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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

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

Jrs. MVP leader Cansino already in touch with new UST coach Ayo

Aldin Ayo’s first-ever recruit in for De La Salle University was its high school star. Now with University of Sto Tomas, Ayo is looking to do the same. The new head coach of the Growling Tigers was present at the Filoil Flying V Centre on Saturday for the Tiger Cubs’ matchup with league-leader Ateneo de Manila High School. Of course, Ayo was there to scout the Juniors program of his new school – which just so happens to have the frontrunner in the MVP race in CJ Cansino. While the two-time collegiate champion coach declined interviews from media, he was seen chatting with Cansino’s mother after the game. Asked about it, the King Tiger Cub himself answered, “Opo, nagkausap na sila kanina.” He then continued, “Sabi raw po ni coach na gusto nila akong kunin sa UST. Sobrang saya po naming ganun na nga po ang nangyayari.” In earlier interviews, Cansino has already stated that he wants to stay in Espana for college. “Sana nga po, tumuloy rin ako sa Seniors para bigyan din ako ng pagkakataon na iangat yung Growling Tigers. Gusto ko ring i-prove sa Seniors na may magagawa ako for UST,” he said then. Now, it looks like his wish may just be granted as a source said UST is on the lookout for talent at the wings. Last year, the Growling Tigers trotted out the likes of Jordan Sta. Ana, Reggie Boy Basibas, and Christian Garcia at the wings. Said to be coming back to bolster that weakness is Embons Bonleon. Still, getting the six-foot-two swingman will be a coup for the rebuilding squad as they will be getting a blue-chip recruit who fills a need. Also, Ayo has some sort of success with his first-ever recruit being his program’s high school star. Two years ago, he got the commitment of DLS Zobel star and Juniors MVP Aljun Melecio. That partnership proved to be a big part of the Green Archers’ championship. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

New UST Tigers coach Aldin Ayo introduces coaching staff

Newly-hired UST Growling Tigers coach Aldin Ayo introduced new members of his coaching staff in a press briefing Thursday morning at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion. Ayo brought along assistant coaches McJour Luib and Kristoffer Co from the De La Salle University Green Archers. Luib was a key member of the 2015 NCAA men's basketball champions Letran Knights, while Co previously handled the Sta. Lucia Realtors in the Philippine Commercial Basketball League. Also joining Ayo's staff are Rene Baena, who previously was an assistant coach with the Adamson Baby Falcons, and former Lyceum Pirates head coach Bonnie Garcia. “Once makumpleto yung coaching staff saka namin titingnan kung ano yung roles [nila]," Ayo told The Varsitarian, the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas. Ayo added that some of his potential candidates still have prior commitments and will take some time before hiring them. The Varsitarian also previously reported that Ayo will be coach of the struggling Growling Tigers "for the next six years." ---     follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Aldin Ayo to coach UST Growling Tigers for the next 6 years – UST’s Varsitarian

MANILA, Philippines - Former De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers champion coach Aldin Ayo has locked in with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers “for the next 6 years,” according to a report by official school publication The Varsitarian . Ayo’s official contract ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Aldin Ayo signs six-year deal with UST

Aldin Ayo has formalized his transfer to University of Santo Tomas and reportedly signed a long term deal. The Varsitarian, the school's official publication, broke the news early Friday, finally ending speculations on the mentor's next destination after he left La Salle. READ:Ayo bids La Salle goodbye, hints at differences in handling team Ayo is reportedly signing a six-year contract with UST, giving him ample time to turn around a basketball program which is in dire need of a reboot. EXCLUSIVE: Former La Salle coach Aldin Ayo confirms he will coach the Growling Tigers for the next six years. Ayo said IPEA officials will make official announcement on Jan. 11. pic.twitte...Keep on reading: Aldin Ayo signs six-year deal with UST.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Ayo to coach UST Tigers for 6 years

MANILA, Philippines – Two-time collegiate champion coach Aldin Ayo will be mentoring the University of Santo Tomas, the school's official student publication.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Louie Gonzales officially appointed as new Green Archers coach

MANILA, Philippines - After the departure of champion coach Aldin Ayo, the De La Salle University Green Archers start fresh and officially appoint Louie Gonzales as the next head coach, according to a report by DLSU Sports, Thursday afternoon, January 4. The university formally welcomed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Aldin Ayo confirms coaching job at DLSU over

MANILA, Philippines — Breaking his silence, Coach Aldin Ayo has confirmed he was leaving La Salle, although he didn’t say yet whether he was moving over to c.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

49-point man Alvin Pasaol vows to keep playing for still coach-less UE

University of the East is now the lone UAAP team without a head coach. The good news for them is that they already have one important thing many teams still do not. Make no doubt about it now, the red and white will be welcoming back main man Alvin Pasaol for Season 81. “Mag-stay pa po ako sa UE,” he told ABS-CBN Sports on Tuesday. His statement answers questions as to whether or not he was staying in Recto following the departure of former coach Derrick Pumaren. Last November, “Manong” resigned from his post, ending his four years at the helm of his alma mater. It was thought then that Pumaren’s exit will also lead to Pasaol’s exit as the two have developed a close relationship with the latter saying that the former is like a son to him. Now, however, UE can rest assured that it will still have its burly forward who famously scored a milestone mark 49 points up against De La Salle University. Whoever will be their new coach can also rest assured that he will already have a building block to begin with – a building block who averaged 20.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.6 assists en route to a Mythical selection. Pasaol will also be a building block who is set to gain valuable experience in the PBA D-League with Marinerong Pilipino. “Maglalaro lang po muna ako sa D-League para mag-improve pa lalo,” he said. His coach there will be Koy Banal who just so happens to be one of the names being considered to take the reins of the Red Warriors. UE is now the lone UAAP team without a head coach with the transfer of Aldin Ayo to University of Sto. Tomas and the appointment of Louie Gonzalez in DLSU. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Melecio denies jumping ship to UST

Following coach Aldin Ayo's impending transfer to UST that was first reported by the Tiebreaker Times, and that the earlier report of Ayo trying to woo some of his players to Espana, Green Archer Aljun Melecio insists that he is staying with La Salle. In a tweet, Melecio wishes his former mentor good luck, insists his love for the Green and White, and that he will not be joining Ayo, who recruited him, in a move to UST.    I am not leaving DLSU. The tiger emojis tweet had no meaning behind it. I wish Coach Aldin all the best, but I love La Salle and I love being a Green Archer. — AljunJayMelecio (@AljunJayMelecio) December 27, 2017 In a now-deleted tweet in the moments after Ayo was first reported to be leaving the Green Archers' lair, Melecio tweeted two tiger emojis that sparked rumors that he would be joining his coach. Following his graduation from De La Salle-Zobel in 2015, Melecio was recruited by Ayo to join the Green Archers, and was a part of the squad that won the UAAP men's basketball title in Season 79.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Sean Chambers to UST?

With the UST coaching job vacant, several names have been mentioned with regards to taking over from Boy Sablan. La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo has been rumored to transfer for a while now but it seems like he's staying at Taft. Current Globalport mentor Pido Jarencio really, really, wants to come back but it appears UST would rather not go through that road again. A left field choice is Sean Chambers. The legendary PBA import, for some reason, has been linked to the job after he resurfaced a couple of weeks ago. It seems highly unlikely but you never really know. Stranger things have happened in the UAAP and in Philippine basketball in general. The rumor has had some traction though, enough for Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, Chambers' former mentor at Alaska, to talk about it among other things last week. "I don’t know. I had a lunch with Sean the day before he left," Cone said last week during Ginebra's grand fans day after defending the PBA Governors' Cup. "I don’t really know anything about it. But he’s got a family, he’s got kids, he’s got a wife, he has a good job. And it’s hard to bring him over here and make him settle here and get his kids in school. He got young kids I think 9 and 11 years old," he added. Chambers is currently a middle school administrator back in the States in the Sacramento City Unified School District in California. The PBA legend was in town a couple of weeks back and was seen watching the UAAP and several practices of Gilas Pilipinas. Still, if and when Chambers decides on coaching basketball, here or elsewhere, Cone believes his former import will do well. "I don’t know but Sean is a great guy, a great coach and a great motivator. He teaches the game the right way," the 20-time PBA champion said. "And if anybody picks him up, it would be great. It is actually my dream to bring him over and be part of my coaching staff. If anybody picks him up, they would love Sean," Cone added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season

The return of an eligibility rule that was suspended in the last two seasons could prevent La Salle's two-time Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala from seeing action in UAAP Season 81 next year. The Cameroonian who led the Green Archers to the Season 79 crown and a runner-up finish last Sunday might not be eligible to play next season due to the "Seven Years Out of High School" rule, which was not implemented in the last two seasons. While La Salle coach Aldin Ayo expressed confidence that Mbala would play for the Archers in 2018, the UAAP Board's March 12, 2016, decision might end up spoiling his return. In that meeting, the UAAP Board ruled that the "Seven Years Out of High Sc...Keep on reading: Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

UAAP Finals: DLSU fuels Baldwin, Ateneo in ending drought

Ateneo de Manila University coach Tab Baldwin took a rather unlikely inspiration to end a half a decade title drought. Believe it or not, Baldwin looked at its archrival De La Salle University as a standard when they were building up for the 80th UAAP men’s basketball tournament. A year after getting ran over by the Green Archers in the Finals, the Blue Eagles returned the favor Sunday and walked away with the school’s ninth title in a grueling best-of-three championship series. All thanks to an inspiration Baldwin saw in DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo.      “They never take the pressure off. You know, they’re confident in their system—and that comes from Aldin,” said Baldwin after the sophomore coach steered Ateneo to a 88-86 win in Game 3 at the Big Dome that quenched the Katipunan-based squad’s five-year wait for a crown. “They believe in their players, they believe in their system and they’re just not gonna take their foot off your throat—for one minute,” he added. “And I admire that so much.” DLSU swept Ateneo last year in the Finals and that loss showed Baldwin the weakness that his team needed to improve if they want to contend with the mighty and very physical Green Archers led by back-to-back Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala, very athletic Ricci Rivero and the backcourt tandem of Aljun Melecio and Kib Montalbo. “We’re really have been in two years in development trying to handle just that,” he said. In fact, early this year, Baldwin even dedicated a five-month training to build their strength and not allow DLSU to bully them the way the Green Archers did a season ago.    “Our weight regime in January through May this year was all centered on getting stronger just so La Salle couldn’t beat us up,” he said. “And um, I don’t say that as a criticism of La Salle, I say that as a compliment.” “We had to rise to their level. They set the bar so I have to congratulate them for that,” Baldwin added. The Blue Eagles drew first blood in the series and were even 23 minutes away from sealing the championship in Game 2 if not only for a major collapse that saw them squander a 21-point lead that forced a decider. Ateneo was in a precarious situation again in Game 3 when their 80-70 lead with just under five minutes in the match was cut by DLSU to 82-80 before Isaac Go hammered the crushing blow from the outside that gave the Blue Eagles a 5-point cushion with 24.7 ticks left.  “Losing is always tough and I’m happy it’s them not us but there’s no lack of respect and admiration for who they are and what they did to get here, what they did today,” said the former national team coach. “They fought back again. We had them down and again they fought back. You know, we had them down ten and then they cut it to I don’t know, three or something, two? They’re champions, they’re still champions.” “You can’t take that away from them, he said. “But now, so are we.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Vacant UST post far from the mind of coach Aldin

Aldin Ayo is staying in De La Salle University – for the remainder of his four-month contract, at the very least. Ayo’s contract running from September to December of this year as head coach of the Green Archers is yet to be renewed. Whatever his next step is, the one-time NCAA champion coach and one-time UAAP champion coach is yet to decide on it. And as of right now, after he and the Taft-based team were defeated by archrival Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals, Ayo does not want to talk about his future. “Ako, iniisip ko lang ngayon, yung laro muna at yung team na ‘to. Ayoko muna ng mga ganyan,” he told reporters. That includes rumors that he is set to take over for the recently-deposed Boy Sablan in University of Sto. Tomas. “I don’t want to comment on that,” he expressed. Ayo made it clear, though, that he also had close ties to the Espana-based school. “Actually, I have lots of friends in UST. Yung pari na nagdala sa akin dito sa Manila, he’s in UST tapos yung adviser ko sa thesis ko, he’s also in UST,” he said. He then continued, “There are lots of priests and friends ko na alumni.” He was also quick to clarify, however, “Pero regarding dun, I don’t want to comment on that.” In the end, as of right now, at the very least, Ayo’s next step and UST’s new coach are yet to be determined. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017