Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

Ateneo’s Chris Koon, proper, and Mason Amos in a loss to UP.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin retains his religion in Chris Koon and the Blue Eagles regardless of their struggles after a loss to the College of the Philippines within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match on Sunday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.

Chris Koon was hardly an element for the Blue Eagles of their second-round duel towards the Combating Maroons as he went scoreless, lacking all of his 10 photographs. He completed with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Baldwin admitted it was a foul sport for Koon, who averaged 12.1 factors within the first spherical, however he believes that the veteran winger will be taught from this expertise.

“Chris actually didn’t make good choices. He was actually most likely overamped to play this sport however , it’s one thing Chris will be taught from. That composure from large video games. He’s performed large video games and large moments for us to this point,” stated Baldwin after a 65-60 defeat.

“However I believe at the moment, the protection was excellent for UP and I believe he simply pressured it a little bit an excessive amount of making an attempt to make performs, particularly when our offense kinda broke down. He’s one of many guys we go to attempt to make performs. It wasn’t simply him making an attempt to take over. It’s the time he places in that place in unhealthy possessions and he tries to make play on the finish of the possession. We gotta be higher and he’ll be higher,” he added.

Jared Brown performed his finest UAAP sport but with 18 factors on 4-of-6 three-point taking pictures however Baldwin bared that his rookie admitted that he ought to have tried a triple when UP was main 63-60 of their last possession as an alternative of a decide n’ roll play with Joseph Obasa, who missed the floater.

“Everyone knows he ought to have remoted Malick and tried to shoot a 3. He was the primary one to say that after that situation,” stated Baldwin. “And if you happen to guys ever performed in entrance of 20,000 folks in a must-win scenario and also you’re gonna make a smart move within the final possession.”

But it surely was all a part of Ateneo’s progress parading a new-look roster in defending its crown this season.

“It’s not simple. It’s freaking troublesome. However you be taught. You be taught. All of them be taught and we definitely talked about that,” he stated.

Baldwin additionally stated UP exploited Ateneo’s lack of chemistry as they slid to a 4-5 report with its second straight loss tied with Adamson in fourth seed.

“I believe the most important weak point of our crew is that they don’t have a taking part in chemistry and , taking part in chemistry isn’t just like “we prefer to play collectively”. It’s having a collective understanding of the place are your efficiencies. All people is aware of something about chemistry, you’ll be able to’t create a great method, it’s a must to get the precise components working collectively in the precise approach. And that’s what chemistry in a basketball crew wants,” he stated. ‘That’s a piece in progress for us, for these guys.”

Though they fell quick, Baldwin remained happy with his wards’ late-game effort and emphasised the significance of their final 5 video games beginning on Saturday subsequent week towards the No.2 Nationwide College at Mall of Asia Enviornment.

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The Blue Eagles have every week to arrange for the ultimate stretch of the season.

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