Perhaps inspired by the shirtless antics of Mapua’s Atoy Co, head coach Aldin Ayo turned to drastic measures to rile up his league-leading Colegio de San Juan de Letran struggling with a bottom-dwelling Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena
Inside the last five minutes with the Knights nursing a slim lead, the referees whistled a reach-in on Mcjour Luib who had to go back to the bench because it was his fifth and final foul. Letran did not contest that there was a foul, but what had them up in arms was the fact that it was Luib who got tagged instead of a teammate who was closer to the opponent.
Venting out his frustration with the call, Ayo grabbed ahold of a monobloc chair and threw it towards the direction of the locker rooms. The Knights mentor then went to where he threw the chair as his staff tried to calm him down.
Ayo was assessed a technical foul for his actions, but his fit of rage proved to be the boost Letran needed as they went on a decisive 8-2 charge to take the advantage they held onto for their seventh straight win to start the season.
Although he fouled out, Luib believed that his exit from the game actually became the game’s turning point. “Mas napaganda pa kasi nanalo kami,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.
Luib also admitted that he did extend his arms in the controversial call. He added, however, “Pero lumampas (yung pag-abot ko). Hindi ko nga natamaan siya o yung bola e.”
The call on Luib was not the first and only time Ayo, or his counterpart coach Topex Robinson, voiced out their disagreement with the referees. A total of 62 fouls – 54 personal and eight technical – were called and a total of 67 free throws were attempted throughout the game.
While he was generous with his answers regarding his players and his team, Ayo opted to hold his tongue when asked about the referees. “Kung wala kang magandang masasabi, wag na lang,” he said.
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