MANILA, Philippines — Praise? More like “mind games.”
That’s how De La Salle University’s Aldin Ayo considered the remarks made by his counterpart Tab Balwin shortly after the Blue Eagles clinched the UAAP males’s basketball championship final week.
“He’s playing,” Ayo instructed reporters. “Ganoon naman palagi eh. Ako naiintinidihan ko naman because he’s just competing.”
“He’s going to say nice things and those are [part of the] preparations for next year,” mentioned the Sorsogon native and former Letran champion coach. “Everything that we say here to all of you, may purpose — and that is to compete.”
The Blue Eagle mentor — who’s presently teaching within the amateurs for the second yr after a decades-long stint within the professional stage — lauded Ayo’s concoction and what has change into the Mayhem model of the Green Archers’ basketball.
“They never take the pressure off. You know, they’re confident in their system — and that comes from Aldin,” the American-Kiwi tactician mentioned. “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. And I admire that so much.”
Baldwin additionally famous that Ayo has turned the Green Archers into the usual of UAAP’s basketball that they’ve devoted the previous two years of Blue Eagles’ improvement tailored for simply beating the Blue Eagles.
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Ayo, for his half, mentioned he had had no qualms over what he deems as a “psy-war” that Baldwin is making an attempt to whip up.
“Kung titignan mo ‘yung motive, he’s just competing. On our part, walang problema. We just want to compete,” Ayo famous.
The second-year De La Salle hoops coach mentioned Baldwin’s refined jabs — together with many different issues —are his motivations going into the following season.
“We want to bounce back next year,” he mentioned. “Pero we have to fix ‘yung approach namin sa preparations namin.”