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For Ateneo coach Baldwin, what matters is the next game

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo de Manila University head coach Tab Baldwin shrugged off the Blue Eagles' failure to complete a sweep of the UAAP Season 80 elimination round, pointing out that their toughest tasks are still ahead of them.

Facing off against archrival De La Salle University in their final game of the elimination round, Ateneo squandered a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter, and were outplayed by the Green Archers in the final two minutes and 24 seconds of the game.

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
La Salle ended the game on a 10-0 run to take a 79-76 victory, giving Ateneo its first loss of Season 80. Thus, instead of advancing straight to the Finals, the Blue Eagles settled for a 13-1 record and the No. 1 seed, and the Final Four will play out in its traditional format.

"It's everything that we expected," Baldwin said of the contest. "It's a tough game. I think we didn't react well when they changed defenses in the fourth quarter."

Foul trouble – particularly to their big men – hampered Ateneo in the crunch time, and Baldwin was left to lament the "soft calls" that sent players like Chibueze Ikeh and Vince Tolentino to the bench during crucial moments.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/11/13/17/uaap-for-ateneo-coach-baldwin-what-matters-is-the-next-game

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