Coach Aldin still all smiles with UST in UAAP 81

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 03, 2018 06:42 PM
Coach Aldin still all smiles with UST in UAAP 81
Coach Aldin Ayo made it clear that he is nothing but happy with where he is right now

Even after suffering his second straight blowout loss, University of Sto. Tomas head coach Aldin Ayo was all smiles coming out of the dugout.

The Growling Tigers fell to De La Salle University, coach Aldin’s former team, by 27 points, 72-99, on Wednesday.

This, just four days after getting routed by Ateneo de Manila University by 32 points, 53-85.

Still, there was no hint of disappointment in the face of the one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach. “For me, I’m very happy, very much contented that I’m on the other side because I know the feeling pag dun ka nagko-coach,” he said.

He then continued, “So even though ganito yung outcome, I’m still very, very happy that I’m here in UST.”

Coach Aldin had already said in previous interviews that his two years in La Salle was spent inside a pressure cooker.

Now, it’s head coach Louie Gonzalez who is inside that pressure cooker and apparently, he is not getting any advice from the man he replaced.

“Wala akong sinabi,” Ayo answered when asked if he told Gonzalez anything when the final buzzer sounded in their matchup. “Coaching, playing in basketball is like politics. Magkasama kayo pag parehas yung gusto niyo, but if there’s conflict of interest, then it becomes different.”

Coach Aldin and coach Louie had worked for nearly two decades before going their separate ways

Back in 2001 when Ayo was still playing in the NCAA, Gonzalez was one of the assistant coaches in that Colegio de San Juan de Letran team.

Fast forward 11 years, Ayo and Gonzalez, now with Glenn Capacio, made waves as a trio in the Jr. NBA. They also had a short stint for Kia (now Columbian) in the PBA.

Their biggest break came in 2015 when they led the Knights to a magical championship. A year later, they guided the Green Archers to a dominant title and the next season, a runner-up finish.

This year, though, Ayo decided to move to Espana and now has former player Mcjour Luib as his most tenured lieutenant. On the other hand, Gonzalez and Capacio remained in Taft Avenue.

Now, that relationship appears to be no more. “Ganun lang yun. Ganun lang kasimple yun,” coach Aldin said.

For his part, coach Louie again said this was all just part of the game. “Entering the game, alam naman nating ang buhay ng coaches e. So again, (even if) it’s Aldin or other coaches, siguro ako, ganun pa rin ang treatment ko – pipilitin kong manalo, pipilitin kong mag-compete,” he remarked.


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