ABU Tratter admitted the gesture of La Salle coach Aldin Ayo to give him a big hug instead of a tongue-lashing after committing consecutive turnovers went a long way in boosting his confidence.
Tratter made back-to-back errors in the game against Adamson, first when he lost control of the ball while attempting a lay-up and later when he failed to catch a pass for a potential breakaway layup in the succeeding play.
But instead of blowing his top, Ayo greeted Tratter with a big smile during a timeout and gave the hulking La Salle forward a big hug on their way to the bench.
Tratter said Ayo’s gesture was truly encouraging.
“The doubt comes in. Coach was calling plays specifically for me,” said Tratter, recalling that sequence after La Salle's 91-75 win over Adamson. “But at that moment, that was really encouraging.
“I felt relieved,” Tratter added. “He kinda gave me courage at that point. I felt that relief.”
Ayo said he has been making an effort to encourage his players, especially the relievers.
“’Yung nasa ibaba, ‘yun ang pupulutin namin. That’s being a team. Ako, every player makes a mistake. I make sure na mapakita ko na special siya," said the former Letran coach.
“On that sequence,” Ayo said, “Abu was very down pero nung nagkaroon ng dead ball, I was able to tell Abu that next time, next play, we are going for you.”
Tratter, who finished with six points and eight rebounds, said Ayo has always been encouraging for all the players since he set foot on La Salle.
“He makes sure from the first guy to the last guy on the bench, he gives everyone confidence. He makes sure everybody has the courage to come back in the game,” said Tratter.