Knights have different look in their eyes entering Game Three, Ayo says

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 28, 2015 07:30 PM
Knights have different look in their eyes, Ayo says
FIRE IN YOUR EYES. Aldin Ayo said Letranistas have suffered long enough and the Knights will give their everything to bring home to Intramuros a first championship since 2005.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran attempted an eye-popping 83 shots last Tuesday in Game Two of Finals of the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And yet, they lost after only hitting a paltry 29 percent of their field goals. Things weren’t much better from the free throw line where they failed to convert on half of their shots, including a 2/8 clip in the last five minutes.

Even with their archrivals having successfully evened the best-of-three series at one win apiece, head coach Aldin Ayo was satisfied with the effort his boys put out. “It (was) still our game,” he said post-game, talking about forcing 32 turnovers and collaring 18 offensive rebounds.

He then continued, “Pero 29 percent field goals e. So that’s it.”

Team captain Mark Cruz could only echo his mentor’s sentiments that their shooting was the story of the game. With the winner-take-all Game Three already scheduled on Thursday, however, the Knights have no time to dwell on what could have been.

“Siyempre medyo malungot, pero at least, ‘di pa tapos yung laban. Kelangan lang mag-bounce back,” Cruz said.

The rookie head coach has no doubt whatsoever that his boys will come out even more determined as they try to bring a title to Intramuros for the first time in a decade. Asked how confident he is that they could do no worse than the 29 percent mark from the field, he said, “Iba yung nasa mata ng mga bata kanina (after the game).”

Adding more fuel to the fire in the eyes of his boys, Ayo told his wards that a championship is not only for them, but more importantly, for the long-suffering Letranistas who have witnessed their Knights come so close only to be upended by their archrivals in 2012 and 2013.

As Ayo shared, “Sabi ko sa kanila nung alma mater song, tignan niyo yung frustration sa mukha ng crown natin. Dun kami humuhugot ng motivation.”

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