Clearly, Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin bring out the best in each other

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 16, 2017 08:19 PM
Clearly, Aldin and Jamike bring out the best in each other
MEANT TO BE. Aldin Ayo's system and Jamike Jarin's system have long found their match in each other.

The game on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum was between De La Salle University and National University.

However, the story of that game was the rekindling of the rivalry between champion coaches Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin.

From start to finish, the showdown lived up to expectations as the two teams went at it and scored basket after basket after basket. “We have the same system na we keep on running. Siguro, kung titignan niyo, para kayong nanonood ng lawn tennis,” Ayo said post-game.

Indeed, everybody was entertained in a back-and-forth affair that saw the Green Archers’ “mayhem” get answered by the Bulldogs’ very own running game.

In the end, the two teams combined for the highest scoring output in over a decade with Ayo and the defending champions coming out on top, 115-109.

And in the end, the mentor of the Taft-based team was nothing but glad to have been part of a classic contest. “Both of us are very familiar with each other. Grabe yung competition, pero I have so much respect for that coach,” he shared.

He then continued, “He always brings (out) the best (in me).”

While they may be rivals, Jarin could only say the same about Ayo. “It’s always interesting when you coach against La Salle and Aldin. He’s a really good coach so he brings out the best in me also,” he expressed.

Asked just why they bring out the best in each other, he answered, “Probably because we’re just two competitors who bring out the best sa mga players.”

The NU mentor was quick to add, however, “Like I’ve said before, coach Jamike is not bigger than the UAAP, Aldin Ayo is not the bigger than the UAAP. We’re not bigger than La Salle, we’re not bigger than NU.”

While this was their first meeting in the UAAP, Ayo and Jarin share a colorful history dating back to their days in the NCAA.

Then, Ayo was at the forefront for Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Jarin was at the helm of San Beda College.

Then, they split their head-to-head matchups at three wins apiece. They just could not find separation from each other even then so much so that Ayo had to say, “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 also added, “Ganun din ako. Basically, parehas kami ng ginagawa.”

And until now, Ayo is loving the challenge of going up against Jarin. “We have the same system and coach Jamike is a very good coach. Kanina, ‘di ko alam kung ano pa nga ilalabas ko sa bulsa ko kasi malakas siya manggoyo e,” he said.

He then continued, “Kung kalaban mo talaga si coach Jamike, talagang pipigain mo yung utak mo e. You have to make sure na nag-e-execute yung mga players.”

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