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Coach Tab Baldwin thinks Ateneo was lucky, blessed to pull out win against UST
by Jim Lemuel Wilson, September 11, 2019 3:32pm
Ateneo de Manila University head coach Tab Baldwin believes that his team got lucky and blessed to beat the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 71-70, on Wednesday as the game could have easily gone either way.
The two teams engaged in a tight contest, especially in the second half. Late in the game, the Blue Eagles simply made key plays while Renzo Subido’s last-second three-pointer could only pull the Tigers to within one point at the end of the contest.
“We understood that game was gonna be a really, really tough game, and I feel very, very fortunate that we won the game,” the coach told members of the media after the game.
“That’s the kind of game that you can credit your team as much as you want, you can talk about character and toughness and pulling it out in the crunch, and all of that. But I think that every plot that you give your team the other team deserves the same, because that game could have gone either way,” Baldwin continued.
Baldwin also gave credit to UST head coach Aldin Ayo who, he said, did a great job rotating his players and running their system against the defending champions.
“We were very fortunate. And if you want to talk tactically, there’s not a lot in it tactically. I thought Aldin did a great job rotating his players, systems wise, they’re a handful to try and control in terms of their systems,” he shared.
Baldwin also said that his team’s improved rebounding in the second half helped the Blue Eagles a lot. He also gave credit to Pat Maagdenberg who came into the game to replace Angelo Kouame in the third quarter after Ateneo’s starting center committed his third foul.
“It was tough to lose Ange, I think right at the start of the third quarter, with his third foul. I thought Pat Maagdenberg did a great job when he came in. And that was pretty important for us that we have someone ready to contend [against] Chabiyo. Because Chabiyo, he’s a handful. He’s a tough competitor,” the American-New Zealander mentor said.
“So we’re blessed with the win. And no time to really take a break; [We have Far Eastern University] on the weekend and that’s where we have to get our minds focused now.”
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