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    Aldin Ayo plays down success against teams coached by Racela brods

    Sep 12, 2018
    Olsen Racela refused to highlight the coaching battle in the UST-FEU match.
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    FOR the better part of the last three seasons, Aldin Ayo has always had the number of the Racelas.

    Whether it be Nash or Olsen, the feisty coach from Sorsogon got the better of the both whenever his La Salle squad played Far Eastern University.

    It was no different after Ayo transferred to University of Santo Tomas as the España-based crew pulled off a 76-74 shocker over Olsen's team on Wednesday for their first win in UAAP Season 81.

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    Though he's now 5-0 against the brothers in the UAAP, Ayo doesn't believe that he is the kryptonite of the Racelas.

    "Wala naman. Tinalo nila kami nung Filoil eh," the first-year UST coach said, shrugging off the head-to-head matchup.

    "Wala namang ganoon. Siguro sa preparation lang, maganda ang nilaro ng players ngayon. We're just doing our job at nagkataon lang na maganda ang resulta. We're just grateful."

    Olsen also believed so, saying the coaches are just there to put their players in a position to win.

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    "It's not about the coaches. Nagkataon lang yun," he said, echoing Ayo's statements. "It's about preparing the team. We know what we were supposed to do, pero di lang namin ginawa."

    The win allowed UST to earn its first victory over FEU in two years, and for Racela, it's just the law of averages working against them, the same way FEU got its first win in two years over La Salle just four days prior.

    "Bumalik sa amin yung ginawa namin sa La Salle. Sa La Salle, di pa kami nananalo in the past two years. Ngayon, nangyari naman sa amin. That's the UAAP for you. Kailangan every game, you just have to be ready dahil kung hindi, ganito ang mangyayari," he said.

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