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

7/21/2014

San Beda Overwhelms EAC For 5-0 Mark

Defending champion San Beda overpowered Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-55, to remain unbeaten in the NCAA Season 90 men’s basketball tournament Monday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Red Lions clamped down in the second half, where they outscored the Generals, 39-21.

“We just made a big defensive adjustment in the second half,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

Fil-Australian forward Anthony Semerad scored 16 points while Art dela Cruz had 12 points for San Beda, which hiked its record to 5-0.

“In the first half, EAC burned us with a lot of second chance points. Thankfully, we took that away from them in the second,” said Fernandez.

Rookie Jerald Serrano tallied 12 points for the Generals, who drew futile scoring from their main hitters Noube Happi and John Tayongtong. Happi and Tayongtong combined for just 13 points.

EAC has now lost three straight after winning its opening game.

7/20/2014

Limiting Ola Adeogun's Fouls A Key As San Beda Stake Unbeaten Slate Against EAC

If San Beda can manage even with Ola Adeogun saddled with foul trouble, imagine what the Red Lions can accomplish if the Nigerian slotman can stay out of it. 

The defending champions seek to sustain their unbeaten start in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as they collide with Emilio Aguinaldo College on Monday at The Arena in San Juan. 

The Red Lions have been successful in their last two games even with Adeogun averaging just 19 minutes of play due to foul trouble, with Baser Amer, Art dela Cruz, and Anthony Semerad taking the cudgels. 

But Red Lions coach Boyet Fernandez is asking his 6-foot-8 star center to limit his fouls for the Red Lions to have a better chance in stretching their winning streak to five games and keeping the solo lead. 

It seems more like an order for Adeogun especially with San Beda facing a team bannered by another top foreign big man in Cedric Happi, who’s averaging league-bests of 13.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks on top of 14.3 points, two assists, and one steal in 33.7 minutes per game. 

“Hopefully Ola will be staying out of foul trouble with Happi playing,” Fernandez said ahead of the 2 p.m. encounter. 

Adeogun is not far behind of Happi as far as statistics are concerned, norming 13 points, 9.3 boards, 1.5 blocks, and 1.3 assists, although he is limited to just 21.5 minutes of action on the court. 

The Nigerian, though, flashed his potential when given ample playing time as he scattered 20 points, 14 boards, two blocks, two assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Red Lions’ opening game of Season 90, a 57-49 win over Jose Rizal University. 

Other than Happi, the Red Lions also have to worry about sharpshooter Jan Jamon, and playmakers John Tayongton and Ariel Aguilar, who are all eager to recover for the Generals after suffering a 65-73 defeat at the hands of University of Perpetual Help. 

A win for EAC will improve the squad’s win-loss record to an even 2-2.

Coach Boyet Focused On Bedan Mission

Dismissing talk that he’ll be back in the PBA next season with N-Lex, six-peat PBA D-League champion coach Boyet Fernandez said the other day there’s nothing on his mind at the moment except the mission to win a fifth straight NCAA championship for San Beda College and second under his watch.

Fernandez, 42, said whatever happens after the NCAA season, he leaves up to PLDT chairman and the Red Lions’ chief benefactor Manny V. Pangilinan. “Nobody wants our team to be distracted,” he said. “My focus right now is San Beda, nothing else. We want to complete a five-peat and on a personal note, I’m hoping to win a second straight title for the Red Lions. It’s not going to be easy. We brought in four rookies and lost Rome de la Rosa. No team in the NCAA is a pushover. We’ve got to be ready for every game.”

Fernandez said at this point in the NCAA tournament, the top contenders are San Beda, Arellano, San Sebastian and Perpetual for the Final Four. But the one-time PBA Coach of the Year with Sta. Lucia Realty isn’t discounting a surge from Letran, St. Benilde, Lyceum, Emilio Aguinaldo, Mapua and Jose Rizal University, all of whom he described as darkhorses.

“Coach Jerry (Codiñera) has transformed Arellano into a serious title threat,” said Fernandez. “It’s a different team from last year without James Forrester. But coach Jerry has done a good job of getting the team to play together. As for San Beda, we’re lucky to bring back our core with Art (de la Cruz), Ola (Adeogun) who has one more year of eligibility after this season, Anthony and David Semerad, Baser Amer, Kyle (Pascual), Jaypee (Mendoza), Dan (Sara) and Ryusei (Koga). We’re returning Michole Sorela who was in our lineup two years ago and is coming from playing with our Team B. Then, we’ve got our rookies Radge Tongco who has gained a lot of confidence after playing with our Philippine U16 team, Javee Mocon, Lance Abude and Jeramer Cabanag.”

Fernandez said the Red Lions displayed remarkable resiliency in beating Lyceum, 84-68, without De la Cruz who served a one-game suspension stemming from an unsportsmanlike infraction in the previous outing against Mapua. “I think camaraderie is very evident with our team,” he said. “We’ve also got the advantage of experience. We’re on a mission to do a five-peat. That’s our commitment to San Beda and Sir MVP.”

As for N-Lex, Fernandez said moving from the D-League to the PBA is a positive development as the Road Warriors take their winning ways to the next level. “Actually, I still don’t know what pick N-Lex has in the coming rookie draft,” said Fernandez. “It could be either three or four. I know that seven of our D-League players are applying for the draft, namely, Garvo Lanete, Kevin Alas, Kyle Pascual, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual, Matt Ganuelas and Rome de la Rosa. I’m not aware if Bobby Ray (Parks) will also join the draft. Maybe, by the time N-Lex picks in the first round, one of our key D-League players will still be available. It all depends on the slot and the players in the pool.”

Sources said Fernandez will be named as N-Lex head coach after the NCAA season with a staff made up of Adonis Tierra, Jojo Lastimosa, Sandy Arespacochaga, Mon Celis and Ford Arao. Allan Gregorio will act as team consultant.

N-Lex took over the Air21 franchise and inherited the unexpired contracts of Eloy Poligrates, MacMac Cardona, Aldrech Ramos, Sean Anthony and Enrico Villanueva. In the dispersal draft last Friday, N-Lex’ protect-13 list excluded Wynne Arboleda, Mike Burtscher, Ogie Menor and Chito Jaime. Kia Motors chose Burtscher as one of its picks. Of those with contracts expiring Aug. 31, sources said N-Lex will prioritize renewing Asi Taulava and Jonas Villanueva. Guard Joseph Yeo will be dealt to Barangay Ginebra in a previously negotiated trade.

“Asi and Aldrech playing together is a good offensive inside-outside combination,” the sources said. “Aldrech could be the future of the franchise. Jonas gives the team stability. We hope to continue the winning tradition of N-Lex started in the D-League.” Arespacochaga moves from Talk ‘N’ Text to complement Fernandez while Lastimosa, a PBA legend, checks in from Alaska where he once served as assistant coach under Tim Cone. Ronald Dulatre will likely be appointed N-Lex representative to the PBA Board of Governors with Rod Franco as alternate.

7/19/2014

Lion-Hearted

Despite facing a whirlwind of adversities over the past year—mainly the NCAA controversy and the loss against the Green Archers in the most recent FilOil tournament—San Beda Red Lions player Ryusei Koga is staying positive and is determined as ever to improve as a person, student and athlete.

A former Red Cub player from San Beda Alabang during his high school days, the shooting guard was a gifted all-around athlete, even joining the volleyball club before eventually making the varsity basketball team.

His tenure as a Red Cub ended after graduating high school, but his allegiance to his alma matter stayed true as Koga decided to try out for the Red Lions in San Beda College in Mendiola, despite being offered a chance to play for other schools with his former high school teammates.

As a full-fledged Red Lion, Ryusei Koga has been instrumental in helping the team enjoy four consecutive trophy-laden years.

After all the trials and tribulations he has faced in the past year, Koga is determined to put the past behind him, learn from his mistakes and improve as a player, as well as to realize his position as one of the long-serving veterans of the team. He is ready to take on the role of leader and role model for the up-and-coming rookies. read full story here

story and photo courtesy: Inquirer 2bU

7/12/2014

Red Lions Roar Past Chiefs

Arellano University threw almost everything at four-time defending champion San Beda College yesterday but at the final buzzer, the Red Lions, Baser Amer particular, were just too good down the stretch.

Amer turned out to be the steadiest in the endgame as the Red Lions repulsed a furious fourth quarter rally from the Chiefs to take a 90-81 victory at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.

The Chiefs were trailing 56-38 midway through quarter but somehow found a way to make the game interesting behind the exploits of Giovanni Jalalon and Levi Hernandez.

Trailing by 11, 76-65 with 5:15 left in the game, the two combined for 12 points in a furious 14-4 run which cut the lead to just one, 80-79 with 2:06 remaining in the game.

That’s when Amer took charge of the game as he found Ola Adeogun, who extended the San Beda lead to three, before scoring four straight points including a back-breaking lay-up on the break to give San Beda an 86-81 lead with 50 seconds remaining.

Art dela Cruz then nailed four consecutive freebies to put the final nail on the coffin for the Chiefs and send San Beda to solo first place again with a 4-0 record.

Despite the win, San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez rued his squad’s performance late in the game.

“It’s just frustrating. We were up comfortably and we had the game but we made it exciting because of our crucial mistakes in the end. But a win is a win and I credit Baser Amer for stepping up late in the game,” Fernandez said.

“Arellano is for real. Hernandez is playing really good and Jerry Codinera is a very good coach. They’re really a tough team to beat,” he added.

Amer topscored for the Red Lions with 18 points while adding seven assists. Dela Cruz had 17 points and four steals while Adeogun, who was saddled with foul trouble still came away with 13 points.

Hernandez led the Chiefs with 20 points while Jalalon had 17 points, six assists and four steals. The usually stable Nard Pinto got limited to just six points on 3/10 shooting as the Chiefs dropped their first assignment in three games.