JAMIKE Jarin knew that soon enough, his path will cross that of his longtime assistant Joe Silva.
That day was on Saturday, as Jarin's NU blasted Silva's UE, 88-61, in their first meeting in the UAAP Season 81.
Forget about the game's outcome. Just like a father seeing his son make it big, Jarin couldn't be prouder.
"Look at him now. He’s doing well," the outspoken Bulldogs mentor said, giving his former protege a big hug as the final buzzer sounded.
"Like what I always say, when you win a championship, you’re happy for your kids and for your players, especially at a young age. You’re very happy. But the feeling of one of your players winning a championship as a coach, and I saw that with coach Joe, it was a different feeling pa. Iba. The happiness for him, I can’t describe."
The two have come a long way since their days in Ateneo.
"I’ve known coach Joe since he was in fourth year high school, and that was 1998. He was a senior and then eventually, he went to college with Ateneo. He wasn’t able to make it to the senior team but we were together there. He eventually graduated, wanted to coach so he coached elsewhere, then eventually, we ended up being together and won a few championships."
Jarin took Silva under his wing in the Blue Eaglets program back in 2004, where they won five UAAP juniors titles in their seven years together.
When the former joined coach Norman Black's staff in the seniors division full-time in 2011, the latter took over and continued what Jarin built, winning two more titles for Ateneo in 2015 and 2018.
"Para ko na siyang tatay," said Silva, now on his first year at the helm of the Red Warriors. "It's not just him but other coaches din like sila coach Sandy (Arespacochaga), sila coach Tab (Baldwin), coach Norman, and the rest. Pero si coach Jamike, we go a long way."
Competitive as they come, both coaches knew to set aside their history as they tried to one-up one another in the clash.
"Today, he’s the enemy," said Jarin as his side got the upper hand at the end of 40 minutes of basketball.
"But after that, we will be family again. Coach Joe Silva and the Silva family will always be family. That’s what I said before, that they will always be family. I’m sure he feels the same way. I love the guy."
Silva echoed those sentiments, too.
"I consider him as family regardless of where we are, what teams we are in, or whatever we are doing. We’ll always be family," he said.
'Til the next time they meet again.