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DLSU coach Ayo fine tunes Green Archers


Standings W L

ADMU Blue Eagles 3 0

DLSU Green Archers 3 0

UP Fighting Maroons 2 1

NU Bulldogs 2 1

AdU Soaring Falcons 1 2

FEU Tamaraws 1 2

UST Growling Tigers 0 3

UE Red Warriors 0 3

Games today at MOA Arena

2:00 pm UST vs FEU (Men)

4:00 pm DLSU vs UP (Men)

Two-time Coach of the Year Aldin Ayo spent the past two days fine-tuning the defending champion De La Salle U Green Archers after their ugly victory Wednesday and most importantly in preparation against an upset conscious University of the Philippines today in the featured match of the 80th UAAP men’s basketball at MOA Arena.

Ayo, who won his first coach of the year title in 2015 for Letran Knights in the NCAA and then for DLSU in UAAP last year, was extremely frustrated despite claiming their third straight victory for a share of the leadership over Adamson Soaring Falcons, 85-73, last Wednesday.

“That was a bad win. We started strong but we failed to finish it convincingly. Lumabas iyung pagiging bata ng team namin. Nakita namin iyung immaturity. Nagkanya-kanya. But good things is nirerecognized nila agad ang kamalian nila pagtingin sa bench,” said Ayo, sensing grave danger on the Green Archers title-defense.

The Green Archers is actually aiming for their fourth win and solo leadership, but Ayo knows it will not be an easy ride and a stroll in the park knowing that the UP Fighting Maroons that are surprisingly running third overall are capable of pulling a huge upset.

“UP is playing an inspired basketball right now as evident with their buzzer-beating victory over UST and then as against UE. We just could not go the way we play last time if we want to win against them,” said Ayo.

The Green Archers blasted FEU Tamaraws, 95-90, outlast NU Bulldogs, 115-109 and then ground the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 85-73.

For the Fighting Maroons, they escaped defeat from UST, 74-73, lost to Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71-92, and bounced back against UE Red Warriors, 84-71.

Meanwhile, the UST Growling Tigers hopes to end its three-game losing spell when it battles an on-and-off Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws in the first game at 2 pm.

The Tamaraws lost to La Salle, 90-95, won over UE, 90-83, and lost anew against Ateneo, 82-94.

By Angie Oredo