After the buzzer sounded in the De La Salle University’s 85-61 whipping of the National University, Jamike Jarin had to be restrained after he tried to confront Jermaine Byrd.
Surprisingly, the two people that restrained them were former San Miguel Beermen Danny Ildefonso — who is an assistant coach in NU — and Danny Seigle, La Salle’s director of operations.
The cause of the scuffle was a timeout that Byrd called late in the fourth quarter.
“First of all, I respect all of the coaches of this league. My best player was cramping up the whole game. He was getting fouled all game. He had to come out of the game,” explained Byrd.
With 1:24 left in the game and La Salle up 83-60, Byrd sued for time.
He then made a platoon substitution, bringing out Justine Baltazar, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, and Kurt Lojera for Joaqui Manuel, Donn Lim, Francis Escandor, and Jordan Bartlett.
It might have been the reason of what irked Jarin.
Byrd shared that Baltazar — who had already logged in 33 minutes in the contest — was already cramping up.
Still, though he had a valid reason, Byrd still made sure to apologize to Jarin.
“So I called on him to forget about the game. Made no disrespect, I apologized to Coach,” La Salle’s active consultant explained.
“That’s all it was.”