For seventh time in seven tries, Ayo a champion in his first year as coach
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 09, 2016 04:20 PM
BORN WINNER. Aldin Ayo has been a champion everywhere he has gone.
Right before Game 3 of the Finals when he was with Colegio de San Juan de Letran and they were against archrival San Beda College, coach Aldin Ayo proclaimed utmost confidence because his personal history was on their side.
“Lahat ng mga team na hinawakan ko, in our first year, champion kami sa mother leagues namin,” Ayo shared a year ago.
Indeed, the Knights went on to get the better of the Red Lions – in turn, proving the claim of their coach correct.
The now 39-year-old is no longer in Intramuros and has since moved on to Taft Avenue. And yet, his personal history remains on his side.
In his maiden season calling the shots for De La Salle University, Ayo is a champion coach once again.
The Green Archers swept archrival Ateneo de Manila University to claim the school’s ninth championship on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Losing just once through 16 games in the tournament, they completed one of the most dominant campaigns in the history of the league.
On a more personal note, DLSU’s win also ensured that their mentor gets to keep his streak going.
Ayo is now seven-for-seven in gifting his team a championship in only his first season at the helm.
While his personal history is impressive as it is, the amiable mentor shared there remains one thing he is yet to experience – and he is dead set on doing it next year. As he put it, “Ngayon, may gagawin ako sana na ‘di ko pa nagagawa – back-to-back.”
But wait, there’s more, as he added, “Hindi lang yun. Three-peat, four-peat.”
Is a dynasty emerging in Taft Avenue?
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