Powerhouse La Salle passed its initial test in the 2016 Filoil-Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with flying colors but new coach Aldin Ayo is far from satisfied, convinced that the Green Archers have yet to fully grasp the system he has put in over the last four months.
“Kung i-scale natin kung naa-absorb nila ‘yung sistema, right now, between 60 to 70 percent pa lang,” said Ayo, 38, following La Salle’s 98-88 victory over new-look Adamson on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Ayo, who formally assumed the coaching role vacated by Juno Sauler last December, admitted the Green Archers have already understood his system ‘in principle’ but they continue to develop their instinctive skills.
“If you’ll notice, sa mga player na ‘yan, walang may background dyan na galing sa sistema na nagta-trap. So everything is new for them. Paunti-unti naa-absorb nila. In principle, alam na nila ‘yung concept. Kaya lang ‘yung katawan, hindi pa instinctive,” he pointed out.
“‘Yung sistema kasi namin, minsan hindi ka na mag-iisip. It’s a habit. Kung nakita mo ganitong sitwasyon, kahit hindi ka nag-iisip, ‘yung katwan mo ganito ang gagawin.”
However, Ayo is convinced the Green Archers are starting their get their acts together, underscored by their confidence-building win over the Falcons, who also paraded a new mentor in former La Salle tactician Franz Pumaren.
“I’m very optimistic we’re getting there. So far, maganda ugali ng mga bata dito at lahat nagtatarabaho,” said Ayo, the architect behind Letran’s title run to the NCAA seniors cage crown last year at the expense of archrival San Beda.
The way the Green Archers are performing in the practice since he took over has also surprised Ayo.
“The way they practice, grabe. Akala ko magkakaroon ng resistance. Akala ko hindi basta-basta magsu-surrender (sa system),” he said. “Pero wala naman kaming resistance. Nag-surrender rin sila sa sistema. ‘Yun nga lang, ‘yung katawan at utak, hindi pa masyadong nagpi-pickup.” – By Jerome Lagunzad
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