April 23, 2018, 12:39 am
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Ayo confirms parting of ways with La Salle

COACH Aldin Ayo left La Salle because he and other officials of the Green Archers “have different views in handling the team.”

Ayo finally broke his silence on the issue last Tuesday, saying on his twitter account @AyoAV_official that “I’ve always done what is necessary” without elaborating.

Ayo, who steered the Green Archers to the title in his first year with the squad in 2016, has opted to call the shots for University of Santo Tomas, which finished in the cellar last season. The Archers lost their crown last year to Ateneo, which prevailed in three games of the UAAP finals.

Reports surfaced last Dec. 27 that Ayo was leaving La Salle, seven days after the Archers released a statement that they were giving Ayo full support.

In his tweet, Ayo, 40, explained the reason why he kept mum despite all the rumors.

“The reason why I kept mum is because of an agreement not to disclose any information before the 1st week of January or until the school makes its official statement,” he explained.

“I am only breaking my silence since the news has come out earlier than expected and only after getting permission,” he added.

The Growling Tigers have yet to confirm whether Ayo will take over from Boy Sablan, who quit last year. Louie Gonzalez, Ayo’s lead assistant at La Salle, is reportedly set to take over as coach.

In the event Ayo takes the helm at UST, he will have Marvin Lee, Jordan Sta. Ana and Cameroonian big man Steve Akomo, and the returning duo of Renzo Subido and Mario Bonleon as the core of the team.

Ayo, who also steered his alma mater Letran to the NCAA crown in 2015, thanked the La Salle community, its fans, and top backer Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. for what he described as “two well-spent years. – Michael Jugado
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