ARVIN Tolentino had mixed feelings in his return to the San Beda campus and the school gym on Saturday when the Red Lions hosted the Ateneo Blue Eagles in an early offseason tune-up game.
The former Red Cubs star and current Ateneo mainstay, who led San Beda to a handful of NCAA juniors’ titles, was on the losing end this time as the Eagles suffered a 77-66 defeat.
“Medyo awkward kasi dati suot ko yung jersey tapos ngayon kalaban ko na sila,” Tolentino said in a short chat with Spin.ph after the game, one of the highlights of the Frolics, San Beda’s annual fair.
“Pero masaya naman dahil nakabalik ako dito sa Beda. Tagal ko hindi nakapunta dito,” added the versatile forward, who decided to play for Ateneo in college two years ago after his successful run with the Red Cubs.
Tolentino could do nothing as the Eagles saw the Lions fight back from a double-digit deficit behind Ola Adeougn and Art dela Cruz in turning the game around to the delight of the home crowd.
“Anyway, tune-up lang naman ‘to para sa fans,” said Tolentino, former teammates with current Lions Radge Tongco and Javee Mocon, among others.
New Lions coach and former Blue Eaglets mentor Jamike Jarin also had a reunion with former juniors’ players and now seniors team standouts Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal.
“I’ve been with them for the longest time, so it was an odd feeling,” Jarin said. “But it was a healthy competition. I know they will never give up and alam din nila na I will never give up. We were lucky this time.
“Hopefully more wins for us and both teams get better as the season comes in.”