Going for it

first_imgAll season long, Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin has tried his best to tune out the talk of a sweep for the Blue Eagles.Now that they’re on the cusp of applying the broom in UAAP Season 82, Baldwin is adamant that his players focus more on their performance rather than the outcome as the Eagles also face bigger, more important battles ahead in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Can Donaire stop the Monster? View comments Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ But Ateneo, which has come within one victory of an elimination-round sweep four times in the last 12 years, is also closing in on a historic campaign.Not since the University of the East Red Warriors won all of their 14 elimination round games in Season 70 has a team been able to pull off a sweep. Those Red Warriors, however, were swept by La Salle, 0-2, in the finals.A win over UP will also avoid a semifinal matchup with University of Santo Tomas and push the Eagles to within two wins of a third straight title.The next time they could be facing the Tigers would be the finals, if ever.“To be perfectly honest, we tune all that out,” said Baldwin, referring to the sweep. “We do the best of our ability to tune all that out. And just stay focused on the job, it doesn’t change. But of course, we’re excited about the game.”ADVERTISEMENT UP coach Bo Perasol said he’ll be using the game to gauge his team’s readiness for the Final Four. Should a sweep happen, FEU and UST will play in a knockout game with the survivor facing UP, which will have a twice-to-beat edge for the second finals seat.That’s why there’s nothing much at stake for the Maroons in this game, as they will have a win-once edge no matter if the Eagles sweep the eliminations or not.“We’re more worried about the playoffs at this point,” said Perasol.The two other games involve teams no longer in contention. La Salle hopes to close out its campaign on a positive note as it tangles with Adamson at 12:30 p.m., after University of the East battles National U at 10:30 a.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Nothing changes,” Baldwin stressed as the Blue Eagles brace for the clash against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Wednesday in the final elimination round match at 4 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.“The next game is the last game. I understand that we have a chance at a sweep but those are just minor issues for us. What we’re worried about is how we’ll play against UP,” Baldwin added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Eagles are seeking to complete the first elimination-round sweep in 12 years—and secure the first finals seat—against a UP team that seems to have a huge burden lifted off following a 71-68 win over La Salle last Sunday.That victory gave the Maroons the second twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four as they improved to 9-4. They will go into the last game of the season with a target of setting their best record since the current tournament format was adopted in 1994.last_img

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