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Coach Aldin says DLSU peaking at the right time

De La Salle University will be well-rested and well-prepared when it takes on archrival Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Having dispatched of Adamson University last Saturday, the Green Archers have had a whole week to rest and prepare. All this, while watching the Blue Eagles have to go through the eye of the needle against fighting Far Eastern University. Along with the rest and preparation, the Taft-based team believes that momentum is on their side – having rang off eight consecutive victories heading into the Finals. “I think we’re in a very good spot because we’re peaking at the right time. The players have been very, very responsible in terms of their commitment to our goal,” head coach Aldin Ayo said. They last lost on October 8, falling by one point to Ateneo. Since then, however, the defending champions have dominated. Asked about the difference from then to now, Ayo answered, “We’re focused. We’re just focused on the game plan especially on defense.” He then continued, “When we were in the first round, there were lots of distractions. In the second round, they just surrendered to the system so we overcame those distractions.” The head coach went on to mention how he considered Ben Mbala’s stint with the Cameroonian national team and Aljun Melecio’s bout with dengue to be distractions. Now, however, Mbala, Melecio, and all of DLSU are all focused in going back-to-back. With that, they need no more motivation. As Ayo put it, “Wala namang motivation kundi championship e. yun lang.” He then continued, “Wala nang kung ano-anong mga hugot. Championship, yun lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnNov 24th, 2017

No bad blood between Ayo, Gonzalez after DLSU rout of UST

      MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in his UAAP career, coach Aldin Ayo had to watch from the other side of a La Salle beating as coach Louie Gonzalez’s Green Archers wrecked his UST Growling Tigers by 27, 99-72, on Wednesday, October 3. It was Ayo’s second-worst coaching loss ever, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Aldin Ayo breaks silence, confirms departure as DLSU head coach

MANILA, Philippines – After days of unconfirmed reports, Aldin Ayo has confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday, January 2, that he is leaving the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers basketball program. In his first social media post since tweeting “Xroad” (crossroad) on December 8, the 40-year old 2-time collegiate champion ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Will Louie Gonzalez be able to prove himself as head coach with DLSU?

De La Salle University did not waste time in moving forward from champion coach Aldin Ayo. The Green Archers will now have longtime assistant Louie Gonzalez calling the shots. According to fan account Archers’ Clubhouse, he was appointed as head coach of the Taft-based team right before the year 2017 ended. Several sources within the team confirmed the development. The post went on to say that team patron Danding Cojuangco himself appointed Gonzalez. He takes over for Ayo who has transferred from DLSU to University of Sto. Tomas. This brings to an end a longtime partnership between the two starting from Kia in the PBA to Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA and then onto the Green Archers. Twice in that longtime partnership, Ayo was suspended for one game and Gonzalez was thrust into the role of acting coach – giving us a little taste of his capabilities as shot-caller. Mentoring the Knights in 2015, he lost to Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-69. That was their first loss in the season following a 7-0 start. Mentoring DLSU in 2016, he won against archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 97-81. That completed a sweep of the first round. For that small sample size, without a doubt, Gonzalez’ appointment didn’t set the world on fire Still, he brings with him years and years of experience that could prove valuable for a Taft-based team looking for much-needed stability with all that has happened recently. As per Reuben Terrado of spin.ph, Gonzalez started his coaching career under the tutelage of then Letran mentor Binky Favis in the ‘90s. From there, he had an assistant coaching stint in Far Eastern University from 2007 to 2010. He was then part of the Globalport bench from 2012 to 2014 and then the Kia staff from 2014 to 2015. It was in 2015 that he, serving as first lietenant, and Ayo led the Knights to a magical championship. A year later, the two guided the Green Archers a dominant title. Also, having had years and years of experience, former colleagues had nothing but good words for Gonzalez. One such former colleague is now FEU athletic director Mark Molina who had this to say:   Congrats to former FEU assistant Louie Gonzales. Louie was a vital part of Glenn Capacio's staff with the Tamaraws then. I'm sure my good friend Tanny Gonzales is smiling in heaven. — Mark Molina (@marqmolina) Enero 1, 2018   However, Gonzalez will still have a tall task ahead of him as he tries to fill the big shoes of two-time collegiate champion coach Ayo. He will also be missing the services of back-to-back MVP Ben Mbala who has elected to take his talents to Mexico. Helping their new head coach with this tall task will now be Mythical Team member Ricci Rivero, team captain Kib Montalbo, and former Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo,.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

UAAP Finals: DLSU came alive when captain Kib stood up to Thirdy

De La Salle University was at the wrong end of Ateneo de Manila University’s strong start in Game 2 of the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Blue Eagles went online right from tip-off and dug a hole as deep as 21 points, 49-28, for the Green Archers in the second quarter. “Kanina, mapapaisip ka na lang talaga na grabe, pasok lahat ha. I just told my teammates to stick to the system ni coach Aldin,” team captain Kib Montalbo said. Indeed, the defending champions, showed heart and clawed their way, little by little, back into the contest. With a 14-2 run to end the first half, they decreased their deficit to only 42-51 at halftime. And right before the two teams headed back to their locker rooms, the Taft-based squad’s skipper proved that they weren’t going away just yet. Going into a defensive stance as Ateneo was inbounding the ball, Montalbo stood as an impediment to Thirdy Ravena. And even though the muscular Ravena bumped into him not once, but twice, five-foot-nine Montalbo stood his ground. Talking about their interaction post-game, he said, “As captain of this team, it all starts with me. If I play tough, they’re gonna play tough. There was no foul; I was just standing there.” He then continued, “It’s just basketball and we needed that, we needed to wake up. Inch by inch, possession by possession, we were going to get back into the game.” That, DLSU did and battled back from a 21-point deficit to come away with a 92-83 win. In the end, Montalbo was nothing but glad that he and DLSU brought the fight just in the nick of time. “We worked for 10 to 11 months for this tapos itatapon lang namin? No way,” he said. He then continued, “We’ll fight to the end.” Game Three of the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals will air on December 3, Sunday LIVE at 3:30 pm on ABS-CBN Channel 2, S+A, S+A HD and via livestream. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

What was Encho Serrano doing in the DLSU locker room?

Still on track for back-to-back championships in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament, De La Salle University may have just shown a glimpse of its still bright future. After rallying by Adamson University all the way back into the Finals on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, the Green Archers filed out of their locker room with smiles on their faces. Among the players and the coaches, however, was Encho Serrano. Yes, tantalizing talent Serrano who is currently with National University and formerly of Adamson High School. According to sources in DLSU, the five-foot-11 hyper-athletic swingman is being wooed to come over to Taft Avenue. Sources also went on to say that the interest is mutual. Serrano once starred for the Baby Falcons in the UAAP Juniors before he went with mentor Goldwyn Monteverde to NU. Now, the Pampanga native appears to be looking at other options. For his part, however, Green Archers’ head coach Aldin Ayo said that Serrano’s presence means nothing – not yet, at least. “Nanood lang siya,” he said. Meanwhile, a source in the Bulldogs’ camp said that, as far as they know, Serrano is still with them. ABS-CBN Sports tried to get in contact with Serrano, but is still awaiting a response as of press time. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Will Ben Mbala miss the UAAP Finals?

Ben Mbala missed the first two games of De La Salle University in the UAAP 80 Men's Basketball Tournament. There's a chance he may miss miss more. The Cameroonian was named part of his national team's lineup for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers scheduled from November 24 to 26. This was not a surprise as the 22-year-old had a starmaking stint in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket with averages of 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds through his country's quarterfinals finish. His time wearing the Cameroonian flag caused him to miss the Green Archers' first two assignments up against Far Eastern University and National University. Still, the defending champions took care of business and won without Mbala. This time around, however, things may be different as the UAAP Season 80 will be well approaching its climax by the time of the African Qualifiers. In fact, Game 1 of the Finals is slated for November 25. As it stands, the Green Archers and archrival Ateneo de Manila University are the top two teams in the tournament. ABS-CBN Sports reached out to Mbala and DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo for comment, but have yet to receive a response......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

King Maroon Desiderio is hands down Player of the Week

Following a career performance, all Paul Desiderio could say was, “Naglaro lang ako.” University of the Philippines’ main man was never one for talking and just lets his game speak for him. His statement was loud and clear last Saturday as he fired a career-best 30 points on top of six rebounds and five assists to lead the Fighting Maroons to a big-time win over De La Salle University. Scoring the most points by a player from Diliman since 2003 all while proving that State U is serious in its contention, Desiderio was hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week from September 18 to 24. Even after besting teammate Jun Manzo, Ben Mbala of DLSU, Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University, and Papi Sarr of Adamson University for the weekly citation, the 20-year-old was at a loss for words. “Wala akong masabi. Nagpapasalamat lang ako sa mga teammates ko kasi tulong-tulong kami para manalo,” he said. Indeed, UP head coach Bo Perasol said Desiderio’s “excellent performance” was also made possible by the other guys. “His teammates are his unsung heroes. They pass the ball to him, they rebound for him, they set screens for him, they do the little things for him,” he shared. Desiderio started the season slow, averaging 13 points on 26.3 percent shooting, but busted out with 28 points to shoot the Maroons over University of the East a week ago. “Medyo gigil pa ako first two games, pero ngayon, okay na. Nag-relax na ako,” he said. Against the defending champions, the pride of Cebu was even hotter, swishing six of State U’s 16 total triples. While Desiderio was never one for talking, opponents have no choice but to talk about him. Last week, Red Warriors mentor Derrick Pumaren said, “I think Desiderio killed us.” Not long after, Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo said, “Ginawa na rin sa amin ni Desiderio ‘yun before so we prepared ourselves for that, pero our players did not respond.” The Player of the Week will again lead UP as they try for three straight wins against Far Eastern University next Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

Here come the Knights

Letran coach Jeff Napa feels his team is peaking at just the right time, which could mean trouble for any team that's bound to face the Knights in the Final Four of NCAA Season 94. With Larry.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

UAAP: UST s coach Aldin on W: This is for Steve (Akomo)

Rallying around ailing Steve Akomo, University of Santo Tomas played inspired basketball and clinched back-to-back wins for the first time under the tutelage of head coach Aldin Ayo, at the expense of the University of the Philippines on Wednesday. The big man from Cameroon has been confined in the UST Hospital since Monday due to blood clots found in his brain. He is still under medication and observation for brain swelling. "Of course, this is for Steve. This is for all the players, this is for the community. This is for UST," said Ayo after their dominant win. Asked about the condition of the graduating big man, Ayo answered, "Okay naman siya, he's fine. I hope he can recover, nothing serious naman pero sana gumaling kasi kawawa yung bata." They may have had to deal with the bad news of Akomo's condition this week, but the Growling Tigers responded well with the wire-to-wire victory. They led by as much as 30 points in the third quarter. "We were playing as a team, I think that was the difference, compared to our previous games," Ayo said. With the victory, UST ended their first round campaign with a 3-4 slate......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Ailing Steve Akomo tells UST teammates: Finish UAAP 81 well

UST Growling Tigers center Steve Akomo, who is recovering from a blood clot found in his brain, has sent out a message of encouragement to his teammates. The Cameroonian center has been confined at the UST Hospital since Monday after tests revealed blood clotting due to head trauma. Prior to the admission, Akomo said that he felt numb and could not move his left arm for several days before regaining sensation. "I want to say to say thanks for all the experiences I had with them. And I want to say to them to play hard, to finish this season in a good condition and just play hard," the 6'9 beanpole, who is out indefinitely, said. "I want to tell them to stay focused and strong, finish this UAAP Season 81 well, healthy, and safe, and give all the rest to God. Play as a team. Play as one. One for UST." The affable slotman also thanked the support of the UST community as he undergoes this ordeal, dodging the intensive care unit and open brain surgery as of this time. He is also under observation for the next seven days and is under medication for brain swelling.  Akomo, in his second and final season for UST, averaged 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in his four appearances off the bench for coach Aldin Ayo's squad. The Growling Tigers currently sit just outside the Final Four at sixth place with a 2-4 record.   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

UAAP: From MVP to Rookie of the Year? CJ Cansino s making a great case

Safe to say, CJ Cansino has taken the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament by storm. With per game counts of 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, he has got to be one of the frontrunners for Rookie of the Year. University of Sto. Tomas’ super rookie only built on those on Saturday with a big-time 17-point, 17-rebound double-double on top of four assists. In fact, he already had a double-double late in the second quarter with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Of course, Cansino is only giving his best to prove his worth. “Siyempre, pinapatunayan ko sa lahat na belong din ako rito,” he said. He then continued, “Pinaghirapan ko ‘to, I worked hard on this simula bata ako. Kaya ginagawa ko lang yung best ko and every game, naka-focus talaga ako.” While his numbers are eye-openers for just about everybody watching the UAAP Seniors, the long-limbed swingman has actually been putting up those sort of statistics ever since his days in the UAAP Juniors. In his last season there, he averaged 24.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. Those were more than enough to make him the runaway MVP – a runaway MVP that had an 18-point lead in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) over his closest competitor in Kai Sotto. Yes, Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old of Ateneo de Manila High School. That doesn’t mean, however, that slowly but surely, UST is becoming the Cansino’s team. Rather, according to the super rookie himself, they want nothing more than total team effort each and every game. As he put it, “Si coach [Aldin Ayo], wala siyang main man na parang, ito, CJ Cansino, ikaw lang tututukan ko. ‘Di siya ganun.” He then continued, “Lahat kami, equal opportunity. Kung sinong maglaro nang mayos this game, siya talaga maglalaro.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

UAAP: Spa and buffet lead to relaxed basketball from Growling Tigers

The UST Growling Tigers can thank a day away from basketball for playing one for their finest games this UAAP season. As the 19-time UAAP champions' current squad consist a young core, with six rookies at the helm, their tendency is to break down if a fiery coach like Aldin Ayo puts pressure on them. On the day following their devastating 27-point loss against the De La Salle Green Archers at the Mall of Asia Arena, the mentor told his guys to relax and forget hoops for a while, with the dividends clearly showing in UST's win over the UE Red Warriors. "Ang ginawa namin, wala munang basketball. They went to a spa, nag-buffet. After classes, nag-relax ‘yung mga bata. Walang ginawa. They detached themselves from basketball," Ayo said of the move. He then reduced the usual practice time from four to five hours down to merely an hour, with the rest of the time devoted to reviewing film. That, Ayo said, relieved his players of stress and rejuvenated them for Saturday's game. His players then repaid him by raining 16 three-pointers, five more than their two-point conversions. Rookie of the Year candidate CJ Cansino also tallied a huge double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, undoubtedly one of the best marks by any player this season. "Na-relax tuloy ‘yung mga bata. I can say that it was effective kasi maganda ‘yung resulta eh. Pero titingnan naming kung ano gagawin namin sa next game namin [vs UP on Wednesday]. Ayo also did his part by not writing marching orders on the whiteboard before the game, "no pointers" as he put it, and noticed that the young Tigers were more relaxed that way.  Even though it worked this time, the former Letran and La Salle coach said that the relaxation approach may not work against every opponent, thus taking it on a case-to-case basis.  "Sabi ni Renzo [Subido], ‘Coach, we overdo it sometimes. Sometimes, sobrang kulang naman. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Let’s meet halfway, let’s moderate things.’ Every time we moderate things, nagiging balanse eh. So ‘di naman sobra, ‘di naman kulang. Galing kay Renzo ‘yun.” __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Facing former coach just another game for Melecio, Baltazar

De La Salle head coach Louie Gonzales was quick to shrug off any potential storyline when his team faced Aldin Ayo for the first time after the muscular tactician's transfer to University of Santo Tomas. Gonzales said facing Ayo, who was the Green Archers' head coach from 2016 until 2017, was just another day in the office for him and that he approached the game like he would against any other team in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament. "If it's Aldin or any other coach I will treat it the same way I approached the other games, and that is to compete," said Gonzales in Filipino after their 99-72 win over UST Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. READ:UAAP: La Salle de...Keep on reading: Facing former coach just another game for Melecio, Baltazar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Coaching friends ‘duel’ in UST-DLSU

After devising ways to destroy the opposition together, long-time colleagues and pals Aldin Ayo and Louie Gonzalez now plot against each other at the helm of Santo Tomas and La Salle, respectively......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

UAAP 81 By the Numbers: Soaring to new heights

The UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament is starting to take shape. After a week's worth of action, the birds continue to fly high with Adamson and Ateneo leading all teams. The rest of the field is as wide open as ever, which should make for an interesting couple of weeks as the first round winds down. Before another set of action though, a quick By the Numbers look for the games last week.   1 Number of wins for the UE Red Warriors when star scorer Alvin Pasaol comes of the bench, UE demolished FEU this past weekend to score its first win this season and Pasaol was a reserve for the first time since 2016. Pasaol previously came off the bench eight times already. The Red Warriors were 0-8 in those games.   +39 Alvin Pasaol's final plus/minus in the UE win over FEU, the best mark so far this season. Pasaol also recorded five steals, showing his defensive prowess. The five takeaways is also the highest so far this season, a record he shares with Ateneo's Raffy Verano.   12 Total assists for UE's Philip Manalang in the win over the Tamaraws. Manalang's 12 dimes is the most in the UAAP in five years, since Terrence Romeo also dished out 12 assists in an FEU win over UE.   32 Final margin of victory for Ateneo against UST. It's the most lopsided game so far this season. It's also the most lopsided loss in coach Aldin Ayo's UAAP career. The previous high was 12 points, also against the Blue Eagles.   5 Number of wins by Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin against Aldin Ayo. Baldwin is the only UAAP coach not to have a losing record against Ayo. Their head-to-head showdown is currently tied at five wins each.   1 Number of game-winners for Adamson's Sean Manganti against UP this season. Manganti continues to haunt the Fighting Maroons. Last week, the Adamson forward hit a floater off a broken play as the Falcon beat UP to extend their undefeated streak to four games in UAAP Season 81.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

UAAP: Ateneo may have just given Aldin Ayo a new source of fuel

Aldin Ayo has just experienced the biggest loss in his career. The one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach was at the wrong end as his University of Sto. Tomas got obliterated by Ateneo de Manila University by 32 points, 53-85, on Saturday. For coach Aldin, there was only one response after that big a loss. “You have to take that as a man. Ganun talaga e. every time you experience things like this, you become sensitive and you see things na kailangang tanggapin,” he said. This is only the second time in his four-year collegiate career that the now Growling Tigers mentor was defeated by double-digits. More than the biggest loss in his career, however, it was something that happened during the game that Coach Aldin said would now play a part in his coaching moving forward. “Narinig niyo mga sinisigaw ng mga Atenista? Naririnig niyo mga sinisigaw,” he told reporters. Pressed further on what he heard from the Ateneo crowd, the UST head coach opted not to disclose those as they would not be safe for printing and publishing. Ateneo and Ayo already have a colorful history as before calling the shots for the Growling Tigers, the latter was the tactician for the former’s archrival De La Salle University. All that matters for Coach Aldin, however, is that whatever was said would only make him and his team better. “It will help us, it will help our program, it will help me personally, it will help the whole team. They’re just fueling our drive to strive more and be better next time,” he said. In the end, whatever happened to UST during the game and after it is all on the broad shoulders of their first-year mentor. “Even though it’s a 32-point loss, this will not make us a lesser team. This is just one game and I’ll make sure hindi maapektuhan yung confidence ng mga bata,” he shared. He then continued, “Kasalanan ‘to ng coaching staff, kasalanan ko ‘to. Kulang pa ginagawa namin so baka pag pinagawa na namin yung mga extra, mas makatulong.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

UAAP: UST, your future has just arrived today

University of Sto. Tomas super rookie CJ Cansino was unable to build on his impressive debut on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. After posting a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double last Saturday, Cansino only had seven points on 2-of-8 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds four days later. Unlike the season-opener which they lost, however, the Growling Tigers pulled off a shocker on Far Eastern University this time around. Cansino would take that W rather than an impressive individual showing. “Mas masarap, siyempre, itong manalo. Wala akong pakialam kung pangit man yung laro ko o maganda basta manalo,” he shared. He then continued, “Kung talo nga tapos maganda yung laro ko, ako lang yung masaya, pero kung manalo, lahat kami masaya, buong UST masaya.” The former UAAP Juniors MVP was not the only youngster who played big for UST in their first win. Alongside Cansino, Germy Mahinay, Nat Cosejo, and Makoy Marcos also came through – all of them, rookies. In the end, young forward Marcos had 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists while young bigs Mahinay and Cosejo merged for two points and 15 rebounds. For Mahinay, he was just repaying all the trust coach Aldin has given him. “Masarap sa feeling kasi yun nga, pinagkakatiwalaan ako ni coach Aldin so pinakita ko na yung tiwala niya, ‘di ko sasayangin. Sinabi ko talaga sa sarili ko na ipapakita ko kung anong magagawa ko,” he said. He then continued, “Kung anong maitutulong ko sa team, ginawa ko.” Cosejo could only agree. “Ginawa ko lang yung dapat kong gawin tsaka binigay ko lang lahat ng makakaya ko,” he said. That all started for them by heeding the call of coach Aldin. “Sinasabi ni coach na wag naming isipin na bata kami, na lumaban kami,” Cosejo said. That is exactly why all of the Growling Tigers, no matter how young they are, just kept coming. As Marcos put it, “Ako, nag-compete tapos hustle lang. Yun lang.” Despite the big win, however, young UST is only thinking bigger. “Siyempre, masarap sa feeling, pero siyempre, ‘di kami mag-stop dito. Magwo-work hard lang kami lalo,” Marcos said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

UAAP: UST’s coach Aldin: Hindi kami matitinag sa ganitong talo

For the first time in the last four years, Aldin Ayo is at the losing end in the opening game of his team. Coach Aldin’s debut for University of Sto. Tomas didn’t go as planned as they succumbed to stacked National University on Saturday. With that, the multi-titled mentor suffered a setback to officially open his new era in Espana. That is the exact opposite from three years ago when he and Colegio de San Juan de Letran were a pleasant surprise for just about everybody and the last two years when he and De La Salle University were imposing their will on opponents. Of course, the fiery coach Aldin said he was not happy with the result of the game. “I’m not happy because we lost e. Walang mga silver lining dito na si CJ naka-bente or may mga players na maganda yung laro,” he said. He then continued, “Bottom line, we lost e so we’re not going to be satisfied with it.” In the end, coach Aldin said that super rookie CJ Cansino’s 20-point, 10-rebound double-double went to waste because in all, he didn’t see the Growling Tigers he has been guiding in practices for nine months now. “This is the best place to apply everything we practiced, pero ‘di lumabas e. Kitang-kita naman sa field goal e,” he said. Indeed, UST shot a horrendous 28.9 percent from the field – including 37.5 inside the arc and 14.7 outside of it. The veteran backcourt of Renzo Subido and Marvin Lee was a big part of that, combining for 21 points in 8-of-43 shooting. Still, the multi-titled mentor said he believes his boys can only be better. As he put it, “If there’s a good thing about this, this is only our first game. We still have 13 games and pwede pa mag-adjust. Good thing dito is yung mga bata, buong-buo e, even with this loss.” He then continued, “Hindi kami matitinag sa ganitong talo. We’re just going to keep on working hard and playing hard for UST because the community deserves a good showing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

UAAP: For a change, La Salle is actually the darkhorse

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 12-2 after eliminations, 1-0 in Final Four, 1-2 in Finals, runner-up YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Justine Baltazar, Andrei Caracut, Jollo Go, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Brandon Bates, Taane Samuel, Encho Serrano, Mark Dyke (returning), Louie Gonzalez (coach) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Ben Mbala, Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, Abu Tratter, Aldin Ayo (coach) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM LA SALLE? Bar none, De La Salle University took the biggest losses among all teams from a year ago. Let’s all count those subtractions, shall we? Two-time MVP Ben Mbala, Mythical selection Ricci Rivero, veteran bigs Prince Rivero and Abu Tratter, and champion coach Aldin Ayo. “We’ve missed big-time players, but I always reminded them it’s not about having the best players. In order for us to be successful, we just need to be consistent in working hard and doing what’s for the greater good.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez Still, that doesn’t mean that the Green Archers are no longer here – especially not if the guard troika of Andrei Caracut Aljun Melecio, and Kib Montalbo has anything to do with it. “Ngayon pa lang, sinasabi ko na sa kanilang tatlo na whatever mari-reach namin this season, malaki magiging role nila. They have to know where to put everybody na magiging successful sila.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez And with Mbala gone, we can just expect Justine Baltazar to rise – as he was always meant to do after graduating high school when he was the most terrifying tower. Also, Santi Santillan is right there by his side as well as young guns Brandon Bates and Taane Samuel. All told, La Salle’s losses were huge, but that won’t be enough to keep them out of contention for the Final Four. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM LA SALLE? Of course, the Cerberus in the backcourt will dictate the tempo for this team – Caracut will make plays, Melecio will score, and Montalbo will be a force on both ends. Up front, Baltazar is out to fulfill his potential as a two-way nightmare for opponents – and you can just look back to his time as center for Nazareth School of National University to have an idea of what that is. The real game-changer for La Salle, however, is Encho Serrano who once took the country by storm in his rookie season in the UAAP Juniors. Since then, he has gone missing and then gotten found, but the talent that made him the top high school player in the country – yes, over even Kai Sotto – is still here. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR LA SALLE? For the first time in years, everybody is doubting La Salle – meaning for the first time in years, they are the underdogs. “Yung pagiging underdog namin, okay lang yun kasi we’re still in the rebuilding stage. The mantra right now is to be the best at getting better.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez This early, the new-look Green Archers are already priding themselves on having no glitz and glamour and just being all business. That underdog mentality and that workmanlike attitude may just be enough for them to be the pleasant surprises of the season. “Coming to this season, at least, yung pressure, nandun sa iba. Pero I know if you’re playing for La Salle, you’re 100 percent motivated as well.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez WHERE WOULD LA SALLE BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? La Salle will be fighting with its all for a Final Four berth. “Basta ang expectations ko lang sa kanila is ibigay lang nila effort palagi. Wala naman akong hinihinging imposible. Very clear naman ako sa kanila na as you give that effort, we will be fine.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez That’s far from sure for them, but what’s certain is that the Green Archers have both the talent and the determination to get there. The championship, or even the Finals, may be an even farther reach, but this new-look team may very well be satisfied with just a playoff berth. “What we’re doing is we’re really going through the process. It’s long-term.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez WHEN IS LA SALLE’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? La Salle sets out to prove everybody wrong when they take on fellow playoff hopeful Far Eastern University on September 9. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018