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


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

Jamikr 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.”


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.