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Baldwin not looking for a sweep, insists Ateneo takes one-game at a time approach

by Niel Victor Masoy, October 21, 2019 11:17am

While Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) stretched its winning streak to 12 games and is just two wins away from sweeping the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Men’s basketball tournament eliminations, Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin insisted they’re not out for the sweep.

Tiring as it may sound, Baldwin said the defending champions are just taking things one game at a time, instead.

“No (we’re not looking for the sweep),” said the Kiwi-Amercian mentor following his team’s 84-50 win over the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors Sunday at the Ynares Center.

“We’re just thinking NU (National University for our next game),” the renowned international coach added.

Baldwin stressed that spectacular performances or feats by any team in any sports happened because of those teams taking things one game at a time.

“For any team in this position things like undefeated seasons, sweeps, they happen because you take it one step at at time not because you make some grand statement about how good you are in front of a microphone,” uttered Baldwin.

Baldwin even cited LeBron James’ case when he joined the Miami Heat in 2010 and the National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar claimed Miami would win a lot of titles, but ultimately won only two out of ‘not just 1, not just 2, not just 3, not just 4, not just 5’ and so on and so forth.

“A parallel for me was I forever became a non-fan of LeBron James when he went to Miami and he said 'let’s have a celebration party' before they played the season because I thought... I didn’t think that he wasn’t capable of that. I thought that that set just a terrible precedent for everybody in sports.”

For Baldwin and the whole Ateneo team, they’re just solely focused on their match against the Bulldogs on October 26.

“Sports is about performance, not about bragging about performance. So we’re very much focused on what our next performance is gonna be.

"Hopefully, when we step up against NU, we’ll be prepared for that game and they will be the center of our attention and we’ll take care of business."

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