By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 2July2015 (BicolToday.com) – After a short stint with a PBA expansion team as an assistant coach, Sorsogon City Councilor Aldin Ayo made a decisive shift by accepting the coaching job of Letran Knights in the coming NCAA 91st season opening on Saturday at the MOA Arena. Ayo is a re-elected member of the Fifth Sorsogon City council representing the west district and an alumnus of Letran., He is not new to the challenges and demands of basketball being a member of the Letran Knights during its championship heydays with Kerby Raymundo and Chris Calaguio in the team.
“This is an effort which I really worked hard, I have established the ABC basketball clinic in Sorsogon, put up my basketball gymnasium for aspiring Sorsoganons, likewise conducted free basketball basic training in the district barangays which I planned to expand citywide knowing the potentials of our local players” was how he sees the culmination of his efforts were his assurance in an interview with this on-line news. ABC stands for Ayo Basketball Clinic and produced standouts now playing for Manila high school varsity teams.
I have a big load and responsibility for the Knights after it did not make the Final Four last season, I believe we have a good chance because of the total support of the school community and the return of Kevin Racal, he fully recovered from a torn ACL and with the help Mark Cruz and Rey Nambatac, we have a secured backcourt duringt plays. Including the rest of the team we are focusing to have a run for the final four and hopefully without injuries, once again we play the finals, was Ayo’s sound assessment of the Knight’s chances this season. He was referring to the coaching stint of Louie Alas, Binky Favis and Caloy Garcia. Alas gave the Knight three championship, Favis notch one and Garcia two seasons ago gave a run for five peater San Beda.
Asked if his new coaching stint will affect his legislative work, he said that with the right time management the necessary output for his district needs will not be sacrifice. I have competent staff and people in the district who help and involve themselves in achieving my legislative programs, My agriculture committee is in close coordination with the city agriculture department and other line agencies of the government which can be tap for programs beneficial to the sector. He revealed that he tied-up with a party list group which he did not name to upgrade agriculture workers of the city, this will compensate for my absence if ever, he clarified.
My coaching the Knights is pure challenges comparable to my first term as city councilor, it is also an opportunity to prove that a homegrown talent like me can make dreams come true. Ayo was named Junior NBA coach by the training pool of the National Basketball Association when it conducted its basketball clinic couple of years ago.