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‘Ayo is a blessing for PH Basketball’ says Ateneo coach Baldwin

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Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin was right — the UST Growling Tigers is a tough team to beat.

Indeed, the game went down the wire as both teams exchanged jabs especially in the late period.

In the end, it was the Katipunan squad who stood tall against the boys from España, 71-70, on Wednesday.

Despite the Filipino-Kiwi mentor’s familiarity with how UST head coach Aldin Ayo runs his system, he still gave credit where credit is due.

“We’re very fortunate. And if you want to talk, you know, maybe tactically, there’s not a lot in it, tactically, I thought Aldin (Ayo) did a great job rotating his players, systems-wise. They’re a handful to try and control their systems,” Baldwin said.

The Blue Eagles had to rely on their championship poise and Ange Kouame’s late-game heroics to slither past UST behind Chabi Yo’s 25 point-13 rebound dominance.

Still, the game was just as good as everyone advertised, and Baldwin couldn’t help but to praise the two-time titlist coach for his brilliance.

“This is going to make us I believe a lot better basketball team because Aldin’s team has a way of doing that they have a way of finding you know, your weaknesses and, and I’ve coached against him enough to know that after you play him there’s a lot of patchworks to be done on the things that he exposes his team,” Baldwin explained.

For Baldwin, he believes that Ayo is a “blessing for Philippine basketball”.

“I just have so much respect for him and the way he does his job and you know he’s a blessing for Philippine Basketball, for the UAAP.”