Ayo: ‘Nakaka-bad trip, we were not playing our game’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 23, 2016 08:31 PM
Ayo: ‘Nakaka-bad trip, we were not playing our game’
MISSING MAYHEM. Aldin Ayo said he did not see the DLSU Green Archers he has been used to seeing.

De La Salle University, as expected, is into the Finals of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Coach Aldin Ayo, however, was far from a picture of satisfaction after the Green Archers finally warded off very game Adamson University on Wednesday.

From the final buzzer to his post-game conference, there was no hint of a smile on the face of the first-year mentor.

Inside the press room, Ayo held nothing back in venting his frustrations about DLSU’s hardfought victory versus the young yet hungry Soaring Falcons. “We were not executing our gameplan. Nakaka-bad trip, talagang I was very disappointed with how we played in the first half,” he expressed.

At halftime, Adamson was only behind by four. However, the upstarts had 15 more attempts courtesy of the 15 errors they forced – they just didn’t convert them.

The one-time NCAA champion coach wasn’t too happy about the Archers’ last two quarters either. “Even in the third and early part of the fourth quarter, we were not playing our game. That’s why I’m hesitant to congratulate (the players) because it was a horrible game for us,” he said.

In all, DLSU won by five points, but only counted Jeron Teng and Ben Mbala in double-digits. As a team, they also committed 26 turnovers while only netting three assists.

That lack, or failure, of ball movement was the biggest eyesore for Ayo. “During practice, ginagawa namin yan, but now the problem is, how do you put those schemes during the game? Yun ang nagiging problema namin – bakit pag may camera na, may TV na, may crowd na, nagbabago yung galaw ng mga bata,” he shared.

He then continued, “Yun ang problema namin. Bakit may mga players na ayaw mamasa pag may TV na or pag may camera na? Yun ang problema namin.”

In the stat sheet, point guards Thomas Torres and Aljun Melecio combined for 12 points in 5/13 shooting, nine rebounds, and five turnovers.

For his part, Melecio was quick to admit that, indeed, this wasn’t his best game. As he put it, “Inaamin ko na minsan, ‘di ko nara-run yung play, pero yun nga, kasi nanggigil ako. Feeling ko naman, yun naman yung mga shots na tine-take ko, ‘di lang pumapasok.”

The rookie was also quick to re-assure the faithful over at Taft Avenue that he and the rest of his teammates know very well what they should improve upon. “More on mental lang talaga, decision-making. Maganda naman training namin so feeling ko na sa game, tamang mindset lang talaga (ang kailangan),” he said.

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