• DLSU eyes Ayo as new coach

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    Barring any contract issues, Colegio de San Juan de Letran mentor Aldin Ayo will soon be named as head coach of De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

    According to a La Salle top official, the university has already negotiating with Ayo, who steered the Knights to their 17th title in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament.

    The 38-year-old tactician, however, still has three more years with Letran but the source said it’s just a minor kink to be ironed out.

    If negotiations push through, Ayo will be replacing Juno Sauler, who decided to resign on Tuesday.

    Ayo, the NCAA Coach of the Year, has a 16-7 record in his first year with the Knights.

    He played for Letran during his college days and won a couple of crown in 1998 and 1999.

    Besides Ayo, La Salle also considered former Letran coach Louie Alas, former La Salle head coach Franz Pumaren and current San Beda head coach Jamike Jarin.

    La Salle failed to advance to the Final Four this season after finishing fifth in the elimination round with a 6-8 slate.

    Meanwhile, the Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series between Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas will be on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.

    The Tamaraws hold a 1-0 series edge following their 75-64 win in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    EMIL C. NOGUERA

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