Tab Baldwin, Ateneo find success away from team ball

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Baldwin’s Blue Eagles were able to sweep University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals, but they needed to run something they didn’t usually do in the 99-81 clincher.“I think we learned some things from Game 1, I think there were some things that were fairly apparent from UP which we made some adjustments to,” said Baldwin. “I think that’s why you saw a little bit of individual play, particularly, from Thirdy [Ravena], a little more isolation play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRavena was a man on a mission for Ateneo finishing with 38 points, his career-high, six rebounds, and six assists, and all that one-man play was Baldwin’s ploy to defeat UP’s defensive schemes.Baldwin did, to some extent, employ a similar tactic in Game 1 when he let Ravena dictate much of Ateneo’s offense in the first quarter of the Blue Eagles’ 88-79 Game 1 win last Saturday. Ravena had 11 of his total 21 points in the first quarter and the Blue Eagles were able to build a 26-18 lead at that point.Things got a little different in the middle quarters as Ateneo tried to go on a team-centric offensive approach with more players getting to touch the ball more instead of just one man dictating the tempo.That change of pace allowed UP’s defensive sets to catch up its offense, allowing the Maroons to outscore Ateneo 43-37 in the second and third periods.Ateneo, though, adjusted quickly and by the time the fourth quarter came Ravena and Matt Nieto were able to take over with the duo’s combined 15 points in the period just three shy of the whole UP production.Baldwin said it was almost coincidental that Ravena, the man he tasked to take charge of his offense, had one offensive masterpiece against the Fighting Maroons in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MANILA, Philippines–Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin isn’t afraid to veer away from team basketball if the end result produces precious hardware.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I just think Thirdy had one of those games, you know a real special game,” said Baldwin of Ravena who shot 13-of-18 from the field, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, and 7-of-7 from the free throw line.“The ball was falling, he made great shots, he made great decisions, and he proved today that he was a special player. I know Thirdy well and I know that his joy right now is for the championship, for the team, and it’s one of the things that makes him and every other guy in the team special.” LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Not looking to score, Thirdy Ravena still ends up with best scoring output yet View commentslast_img read more

Bruins clinch Pac-10

first_imgThe No. 2 Bruins put on an offensive and defensive clinic in the second half, holding off No.13 Washington State 53-45 in front of 11,618 fans to win the Pac-10 title outright for the second straight season, and keep the Cougars without a conference crown since 1941. Next on UCLA’s agenda is Saturday’s trip to Washington, where the stakes are securing the West Region’s No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which tips off in less than two weeks. PULLMAN, Wash. – The energy on the Palouse was unrivaled, with the locals talking about the biggest game in at least two decades, and some calling it the biggest in Washington State history. It made for a memorable Thursday night at Friel Court, one filled with chanting students, tension and the Pacific-10 Conference’s two best men’s basketball teams. Bruins wing Josh Shipp scored 12 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 10. Washington State was led by Kyle Weaver’s 14 points, but leading scorer Derrick Low was nearly shut out. He was averaging 13.9 points per game, but was held to two points. With Afflalo doing much of the defending, Low was 1-of-8 from the field, with the lone basket coming on a 12-foot bank shot from straight on. “UCLA did not take possessions off,” Cougars coach Tony Bennett said. “A lot of teams in our league, us included, will take possessions off and play for the big run, or the big swing.” UCLA trailed 23-22 at the half, as the Cougars matched West Virginia in holding the Bruins to their lowest first-half scoring output. But UCLA started the second half quickly to take control. Josh Shipp navigated traffic for a lay-in to begin a 9-0 UCLA spurt to take a 31-23 lead. UCLA also tightened its defense as Washington State missed its first six shots of the half. The Bruins made 12 of their first 15 shots in the second half, dissecting Washington State’s defense with sharp feeds to the low post as Alfred Aboya and Mbah a Moute began scoring easy baskets. Of UCLA’s first 12 baskets of the second half, nine were lay-ins or dunks. While the Cougars struggled to get solid looks at the basket, the Bruins were surprisingly efficient in building a 47-37 lead with nine minutes to play. “We were running, and I thought Darren did a good job of hitting the guys on the slips,” Howland said. “They were really overextending, so sensitive to Arron in particular, with him coming off of jump shots, that Darren did a great job of reading that.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m very happy,” said junior guard Arron Afflalo, who led the Bruins with 14 points. “This is another year we establish UCLA as a premier team. The whole thing is to be consistent with that, and get it back to the golden days.” The Bruins (26-3, 15-2) now own 29 conference titles, and are the top seed in next week’s Pac-10 tournament. Washington State (23-6, 12-5) claimed second place in the league, matching its best finish in Pac-10 play. “We’re really, really happy to get this win, which gives us sole possession of the regular-season Pac-10 championship, which is an important goal for us,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “I think Washington State is just outstanding. This is a great gut check.” One thing missing from this postgame celebration was a Gatorade shower for Howland. Last season he was drenched upon entering the locker room at Stanford after the Bruins clinched the title outright, but this time he met the media bone-dry. “I think he’s used to this by now,” said UCLA point guard Darren Collison, an Etiwanda graduate. “He’s real focused on winning a national title. We’re that good. Even though we appreciate that we won the Pac-10 championship, we still want to go and look forward.” last_img read more