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first_img“Our defense just didn’t do its job and the physicality of the game, I think, was something we’re not used to,” he pointed out. “It hasn’t been that way the whole UAAP and we have to adjust. I think that we failed to [adjust] throughout the course of the game.”UP’s clamp-down limited Ateneo center Angelo Kouame to just seven points. .“But certainly, I was proud of the fact that we stuck to the task and we got to the finish line for the first half,” he added. “This is only half of [the battle]. I was very impressed with the way [UP] played. We can’t expect anything less on Wednesday from them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Countdown to SEA Games begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP Finals curtain-raiser between Ateneo and University of the Philippines exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations that even Eagles coach Tab Baldwin was kept on the edge of his seat.“Tough game, tough game,” he told the press shortly after Ateneo’s Game 1 victory on Saturday night. “I think that the outcome was in doubt probably up until the last couple of minutes.”ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Baldwin and the defending champion Blue Eagles have a chance to wrap up another shiny new trophy when they go for the jugular of the Fighting Maroons at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.A lot of Ateneo’s ability to wrap up the series lies on the state of Bright Akhuetie’s injured knee. The hulking Maroons big man looked like he hyperextended his left knee in the third period of Game 1—he actually had to be stretchered out of the court—but managed to return in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAkhuetie, who gives UP a much-needed inside presence, looks to be day-to-day. But the good news?“He practiced with us today (Tuesday),” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “We will check on him again [on Wednesday].” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ But if Game 1 was any indication, regardless of how Akhuetie feels on game day, UP isn’t going down without a fight.After a blistering start by the Eagles that would have left most opponents winded, the Maroons found an extra gear and trimmed a 12-point lead to one. More importantly, in the third period, when Ateneo usually leaves its foes choking on leftover exhaust, UP stayed faithful to its moniker, and kept the Eagles within touching distance.It was only in the fourth period when Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto dismissed UP for good—Ravena flirted with a triple-double while Nieto posted a career-best scoring output.“If there’s one takeaway here, it’s that it’s possible to beat Ateneo,” Perasol said. “The boys showed that with a little tweak in defense and a little more rest, they can give Ateneo [a run for] their money.And Baldwin, the architect of a 13-1 season last year that culminated in a title, also had something to say about his team’s defense.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more