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Ayo faces 1-game ban ahead of Ateneo game

La Salle Coach Aldin Ayo wanted to make a point. He tried to portray the referee as blind or had poor eyesight. So, with borrowed eyeglasses, he confronted the official and attempted to put the glasses on him.

He was ejected and for this, Ayo, the UAAP’s highest paid coach at a reported P3 million a year, is likely to get a one-game ban as per league rules on player or coach ejected from the game.

Should this happen, unless La Salle files an appeal and the decision is overturned, Ayo, who pulled the same antic last year when he was coach of Letran, may miss his team’s game against Ateneo on Sunday.

La Salle coach Aldin Ayo tries to put the eyeglasses at referee Eric Viray that led to his ejection in their UAAP game against University of the East last Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. (Courtesy of Joaqui Flores of Tiebreaker Times/Manila Bulletin)

La Salle coach Aldin Ayo tries to put the eyeglasses at referee Eric Viray that led to his ejection in their UAAP game against University of the East last Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
(Courtesy of Joaqui Flores of Tiebreaker Times/Manila Bulletin)

That would be a blow to him and his school as this is the most important game for the Archers, as well as the Eagles, in the first round of the elimination round.

The incident happened with 1:12 left in the second quarter against University of the East which La Salle defeated, 84-78.

UAAP Commissioner Rebo Saguisag yesterday said he already notified the team of his decision to suspend Ayo. La Salle, for its part, has 48 hours to file an appeal.

Ayo was incensed when UE’s Will Bartolome was not called for a foul after bumping La Salle guard Thomas Torres. But before he accosted referee Eric Viray, Ayo went to his assistant Siot Tanquincen, grabbed his glasses and went straight to the official and tried to make him wear it.

Ayo politely begged off from commenting on the incident when reporters approached him minutes after the game.

It was not the first time Ayo pulled off such a stunt.

As coach of last year’s NCAA champion Letran Knights, Ayo showed a pair of glasses to an official in a game against the San Sebastian Stags, prompting league commissioner Bai Cristobal to issue him a stern warning.

He later served a one-game ban that same season for throwing a monobloc chair against the Lyceum Pirates. But both actions were eventually forgotten after Ayo steered the Knights to the title by ending the five-year title reign of the San Beda Red Lions.

His impressive feat, despite being a relatively unknown when he arrived at Letran, caught the eye of La Salle, which immediately pirated him away in hopes of doing the same thing in Taft.

So far, Ayo is almost halfway from accomplishing the feat as La Salle raced to a 6-0 start behind his trademark pressure defense which he dubbed as “Mayhem”.

Mayhem is perhaps an understatement as the Green Archers beat their opponents with reckless abandon, with Ben Mbala, Jeron Teng and a cast of able role players delivering impressive numbers.