UAAP Finals: Ayo says UST's coaches, not players, to blame for Game 1 loss

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 16, 2019 07:51 PM
Ayo says UST's coaches, not players, to blame for Gm 1 loss
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University of Sto. Tomas had no answers for Ateneo de Manila University in Game 1 of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Finals.

Finding themselves in a 2-18 hole early on, the Growling Tigers were never able to dig out of it and ultimately got run out of the Araneta Coliseum by 14 points.

Simply put, the black and gold was outplayed. "We played bad, really bad. We were not executing," head coach Aldin Ayo said post-game.

Indeed, UST was given a taste of its own medicine as its saw its opponent win the battle of fastbreak points, 23-8, as well as turnover points, 27-14.

Even more, Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy was their lone bright spot as he scored a career-best 26 points while all of Season MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo, graduating guard Renzo Subido, and do-it-all wing Rhenz Abando were slowed down.

Coach Aldin made it clear, however, that despite the 14-point loss, their players gave it their all. "Whatever it is, you can't blame the players. Trabaho ng coaching staff to simulate things and yung mga players, they did everything that they could," he shared.

He then continued, "Hindi lang talaga lumabas yung laro. Sa ganung situation, coaching yung may pananagutan dyan."

The one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach then furthered that in his eyes, they were beaten at their own game because their players should have been more prepared. "Some players did not play their usual game, but again, the problem is coaching staff. Tingin ko, we were not able to prepare them well," he said.

Still, UST remains upbeat as their coaching staff will only get right back to work. As Coach Aldin put it, "I told the players we just have to handle this loss the right way. That means going back to our videos and titignan namin kung ano yung mali."

He then continued, "We have to correct those and be better prepared for Wednesday."

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