Ayo tapped to call shots for Chooks 3×3

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    FORMER University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo, who was fired last September for bringing the Golden Tigers to Sorsogon for team practice amid the coronavirus pandemic, has found a new home.

    He was named yesterday as the new coach of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 team for FIBA tournaments, replacing Eric Altamirano.

    The champion but controversial coach welcomed the idea of testing the waters in 3×3 play.

    “I’m very grateful because, for me, this will bring another dimension to my coaching career,” Ayo said when he was introduced to the players and to Mayor Isko Moreno at the Manila City Hall.

    “Throughout my coaching career, it was the full-length of the court, but this time will be different. I can’t wait to try out new schemes for half-court,” he added.

    Ayo, 43, stepped down as UST coach last Sept. 4 and was suspended indefinitely by the UAAP five days later.

    He was surprisingly cleared from any liability in the controversial bubble training by the Sorsogon City PNP and provincial government last Oct. 2.

    Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. president and 3×3 patron Ronald Mascariñas said Ayo was his choice for the job.

    “Coach Ayo is my personal choice,” Mascariñas said. “He is the most decorated coach in college right now and we are excited that he is now here with us.”

    The Chooks team, to be known as Manila Chooks TM, will see action in the 2020 FIBA 3×3 World Tour in Doha, Qatar on November 20-21. Making up the team are Fil-Am forward Joshua Munzon, wingman Alvin Pasaol, and big men Leonard Santillan and Troy Rike.