UST coach Aldin Ayo congratulates Alma Mater
Despite his commitment with the UST Growling Tigers, head coach Aldin Ayo was happy to see his Alma Mater succeed in NCAA men’s basketball.
History repeated itself when the Letran Knights dethroned the 18-0 San Beda Red Lions to capture the Season 95 title.
“Well, congratulations to them. We are happy that the whole (Letran) community is happy,” said Ayo.
The former Letran mentor did not help but to reminisce the 2015 “Cinderella Run” with his former Knights guard/current UST assistant coach McJour Luib.
“Coach McJour and I were talking and sabi ko kay McJour ‘Coach, noong 2015 we were competing against foreign players. Ngayon, this is a different level — were going to compete against foreign coach,'” he recalled as San Beda boasted foreign-athletes Ola Adeogun and Donald Tankoua while Ateneo had American-Kiwi coach Tab Baldwin.
The second-year UST tactician was overwhelmed with the support that Letran community gave to its fellow Dominican university — who also happened to have their own run in the Finals.
“We’re grateful doon sa suporta. And kami naman, although gusto rin sana namin sumporta at manood kaya lang may trabaho eh. Especially magkadikit lang eh, ibig sabihin yesterday was the game tapos ngayon laro. So yung preparation namin masisira. Pero in terms of support, Letranista tayo eh,” he said.
Unfortunately, UST was not able to replicate Letran’s Finals sucess when the former fell short against Ateneo Blue Eagles in two games.
Although the decorated coach will always be a Letranista by heart, he is also grateful for the Thomasian community for their love and support on his job.
“Of course, namimiss namin pero katulad ng mga ordinaryong empleyado may mga gusto kang gawin kaso may trabaho eh. Kami, busy dito sa UST — masaya kami dito,” he lamented.
“We miss our Alma Mater, pero dito kami sa trabaho na masaya eh. Grabe suporta ng UST community sa amin.”