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


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.


Red Booters Prevail In NCAA Football

San Beda outclassed its opponent to set in motion their championship bid in the 90th NCAA football competition that unfolded on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Matthew Asong uncorked three goals as the Red Booters devoured the Perpetual Help Altas, 9-0.

Asong, a proud son of Bacolod City, scored two goals in the first half when San Beda, out for the fourth straight championship, erected a 5-0 lead and added another one in the second to cap the one-sided win.

"We're eager to defend our title," said Christopher Pedimonte, San Beda's acting coach in lieu of Aries Caslib, who is in Singapore coaching the national team in the ongoing Singha Cup.

San Beda's other goal-scorers for the Red Booters were Englishman Connor Tacagni and Jim Ashley Flores with two apiece and Nimrod Balabat and Mike Daniel Riconalla with one each.

source: ABS-CBN News


San Beda Red Cubs Win Two Straight To Reach PSSBC Quarterfinals

NCAA titlist San Beda rode on the hot shooting of Chami Diputado to pull off a come-from-behind 76-74 win over Hope Christian High School in the 3rd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship Ironcon Builders Cup on Sunday at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.  

Chami Diputado had 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting and dished out six assists to lead the Red Cubs to their second straight win in Group D and into the crossover quarterfinals slated this Saturday.

Diputado made five triples, the last coming in the final 10.7 seconds that turned out to be the game-winning basket. 

"We really had a hard time because of Jolo Go's shooting. Luckily, the team remained focused and Chami made that important shot," said SBC coach JB Sison.



Coach Jamike Jarin Hopes Top Playmaker Baser Amer, Junior Standout Andrei Caracut Stay With San Beda

Jamike Jarin’s first order of business as new head coach of San Beda men’s basketball team is to convince two undecided top playmakers to stay with the top NCAA school next season. 

First, he wants Red Cubs star Andrei Caracut to stay and play for varsity team. Then, he hopes Red Lions star point guard Baser Amer would use his final year of eligibility with the Mendiola-based squad. 

Caracut, who led the Cubs to a historic sixth straight juniors’ title recently, is considered as one of the blue-chip college prospects for next year. “He’s number one on the list,” Jarin said of the 18-year-old Caracut. “Medyo lahat din ng skuwela, number one din siya sa list nila.” Jarin had the chance to handle the combo guard in the national youth team that participated in the Fiba Asia Under-18 championship last August. 

“The kid has a bright future, very soft-spoken,” Jarin said. “But he needs to understand the game more. Right now, he’s better at the two (shooting guard), kaya kailangan ma-fine-tune natin siya to become a natural one (point guard).” 

The chance to be under Amer’s wings could help Caracut’s development and persuade him to keep wearing San Beda’s red and white jersey. 

“Yun ang isa sa selling point,” Jarin said. “(Amer’s) one of the best point guards in college.” But how can Jarin sell the opportunity if Amer’s status on returning in his fifth year is still up in the air? Jarin, though, feels the 22-year-old pride of Davao will come back after they bumped into each other during a practice of Hapee Toothpaste at the Meralco gym. 

“I had a chance to talk to Baser, but I never asked him, ‘are you playing next year?’. Parang awkward naman kung itatanong ko ng ganun,” Jarin said. “Basta I just reached out my hand and I told him, paki tulungan mo naman ako.’” 

“And he said, ‘yes.’” 

Jarin is eager to keep not only Caracut, but the rest of the graduating Red Cubs, although the San Beda alumnus will not force them to if they would look for other opportunities. 

“San Beda is the most successful high school team and it should continue as the feeder program for the Red Lions. We’d like to hold on to our players.” 

“Pero for me, personally, if they would feel they would have a better career (elsewhere), hindi naman natin ‘pipigilan yung mga bata.”