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


NCAA Juniors Star Joshua Caracut On College Destination: 'San Beda Or The UAAP'

Bliue-chip prospect Joshua Andrei Caracut remains undecided on where to go for college. The San Beda high school star boosted his stock by ending his juniors career with a bang, earning NCAA Finals MVP honors while leading the Red Cubs to a sixth successive title at the expense of Mapua. 

But the 5-foot-10 Caracut said he has not made any decision as far as his college career is concerned, adding he still has to discuss his future with his parents. 

“Wala pa talaga eh (decision),” the 18-year-old combo guard from Quezon said. “Mahirap magsalita eh.” Caracut, though, mentioned that his alma mater and squads in the NCAA’s rival league UAAP are his priorities. “Syempre San Beda tsaka UAAP schools.” 

The national youth team standout was quick to add that playing time and education are some of the considerations that will factor into his decision. “Syempre kung saan ako makakalaro and iniisip rin namin yung course ko,” he said. 

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Tierra To Coach San Beda On Interim Basis

For now, the San Beda Red Lions have a coaching vacuum.

San Beda has recently appointed Adonis Tierra to handle the team on an interim basis while it deliberates whether or not to get back NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez or find a replacement.

"No new coach yet but we have an interim coach who will handle the team while the school is in the process of making a decision," San Beda team manager Jude Roque told The STAR on Sunday.

Tierra will handle San Beda when it plunges into action in the Champions League set to start in Cebu this week.

The Lions parted ways with Fernandez, who is now with the Road Warriors in the PBA after steering them to a record-tying fifth straight title and 19th overall.

There were reports though that Fernandez may be asked to stay as San Beda chases a historic sixth-straight crown next season.

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Talks also of Batang Gilas head coach Jamike Jarin succeeding Fernandez is also in the air.

But the expected decision last Saturday in the meeting among Fernandez, the team, top San Beda officials and top patron and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan didn't come.

Fernandez, who lost his first PBA game since four years ago with a defunct Sta. Lucia, said he leaves his fate at the hands of Pangilinan.

“We would have not won six championships with NLEX (in the D-League) and I wouldn’t have this chance to help San Beda win two championships without boss MVP’s trust,” said Fernandez.

“Whatever he (Pangilinan) wants, I will follow,” he added.

Red Cubs Cement San Beda Sweep

Although not as talented as previous San Beda teams, this batch of Red Cubs more than made up for their lack of stars with big fighting hearts.

The Red Cubs showed grit under pressure to outlast the Mapua Red Robins in overtime, 78-65, yesterday in their winner-take-all duel and clinch an unprecedented sixth straight NCAA juniors’ crown at Mall of Asia Arena.

The victory completed another double for San Beda, which also moved ahead of Mapua in the record books with 21 juniors titles. The Red Lions clinched their fifth straight title, completing a sweep of the Arellano Chiefs in their senior basketball showdown last week.

A solid defensive stand in the overtime period proved crucial for the Cubs, who held the Robins to just a single field goal in the extra five minutes.

“The players just delivered and they deserved the title,” said San Beda coach JB Sison, who now has two titles in as many seasons handling the Red Cubs.

Red Lions Achieve NCAA Glory

Thinking positive, hard work and determination helped the San Beda Red Lions remain on track for their drive for five straight titles in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association  (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament.

Red Lions coach Boyet Fernandez said this as he recalled the  team’s journey to the finals and their fifth straight championship.

“I told the boys to stay positive on everything. That was when we lost twice in a row during the second elimination round,”  said Fernandez who led the Red Lions to an 89-70 domination of the Arellano University Chiefs in Game 2 of the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association  (NCAA) men’s basketball best-of-five finals series.

The Mendiola-based dribblers almost missed the twice-to-beat incentive when they bowed to the University of Perpetual Help Altas, 75-76, on Sept. 22. Fernandez said poor shooting cost them that game.

After that loss, the Red Lions bounced back by winning their next three games which included an 84-67 rout of the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers.

This allowed the Red Lions to figure in a playoff for the no. 1 and 2 seeding with the Chiefs, whom they beat, 97-69.

Hurdling the University of Perpetual Help Altas, 81-75, in the Final Four then became their ticket to a championship showdown with the Chiefs.

In all those game,  six-foot-five small forward Anthony Semerad joined the veterans in stepping up and being at their best.

And he came up with his best game when he shot  a career-high 30 points, his huge efforts helped propel the San Beda Red Lions to an 89-70 domination of the Arellano University Chiefs, and the Finals MVP honors as well last Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“You cannot question Anthony. He’s been there all year long. He’s one tough defender,” said Fernandez, who worked on developing the defensive skills of the offense oriented twins Anthony and David.

In Game 1, Anthony shot 14 points, and he picked up the pace in Game 2 when another teammate Baser Amer just could not step up because of cramps.

“I just continue to work hard. It does not stop. With defense and offense, it does not stop. It has to continue and I need to work on everything,” said Semerad, the Filipino-Australian was adjudged Finals MVP.

Now that his mission is over Anthony along David, and another graduating teammate Kyle Pascual, go on to the next stage and play in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Anthony and David join Global Port and Barako Bull respectively, while Pascual hooks up with expansion franchise Kia Motors.

Coach Fernandez credits the whole team for having the desire to win a fifth straight championship.

“It’s for the boys. They really played their best. They wanted to finish with a five-peat. And, now they made history,” said Fernandez, after the Red Lions equaled  the title reign of the San Sebastian Stags in the seniors division.

The San Sebastian Stags ruled the NCAA from 1993 to 1997.

It was also San Beda’s eighth crown in the last nine years. Overall, they have  19 championships.


San Beda To UAAP?

As they achieved the rare 5-peat in the NCAA, is the Red Lions ready get toe-to-toe with the big guns in the other prestigious collegiate league which is the UAAP?

After the Red Lions demolished Arellano Chiefs 89-70 during Game 2 of their Best of Three series, University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons point-guard Mikee Reyes tweeted that if the Mendiola-based squad can now transfer in the UAAP while his team which has another forgettable performance in Season 77 should make a comeback in the NCAA.
Of course, Reyes was just joking on his post, but can the Red Lions really roar their way out in the UAAP?

San Beda had a previous rivalry with Ateneo when the Loyola-based squad is still part of the NCAA until 1977, when the Blue Eagles decided to withdraw from the oldest collegiate league after an ugly brawl with the Red Lions, in which their final championship game was decided to play behind closed doors.

But one thing is lacking with San Beda for them able to play in the UAAP. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) should first grant the Benedictine institution with a “university status.”

source: Fastbreakph