UAAP 82: Baldwin admits Ateneo didn't know much about La Salle despite win
Paul Lintag on Sep 08, 2019 07:49 PM
“We just didn’t know much, we didn’t have any expectations of La Salle. We knew a little bit from a couple of their pocket games recently but we didn’t know a lot.” — Tab Baldwin. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Ateneo’s Tab Baldwin is a coaching genius, he does his homework and makes sure his Blue Eagles are prepared for every game.
However, in Sunday’s clash against rival La Salle, Baldwin admitted that he didn’t have much on the Green Archers.
That’s somewhat surprising since La Salle is Ateneo’s most bitter rival and their recent history includes a pair of Finals series.
“97 percent of the games I’ve ever gone into, I felt somewhat prepared for the opponent. I think that’s so important in my coaching philosophy,” Baldwin said as his Blue Eagles managed to hold off La Salle for a perfect 2-0 start in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.
“But we just didn’t know much, we didn’t have any expectations of La Salle. We knew a little bit from a couple of their pocket games recently but we didn’t know a lot,” he added.
It’s not like the Green Archers were a total mystery, they did suit up in the preseason.
But La Salle had a unit of Fil-Am players that came in late, and it was evident in the Green Archers’ Season 82 debut that perhaps they didn’t know how to utilize their own weapons properly just yet.
“I think the way the game played out you can say that they’re still learning as well about themselves because they tried a lot of different lineups and a lot of different combinations,” Baldwin said of La Salle.
“It’s tough to know a team when you don’t know all of their personnel and how they’re going to be used,” he added.
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