Ready for more? League-leading Letran promises to be ‘mas magulo’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2015 07:15 PM
Ready for more? Letran promises to be ‘mas magulo'
GULO PA MORE. Aldin Ayo said that Letran will bring more chaos to what people are expecting in the second round.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran will officially end the first round of the NCAA 91 Men's Basketball Tournament in first place and with only one loss through nine games – definitely already exceeding what many believed they could reach.

However, as he always has, first-time head coach Aldin Ayo slammed the breaks on insinuations that the Knights have already accomplished something. “We're fortunate we're in this spot, pero we're just on the right spot. We haven't proven anything yet,” he said after closing the first round with another win.

After taking the league by surprise in the early going, Ayo said they are aware that teams are already adjusting to their system. That was especially evident with their first and so far only loss coming by the hands of lowly Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The Letran mentor said that while he gives credit to the Generals for successfully breaking their patented press, his team in that game was definitely not the same one that downed all of last year’s semifinalists. “Hindi kami yun, especially on defense,” he said.

In their loss to EAC, the Knights did not have their head coach who had to serve a one-game suspension. However, Ayo shot down claims that his absence was the reason for the upset as he said, “I refuse to believe na the team cannot win without me. They can win even if wala ako sa bench because we established a system na hindi nakadepende sa isang tao.”

Even though the vulnerability of the Intramuros-based squad has already been proven, Ayo said everyone should expect Letran to adjust to the adjustments of the other teams. “Madami pa naman kaming baong pampagulo. Mas magulo yung gagawin namin sa second round,” he said, re-emphasizing that they thrive on destabilizing the current order.

Not disclosing how exactly his Knights will be “mas magulo,” Ayo instead shared the challenge he puts in front of his boys each and every game. “Sinasabi ko sa kanila na every time you step on the floor, tignan niyo sa mata kalaban ninyo and itanong ninyo, ‘How far will you go?’”

He then continued, “Kasi kami, tanggap na naming mahihirapan kami kaya gagawin namin lahat.”


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