Ateneo taking it one game at a time even as talk of rare UAAP sweep grows louder
The Blue Eagles are four wins away from an elims sweep, but assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga (right) says they are taking it one game at a time. Marlo Cueto

ATENEO coaches are hoping to keep the Blue Eagles focused on each game even as talk of a sweep starts to get amplified.

The Blue Eagles made it 10 straight wins after edging the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, fueling talk of earning an outright finals spot. But Ateneo coaches noted a sweep is four games away and there is much work to be done.

 "We are not looking at that," said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga when asked about going for 14-0.

"Our focus is on each game. A lot of things can still happen. There is a possibility but that's not our focus and that's not our goal. Our goal has been improving each game."

The Blue Eagles, however, have not been as dominant as the first round and they trailed at halftime for the second straight time this season.

 

"I don't think we underestimated them. This is a strong team (FEU). This is a legit Final Four team. We can't take this team for granted," Arespacochaga said.

Arespacochaga said the two halftime deficits, the first one against National University, are a sign that teams are now preparing hard against the Blue Eagles, and not complacency on their part.

"We have to remain humble. We don't want to tell our players that they are leading because we don't want to tell our players that they are leading because we are taking them for granted. Our opponents are coming up with good game plans and they are coming out intense and it is expected," said Arespacochaga.

"That's been what coach Tab (Baldwin) has been saying. We have to expect that it’s going to be tougher each time," he said.

Arespacochaga added that they were satisfied with how the Eagles responded after falling behind.

"The good thing that the coaching staff like in the past few games is how our players adjusted. We are happy with how our players responded to the adjustments at the half. That's something positive we are taking in these past two games," said Arespacochaga.

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