La Salle might have bamboozled Ateneo when they last met in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, but coach Aldin Ayo is taking no chances when the two lock horns anew in the semifinals Friday in San Juan.
The Green Archers, unarguably the hottest team in the tournament, destroyed the Blue Eagles by 32 points in the elimination round.
Nonetheless, Ayo expects nothing but a different ball game when they battle for a seat in the Last Dance.
“Compared sa last game, for sure mag-aadjust yung mga yun,” he said. “Magagaling yung coaches nun. Kung ano yung adjustments na ikakaigi ng team nila, gagawin ng mga yun.”
Meanwhile, Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga believes facing their powerhouse rival again is a win-win proposition for his rebuilding squad, which is reported to lose up to 7 players due to academic issues.
“We’re gonna get a UAAP game already in the offseason so that’s a good opportunity for us,” he said. “We’re looking forward to that challenge. It’s going to be hard, but it will be good for us.”
Arellano, which upset San Beda in the quarterfinals, faces NU in the other Final Four pairing. — By Jason Mercene