ANTIPOLO — No rout can discourage Aldin Ayo from keeping his belief that soon enough, University of Sto. Tomas can once again topple the best the league has to offer.
Despite the Growling Tigers losing by 41 to the La Salle Green Archers, 110-69 on Saturday, the Sorsogon-born mentor knows that defeats as tough as this one is part of the rebuilding process he put in place.
"I signed up for this eh. Through thick and thin, we'll be here and we're going to be patient," he defiantly said. "We're not going to give up on those guys kasi grabe naman sila magtrabaho."
La Salle thoroughly outclassed UST in every department, but in Ayo's eyes, it was a simple case of bad timing for his wards rather than looking at it as the Green Archers asserting their mastery of the Growling Tigers.
"We just did not play our game. It has nothing to do with what La Salle did. We're not able to play our game. There are things lang na di namin nagawa and things na di na namin kontrolado. Nagsama-sama in one situation eh," he said.
"Nagkakataon lang na di kami naglalaro ng maayos at nagkakataon na La Salle ang kalaban namin pag ganoon. Nagkakataon lang na bad game. No big deal."
Ayo still saw the positives for UST: "At least, magandang nakapaglaro ang mga third-stringers namin."
But he knows that if the 5-6 Growling Tigers want to make it to the Final Four of UAAP Season 81, they must perform to their potential, especially with tough games against Adamson, UP and Ateneo ahead.
"Sana lumabas yung laro namin," he said.