In their minds, the NU Bulldogs just beat the Golden State Warriors
THIS IS WAR. NU just survived a record-setting three-point barrage by FEU.
National University was playing Far Eastern University on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
In the eyes of head coach Jamike Jarin, however, it was like the Bulldogs were actually going up against NBA champion Golden State.
“To be honest, I thought we were playing the Golden State Warriors,” he said in his post-game conference to laughs of everybody there. “Is that Steph Curry? I think they had 11 three-pointers in the first half and that’s already high for an entire game.”
Indeed, the Tamaraws looked like they were the Warriors, making good on 11-of-21 three-pointers in the first half alone.
In the face of all that, NU stood strong. “We just stood by each other and we said, ‘Let’s make them miss. Let’s not wait for them to miss.’ So we stepped it up (defensively),” Jarin said.
In the end, FEU totaled 18 triples, tops in league history. However, they didn’t make them when it mattered most as they only shot 7-of-21 in the second half.
There the Bulldogs rallied from 15 points behind to eventually end up with a much-needed 87-84 win.
“Wow. This is the dream. This is what I was expecting from our players – yung maturity,” Jarin said, nothing but proud of the resolve of his boys. “We can fast track skill level and talent, but the maturity, that you cannot fasttrack.”
Indeed, NU showed much heart from team captain J-Jay Alejandro to first-year player Enzo Joson. “I’m happy right now because I saw the maturity. I hope it’s not too late, I hope it’s not too late,” the mentor said, wanting nothing more than to see the same sort of effort as they head into a do-or-die matchup with the University of the Philippines on Saturday.
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