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


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.

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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.

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San Beda Bites Back As It Clinches Top Spot With Vengeful Win Over Arellano

San Beda took the top spot in the NCAA Season 90 men’s basketball tournament Final Four with an emphatic 97-69 victory over Arellano Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.

Baser Amer had 13 points in the first half to fire up San Beda and end up with 21 points and 5 assists, while Ola Adeogun had a double-double in tune of his 15 markers and 12 boards to tow San Beda to its ninth straight season at the top of the standings.

“This win, I give credit this to my boys. We stayed together and I appreciate that and hopefully, this win can give us our energy and take it to the semifinals,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

San Beda has now clinched the number 1-seed and will advance to the Final Four owning a twice-to-beat advantage over fourth-seed Perpetual.

They also atoned their 78-76 loss to the Chiefs last Saturday.

Kyle Pascual also had 14 points in the win, while Roldan Sara and Art dela Cruz combined for 20.

The Red Lions fired a 19-0 run abridging the tailend of the second to the early parts of the third and took a 47-32 advantage and never looked back.

They even had a 26-7 run in the payoff period and ballooned their advantage to 31, 97-66, in the late parts of the game.

Arellano fell to the second spot, but will still enjoy a twice-to-beat edge against JRU.

Levi Hernandez led the Chiefs with 11 points, while Keith Agovida wounded up with a double-double of 10 markers and 10 rebounds.

Adding to the woes of Arellano is the ejection of Agovida in the 5:38 mark of the fourth after incurring his second unsportsmanlike foul. He might be suspended in their next game.

The Scores:

San Beda 97 – Amer 21, Adeogun 15, Pascual 14, Sara 10, Dela Cruz 10, Mendoza 9, Koga 7, A. Semerad 6, D. Semerad 5, Tongco 0.

Arellano 69 – Hernandez 11, Agovida 10, Jalalon 8, Holts 8, Cadavis 6, Nicholls 5, Caperal 4, Enriquez 4, Ortega 3, Gumaru 2, Salcedo 2, Ciriacruz 2, Bangga 2, Pinto 2, Palma 0.

Quarters: 18-22, 43-32, 67-56, 97-69.


MVP’s Patience, Time Inspires San Beda To Get Out Of Hole

San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez had all the reason to be thankful after his squad finally ended an alarming three game skid, and regained the top spot in the NCAA basketball tournament entering the semis. 

From Lyceum, which earlier shocked Arellano, to his players, to the fans and the critics, the multi-titled coach can’t seem to thank them enough for somehow lighting a fire under the Red Lions.

But if there’s one person he’s most thankful about, it’s business tycoon and sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan.

Pangilinan, or MVP as he’s known to the masses, is the Red Lions’ chief backer. While the owner of TelCo giant Smart has all the reasons to be alarmed and angry following the Bedan skid, Fernandez is just in gratitude to Pangilinan for his patience with his squad.

“I would like to thank boss MVP for continuing to believe in us, believe in the system despite the past three losses,” he said.

Fernandez even bared that Pangilinan even spent the time with him and the team, which in return motivated the players even further to come out of their shell and return to their winning  ways.

“He even took the time to talk to us despite his busy schedule,” Fernandez mentioned.

“That was last Tuesday. It was a long talk with me and the players, about four hours, for a very busy man like boss MVP, that’s something,” he added.

Now that the Red Lions are back on track, he hopes that his players can just maintain the same kind of intensity that they showed against the Arellano Chiefs in their knockout match for the number one spot last Saturday.

The five-peat seeking Red Lions will face Perpetual Help this Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena wherein the latter will have a twice-to-beat advantage.


Perpetual, San Beda, La Salle Notch Fr. Martin Wins

University of Perpetual Help, San Beda College-A, and De La Salle University put away separate foes in their respective campaigns in the 12th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup over the weekend.

Akhuetie Bright scored 21 points for the Perpetual Help Altas in their 65-58 win over Jose Rizal University (JRU) on Sunday at the Far Eastern University gym in Morayta.

With their sixth win in seven games, the Altas bagged the first of two quarter-finals slots available in Group A.

Meanwhile, Francis Abarcar scored 23 points, six of which came in overtime, as the San Beda-A Red Lions turned back Ateneo, 81-76, Saturday at the St. Placid Gym.

The Red Lions are on target for a quarter-finals spot in Group B after posting their fifth win in six assignments.

The Red Lions (5-1) and the Blue Eagles (4-2) are among the top contenders for quarter-finals seats in Group B.

In the other game, Josh Torralba fired 16 points for La Salle in their 81-65 rout of St. Michael-Laguna. Daryl Pascual and Benoit Mbala added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Green Archers.

With the win, La Salle stayed in contention for a quarter-final berth in Group A. They are tied with the JRU Heavy Bombers with identical 3-3 win-loss records.

In the juniors division, Mapua topped National University, 74-56, to improve to 3-2 in Group B.

source: ABS-CBN News