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Brimming with confidence, Baclaan helps NU topple Ateneo


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NU guard Kean Baclaan.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College guard Kean Baclaan received up on the proper aspect 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.

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(I simply knew as quickly as I awoke that we had been going to win. That’s the form of confidence coach Jeff offers us. Going into this recreation, we don’t take into consideration them (Ateneo) being the defending champions. This can be a completely different season.)

Baclaan and the Bulldogs rode on the boldness given by their coach as they shocked 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 workforce dito sa UAAP,” he stated. “Nakaano kami ng massive fish. Pero shift na kami ng focus sa subsequent recreation.”

(We’ve been getting ready for this recreation for a month so we had been actually prepared. Like what coach Jeff stated, we have now to be hungry when taking part in the sturdy groups within the UAAP. We caught a giant fish. However we have now to shift our focus subsequent recreation.)

Kean Baclaan NU Bulldogs UAAP

Kean Baclaan.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

The sophomore guard dished out eight assists on high 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 suppose I used to be in a position to set my teammates up in the proper conditions that’s why it turned out effectively and I used to be in a position to have eight assists.)

Regardless of their massive victory, NU coach Jeff Napa confused 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 wish to have a look at what’s forward, Proper now, we have now to maintain ourselves, one recreation at a time. We don’t have a look at what occurred final season. Now we have a mission on our minds,” Napa stated.

NU weapons for its second win on Wednesday towards Far Japanese College.

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