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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Eagles try to bounce back, take on arch rival Archers

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin

By Peter Atencio

The defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles should face the La Salle Green Archers with a measure of pride as they pick up the pieces from their opening-day loss in the 86th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

Blue Eagles’ coach Tab Baldwin said this as the Loyola dribblers try to bounce back from their 64-77 setback at the hands of the National University Bulldogs last Saturday in their 6 p.m. clash with the Green Archers on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“We should be and are disappointed with our performance. We do have a plan for La Salle. Hopefully, our players exhibit a little more pride and I think they will,” said Baldwin.

The Green Archers have the confidence to go for their second win against the Blue Eagles.

La Salle coach Topex Robinson said this after the Green Archers brought down the Far Eastern University, 87-76, last Sunday.

Robinson said he has complete trust on his team, which showed maturity and experience against the Tams.

“This game will be about us. We know what we’re up against. And we just focus on what we have,” said Robinson.

Earlier, University of the Philippines meets University of the East at 10 a.m., while the Bulldogs take on the Tamaraws at 12 noon. Adamson battles University of Santo Tomas at 2 p.m.

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