Coach Tab sees Ateneo shifting to Kouame-led game plan

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 24, 2020 03:31 PM
Coach Tab sees Ateneo shifting to Kouame-led game plan
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Ateneo de Manila University will look very, very different for its title defense in UAAP 83.

Moving forward minus Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt, the Blue Eagles will have brand new leaders for next year.

In particular, head coach Tab Baldwin envisions Ange Kouame having an even bigger role. "I think we've developed a very strong frontline obviously anchored by Ange Kouame. I think we've been dominated over the past years by our guard play so next year, I expect to see our team to have a greater emphasis on inside play," he said in the inaugural episode of Coaches Unfiltered.

Alongside the 6-foot-11 Ivorian tower, the blue and white also count Chew Daves, Pat Maagdenberg, Troy Mallillin, Will Navarro, and the returning Raffy Verano in its frontline.

And all that talent will also be key for Ateneo at the other end. "As far as defense, I think that we have already developed a bigger, more athletic interior, again, anchored by Ange Kouame. That means that we're going to put more and more pressure on the perimeter and force people to attack the rim where we think our greatest defensive strength is," its brilliant tactician said.

Who knows, the Blue Eagles may very well even put on something that has won a championship or two for the likes of Phil Jackson and Tim Cone. As Coach Tab put it, "Also, I'm thinking about re-introducing the triangle offense. I've always liked it."

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