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After UAAP finals win, Baldwin lauds La Salle: 'They set the bar'

MANILA, Philippines – Even as he basked in their triumph in the UAAP Season 80 finals, Ateneo de Manila University head coach Tab Baldwin remained in awe of how well their opponents, the De La Salle University Green Archers, competed in the best-of-three series.

The defending champions pushed Ateneo to the limit in the finals. The Green Archers stunned the Blue Eagles with a remarkable 21-point comeback in Game 2, then threatened to overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit in Game 3.

Head coach Tab Baldwin celebrates Ateneo's win. Mark Demayo , ABS-CBN News
Fortunately for Ateneo, Isaac Go knocked down a huge three-pointer that virtually sealed their victory with 24 seconds left to play. The Blue Eagles went on to win, 88-86, to claim the UAAP Season 80 championship.

Even so, Baldwin was full of praise for the Green Archers, who showed no panic in the face of another slow start and even trimmed Ateneo's lead to two points with just 48 seconds to play before Go's timely dagger.

"They never take the pressure off," Baldwin said of the Green Archers. "They're confident in their system – and that comes from Aldin (Ayo)."

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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