MANILA, Philippines – Add Chot Reyes to the list of champion tacticians Aldin Ayo has beaten early in his PBA coaching career.
Ayo has wins over three men in the top five of the PBA champion coaches list as Converge dealt nine-time titlist Reyes and TNT a 130-117 beating on Friday, October 28.
The FiberXers now ride on a three-game winning streak after also defeating nine-time champion Leo Austria’s San Miguel and 11-time winner Norman Black’s Meralco.
But the PBA rookie coach downplayed the feat.
“I’m just grateful that we won,” said Ayo, who has Converge looking like a solid team in the Commissioner’s Cup just two months since he came on board as head coach of the FiberXers, who tote a 4-2 card.
Ayo, instead, heaped praise on Reyes.
“Talking about coach Chot, he’s one of the coaches that I look up to. Probably one of the reasons also why I love coaching. He’s an inspiration,” Ayo said.
“His accomplishments and the things he do, he really inspires a lot of coaches and I’m one of them.”
The rout of the Tropang Giga saw the FiberXers set new franchise records in most points in a game (130), points in a quarter (43), assists in a game (34), and three-pointers in a game (21).
Converge fell just two triples short of tying the PBA record of most three-pointers made in a game of 23 triples accomplished twice by TNT and once by San Miguel.
Ayo bared his wards made it a point to fine-tune their long range game by making use of the shooting machine he requested to team management.
“I never forced them to use it, but on their own, they set it up,” Ayo said. “It’s a big help for the players to keep on shooting because it’s all about repetitions.”
“Basketball is about repetitions.” – Rappler.com