Jamike Jarin lauds 'selfless' skipper Dan Sara for leading Red Lions back to top
Dan Sara helped stabilize the Red Lions on the floor with his leadership, said coach Jamike Jarin. Freddie Dionisio

SAN Beda coach Jamike Jarin found redemption after the Red Lions regained the NCAA crown in Season 92 following a heartbreaking runner-up finish to Letran last year, and was all praises for his wards’ selflessness.

"Selfless," said Jarin, summarizing the season after San Beda swept Arellano, 83-73, in the NCAA Season 92 Finals on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

"It's always been my trademark; you use all your players, you give them the exposure, and after the season, you make a bond that will last forever, memories that will last forever. So this is one for the books. I'm very happy," he added.

But even in his balanced system, Jarin noted one player who stood out the most in San Beda’s title run: skipper Dan Sara, who finished with seven points, six rebounds, and six assists to help the Red Lions capture their ninth championship in 11 years.

Sara didn’t really put in monstrous figures, but Jarin said the Red Lions captain proved his value beyond the stat sheet.

"In the final games, I was so proud of Dan Sara," said Jarin, who noted how Sara’s return from a finger injury helped stabilize the team’s offense and bucked the absence of injured import Donald Tankoua to still emerge on top as NCAA kings again.

"He was the one who glued everybody. Hats off to Dan Sara and all the boys," he added. 

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