Tab: Loss vs. FEU a ‘humbling experience’ for Ateneo 

Posted by watchmen
October 27, 2023
Posted in SPORTS



Only days after their huge overtime win against the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University was stunned by L-Jay Gonzales and Far Eastern University (FEU).

Gonzales hit a buzzer-beating trey straight to the hearts of the Ateneans, but for head coach Tab Baldwin, this was a defeat that grounded the Blue Eagles (4-4).

“Certainly, congratulations go to coach Denok [Miranda] and the entire FEU team. They pulled it out of the death and they took advantage of the opportunities we gave them in the end,” he said during the post-game.

“We have to, first of all, thank the Lord for such humbling experiences. Sports can often be one of the great humblers. This one today for our team, coming off a big win, was very humbling,” he added.

And more than Gonzales’ shot, it was the toughness of the Morayta-based squad that clinched the game for them.

“That game was not won nor lost. That game was won by FEU by out-toughing us. Fifteen offensive rebounds, getting every loose ball, and just playing with a hunger that we didn’t match,” he said.

“That’s not acceptable for any of us, for the players, or for the coaches, and I think we should all be humbled by that,” he added.

For Baldwin, in addition, it was also a loss that will help them as the season enters its crucial phase, especially since they have already been beaten by FEU twice this season.

“The only thing I have to say about the end-game is L-Jay, twice now against us, has shown a veteran’s composure that we haven’t been able to show in these situations,” Tab said.

“We will obviously individually learn from those scenarios, but they’re not things that we will dwell on. I would much rather dwell on the fact that we weren’t competitive enough. If we have any hopes to have a respectable season this year, those are things we need to address,” he added. (ABS-CBN News)

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