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Back to the drawing board for Baldwin, Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines – Losing has become a thoroughly unfamiliar feeling for the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles.

They won their first 13 games of the UAAP Season 80 elimination round, a run of success that included an impressive victory over archrival De La Salle University, the defending champion.

Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin file photo. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
But their aura of invincibility was shattered last week, when the Green Archers got back at them in their final elimination round game. Ateneo squandered a double-digit lead in that contest, and was outplayed by La Salle in crunch time.

The question, following that result, was how Ateneo would respond to their first loss. Their coach, Tab Baldwin, was still upbeat: a sweep of the elimination round, after all, had never been the goal for the Blue Eagles. Moreover, they still had the No. 1 seed and a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four.

Well, that twice-to-beat edge is now gone, too. Ateneo followed up their first loss of the season with another – bowing to Far Eastern University, 80-67, in the Final Four on Sunday.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/11/20/17/uaap-back-to-the-drawing-board-for-baldwin-ateneo

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