MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin lamented the dearth of combat of his new-look defending champions after beginning their title protection within the. UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match.
The Blue Eagles couldn’t cease the Nationwide College Bulldogs, particularly within the fourth quarter, and fell to a 77-64 opening day loss on Saturday at Mall of Asia Area.
“We’re very disenchanted with our efficiency. I feel the phrases that imply a lot to Ateneans, One Massive Struggle, the phrase combat was ignored right now and that’s inexcusable,” Baldwin stated after having an extended discuss together with his workforce within the locker room.
Baldwin rued their 20-of-56 taking pictures and their defensive lapses because the Bulldogs shot 51% from the sphere and outrebounded them, 43-30.
“We didn’t do a great job contesting their threes and discovering the fellows that we knew had been good shooters comparable to Patrick Yu and Steve Enriquez and you recognize, you gotta do these items towards a great workforce. I feel they actually performed with a great composure right now, and we didn’t,” the Ateneo coach stated.
“We didn’t execute our offense as properly however actually once you hand over 51 p.c taking pictures to your opposition, you get outrebounded as badly as we received outrebounded, you’re not gonna win. And we received overwhelmed badly. And people are the numbers you’ll be able to replicate on and naturally, there’s much more beneath these numbers that we have now to try.”
Gilas cadet Mason Amos solely had two factors on 1-of-4 taking pictures in 17 minutes of motion, whereas Joseph Obasa was restricted to 2 factors from the free throw line, however Baldwin remained affected person together with his prized recruits.
“I don’t care. They’re rookies. They put in rookie performances right now. It’s inexcusable, however that’s what occurs. So once you say rather a lot’s been anticipated from them, you higher characterize who’s anticipating that and whether or not they need to be nervous about these folks anticipating. As a result of the expectation of us was they step up and do their job, which they didn’t do a great job of,” the Kiwi-American coach stated.
“However that’s what rookies do. And it in all probability will occur once more it simply higher not occur fairly often for the sake of our workforce.”
The four-time UAAP champion coach lauded NU coach Jeff Napa and the Bulldogs, whom he believed to be one of many robust groups to beat this season even earlier than the match began.
“Credit score to Jeff, credit score to the NU workforce. I advised everyone, that’s a veteran workforce. That’s a really very composed, strong basketball workforce and also you’re gonna say they’re gonna be up there on the finish of the season. We get one other shot at them within the second spherical, however we have now a variety of video games to play earlier than we get there,” Baldwin stated.
“They’d an amazing begin. They did precisely what we knew they had been able to doing, they attacked the rim indiscriminately. We did a horrible job staying in entrance of our males they usually received us in defensive rotations,” he added.
Baldwin and the Blue Eagles return to the drafting board as they attempt to bounce again of their rivalry recreation towards the De La Salle Inexperienced Archers on Wednesday, 6 p.m., at MOA Area.
“We’ll put together. We’ll do a recreation plan for La Salle. Hopefully, our gamers exhibit somewhat bit extra satisfaction and I feel they may. I feel I don’t like to make use of the phrase get up name as a result of we aren’t sleep, we simply performed badly,” the Ateneo coach stated.