The teacher continues to teach his student.
In their first meeting in the seniors level, Jamike Jarin and the National University Bulldogs pounced on his former assistant coach in Ateneo High School Joe Silva and the University of the East Red Warriors, taking an 88-61 wire-to-wire win, Saturday afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
“Coach Joe Silva and his family will always be family. I’ve known coach Joe since he was 14 years old. But today, he is the enemy. After this, we’re family again,” said second-year Bulldogs head coach Jamike Jarin as both he and his protege are now in the seniors level.
Prior to this, the Bulldogs’ other win of the season was back in September 8, 2018 — a 75-70 win over the UST Growling Tigers. The season-hosts end the round with a 2-5 record.
“It always feels good to win. It’s been a long time. I just got out of the hospital because I was in ICU because of the losses we had. I was clinically dead because of these young men,” quipped the decorated mentor.
“There’s more reasons to get up and work harder because of these young men as well. That’s why you get up and try to get up from the dead,” he added.
It was the rookies who shone for NU in this game.
“I’m sure you noticed, everybody knows na the wealth is always distributed because I like it that way. It was in full display,” shared Jarin.
During the first half, it was brothers Dave and Shaun Ildefonso who powered the Bulldogs, combining for 21 points to help NU erect a lead that went to as high as 24 points.
Dave finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists
In the third canto, it was John Lloyd Clemente’s turn, scoring nine of his game-high 21 points during that span, highlighted by three triples.
With 1:53 left in the third canto, the Bulldogs had already gone above their scoring average of the season after a Joshua Sinclair putback of his own miss. NU averaged 68.5 points per game prior to this. NU would lead by as much as 31 points in the contest.
Issa Gaye provided the anchor for the Bulldogs, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds.
UE fell to last place with a 1-6 slate.
Alvin Pasaol was able to put up his numbers with 20 points and nine rebounds while the backcourt duo of Christopher Conner and Philip Manalang chipped in 15 and 10 markers respectively. However, the rest of UE combined for just 16 points on 7-for-26 shooting.
NU looks to build on this win as it takes on the DLSU Green Archers on Wednesday, October 17 at 2:00pm. Later in the day, UE hopes to shock the Adamson Soaring Falcons. Both games will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
NU 88 – Clemente 21, Ildefonso D 14, Gaye 12, Ildefonso D 12, Rike 6, Yu 4, Galinato 4, Diputado 4, Joson 2, Sinclair 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Salim 2, Tibyan 1, Malonzo 0, Gallego 0
UE 61 – Pasaol 20, Conner 15, Manalang 10, Maloles 5, Acuno 4, Varilla 3, Bartolome 2, Beltran 2, Cullar 0, Strait 0, Sobrevega 0, Lacap 0, Gallardo 0, Guion 0
Quarterscores: 23-19, 56-35, 76-49, 88-61