SAN Beda coach Jamike Jarin had mixed emotions about AC Soberano winning the three-point shootout in the NCAA All-Star festivities on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Jarin said he is happy for his player for winning the shootout, after scoring 21 in the final round to beat RK Ilagan of San Sebastian and Exe Biteng of Mapua.
On the other hand, Jarin also expects that defenses around the league will now be tighter come the second round on Soberano following his conquest.
“I’m very happy and, in a way, sad also because now, they will guard him more,” said Jarin.
Soberano had a blistering start, connecting on 23 points in the first round, most of which by hitting the money balls that are worth two points.
The same held true in the final as he beat Ilagan and Biteng, who had no match for the San Beda sniper as they only ended up with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Jarin, however, wasn't shocked, and even rued that Soberano should have been back-to-back three-point king.
“To be honest, I wasn’t surprised (that he won). I was surprised that he didn’t make it last year. Nothing against Mark Cruz. He is a great shooter. But it would have been fun seeing both of them diba,” he added.