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Coach Tab Baldwin says Ateneo wants to pursue excellence

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 12/5/2018 Albano, Jhoanna Lou
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Back-to-back championships are not really new for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

According to UAAP stats man Pong Ducanes, the Blue Eagles' championship was the third back-to-back for Ateneo since they entered the league in 1978. A decade ago, Ateneo even started a rare five-peat which ran from 2008 to 2012.

With two consecutive crowns under his belt for Ateneo, is Coach Tab Baldwin getting ready for another dynasty?

"Back-to-back doesn’t look so important if put up next to a five in a row. It’s just like a little bump in the road," Baldwin said in jest.

A five-peat is indeed a rare feat for any college team. But for Baldwin, the Blue Eagles want to pursue excellence.

"We wanna pursue excellence. The championship is one measure of excellence. If that’s a by-product of the way that we do things, we hope to continue to have championships in the future," the former Gilas head coach said.

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Baldwin even admitted that they did not really talk about too much about the championship.

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"At the back of our minds, that’s the end game of a team — to get a championship, but we don’t talk too much about it. We talk more about how each of these guys can be the best player they can be," Baldwin shared.

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For Baldwin, it's more than just a championship. "There’s a greater purpose to what we do." — LA, GMA News

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