UAAP: NU Bulldogs need to play harder, says coach Jamike
Philip Matel on Oct 04, 2018 09:23 AM
The NU Bulldogs' late-game blunders will be charged to experience of the young core, and will serve as a warning for future games.
It has not been a great five games from the NU Bulldogs. After their opening day win against UST, the UAAP Season 81 hosts have lost four straight, including a five-point loss against the FEU Tamaraws at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday evening.
After cutting FEU's lead down to three, 66-63, with 2:12 left, the Tamaraws came alive in the clutch and closed out the game for their third win against two losses.
Coach Jamike Jarin has been quite disappointed with the results of the past games, as the team is now tied with the UE Red Warriors and the UST Growling Tigers in last place with a 1-4 slate.
What was also concerning for the former NCAA champion was the team's decision-making in the clutch, where the team left Kenneth Tuffin wide open for the three to stretch the lead to eight, 71-63, with 1:07 left.
The NU mentor, whose team had been involved in a tight one for the third time this season, took blame for the team's downward spiral in their two close losses, the other one against La Salle.
"I take full responsibility with that because it’s the third game. We should be making better decisions on how we’re gonna run things, especially on offense," Jarin said.
"They made their shots, we made stops, but we just couldn’t make a basket that could’ve turned things around. That’s the price you have to pay for having a young, inexperienced team."
He also added that the events will be charged to experience of the young core, and will serve as a warning for future games.
As they face UE on Sunday, and the UP Fighting Maroons on Wednesday, Jarin could only express his outlook on the challenges that lie ahead.
"You’re disappointed every time you lose. But you always look ahead. You can’t go back. You just learn from the setback and hopefully the next ones, the result will be different."
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