FORMER San Beda coach Jamike Jarin sat in the stands as a fan when he saw his former team beat Lyceum in Game One of the NCAA Season 93 men's basketball finals.
Jarin though expects the Red Lions will have a difficult time closing out the series against a Pirates squad that came from an 18-game sweep of the eliminations.
The current coach of National University believes LPU mentor Topex Robinson will have something in his sleeves to turn Game Two, which is set on Thursday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, in favor of the Pirates.
"Topex is so good as a coach. He has won 18 straight games and it's not going to be hard for him to win one game," said Jarin.
"I know San Beda is going to have a hard time and it's going to be a wonderful game," he added.
Before joining the Bulldogs, Jarin led San Beda to the NCAA Season 92 crown last year after sweeping Arellano in the finals. But while he’s no longer manning the sidelines for the Red Lions, he remained proud with the accomplishment of his former team by reaching the finals and winning Game One over the unbeaten Pirates.
Jarin also isn't surprised with how Robert Bolick took over in Game One not just on the offensive end but on the defensive end.
"I'm so happy that they got over the hump against LPU. They lost twice to them. I'm happy that I was there as a fan, as an alumnus, not as a coach. I was cheering," Jarin said.
"Robert Bolick is Robert Bolick right now. If you look at the beauty of how he plays, he controls both ends. We are amazed on how he made those big shots (in Game One), ang hindi natin nakita is how he controls the defensive end. Last year, he shut down (Kent) Salado and (Jio) Jalalon. He has been shutting down whoever he is guarding. He can't shut down CJ Perez but he had problems against Robert Bolick," he added.
Even though he is no longer with San Beda, Jarin said he considers the team his family.
"I'm happy where I am. I can't say I'm happier. I'm sad that I'm not with San Beda anymore. But we are still family. San Beda, Ateneo [where he was a former juniors coach], I always feel that is family to me. It's sad to leave family behind," said Jarin.