SAN Beda’s balanced attack keyed the Red Lions' 84-75 win over Perpetual in the 92nd NCAA basketball tournament on Tuesday, but one player stood out the most for coach Jamike Jarin.
Jarin made special mention of team captain Dan Sara during the post-game interview just moments after the victory that earned the Red Lions a twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs.
"I have to give credit to Dan Sara," said Jarin of the diminutive guard, who was sidelined by a finger injury for a few games early in the season.
"That's what I was looking from him for this tournament. Unfortunately, it got derailed because of his injuries," he added.
Against the Altas, Sara scored only six points with six assists, but Jarin was particularly impressed with how the Red Lions skipper provided stability down the stretch.
"Sometimes he just plays inconsistent, but right now he just held the fort and made the right plays in the end," Jarin said.
"He's our captain ball, he's one of the heart and souls of this team so we're happy that he got six assists. And that was easy, parang hindi mahirap sa kanya yung six assists in this game," he added.