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

Emraan Hashmi has replicated me very, very closely in Azhar: Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin said he was happy with the way ‘Azhar’, a biopic on his life, has taken shape. The movie opened to mixed reviews on Friday across India. (Read review) Based on Azharuddin’s controversial career, ‘Azhar’ looks at the match-fixing issue that plagued the legendary batsman from Hyderabad and his rags-to-riches story.Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi, who plays the role of Azhar in the movie, drew rave reviews from the former cricketer.”Emraan did a very good job. He is a thorough professional. He has come very, very close to replicate my mannerism.  He has imbibed my style by watching my videos,” Azharuddin told India Today.  (Also read: Mohammed Azharuddin downplays ex-wife Sangeeta Bijlani’s concerns) “He posed a hundred questions before the shoot. I felt it was easier to score a century than answer his 100 questions. I coached for more than three months – he was under me.”He was willing to understand, he was willing to learn. Anybody else in his place would have found it very tough. I am happy he worked hard for this role,” he said.Azhar said he got good reviews after the movie and lauded the duirector Tony D’Souza for a commendable job.”I am very happy with the way the film has taken shape. The director has really worked hard and the result will show. The actors Emraan, Nargis Fakhri (Sangeeta) and Prachi Desai (Naureen) have put in a lot of work. They got into the roles and have been professional in their approach,” Azhar said.advertisementAzhar was accused of fixing matches soon after South Africa’s tour of India back in 2000 and banned for life by the BCCI. He played 99 Test matches and 334 one-day internationals in a sparkling career that started with three back-to-back hundreds in his first three matches.Azharuddin was one also one of India’s most accomplished captains and is considered to be among the greatest fielders the country has ever produced.last_img read more