How did Melecio answer Ayo’s question of ‘Ayaw mo manalo?’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2016 09:13 PM
LOUD AND CLEAR. Coach Aldin Ayo challenged Aljun Melecio to prove he wanted to win - and that's exactly what he did.
With De La Salle University very much in need of a jolt of life in their highly-anticipated rematch with Far Eastern University on Saturday, super rookie Aljun Melecio was unable to come through.
Melecio missed all three of his attempts and only logged six minutes on the floor in the first two quarters as the Green Archers played at the tempo of the Tamaraws.
More than the sour shooting, however, coach Aldin Ayo said he didn’t use his prized prospect all that much because of how he was doing at the other end. “Kung ‘di maglalaro ng depensa yun, ‘di ko gagamitin yun. That was his fault in the first half,” he shared.
He then continued, “And sana, ma-realize niya na in our system, we always prioritize defense.”
Come the third quarter, however, the first-year mentor seemed to have pushed the right buttons as Melecio, all of a sudden, poured in nine points.
The recruit from De La Salle Zobel didn’t let up in the final frame and it was his booming triple inside the last two minutes that sparked the late charge that propelled his team back onto the win column.
Asked how he flipped the script, Melecio answered, “Ayoko lang i-down si coach sa binibigay niya sa aking kumpyansa.”
Indeed, the super rookie shared that during his struggles in the first half, Ayo went at him and questioned him by saying, “Ano, ayaw mo manalo?”
That was all he needed to play better. “Na-chalenge na ako nun kasi ever since naman, gusto ko manalo,” Melecio expressed.
He also added, “Nung nakita ni coach na parang ayaw ko manalo, sabi ko, hindi pwede ‘to kaya naging lalong aggressive ako.”
You can’t argue with Ayo’s motivational techniques as in the end, Melecio had 12 points, including the tally-tying basket, to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
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