Coach Aldin says DLSU peaking at the right time
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 24, 2017 08:10 PM
STREAKING. Ricci Rivero and the rest of DLSU have not tasted defeat in six weeks and counting.
De La Salle University will be well-rested and well-prepared when it takes on archrival Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Having dispatched of Adamson University last Saturday, the Green Archers have had a whole week to rest and prepare.
All this, while watching the Blue Eagles have to go through the eye of the needle against fighting Far Eastern University.
Along with the rest and preparation, the Taft-based team believes that momentum is on their side – having rang off eight consecutive victories heading into the Finals. “I think we’re in a very good spot because we’re peaking at the right time. The players have been very, very responsible in terms of their commitment to our goal,” head coach Aldin Ayo said.
They last lost on October 8, falling by one point to Ateneo.
Since then, however, the defending champions have dominated. Asked about the difference from then to now, Ayo answered, “We’re focused. We’re just focused on the game plan especially on defense.”
He then continued, “When we were in the first round, there were lots of distractions. In the second round, they just surrendered to the system so we overcame those distractions.”
The head coach went on to mention how he considered Ben Mbala’s stint with the Cameroonian national team and Aljun Melecio’s bout with dengue to be distractions.
Now, however, Mbala, Melecio, and all of DLSU are all focused in going back-to-back.
With that, they need no more motivation. As Ayo put it, “Wala namang motivation kundi championship e. yun lang.”
He then continued, “Wala nang kung ano-anong mga hugot. Championship, yun lang.”
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