'Walang iwanan' more than a mantra for National U in UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2019 01:53 PM
'Walang iwanan' more than a mantra for National U in UAAP 82
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National University finally won in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

That meant that finally, head coach Jamike Jarin had his first post-win interview, Wednesday at MOA Arena.

Only, the fiery mentor didn’t come alone.

“The reason why I brought all these young men here is because we win together, we lose together,” coach Jamike said. “That’s our mantra - walang iwanan.”

Indeed, right after the final buzzer sounded, the third-year tactician gathered all of his boys and they, as one, marched towards and filed inside the press room.

Once there, coach Jamike only said a few words, taking time to direct the spotlight on all 16 of his players and then take his leave. "Sila yung bida, sila yung naglalaro. They deserve all the credit," he shared before exiting.

He then continued, "You know how I am - every time we win, sila ang bida at hindi ako."

Of course, all of the Bulldogs perfectly executed their game plan against Far Eastern University. "If you saw how we play, you will all agree that we just played good team offense and defense. We just stuck together," their shot-caller said.

On offense, Dave Ildefonso showed the way and, early in the third quarter, even outscored all of the Tamaraws by his lonesome, 14-13.

On defense, they forced their opponents into missing 64 of their 79 shots from the field. In particular, go-go guards Wendell Comboy and L-Jay Gonzales were suffocated all game long with the former finishing with just two points, 0-of-10 from the field, and the latter ending with four markers, 2-of-11 from the field.

For team captain Shaun Ildefonso, that was nothing but a job well done. "I think iba yung hunger namin coming into this game. Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila, '0-5 na tayo, let's get that win,'" he shared.

He then continued, "Kaninang umaga pa lang, sinasabi ko sa kanilang dapat iba yung drive natin for this game."

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