ANTIPOLO — It was under the tutelage of Aldin Ayo when Kib Montalbo emerged as one of the premier guards in the UAAP, that’s why it was a pretty special game for the La Salle skipper against his old mentor for the first and probably last time in his college career.
“I was happy. I approached him during warm-ups. Hindi ko siya nakamayan nung first round e,” said Montalbo who missed their first round encounter due to a thumb injury.
“I give credit to him kasi wala akong Man of Steal na moniker kung hindi dahil sa kanya e. I learned a lot from him. I wish him luck sa career niya sa UST. Last year ko na e kaya so hindi na kami magkikita,” he added.
Montalbo, though, played only five minutes and finished with four points as La Salle came away with a 110-69 win over a very physical University of Santo Tomas on Saturday at the Ynares Center.
La Salle’s 5-foot-10 skipper said he expected the tough match against an Aldin Ayo squad – and he’s not complaining at all. What was a surprise for him was with how well his teammates shot the ball, as they made 15 of their 27 attempts from downtown in their first game in Antipolo.
“We expected that it was going to be a war. I didn't expect my teammates to shoot that well. Sayang sana maraming games sa Antipolo at mainit sila. I'm proud of them,” said Montalbo.
“It's a physical game and credit coach Aldin with that. Even before sa amin, he always tells us na pukpukan lagi. Survival e. Yung league na ito is survival, yung magsusurvive is the toughest of them all.”