NU’s Altamirano gave DLSU’s Ayo his big break
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 19, 2016 06:49 PM
BECAUSE OF YOU. Aldin Ayo's coaching career got a jumpstart thanks to Eric Altamirano's NBTC.
De La Salle University passed their toughest test thus far in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament with flying colors.
Behind Jeron Teng’s clutch shot-taking and making and coach Aldin Ayo’s mayhem that only allowed nine points in the last seven minutes, the Green Archers bested fellow championship challenger National University.
Not only did their latest convincing victory make sure DLSU remained the lone undefeated team in the tournament, it was also a milestone on a personal level for Ayo. As he put it, “Kay coach Eric (Altamirano) and coach Alex (Compton) too, they should be proud because they started this.”
He then continued, “Kung hindi naman nila ako dinala rito sa Manila at kung hindi ko naman nakita kung paano mag-coach ditto, hindi ako makakapag-isip na pumunta rito.”
The one-time NCAA champion coach and now DLSU mentor was one of the first participants in the National Basketball Training Center, a program for the development of both young players and coaches spearheaded by Altamirano and Compton.
For his part, the shot-caller for the Bulldogs said he was nothing but glad to see an NBTC trainee succeed. “I’m glad that he became a successful coach and one of the top collegiate coaches. I’m very happy for him kung saan siya nanggaling at kung nasaan siya ngayon.”
Altamirano then went on to share that even back then, they were already impressed with Ayo – not just as a coach, but also as a believer in grassroots basketball. “Si coach Aldin was one of our local coaches when we were starting. We really appreciate his support kasi ‘di lang siya coach, siya rin ang nag-fund ng team niya sa Sorsogon,” he said.
He then continued, “Makikita mo yung dedication niya as a coach and as a person who loves to develop players in the grassroots level.”
In the end, Ayo reiterated how grateful he is to the men who gave him the first stage to showcase his skills. “I’m very grateful to coach Eric and coach Alex. Because of NBTC, binibigyan nila ng chance ang mga coaches from the provinces na makapunta rito,” he expressed.
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