LA Salle coach Aldin Ayo politely refused to comment on his ejection from the Green Archers' game against University of the East on Wednesday, saying he doesn't want to get into more trouble that he's already in.
Ayo was thrown out in the second quarter of their 84-78 win over University of the East for confronting referee Eric Viray and mockingly trying to make the official wear eyeglasses borrowed from La Salle assistant coach Siot Tanquincen.
“No comment. I have nothing good to say so I won’t say anything,” Ayo told reporters who patiently waited for him outside the La Salle dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Assistant coach Louie Gonzales, who took over from Ayo after the incident, also did not comment.
“Papanoorin pa muna namin,” Gonzales said.
Ayo’s ejection is penalized with an automatic one-game suspension under league rules. However, La Salle can still appeal before the Commissioner's Office in the play involving Thomas Torres and Will Bartolome.
For his part, La Salle cager Prince Rivero said Ayo’s ejection gave the Green Archers an emotional boost.
“Hindi naman kami mabo-boost ‘yun kung hindi dahil dun sa ginawa niya. It’s like he did that for us, hindi naman para sa sarili niya. He was just protecting us from the circumstances and what is happening on the court,” said Rivero.
Rivero said they still felt Ayo’s presence despite being physically absent in the game due to the ejection.
“We are thankful for the win. Nawala man si coach Aldin physically, he was there for us in the game. He is still in our hearts, his energy is still there for us,” said Rivero.