Jared Brown’s Redemption: Ateneo’s Key Player in UAAP
MANILA, Philippines — Jared Brown set the tone in Ateneo’s dominant victory that saved their title-retention campaign and helped them reach the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball Final Four .
Wanting to bounce back from his bad shooting night against La Salle, Brown dropped 14 of his 20 points in the first half to jumpstart their wire-to-wire 70-48 victory over Adamson.
“I think I was just getting the shots. My teammates were just finding me the right spots, and it was my job to just knock them down,” said Brown, who shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. “I didn’t really have a good shooting game last game. So I made sure I was I needed to hit those today. So yeah, luckily they went in.”
The Ateneo rookie said they just followed coach Tab Baldwin’s game plan to advance to the Final Four against top seed University of the Philippines.
“Our coach has been preaching, like the game plan and just following what they say and I think today we really followed it to a tee and we executed what they wanted and it resulted in the scoreboard and our execution,” Brown said.
Baldwin lauded Brown and the Blue Eagles for showing a sense of urgency in a do-or-die game.
“We didn’t do anything special. Jared just takes opportunities as they arise. And you know, he said, luckily his shots fell there not a lot of luck. You know, kid works extremely hard on his shot, he brought a very good shot to the program,” said the four-time UAAP champion coach.
As they face the No.1 Fighting Maroons in another win-or-go-home match, Brown seeks to carry their momentum when they try to keep their title defense alive.
“I think today’s game was kind of good. We have momentum coming into Saturday. All we have to do Saturday, just our preparation for that just to follow what our coaches want us to do and execute it as perfectly as we can,” he said.
Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin and Jared Brown after making it to the Final Four. #UAAPSeason86
Posted by Inquirer Sports on Wednesday, November 22, 2023