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


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


San Beda Shines In NCAA Swimming

San Beda and La Salle-Greenhills made the biggest splash by raking in the gold medals and shattering records in the first day of the 90th NCAA swimming competition at the Rizal Memorial Pool Thursday.

Installed as early favorites to dominate the pool events, the Sea Lions and Lionesses lived up to hype with Frances May Cabrera, Jose Mari Sebastian Arcilla, Christian Dimaculangan, Andrei Lorenzo Manzo and their men's and women's 200-meter freestyle relay teams providing the record-breaking swims.

The Junior Blazers, for their part, had their share of record-breakers registered by Mark Romiquit, Andrae Pogiongko and its 200-m freestyle relay squad in the high school division of this competition organized by a committee chaired by Arellano University's board representative Peter Cayco.

Cabrera clocked four minutes and 49.78 seconds in the 400-m free, shattering the old record of 4:50.59 she herself registered last year while Arcilla clocked 1:02.74, which was also a new league juniors mark in the 100-m backstroke.

Dimaculangan assumed the gold and new record in the 100m back in the seniors section by timing in 1:01.30 as well as Manzo, who reigned supreme and destroyed the seniors standard in the 200m individual medley with a new time of 2:13.92.

Cabrera then spearheaded the 200-m free relay women's team of Carla Michaela Chua, Patricia Ella Garcia and Lorelie Lora while Wilfredo Sunglao, Jr., Joseph Lance Sanone, Lorenz Joshua Francisco and Joshua Junsay topped the men's side likewise in record fashions with clockings of 1:57.71 and 1:39.01.

Rominquit splashed his way to the 100-m butterfly gold and Pogiongko took the 200-m IM mint in 58.61 and 2:15.18, both re-setting the old marks.

San Beda is seeking a 13th straight men's championship and 17th overall while La Salle-Greenhills is eyeing an 11th straight high school title and 17th overall.

The San Beda lady tankers are looking to rule their event for the fourth straight season.



CEU, San Beda-Alabang, RTU Unbeaten In WNCAA

Defending champions Centro Escolar University and San Beda College-Alabang and Rizal Technological University remained unbeaten after the second week of the 45th WNCAA tournament over the weekend (Aug. 16-17).

Three-time basketball champion CEU whipped Miriam College, 125-16, on Aug. 16 at the RTU gym, and dumped St. Scholastica’s College, 97-18, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum the following day for a 3-0 card.

RTU also improved to 3-0 after consecutive victories over Assumption, 100-21, and Philippine Women’s University, 92-45.

They will shoot for their fourth straight wins on Thursday, Aug. 21, with RTU tackling SBC-A at 9 a.m. and CEU going up against PWU at 10:30 a.m.

De La Salle Zobel, midgets champion for the past three seasons, likewise totes a 3-0 record following wins over Miriam, 54-29, and St. Paul College Pasig, 53-21.

In senior volleyball held at the St. Scholastica gym, defending champion San Beda dominated University of Asia & the Pacific, 25-13, 25-9, 25-18, to notch its second win in as many games.

RTU downed PWU, 25-21, 25-12, 25-21, and CEU stopped Miriam, 25-8, 25-15, 25-7, to share top spot with SBCA in the league being supported by Mikasa, Molten, OneA Bed and Breakfast, Goody, Monster Radio RX 93.1 and AksyonTV.

Poveda shocked defending midgets champion DLSZ, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25, and prevailed over SBCA, 25-21, 25-11, to lead at 2-0, the same record of Miriam which won over St. Paul, 16-25, 25-22, 25-18, and St. Scholastica, 18-25, 25-10, 25-20.

RTU opened its title-retention bid in senior futsal at the UA&P gym with a 6-2 victory over CEU. PWU also nipped Miriam, 2-1, while Assumption and UA&P settled for a 1-1 draw.

San Beda Aims To Extend Dynasty In NCAA Swimming

San Beda seeks to extend its dynastic reign at the pool for another season when the 90th NCAA swimming competitions unfurls today at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Center in Manila.

Mentored by longtime coach Gavino Roxas, the Sea Lions will gun for a 13th straight men's title and 17th overall while the Sea Lionesses shoot for a fourth straight crown in the event organized by a committee chaired by Arellano U Management Committee representative Peter Cayco.

Although San Beda is still way behind Mapua, which owns a league-best 41 swimming championships, it remains by far the most successful swimming program in the recent generation having started its reign in 2002 before stringing together an impressive 14 straight women's titles.

For San Beda's women's tankers, they stole the crown from St. Benilde when the latter won the event in 2009 and 2010 as a demonstration sport.

In juniors' action, La Salle-Greenhills likewise try to continue its dominance of the discipline as it goes for an 11th championship in row and 17th overall.

The Junior Blazers are the third winningest team in high school behind San Beda's 22 crowns and Mapua's 21.

Ola Adeogun Set For Return As San Beda Red Lions Start Second Round Against Mapua Cardinals

A full-stretngth San Beda side seeks to start its second-round campaign on a bright note as it takes on Mapua on Wednesday when the NCAA men’s basketball tournament resumes at The Arena in San Juan. 

With Ola Adeogun expected to be back in harness after ironing our differences with the squad and Baser Amer cleared by doctors to play, the Red Lions aim to recover from a 53-64 loss to archrival Letran last Wednesday and register their eighth win in 10 games. 

“I’m really proud of Ola,” Red Lions coach Boyet Feranandez said of the star Nigerian slotman, who was benched in the game against the Knights for missing practice for three days. 

“He came out and talked to the whole team. He was man enough to know what is right and what is wrong.” “Hopefully it’s a new start for San Beda,” he added. Fernandez, though, still lists Amer, despite doctors’ clearance after recovering from a concussion in the Knights match, as day to day.

“For me, until he’s not really okay, we’re going to protect him as if it’s the head that was hit,” Fernandez said of the playmaking wizard from Davao. The league-leading Red Lions should be able manage without Amer against Mapua, which is on the opposite end of the 10-team standings with a 1-8 win-loss card. 

The Red Lions also beat the Cardinals handily, 89-55, in the first round. Still, Fernandez is not underestimating the Atoy Co-mentored Cardinals with three players making solid impressions in the All-Star game last Saturday. “With the two big guys who have been shooting three-pointers, (Jeson) Cantos and (Jessie) Saitanan, it will be tough facing Mapua in our first game (in the second round),” the San Beda mentor said. 

Cantos led the West team with a game-high 18 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes, while Saitanan added eight points, built around two triples, on top of five boards in 12 minutes in a losing effort against the East. Even Cardinals point guard Exeqiel Biteng shone in the three-point shootout, firing 19 points in eliminations, before losing to Philip Paniamogan in the playoff for the second finals spot. 

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