ALDIN Ayo continued to beat the PBA’s multi-titled coaches one after the other.
The Converge coach oversaw the Converge FiberXers’ thrilling PBA Commissioner's Cup comeback against Rain or Shine, 102-101, on Sunday night that was completed by Justine Arana's short stab in the final seconds.
In only his first conference in the PBA, Ayo has added Yeng Guiao to a growing list of victims that already includes Norman Black, Leo Austria, and Chot Reyes.
The four have a combined 36 PBA championships, including one grand slam from Black.
But Ayo, hired just last August, played down another win against a coaching great, saying he has to give the players the credit for his early success in the PBA.
“I’m humbled by that. But it’s a long way to go. Marami pa akong kakaining bigas,” said Ayo, a two-time champion coach in the collegiate ranks with Letran and De La Salle.
“It just so happened na nagre-respond ‘yung mga players. It just so happened na magaling ‘yung import namin... I think it would be unfair na iko-compare ako sa mga ‘yun kasi it’s just my first conference. Eh ‘yung mga ‘yun, ilang championships na ‘yung mga ‘yun, proven na ang mga ‘yun,” said Ayo.
With Ayo leading the charge, Converge has now clustered seven straight wins after the Rain or Shine win to book a ticket to the quarterfinals with an 8-2 win-loss record.
In that one-point win, the FiberXers overcame an 88-71 deficit to take the victory over Guiao’s Elasto Painters on a short stab by Arana.
There is one remaining champion coach that Ayo hasn’t faced this conference in Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, who holds the most championships in the PBA with 24.
But Ayo isn’t looking that far ahead with NorthPort still on the schedule on Sunday.
“Coach Pido is a veteran that he is. We are not going to think of Ginebra yet. We have to focus on NorthPort,” said Ayo.