Despite win vs Gilas Cadets, Ateneo's rusty play leaves Baldwin scratching his head

It was opening day rust for Ateneo, as their turnovers leave Tab Baldwin not amused. Rick Johnsen Dela Cruz/Dugout Philippines 
By Kevin Estrada

SAN JUAN -- Current UAAP kings Ateneo got the better of Gilas Cadets last Saturday evening, but head coach Tab Baldwin is still not convinced.

"Actually I'm not too impressed," he said in jest minutes after their FilOil Flying V Premier Cup opener turned out to be a six-point win for the Blue Eagles.

Add to that, nothing much has changed for them, with only Vince Tolentino suiting up for Gilas against his alma mater.

"We haven't worked on anything other than our individual stuff," he added, as he had an intact squad for the tournament.

However, their return to the court after a four-month wait was a rusty one, with their careless ball handling being the primary culprit but he is optimistic that they will click will come any time.

"We made too many mistakes. Fourteen turnovers in the first half. No chemistry right now, but things will come," he later said, with the Blue Eagles ended the game with 23 turnovers.

But he is optimistic of  the dedication to their new recruits, particularly Patrick Maagdenburg and Angelo Kouame who were elevated from their Glory Be team.

"Still a long way to go. They're just learning how to play the game properly," he concluded

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