San Beda’s Jarin and Letran’s Ayo not so different after all

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 19, 2015 10:07 AM
San Beda’s Jarin and Letran’s Ayo not so different after all
DID YOU KNOW? Aldin Ayo picked up quite a few coaching pointers from Jamike Jarin.

Following a cool season, the flames of the rivalry between San Beda College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran have been rekindled in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

All throughout the elimination round, the archrivals have battled for the top spot and needed an extra meeting just to settle who between them is the one- and the two-seed.

Undoubtedly, much of it has to do with the new head coaches roaming the sidelines for the Red Lions and the Knights. Although they have already delivered positive results in only their first years, both have carried heavy burdens while doing so.

For Jamike Jarin in Mendiola, it has been living up to his alma mater’s recent history – nine top-seeds in a row and eight titles in total to be exact.

For Aldin Ayo in Intramuros, it has been leading his alma mater in reclaiming its place among the collegiate elite – a place they lost when they finished sixth a season ago.

Apparently, their similarities run even deeper than that with their coaching philosophies both having been honed from their time mentoring boys who are still on their way to college. As Ayo put it, “I find (coaching against Jarin) very interesting kasi may ginagawa siyang natutuwa ako. Natutuwa ako kasi alam kong ginagawa niya yun dahil galing siya sa grassroots.”

He then continued, “Ganun din ako, galing din ako sa 12-under. Basically, parehas kami ng ginagawa.”

Their similarities in terms of mentality may also have something to do with the fact that when Ayo was starting with his coaching career, he used to attend Jarin’s seminars. “From Sorsogon, I drove for 14 hours just to attend his talk (in Manila),” he said.

Asked about it, the San Beda mentor said that what his archrival bared was definitely new information for him. Nonetheless, he wished “all the best” for the Letran coach he described as “very passionate.”

Based on head-to-head matchups, that is including the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, Ayo is yet to best his archrival and trails 1-3. Counting the NCAA All-Star Game wherein they also dueled, Jarin still leads 3-2.

While they may be similar in surprisingly many ways, the Knights’ mentor said that San Beda-Letran is still San Beda-Letran and both of them will go all out to lead their team to victory. “Natutuwa ako kasi ngayon, kalaban ko na siya. I respect him as a person, but kapag lights on na, it’s different,” he said.

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