Believe it when coach Tab says Ateneo-UST 'will be a lot of fun'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2019 01:55 PM
Coach Tab says Ateneo-UST 'will be a lot of fun'
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Ateneo de Manila University and University of Sto. Tomas have, thus far, shared the spotlight in the earlygoing of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Both the Blue Eagles and the Growling Tigers are undefeated through two tries - and all of their victories have been convincing.

And as the two teams head into a clash on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin has nothing but high praise for UST. "This is the truth - I was so entertained watching his team. I love the way they play basketball, I really do. I mean, they just throw their head back and go full steam," he said.

He then continued, "If they're hitting shots, good luck. I don't think you'll beat them if they're hitting shots. I think you gotta play unbelievable defense against their pace."

The multi-titled mentor said that after his own Blue Eagles re-asserted their recent mastery over archrival De La Salle University.

That game, though, came a day after the Growling Tigers put the league on notice by taking some shine off of fancied University of the Philippines.

"My overall impression of them is they're just a lot of fun to watch," coach Tab said. "I think that's a great compliment from one coach to another. The players buy into the system and their discipline is outstanding so I don't expect anything easy on Wednesday."

Ateneo's tactician even went further in saying that UST is the team against which they have to make the most adjustments. As he put it, "Certainly, we have to make systemic adjustments before we play them and they may be the only team I've seen so far that I think that may be the case."

Of course, the last time the two teams went at it, Ironcon-UST shocked eventual champion Cignal-Ateneo in the 2019 PBA D-League.

That is exactly why when they go at it once more, it will, without a doubt, be an action-packed morning for just about everybody.

Coach Tab believes so. "I think it's gonna be a great game to watch, it's going to be a lot of fun for fans," he said.

He then continued, "Probably not so much fun for Aldin [Ayo] and I because both of us, our teams are gonna be pulled apart by the opposition. I know that they will, they'll pull us apart and we'll do our best in the next couple of days to be able to pull them apart."

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