San Beda Eyes Five-peat

San Beda sets out for a record-equaling five-peat in the NCAA basketball tournament Season 90. | Photo: Pula

Abarcar, Villaruz To Miss Season 90

San Beda relegates academically troubled substitutes Francis Abarcar and Ritchie Villaruz to the Red Lions’ Team B. | Photo: PBA Online


Promising Cebuano John Bryle Bahio Commits To San Beda

San Beda has secured a commitment from promising young Cebuano cager John Bryle Bahio of University of Southern Philippines Foundation to play for the Red Lions in the NCAA in college.

Bahio was the the Baby Panthers’ prized player in last season’s Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) campaign in which he became part of the Mythical Team along with MVP Janjan Jaboneta, Joshua Sinclair, John Escalona, and Joshua Flores.

Several Manila-based schools such as Far Eastern University and even reigning Cesafi champion Southwestern University sent feelers about their interest in the 16-year-old kid who already stands at 6-foot-3. In the end, Bahio chose the reigning five-time NCAA champions.

“I chose San Beda because aside from its basketball program, I can also get a good education there,” said Bahio in an interview on Thursday evening.

Bahio's impending arrival is set to cushion the departure of Andrei Caracut, the Red Cubs star who has committed to join the De La Salle Green Archers in the rival UAAP league.

San Beda team manager Jude Roque, who personally recruited Bahio, said he was happy to welcome the versatile cager to the Red Lions’ fold.

He added though, it will take a few more years before Bahio makes his mark in the NCAA. “We like JB (Bahio).

He will be a key player for us in two to three years. He might not be ready for the NCAA this year but next year, I think he can start making an impact for us,” Roque said.

Bahio is the latest young cager from the Queen City of the South to commit to moving to a Manila-based school.

Bahio admitted he still has a long way to go as far as getting himself ready for the college league, putting in additional work with the help of the Baby Panthers coach Joph Cleopas.

“I need to improve my speed and ball-handling skills especially since they told me they were going to utilize me at the 2, 3, and 4 positions,” said Bahio.

photo & story courtesy: Jonas Panerio,


San Beda Assessing Red Cubs Stars, Team B Players After Caracut Leaves For La Salle

With juniors standout Andrei Caracut bound for La Salle in the UAAP, San Beda has turned its focus to the eight graduating Red Cubs and the huge pool of players in the training pool as the school begins to form a squad for the next NCAA basketball tournament. 

Marc Diputado, Niko Abatayo, Norrish Decapia, Kenneth Alas, Mark Framil, Evan Furaque, Gerald Zamora, and Ayron Apolto are the outgoing Red Cubs aside from Caracut, a juniors standout who also suited up for the Batang Gilas national junior team. 

Making coach Mike Jarin’s job tougher is the surplus of players in Team B who are also battling for spots in San Beda’s NCAA squad. 

Red Lions team manager Jude Roque said they have almost 30 players in the training pool. [See San Beda standout Andrei Caracut bound to play for De La Salle in UAAP] “We are still evaluating the junior players, but we have plans for all of them,” Jarin told on Tuesday, although he declined to mention names. “Actually ang dami naming players,” he admitted. 

“Sa Team B namin, karamihan nun, galing juniors din.” And all of them are fighting for just a handful of spots in the NCAA squad. 

Four roster spots were opened following the departure of Kyle Pascual, twins Anthony and David Semerad, and Jaypee Mendoza after last season, and candidates can still battle for places before the lineup is finalized prior to the NCAA tournament. 

“Unfair naman kung ilalagay namin sila (graduating juniors) lahat dun (Team B) tapos hindi sila magagamit,” Roque said. “So siguro kung merong kukuha sa kanila na ibang school na ila-lineup sila, we can let them go. Pero kung hindi naman, they’re welcome to join us.”


Chiang Kai Shek Tame Red Cubs For MMBL Title

Chiang Kai Shek College demolished the San Beda Red Cubs, 101-76, to capture the Division 1 championship of the 32nd Metro Manila Basketball League at the SBC gym in Mendiola. 

The Blue Dragons led from the start and were never seriously threatened, looking impervious five weeks before they begin defense of their Seaoil NBTC-SBP National High School crown. 

The National High School Championship, sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), kicks off on March 5-8 at the Meralco gym and Ynares Sports Arena with 18 schools in the fold - 14 from the provinces and four from the National Capital Region (MMBL). 

The National Basketball Training Center (NBTC), is the duly-recognized grassroots program of the SBP and aims to identify, prepare and develop young male student-athletes. 

Its objectives include creating learning environment opportunities for players to demonstrate and enhance both their individual and team skills; serving as a pathway for the players and coaches to move to a higher level competition; developing skills, building character and raising leaders; and promoting the values of leadership, commitment to excellence, right attitude and discipline  among the young students through the sports. 

In other MMBL championship games, San Beda Mendiola-B  downed National University-A, 85-76, to rule Division II; Colegio San Benildo Rizal edged Manila Patriotic School, 85-81, to clinch Division III; La.Salle College Antipolo crushed National U-B, 77-63, to reign in Division IV; and Chiang Kai ShekCollege plastered La Salle College Antipolo, 66-50, in the MMBL Girls Championship. 

The CKSC Blue Dragons, SBC Mendiola-A, SBC Mendiola-B and National U-A all advanced to the Seaoil NBTC National High School Championship. 

“In the absence of the Tiong Lian Basketball Association, this is our main league,” said CKSC coach Goldwyn Monteverde. “To be able to win over a great champion like San Beda is an achievement for our small school.”



Alapag Retires From Pro Hoops, Will Join The Red Lions As Assistant Coach

After an illustrious 11 years in the business, Jimmy Alapag would finally hang his sneakers.

Alapag, the iconic point guard of the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters, announced that he would retire from active basketball play and would now concentrate on his new jobs in the sideline.

Gilas’ team captain would become Talk N’ Text’s team manager at the start of the Commissioner’s Cup and as an assistant coach for both the San Beda Red Lions and the Gilas Pilipinas.

“For me it’s time. For every player, sooner or later has to come to the end of the road,” Alapag said Friday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. continue reading here.

source: Bong Lozada,


Baser Amer Out To Make The Most Of Opportunity If Included In National Team Lineup For 2015 SEA Games

He’s part of the San Beda dynasty that has reigned in the NCAA men’s basketball for the last five years and widely regarded as the best point guard in the league today. 

Now Baser Amer has one remaining wish he hopes to accomplish in his bucket list – make it to the national team roster bound for the Singapore Southeast Asian Games next year. 

The San Beda playmaker is one of the players being considered to suit up for the Philippine squad in the SEA Games slated from June 5 to 16 after his name was included in the pool of athletes submitted to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). 

Amer admitted he wanted to play for the national team last year in the Myanmar SEA Games but failed to make the cut of the 12-man lineup. 

If he makes it, Amer said it marks the first time ever he will don a national team jersey at any level including the youth team. “Masaya ako dahil I expected last year pero hindi ako nakapasok,” Amer said. 

Amer has a good chance of making the national team since members of the Gilas cadet team and members of last year’s gold-medal winning SEA Games squad such as Kevin Alas, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Jake Pascual, and Ronald Pascual are now in the PBA. 

Amer has become one of the top point guards in collegiate basketball, averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Red Lions in Season 90, and is now playing for the star-studded Hapee Fresh Fighters squad in the PBA D-League. 

Now that he is under consideration, he is determined to improve on his game more before the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) determines the final line-up for the SEA Games. 

“Nagtatanong lang ako sa mga coaches kung ano ang kailangan kong iimprove and staying positive. Ngayong dumating na ‘yung chance, hindi ko sasayangin ‘yung opportunity. Para sa bayan at para sa akin,” Amer said.