UAAP 82: National U's first win feeling? Not too high, not too low

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2019 02:22 PM
National U's first win feeling? Not too high, not too low
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In a parallel universe, National University could have been 5-1 or 4-2 in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

In their first four games, the Bulldogs lost three games by one point and another in overtime.

The only game wherein they were undoubtedly defeated was up against Ateneo de Manila University.

And so, when National U finally broke through, Wednesday at MOA Arena, it felt like it had gotten a monkey off its back.

"I can't believe this," head coach Jamike Jarin expressed while walking to his first post-win interview of the season. "We could have easily been 5-1 or 4-2 at this point, but we stayed the course and we were gifted with a win."

At the same time, though, the fiery mentor reminded everybody - especially his boys - that improving to 1-5 is no reason to celebrate. As he put it, "A win is a win. That's all I can say."

He then continued, "We are relieved with the victory, but we can't stay happy because we just have one win. We are mature enough (about that) right now."

Indeed, the Bulldogs only need to look to coach Jamike to be able to keep their focus moving forward. "Do you see my face now? It's the same face in a win or a loss. I'm always like this," he said.

He then continued, "I mentor these young men on and off the court. They go through ups and downs, but hinding-hindi ka pwedeng unang umayaw."

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