UAAP: Playing before the crowd a different animal than practice, says Ayo

Philip Matel on Oct 03, 2018 05:45 PM
UAAP: Practice a different animal than the crowd, says Ayo
Coach Aldin Ayo says he is still looking how to help his players harness and use their potential through and through.

Coach Aldin Ayo admits the UST Growling Tigers are not playing at their full potential as they stumbled to a 1-4 record following a 27-point beatdown from the DLSU Green Archers at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wednesday afternoon. 

It looked like a promising start for the boys from España, as they pushed NU to the brink during their opening day encounter before scoring an upset win over FEU.

However, they went through a very rough patch, losing to the undefeated Adamson Falcons, and then getting humiliated in back-to-back games against the Ateneo Blue Eagles and then most recently, his former De La Salle team. 

UST is sporting nine rookies in its lineup, and looks like their inexperience is now catching up to them.

For coach Ayo, his wards have been relentless in practice, but external factors may be the problem in their recent play.

"The problem is you cannot simulate the actual talaga pagdating sa UAAP. Papasok ‘yung may media coverage, ‘yung may TV, may crowd, different venues. Those things, mahirap i-simulate."

The champion coach then added that he is still looking at ways on how to help his players harness and use their potential through and through.

"...[T]hey deserve to win kasi they’re working very hard and they’re playing really well during practices. Sabi ko nga sa mga bata, ‘Don’t quit. It will be unfair for you guys because you’re not going to quit on me," a pleasant Ayo said after the game. 

His players have obviously bought into his system, as they were seen sporting t-shirts with Ayo's college number in the back of their warmup jackets.

Ayo says that he did not initiate the move, and sees it as a show of support and confidence by his loyal troops.

"‘Di ko nga alam na may mga t-shirt na ganun eh. ‘Di ko nga alam na alam nila ‘yung number ko when I was still playing. But I told the players, ‘This is not for me, this is for UST. Let’s play for UST, for our alma mater.’"

 

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