UST coach Ayo finally breaks silence regarding Cantonjos, Tiger Cubs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 22, 2018 08:37 PM
UST coach Ayo finally breaks silence regarding Cantonjos
According to a report by The Varsitarian, UST’s new head coach Aldin Ayo would have wanted school legend Chris Cantonjos to be part of his staff

Aldin Ayo’s unwillingness to speak was one of the things that ruffled the feathers of those already in Espana when he arrived.

For one, now-resigning University of Sto. Tomas Juniors head coach Chris Cantonjos said he did not appreciate how Ayo failed to approach him to talk things over – especially with reports stating that the latter was mulling replacing the former.

“Ang gusto ko lang naman dati, sana nag-clarify man lang sila kung totoo o hindi totoo yun,” Cantonjos said, referring to reports stating that Ayo was eyeing NCAA Juniors champion coach Randy Alcantara as the next mentor for the Tiger Cubs.

More than a month since Cantonjos first shared his thoughts on the matter, Ayo finally broke his silence. “Sa akin, if we have offended him, hindi namin sinasadya na mangyari (yun). Kung nakaramdam siya nang ganoon, with all sincerity, I would like to apologize to him,” he told The Varsitarian in the school paper’s exclusive interview on Thursday.

In fact, Ayo said he was thinking about putting Cantonjos, a UST legend, on his coaching staff. “I look up to him. Wala kami (sa) coaching staff na kaya mag-handle sa mga big man,” he said.

He then continued, “Siya (na sana) yun because he is one of the big men UST had.”

Cantonjos, during his time as a Growling Tiger, helped his team go 14-0 in the 1993-1994 season and then went on to win a four-peat as well as an MVP.

Meanwhile, Ayo clarified that his trips to scout UAAP Juniors MVP and UST High Star CJ Cansino was approved by athletics moderator Rodrigo Sambuang.

This, in response to Cantonjos’ statement regarding Ayo’s courting of Cansino. “Ito pa sana, pag nagre-recruit ng player, lumalapit muna sa coach. Yun ang number one,” Cantonjos shared.

He then continued, “Kahit sinong coach ang tanungin niyo, respect, magpaalam sa coach. Kumbaga, (auto)matic na yun.”

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