UAAP Season 82: We haven't achieved anything yet -- Ayo

Mark Escarlote on Nov 13, 2019 10:49 PM
UAAP 82: We haven't achieved anything yet -- Ayo
University of Sto. Tomas head coach Aldin Ayo wants his team to focus on the task yet to be done and not dwell on its latest conquest. (Arvin Lim)

It was okay for University of Sto. Tomas head coach Aldin Ayo to see his wards celebrate the big upset over University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball stepladder semifinals Wednesday.

In fact, who was he to stop the jubilation of the Tigers and the UST faithful in a sea of yellow inside the packed MOA Arena.

He allowed them to enjoy the moment.

When it subsided, he reminded them that the semis battle may be won but the war is far from over.    

“Wala pa kaming naa-achieve. We haven't achieved anything yet,” said Ayo after the Tigers ousted the twice-to-beat Fighting Maroons, 68-65, to advance to the Finals.

The Espana-based squad will have a few days to prepare to face a gargantuan task of toppling grand slam-seeking and unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University.  

“That's why I told the players after the game, well, they were celebrating and right now sabi ko kay Renzo... Renzo was apologizing because nagce-celebrate, sabi ko sa kanya okay lang, let it all out, tao lang naman eh,” said Ayo, who is in his fourth collegiate championship stint after steering Letran to the NCAA throne four years ago, De La Salle University to a crown in 2016 and another Finals stint the following year.

But he was quick to snap his boys out of their euphoria to see that yet to be done task at hand.

“Pero I told them to refocus because hindi pa tapos eh. Hindi pa tapos,” said the mentor.

Ayo quite frankly didn’t want his No. 4 seed team to be contented with what they had achieved so far.

“Nakita ko lang yung celebration. Ako medyo nag-worry ako ng konti kasi ayaw ko makita ng ganung celebration na mukhang silang nakukunteto eh,” he said. “And some of the coaching staff were crying, even my wife was crying, but I told her. Sabi ko, ‘Mommy wala pa tayo naa-achieve eh.’

“So we have to refocus and prepare for our next game,” Ayo said

Game 1 of the Finals is on Saturday.




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