UAAP 82: Ateneo made sure to keep its emotions in check in triumph over UP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 29, 2019 08:38 PM
UAAP 82: Ateneo made sure to keep its emotions in check
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The first meeting between Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament was as intense as it could come.

In fact, in the third quarter, Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol violently reacted to a supposed non-call that he headed to the locker room even before game officials threw him out of the game.

That is exactly why for Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin, staying in the game was their first and foremost focus. "There was a lot of emotions in the game and we tried to keep the emotion out of it for the most part. Of course, it isn't always easy," he said post-game.

He then continued, "So I really credit the team, the boys because their composure was good."

Indeed, after Coach Bo was ejected, the defending champions only pressed harder on the pedal and even built a lead of as much as 27 points.

"When the tide turned, I thought our guys methodically stuck to the task," coach Tab said. "We didn't get carried away with the crowd and the emotions. After all, it's just a regular season game."

In the end, Ateneo scored no less than 20 points and allowed no more than 17 from UP in the last three quarters, turning the most anticipated matchup in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament into a mismatch.

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