Sorsogon born and bred Ayo had quick connection with provincial All-Stars

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 16, 2017 07:19 PM
Sorsogon's Ayo had quick connection w/ provincial All-Stars
SHARED SENTIMENTS. Aldin Ayo continues to inspire basketball talent coming from the provinces - both coaches and players alike.

As the man who popularized the word “mayhem,” coach Aldin Ayo is known to be as intense as it can get whenever he is on the court.

That is exactly why when he was lined up for Ayo’s Team Superstar in the 2017 NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game, Kevin Louis Barranco from Iloilo was bracing himself for intensity. “Akala ko po, strikto si coach Aldin,” he shared.

Once he got to being mentored by the NCAA and UAAP champion coach, however, Barranco had to change his mind. “Hindi naman po pala,” he expressed after he and Team Superstar downed Team Elite in the Division 2 All-Star Game.

Along with proving just how easygoing he is, Ayo said he also took the pressure off of his players – players he was meeting for the very first time – by telling them about where he came from. “Alam ko nararamdaman ng mga bata. Kaya nga the first thing I said to them kanina was, ‘Alam ko nararamdaman niyo. Galing din ako ng probinsya,’” he shared.

Ayo started his coaching career in Sorsogon and remains proud to be a Bicolano.

With their coach telling them that he’s one of them, Team Superstar dominated their opponents from start to finish and even led by as much as 32.

In particular, Barranco, who was earlier worrying about how strict his coach was, turned in his best performance in the tournament with 22 points. Ten of those came in the opening salvo alone, not long after Ayo took the pressure off of them.

In the end, the now multi-titled mentor said we was thankful to be able to get back in touch with his roots. “It feels good to coach high school again, especially since nanggaling ako rito sa NBTC,” he said.


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