MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin was fast to just accept that each one good issues should come to an finish.
Ateneo, the winner of the final three seasons, was dethroned by JD Cagulangan’s epic game-winning three in additional time as University of the Philippines ended a 36-year title drought with a 72-69 victory in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 82 males’s basketball Finals on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
“It was an epic game. I’m very proud of our team, but I acknowledge that UP’s fighting spirit was… it just felt like destiny. You know the shots they hit, those aren’t shots that normal teams make in normal games, much less than a championship game,” stated Baldwin after his group settled for a runner-up end.
“You just got to give a lot of credit to their players and their coaches and I wish that they enjoy this championship. They worked extremely hard for it, they had a great season. They had an unbelievable final series and you know, we just weren’t quite good enough when we needed to be good enough,”he added.
Baldwin stated “it’s a razor thin difference” between Ateneo and UP, who fought neck-and-neck of their three Finals Games, and shedding to Cagulangan’s clutch three-point shot with 0.5 left in additional time was a bitter tablet to swallow for the Ateneo coach and his wards.
“For Ateneo, a bitter pill, but we’ll take it and we’ll lick our wounds and say goodbye to an outstanding group of seniors and have a couple of weeks off,” he stated as Raffy Verano, Tyler Tio and Gian Mamuyac ended their UAAP careers with a runner-up end.
“We’ll be back on the court preparing for the next season.”
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Baldwin admitted it was very tough to play in a bubble atmosphere, the place they performed a compressed schedule.
“It was unfamiliar territory for the organizers, as well as for the teams. I also know that every team was essentially in the same boat. We all had to deal with the same difficulties as one another. I think that we didn’t get the best out of our basketball teams,” he stated.
“I believe that we suffered from a declining high quality of basketball because the season wore on since you simply don’t get any coaching classes through the season. You’re at all times in restoration in preparation for the subsequent recreation.“
But Baldwin burdened he doesn’t wish to take away this second for UP and coach Goldwin Monteverde, who additionally ended their 39-game win streak within the final recreation of the eliminations and their three-season reign.
“This was a great final and UP is a worthy champion,” he stated. “I want them properly for his or her celebrations, keep secure and , it’s all of their followers and supporters. It’s an incredible second in UP basketball historical past, and I believe all of us should acknowledge that for them.“
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