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San Beda coach Jamike Jarin vowed his team would bounce back strong after playing below par against University of Perpetual Help in the crucial semifinal stage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last Friday.
Jarin said his stalwarts weren’t executing well particularly in their defense, where they failed to stop Perpetual’s key players Gab Dagangon, Bright Akhuetie, Daryl Singontiko and Prince Eze.
The Red Lions yielded to the Altas, 87-83, but it allowed them to live for another day after finishing the double round-robin eliminations with a twice-to-beat incentive that goes with their top seeding.
“We were outplayed in the first half,” said Jarin. “We had the chance to take the lead and finish them off, but they just kept coming back. They hit their big shots and we weren’t able to convert.”
Jarin added his players started playing on their own, something that isn’t in the character of the team, which is known for its passing game.
“We weren’t sharing the ball, we made lapses, and they (Perpetual) took that advantage,” Jarin said. (Kristel Satumbaga)