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UP coach Monteverde shifts focus to Final Four after historic win over Ateneo


UAAP champion coach Goldwin Monteverde is aware of full properly the job shouldn’t be accomplished for UP, and now shifts the Maroons’ focus to the Final Four, the place they will finish their decades-long title drought

MANILA, Philippines – UP’s heart-pounding win over Ateneo to finish the UAAP Season 84 elimination spherical was one for the historical past books.

It was the Blue Eagles’ first loss since October 10, 2018, again after they dropped an in depth 60-63 determination to FEU earlier than beginning a large 39-game successful streak. It was additionally the Combating Maroons’ first win over their Katipunan rivals since October 8, 2016, again when campus heroes Jett Manuel and Paul Desiderio have been nonetheless main the staff.

However new UP head coach Goldwin Monteverde shouldn’t be absolutely taken with all that elimination spherical historical past speak, as his boys search victory on an even bigger stage. With UP’s win, the season now reverts to a standard Final Four setup following Ateneo’s denial of a sweep and an outright finals berth.

“Winning against Ateneo is a big achievement for us, knowing how Ateneo had that long streak, and they were 13-0,” he stated in Filipino after the sport. “One thing good for me earlier was our team stayed as a team no matter how close the game was.”

“I’m happy for the win, but of course, we also need to think now about the bigger picture. We’re going to the semifinals, so we need to prepare for that.”

Paradoxically, the Maroons made their climb again to the finals slightly bit more durable with their win over the Eagles since they have to now beat third-seeded La Salle on Wednesday, Could 4, at 2 pm.

Had Ateneo received to clinch an computerized finals berth, UP would have gotten two additional relaxation days as La Salle had to first face fourth-seeded FEU within the stepladder semifinals. As a substitute it’s Ateneo who will now face FEU on Wednesday at 6 pm.

However at this level, UP is prepared for any problem thrown its means after a number of shut shaves, capped off by the slaying of the Blue Eagle beast lengthy anticipated to be unbeatable for the foreseeable future.

“I’m very proud of this team because we didn’t have many big wins. A lot of these were close games like this one, and our trust with each other never seemed to waver. Hopefully, we carry this over to the semis,” Monteverde continued.

An skilled championship-winning coach within the UAAP Juniors ranks, Monteverde is gunning for nothing however consistency from his wards as he is aware of very properly that the job shouldn’t be accomplished till UP ends its decades-long title drought.

“Even though we already knew we had the twice-to-beat advantage, but I’ve been consistent since the start of the season that we’re always still looking for improvement,” he stated. “We’ve been really doing our best defensively and offensively. Whatever we did in these last two games, we really gained a lot from it.”

Can coach Goldwin truly win gold in his first season within the seniors division? To this point, so good. – Rappler.com



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