Despite losing the top Final Four spot to reigning champion San Beda College, Letran coach Aldin Ayo remains confident of of his team to capture the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball crown.
“Our morale remains high and there is nothing to be ashamed of our loss yesterday over San Beda,” Ayo told The Manila Times on Wednesday in a phone interview. “The players and the entire Letran community always remain confident that we can win the crown this season.”
“We beat them [San Beda] in the first round, but we lost to them in the second round and yesterday’s playoff for the top seeding. It is okay, we’re going to bounce back and play
better next time.”
The Knights erased the double-digit lead of the Red Lions in the fourth quarter before losing the game 78-83 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Tuesday.
The battle for the No. 3 spot between the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and the Mapua Cardinals are set on Friday.
Ayo said that the Knights would be focusing on defense particularly in how to stop their tall opponents.
“They [San Beda] went to their foreign player [Ola] to attack at the basket for high percentage shots. Letran is known for its tough defense and before the season starts, I was hired to coach the team because of my defensive strategy how to deal with larger and taller opponents,” Ayo said.
JOSEF T. RAMOS