SAN Beda coach Jamike Jarin took the blame for the loss in Game One, saying he was outcoached by Letran counterpart Aldin Ayo at the start of the NCAA Season 91 Finals.
The Red Lions have found themselves in an unfamiliar situation as they trail in the best-of-three series, 0-1, after bowing to Letran, 90-94, in a shootout that went down to the wire.
Jarin said it was his fault.
“I coached bad today so it’s my fault. That’s why we lost,” said Jarin. “In all aspect, if you lose a game, it’s my fault. I wasn’t able to prepare (my players) against Letran.”
The first-year San Beda coach, however, also rued the 29 turnovers the Red Lions had in the game as they fell on the brink of losing a title that had been in their hands for the past five years.
“We had too many turnovers. We had our chances and we weren’t able to execute and I take the blame for it. I failed to coach the right way,” said Jarin.
Jarin said the Red Lions need to play smart for Game Two to avoid a sweep.
“We just need to play smarter because there were a couple of plays that we didn’t play smart. It cost us the lead, a chance to get back,” said Jarin.