JAMIKE Jarin was all praises for his players and paid tribute to Eric Altamirano as the National University Bulldogs started UAAP Season 80 with a solid performance.
A winner with Ateneo in the UAAP juniors and San Beda College in the NCAA, Jarin made his debut as coach in the UAAP men’s basketball with a comfortable win over lowly University of the East on Saturday.
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Jarin noted it’s more of the players’ determination than his system.
“Ako kasi I’m personally blessed. Sinasabi nila yung system that you run is still very effective. Everybody got it all wrong,” Jarin told reporters after the match.
“Swerte ako sa mga players. I was lucky I was part of San Beda, Ateneo and now as part of NU. I’m very lucky to have these boys, the institution and the coaching staff. Yun yung swerte ko,” he added.
Jarin tips his hat off to the Altamirano, who had instilled a different kind of dedication and work ethic in the players before stepping down last season.
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With players, led by Dave Yu, J-Jay Alejandro and Reggie Morido, who are willing to embrace his system and more than willing to work hard to improve individually, Jarin believes it shouldn’t be tough to develop the team into a title contender.
“I inherited a team that’s very disciplined and determined, so that’s credit to coach Eric Altamirano and his coaching staff,” Jarin continued.
“It’s just a way of introducing a new thing. I’m, happy with the way things are going. We just have to work hard.”
Jarin says he is more concerned about his players getting more experience in the long haul, getting all the things that they can learn in the first round and hopefully be mature enough to run his system very in the final stretch of the tournament.
“Hindi naman mahirap yung system. Yung experience, yun ang hindi namin ma-fast track e. Even though we joined a lot of tournaments, it is still different from the UAAP,” said Jarin.
“We need the experience now, and hopefully in the end experienced na kami to run our system we got a good chance of being competitive in the long run.”