UAAP Season 82 Finals: Blue Eagles entire ‘dream season’
By Mark Escarlote on Nov 21, 2019 08:47 AM
Heading into UAAP Period eighty two, Ateneo de Manila College head coach Tab Baldwin understood that he nonetheless had the identical supplies that brought the Blue Eagles achievement in the last two decades.
Then they started out piling up victory right after victory in the elimination spherical.
Then arrived the elimination round sweep. Fourteen straight wins that propelled Ateneo straight to the very best-of-3 Finals.
Then the prospect of finishing a uncommon match sweep – a feat that would surpass the fourteen-video game domination of College of Sto. Tomas back again in 1993 – for a 3-peat was inside of get to.
But Baldwin as considerably as possible tried using to avert his crew from chatting about a sweep.
“Sixteen and year. It definitely is one thing that we dreamed about,” reported Baldwin. “We didn’t converse a large amount about it because we hardly ever wished to set that as a aim.”
At minimum until they completed the feat Wednesday as Ateneo completed off the Growling Tigers, 86-79, for a perfect 16- end in the men’s basketball tournament in Video game 2 of the sequence at the Shopping mall of Asia Arena.
“But I know that the gamers notably dreamed about it and it is a aspiration time to go by,” Baldwin explained. “Unblemished and to be equipped to say that each just one of all those 16 game titles no staff was improved than us.”
“You have to guard in opposition to vanity. You have to guard in opposition to overstating what is anything that is really fantastic,” he added.
The Blue Eagles tactician credited his crew for all the difficult work they set up the full year.
“Working with these men each day make me a better particular person for the reason that of the top quality of their character, because of the work charge that they have that humbles me,” he stated. “Consider me there’s a ton of evenings that I go residence and feel bad about the calls for I set on these fellas and from time to time the way I do it.”
“I know I’m not generally the nicest dude in the home. It is quite humbling when these gentlemen sacrifice their egos, sacrifice their time,” Baldwin included. “They lay it out there each day and I believe it is the final result of that.”
Sweeping the period was not easy. It may possibly search like it was but Baldwin would attest that it was not.
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