July 15, 2024


Exercise makes you strong

Ateneo still invincible but Baldwin wants more from the Blue Eagles

Ateneo's BJ Andrade. UAAP PHOTO

BJ Andrada: Content to make open pictures. —UAAP MEDIA

When additional, the Ateneo Blue Eagles proved themselves with out friends in the UAAP.

When more, coach Tab Baldwin remained unimpressed.

The defending champions racked up a ninth straight acquire right after dismissing University of the East (UE), 76-63, on Tuesday to remain undefeated in Season 84’s men’s basketball match.

The 1st time the two teams played this yr, the Warriors hung all-around for two-and-a-fifty percent quarters ahead of acquiring routed in the fourth. The Warriors have been in this one particular for a quarter, in advance of their offense was hamstrung by the Eagles, who yielded just 3 points in the next quarter to soar to a 38-20 guide at the crack.

“I’m not so delighted with it,” said Baldwin, the Ateneo mentor who has now led the Eagles to 35 straight victories all round, prior to introducing: “Because in the second 50 % we endured on protection execution and rebounds.”

“We taken care of UE particularly well or it’s possible well plenty of to acquire,” he included.

That is the coach of the group whose output in the first quarter matched what UE could cough up the complete fifty percent.

The Eagles led by as many as 23 points, fully commited just 10 turnovers and had helps on 26 of their 29 built subject aims. They did shoot poorly from the field (29 of 79, 36.7 percent) but drew a group-superior 19 factors from guard BJ Andrada, who was six of 8 from the ground, which includes five of 7 from beyond the arc.

Baldwin continue to observed cause for concern—and judging by the way two rivals performed, perhaps rightly so.

“We like to have the mentality of not softening up as we [rack up wins],” Baldwin claimed. “Because other groups are gonna occur proper at you. If we never [continue working harder] we make items harder for ourselves.”

UP’s warm streak

Two of people groups predicted to come at them are College of the Philippines, which is using a hot streak of its own, and La Salle. The two teams fashioned contrasting victories on Saturday, placing them at the heels of Ateneo.

The Maroons received an eighth straight game—they haven’t shed considering that bowing to Ateneo on opening day—as Zavier Lucero and Malick Diouf sent at crunchtime for a 73-70 victory around Considerably Japanese College.

The Tamaraws stumbled to 3-6 immediately after star rookie RJ Abarrientos skipped a opportunity match-tying triple at the buzzer.

“We are searching for a lot more consistency [and] we are finding there,” explained UP guard Ricci Rivero who had 19 points. “I’m just delighted with how we shut the recreation these days for the reason that a ton of periods we consider a major guide and [lose steam].”

Dumping buckets

Deschon Winston, in the meantime, fired a vocation-substantial 33 points as La Salle downed University of Santo Tomas (UST), 112-83, in the second activity.

The 6-foot-4 Filipino-American, who performed for Central Michigan College in the NCAA Division 1, dumped buckets at will on UST’s defense and could have scored additional had he not been pulled after a few quarters.

“The only dude who was able to halt him was me due to the fact I took him out,” said Archers coach Derrick Pumaren whose expenses improved to 6-3.

The Tigers absorbed their sixth loss against 3 wins.

Ateneo bought some time in for their next unit just after zooming over and above UE’s attain and the Warriors, through brothers Kyle and Nico Paranada, confirmed some battle and shut in at 51-40 late in the third quarter.

Star middle and national crew standout Ange Kouame finished with 14 details and 15 rebounds to backstop Andrada’s hot shooting.

“I credit rating the get to our preparing for the duration of the Easter split,” Andrada mentioned. “We executed nicely as a workforce. Me, I’m just pleased I made the open up pictures.” INQ

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