Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

NU guard Kean Baclaan.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College guard Kean Baclaan obtained up on the appropriate aspect of the mattress.

That’s why the Bulldogs beating defending champion Ateneo on the opening day of UAAP Season 86 didn’t shock him in any respect.

“Really feel ko pa lang paggising ko kaninang umaga, mananalo na kami. Ganoon yun yung kumpiyansa na binibigay sa amin ni coach Jeff (Napa). Kaya, papunta dito sa sport, di na yung defending champion sila. Ibang season na to. Season 86 na ‘to,” stated Baclaan.

(I simply knew as quickly as I wakened that we have been going to win. That’s the sort of confidence coach Jeff offers us. Going into this sport, we don’t take into consideration them (Ateneo) being the defending champions. This can be a totally different season.)

Baclaan and the Bulldogs rode on the boldness given by their coach as they shocked the Blue Eagles, 77-64, on Saturday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.

“Siguro, isang buwan na kasi naming pinaghahandaan to so prepared talaga kami. Sabi nga ni coach Jeff na hungry lang kami kapag makakalaban namin ang mga malalakas na crew dito sa UAAP,” he stated. “Nakaano kami ng massive fish. Pero shift na kami ng focus sa subsequent sport.”

(We’ve been getting ready for this sport for a month so we have been actually prepared. Like what coach Jeff stated, we’ve got to be hungry when taking part in the robust groups within the UAAP. We caught a giant fish. However we’ve got to shift our focus subsequent sport.)

Kean Baclaan.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

The sophomore guard dished out eight assists on high of 4 factors and 4 rebounds as NU unleashed a balanced assault, led by Patrick Yu and Steve Nash Enriquez.

“Siguro po, tumatama lang ang mga binibigay kong sitwasyon sa mga teammates ko so yun, naging maganda ang nangyari kaya naka-eight assists ako,” Baclaan stated.

(I suppose I used to be capable of set my teammates up in the appropriate conditions that’s why it turned out nicely and I used to be capable of have eight assists.)

Regardless of their massive victory, NU coach Jeff Napa pressured that their season-opening win doesn’t assure something, wanting his wards to stay hungry for his or her subsequent video games.

“We’ll proceed pushing ourselves to the restrict. We don’t wish to take a look at what’s forward, Proper now, we’ve got to deal with ourselves, one sport at a time. We don’t take a look at what occurred final season. We’ve a mission on our minds,” Napa stated.

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