UAAP: UST coach Aldin after his worst loss: 'I signed up for this'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2018 05:49 PM
Coach Aldin after his worst loss: 'I signed up for this'
Coach Aldin Ayo has now lost by an average of 34 points to his former team in La Salle

ANTIPOLO – Aldin Ayo, now head coach of University of Sto. Tomas, has been swept in the elimination round of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament by his former team De La Salle University.

After getting routed by 27 points in the first round, coach Aldin and his Growling Tigers were at the wrong end of a 41-point beating by the Green Archers in their second round meeting on Saturday at the Ynares Center here.

For the multi-titled mentor, UST shot themselves in the foot by not being the same squad that had been one of the pleasant surprises in the tournament.  “We just did not play our game. It has nothing to do with what La Salle did. We were not able to play our game,” he said.

He then continued, “Nagkataon lang na ‘di kami naglaro nang maayos at nagkataon na La Salle, naglaro nang maayos. No big deal. Nagkataon lang na bad game.”

Indeed, six Green Archers were in double-digits while Marvin Lee was the lone bright spot for the Growling Tigers.

And so, UST got dominated by La Salle from start to finish, 110-69.

The 41-point blowout is the second-worst loss for a team in the UAAP since 2003.

More personally, the 41-point blowout is the worst loss in the career of the one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach. Before this, his worst loss was a 32-point beating at the hands of Ateneo de Manila University.

Still, coach Aldin, ever fiery, is keeping the faith in himself and his Growling Tigers. As he put it, “I signed up for this. Through thick and thin, we’ll be here.”

He then continued, “We’re going to be patient. We’re not going to give up on these guys kasi grabe sila magtrabaho.”

And in the 41-point blowout, he even saw some positives. “At least, magandang nakapaglaro ang mga third-stringers namin,” he said, referring to the likes of Nat Cosejo, Ira Bataller, and Tobi Agustin who got more minutes than usual.

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