gonzalez] and the coaching staff,” he told reporters post-game.

Along with that, Coach Tab lamented the fact that the full-strength Blue Eagles weren’t able to meet full-strength La Salle. “I feel bad for La Salle cause [Taane] Samuel isn’t healthy,” he said, referring to the Kiwi center who has been out since after the first game due to a Jones fracture in his left leg.

Nonetheless, the reigning and defending champion coach was nothing but happy about the performance put up by his boys. As he put it, “I was pleased with our defense. I think it’s a good way to win games – to be a good defensive team.”

He then continued, “It’s very hard for opponents to scout good defense whereas you can scout and scheme (for) good offense.”

And, as always, Coach Tab still saw much room for improvement for Ateneo. “We’d like that style, but there are still areas that we have to improve on,” he remarked.

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