Filipino basketball fans are considered as one, if not the most passionate fans in the world and that was affirmed during the last FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014 held in Spain. Here and abroad, the Filipino basketball fan is full of knowledge and spirit in loving the game. You cannot fool a Filipino fan while watching a live game, he or she will yell on the referees over a missed call or a non-call. Basketball is innate in the Filipino blood and culture. The Filipinos loved the game tremendously and the game loved the Filipino back.
The past few days saw the participation of the Ateneo Blue Eagles as the Philippines’ representative to the 40th Edition of the William Jones Cup held in Taiwan. Many (especially Lasallians) would question the participation of the Blue Eagles in an international basketball tournament such as the Jones Cup where several National and Professional Teams are competing. Questions like “would they give justice wearing the national colors?” or statements such as “they would just be a laughing stock over there because they are just a collegiate team.”
As of this writing, the Ateneo Blue Eagles is sporting a 1-2 win loss card. They won their first game 87-64 against the Chinese – Taipei developmental team and lost to the South Korean National Team bannered by former Star Hotshots Import Ricardo Ratliffe, 90-73 and to the defending champions team Canada bannered by a mix of professional hoop hopefuls 86-78. 1 win 2 losses, yes that’s their record as of today, and as for them winning the championship, it’s nil because in this tournament, the team with the best record will automatically win the tournament.
But in the event that the Blue Eagles will not win it all for the Jones Cup, there are a few things that their Coach, Tab Baldwin has been teaching the ordinary Filipino Basketball Fan.