Team captain Sara finally doing what Jarin expects of him

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2016 10:09 PM
Team captain Sara finally doing what Jarin expects of him
AT LONG LAST. Dan Sara is back where he belongs in leading San Beda"s charge for what would be their ninth championship in the last 11 years.

If he only made two more from his eight missed field goals, Dan Sara would have had for himself a triple-double in Game 1 of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The team captain of San Beda College collected 13 rebounds and 11 assists, but only had six points.

Nonetheless, Sara was the first Red Lion singled out by coach Jamike Jarin in his post-win interview. “I have to take my hats off to the captain Dan Sara. This is what I was expecting of him,” he said.

Not only was the former De La Salle University pointman tops for his team in terms of rebounds and assists, he also connived with Robert Bolick to slow down Jiovani Jalalon who still had 21 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, but missed 11 shots and committed five turnovers.

For his part, Sara gave back all credit to his mentor. As he put it, “Kinilig ako (sa sinabi ni Jarin). After injuries ko, he was so patient with me.”

The San Beda captain was referring to his slow start to the season where he was overshadowed by reserve Radge Tongco. Now, that time is long gone and he is right back leading the charge for what would be their ninth championship in the last 11 years.

Nothing but glad to see Sara back where he has always expected him to be, Jarin said, “Now, he’s coming into age. In the start of the season, he was a young man trying to finish college.”

He then continued, “Now, he’s a matured man trying to conquer the world and I was blessed to have him.”

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