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    Jamike Jarin glad to see San Beda-Letran still going strong

    Sep 11, 2018
    Former NCAA champion coach Jamike Jarin at the San Beda game.
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    COACH Jamike Jarin was a curious observer on the rivalry game between San Beda and Letran in the NCAA Season 94 on Tuesday.

    Watching from the stands, the multi-titled bench tactician was quite elated to see one of the most storied rivalries in college basketball continue to flourish.

    "Right now, you have to be happy for both schools, with San Beda still winning championships and same for Letran now being back in contention. You just have to be happy for both schools," said Jarin, former San Beda mentor and current coach at National University.

    A part of him cheers for his alma mater, which he led to a championship in 2016 when he was still at the helm for the Red Lions.

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    On the other hand, he has close ties to Knights coach Jeff Napa, an NU legend in his own right, who is serving as a consultant for him in the Bulldogs' lair.

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    Jarin made it clear that he's just at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan for the love of the game — one which is a little biased for the red side.

    "I'm just here as a fan," he said. "You come in as a fan, but no matter what happens, I will always come back and cheer for my alma mater San Beda."

    San Beda got the better of Letran in this duel, 74-68, with the Red Lions averting a monumental collapse after leading by as much as 22 points.

    Jarin, though, hopes to see more of these duels in the future, with San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez and Letran's Napa engaging in more battles hopefully in the playoffs.

    "I just wish the very best for both coaches," he said.

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    Former NCAA champion coach Jamike Jarin at the San Beda game.
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto
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