Bulldogs bare teeth in first game under champion coach Jarin

Bulldogs bare teeth in first game under champion coach Jarin
WINNING ATTITUDE. Jamike Jarin's brand of basketball was in full effect in NU's first game of the season.

A new era is upon National University in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And in their first showing in that new era, the Bulldogs did nothing but impress as they routed University of the East, 86-69, on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

That makes Jamike Jarin a winner in only his first game calling the shots in the UAAP. “It feels good that we won. It’s always hard to play the opening,” he said in his post-win interview.

In a sign of the times for the Sampaloc-based squad, there was no one player who starred.

Instead, Jarin drew contributions from everybody from J-Jay Alejandro who stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and five steals to Dave Wilson Yu who had 14 markers to his name. “J-Jay played consistent and Dave, I don’t know what he ate today, but keep eating that please,” Jarin said.

The two teams were tied at 42-all at the midway mark of the third until NU uncorked a 17-3 burst that mounted a 59-45 advantage in their favor.

Four players contributed in scoring, but it was Yu’s five straight points that highlighted the run.

The total team effort was exactly what Jarin wanted as it was the same recipe for success he used to lead San Beda College back to the promised land in the NCAA.

Reggie Morido also added 12 points and six rebounds while Senegalese Issa Gaye left a strong first impression and picked off 11 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.

With his first win out of the way, Jarin will now turn his attention to rekindling his rivalry with Aldin Ayo when the Bulldogs face De La Salle University a week from now.

For the Red Warriors, Alvin Pasaol was the top scorer with 14 points.

Without much help, however, he saw his squad start the season at the losing end.

BOX SCORES

NU 86 – Yu 14, Morido 12, Alejandro 11, Gaye 11, Aquino 9, DIputado 6, Salem 5, Abatayo 5, Bartlett 5, Mosqueda 4, Joson 2, Lastimosa 2, Cauilan 0, Tibayan 0, Flores 0

UE 69 – Pasaol 14, Maloles 10, Acuno 10, Olayon 6, Derige 5, Armenion 5, Abanto 5, Manalang 4, Varilla 2, Conner 2, Cruz 2, Bartolome 2, Cullar 2, Gagate 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-13, 38-30, 66-53, 86-69

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