DLSU extra motivated because Ateneo took something from them

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2016 06:04 PM
DLSU extra motivated because Ateneo took something from them
REVENGE ON MY MIND. Their first and only loss in the season still pains DLSU and head coach Aldin Ayo.

De La Salle University enters the Finals of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 14-1 win-loss record.

That lone mark in the loss column coming at the hands of archrival Ateneo de Manila University.

The date was November 5 and the final score read 83-71.

Green Archers’ mentor Aldin Ayo has not forgotten. “On our part, extra motivated kami kasi they took something from us. ‘Di ko makakalimutan yung November 5 na yun,” he said.

He then continued, “Yun yung mga talo na feeling mo, nawala sayo lahat. Sa amin kasi, grabe ang expectations and although isang talo lang naman yun, feeling namin nawala lahat.”

Since that first and only loss in the season, DLSU had to rally by Far Eastern University, 73-67, before scraping by Adamson University, 69-64.

The good news for Taft Avenue is that loss and the succeeding struggle have only fueled the already burning fire under their boys. “We have moved on and bumawi naman yung mga bata sa mga ensayo namin. Physically, readyng-ready na yung mga bata,” Ayo shared.

He then continued, “Kung motivated naman, of course, they are motivated because it’s Ateneo.”

The one-time NCAA coach then went on to say that DLSU’s desire has been very much evident even in practice. “Yung first two practices namin, naramdan kong masuka-suka na yung mga bata. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Guys, this is the championship. Isakripisyo niyo na ang sarili niyo,” he said.

And now, Ayo is nothing but proud to share that, at long last, his wards have surrendered to his system. “The way I see it during practices, kitang-kita ko yung body language ng mga bata. Again, it’s very odd na ngayon pa lang nangyayari, pero better late than never,” he said.

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