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Santillan to reunite with former coach Ayo

Santi Santillan
Santi Santillan drives to the basket during the second leg pool play action of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup. Santillan will reunite with his former college coach Aldin Ayo.

SANTI Santillan, one of the Manila Chooks TM standouts in this week’s Doha Masters of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, will reunite with his former collegiate coach Aldin Ayo.

Known to bring talents from the provinces, it was Ayo who brought Santillan to Manila – and gave him his big break.

With Ayo now handling the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas team for the future FIBA tournaments, he and the versatile Cebuano big man, who helped him bring La Salle to a UAAP men’s basketball Finals appearance two years ago, are together again.

Si Santi, alam na alam na naman natin kung anong kayang gawin nyan,” said Ayo during a recent courtesy call with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno inside the City Hall.

Masaya akong makakasama ko siya ulit,” he added.

Currently the country’s sixth-ranked 3×3 player, Santillan, alongside with No. 1 Joshua Munzon, No. 2 Alvin Pasaol and No. 5 Troy Rike are now in Doha, Qatar as rechristened Manila Chooks TM side continues to gear up for next year’s FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Graz, Austria.

The 6-foot-5 Santillan is only looking forward to having Ayo bring his championship experience and unwavering passion to Manila Chooks TM.

Siyempre, nakaka-excite talaga kasi coach ko siya ulit,” said Santillan. “Alam ko na naman paano siya mag-coach tapos alam din niya paano ako maglaro.

While this will be the first time Ayo will call the shots outside 5-on-5, Santillan has no qualms that the 43-year old mentor will find the same success in 3×3.

“Kitang-kita naman natin and record niya dati pa. Nadala niya lahat ng team niya sa Finals e ‘di ba?” said Ayo. “Alam na alam kong si coach Aldin, mabilis mag-aadjust yan, kahit 3×3 pa iyan.

Definitely, Ayo’s adjustment in the physical but exciting 3×3 play will be made even easier by the 24-year-old he had already mentored.

Publication Source :    People's Tonight