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06-23-2011, 05:34 PM

[glow=gold,2,300]Team Preview
article & pic by: ncaa.org.ph/season87

They will be back with a vengeance to regain lost glory after bagging the title two years ago. The Stags will also parade a new Head Coach in Topex Robinson. With the departure of Ato Agustin, team consultant Turo Valenzona took over the chores up until Robinson got the go signal from his team, the Alaska Aces. According to Robinson, he will be implementing the same system that the Stags are used to. They will work on that in order to achieve the best result this year. Majority of the load will again be on the back of Calvin Abueva, who is heftier and more fierce coming into his third year with the squad. Ronald Pascual, who has mastered his touch from beyond the arc, will also be hot in the eyes of the other teams. His improved shooting from the outside earned him a title in the PBA-DLeague last June. He is slowly becoming an all-around piece for the Stags. Ian Sangalang, who also gained experience when he played in the D-League will have to be tougher in the middle. Semira and Del Rio, both playing their last season for the Red and Gold squad are also expected to give it their best when it comes to scoring and leading the younger ones. The departure of Pamboy Raymundo and Gilbert Bulawan left a huge void in the Stags' lineup but Robinson is positive that with a united and almost intact team like the Stags, they'll be able to inch the gap. A resounding name that could make waves is Bobby Balucanag, who stands 6'3 is a high-leaper and a hustle-type of player. He has earned the nods of the Sebastinians during the pre-season. Quite a number of new faces will also be paraded by the Stags, and with the leadership and the abilities of the veterans, they just might find themselves booking another trip to the Finals this year.

Season 87 Lineup

c - sangalang,miranda,magno
pf - abueva,balucanag,maiquez
sf - pascual, grilli, ferrer
sg - del rio,de lacruz,semira
pg - antipuesto,dela cruz, vitug

coach: topex robinson
asst coaches: egay macaraya, raymond valenzona
consultant: turo valenzona

06-23-2011, 05:36 PM
Stags a merry mix of veterans, rookies
by Peter Atencio@Manila Standard Today

WITH returning multi-titled coach Arturo Valenzona back in the fold and their last year’s core still intact, the Stags of San Sebastian College have every reason to be hopeful that they can stay in contention for the 87th National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball crown.

But Valenzona said his biggest challenge going into the tournament, which kicks off at the Araneta Coliseum on July 2, is how to get the Stags back in battle shape and into one cohesive unit with only days to go before they face the opposition.

“First and foremost in getting this team ready is basic basketball and stamina. Hindi pa naku-kumpleto ang team dahil sa games nila sa D-League. My problem is how to mold the boys into one solid team, and two weeks before the season starts may not be enough to do this,” said Valenzona, who replaced Ato Agustin.

The Stags, who finished with a respectable 5-2 record in the recent Filoil-Flying V tournament, have retained their core of six mainstays in 6’4” Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang, Anthony del Rio, Jonathan Semira and Jovet de la Cruz.

Aside from the veterans, the Stags will be reinforced by seven rookies, namely Michael Miranda, a transferee from Jose Rizal University, ex-damson cager AJ Vitug, former San Sebastian junior star Mark Magno, former Team B player Lester de la Cruz, Lyle Antipuesto from San Sebastian-Cavite, Krusyb Ferrer from Nueva Ecija and Bobby Balacunag.

Gilbert Bulawan, Raymond Maconocido, Leo Najorda, and Pamboy Raymundo, who were part of the Stags’ team that won the crown two years ago, have all graduated.

Valenzona, who will be assisted by his son Raymond, remains confident that the Stags still have what it takes to make it back to the finals.

“Kung mai-mold ko ang team na ito, na mag-bonding ang mga veterans at ang mga bago, wala akong rason na nakikita na hindi kami makapasok sa finals,” added Valenzona.

06-27-2011, 10:03 PM
Saw in Inboundpass that Stags will be mentored by Topex Robinson, is this true or just a typo error?

06-27-2011, 11:07 PM
NCAA Season 87 Preview
San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags
by: inboundpass.com

2010 record: 13-3 (second place; 1-2 in stepladder/playoffs, lost to San Beda in the finals via a sweep)

Head coach: Topex Robinson

Additions: Lyle Antipuesto, Bobby Balucanag, Lester dela Cruz, Kruschev Ferrer, Josh Grilli, Mark Magno, Michael Miranda, Arwin Vitug

Subtractions: Gilbert Bulawan, Erickson Gatchalian, Jayson Gatchalian, Rey Gorospe, Raymond Maconocido, Dave Najorda, Pamboy Raymundo

Holdovers: Calvin Abueva, Anthony del Rio, Jovit dela Cruz, Dexter Maiquez, Ronald Pascual, Ian Sangalang, Jonathan Semira

Background: Not even the Stags’ three-pronged Kapampangan attack could stop San Beda’s juggernaut as the Red Lions escorted the title across Legarda and back to Mendiola. The erstwhile champions, however, put a lot of distance between themselves and the chasing pack and loudly affirmed their role as premier contenders in 2k11.

Key changes: The exit of Raymundo and the three bangers (Gilbert Bulawan, Rey Gorospe and Dave Najorda) renders San Sebastian’s overall depth and bench a tad less talented than in 2009 and 2010. Center Michael Miranda, forward Bobby Balucanag and playmaker Lyle Antipuesto can turn out to be solid rotation players, while Dexter Maiquez has showed glimpses of improvement in the summer. New head coach Topex Robinson takes over from Turo Valenzona, who handled the squad in the summer.

Outlook: The three-headed monster of Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual and Ian Sangalang will be heavily relied upon to cushion the squad’s losses. As if they weren’t good enough to begin with, the three cagers polished their respective arsenals in the off-season even further, with Abueva tidying up his mid-range jumper and dribble penetration, Pascual refining his three-point shot and Sangalang putting more spunk into his shot-blocking and post play. It’s easy to assert that these guys are better than they’ve ever been in their respective careers.

Prognosis: If the Pampanga Triangle can generate some kind of support from the likes of Maiquez, Miranda, Anthony del Rio and Jonathan Semira, the Stags will have a more-than-legitimate shot at regaining the title they lost in Season 86. Notching 13-15 victories, along with a finals appearance, is plausible.

Regular Grey
06-27-2011, 11:11 PM
Anong nangyari?

07-01-2011, 09:52 AM
Calvin Abueva to serve suspension tomorrow
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:41 am | Friday, July 1st, 2011

MANILA—San Sebastian star Calvin Abueva won’t be around when Topex Robinson debuts as Stags head coach at the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tomorrow.

Abueva, one of the top MVP contenders last season, will serve a one-game suspension as penalty for infractions incurred last year.

“I told the players that it’s not an excuse [to play poorly] even if we don’t have Calvin,” Robinson, who replaced Turo Valenzona less than a week before tip-off, said yesterday.

Abueva committed three flagrant fouls last season, the last two during the championship series the Stags lost to the San Beda Lions.

“He should serve his suspension based on the rules,” said Management Committee chair Mike del Mundo of host Perpetual.

Abueva registered a league-best 12.6 rebounds aside from leading his team with an average of 16.3 points last season.

But he was slapped with a flagrant foul for elbowing San Beda’s Dave Marcelo in Game 1 of the Finals then got the same call in Game 2 for extra motion. He was also penalized for the same infraction during the eliminations.

The league automatically suspends a player who incurred three flagrant fouls, with the penalty taking effect in the team’s next game.

07-03-2011, 07:03 PM
Sangalang, Pascual give Stags lift past JRU
by: inboundpass

TWO-THIRDS of the Pinatubo Trio were enough to give first time collegiate coach Topex Robinson his coaching maiden victory.

Playing without the suspended Calvin Abueva, last season’s runner-up, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, overcame a late Jose Rizal University rally to take a 73-67 victory in NCAA Season 87 last July 2, 2011 at the Araneta Coliseum.

“It’s a blessing,” Robinson said after the game. “I told the guys, don’t even think we’re going to lose this game. In Calvin’s absence, someone can step up.” The former PBA player and San Sebastian alumnus was named head coach five days before the tournament began, taking over for his collegiate mentor Turo Valenzona, who shifted to a team consultant position on Robinson’s bench.

A John Lopez-fueled run by the Heavy Bombers cut a nine-point Stags lead down to a single point, 64-63, with 1:26 left on the clock. Out of a timeout, San Sebastian went down low to Ian Sangalang, who made a nifty layup from the post to hike the lead to three, 66-63. After Lopez’s layup was partially blocked, a mix-up on the defensive switch left Ronald Pascual with a wide-open shot with 41.6 seconds left and a hole too deep for JRU to climb out of.

“We executed that play because we knew they couldn’t match up with Ian [Sangalang],” said Robinson, when asked about the play he drew up. The duo of Sangalang and Pascual totaled 14 points in the fourth quarter and 45 overall, more than half of San Sebastian’s output. The former, a towering 6’6″ center, added 13 boards and four rejections, while Pascual had five more rebounds and two blocks of his own. They more than made up for the absence of Abueva, who served out a mandatory suspension for incurring three Flagrant 1 fouls over the course of last year.

San Sebastian led all throughout, going up 18-7 midway through the first and repelling numerous JRU rallies. Prior to the fourth quarter run orchestrated by Lopez, the closest JRU got was to within five, 50-45, thanks to five straight markers by Ronnel Carampil to close out the third.

Carampil, a rookie forward, topscored for the Heavy Bombers with 19 points off the bench. Lopez had an all-around game with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks, while Jeckster Apinan added nine points and 11 boards.

The scores:
San Sebastian 73 – Sangalang 25, Pascual 20, Semira 7, Balucanag 6, Maiquez 5, del Rio 4, Miranda 2, Antipuesto 2, J. dela Cruz 2, Vitug 0

JRU 67 – Carampil 19, Lopez 15, Apinan 9, Almario 6, Matute 5, Paniamogan 4, Kabigting 3, Villarias 2, Monserat 2, Mendoza 2, Gaco 0, de la Paz 0, Montemayor 0

Quarter scoring: 20-11, 37-27, 53-46, 73-67

07-04-2011, 08:35 PM
Staglets, Knights triumph
by :Theodore P. Jurado/journal.com.ph

LAST year’s runner-up San Sebastian Staglets and Letran Squires started their respective bids on a high note by defeating their respective foes in the NCAA juniors basketball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Rookie Michael Calisaan registered 19 points and 14 rebounds while Roniel Balid and Isaac Pante had 11 apiece as the Staglets turned back Jose Rizal Light Bombers, 70-58.

Mcjour Luib collected 21 points, nine boards and four assists while Rey Nambatac and Aldrin Serafica chipped in 17 points apiece to help the Squires hammer out a 72-64 decision over the Mapua Red Robins.

Ralph Molina scored 16 points and six rebounds while Rudolph Zuniga added 13 points and four boards for the Light Bombers.

National under-16 mainstay JJay Alejandro led the way for the Red Robins with 27 points, five assists and four rebounds while Kevin de Castro had 11 points and Ariel Basas contributed 10 points and 15 boards.

The San Beda Red Cubs, who is currently in Singapore competing in the ASEAN School Games, is the defending two-time juniors basketball champion.

07-04-2011, 09:02 PM
Untamed...Mukhang ikaw na lang nagiisa sa thread nyo? ;D ;D ;D

07-08-2011, 08:17 AM
Untamed...Mukhang ikaw na lang nagiisa sa thread nyo? ;D ;D ;D

Kaya samahan muna natin sya.. hihihihihihi

07-08-2011, 11:19 AM
Malakas pa rin ang team na ito para pumasok sa Finals. They have the strongest front line in the NCAA so far.

07-08-2011, 12:45 PM
It has actually been strong from the past 3 years. The main problem was the bench support after the starters are rested.

Unlike 2 seasons ago when they won the championship, Pascual was there if Aquino is rested, Maconocido would carry the ball handling while Raymundo is in the bench. So what happened last season when they lost the bench depth?

07-09-2011, 09:00 AM
Balanced San Sebastian fends off St. Benilde
by Adrian Dy
Friday, 8 July 2011

THE San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags peeled off a 10-2 start and never looked back, defeating the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 76-68 for their second win in as many games in NCAA Season 87 last July 8, 2011 at the Arena in San Juan.

The closeness of the final score did not accurately reflect the one-sided nature of the encounter, as the Stags led from start to finish, though the Blazers did try their best to make a game out of it.

San Sebastian established their first double-digit lead at 20-10, late in the first quarter, but three straight jumpers by Jan Tan cut into the deficit, 24-16 at the end of 10 minutes. A triple by Luis Sinco made it 33-27 midway through the second, but the Stags answered back with a 7-1 run, restored their double-digit advantage and took a 14-point cushion into the half.

St. Benilde made its biggest push after the break. A 19-8 burst led by Carlo Lastimosa and Paolo Taha narrowed the gap to just a triple, 57-54 as the Blazers threw various types of zone defenses that stymied the San Sebastian offense. The Stags gunners belatedly found their mark though, unleashing a 13-3 run capped off by five straight markers by reserve shooter Kruschev Ferrer to get the lead back up to double-digits, 70-57, and essentially sending the Blazers back to where they started at the beginning of the third. Another five point cluster by Ferrer gave the Stags their biggest lead, 15 points, 77-62, to kickstart the fourth, and the Stags simply went into cruise control after that, helped out by the fact that the Blazers decided too late to start intentionally fouling San Sebastian.

Playing in his first game of the season after serving out a suspension for accumulating three Flagrant-1 fouls in 2010, forward Calvin Abueva came off the bench to score 15 points, pull down 11 rebounds, and dish out six dimes. Ian Sangalang added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Ronald Pascual added 10 markers. All 12 players fielded in by head coach Topex Robinson scored at least one point as the former PBA pro made sure to give his bench players minutes, saying, “I don’t want to overuse these guys [the veteran players], it’s a long season.”

Lastimosa also made his Season 87 debut after a flu prevented him from playing last Monday. Last season’s Rookie of the Year finished with 20 points, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Robinson noted after the game, “He’s [Lastimosa's] the focal point of their offense,” explaining the extra attention his team paid to Benilde’s star player. Jonathan Grey added 12 points in 11 minutes, while former Ateneo Blue Eaglet Luis Sinco added 11 more points and six assists.

Despite the graduation of point guard Pamboy Raymundo, Abueva alluded to his side’s 25 assists, eight more than St. Benilde, and said, “Mas maganda pa ang ikot ng bola this season.”

The scores:

San Sebastian 86 – Sangalang 16, Abueva 15, Pascual 10, Ferrer 10, Antipuesto 9, Miranda 8, Maiquez 7, del Rio 4, J. Dela Cruz 2, Balucanag 2, Vitug 2, Semira 1

CSB 78 – Lastimosa 20, Grey 12, Sinco 11, Taha 9, Tan 7, Romero 6, Dela Paz 5, Pate 5, Altamirano 2, McCoy 1, Nayve 0, Deles 0

Quarter scoring: 24-16, 49-35, 70-57, 86-78

07-09-2011, 01:00 PM
I was able to watch the replay of this game. It's all Lastimosa for the CSB that's why it was so easy to defend against them.

Basta makita ni Lastimosa yung ring sige tira. There was this fastbreak when there were three of them without any Stag to stop them and a teammate was ahead of him but Lastimosa didn't even bother to pass and wanted the 2 points for himself. So much for teamwork and sharing the ball.

07-14-2011, 05:49 PM
ACL for Semira. He's done for this season.

07-18-2011, 11:10 PM
Follow the Leader: Anthony Del Rio, SSC-R
by Mia Domingo (ncaa.org.ph)

His opening statement was, "We're great! Whatever happened last year, wala na yun sa amin. Tapos na yun. Ibang storya na ngayong season." in a post game interview following their third straight win in as many games.

Seven rookies in their fold. Less than a month-old Coach in their turf. Things don't really come easy for the Recto-based San Sebastian team, to which their team captain replied with, "We're still adjusting. Mahirap at naninibago pa kami sa bagong sistema pero we're getting there."

Del Rio admitted that, he cannot fully assess his team's performance yet at this point. He particularly mentioned that,"Marami pa kaming lapses sa defense, nagkakapaan pa kami sa offense."

But, even with a rookie-laden team, he makes sure that everyone's on the same page in order for them to take each step together. He said, " I also remind them of their roles and responsibilities."

Being one of the eldest in the team, he sees to it that time together after practice or after a game is a must. They bond over pick-up basketball or just simply chill on campus, trying to know each other fully inside and out. Confident that he can orchestrate a favorable tune in every outing, Anthony said, "Walang pressure para sa akin. Basta lahat naman kami, ang focus or goal is to make it to the Final Four first. Then, hopefully, the championship din in the long run. We just focus on every game, we work hard and we give it our best."

Anthony particularly mentioned Jon Semira as someone who also have what it takes to be a leader but the Fil-Canadian gunner is also playing his final season this year. When asked who could follow his footsteps, he said, "It's Ronald Pascual or Calvin Abueva due to their discipline, sportsmanship and high-intensity hustle in every game."

En route to his final season, he recalled that his most memorable experience with the team was when they won the title two years ago.

So, why him? He said, "Last year kasi, si Pamboy[Raymundo] ang leader namin. I served as his 'backup' leader. It's like, ako yung co-captain so after nya, nakasanayan na din ng team na naglelead din ako, kaya finormalize nila yung pagiging team captain ko. And, matanda na din kasi ako, matured kung baga in terms of playing."

He will forever be grateful to the Sebastinian Community for the undying support they have given in every game, win or lose, rout or not. That's Roland Anthony Del Rio, a loyal and true Sebastinian at heart who dedicated his High School and College playing years to San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

07-18-2011, 11:14 PM
ACCEL-316 NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week: Calvin Abueva, SSC-R
by NCAA Press Corps/ncaa.org.ph ;)

Calvin Abueva earned the ACCEL-316 NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors after leading San Sebastian College to a third straight victory with strong, all-around effort in the 87th NCAA seniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The athletic, 6-4 Abueva collected his second double-double effort in as many games this season, registering a career-high 31 points and hauling down nine rebounds in the Stags 87-60 rout of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta last Monday in snaring the weekly plum backed by Gatorade.

Aside from his hustle, Abueva also made his teammates involved by playing facilitator and dishing out seven assists that speaks so much to his new-found role as the leader of this San Sebastian team seeking to regain the title it lost to last year's champion San Beda.

The weekly honor, presented by ACCEL and 316 and backed by Gatorade, is given to players who excelled during the recent week of NCAA basketball, the oldest and one of the most prestigious leagues in the land.

One of only two players averaging double-double this season, Abueva is averaging 23 points and 13 boards per game, aside from posting a personal-best 6.5 assists.

Abueva, who led San Sebastian to a title in 2009, leads the league in scoring and No. 2 behind Lyceum’s Allan Santos in the rebounding department.

“I want to maximize Calvin’s potential,” said Stags rookie coach Topex Robinson.

08-20-2011, 05:45 PM
Stags end San Beda’s unprecedented win run
by Adrian Dy (inboundpass.com)

WHEN it was all over, Calvin Abueva turned to the San Sebastian side of the San Juan Arena and took a bow. “Tagal namin pinaghadaan to’,” he beamed afterwards. He and the rest of his team certainly deserved it.

The San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags ended a 26-game winning streak by the San Beda College Red Lions stretching back to last season, 70-68 to become the last remaining perfect squad in the 87th season of the NCAA last August 19 at the Arena in San Juan.

Appointed to the head coaching position just a few days before the start of the season after Turo Valenzona took a step back and accepted a consultancy position within the team, neophyte college coach Topex Robinson pulled off a shocker against the veteran mentor Frankie Lim, leading him to say after the game, “I’m just humbled by this experience. As much as I want to celebrate, we just won half the battle…We played against a very good team, they never let up.”

With the score knotted at 68-all after an and-one play by fifth-year center Dave Marcelo, the Stags crashed the glass at the other end after missed triples by Ronald Pascual. Seeing that his outside shot wasn’t falling, Pascual drove hard and zipped a pass to Abueva, who nailed the basket that gave San Sebastian the eventual go-ahead score.

Defenses on both sides forced three consecutive turnovers, before an Abueva miss was ruled to have gone out of bounds, giving possession back to the defending champions with 24.9 seconds to go. Off a timeout, Anjo Caram missed a shot just within the three-point arc, despite getting it off over the outstretched hands of Abueva. Ian Sangalang hauled down the miss and was sent to the line, where the talented center, battling cramps, cracked under the pressure, and missed two charities that could have sealed the affair for the Stags. Abueva skied for the miss, but in the ensuing tussle for the loose ball, crashed into his own bench while trying to retain possession, giving the Red Lions once last chance to win the game.

Burning its last timeout, San Beda had 10.1 seconds to tough out a win. Garvo Lanete inbounded the ball to Rome de la Rosa, who perhaps killed too much time as the Red Lions leaped into action with around five seconds remaining with an air of panic. With seconds remaining on the clock, Marcelo launched a triple from the left corner in front of his teammates on the sideline, but the shot bounced off the rim, sending the gold shirts into a frenzy.
“I just told them, defense or rebounding is 10 percent technique and 90 percent effort. You just can’t give up in those possessions,” said Robinson of his team’s defensive effort in crunch time. “They have their talent already, it’s just a matter of sharpening the saw. Just making sure they know the importance of defense, rather than scoring on a team like San Beda.”

Pascual topscored for the Stags with 23 points, enduring an off-shooting night where he shot just 7-for-24 from the field and 2-for-12 from outside the arc. But, he stuffed the stat sheet to compensate, with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Abueva was his usual beastly self, scoring 21 on 50 percent shooting, making 6-of-8 from the line and grabbing eight rebounds, three assists and two swipes. Sangalang and Michael Miranda combined for 17 rebounds, helping San Sebastian edge their opponents in that category, 48 to 45, including 22 to 20 on the offensive boards.

After the Red Lions took a one-point lead after the first ten minutes, courtesy of a charity and a transition layup by rookie Baser Amer, San Sebastian’s went to work, holding the Red Lions to just 10 points in the second period, their lowest scoring output in a quarter all season. Back-to-back triples by Pascual, his only connections from downtown all game, and a layup by Sangalang built the Stags’ largest lead of the game, 32-23 with 1:36 left to play before San Beda ate into the deficit heading into the break.

Things flipped in the third period as Lanete exploded for 12 points, waking up the dormant San Beda offense. The fifth-year sniper knocked in a triple at the 5:15 mark to tie the game at 44-all, before charities by de la Rosa finally restored his squad’s lead, 46-44. Lyle Antipuesto, fresh off the bench, fired back with a triple of his own to put the Stags back up top, 47-46, and the two sides just traded punches from that moment on until the final moments of the encounter. By the final buzzer, the two teams tallied 21 lead changes and eight deadlocks.
Lanete led the Red Lions with 18 points, but disappeared in the fourth quarter, scoring nothing in the game’s last 10 minutes. Marcelo added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Jake Pascual scored seven and finished with eight boards, five dimes and five rejections before fouling out in the last quarter.

A lot of things needed to go right for the Stags to win this game, and a lot did for them as their defensive efforts paid off. San Sebastian held the best three-point shooting team percentage-wise to just 15 percent, halving San Beda’s 31 percent norm entering this game. They also managed to hold the Red Lions, for the most part, to half-court sets, conceding just 10 fastbreak points, down from their 16.5 average. The San Beda reserves, who average 39 markers a contest, were also limited to just 25 markers by the Stags. More importantly, the Stags ended what had been the longest win run in NCAA history.

Now at 9-0, San Sebastian enters the second round on a wave of momentum, which it hopes will translate into more wins as it starts the second half of the eliminations with a match against the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals next Monday, August 22. That’s also when San Beda will next see action against host school Perpetual Help Altas.

The scores:

San Sebastian 70 – Pascual 23, Abueva 21, Sangalang 9, J. dela Cruz 6, Maiquez 6, Antipuesto 3, Balucanag 2, del Rio 0, Miranda 0, Ferrer 0, Vitug 0

San Beda 68 – Lanete 18, Marcelo 15, Caram 8, J. Pascual 7, Sorela 6, Amer 6, de la Rosa 4, K. Pascual 4, Lim 0, D. Semerad 0, Villahermosa 0

Quarter scoring: 16-17, 34-27, 53-55, 70-68

08-22-2011, 07:48 PM
"NCAA 87: Calvin Abueva finished w/ 34 pts. (14/22 FGS), 14 rebs, 6 asts , Ian Sangalang w/ 18 pts, 25 rebs and Ronald Pascual w/ 16 pts., 5 rebs."

One hell of a performance by the big 3

08-26-2011, 12:30 PM
Do you think they would duplicate what their rivals (18-0 vs SBC's 16-0) last year or will San Beda (or even Letran) end it? Maganda siguro na regalo ito sa mga pagraduate na players.

08-26-2011, 01:18 PM
Imo, there are two combined factors that would prevent the Stags from going for a sweep-- their shallow bench and the long elimination of 18 games.

This may manifest in the period of Setp 30- Oct 12, at the end of the eliminations, where they play 3 games - Letran/ Sept 30, Lyceum/ Oct 5 and San Beda/Oct 12.

The spacing of the games isn't bad for the Stags, but going for 16th, 17th and 18th wins against these teams will be no picnic. Letran and Lyceum are always tough match-ups. No need to elaborate what is at stake in the game vs San Beda.

From hereon, what would be interesting is to see how Topex gets his bench more involve in offense. If he can lessen the load on the Big 3 and still remain undefeated, I'll pick the Stags to win outright their last 3 games.

Maybe that's another factor we have to consider -- Topex.

Paano nya pipigain ang bench, at kakayanin niya din ba ang pressure.

09-10-2011, 10:48 AM

"Abueva starred for the Stags with 27 points, 20 rebounds and six assists, though he accounted for a whopping nine of his team’s 21 turnovers. Ian Sangalang was a monster inside with a double-double of his own, 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Pascual and dela Cruz scored 11 each."

Another MVP performance for Calvin Abueva. And their winning. His other "Pinatubo" brothers are also MVP contenders. Abueva averages 21.8 ppg and 12.8 rpg, Pascual with 19.2 ppg, and Sangalang with 17.6 ppg and 11.9 rpg.Yung top three players nila nasa top five sa scoring. Kahit sila deserving din. Only a suspension might prevent him from not taking the MVP.

Wala ako problema sa bench if you have consistent trios like this. As long the bench is not a drag it would be OK. Hindi naman ganun. They have embraced their role.

If their is one factor that would inspire them to a historic 18-0 sweep? Its their hunger to regain the title.

10-02-2011, 07:25 AM
There will be a Final 4 as the Stags were defeated by Letran by a hairline to repeat what they did to the team in 2009 when former attempted for the sweep. History repeats itself.

Sweep no more: Knights end Stags’ win run
by Adrian Dy

THE Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights showed that history can in fact repeat itself.
Replicating their Season 85 feat, the Knights was able to snap San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ undefeated streak, ensuring a Final Four postseason format with their 82-81 overtime win in the 87th season of the NCAA last September 30 at the Arena in San Juan.
Kevin Alas drained a clutch three-pointer with 22.9 seconds left and hauled down Calvin Abueva’s miss to ensure that the Stags would not get a second look at the basket with seconds remaining in the game in a clutch display. “Siguro siyam na tira ko dun, wala [did not go in],” said Alas after the game, giving his theory on why his defender, Ronald Pascual, sagged off him on that crucial basket. Alas also said that he looked at his father and coach, Louie Alas, to see if he should shoot. “Ayaw niya akong tignan,” Kevin said, laughing, a sign that the decision was up to him. Luckily for the Knights, the shot was all net.
Down a point after 30 minutes, the Knights took a four-point lead after a Franz Dysam triple, his fourth of the game, to make it 58-54 barely two minutes into the period. Letran maintained that buffer all the way to the last minute and a half, on a baseline drive by Alas, but that turned out to be its last shot of regulation. On the other end, Pascual hit two clutch baskets to knot things at 72-all with 30.9 seconds remaining, forcing Letran to sue for time. Alas missed on the set play, but Kevin Racal grabbed the board, leaving his team with nine seconds to make a play. The ball went to Alas again, but he slipped on his drive, forcing him to kick it out to VJ Espiritu in the corner. The sniper heaved up a triple, only to see it sent back outside by Jovit dela Cruz, leaving 0.1 seconds on the clock. Off another timeout, Alas inbounded to an open Jam Cortes, but the big man missed his jumper, forcing the extra period.
In the overtime, Espiritu redeemed himself by draining a long bomb to put Letran up 79-76 with 1:38 left, before Pascual answered back with a triple of his own, followed by a layup with 1:10 left to give the Stags a slim two-point lead. Off a timeout, a bungled pass by Alas led to a fastbreak opportunity for San Sebastian, but the referees ruled that Abueva traveled, giving the Knights the possession that led to Alas’ triple.
“Salamat sa history,” joked Louie Alas after the game, referring to the last time the Knights faced the Stags with San Sebastian riding an unbeaten streak of this proportion. In 2009, Letran handed the eventual champions their first loss of the season, 80-63 on September 25. This game was far from a blowout of that magnitude, but the Knights didn’t mind at all.
Both squads battled hard in the first half, swapping leads along the way. In the third, back-to-back triples by Anthony del Rio, plus a pair of charities by Abueva, propped San Sebastian up 45-40, 5:47 left in the third. On the next trip down, a pump-fake by Raymund Almazan drew Abueva’s fourth foul, eliminating him from the equation until the latter part of the final period. A triple by Dysam and an and-one play by Alas finally put the Knights up 51-49 with 40.9 seconds left, but Ian Sangalang answered back with a hoop and a harm of his own to put San Sebastian up by one.
Kevin Alas led the Knights with 22 points, along with six rebounds, 10 assists and four steals in his 40-minute stint. Cortes added 13 points, seven boards and four dimes, while Dysam was 4-of-8 from downtown, which accounted for all 12 of his points. It was a fitting reversal of fortunes by the Knights after they had suffered an upset, 68-53 at the hands of the cellar-dwelling Perpetual Help Altas last September 26. “Dito ko titignan kung mama kayo, kung ano yung made of kayo,” said coach Alas. Clearly they responded well to his test.
The Stags were led by the 25 points of Pascual, who also added five rebounds and four assists. Sangalang chipped in a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Abueva played just 29 minutes because of foul trouble, but still managed 16 markers and a massive 20 boards.
At 13-3, Letran stayed a half-game behind the second-place San Beda Red Lions, but Alas said it didn’t matter if they were the second or third seed. They still have two remaining games, against the St. Benilde Blazers on October 3, and then a matchup against those same Red Lions on October 7. Meanwhile, the Stags dropped to 15-1, still good for first place. They have two remaining games as well on their plate, versus the Lyceum Pirates on October 5, and the Red Lions on October 12.
The scores:
Letran 82 – K. Alas 22, Cortes 13, Dysam 12, Belorio 8, J. Alas 8, Racal 4, Almazan 4, Cruz 4, Gabriel 4, Espiritu 3
San Sebastian 81 – Pascual 25, Sangalang 22, Abueva 16, dela Cruz 9, del Rio 6, Miranda 2, Vitug 1, Maiquez 0, Ferrer 0, Balucanag 0
Quartervscoring: 20-15, 34-34, 51-52, 72-72, 82-81

10-02-2011, 12:21 PM
Imo, there are two combined factors that would prevent the Stags from going for a sweep-- their shallow bench and the long elimination of 18 games.

This may manifest in the period of Setp 30- Oct 12, at the end of the eliminations, where they play 3 games - Letran/ Sept 30, Lyceum/ Oct 5 and San Beda/Oct 12.

The spacing of the games isn't bad for the Stags, but going for 16th, 17th and 18th wins against these teams will be no picnic. Letran and Lyceum are always tough match-ups. No need to elaborate what is at stake in the game vs San Beda.

Right on the dot.

10-12-2011, 06:56 PM
See you again on Friday...A really convincing win compared to the first round ;D

Kaya pala di na pinasok yung big three. May knockout game pa.

10-19-2011, 11:11 AM
Topex doesn't need this job. Ano man ang mangyari o kahitnan ng Stags, he should just resign at the end of their season.

Bastusan na ang nangyayari.

10-19-2011, 11:35 AM
Di kaya yun ang dahilan kung bakit nag-resign ang previous coach. Mas looking ahead lang yung una at nakita na ang kahihinatnan, kaya't 5 days before the start of the season ay bumitaw na rin.

10-19-2011, 10:29 PM
Kanina, walang nakialam sa coaching. Si Topex lang ang coach. Pati nga yung mga assistant coaches ay nanatiling nakaupo for most parts of the game unlike in the elims. Apparently they took notice of observations how Topex is being undermined and how confusing the situation becomes when there are more than 1 head coach.

10-26-2011, 02:20 PM
San Beda sweeps Baste, clinches 2nd straight title

Posted at 10/26/2011 2:05 PM | Updated as of 10/26/2011 2:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions defeated the San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) Golden Stags, 57-55, in Game 2 of the NCAA Finals to win their second straight championship and 16th in school history.

Anyway, Thanks to Baste for giving a good Fight!

10-26-2011, 02:26 PM
Calvin Abueva, what were you thinking...?

10-26-2011, 03:01 PM

He wasn't.

Don't ever flatter him by thinking that he's somehow thinking. ;D

The guy was blessed with physical attributes. But he's actually brain dead.

Pizza Guy
10-26-2011, 03:12 PM
I should see this replay.

10-26-2011, 05:46 PM
San Beda was leading 54-52 Baste ball. Abueva intentionally head butts David Semerad even before the ball was inbounded. D. Semerad hits one FT. Hindi na lumamang Baste. Tapos na ang boxing.

10-26-2011, 06:04 PM
San Beda was leading 54-52 Baste ball. Abueva intentionally head butts David Semerad even before the ball was inbounded. D. Semerad hits one FT. Hindi na lumamang Baste. Tapos na ang boxing.

Abueva got away with so many intentional cheap shots this season against the Red Lions. Akala niya siguro makakalusot pa rin siya. Unfortunately for The Beast, the blind refs saw it this time.

10-27-2011, 12:26 AM

He wasn't.

Don't ever flatter him by thinking that he's somehow thinking. ;D

The guy was blessed with physical attributes. But he's actually brain dead.

Topex was motioning to him to use his head..........

then,he headbutted David Semerad........

yun siguro sir ang pagkakaintindi nya.......... :o ;)

11-17-2011, 07:50 AM