UAAP: Tab Baldwin unhappy after Ateneo win against UP

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Coach Ateneo Tab Baldwin plays against UP during the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

MANILA, Philippines—After his biggest win of the season so far against defending champions University of the Philippines on Saturday, Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin believes the Blue Eagles still have a lot of progress to make. with the upcoming Round 4 Finals.

“There are aspects of today’s game that we would like to see replicated in the knockout stages but there are other things, I believe, that we need to improve,” Baldwin said after directing his team. I come one 75-67 victory over Fighting Maroons at the Arena of Araneta.

“The effort, the intensity, it shows on the board. We were kicked to the table today so that couldn’t have happened,” he added.

UP won the rebound against Ateneo, 43-41, with the Fighting Maroons also having 23 second-chance points to the Eagles’ 12.

Carl Tamayo led the UP in that division with 10 points along with the top 20 of his game.

On the other hand, among the positives that Baldwin would like to see more of from his wards during the playoffs was their fearless play in the second half that allowed the Blue Eagles to take control of the game.

“Our second half from a difficult point of view was good. However, from an enforcement standpoint, we need to get better,” Baldwin said.

Dave Ildefonso made the change in Ateneo’s second half, scoring all of his 15 points in the final two quarters.

Another bright spot for Ateneo was the steady play of the keeper Gab Gomez, who started in the fourth half when leading midfielder Forthsky Padrigao struggled.

“Our mentality is that everyone has to be ready. If you’re called up, you have to be ready,” said Gomez, who played quality minutes with five points and three assists.

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