Ayo saw shades of his 2015 Letran champion squad in Lyceum
So far, so good for Lyceum.
Before he was causing #MAYHEM all over the UAAP, De La Salle University head coach Aldin Ayo was punishing teams in the NCAA with his 2015 champion Letran Knights squad.
With their tenacious pressing defense and selfless style of play, Ayo led the Knights to an upset win over the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA season 91 men’s basketball Finals.
When Ayo took his talents to Taft Avenue, he brought the same system and fostered the same aggressive mentality to the Green Archers to become the only head coach to win both of the most prestigious collegiate titles in back-to-back years.
So there’s no question that the system produces results.
And that system can be emulated.
That’s what the Lyceum Pirates showed Friday after taking the Green Archers to their absolute limit, before losing a painfully close 121-119 overtime contest to the reigning UAAP champs in the FilOil Flying V Premier Cup.
Ayo cited some similarities to his Letran squad back in 2015 that won it all to Coach Topex Robinson’s Pirates, “Yung ginagawa namin, ginawa sa’min e,” he says with a laugh, “And di masiyadong naka-adjust.”
“Parang Letran eh 2015, yung Lyceum na yan.”
Already with the right personnel and necessary mindset, Ayo says, the Pirates’ future is looking bright.
“They have the talent eh, and nandun naman yung sistema nila,” he said, “Naestablish na rin yung sistema, almost the same with us, in 2015, parehas na parehas pati yung ugali.”
And like any well-oiled machine, as Ayo explains, a dominant team always rests on its reliable parts, “Kasi yung mga ganyang sistema kasi makikita mo kung gaano kamotivated yung mga players e, and I see those players are really motivated.”
“Malakas ‘yung Lyceum, even yung mga preseason, yung ibang liga na sinasalihan nila, makikita mo na maganda yung pinapakita,” said Ayo.