MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College guard Kean Baclaan bought up on the fitting facet of the mattress.
That’s why the Bulldogs beating defending champion Ateneo on the opening day of UAAP Season 86 didn’t shock him in any respect.
“Really feel ko pa lang paggising ko kaninang umaga, mananalo na kami. Ganoon yun yung kumpiyansa na binibigay sa amin ni coach Jeff (Napa). Kaya, papunta dito sa recreation, di na yung defending champion sila. Ibang season na to. Season 86 na ‘to,” stated Baclaan.
(I simply knew as quickly as I awakened that we have been going to win. That’s the sort of confidence coach Jeff offers us. Going into this recreation, we don’t take into consideration them (Ateneo) being the defending champions. It is a totally different season.)
Baclaan and the Bulldogs rode on the boldness given by their coach as they stunned the Blue Eagles, 77-64, on Saturday at Mall of Asia Area.
“Siguro, isang buwan na kasi naming pinaghahandaan to so prepared talaga kami. Sabi nga ni coach Jeff na hungry lang kami kapag makakalaban namin ang mga malalakas na crew dito sa UAAP,” he stated. “Nakaano kami ng large fish. Pero shift na kami ng focus sa subsequent recreation.”
(We’ve been getting ready for this recreation for a month so we have been actually prepared. Like what coach Jeff stated, now we have to be hungry when enjoying the robust groups within the UAAP. We caught an enormous fish. However now we have to shift our focus subsequent recreation.)
The sophomore guard dished out eight assists on prime of 4 factors and 4 rebounds as NU unleashed a balanced assault, led by Patrick Yu and Steve Nash Enriquez.
“Siguro po, tumatama lang ang mga binibigay kong sitwasyon sa mga teammates ko so yun, naging maganda ang nangyari kaya naka-eight assists ako,” Baclaan stated.
(I assume I used to be capable of set my teammates up in the fitting conditions that’s why it turned out effectively and I used to be capable of have eight assists.)
Regardless of their large victory, NU coach Jeff Napa harassed that their season-opening win doesn’t assure something, wanting his wards to stay hungry for his or her subsequent video games.
“We’ll proceed pushing ourselves to the restrict. We don’t need to have a look at what’s forward, Proper now, now we have to handle ourselves, one recreation at a time. We don’t have a look at what occurred final season. We’ve got a mission on our minds,” Napa stated.
NU weapons for its second win on Wednesday in opposition to Far Japanese College.