De La Salle University had no problems whatsoever against National University, Sunday at MOA Arena.
After the Bulldogs scored the game's first three points, the Green Archers responded with a 26-6 run to claim the lead and the momentum they would never relinquish.
In the last two minutes, however, some sort of color came out of the contest.
With the Taft-based team already way ahead, 83-60, with 1:23 remaining, active consultant Jermaine Byrd called a timeout.
At the other end, head coach Jamike Jarin was, without a doubt, not a fan of what happened and was seen yelling sweet nothings at Byrd.
“Who wouldn’t. It’s unwritten ethics,” Jarin answered post-game after being asked about it. “Everybody knows that, not only in basketball. I don’t know what his intentions were.”
When the final buzzer sounded, though, the La Salle active consultant was seen reaching out to the National U head coach. “He was apologizing for the timeout,” the latter shared.
He then continued, “He apologized. We’re all humans. I have no problems with that. I accept that.”
Indeed, Byrd explained that he called a timeout so that he could sub out Justine Baltazar who already had a 25-point, 25-rebound double-double to his name. “My best player was cramping up the whole game and was getting fouled the whole game. He had to come out of the game.
The American mentor furthered that he has nothing but respect for Jarin and all of the other coaches in the league. “I respect all of the coaches of this league. Made no disrespect. I apologized to coach and that's all it was,” he shared.
Nonetheless, La Salle got the better of National U and there is no question at that.
"We just have to give credit to them. We really played bad on both ends," Jarin said. "We shot poorly throwing the ball at the start of the game. That's how we started and we weren't able to recover."
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