Jarin says Alejandro alone can’t win games for Bulldogs
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2017 09:43 PM
WHERE YOU AT? J-Jay Alejandro is still searching for much-needed help to lift NU out of its struggles.
The difference between Ateneo de Manila University, undefeated through six games, and National University, on a three-game slide, was very much evident on Saturday.
The Blue Eagles had much welcome contributions from the likes of Vince Tolentino and Chibueze Ikeh along with the steady play of Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto.
On the other hand, the Bulldogs were only, at certain points, in the game by the efforts of J-Jay Alejandro.
In their 83-96 loss, the team captain gave it his all with 24 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
While rookie Enzo Joson also added 14 points and seven rebounds, for the most part, Alejandro was putting on a one-man show for NU.
Asked about it afterward, he said, “Given na naman yun. Alam naman nila coach at ng mga kalaban na ako yung main guy so…” He was unable to finish his sentence.
For head coach Jamike Jarin, the picture was a lot clearer – that the Bulldogs need much more than just their graduating guard. “That is a concern. Like I’ve said, this team is not talented enough to win games so it has to be a collective effort,” he said.
Through five games, Alejandro has been averaging 18.8 points and playing 32.8 minutes. Meaning, 21 percent of his team’s per game output comes from him and he is on the floor for three-quarters of every game.
Still Jarin is adamant that his boys can get through these struggles. “This is a test for us right now. We will see the maturity of this team,” he said.
He then continued, “Of course, the coaches will still work hard, pero yung mga ganitong situation, you just have to have that bond of the team to help get you out of the hole.”
And whatever happens, the first-year head coach is certain NU will only learn and will only improve. “We’re still positive. Like what we always say, this is a learning experience and hopefully, we’ll still be in a good position to go deep in the tournament,” he said.
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