From practices to games, Ayaay is Pirates’ glue guy

From practices to games, Ayaay is Pirates’ glue guy
KEEP IT TOGETHER. Glue guy MJ Ayaay does nothing but help more regarded teammates such as CJ Perez and the Marcelino twins to showcase their skills.

Without a doubt, CJ Perez is the biggest name on the league-leading ship of Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Flanking him are emergent talents such as Reymar Caduyac, Jaycee Marcelino, and Jayvee Marcelino.

It’s important to remember, however, that they wouldn’t be able to showcase their skills without someone else to do the dirty work.

For the Pirates, that someone just so happens to be the captain of the ship – MJ Ayaay.

And that’s just how he likes it. As he put it, “Basta ginagawa ko lang trabaho ko. ‘Di ko iniisip na umiskor at kung anong kulang sa team, yun yung ginagawa ko.”

Through five games in the tournament, the do-it-all swingman has averaged 9.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 19.8 minutes.

And he continued doing the dirty work in LPU’s sixth consecutive victory at the expense of University of Perpetual Help on Friday, winding up with 12 points, nine rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

It was the perfect birthday gift for the now 24-year-old.

Now the Pirates are sailing toward contention, it’s high time to give recognition to their team leader who sets the tone during games and practices alike. “Kapag practice, ‘di ko sila pinagbibigyan kasi grabe talaga yung practice namin ngayon. Mas kinakabahan nga ako sa practice kesa sa laro,” Ayaay shared.

He then continued, “Kung mas nagdoble kasi kami sa practice, mas makikita sa laro. Kaya lagi ko silang sinasabihan na compete lagi, compete lagi, compete lagi.”

Not so much recognition that he will have his own nickname, though. “Kulang pa. Marami pa akong kailangang i-improve,” he said, staying humble.

He then continued, “Kahit ‘di naman sa sarili ko e. Basta yung team namin, makilala and maabot yung goal.”

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