Aldin Ayo looking forward to renewing rivalry with Jamike Jarin, this time in the UAAP
Jamike Jarin and Aldin Ayo are honored as Coaches of the Year durng the Collegiate Basketball Awards on Friday night. Jerome Ascano

LA Salle coach Aldin Ayo is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Jamike Jarin - two years after their memorable coaching battle in the NCAA Finals.

The two coaches found themselves once again on a collision course after Jarin moved to National University just months after leading San Beda to the NCAA title, following Ayo who joined La Salle from Letran.

“Our rivalry will always be there. Kasi nga may past kami. May history kami,” said Ayo, who won a UAAP championship in his first year at La Salle after helping the Knights beat Jarin and the Red Lions in the NCAA title series.

Ayo and Jarin shared the limelight on Friday night when the two were named Coaches of the Year during the Collegiate Basketball Awards backed by Smart, Accel, Mighty Sports, MJM Productions, and Chooks-To-Go.

Ayo said he expects Jarin to turn the Bulldogs into a championship contender and a threat to La Salle's quest for a UAAP repeat.

“I’m happy for him na nandito na siya sa UAAP. For me, I’m taking it as a challenge kasi magaling na coach si coach Jamike. For sure, papagandahin niya ‘yung takbo ng NU,” said Ayo.

The entry of Isaa Gaye, a Senegalese import who has been in residency at NU, should turn the Bulldogs into a major force next season, Ayo added.

“May darating siyang import na fit na fit sa sistema niya. Malaki ang expectations ko sa NU this coming season,” he said.

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