UAAP: Players' sacrifices motivated Coach Ayo to carry La Salle to glory

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's not an easy feat to win a collegiate basketball title.

It's even harder to steer another squad to a championship in a different league the next season.

But for the case of Aldin Ayo, he accomplished that by capturing the NCAA men's seniors basketball crown (with the Letran Knights) and the UAAP men's seniors basketball title in just a span of two years.

Ayo will go down in history books as the first coach to achieve such distinct honor.

For the current Green Achers rookie mentor, the pressure of producing a trophy for a proud institution fueled him to push his team to immortality.

With the immense support coming from the alumni and witnessing the sacrifices his players made, it only added to the burning desire for Ayo to deliver.

"I really just want to win because of the pressure. I saw the support of the management, the whole La Sallian community and how the players worked hard, I took that as my motivation," he said.

The DLSU Green Archers clinched their ninth UAAP championship after overwhelming archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles, 79-72, on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The 39-year-old Ayo said that his players are pleased with the result of their blood and sweat.

"These guys have sacrificed a lot especially in the first part of the season. I'm sure they are satisfied after all they've been through," he said.

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