Jarin insists San Beda the underdogs against Arellano

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2016 08:13 PM
Jarin insists San Beda the underdogs against Arellano
UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY. Coach Jamike Jarin claims that San Beda are far from the favorites against Arellano in the Finals.

San Beda College is a perfect 3-0 against Arellano University in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Red Lions are set to take on the Chiefs fort at least two more times – only now, it will be for all the glory.

However, heading into the best-of-three championship round, San Beda are avoiding any overconfidence against a team they have ruled over thus far, but are still fronted by Jiovani Jalalon. As top gun Davon Potts put it, “Honestly, they’re a great team. They’re in the Finals for a reason.”

He then continued, “We humble ourselves, we go in every single game humble. We don’t feel like we’re better than everybody.”

Even though they are two wins away from what would be their ninth championship in the last 11 years, the Lions are even going so far as to say that Arellano are the favorites to win it all. “You lose your six best players from last year, you lose your best center during the season, you end up number one, but lose the twice-to-beat,” coach Jamike Jarin began.

He then concluded, “We are the underdog here.”

Even so, the fiery mentor said he remains hopeful about their chances. “We’re just doing something right, I think, and hopefully, we keep doing the right things,” he expressed.

Potts could only echo his coach’s sentiment in having full faith in San Beda. A San Beda side that lost all of Ola Adeogun, Baser Amer, Art Dela Cruz, and Donald Tankoua and then lost their twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four – and yet, are still in contention.

Asked what they have gone through proves, the Filipino-American answered, “That we have heart, that we have character.”


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