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    No bitterness from Baldwin after close Ateneo loss: '(Ochea) hit a tough shot'

    Sep 18, 2016
    Tab Baldwin says Ateneo needs to learn from the loss to Adamson. Jerome Ascano

    ATENEO consultant Tab Baldwin hopes the tough loss against the Adamson Falcons on Sunday will serve as a lesson that will make the Blue Eagles better in the long run.

    The Blue Eagles had a 10-point lead going to the fourth but a tough Adamson defense was able to turn the tide, limiting the Katipunan-based squad to five points the rest of the way to set the stage for the Falcons' 62-61 win.

    "Great game, we'll learn from that. We need to learn. We're a young team, as we keep saying week after week. This is what young teams do." Baldwin said.

    "These past experiences I hope the players take them on board, and we get better from that."

    Baldwin heaped praise on the San Marcelino-based squad, saying the team simply played great basketball especially on the defensive end.

    "You gonna give Adamson a lot of credit, I mean that's a good basketball team. We fought toe-to-toe today and that's great basketball. It's fun to watch. It's fun to be a part of," the national team coach said.

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    "In the fourth quarter, they did a great job defensively on us so we made a few mistakes in terms of rushing some shots in some possessions, and turning the ball over a few times."

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    Baldwin also believes that Ateneo played great defense in the final Adamson play that led to Dawn Ochea making the last-gasp winning basket.

    "Ochea you know, big two points, so I didn't think our defense was bad in that last possession," the Gilas coach said. "We fouled when we needed to and ran it down and he just really hit a tough shot and we missed the one we needed to make."

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