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    As contract expires, Atoy eyes another Mapua bid: 'Ayoko matapos ng ganito'

    Oct 16, 2018
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    ATOY Co admits that he doesn't have a clue on what the future holds for him in Mapua.

    The 67-year-old mentor bared that his contract as the Cardinals' head coach is coming to a close and there's no news yet if he'll be renewed.

    "I really don't know yet. I'm expiring this November and I do not know yet (what's next)," he said after Mapua's 91-78 win over Arellano on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94.

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    The PBA legend took over the men's basketball team of his alma mater in 2012 when then coach Chito Victolero stepped down from his post.

    In the next six years, he has remained at the helm for Mapua, amassing a cumulative record of 40-72, good for a 35-percent winning percentage, all while handling talents like Josan Nimes, Joseph Eriobu, CJ Isit, Darrell Menina, and Andoy Estrella.

    Co has also led the Cardinals to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2015 and 2016 with two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme leading the fight.

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    But for the former Crispa ace, as much as Mapua achieved great heights with the Nigerian, it's also because of him where everything went down south for his program.

    "Nasira yung programa ko nung umalis si Allwell. Ine-expect ko lagi nasa Final Four kami or nasa Finals with him dahil malaking bagay pag nandoon si Allwell. Nakakakuha siya ng 20 points at 20 rebounds, hindi rin nakakalusot yung kalaban," he shared.

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    "Sad to say inalisan niya ako. Sana pala kumuha na ko ng tatlo dati."

    However, Co knows that it's all in the past now, like the last six seasons that was for him and this 6-12 record this season.

    If given a chance, he'd love to have another go-round with Mapua, hoping for a fitting end to the school where his basketball career started to soar.

    "Actually, ayoko matapos sa ganito," he said.

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