Thursday, April 3, 2014

Red Lions To Train In Lithuania

San Beda is tearing a page off the Gilas Pilipinas playbook when the Red Lions fly to Lithuania as part of its buildup for the NCAA.

Head coach Boyet Fernandez said San Beda’s trip to Lithuania is now a go after the visa applications of the entire team were approved on Thursday.

“We will be training just like what Gilas did. We hope to learn more." San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez

The Red Lions will be leaving for Lithuania on Saturday for a three-week training period where they will have four pocket tournaments against taller collegiate teams that play European-style basketball.

“We will be training just like what Gilas did. We hope to learn more,” said Fernandez.

Last year, Gilas Pilipinas also went to Lithuania to train for the Fiba-Asia Championship in Manila. It led to a berth in the 2014 Fiba World Cup when the nationals finished second to Iran in the tournament.

Lithuania is a major force in world basketball having produced several NBA stars that include Arvydas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis.

Unlike in previous preseason trips where the team traveled to the United States, San Beda will train in Europe for the first time.

Fernandez believes the trip funded by team patron Manny V. Pangilinan and the San Beda community will be more beneficial to the squad since the European brand of game suits NCAA rules more than the US game.

“More on Fiba rules kasi ang NCAA tapos malalaki pa (ang makakalaban sa Lithuania) so hopefully (the trip) will help us a lot,” said Fernandez.

The Red Lions are gearing up for Season 90 where they will be seeking a fifth straight crown.

Among the San Beda players that will make the trip are Ola Adeogun, Kyle Pascual, Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer, and Ryusei Koga. Incidentally, the five will also miss three games for NLEX in the PBA D-League.


Franz Abuda Stays With San Beda

The son of Freddie Abuda will stay with San Beda after his high school stint with the Red Cubs.

San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez said Franz Abuda has committed to play for the Red Lions in college, bringing his defensive abilities to the four-time NCAA defending champions.

Although he posted modest numbers of 5.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing in his final season with the Red Cubs in 2013, the 6-1 Abuda has gotten high marks from Fernandez because of his tough defense which the coach likened to his father's.

“He is a pesky defender like his father,” said Fernandez of the younger Abuda.

Incidentally, Franz stayed at San Beda even after his father, a longtime mainstay of San Miguel in the PBA, recently moved to De La Salle in the UAAP as an assistant coach.

Freddie is also part of the coaching staff of Barangay Ginebra in the PBA that is led by head coach Ato Agustin and active assistant coach Juno Sauler.

Fernandez also said the Red Lions have also gained a commitment from another Red Cub, Lance Abude, and former national youth team member Daryl Pascual, an athletic 6-4 cager out of Pampanga who can play multiple positions.

Barring any last-minute changes, Fernandez said San Beda will most likely hold its preseason training in Lithuania. Specific details of the training are still being ironed out, he added.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

San Beda Sweeps Cebu College Meet

An underpowered San Beda squad completed a sweep of the 2014 Cebu City Mayor’s Cup Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament with a 63-45 win over reigning Cesafi champion University of the Visayas on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Even with their best players staying in Manila to focus on their campaign with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA D-League, San Beda proved too much for its rivals and posted dominant wins over the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars (78-63) and the University of San Carlos Warriors (78-61) earlier in the week in the pocket tournament organized by the Cebu City Sports Commission.

San Beda led by as many as 16, 52-46, but the Lancers trimmed it down to nine, 45-54, with six minutes to go.

However, that was as close as UV got as San Beda rattled off nine straight points capped by a shotclock-beating three-pointer by Ivan Ludovice and a three-point play by Mendoza to seal the win and the crown.

Import Donald Tankoua and MVP Anthony Semerad paced San Beda’s balanced attack with nine points apiece, while Ludovice chipped in eight.

The Lancers, which finished the tournament with a 1-2 win-loss record, got 14 from 6-foot-11 reinforcement Jean Mpouma while John Abad contributed 12 markers

The Lancers were within four halfway through the third period when San Beda finished that stretch with a 12-0 flurry with baskets from Daryl Pascual, Jaypee Mendoza, former University of Cebu import Arnaud Noah and Semerad, for a 42-30 lead going to the final period.

“I know now which players would step up even under pressure. This tournament really helped me determine who deserves to play in the NCAA tournament this season,” said head coach Boyet Fernandez.