Jarin apologizes for late-game scuffle between San Beda-Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 26, 2016 08:22 PM
Jarin apologizes for late-game scuffle in San Beda-Letran
THE HEAT IS ON. San Beda and Letran reminded everybody just how heated their rivalry is.

San Beda College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran have long been called heated rivals.

They turned up the heat on each other on Friday at the San Juan Arena with the Red Lions and the Knights nearly coming to blows.

Late in the rivalry game with San Beda en route to victory, Letran’s Bong Quinto and Jerrick Balanza got too intimate with archrival Jomari Presbitero. Several players from both benches rushed to the scene including coach Jamike Jarin.

Fortunately, game officials were able to get in between the two teams. Not long after, an offensive foul was slapped on Quinto, an unsportsmanlike foul was slapped on Balanza, and a technical foul for entering the playing court was slapped on Jarin.

The San Beda coach, who was clearly trying to separate players from either side, was the first to apologize for what happened. “We apologize if we did something ungentlemanly. We will control our emotions and we will be gentlemen in our next meeting,” he said.

Jarin chalked up the late-game scuffle to what has long been intense interactions between the Lions and the Knights. “It’s a heated rivalry and it has been going on for the longest time. That’s just how these two schools compete,” he said.

He then continued, “At least, cooler heads prevailed. We don’t want anything like that happening in any sport.”

For his part, Letran mentor Jeff Napa also said what’s done has already been done. “Nagkiliitan lang naman, part of the game yun,” he expressed.


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