PERHAPS the only thing more surprising than a 4-0 start for Ateneo is with the manner of how the Blue Eagles have taken those wins.
In those four wins, the Blue Eagles put up an average margin of 17.7 points, highlighting how dominant they have truly been to start the UAAP Season 80.
They were once again as dominant on Sunday afternoon after blowing past the University of the East Red Warriors.
But for coach Sandy Arespacochaga, as good as that winning margin average looks on paper, it’s something that they don’t really look at.
“We're not really looking at the outcome of the game in terms of points. I'm not saying I'm surprised, I'm not saying I'm not. I'm just looking at the game in detail and how we play, and how we perform,” said Arespoachaga.
“If we happen to win by a lot, thank you, but the most important thing that we want to see from our team is we'll be consistent, and hopefully the wins will come, whether it be by two points, or a big lead,” he added.
What’s working for the Blue Eagles so far is how consistent they have been to start the game.
Sure there would be times when this young team would look like their age, but generally in those previous matches, this Ateneo team has stuck with what its coaching staff wanted to happen.
“Even though we've had ups and downs in this game, we're happy with the consistency, I guess, more or less, from our team. It's not as much of a roller-coaster ride for us,” the longtime Ateneo assistant said.
“After this game, we're gonna take a look at film and see the things that we did correct, but most importantly for Coach Tab, he's a stickler for details, we're gonna look at things that we didn't do well,” he added.
Four wins out of four might be a good thing but they know that it’s a long way to go.
“There are e a lot of things that we can still improve on. We can't be complacent and, we can't think 4-0 na kami, we can't afford to think like that, because we've got a Wednesday game coming up against UST, and then we've got NU coming up,” Arespacochaga said.
“So we can't fall into the trap of looking and enjoying our record. We've got to stay focused on our next game.”