SAN Beda coach Jamike Jarin pegged star point guard Baser Amer’s health condition at 70 percent prior to the Red Lions’ game against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Thursday.
Still, that was good enough for the rookie coach to play his veteran playmaker against the Generals.
Amer made his NCAA Season 91 much earlier than expected. He was originally set to miss two to three weeks due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the D-League.
During last week’s opener, the Gilas Pilipinas cadet member was spotted still wearing a sling during the Red Lions’ game against the Mapua Cardinals.
Amer only played for 12 minutes and scored just three points. But the Red Lions still won handily over the Generals, 108-80.
“I guess, from the way things are going, parang 70 percent. With the way he is moving, 70 percent,” admitted Jarin.
But the San Beda coach said Amer wanted to play and Jarin readily obliged.
“We had the go-signal naman. I was looking at him and communicating at me, and he says he is alright,” said Jarin, who worried about Amer’s shoulder being reinjured.
In the end, Jarin trusted his player's word.
“Hindi ninyo nakita na kinakabahan ako nung pumasok si Baser?” said Jarin with a smile.
“Like you always say, you always want to trust your teammates. As a coach, you also have to trust your players because they are the ones who can feel what they can do. I trust them, and luckily, nothing happened,” Jarin said.
Amer made his season debut the same time as Ola Adeogun, who also suffered a hamstring injury during the offseason.
Jarin said having Amer and Adeogun play in the game together was a good sign as the Red Lions try to get their timing back in their quest for a sixth straight championship.
“Because they are disciplined athletes, I’m confident about their conditioning. It’s more of the timing sa game. They will get it back,” said Jarin.
“They got the minutes and we got the win,” the San Beda rookie coach added.