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

first_imgBaldwin 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “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.” Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japan Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneREAD: 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. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more