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Ayo not surprised with Maroons' hot shooting vs Archers

DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo (middle) gives his instructions to Leonard Santillan (left) | File Photo

MANILA, Philippines — There’s nothing that University of the Philippines had done in their win over De La Salle University that surprised Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo.

Not even the torrid 3-point shooting that put UP in the record books.

“Wala naman silang ginawa, kasi ginawa na sa’min ni (Paul) Deisderio ‘yun sa Davao eh,” the champion coach said. “We prepared ourselves for the usual, but (my players) did not respond eh. We were trying do our best to tell them ‘That these are the things you should do, these are the things that we should do during the game.’”

“‘Di lang kami naglaro ng laro namin, especially sa depensa,” Ayo explained. “Lahat naman ng ginawa nila sa court, ni-run naman namin ‘yun sa practices eh, from the scouting report.”

DLSU and UP were neck-and-neck in most of the game’s statistical category — starters’ points, bench production, inside scoring, rebounds and assists mades. But the Fighting Maroons, who were met with Ben Mbala’s hot shooting in the opening salvo, fought fire with fire.

UP drilled 16 of their total 35 attempts from downtown, putting them alongside the ranks of University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University, which hold the record for most threes in a game.

“Hindi naman mangyayari ‘yung mga tres na ‘yun kung nag-depensa kami nang maayos,” Ayo rued. “Kung tinulungan ng mga big man ‘yung mga small man; mga small man naman ‘di na nakatayo. [UP] did not do anything exceptional.”

“Ginawa lang nila ‘yung usual nilang ginagawa,” he added. “The thing is, hindi namin sinunod game plan namin — siguro, baka pagod. This is our third game and with our system — we keep on running — baka naubos din ‘yung mga bata.”

But according to the second-year La Salle mentor, this kind of lapse also manifested in their game against the Soaring Falcons, which they won.

“We have to do more in terms of executing our game plan. Last game, ganun din nangyari; ngayon, ganun din,” he noted.

Good thing the Archers will have a week to prepare of their next game.

“We have to regroup, rest our bodies, pati utak, and start practicing for UST,” Ayo closed.

 

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