ON the brink of elimination in the UAAP Season 81, National University head coach Jamike Jarin can only stick to the positives with another losing season looming for the Bulldogs.
He knows he has the necessary pieces to put together a team that could contend for the championship in the future – now the only question is when.
“Well of course right now, of course you’re disappointed for another loss but again we still have four games. We’re just gonna focus first on what we did right and what we did wrong against Ateneo,” Jarin said.
“Right now you have to stick with the positives. Even though you lost you have to stick with the positives. Work on the next games. Those are the things that we need to be doing. That’s what we’re looking at right now,” he added.
Jarin got a glimpse of that future in the wing combination of John Lloyd Clemente and Dave Ildefonso, who made a good account of themselves in their 79-64 loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Clemente fired in a career-high 25 points alongside eight rebounds while Ildefonso had a solid 13 points and six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.
Jarin’s not just excited for the future of the Bulldogs, he’s excited for Philippine basketball altogether.
“You can see the future not only for NU but for Philippine basketball. They’re rookies and then you can see the big upside with these two,” said Jarin.
“Those are the things and the good thing about it, they still have after this, they still have four years to play together. That’s the scary part for the opponents in the UAAP,” he added.
Jarin isn’t about to lose hope for the season, especially as he’s seeing his team slowly come together now.
“We’d like to look at the play of the other players even though Rev is on his final four games, hopefully it’s not the final four games, but Rev Diputado really played well. And you can see Shaun Ildefonso,” Jarin said.
“You can see the potential in the team right now.”