UAAP 82: Chabi Yo raring for another shot at champion Ateneo after narrow round 1 loss

Paul Lintag on Sep 11, 2019 02:07 PM
UAAP 82: Chabi Yo raring for another shot at champion Ateneo
Soulemane Chabi Yo was a problem for Ateneo as the UST recruit led all scorers with 25 points and 13 rebounds. (Photo by Arvin Lim)

UST is going after Ateneo and its UAAP championship.

Three games into the Season 82 men’s basketball tournament, the Growling Tigers have put the two-time champion Blue Eagles on notice.

UST pushed Ateneo to the near limit Wednesday before the champs survived for a 71-70 victory. The win pushed the Blue Eagles (3-0) to solo first ahead of the Growling Tigers (2-1).

Soulemane Chabi Yo was a problem for Ateneo as the UST recruit led all scorers with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Chabi earlier mentioned that the Growling Tigers will go after the UAAP title as early as now and the loss to Ateneo provided some key insights for the team as they move forward the rest of the year.

The Growling Tigers now can’t wait for their 2nd-round rematch against the champs, a game that’s already penciled in as a must win.

“Yeah, very excited [for 2nd round rematch],” Chabi said.

“We have to do that [assure a win] if we wanna be champions,” he added.

UST has to make sure the lessons learned in the Ateneo loss will be appllied starting next game however.

The key for the Growling Tigers is not to go undefeated but to make sure not to make the same mistakes later so they can win when it counts.

“It was a nice game. We tried to do our best, even if we have many rookies, 9 rookies, and we were facing the defending champion. We had a little bit of pressure but we fight and we were going for the win. But Ateneo is a very good team and have more experience than us, we had many mistakes,” Chabi said.

“We learned a lot, every possessions is important. Everything you are doing have purpose and you have to follow the system of the coach. Sometimes we don’t follow the system and make mistakes, but that’s part of being human beings. You just have to learn from it and fix it,” he added.

 

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