ALDIN Ayo now sets his sights on UAAP Season 82 after a rollercoaster first year with University of Sto Tomas.
The Growling Tigers placed sixth place with a respectable 5-9 record, a four-game improvement from their forgettable 1-13 season under then head coach Boy Sablan as they experienced the highs and the lows that a team with nine rookies can get.
“It was a good season I can say for a start. Lots of setbacks, pero lumabas naman yung pineprepare namin eh,” said Aldin Ayo.
“I’m happy for the rookies and for the holdovers also. Actually the entire team. Nag prepare naman kami kaso late na eh, late na kami na buo. Wala, talo talaga. No excuses,” Ayo added.
“Dapat may ma-gain kami dito. Good experience for the rookies and for the whole team.”
Ayo’s preseason was hampered with injuries as they struggled to come up with a complete attendance for most of their preparation.
Now Ayo is itching to start anew and he looks to build from the bottom-up, starting from his Team B and his Juniors squad which he vows to keep an eye on.
“For a start, makakapag-ensayo na kami nang matagal na kumpleto. Siguro we’re going to take two week break lang. After ng Nov 14 siguro we’ll start first week ng December. We’re going to start early kasi yun yung di namin na nagawa,” Ayo said.
“Short practices na lang kami, yung regulars eh, pinapractice ko na yung Team B. Excited na rin yung Team B,” he added as they wait for the eligibility of Brent Paraiso and Soulemane Chabi Yo.
The months leading up to next season will be the perfect time to teach, not only the regular senior players but for all of their players in the system, says Ayo.
“While handling the seniors, bababa ako sa juniors ako naman yung magiging consultant and namimiss ko kasi magturo dun sa mga 12-under, 15-under, dun kasi ako galing so nag iistart ako dun. Tinuturuan ko yung mga bata.”