UAAP: Aljun Melecio had 'extra motivation' against UST
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 03, 2018 05:47 PM
For the first time, Aljun Melecio and Aldin Ayo were on opposite sides
After finally facing former mentor Aldin Ayo, Aljun Melecio reiterated what he had already said a day before.
“For me, it’s just another game. Laro lang,” he said after he and De La Salle University downed coach Aldin’s new team University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday. “Gusto ko lang mag-bounce back from loss to UP. Yun lang iniisip ko.”
The connection between Melecio and Ayo was created in 2012 when the latter, then only a coach starting his career, had the former, then only a kid with loads of talent, on his team in the Jr. NBA.
Years later, they would re-unite with the Green Archers, with the mentor and mentee winning a championship and getting a runner-up finish the following season.
This year, though, the two parted ways with Melecio staying in Taft Avenue and Ayo transferring to Espana.
And so, of course, there had to come a day when the multi-titled coach had to go up against his former most-wanted recruit.
On that day, the mentee and his team got the better of the mentor and his squad.
Melecio made sure of that right from tip-off, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter to lead La Salle to a strong start.
Of course, he only acknowledged that he had additional fuel to the fire seeing coach Aldin now on the opponents’ bench. “Feeling ko, ‘di lang naman ako yung may extra motivation kalaban si coach Aldin. For sure, pati yung ibang teammates ko rin,” he shared.
Still, the scoring dynamo made it clear that their desire for a bounce back win superseded all. “Galing kami sa talo kaya sabi ni coach, kailangan naming manalo. Kahit sinong coach sa UST, kailangan naming manalo e,” he said.
He then continued, “’Di dapat kami patalo.”
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