Ayo still waiting on his Green Archers to cramp up
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2016 07:48 PM
GIMME, GIMME MORE. DLSU coach Aldin Ayo believes that cramps is actually a good thing.
De La Salle University passed their toughest test thus far in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday.
They needed longer than usual to put away National University – but they put them away nonetheless.
Even after having dominated their first three opponents, coach Aldin Ayo actually expected nothing less than a challenge from the Bulldogs. As he put it, “We’re expecting this kind of game – ubusan, survival of the fittest.”
In this light, the one-time NCAA champion coach said he wasn’t even doubting the preparedness of his wards. “We were physically and mentally ready for the grind of the game,” he expressed.
That didn’t turn out to be true, however, for Ben Mbala who cramped up near the end of the game. “Nagka-cramps siya. Nahirapan kasi sa press break ng NU,” Ayo shared.
True to form, the fiery mentor said the fact that his hulking Cameronian cramped up was actually a good thing. “Okay lang yun. That means he put on the effort,” he said.
It should be remembered that in the preseason, Ayo was already looking for cramps from his players. As he said last May, “Ako, nag-aantay ako na may mag-cramps samin kasi kung may nag-cramps samin, it means binigay nila sarili nila.”
He then continued, “If I see somebody cramping up, I can say na na-absorb na nila sistema namin.”
The DLSU coach even went on to claim that if he had his way, he wouldn’t even have had taken Mbala out of the game. “Ako naman, lagi akong nagpipiga. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Play through it, play through it.’”
He also added, kidding, of course, “Ako, hindi ko ilalabas yun hangga’t hindi naninigas ang buong katawan.”
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