Archers say that 16-point win was all for you, coach Aldin

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 02, 2016 08:39 PM
Archers say that 16-point win was all for you, coach Aldin
ALL FOR YOU. Aldin Ayo's absence was a nothing but a motivator for DLSU.

Once again, De La Salle University aced their toughest test yet in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Without both head coach Aldin Ayo and team captain Jeron Teng, the Green Archers were still able to bully archrival Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

Teng was out with an injury while Ayo was serving a one-game suspension. As it turns out, however, his wards have never forgotten why he wasn’t there in the first place.

“I’m really proud of how the guys played as we stuck together without coach and Jeron,” Ben Mbala expressed after the game. “We did it for coach. He isn’t here because he had our backs in the last game.”

In their assignment prior to the rivalry game, Ayo was thrown out after he charged inside the court and offered eyeglasses to a game official. He was complaining about a missed call on starting pointman Thomas Torres.

As per league rules, an ejection entails an automatic one-game suspension.

Not only did DLSU do it for Ayo, they also did it as if Ayo were there. “This game is a testament to what coach Aldin taught his players. I told them right from the start to make life really hard for Ateneo in every possession,” acting head coach Louie Gonzales said.

He then continued, “Kailangan mapunta kami sa ulo ng kalaban namin – yun ang ‘mayhem.’”

Indeed, the Archers frustrated their opponents into 30 turnovers which were quickly converted into 33 big points.

The key to it all? Gonzales who has proven to be capable of pinch-hitting for Ayo.

“Magkasama na kami ni Aldin for a long time so kilalang kilala ko na siya. Alam ko kung anong gusto niya so in-execute ko lang yun,” he said.

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