LA Salle coach Aldin Ayo is looking for support from his locals with the Green Archers coming off a loss to University of the Philippines last weekend in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.
The Green Archers suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the Fighting Maroons, 87-98, last week that brought their three-game win run to an end.
Ayo, however, rued the lack of support from the locals especially following Ben Mbala's return. Mbala, who played for Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket that forced him to miss La Salle's first two games, had 34 points and 12 rebounds but lacked support from the rest of the Archers.
Ayo admitted the entry of Mbala during the season may have affected the team.
"Pagdating ni Ben, parang they took a step back. Hindi nakukuha 'yung rhythm nila," said Ayo, whose squad eyes a win over University of Santo Tomas on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
La Salle had three days to prepare for UST and it started on Wednesday when the Archers practiced in the Big Dome after UAAP finished its double-header in the same venue.
One player who Ayo mentioned as among those he hopes to step up was Aljun Melecio, who ended up with only five points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field against UP. Melecio scored at least 20 in his first two games of the season.
With a few of his players struggling following the return of Mbala, Ayo told his wards to go with the flow of their game.
"We've been telling them especially Aljun na he just have to play his game," said Ayo, who recruited Melecio to stay with La Salle after playing for Zobel in high school.