UAAP: Coach Aldin admits youth caught up with UST in loss to Adamson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2018 06:23 PM
UAAP: Coach Aldin admits youth caught up with UST in loss
Head coach Aldin Ayo still believes in his rookies even though their inexperience showed in their loss to Adamson

University of Sto. Tomas was unable to drag down the ascent of league-leading Adamson University.

Without an answer for Jerrick Ahanmisi as well as the Soaring Falcons’ pressure, the Growling Tigers dropped back down in the standings now at 1-2.

For head coach Aldin Ayo, the reason for their loss is pretty simple. “We played like rookies. Our inexperience manifested during the game,” he said.

Indeed, Ayo’s wards – comprised of nine rookies, three holdovers, and two returnees – were unable to stand strong in the face of the famed “Pumaren press” and committed 27 turnovers which were quickly converted into 29 points.

Of course, the multi-titled mentor, himself the architect of the “Mayhem,” knows more than a thing or two about pressure defense.

And so, he knows just what went wrong for UST. “Of course, iniisip mo kung paano ibi-beat yung press. We did it, kaya lang problema, yung decision-making. Pag beterano, gusto nila yung press e pero pag rookie, pag andyan na, natataranta na e,” he shared.

According to the stat sheet, CJ Cansino, Nat Cosejo, Joshua Marcos, Ken Zamora, JM Lagumen, and Germy Mahinay combined for 12 errors. For reference, Adamson as a team had 11 turnovers.

Still, coach Aldin made it clear that he has full faith on his youngsters. “I’m confident with my rookies. I’ll stick with them and I’ll make sure mag-grow sila sa experience na ‘to,” he said.

That is exactly why the Growling Tigers will just keep on getting themselves ready for anything and everything. “We’re going to learn from experience, pero pwede naman hindi ganun. If you work hard, if you simulate things, maha-handle mo rin mga ganung situation,” he said.


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