A few days after Aldin Ayo’s debut win against the Basilan Steel in the MPBL, today showed quite a different outcome as his UST Growling Tigers were annihilated by the Ateneo Blue Eagles at the Filoil Flying V Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Rather than wallow in defeat, the Sorsogon native took it all in as part of the rebuilding process for his young squad.
The Espana-based Tigers are currently seventh in the standings with a 1-3 win-loss record.
“You have to take that as a man. Ganun talaga eh. Every time you experience like this you become sensitive and you see things na kailangan tanggapin,” explained Ayo to the media after the game. “Even though it’s a 32-point loss this will not make us a lesser team. May mga di lang kaming nagawang tama.”
“This is just one game for sure hindi maapektuhan yung confidence ng mga bata. I’ll make sure na hindi naapektuhan. HIndi naman kasalanan ng mga bata eh. Kasalanan to ng coaching staff. Kasalanan ko ‘to,” he added.
Being a true competitor that he is, Ayo is adamant on pushing himself further to be the best coach that he can be. Citing his search for personal growth however, the 40-year-old coach will have to get used to the balancing act between handling the Muntinlupa Cagers in the MPBL and the UST Growling Tigers in the UAAP —and he acknowledges that there are some key differences between handling the said teams, albeit at a different level.
“Well nakakatulong because may mga bagay na hindi nagagawa dito sa UST na nagagawa doon sa MPBL. Kung mapansin ninyo sa UST hindi kami masyado nagpr-press eh. Pero doon (Muntinlupa), they have the right materials,” said Ayo.
UST’s next assignment will be on October 3, 2pm against DLSU at the Mall of Asia Arena.