Ayo feeling bittersweet without anyone to celebrate with

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 08, 2016 04:35 PM
Ayo feeling bittersweet without anyone to celebrate with
KEEP ME COMPANY. For now, Aldin Ayo will have to keep celebrating with his DLSU Green Archers.

Not many people can claim to be NCAA champions. Not many people can claim to be UAAP champions.

Even lesser number of persons can claim to be both NCAA and UAAP champions.

Now it can be told, Aldin Ayo is one of those few.

Showing the way for underdog Colegio de San Juan de Letran to the 2015 NCAA championship before guiding fully-loaded De La Salle University into fulfilling its potential as 2016 UAAP champions, the 39-year-old cannot be denied entry into the elite level of coaches.

While being a one-time NCAA champion coach and a one-time UAAP champion coach is a cause for celebration, Ayo shared that he wishes he had someone to share his happiness with. “Talking about celebration, medyo mahirap kasi every time you achieve something, you want to share it with your loved ones,” he said.

He then continued, “E wala naman akong kasama, wala naman yung mama ko rito, wala naman akong girlfriend. Ako lang talaga ngayon at puro lang basketball.”

The amiable mentor then went on to say that he hopes to spend time with his two children. “Sana, ipahiram sa akin yung mga anak ko para makapag-celebrate naman ako with them,” he mused.

While that matter is up to Ayo and the wife whom he had separated with to decide, the Green Archers assured their mentor that they are always there for him. “Kami na muna bahala sa kanya. Magkakasama naman kami sa dorm,” Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio said.

At the end of it all, Ayo said he still has no regrets. “Worth it lahat kasi ito lang naman ang gusto kong gawin – basketball.”

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