|Ronald Mascariñas fist bumps with Aldin Ayo, his personal choice, after the latter was announced as Manila Chooks' new coach. Chooks-to-Go|
MANILA—Aldin Ayo is back... in a different coaching venture, though.
The former University of Santo Tomas coach will be the one mentoring the Manila Chooks team that will play in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha Masters later this month.
Ayo was formally introduced to the squad, formerly known as Zamboanga City-Family's Brand Sardines during the Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup, on Monday during a courtesy call with Manila mayor Isko Moreno.
"I'm very grateful because, for me, this will bring another dimension to my coaching career," Ayo said.
As it turned out, Bounty Agroventures chief Ronald Mascariñas handpicked Ayo.
"Coach Ayo is my personal choice," said Mascariñas. "He is the most decorated coach in college right now and we are excited that he is now here with us."
A known collegiate champion coach in the 5-on-5 ranks, Ayo will try his luck in the 3x3 game this time.
"Throughout my coaching career, it was the full-length of the court, but this time will be different. I can't wait to try out new schemes for half-court," he further said.
Ayo will replace Eric Altamirano as the chief gaffer for the Manila Chooks squad.
Ayo will also have a reunion with Santi Santillan, who he coached in La Salle during the team's last UAAP title run in 2016.
Ayo will also finally coach Alvin Pasaol, who he once wooed to join Letran and La Salle before the latter eventually chose University of the East.
After coaching against him, Ayo will finally get a chance to mentor Troy Rike as well as Joshua Munzon.
Ayo, however, will not be with Manila Chooks during the Doha Masters, although he can join the squad in the next FIBA 3x3 club events.
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