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09-10-2007, 06:09 PM
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jayverns
09-10-2007, 11:50 PM
SAN BEDA!!!

ANIMO SAN BEDA!!!
GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!!!

danny
09-11-2007, 01:05 AM
Uy, may pa-contest! ;D

AnthonyServinio
09-11-2007, 01:23 AM
SAN BEDA RED LIONS
82 - 83
Back-To-Back NCAA Champions

aircanda
09-11-2007, 01:27 AM
will root for the underdogs..

Mapua will win..

eggyboi
09-11-2007, 10:00 PM
san beda red lions.. no doubt about it... ;D

gameface_one
09-18-2007, 09:04 PM
Posting here Sam Miguel's new article in the homepage as he takes a look at this season's championship:

http://www.gameface.ph/columns/sammiguelcolumn.htm




The Morning After

NCAA Finals Preview: Take The Crown!
By Sam Miguel for Gameface.ph (9/18/07)

1950, the NCAA Finals: Colegio De San Juan Letran and San Beda College dispute the premiere basketball championship of the country. Pinoy hoops gods Lauro Mumar of Letran and Caloy Loyzaga of San Beda were the featured players. Mumar’s Knights were on their way to a season sweep when they were derailed by Loyzaga’s Red Lions. Mumar however would have the last laugh as he led the Knights to the crown. It was a fitting end to a glorious season for both schools.

57 years later a long-awaited, much anticipated rematch is here. This time fortunes have been somewhat reversed. In this Season 83 campaign Letran averted a season sweep by San Beda by upsetting the Red Lions in the first round of the eliminations. Forward Rey Guevara all of a sudden became a big time player by hitting the last key baskets in the end game to give his Knights that big win in Round 1. San Beda however outlasted Letran in Round 2 thanks to the heady plays of crackerjack point guard Pong Escobal.

Both teams did not play around in the Final 4 as they blasted separate rivals to arrange this classic rematch nearly 60 years in the making. San Beda plastered the Mapua Cardinals 74-64 while Letran dumped Jose Rizal 70-61, abbreviating the Final 4 showdowns at the Big Dome. The Finals will start on Wednesday 19 September 2007.

Yousif Aljamal, the power forward subject to a late season controversy after he was selected in the PBA draft, led the Red Lions with 26 points and eight rebounds, a statement game if ever there was one, while his Big 3 associates Sam Ekwe and Pong Escobal chipped in 10 and 13 points respectively. RJ Jazul, the one-time hardcore B Team player who has emerged as Letran’s White Knight this season, had 17 points and six assists in his latest shining performance.

Gameface.ph takes a look at how the two teams match up:

Perimeter

San Beda has Pong Escobal. Letran has RJ Jazul. These two young men are arguably the best guards in the NCAA right now. Both of them have the requisite skill sets of any guard: speed, strength, handles, jets, springs, passing, vision, leadership. Escobal is a little bigger than Jazul, but Jazul is the more natural fulltime pointguard. Both can hit from deep and slash, set up the halfcourt and run the break. Jazul is a little better fundamentally on defense, although Escobal has great instincts in taking away passing angles. Escobal however has the championship experience, ably leading the Red Lions to last year’s crown.

Joining Escobal in the Red Lion backcourt are Borgie Hermida, Garvo Lanete, Chico Tirona, Ogie Menor and Bam Gamalinda. All of them are long, athletic and quick. Menor has seemingly become the forgotten star in this San Beda lineup, after being the subject of a controversial recruitment tussle a couple seasons ago. Still, he is one of the best players at his position in the NCAA, and can score in bunches and provide an element of toughness for the San Beda perimeter. This is a deep and talented corps that has found little match in the league thus far.

Letran has Jon Melegrito, Noy Gutilban, Ron Dangcal and Miko Quinday in their regular perimeter rotation. This group is not quite as flashy as San Beda’s but they have been very effective. Quinday in particular has been a valuable glue guy for the Knights, providing a lot of leadership and other intangibles to stabilize this group of relatively unheralded players. They have gotten the job done because Quinday has seen them through. His court smarts must be on high alert if Letran is to have a chance in this series.

Advantage: None

Frontline

Let’s face it: any team that can put reigning MVP Sam Ekwe and likely MVP Yousif Aljamal together on the floor will be nearly impossible to match. Ekwe and Aljamal are big, strong, athletic and fearless, everything any one could ask for in post players. They were already ambushed by Letran in Round 1 and are dying to prove that will never happen again, and they have the numbers and the back ups to do so.

Ekwe leads the league in rebounds and blocks, and is nearly impossible to move when he plants himself in either box. He has developed an ability to use the window off the glass to get some nifty short jumpers and jump hooks. His ability to free himself away from the ball and keep moving on the San Beda motion offense has him in at least half of the Top 10 highlight reels of the season.

Aljamal on the other hand, for all of the controversy that has hounded him of late, made quite a statement when they ousted Mapua with a season-high 26 points. He is arguably the most fundamentally sound post player in the NCAA and carries a lot of experience and veteran wiles.

They are joined by ROY frontrunner Dave Marcelo, JR Taganas and Bong Maggay to form a beefy frontline. That is a lot of size and power in the low blocks, and they have been very effective in cleaning up the glass on both ends as well as intimidating opposing players. When Ekwe sat out one game due to a suspension Marcelo in particular stepped up and more than held his own against older and more experienced players.

Letran may not have this kind of depth and talent but they do have enough to stay competitive. Brian Faundo, Dino Daa, Rey Guevara and Bong Cabonce are probably the biggest bunch of overachieving frontline players in the NCAA. They do not exactly have the mass or size of San Beda but they are tough, court smart and relentless. Guevara most of all should get a lot of special attention from the Red Lions big men after he led his Knights to that first round upset. Guevara, the former B Team pretty boy who was often on the wrong end of matinee idol tomfoolery in off-season tournaments, has become one of the key players for Letran with his athleticism and unheralded strength off the offensive glass.

Faundo for his part has achieved cult status with the way the venue barkers have been announcing his name. Kidding aside though, he has also been perhaps the most underrated starting center in the league. Faundo routinely leads the Knights in rebounds and blocks and can hit the mid-range jumpshot, thus drawing out opposing big men who sit in a halfcourt zone. Against a Red Lions frontline on a mission to retain the championship though, he and Guevara may not be enough.

Advantage: San Beda

Defense

Coach Louie Alas has always emphasized defense. In his previous two championships with Letran their battle cry was always a rousing yell of “Defense!” As a team Letran has been very successful in limiting the production of opponents across the board. Their full court press and individual on-ball defense has been tight, disrupting the rhythm of their opponents by taking away precious seconds form the shot clock. Their ability to sustain this kind of defense has been key in keeping them close to San Beda in their two previous encounters.

For his part Coach Frankie Lim has never ceased to instill the importance of defense in the San Beda scheme of things. San Beda however is so talented and deep on offense that their firepower has overshadowed their defense. Of course no one can deny that having the towering Nigerian Ekwe patrolling the paint gives Sam Beda the best insurance policy when it comes to defense. Guards can take more chances lunging after possible steals knowing that the 6-foot-8 giant is right there in case their gambits fail. Ekwe does not just block shots. He alters those he does not directly get to. The defensive glass is practically his own personal savanna, collaring rebounds with impunity.

Defense however, like everything else in basketball, is all about team work, and in this aspect Letran has few peers.

Advantage: Letran

Bottom Line

These Finals are all about a proud and storied basketball tradition. Two teams who go back over the decades are about to slug it out for the premiere prize in Philippine basketball. Each will look to history for inspiration, but will undoubtedly face the present on their own terms. Both teams have dreams and visions of championship glory, and their own plans about how to get it.

Coach Louie Alas will be in his third Finals in five years, and he won the last two times, albeit with deeper and more talented lineups. Still, no one doubts Alas knows what it takes to win in the Finals, and his Knights aren’t exactly wet-behind-the ears rookies. For Letran, their key person for this championship quest will be calling the shots from the bench.

Coach Frankie Lim is in his first NCAA Finals, and has the added pressure if trying to retain the crown San Beda won so handily last season. They ended 28 in 82 last season. And they did it against an equally deep and talented but far more experienced PCU squad, proving that they know how to get it done even against veteran teams. Hard as it may be to believe they actually have a better team this year, vastly improved in the forge of experience and a second year together virtually intact.

Fans will be turning out in droves to be part of the latest chapter in a very colored history.

In the end however, it says here the crown stays in Mendiola.

Howard the Duck
09-18-2007, 09:47 PM
the red team will win!

itaga niyo sa bato!

a_ron
09-18-2007, 11:35 PM
San Beda of course will be the chapion agen because they have an Import ...(sam Ekwe) joke only

gameface_one
09-19-2007, 07:51 AM
Red Lions open title defense vs Knights

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

The keenly awaited San Beda-Letran best-of-three NCAA title showdown begins Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum with the Red Lions determined to defend their crown against the Knights squad hoping to increase their record championship haul to 17.

Letran also figures in a championship battle with San Sebastian in juniors play, looking to foil the Staglets’ three-peat bid and open the possibility for a double-championship for the Intramuros-based Dominican school.

A sellout crowd is expected at the Big Dome as the Squires and the Staglets clash at 2 p.m. then the Red Lions and the Knights collide at 4 p.m.

It’s the biggest match in memory between San Beda and Letran since the Lions deprived Letran’s vaunted “Murder Inc.” of a season sweep in 1950.

At the final game of the elimination round, the Knights, bannered by Lauro “The Fox” Mumar, were then assured of a title, having won both rounds, but the Red Lions beat them in the final non-bearing game, depriving Letran of the sweep.

Fifty-seven long years later, it’s San Beda which has the loftier goal, and Letran is out to gatecrash the Red Lions’ party.

The Red Lions are pursuing back-to-back championships, which they have achieved in 1951-52 and 1977-78. They have a longer streak of three straight championships from 1934-36.

With a lineup good enough to compete in the PBL, San Beda coach Frankie Lim admits they’re the favorites and they intend to beat Letran in two games.

“Letran is a tough opponent. They have an experienced coach (Louie Alas). But we intend to finish the series in two games. Any other coach would want that. The sooner the better,” said Lim, a key member of the San Beda team that won the crowns in 1977 and 1978.

Lim said it won’t be easy and they have to work extra hard to accomplish it.

Yousif Aljamal has vowed to give it his best, hoping to give San Beda another title before he joins the Talk n Text Phone Pals in the coming PBA season.

“We’re facing a team with a PBL-caliber lineup. But we’ll not give it to them on a silver platter,” said Alas.

Alas is even hopeful of an upset by putting the pressure on the Red Lions for 40 minutes.

“Kailangang pahirapan sila on all possessions. Otherwise, they will maul us,” said Alas.

Despite a rookie-laden lineup, the Knights pulled the rug from under the Red Lions, 70-69, in their first match in the season. San Beda got back at Letran, 87-84, in the second round.

Sam Ekwe, Pong Escobal, Ogie Menor and Borgie Ermida are San Beda’s other stars. Letran is once again likely to be bannered by RJ Jazul.

mighty_lion
09-19-2007, 08:02 AM
San Beda of course will be the chapion agen because they have an Import ...(sam Ekwe) joke only


In fairness to Sam, calling him an import still doesnt fit to date. Homegrown ang basketball talent and skills nyan.

aircanda
09-19-2007, 08:58 AM
San Beda of course will be the chapion agen because they have an Import ...(sam Ekwe) joke only


In fairness to Sam, calling him an import still doesnt fit to date. Homegrown ang basketball talent and skills nyan.


but sir, even if his talent and skills are homegrown.. ang kanyang lahi ang genes are still foreign.. still can be considered as an improt sir.. ;)

franz_inwurdz
09-19-2007, 11:52 AM
If Sam is not a student of SBC, then he is an import.

What they ignore is, he's eligibility to play has been scrutinized to the hilt, and no issue was seen to this date.

I think most (crab) people would like to point out is the advantage of Sam to SBC.

Following the premise of these crabs - Basta may player ka na di namin matapatan - madaya yun. ke nigerian pa yan o pure Filipino na 7'0 footer at kasing bilis ni dirk nowitzki- basta - a player that is a cut above the rest - madaya yun.

Next crabby reasons would be
- you have a titan of a financial backer, kami wala.
- you went to US kami hindi.
- you have a pro coach(previously-Koy) kami amateur lang.
- you have nike shoes kami kaypee lang.

sabay sabi ng - joke - mag-fa-flamebait sabay iuurong. bakit? dahil gameface! Pero ok na basta may "joke" sa huli. wtf!!

This is gameface you have to do better. Otherwise go back to troll kingdom P*X.* >:(

Mainit ulo ko di ako makakanood mamaya.

nash_bedista
09-19-2007, 01:28 PM
i think its on the color.......

Dati may mga Import ang NCAA,hindi lang nakikita sa kulay e.

and of course UAAP din,

gameface_one
09-19-2007, 07:03 PM
San Beda takes Game 1 of NCAA Finals
abs-cbnnews.com

The San Beda Red Lions took Game 1 at the best-of-three NCAA Finals showdown by beating the Letran Knights, 76-68, at the fully packed Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

San Beda’s Rogemar Menor led the Lions with 23 points and two rebounds.

San Beda got off a slow start at the first quarter scoring only 14 points against Letran’s 23.

The Mendiola-based dribblers, however, roared back at the second quarter with 23 points as the Knights lagged behind with 11.

It was a battle of the nerves at the third canto for the Lions and the Knights as both teams scored equally with 13 points.

The Lions also showed championship poise in the final quarter to overpower the knights, 76-68.

San Beda is determined to defend their crown against the Knights squad hoping to increase their record championship haul to 17.

It is the biggest match in memory between San Beda and Letran since the Lions deprived Letran’s vaunted “Murder Inc.” of a season sweep in 1950.

The Lions are pursuing back-to-back championships, which they achieved in 1951-52 and 1977-78. They have a longer streak of three straight championships from 1934-36.

The Lions bagged the NCAA basketball championship in the 2006 season.

LION
09-20-2007, 08:12 AM
Papano yan next season may isa pang import na 6'8 din ang maglalaro at nagre residency sa San Beda ngayon? Sa mga nanonood ng Fr. Martin Cup kilala na nila kung sino si KE. Kawawa naman pala ang ibang teams sa NCAA.

Pasalamat sila ayaw umalis ni Gregory Slaughter sa Cebu dahil mawawalan ng scholarship lahat ng kamag anak niya dun pag umalis siya.

At kung papalarin baka may idagdag pa kami na isang import din na kinakausap na namin ngayon although may 2 pang eskwelahan sa UAAP na kumakausap din sa kanya.

Wag na nating banggitin si Elvin Pascual kasi local lang yun e kahit parang import kung maglaro. ;D

gameface_one
09-20-2007, 09:11 AM
Lions survive Knights’ gallant stand, near title

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

San Beda asserted its might in the payoff period and overcame a gritty Letran squad, 76-68, Wednesday night to move in the threshold of an NCAA title repeat.

The Knights put up a brave fight but the Lions just wouldn’t be denied, seizing control in the best-of-three series opener that attracted a near sellout crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim later said they intend to finish it in Game Two to bring home to Mendiola a 13th NCAA crown.

“We’re looking at Wednesday. We’ll go for it,” said Lim.

But Letran coach Louie Alas said all they have to do is to play 40 minutes Wednesday “and Game Three would be anybody’s game.”

“We played only the first 36 minutes of this game. We committed lapses in the end that cost us the game,” said Alas, hopeful they can pull off an upset and reclaim the crown they last won in 2005.

Lim practically employed only seven players with his starting unit of Ogie Menor, Pong Escobal, Sam Ekwe, Yousil Aljamal and Borgie Hermida holding off the Knights at endgame.

Menor scored on a short stab then rifled in a trey, touching off a 13-4 run that gave the Lions an insurmountable 66-57 lead entering the last two minutes of play.

Menor led all scorers with 23 points while Ekwe grabbed 18 rebounds and pumped in 14 points with Escobar contributing 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Aljamal having 12 points and three rebounds.

All four played no less than 26 minutes. Hermida was utilized for 33 minutes, Jay-R Taganas and Riego Gamalinda for 15 minutes each and Garvo Lanete for two minutes.

“The stats sheet showed we were able to overcome their deep bench because they played only eight players. But we didn’t have the sort of mental toughness needed in the end,” Alas said.

Alas, meanwhile, rotated 11 players with each one fighting with great resolve to drag the Lions to a fiery duel in the first 36 minutes of the game.

Rafael Jazul pumped in 17 points, including a bank-shot that gave Letran its last taste of the lead at 51-50 with nine minutes to go.

The Knights pressed the Red Lions right from the start and came through with a 16-2 run to take the opening period at 23-14.

But the Red Lions made key adjustments in the second period, countering with a 13-to-nothing attack to seize the lead at 27-23.

Earlier, Ryan Buenafe sparkled for 28 points and the San Sebastian Staglets walloped the Letran Squires, 90-72, in the opener of the juniors final.

Stardust
09-20-2007, 12:40 PM
yes, San Beda has an import in the person of Sam. the ncaa is not against this, thus far. mapua (my other alma mater) has one too in no. 1 MVP contenter kevin dela pena.

lastly, letran has too. that's alvin cabonce. he took his hs in japan where rich alvarez played. he then went to play college ball in san diego (or is it bay area) USA for a year if i recall right. why do i know this, because alvin applied with us (the red lions). his dad who is a petty officer in the USN emailed me asking to broker the tryout of alvin.

alvin wanted to take up nursing here in the PI and play ball (hopefully to get into the pro, i believe later). and San Beda had just the ingridients he needs. i gave his credentials to mike a and unfortunately our teams A and B then and now were already loaded with talents.

so that's it folks. we all have our imports. life is not fair. we just decided to come together of late and see our alma mater through. everyone is doing that, isn't it?

if you don't believe this, try interviewing alvin and note his diction.

LION
09-20-2007, 02:14 PM
When Alvin Cabonce tried out with the Red Lions during the time of Koy, he was a bit chubby. Hindi pumasa kay Koy. But now he's lean and in top form.

ueki_kosuke
09-20-2007, 03:40 PM
di kaya sya si panang_bali? kse natatanong sya dati (months ago) tungkol sa pagnursing at basketball sa sbc

LION
09-20-2007, 04:55 PM
^ Not him. We know his real name.

toti_mendiola
09-20-2007, 06:47 PM
Papano yan next season may isa pang import na 6'8 din ang maglalaro at nagre residency sa San Beda ngayon? Sa mga nanonood ng Fr. Martin Cup kilala na nila kung sino si KE. Kawawa naman pala ang ibang teams sa NCAA.

Pasalamat sila ayaw umalis ni Gregory Slaughter sa Cebu dahil mawawalan ng scholarship lahat ng kamag anak niya dun pag umalis siya.

At kung papalarin baka may idagdag pa kami na isang import din na kinakausap na namin ngayon although may 2 pang eskwelahan sa UAAP na kumakausap din sa kanya.

Wag na nating banggitin si Elvin Pascual kasi local lang yun e kahit parang import kung maglaro. ;D


vanilla ice?

bRED_and_butter
09-20-2007, 08:31 PM
di kaya sya si panang_bali? kse natatanong sya dati (months ago) tungkol sa pagnursing at basketball sa sbc


ano na nga pala sa kanya?

danny
09-21-2007, 03:39 AM
Papano yan next season may isa pang import na 6'8 din ang maglalaro at nagre residency sa San Beda ngayon?* * Sa mga nanonood ng Fr. Martin Cup kilala na nila kung sino si KE.* Kawawa naman pala ang ibang teams sa NCAA.

Pasalamat sila ayaw umalis ni Gregory Slaughter sa Cebu dahil mawawalan ng scholarship lahat ng kamag anak niya dun pag umalis siya.* *

At kung papalarin baka may idagdag pa kami na isang import din na kinakausap na namin ngayon although may 2 pang eskwelahan sa UAAP na kumakausap din sa kanya.*

Wag na nating banggitin si Elvin Pascual kasi local lang yun e kahit parang import kung maglaro.* *;D


Nakakatakot naman yan.

Hindi ba talaga pwede si Slaughter? Kung sabagay, madami pa namang darating na import from Argentina. :D

a_ron
09-22-2007, 12:46 AM
dba julius wsosu maybe i didnt get the spelling of his family name a Is an NIGERIAN. import nag purefoods b4 and harbour center during one tournoment in malaysia...Sam Ekwe is an Nigerian...and sam looks more nigerian than julios wsosu...IS Sam ekwe a Nigerian Citizen or a filipino?

toti_mendiola
09-22-2007, 01:01 AM
sam is nigerian.

a_ron
09-22-2007, 01:09 AM
forgive me of my ignorance..so NCAA and UAAP allows foreigners to play as long as they are enrolled in the member school just like the US NCAA were in they foreign plyers?foreigners is different from fil am am i correct..as to fil ams they have filipino roots...in the case of EKWE he doesnt have any...so 4 other school if they want to be champion they just to look another ekwe to play for der team.

danny
09-22-2007, 01:18 AM
forgive me of my ignorance..so NCAA and UAAP allows foreigners to play as long as they are enrolled in the member school just like the US NCAA were in they foreign plyers?foreigners is different from fil am am i correct..as to fil ams they have filipino roots...in the case of EKWE he doesnt have any...so 4 other school if they want to be champion they just to look another ekwe to play for der team.



Yup foreigners are allowed. Several schools in the NCAA and UAAP have foreign players, either with Filipino or non-Filipino blood.

Having foreigners* in itself will not create a championship caliber team. Perpetual Help is a good example right now.

jayverns
09-22-2007, 01:22 AM
forgive me of my ignorance..so NCAA and UAAP allows foreigners to play as long as they are enrolled in the member school just like the US NCAA were in they foreign plyers?foreigners is different from fil am am i correct..as to fil ams they have filipino roots...in the case of EKWE he doesnt have any...so 4 other school if they want to be champion they just to look another ekwe to play for der team.



not really, depende rin yan kung magagaling and talented ang mga kakampi niya. BASKETBALL IS A TEAM SPORT diba? kahit pa sabihin mo na may malaki ang team niyo na Nigerian,American or whatever nationality kung inutil naman ang mga kakampi niya hindi rin sila mananalo.

danny
09-22-2007, 01:29 AM
Guys, let's go back to the topic. For issues and clarifications about foreign players, a separate thread has been created.

Thanks.

gameface_one
09-22-2007, 01:39 PM
It’s not over, defiant Letran coach declares



waylon galvez
mb.com.ph

A huge banner posted near the athletes’ quarters greeted Letran coach Louie Alas. It reads: “EXTEND!”


"To keep our title bid there’s no other way for us but to do just that," said Alas yesterday before supervising the team practice.

The Knights and the defending champions San Beda Red Lions clash anew on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Despite dropping a 76-68 loss to the Lions in Game One, the 40-year-old Alas is still confident that the Knights can extend the series.

"It’s a (three-game) series, they (Red Lions) only won one game. They need to win one more to win the championship. It’s not over," said Alas.

Alas is a veteran of many championship matches. He steered the Knights to three NCAA crowns. He knows where the Knights stand.

"Na-feel namin na pwede talaga, na kaya namin sila talunin. There’s no doubt na napakalakas ng San Beda. But the way we competed against them (in Game One) proved that we have a strong chance of beating that team," he added.

Alas quickly added though that the Knights "must be consistent" at both ends of the court, and deny the pick-and-roll play of the Red Lions.

"Consistency was our problem in Game One. We have to remain focused for 40 minutes. I know the willingness and desire to win is still there," Alas said.

The Knights have actually fallen in the same situation in 2005 when they lost Game 1, but went on to take the next two matches and captured the title at the expense of the Philippine Christian University Dolphins.

The one-time national coach thought that the Knights managed to limit the production of Nigeria’s Sam Ekwe who had 14 points and 18 rebounds.

The 6-8 San Beda center was double-teamed relentlessly.

"Except in the final five minutes, I think we played solid on defense," he said.

The game was actually close until Ogie Menor, the third year forward who sports a mo-hawk hair style, scored five straight points — a lay-up and a three-pointer — that broke a 53-all and gave San Beda a 58-53 lead.

Letran closed within three (57-60) on a jumper by Bryan Faundo, but playmaker Borgie Hermida ignited a decisive 10-3 run for a 70-60 lead with less than two minute left.

Alas said they have to shoot well too, particularly in the final stretch.

Sweet-shooting guard Rafael Jazul scored 17 points, but he was a non-factor in the fourth quarter when the Knights need him most.

Forward Rey Guevarra was the only other Letran player to score in double digits with 11, that’s why the likes of Faundo, Dino Daa, Mico Quinday, Reymar Gutilban and John Melegrito must step up for balance scoring.

oca
09-22-2007, 05:50 PM
For all the grit and hard work that the Knights have demonstrated all season long, this is a team that is just lacking in options at offense.

Given their tenacious defense, how can they possibly cover all five opposing players in red and white?

From the shortest to the tallest ... Hermida, Escobal, Menor, Aljamal and Ekwe, all five starters can and will score. All five have their own plays designed for them. Then, who comes off the bench? Gamalinda, who can explode for 20 pts if given the minutes. Then, Taganas who is smarter than the combined basketball IQ of two Knights big men and can ably score himself or pass to cutters with ease. Next in line is Lanete, kailangan pa ba sabihin what this kid can contribute?

If Alas and the Muralla boys feel that they can extend the series, imo, it is due to the shortcomings of Frankie Lim.

Let's face it, even during the pre-eason, Frankie's credentials has been questioned. Personally, I firmly believe Frankie Lim is good for the RL in the LONG TERM. I see him as a guy who will put premium on this coaching job than any other coaching job that may come his way, the PBA included. Frankie, imo, will provide the stability the RL needs in the head coaching post. But rookies will always be rookies. This applies not only to players but even to coaches.

Being a rookie head coach, he has a lot of learning to do. He is lucky to take on a "complete team". But he was not the first coach to ever have that luck. Koy Banal took on a program that has a "complete team at Team B". Baculi took over a PCU team that just won a title, but failed to defend it under his stewardship inspite of having Espinas, Castro and Belga. At the UAAP, the elder Banal, simply harvested the fruits of Lipa's labor. Even Austria, when Adamson made the final four last year, didn't exactly built that team. All these lucky coaches had competitive lineups when they took over.

Yes, Frankie Lim is lucky. But one can only imagine the tremendous pressure on his shoulders. The fact that he is coping, is testament to his character.

Kung ano pa man, the talent in that San Beda bench is what Frankie will ride on for now. Frankie will learn and will learn more. Not the Xs and Os, but the thought process that comes with coaching. That doesn't develop easily and soon. But after 14 games, Frankie has shown he can handle the job. He may still be short in experience, but for as long as he doesn't commit any blatant stupid mistakes, I seriously doubt if the Knights can extend the series.

Alas likes to play matchups. Observe his subtitutions, when he calls someone from the bench, he doesn't tell the player whom to replace. Malinaw, sa practice pa lang alam na bawat isa sino ang kapalit ng bawat isa. The starters know sino ang babatayn nila, and the bench knows na pag may pinalitan sila, walang sabi-sabi, alam nila sino ang babantayan nila.

Alas was probably waiting for that San Beda bench to come in last game, and his bench was ready for that. But Frankie practically played 5 men. Fielded in 3 others to give the starters water break. Alas was waiting and imo they lost the game waiting to unleash their matchups. But it never came.

I doubt if Alas will do the same waiting this game two.

So, Frankie be better smart. You don't use the same "gambit" on two consecutive games.

It may be unfair to blame one person, Frankie Lim, if San Beda fails to defend the crown. But is there anyone willing to blame anyone on that lineup?

As for Letran, if your best option on offense in the shortest and lightest guy in your starting 5, with the next best option being your prayers, I cannot imagine how you can possibly win the next 2 games. Hindi ko pa binabanggit, the Red Lions is one damn good defensive team when it put its mind into it, this the Knights will also have to contend with.

After all, at the final buzzer, this game is decided in favor of the team with higher score.

brownjapanese
09-23-2007, 03:10 PM
obviously! SAN BEDA...........