There is an intentional observer তার whose presence is obscured by an exile that he wants to overturn-whose heart bleeds at the sight of every defeat suffered by the University of Santo Thomas (UST).
“It’s like watching a friend get beaten up, and there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Aldin Ayo, a former Tigers coach who recently zoomed in to talk to alumni.
Ayo, the two-league champion in collegiate basketball, is sitting next to the resumed UAAP season – chained by an indefinite suspension after his Tigers ferried to Sorsogan for a training camp that broke government-initiated health protocols.
He declined to divulge the story behind the training camp – which, he said, would be the right time.
But from his current position, he mapped out the outer edge of a program with hard work, not without luggage moving forward. And exposing that internal turmoil means dealing with his irresistible urge to jump into the fight with the Tigers.
“When I signed up for UST, we were watching a six-year program,” he said. The young and highly matched Tigers this season are currently dropping their hearts out as part of this program — another talent awaits.
“It’s hard to see struggles when you know you can help. Against UP (University of the Philippines), we had the lead and I really felt we could have won that game,” he said.
“I really want to be able to help,” Ayo added.
And emotion has taken over.
Ayo had to stop several times to wipe away the tears as he spoke of switching to other guaranteed coaching offers for the uncertain hope that the Tigers would one day return to the bench. He has a reason to hold on to that dream of returning home.
“Community, for one,” said the 44-year-old coach. “Even when I was in La Salle, I thought of UST. Why? I saw the team go 1-13. [coach Boy] Sablan. The community has never left the party. You will not find such support anywhere in UAAP. “
“And then I felt it,” he added. “When we went 5-9 in my first year, the community was still there.”
“And they don’t interfere with your program. They leave you to do your work alone. And for a coach with my personality, UST will always be a perfect fit, “Ayo explained.
That fit is currently undlued. Meanwhile, Ayo said he would be eager for one more shot to reunite his clutter-by-design system with this current batch of youngsters and other glamorous recruiters, ready to jump into the fray.
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