Ayo satisfied to see Archers overcoming their bad habits

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 05, 2016 04:04 PM
Ayo satisfied to see Archers overcoming their bad habits
THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT. Aldin Ayo was nothing but glad to see that the DLSU Green Archers have surrendered themselves to his system.

Even as De La Salle University marched forward to a 12-0 start to the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, head coach Aldin Ayo, like he always does, kept his eyes focused on the bigger picture.

“Nung nananalo kami, even though we were winning, nagkaroon kami ng bad habits,” he shared, looking back on the first dozen games of his tenure in Taft Avenue.

Those “bad habits” reared their ugly heads last November 5. The Green Archers lost for the first, and thus far only, time in the tournament – to archrival Ateneo de Manila University, no less. “Yung talo namin sa Ateneo, alam mong parating pero hindi mo alam kung kailan o saan. Pero nakikita ko na yung bad habits,” he said.

The good news for Ayo and the green and white is that when the archrivals met again last Saturday, DLSU had clearly learned from their mistakes. “Ngayon, okay ‘to. Yung ball movement lalo na sa crucial plays, hindi nag-one on one,” he said.

He then continued, “Ibig sabihin, naniniwala na sila sa sistema. Naniniwala na sila sa plays na kapag ginawa nila yun, makakapuntos.”

In their Game 1 win in the Finals, the Archers recorded 15 assists compared to their opponents’ 10.

The team effort Ayo appreciated was no more evident in what turned out to be the decisive sequence. Inside the last minute, bullheaded Blue Eagle Thirdy Ravena rumbled down the lane only to have the ball get stripped by Kib Montalbo.

DLSU  took possession and then had Jeron Teng in position.

The team captain did some rumbling down the lane of his own for the go-ahead basket and eventually, the game-winner.

Instead of claiming credit for the game-winner, Teng acknowledged the difference teammate Ben Mbala made in giving him space for the layup. “Ben took his man out so I saw an opening. Credit to him for getting me a good shot,” he said.

Now, Ayo is nothing but satisfied to see his Archers, from players 1 to 15, doing what’s good for the team. “Winning time. Sabi ko nga sa endgame, si JT ay beterano and siyempre yung talent ni Ben,” he said.

He then continued, “Basta silang lahat. ‘Di naman magpapatalo ang mga ‘to.”

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