After bloody UAAP Finals opener, Baldwin says Game 2 ‘won’t be any different’

first_imgRead Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsEmotions poured into the court as the fierce rivals engaged in a highly-physical affair that even saw Matt Nieto incur a cut above his left eye after receiving an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala late in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaThe numbers also showed just how intense the game was as both teams were called for a combined 47 fouls. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japancenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I thought our fight, our tenacity, and our character were evident today and I think those are big factors,” he said. “But I don’t expect we’ll have to think any differently [of La Salle] going to Wednesday’s game. It’s the second battle of a long war.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Baldwin admitted the fouls affected Blue Eagles’ offensive rhythm.“We had a hard time. I don’t think we played fluid at all. I thought it was kind of a scrappy game and I guess in the cauldron of this whole atmosphere, that can be expected from young players, but generally, we don’t perform that well when it’s a scrappy kind of game,” he said.Ateneo, though, also benefitted from the foul-plagued game with La Salle’s Ben Mbala saddled by foul trouble and was limited to a season-low eight points.“I thought it was telling that Mbala and (Abu) Tratter played 57 minutes in this game and had eight fouls. (Chibueze) Ikeh and George (Go) played 38 minutes and had nine fouls, and we consider that a victory somehow. That’s crazy to think of that as some kind of victory, but when you play La Salle, it is,” he said.Baldwin liked what saw in terms of his players’ resolve is concerned but he made it clear that Ateneo shouldn’t rest on its laurels, especially with a chance to win the title on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter steering Ateneo to a rousing 76-70 win over La Salle in a rough-and-tumble Game 1 in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday, Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t expect the physicality to get any less intense in Game 2.“We anticipated that. You get that all the time with La Salle. La Salle won’t be any different on Wednesday. It would be silly to think otherwise because that’s their M.O. and they’re good at it. They push the rules to the limit and they push the referees to the limit,” Baldwin said.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img

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