‘Ateneo’ was all Ayo had to write on board to fire up DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 03, 2016 08:47 PM
‘Ateneo’ was all Ayo had to write on board to fire up DLSU
BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL. There was not much of a pep talk before DLSU took the floor against Ateneo.

When De La Salle University meets Ateneo de Manila University in the middle of the court, all is thrown out of the window.

The Philippines’ fiercest rivals, the Green Archers and the Blue Eagles will stop at nothing to get the better of one another.

That is exactly why DLSU coach Aldin Ayo didn’t have to do much to motivate his wards.

Knowing a thing or two about rivalry games, being an alumnus of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and seeing his fair share of those intense matchups with San Beda College, Ayo simply had one word for the Archers.

And he didn’t even have to say it.

“Actually, yung motivation ni coach, he didn’t say anything. He just wrote on the board: Ateneo,” guard Kib Montalbo shared. “Tapos sabi niya, ‘That is enough motivation.’”

Asked if, indeed, that was enough motivation, Montalbo didn’t even think twice in answering, “It’s Ateneo. We don’t wanna lose to Ateneo.”

He then continued, “Ako, I wanna beat Ateneo so bad.”

Apparently, the one-time NCAA champion coach’s pep talk was perfect as DLSU fought off their archrivals for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Finals.

On a more personal note, the win was Ayo’s first against the Eagles. He was suspended in their first round meeting which DLSU won, 97-81, and their archrivals got the better of them in the second round, 83-71.

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