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Fr Martin Cup Div II Opens July 13
(at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium)
8 am UE vsTrinity (jrs-A)
9:30 a.m. San Sebastian vs Trinity (srs-A)
11 a.m. St. Joseph vs CKSC-B (jrs-B)
12:30 p.m. Enderun vs San Beda (srs-B)
2 p.m. Adamson vs Mapua (jrs-B)
Five games will be fire off the start of the 11th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup basketball tournament this Saturday, July 13 at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.
The San Sebastian College Stags, a finalist last year, clash with the Trinity University of Asia Stallions at 9:30 a.m. in one of two senior division encounters, while the San Beda Red Lions will meet Enderun College later at 12:30 p.m.
In the junior division, the University of the East Junior Warrior battles the Trinity University of Asia Junior Stallions at 8 a.m. while St. Joseph-Bulacan collides with Chiang Kai Shek-B at 11 a.m.
Later at 1 p.m., the Adamson Baby Falcons takes on the Mapua Red Robins.
Commissioner Robert de la Rosa said a total of 36 school teams are joining the tournameny, including the defending champion University of the East Warriors.
The Warriors are among the 18 senior squads listed in the senior division, while Hope Christian School are among18 others in the junior, and they will seek back-to-back championship honors as well.
The tournament is for players listed in their school’s developmental team.
It is held annually during the ongoing first semester collegiate season, and has attracted member schools of the UAAP and the NCAA.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles are also participating and are bracketed in Group A with the UE Warriors, along with the Arellano University Chief, the San Sebastian Stags, the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, the College of St. Benilde Blazers, Lyceum Philippines University, Trinity University of Asia and Diliman Preparatory School.
Bracketed in Group B are the La Salle Green Archers, the University of the Philippines Maroons, the National University Bulldogs, the University of Perpetual Help Altas, the San Beda Red Lions, the Letran Knights, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, Enderun and Angeles University Foundation.
Hope is in Group A of the junior division, along with La Salle-Zobel, NU, UE, San Benildo, San Sebastian, Arellano University, Mapua and AUF.
In Group B are University of Santo Tomas, Adamson, San Beda, Chiang Kai Shek, Xavier, JRU, St. Joseph-Bulacan and AMA.
The 2004 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship series featured a pair of schools that had never won a title before – Philippine Christian University and the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta . Behind frontliner Gabriel (Gabby) Espinas, the first NCAA player ever to earn Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in the same season, the Dolphins scored a 2-0 win over the Altas in the best-of-three finals.
Letran copped an NCAA record-extending 16th seniors championship in 2005 before San Beda College began dominating the league with six titles and a pair of “three-peats” in the last seven seasons.
In 2006, following a 28-year title drought, the Red Lions survived past three-time finalist PCU in a three-game finals behind Nigerian center Samuel Ekwe, who duplicated Espinas’ feat as Rookie of the Year-MVP awardee in the same season.
It was the start of San Beda’s first of two title “three-peats.”
Only SSC-R broke through during the stretch with a 2-0 finals victory over the Red Lions in 2009. Behind hardworking and triple-double threat Calvin Abueva, the Golden Stags won their first 15 assignments, a league record in the collegiate division, and wound up with 19 victories, another all-time NCAA mark.
That same year, the NCAA added Emilio Aguinaldo College , Arellano University and Angeles University Foundation-Pampanga into the 10-member fold as guest teams following PCU’s leave of absence (and eventual departure from the league) due to player ineligibility issues.
In 2010, the EAC Generals and Arellano University Chiefs were back as probationary members.
San Beda College made history that season as it went 18-0, including 2-0 against SSC-R in the finals.
In 2011, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates joined the NCAA hostilities as a guest team.
That same year, San Sebastian College-Recoletos stopped San Beda College’s 26-game winning streak over two seasons during a first-round encounter. However, the Red Lions eventually wound up as the elims’ No. 1 seed following a playoff and swept the Golden Stags in the finals.
In 2012, SBC completed the elimination phase as the No. 1 seed for the seventh year in a row. The Bedans went on to beat upset-conscious Letran, 2-1, in the finals and set a new league record with their 17th seniors championship.
Led by three-time defending titlist San Beda College, the only founding member remaining in the NCAA, the same 10-school cast was back in action when Season 89 got underway last June 22.
Before their current success, which was built around elongated foreign recruits such as Nigeria’s Sam Ekwe (2006 and 2008 MVP), the U.S.’s Sudan Daniel (2010 MVP) and Nigeria’s Ola Adeogun, the Red Lions had not won during a 28-year stretch, or since 1978 when the Benedictine-run school kept its crown behind players Joaquin (Chito) Loyzaga Jr., Frankie Lim, Jayvee Yango, Cholo Martin, twins Joel and Noel Guzman, Louie Brill and league MVP Chuck Barreiro and coach Loreto (Bonnie) Carbonnel.
This season, San Beda is bidding to join SSC-R (from 1993-97) as the only teams in NCAA history to annex a fourth consecutive championship.
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After winning three straight seniors championships in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, San Sebastian College-Recoletos was looking to set another league record in 1996 – a fourth consecutive title that previously had not been attained by any school in history.
The Golden Stags were the first to turn in the trick.* Powered by dominant frontliner Romel Adducul, the team swept second-round winner San Beda College during the best-of-three finals to end up at 12-2 for the season.* Significantly, the championship success came in SSC-R’s 50th (Golden) anniversary as an academic institution.
The NCAA also welcomed Philippine Christian University as its seventh member in 1996.
SSC-R made it five titles in a row in 1997, registering a 13-0 record for the third perfect season in NCAA seniors history.* With a 12-0 regular card, the Golden Stags earned a twice-to-beat advantage against San Beda College in the finals and expectedly made short work of the Red Lions.
Mentored by rookie coach Arturo (Bay) Cristobal, the 1997 SSC-R squad is considered by many hoop fans as one of the strongest – if not the strongest – championship teams in league history.* The Stags were bannered by back-to-back season MVP Adducul, Aramis (Banjo) Calpito, Jasper Ocampo, Ulysses Tanigue, Brixter Encarnacion and team skipper Rommel Daep.
The six graduating players each won their fourth title ring, with Adducul, Calpito and Ocampo doing it consecutively.* The reserves on the team included Jerome Barbosa, Michael (Topex) Robinson, Alvin Pua and rookie Mark Macapagal.
In 1998, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was admitted into the NCAA as its eighth member.
Letran hit it big that year, claiming the crown behind season MVP Christian Calaguio and up-and-coming Kerby Raymundo, the league’s 1997 Rookie of the Year.* Coach Luis Francisco (Louie) Alas was a winner in his inaugural campaign with the Knights.
Rookie Vincent (Binky) Favis took over the Knights’ coaching reins in 1999 and piloted the Muralla-based school to another title.* Letran, which was bannered by season MVP Raymundo, Allan Salangsang and William (Billy) Moody, defeated Jose Rizal College (now Jose Rizal University) in a violence-marred championship series.* Along the way, the Knights became the first No. 4 seed ever to upset the top seed in the Final Four, having beaten San Sebastian College-Recoletos twice in a row to reach the finals.
It was the Knights’ 14th seniors title overall, tying them with Ateneo de Manila for the most number of championships in league annals.
At the turn of the millennium in 2000, College of Saint Benilde whipped fourth-seeded SSC-R in the finals for its first NCAA championship in just three years in the league.* The Blazers’ success, which was built around Sunday Salvacion, marked the quickest title finish by any school in the league since World War II.
SSSC-R ruled the games in 2001 and 2002 before Letran regained its lofty stature in 2003 with a three-game finals’ victory over Leo Najorda (the season MVP) and the Golden Stags and a league record-setting 15th seniors crown.* The Knights were built around guard Ronjay Enrile.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association took in Perpetual Help College of Rizal (later known as the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta) in 1984 and Trinity College of Quezon City (now known as Trinity University of Asia) became a full member the following year.
San Sebastian College-Recoletos captured the 1985 NCAA seniors crown in 1985.* It was the Golden Stags’ first title in a dozen seasons.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran registered back-to-back title finishes in 1986 and 1987 and SSC-R duplicated the feat of the Knights with a pair of championships in the next two seasons.
The NCAA’s hottest and most popular property at the time was Mapua Tech’s Alvin Patrimonio, who earned league Most Valuable Player honors in 1985 and 1986.
San Beda College rejoined the NCAA in 1986, the year Trinity College of QC was expelled from the league for non-compliance of league requirements.
In 1988, SSC-R became the first team in NCAA history to register a perfect record at 10-0, capturing the first- and second-round pennants for an automatic championship.* The Golden Stags were led by back-to-back league MVP Eugene Quilban and crowd-drawing Paul Alvarez.
Behind Quilban, a graduating senior, SSC-R retained the crown the following year, defeating upset-conscious Perpetual Help College in the three-game finals.* The Altas were bannered by league MVP Eric Clement Quiday and Rene (Bong) Hawkins.
Mapua Institute of Technology followed the path of Letran and San Sebastian College-Recoletos with back-to-back championships in 1990 and 1991.* Benito Cheng was the Cardinals’ hero in the deciding third game of the 1991 finals against San Beda College with a last-second twinner.
Letran was back on top in 1992.
SSC-R jumpstarted its five-year reign, the longest in NCAA seniors history, the following season.*
Led by season MVP Jesse Bardaje and rookie Ulysses Tanigue, the Golden Stags easily grabbed the 1993 title, clinching it with its eighth victory in nine games for a sweep of the double-round elimination phase and an automatic championship.* SSC-R dropped its no-bearing 10th and final assignment against Mapua Tech for an 8-2 overall record.* Stags coach Arturo (Turo) Valenzona snared his first NCAA championship.
In 1994, SSC-R registered the second perfect record in NCAA seniors history at 10-0 for an automatic championship.* John Rodney Santos and Romel Adducul wound up as the league’s MVP and Rookie of the Year awardees, respectively.
The following season, the Golden Stags became the fifth team in NCAA annals to score a title “three-peat,” sweeping Mapua Tech in the best-of-three finals to finish with an 11-1 mark.
SSC-R raced to a 9-0 start for a 19-game winning streak over two seasons before dropping its last regular assignment against season MVP Ruben Dela Rosa and the MIT Cardinals.