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

10/24/2014

San Beda To UAAP?

As they achieved the rare 5-peat in the NCAA, is the Red Lions ready get toe-to-toe with the big guns in the other prestigious collegiate league which is the UAAP?

After the Red Lions demolished Arellano Chiefs 89-70 during Game 2 of their Best of Three series, University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons point-guard Mikee Reyes tweeted that if the Mendiola-based squad can now transfer in the UAAP while his team which has another forgettable performance in Season 77 should make a comeback in the NCAA.
Of course, Reyes was just joking on his post, but can the Red Lions really roar their way out in the UAAP?

San Beda had a previous rivalry with Ateneo when the Loyola-based squad is still part of the NCAA until 1977, when the Blue Eagles decided to withdraw from the oldest collegiate league after an ugly brawl with the Red Lions, in which their final championship game was decided to play behind closed doors.

But one thing is lacking with San Beda for them able to play in the UAAP. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) should first grant the Benedictine institution with a “university status.”

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Amer To Return Next Year As San Beda Aims For History

The San Beda Red Lions made history on Wednesday, October 22, beating the Arellano Chiefs in the NCAA Season 90 men's basketball tournament finals to win their fifth straight championship and eighth in the last nine years.

By clinching a fifth straight ring, San Beda tied the San Sebastian Golden Stags (1993-1997) as the only two schools in league history to achieve the rare feat.

"Masaya kasi isa to sa history. Hindi namin ito makakalimutan," San Beda star point guard Baser Amer said after the game.

(I'm happy because this is part of history. I won't ever forget it.)

Amer finished with 4 points but handed out 13 assists in the game 2 clincher, 89-70. In Game 1, he put up 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

There's been speculation as to whether or not the multi-dimensional guard will turn pro, but he says that he plans on staying for another season as the Red Lions look to complete an unprecedented 6-peat.

"Opo," he said about coming back for his fifth year of playing eligibility. "Sayang naman po yung isang taon ko. Hindi naman ako nagmamadali."

(Yes, because I still have one more year left anyway. I'm not in a rush.)

The Red Lions’ chances of winning again next season look good despite the losses of Kyle Pascua, Anthony Semerad, David Semerad, as big men Ola Adeogun and Art Dela Cruz are expected to return along with Amer.

However, the road won't be easy.

"Mahirap kunin yun (6-peat) and kailangan mag trabaho talaga. Kailangan mag trabaho para makuha yung mga gusto mo."

(It's going to be hard to attain it and we really have to work hard. We really need to work hard for what we want to achieve.)

The Red Lions will also have to make do without their head coach, Boyet Fernandez, who is expected to take over the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, thus leaving his Red Lions coaching gig behind.

"Oo nga, mahirap," Amer said about the departure of Fernandez, who helped lead San Beda to their last two championships. "Ma mi-miss namin. Yun nga, ganon talaga. Business lang."

(Yup, it will be hard. We're going to miss him. But it's just business.)

Six-Peat-Seeking Red Lions Start Search For New Coach

Moments after sweeping Arellano University to claim a fifth straight senior basketball title and 19th overall at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday, San Beda is setting its sights on accomplishing another milestone - an unprecedented six-peat feat.

The only problem though is that no one knows who will coach the Red Lions.

Although San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez is tipped to coach the NLEX Road Warriors, there are still talks he might be asked to stay with the Red Lions and chase history.

Especially if Manny V. Pangilinan, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president who is a top San Beda supporter and owns NLEX, asks him to.

"We would have not won six championships with NLEX and I wouldn't have this chance to help San Beda win two championships without boss MVP's trust," said Fernandez referring to Pangilinan.

"Whatever he (Pangilinan) wants, I will follow," said Fernandez.

Fernandez will make his first PBA stint with NLEX tonight since Sta. Lucia, a team he steered to the 2007 PBA Phl Cup title, disbanded four years ago.

On Saturday, Pangilinan will meet with Fernandez and the whole San Beda team at their Mendiola campus, where the telecommunication tycoon is reportedly making the decision on the vacant San Beda coaching job.

"We'll probably know on Saturday," said San Beda team manager Jude Roque.

Roque said the Red Lions are scheduled to join the Champions League set to unfurl this week in Cebu City.

If Fernandez is coaching in the pros, he can't coach San Beda.

There were reports as early as months back that Batang Gilas coach Jamike Jarin is taking over from Fernandez but Roque said it will depend on Pangilinan and the San Beda fathers.

Meanwhile, Roque said it will be up to Fernandez or the new coach to find the slots that will be vacated by Kyle Pascual and twins Anthony and David Semerad.

Baser Amer may also forego his fifth and last year after telling The STAR he is uncertain of his future with San Beda.

Of those empty slots, Roque said only Donald Tankoua, a 6-5 Cameroonian who will back Nigerian Ola Adeogun next year, is a shoe in for next year's squad.

"We have some players in Team B but only Donald Tankoua is sure to make the team next year," said Roque.

10/15/2014

San Beda Advances To 9th Straight NCAA Finals At Altas’ Expense

Finally standing on cloud nine, the San Beda Red Lions knocked out the University of Perpetual Help Altas 81-75 in their NCAA Final Four matchup at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday afternoon.

San Beda is on to the NCAA Finals for the ninth straight season.

With 19.4 seconds left in the clock, the Red Lions looked at a potential upset when the Altas scored five unanswered baskets to put the boards at 80-75, but San Beda held its ground to hang on to the victory.

Baser Amer headed to the charity stripe with 15.9 seconds remaining to score the game’s final point, and San Beda upped the defensive ante, booking their Finals ticket and a potential fifth straight title.

San Beda’s 26-point, 42-16, looked to crumble in the second half when the Altas zoomed to a 17-2 blaze that left the scoreboard at 46-35.

Scoring just 11 points in the third, the Red Lions reclaimed a double-digit lead in the fourth with an 8-3 run with Amer knocking down a turnaround jumper to cap it and give San Beda a 68-53 advantage.

Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez was all praise for his players and foe, Altas head coach Aric del Rosario.

“They had this heart to fight back and finish that game,” Fernandez said. “I told them that we cannot get the title if we can’t beat Perpetual.”

“Play with heart and play with pride.”

Even with the victory, Fernandez paid homage to the veteran del Rosario who he calls as Tatay Aric.

“After the game, I embraced him and told him ‘thank you very much,'” del Rosario said.

Going into their five-peat hunt, Fernandez said that he would offer the championship to his Tatay Aric.

A potential fifth title for the Red Lions is not only for San Beda but also for Fernandez’ Tatay.

“I know that we beat you, but if we win, it’s also for you.”

Anthony Semerad and Baser Amer paced the Red Lions with 18 points and 17 points respectively.

Art del Cruz chipped in a nice double-double with 11 points and 13 boards.

Leading Most Valuable Player candidate Earl Thompson and running mate Juneric Baloria had 20 points apiece for the Altas.

photo: Pula

10/12/2014

ACCEL Quantum-3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player Of The Week: San Beda’s Baser Amer

A week ago, San Beda looked like a team crumbling down to the finish.

An uncharacteristic three-game losinag skid placed their five-peat bid in peril, and the Red Lions never looked as vulnerable as ever.
But in a twist of fate, they got a break they did not waste.

Lyceum won over Arellano, which tied the Chiefs with the defending champs at a first place-tie with an identical 14-4 card, signaling a playoff for the right to become the top seed at the end of the eliminations.

After then came probably the most dominating game for San Beda this season, scoring a 97-69 rout over Arellano and giving the Mendiola squad the number one-seed for the ninth straight year.

How did than happen? It all starts with one guy. Baser Amer.

It only took 20 minutes for the Davaoeño to restore order in the Red Lions’ den, scoring 13 points in the first half and setting the tone for the blowout, which ballooned to a lead as big as 31 late in the third quarter.

He finished with 21 points and five assists in the win.

“Wherever Baser goes, this team will follow. He’s the leader of our team,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

Because of his perfromance, Amer bagged this week’s NCAA Press Corps ACCEL Quantum-3XVI Player of the Week award.

He edged Letran’s Ford Ruaya, JRU’s Teytey Teodoro, and Perpetual’s Justine Alano for the weekly citation sponsored by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J Mighty alcohol, and Mighty Mom dishwashing.

photo and story courtesy: NCAA.org.ph