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


FilOil Season 9 Tips Off April 18th

The ninth edition of the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup tips off on April 18, 2015 at the San Juan Arena.

Eighteen college teams from the Metro Manila-based NCAA, UAAP, and NAASCU as well as from CESAFI will participate in the eagerly awaited summer basketball tournament that is seen as a preview to each team’s respective league. For many, it also provides as first look at the incoming rookies and transferees.

De La Salle University will be defending their title against revamped squads from San Beda, National University, and Adamson to name a few. Squads like Far Eastern University and the University of the East will retain a seasoned veteran core.

La Salle will parade rookies Andrei Caracut from San Beda and Jolo Go from Hope Christian High School.

San Beda will have a pair of transferees in Andre Paras who last suited up for UP and Josh Reyes, the former Ateneo Blue Eaglet. Should Kenneth Alas no move up from the Juniors ranks, this will be the first time since 2002 Red Cubs batch of Ford Arao, JVee Casio, and Yuri Escueta that no Red Cub will become a Red Lion.

The UE Red Warriors, with a full year under second year coach Derrick Pumaren, tabbed two former Chiang Kai Shek College Blue Dragons in point guard Fran Yu and forward Shannon Gagate.

The CEU Scorpions waylaid many a team en route to a third place finish that they parlayed into a successful title defense in NAASCU are back.

Making their Filoil debut are the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars out of CESAFI. They will be joining Southwestern University that will be making its third appearance in the league. Last year, the University of Visayas and University of San Carlos participated in the tournament alongside Holy Trinity College of General Santos City.

Bracketed in Group A are Adamson, Emilio Aguinaldo College, FEU, Jose Rizal University, Letran, NU, University of Perpetual Help, College of St. Benilde, and USJ-R.

In Group B, touted as the Group of Death, lined up are CEU, DLSU, Mapua, Lyceum, San Beda, UE, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and SWU.

Ten squads will be competing in the Juniors Division including recently crowned UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eaglets and NCAA six-peat squad San Beda Red Cubs. Other teams include De La Salle Zobel, JRU, Letran, Adamson, FEU, La Salle Greenhills, Mapua, and NU.


Why Bolick Left La Salle To Play For San Beda

Former De La Salle University guard Robert Bolick had several options after deciding to leave the Green Archers but eventually opted to move to the reigning NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions.

Bolick was a part of the La Salle squad that won the Season 76 UAAP championship, but his playing time dropped in Season 77, as he averaged 9.1 minutes per game, averaging 1.8 points per contest.

"Gusto ko magpasalamat sa La Salle, of course," Bolick told recently. "Nanalo ako ng isang championship, and hindi ko makalimutan 'yun, siyempre. I was part of the team that won a championship."

"Pero ganoon talaga," he added. "You have to choose what's best for you."

Bolick practiced with University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University, and said he felt welcomed in both squads. But in the end, he chose San Beda College because he could not pass up the opportunity to play for head coach Jamike Jarin.

"Feeling ko, Coach Jamike's system (ang) mas makakatulong sa akin in the future," he said.

Bolick said Jarin, a former coach of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets as well as the Batang Gilas, can take care of players and develop them.

"Paano siya mag-alaga ng player, (he) feels like a dad, parang inaalagaan niya talaga," Bolick said. "Kailangan ko din 'yun. Gabay din sa player, so siyempre, doon na ako."

"Nakakapag-develop din s'ya. Pinapanood ko kung sino 'yung mga nade-develop n'ya, like Batang Gilas, so sabi ko, this is where I'm supposed to be."

Bolick will undergo a one-year residency period and will be eligible to play for San Beda in 2016, the year after current star point guard Baser Amer graduates.

He said he will use the one-year lay-off to work on his game so that he will be ready to step in and contribute immediately once he is qualified to play.

"Siguro, work out, work out for a year," he said. "Shooting, more shooting, defensive drills. Lahat, kailagan kong gawin. Kailangan kong mag-improve. Marami pa akong kailangang gawin eh."

"So this year, siguro support sa NCAA, laro sa Team B. Pero kailangan ko talaga magpalaki ng katawan, shooting. Ganoon muna," he added.


Promising Cebuano John Bryle Bahio Commits To San Beda

San Beda has secured a commitment from promising young Cebuano cager John Bryle Bahio of University of Southern Philippines Foundation to play for the Red Lions in the NCAA in college.

Bahio was the the Baby Panthers’ prized player in last season’s Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) campaign in which he became part of the Mythical Team along with MVP Janjan Jaboneta, Joshua Sinclair, John Escalona, and Joshua Flores.

Several Manila-based schools such as Far Eastern University and even reigning Cesafi champion Southwestern University sent feelers about their interest in the 16-year-old kid who already stands at 6-foot-3. In the end, Bahio chose the reigning five-time NCAA champions.

“I chose San Beda because aside from its basketball program, I can also get a good education there,” said Bahio in an interview on Thursday evening.

Bahio's impending arrival is set to cushion the departure of Andrei Caracut, the Red Cubs star who has committed to join the De La Salle Green Archers in the rival UAAP league.

San Beda team manager Jude Roque, who personally recruited Bahio, said he was happy to welcome the versatile cager to the Red Lions’ fold.

He added though, it will take a few more years before Bahio makes his mark in the NCAA. “We like JB (Bahio).

He will be a key player for us in two to three years. He might not be ready for the NCAA this year but next year, I think he can start making an impact for us,” Roque said.

Bahio is the latest young cager from the Queen City of the South to commit to moving to a Manila-based school.

Bahio admitted he still has a long way to go as far as getting himself ready for the college league, putting in additional work with the help of the Baby Panthers coach Joph Cleopas.

“I need to improve my speed and ball-handling skills especially since they told me they were going to utilize me at the 2, 3, and 4 positions,” said Bahio.

photo & story courtesy: Jonas Panerio,


San Beda Assessing Red Cubs Stars, Team B Players After Caracut Leaves For La Salle

With juniors standout Andrei Caracut bound for La Salle in the UAAP, San Beda has turned its focus to the eight graduating Red Cubs and the huge pool of players in the training pool as the school begins to form a squad for the next NCAA basketball tournament. 

Marc Diputado, Niko Abatayo, Norrish Decapia, Kenneth Alas, Mark Framil, Evan Furaque, Gerald Zamora, and Ayron Apolto are the outgoing Red Cubs aside from Caracut, a juniors standout who also suited up for the Batang Gilas national junior team. 

Making coach Mike Jarin’s job tougher is the surplus of players in Team B who are also battling for spots in San Beda’s NCAA squad. 

Red Lions team manager Jude Roque said they have almost 30 players in the training pool. [See San Beda standout Andrei Caracut bound to play for De La Salle in UAAP] “We are still evaluating the junior players, but we have plans for all of them,” Jarin told on Tuesday, although he declined to mention names. “Actually ang dami naming players,” he admitted. 

“Sa Team B namin, karamihan nun, galing juniors din.” And all of them are fighting for just a handful of spots in the NCAA squad. 

Four roster spots were opened following the departure of Kyle Pascual, twins Anthony and David Semerad, and Jaypee Mendoza after last season, and candidates can still battle for places before the lineup is finalized prior to the NCAA tournament. 

“Unfair naman kung ilalagay namin sila (graduating juniors) lahat dun (Team B) tapos hindi sila magagamit,” Roque said. “So siguro kung merong kukuha sa kanila na ibang school na ila-lineup sila, we can let them go. Pero kung hindi naman, they’re welcome to join us.”


Chiang Kai Shek Tame Red Cubs For MMBL Title

Chiang Kai Shek College demolished the San Beda Red Cubs, 101-76, to capture the Division 1 championship of the 32nd Metro Manila Basketball League at the SBC gym in Mendiola. 

The Blue Dragons led from the start and were never seriously threatened, looking impervious five weeks before they begin defense of their Seaoil NBTC-SBP National High School crown. 

The National High School Championship, sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), kicks off on March 5-8 at the Meralco gym and Ynares Sports Arena with 18 schools in the fold - 14 from the provinces and four from the National Capital Region (MMBL). 

The National Basketball Training Center (NBTC), is the duly-recognized grassroots program of the SBP and aims to identify, prepare and develop young male student-athletes. 

Its objectives include creating learning environment opportunities for players to demonstrate and enhance both their individual and team skills; serving as a pathway for the players and coaches to move to a higher level competition; developing skills, building character and raising leaders; and promoting the values of leadership, commitment to excellence, right attitude and discipline  among the young students through the sports. 

In other MMBL championship games, San Beda Mendiola-B  downed National University-A, 85-76, to rule Division II; Colegio San Benildo Rizal edged Manila Patriotic School, 85-81, to clinch Division III; La.Salle College Antipolo crushed National U-B, 77-63, to reign in Division IV; and Chiang Kai ShekCollege plastered La Salle College Antipolo, 66-50, in the MMBL Girls Championship. 

The CKSC Blue Dragons, SBC Mendiola-A, SBC Mendiola-B and National U-A all advanced to the Seaoil NBTC National High School Championship. 

“In the absence of the Tiong Lian Basketball Association, this is our main league,” said CKSC coach Goldwyn Monteverde. “To be able to win over a great champion like San Beda is an achievement for our small school.”