Game 2 loss blessing in disguise for newly-crowned Blue Eaglets

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may not have been a perfect season for Ateneo, but for coach Joe Silva, winning the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball championship still tastes sweet no matter how you win it.“All we wanted to do is to win the championship, whether we had to sweep or do it the hard way,” he said after the Blue Eaglets claimed the title with a 63-58 Game 3 win over the NU Bullpups on Friday. “All our main focus, our main direction was to win a championship.”ADVERTISEMENT “Fortunately, we lost,” he said as the Blue Eaglets once again focused on what they need to do to accomplish their set goal. “We needed that, not just in basketball, but in terms of the character of the boys. At least, the boys were humbled down.”Silva saw the differences—from the practices to the bus ride to the venue, to moments before Game 3 started — that Ateneo is hell-bent on bagging its first title in three years.“We had the right mindset coming into this game. We really knew that we wanted the championship,” he said.And just like the last time he hoisted the trophy with his Blue Eaglets, Silva still revels in the celebration of this recent success.“We took the same route but its a different cast of characters, different experiences. Both are fulfilling,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stephen Curry shatters hotel table after golf blunder LATEST STORIES Read Next Finishing with a perfect 14-0 sweep of the eliminations, Ateneo seemed poised to complete the rare perfect season.As much as Silva and the players tried to downplay the situation, they knew that eventually, the streak would get in their heads — something which happened in Game 2, when the Blue Eaglets fell for the first time, 70-67, last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I’ll mention in Game 2, I felt that the sweep got in our heads. We didn’t play well,” he admitted.But Silva looked at it as a blessing in disguise—a much-needed humbling experience for Ateneo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more