Ayo brushes off burnout fears as La Salle sees action in six preseason tournaments
Aldin Ayo says players get bored at the practice gym but competitive matches improve their game. Jerome Ascano

IT will be a busy preseason for De La Salle as the Green Archers are lined up to play in at least six tournaments before the start of Season 80 of the UAAP.

Head coach Aldin Ayo said the Green Archers' campaign in the Filoil preseason is just one of the tournaments the team will be playing in order to sharpen up before the start of the UAAP season in September.

“May mga reaction na parang napakarami daw. Pero gumagaling ‘yung mga bata kapag puro tournaments, puro laro,” Ayo said. “Kapag puro practice, nabo-bore din ‘yung mga bata.”

Aside from the Filoil, the Green Archers are currently playing in the Fr. Martin Cup and the Milcu Sports Basketball Summer Showcase. The team is also scheduled to play in the EDQ Cup at the Technological Institute of the Philippines, the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, and an overseas tournament in Taiwan.

The Green Archers could also play in a seventh tournament in Iloilo.

La Salle currently sports a 1-1 win-loss record in the Filoil Flying V preseason, and recently defeated Ateneo in the Milcu tournament. But Ayo has yet to see the full potential of the Green Archers at this stage of their buildup.

“Kulang na kulang pa kami sa laro,” said Ayo. “Hindi pa lumalabas ‘yung laro ng mga bata. Nagpa-practice naman kami, game face sila, pero nag-iiba na kapag may drums o may nanonood. Siguro kapag nakarami na kami ng laro, baka makuha na namin ‘yung shooting touch.”

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