MANILA, Philippines—After selecting up their largest win of the season up to now on the expense of defending champion College of the Philippines on Saturday, Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin believes the Blue Eagles nonetheless have loads of progress to make with the Last 4 simply across the nook.
“There are points of at the moment’s recreation that we need to see replicated within the playoffs however there are different issues, I consider, we have to enhance,” Baldwin mentioned after steering his squad to a 75-67 victory over the Fighting Maroons at Araneta Coliseum.
“Effort, depth, that reveals up on the boards. We bought our butts kicked within the boards at the moment, so that may’t occur,” he added.
UP received the rebounding battle towards Ateneo, 43-41, with the Combating Maroons additionally having 23 second probability factors as in comparison with the Eagles’ 12.
Carl Tamayo led UP in that division with 10 that went together with his game-high 20 factors.
Among the many positives, however, that Baldwin want to see extra from his wards come playoff time was their gutsy play within the second half that allowed the Blue Eagles to realize management of the sport.
“Our second half from a toughness standpoint was good. From an execution standpoint, nevertheless, we have to get higher,” mentioned Baldwin.
Dave Ildefonso anchored Ateneo’s second-half turnaround, scoring all of his 15 factors within the ultimate two quarters.
One other vibrant spot for Ateneo was the regular play of guard Gab Gomez, who stepped up within the fourth quarter when lead playmaker Forthsky Padrigao cramped up.
“Our mentality is that everyone at all times needs to be prepared. If you happen to get referred to as, it’s a must to be prepared,” mentioned Gomez, who performed high quality minutes ending with 5 factors and three assists.
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