UAAP: UST's Renzo Subido: 'I went back because (of) coach Aldin'

Philip Matel on Aug 31, 2018 03:37 PM
UAAP: Renzo Subido: 'I went back because (of) coach Aldin'
Renzo Subido is Aldin Ayo's new spitfire guard in the mold of Mark Cruz and Aljun Melecio

Returning guard Renzo Subido made it no secret as to why he returned to the UST after sitting out Season 80.

With a new start under coach Aldin Ayo coupled with tons of experience playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League, the fourth-year sharpshooter is ready to help the Growling Tigers bounce back from their worst finish in school history.

Subido bared that playing for Ayo - who steered Letran and La Salle to championships in the NCAA and the UAAP, respectively, in just his first seasons there - was his main reason in donning the black and gold once more

"Definitely I went back because it's coach Aldin. Siyempre, he's a champion coach, yung system niya, it's been proven. It's a champion system, champion coach, so who wouldn't want to play under coach Aldin?" the fourth-year guard said in an interview at the ABS-CBN Sports office.

His third coach with the Growling Tigers, following Boy Sablan and Bong dela Cruz, the Marketing Management major spoke highly of his new mentor whom he said has given them complete freedom inside the court.

He added that he and his teammates are very much motivated by the championship coach's way of causing a stir among them.

"Actually, playing under him is really fun. Very motivated to learn a lot kasi marami ka talagang matututunan kay coach Aldin. At the same time, sometimes kasi players diba they feel pressure under their coach, pero under coach Aldin, we don't feel any pressure, we enjoy every time we play."

Of course, just as Ayo had Mark Cruz in Letran and Aljun Melecio in La Salle, he now has Subido in UST.

However, the 5'9 spitfire brushed off those comparisons and emphasized that it would need a total team effort to get wins.

With the least amount of talent in any of his teams, Ayo has adjusted his offensive and signature 'Mayhem' defense to cater to the needs of his young squad, with only four players returning from the disastrous 1-13 season a year ago.

Subido also revealed that he sat out Season 80 to "maximize his skills" and learn a lot from wily veterans as teammates and adversaries.

"Ayoko masayang ang season ko in a way na gusto ko ma-maximize na maganda lagi ang lalaruin ko so I decided to sit out last season to focus on improving myself as a basketball player. Proving my skills."

The De La Salle Zobel product, no stranger to scoring, acknowledged that his playing experience definitely made him a "sharper and more cerebral player" and will look to become the player he once was in the Juniors level where he was the top scorer.

Despite flying under the radar this season, Subido assures Thomasians that a lack of effort will definitely not be seen from this year's Growling Tigers.

"The fans can expect from us that we're going to play our and compete in every game. We're going to really work hard for that win."

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