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Dimaunahan hopes NU's close win vs Ateneo a lesson for the homestretch

National U conceded that they lost their focus but they have learned a lot after escaping with a close shave.
By Kevin Estrada

PASAY CITY -- National U have won their 59th straight earlier in the noon but everyone is not a happy camper.

For lead assistant Aris Dimaunahan, the Lady Bulldogs thought that they have the win against Ateneo in the bag already in the opening quarter, but saw the Lady Eagles claw back for the rest of the game before the former finally put them away in the final 1:12 of the game.

"We lost focus during the course of the game. We started well in the first quarter, but after that, nag-mellow ang defense and gave them easy points during the next three quarters," the former Ginebra guard told Dugout Philippines moments after the win, having to take the head coaching duties in the last 3:38 when Pat Aquino got tossed.

He did not subscribe to the fact that their win was ugly, but instead is looking at the positives of it since they finally got to play close encounters since everyone in the league are expecting to tore their opposition apart en route to a sweep.

"For me, the positive side of it is okay yun. It gives the chance to look in and tell ourselves na we can lose it if we cannot take care of our business," Dimaunahan added.

He then credited Ateneo's heart for keeping the game close, as they got their much needed wake-up call heading into the final three games of the season.

"Credit Ateneo for giving our big girls a hard time for getting those rebounds today. We just have to talk to our players to refocus to do better heading into the last three games," Dimaunahan concluded.

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