That wasn’t the first time coach Ayo made magic with eyeglasses

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 28, 2016 08:51 PM
That wasn’t the first time Ayo made magic with eyeglasses
SEQUEL. Aldin Ayo did something with eyeglasses to fire up DLSU - just like he did in one game when he was back in Letran.

De La Salle University’s Aldin Ayo incurred his first ejection as a coach in the UAAP on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

Complaining about a missed call on Green Archer Thomas Torres, Ayo charged inside the court.

He then offered assistant Siot Tanquincen’s eyeglasses to a game official.

His players, even usually intense Ben Mbala, had to pull him back to the bench.

Not long after, he got himself sent back to the locker room.

Asked about the gesture after the game, DLSU’s fiery mentor simply said, “I have nothing to say. No comment.”

Pressed further, he still said, “Pass muna ako. I might get into trouble.”

Apparently, however, that did just the trick and the Green Archers only responded on the right note en route to an 84-78 decision against University of the East. As Prince Rivero put it, “Nawala man si coach Aldin physically, he was there with us all throughout the game.”

He then continued, “He did that for us. He was just protecting us.”

For new DLSU assistant coach Mcjour Luib, however, what transpired was nothing new. As he put it, “Nadala lang siya sa emosyon kasi ‘di talaga nagpapatalo yan kahit kanino. Pero nakita ko na yun e kaya ‘di ako na-shock.”

Indeed, back when he was with Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Ayo did the exact same thing in a game against Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Contesting a missed call on a Knight, he rushed onto the court and again put eyeglasses in front of the face of a referee. He was only slapped with a technical foul then, but later on, incurred another technical foul to get himself ejected.

Back then, Ayo’s antics lit a fire under Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal. In Luib’s eyes, the exact same thing happened today with the Green Archers as he said, “Sinabi rin sa huddle na si coach Aldin, nag-sacrifice para sa players niya. Kaya yun, nagtrabaho naman players niya.”

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