Ayo on DLSU facing off against Teng, Torres: ‘Medyo weird’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 21, 2017 08:31 PM
Ayo on DLSU facing off against Teng, Torres: ‘Medyo weird’
WHEN I SEE YOU AGAIN. Aldin Ayo and Jeron Teng were at the opposite ends of the court for the first time since winning a UAAP championship.

Last December, the De La Salle University side coached by Aldin Ayo and led by Jeron Teng won it all in the UAAP.

Fast forward five months later and Ayo was still in green and white.

However, Teng was already clad in blue.

Once mentor and mentee faced up against each other when Ayo and the Green Archers took on Teng’s Flying V team in a tuneup game on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Thunder, who are set to make their debut in the upcoming PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, fought with their all.

However, they still proved to be no match for fully-loaded DLSU.

Behind UAAP MVP Ben Mbala, Ayo’s Archers scored an 88-72 rout of Teng and Flying V.

In the fiery mentor’s eyes, however, there was no winner and no loser in the tuneup game. As he put it, “My system has always been like this. Every time you play against each other, you always push each other para magtulungan.”

Ayo then went on to remind everybody that Teng, as well as fellow ex-DLSU player Thomas Torres, knew their former teammates would not be holding anything back. “Ganun ang system ko and JT and Tommy know that. Alam nila na maglalaro kami ng seryoso at ipu-push namin sila,” he said.

He then continued, “If you want to help your players or your teammates, you have to push them to their limit para matuto.”

Nonetheless, the Archers’ coach was quick to admit that facing Teng and Torres felt out of the ordinary. “Medyo weird e,” he said while smiling.

He also added, “Siyempre, gusto ng lahat, competitive. But again, gusto ko matuto mga bata e. I want to help them and the best way to help them is to push them to their limit for them to improve.”

In the end, Ayo said he has no doubt both Teng and Torres will keep on working and getting better now that they are moving forward with their careers. “Knowing JT and Tommy, they will keep on improving. For sure, from our championship hanggang ngayon, malaki na ang na-improve ng dalawang yun,” he expressed.

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