Jarin hoping for a 'miracle' as battle for last Final Four berth goes down to wire
NU coach Jamike Jarin is confident his wards will step up and take care of what they can control to stay alive in the Final Four race. Jerome Ascano

THE fate of National University in the Final Four is no longer entirely in its hands, but head coach Jamike Jarin said the Bulldogs will give it their best shot.

The Bulldogs kept their Final Four hopes alive with an 87-84 win over Far Eastern University. NU improved to 5-8 and moved just a game back of FEU (6-7) heading to the final stretch of the eliminations.

For NU to earn a playoff for a Final Four spot, the first step is for the Bulldogs to win in their final elims game against University of the Philippines on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

NU, however, must hope third-ranked Adamson beats FEU in the other half of the double-header.

“I’m hoping for a miracle. We are hoping for that,” Jarin said. “We don’t have any control of the other games. Rest assured that we will still do our best, no matter what.”

As NU went into the game on a two-game losing slump, Jarin emphasized his wish to be the “scriptwriter” of their destiny.

“I told everybody that the reason why people love sports is because in sports, there is drama, there is action, there is thrill, there is horror, there is comedy, there is romance. That’s why people watch sports. It’s unscripted. We want to be the scriptwriter today. Let’s win. The script today is that we wanted to win and we will try to make our own script,” said Jarin, who was glad to see his players respond.

“The maturity, the experience, that you cannot fast-track. I’m happy right now because I saw the maturity. And I hope it’s not too late. I’m very proud with all the 16 players. They showed up,” he added.

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