Ayo says he meant no foul in fielding all-big lineup vs UST
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 27, 2016 12:37 PM
ALL BUSINESS. According to coach Aldin Ayo, this lineup that featured no player smaller than six-foot-three just proved DLSU can also go big.
Now it can be told – De La Salle University and Aldin Ayo’s didn’t intend to disrespect University of Sto. Tomas with their all-big lineup last Sunday.
“I think I was criticized last game because of the five. I’m just doing my job,” Ayo said four days later, opening up about his coaching maneuver for the first time. “Kung ano man yung desisyon ko, wala akong iniinsulto. Nagtatrabaho lang ako.”
With the Green Archers well on their way to their 11th win in as many games, the first-year mentor put out a five on the floor made up of Mark Dyke, Ben Mbala, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, and Abu Tratter. Meaning, they had no player standing shorter than six-foot-tree and who was a legitimate pointman.
Post-game, reporters failed to reach Ayo for comment, but Growling Tigers coach Boy Sablan was quoted as saying, “Sa atin, tanggapin natin, ganun lang talaga. Basta tayo, rumerespeto tayo sa kapwa natin.” The all-big lineup also sparked debate on social media.
The way he sees it, however, the one-time NCAA champion coach he was just proving the versatility of his fully-loaded roster. As he put it, “I’ll make sure yung team ko, may bagong ginagawa at may naa-achieve kami. Magkakaroon din dun ng impression sa ibang team na we can go big, we can go small.”
Ayo further said that whatever he does is done in his desire to win. “Gusto ko lang manalo. Whatever it takes, gagawin ko – ilagay ko puro point guards, gawin kong puro sentro, kung mananalo kami, gagawin ko,” he expressed.
He then continued, “Kung pwede lang palaruin utility (team staff), kung maipapanalo namin, gagawin ko e.”
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