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


Game Analysis: San Beda vs CSB

Here's San Beda vs CSB game analysis courtesy of Sir MonL:

It’s “Revenge is a dish best served cold” now instead of “Déjà vu.” The San Beda Red Lions started slowly and very poorly but through defensive stops gained momentum by the middle of the second quarter and rode on a second half onslaught to do just that and mangle the CSB Blazers, 78-54. 

SBC 78Adeogun 28, Amer 13, Koga 9, Abatayo 9, dela Cruz 8, Sara 5, Mendoza 4, Mocon 2, Pascual 0, A. Semerad 0, D. Semerad 0, Cabanag 0.

Quarterscores: SBC 9/17/27/25; CSB 16/5/13/20 

We start slowly in the first after Ola Adeogun draws first blood, 2-0 The Blazers rattles off ten straight points coming off six SBC errors and their gang rebounding in the first few minutes, 2-12. JP Mendoza ends the run with a bucket, 4-12. Ola Adeogun and Art dela Cruz score SBC’s next points but we end the first still down 9-16.

Ongteco opens up for CSB with a jumper, 9-18, but Javee Mocon fires back with a long two, 11-18. Dan Sara brings us closer with a big three but Grey answers for CSB, 14-20. We then capitalize on defensive stops to make a big run as Ola gets down to work inside and gets two charities, Ryusei Koga buries a top-of-the-key three and Art dela Cruz jumphooks for two as we take the drivers seat, 23-20. Grey answers back with a split but Ola ends the quarter by muscling his way in for a bucket and one, 26-21.

Art dela cruz had a terrible first quarter but made up for it in the second by making defensive stops along the perimeter. Ola’s inside plays took a toll on the CSB bigs Ongteco and Bartolo who fell to foul trouble. Romero’s injury from their LPU game hobbled him and didn't help their cause.

Baser Amer starts the third with a floater, followed by Ola with a layup, 30-21. Mark Romero answers with two charities, 30-23. Van Abatayo gets sent in by Coach Boyet Fernandez to match up with CSB’s speed; no one at the Arena had any idea of what was coming. Art dela Cruz scores on a fastbreak off Abatayo’s feed and again scores off an Ola screen, 34-23. Ola again muscles in for an and-1 play off Ongteco’s fourth foul, 37-23. Van Abatayo then buries a deep corner three, 43-23. Baser Amer joins the fun with back-to-back threes on the opposite flank, 46-23. Taha scores twin charities and Mark Romero scores on an open three to bring CSB closer at 46-28 but Abatayo again rises to the occasion with another corner three, 49-28. Ola’s split is answered by a Bartolo layup but Van Abatayo finishes the third with a huge top-of-the-key three as SBC built its biggest lead, 53-30. But the defense slackened off and Fons Saavedra gets away with a corner three as we run away with the third, 53-34.

CSB opens up the fourth with a Taha jumper and a Jonathan Grey three, 53-39. Ryusei Koga answers back with a corner three, 56-39. Ola scores again on a bucket and-1, 59-41. Art dela Cruz continues to make stops along the perimeter, frustrating the Blazers’ onslaughts and triggering ours. Fons Saavedra gets away with another three, but Baser Amer douses the celebrations with his third dagger three, 62-44 and another floater in response to Grey’s charities, 64-46. With five minutes left it was already garbage time as we sustained our defense and more than matched CSB’s output the rest of the way. JP Mendoza lays in for two, Ola scores five straight points, Koga buries another three, and Dan Sara closes out the scoring with twin charities, 78-54. 

Ola Adeogun muscled his way to 28 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks, backstopped by veterans Baser Amer, Ryusei Koga and Art dela Cruz. Van Abatayo and JP Mendoza were our hustle and energy players in the third, and we fed off their efforts the rest of the way. Abatayo stepped up big time today as he also had a couple of rebounds, an assist and an emphatic block in his best effort for the season. JP Mendoza, our ever hardworking forward logged major minutes as he did what he does best, defending and getting the all important rebounds.

If I heard the courtside reporter right, Coach Boyet told the team ”This is your game to enjoy.”

And boy, did they enjoy it this time.


SBC-Alabang, RTU Prevail

Defending champion San Beda College-Alabang Lady Red Spikers and Rizal Technological University continued to pace senior volleyball while Centro Escolar University share the senior basketball top spot with RTU in the 45th WNCAA tournament held in separate venues.

SBC-A walloped St. Scholastica, 25-10, 25-8, 25-21, while RTU subdued CEU, 25-21, 23-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-13, at St. Scholastica gym in Manila on Thursday for their third straight wins in as many starts.

Philippine Women’s University tied CEU at 2-1 after a 25-16, 19-25, 25-14, 25-21 victory over Assumption while University of Asia & the Pacific notched its first win in three tries as it beat Miriam, 19-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.

In senior basketball, three-time defending champion CEU raised its mark to 4-0 after victories over PWU, 60-42, last Thursday and Assumption, 91-12, on Sunday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

RTU downed SBC-A, 70-47, and UA&P, 75-25, to also improve to 4-0 while dealing its victim a first loss in four matches.

SBC-A turned back St. Scholastica’s College, 58-41, and PWU dumped Miriam, 74-20, for joint third spot at 2-2.

Assumption barged into the win column after three defeats when it handed winless Miriam another loss, 51-50.

source: Tempo


San Beda Weathers Strong Challenge From San Sebastian

San Beda survived a late rally by a pesky San Sebastian College to hold on to a 86-79 victory in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 90 seniors’ basketball tournament on Monday at The Arena in San Juan City.

The win gave the Red Lions a momentary hold of the lead atop the leader board with a 9-2 record, while further dimming the Stags’ chances at a Final Four berth after suffering their seventh straight setback.

Earlier on Monday, Mark Jopher Diputado errupted for 31 points as the Red Cubs routed the Staglets, 84-61, in the juniors division.

Guard Norrish Decapia and Mark Anthony Framil added 10 points apiece for the Taytay-based squad, which notched a 9-2 won-lost and gained the lead ahead of idle Letran. Jasper Magno contributed 13 markers, followed by Lorenzo Navarro’s 10 for the Staglets. They fell out of the juniors’ Final Four picture with a 6-5 record.

Ola Adeogun’s scattered eight markers off the bench as San Beda uncorked a 15-8 run in the final five-minute stretch of the second quarter for a 38-27 halftime lead.

The Red Lions stayed in the driver’s seat until the Stags’ veteran core of Jovit de la Cruz, Bradwyn Guinto and CJ Perez threatened with a 17-7 spurt in the 7:30-mark of the fourth period that cut a 14-point deficit to only three points, 69-72.

Baser Amer, who tallied 15 markers with 10 assists in the contest, buried a clutch three-pointer with 2:17 left for a 75-69 San Beda breather


San Beda Continues To Dominate NCAA Swimming

San Beda extended its dynastic reign in the men's and women's division to another year even as La Salle Greenhills continued its dominance in the junior division at the conclusion of the NCAA Season 90 swimming competition at the Rizal Memorial Pool over the weekend.

The Sea Lions were a cut above the rest, amassing 1350.5 points, way above second-placers College of St. Benilde (684.5).

The Lady Sea Lions were likewise merciless in the women's division, finishing with 111 points. Benilde also finished second, with 816.5 points.

It was San Beda's 13th straight men's title, and 17th overall. Its women's squad took home its fourth crown in a row.

The Greenies, in contrast, needed a final day gold medal deluge to overtake the Junior Sea Lions for the juniors title with 1038.5 points, against San Beda's 887.

Wilfred Sunglao, Jr., Christian Dimaculangan, and Andre Lorenzo Manzo spearheaded the charge for San Beda as they not only won golds but broke five, four, and three records, respectively.

France May Cabrera led the Lady Sea Lions and broke four records as well.

Rafael Sta. Maria emerged as the star of the high school competition as he shattered six league marks, while La Salle Greenhills' Mark Joseph Romiquit also had four record-breakers to carry their school.

source: ABS-CBN News


Ola Adeogun Eager To Move Forward After All-Star Fiasco

A visibly excited Ola Adeogun faced the media Wednesday afternoon as he made his return to the playing court after sitting out the last game against archrival Letran.

After being on the spotlight following his All-Star absence last week, Adeogun claims that he’s ready to move forward now.

“I just missed playing. I just wanted to play again,” said Adeogun who registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in San Beda’s 74-69 victory against Mapua.

“It was just a misunderstanding between me and the coaching staff. Fortunately we were able to figure it out and we had to move on because we have a big game ahead of us,” added Adeogun.

Coming into the match, Adeogun said that he was very enthusiastic in his return on the playing court. Admitting that he was hurt to see his teammates get dominated by Letran, the 6’8 Adeogun said that now’s the time to atone for his past mistakes.

All eyes were on the Nigerian slotman last week as he posted a controversial tweet regarding him being snubbed at the first ever NCAA All-Star game which happened last Saturday.

Following the Twitter faux pas, the hulking center didn’t attend three straight practices which led to him not being able to play against Letran as a disciplinary sanction.

“I think I was really excited to play again. Last time I missed the game and nasaktan ako kasi I was on the bench and I couldn’t do anything to help my teammates
so parang excited lang talaga ako to play and to bounce back.”

Asked about him running 3rd in the NCAA MVP race, Adeogun brushed it off saying that the championship is what matters to him, not individual awards.

“Those individual trophies are not my goal. My goal is just to win a championship and that’s what my mind is on,” said Adeogun.

He even shared a light moment with the media, as he just made fun of the fact that he was ‘snubbed’ as an All-Star.

“I’m not even an All-Star, how can I be an MVP?” Adeogun finished in jest.

photo: Hoopnut