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  1. #1161
    Lions rule NCAA football; Eagles zero in on title

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    11:03 pm | Thursday, February 21st, 2013

    Flashing a fluid attack and a near-perfect defense, San Beda proved too classy for Arellano, coming away with a 2-0 triumph to wrest a third straight NCAA seniors football title yesterday at Ascom pitch in Taguig City.

    Neil Dorimon and Miguel Caindec struck on either side of each half as the Red Lions produced a dominant display in frustrating the first-time finalists.

    San Beda’s victory came on the same day Ateneo moved in the cusp of winning the UAAP men’s football crown after edging University of the Philippines, 5-4, in a heart-stopping penalty shootout at Moro Lorenzo Field.

    Yu Murayama starred for the Blue booters, equalizing with a header in the 83rd minute, before burying the spot kick that sealed the win in the shootout.

    Game 2 is set Sunday.

    Dorimon found the back of the net at the stroke of halftime and Caindec sealed the win from close-range five minutes from time.

    The Lions pulled off the feat even without head coach Aris Caslib, who had to attend to a prior commitment overseas. Eliezer Fabroada steered the Lions.

    San Beda skipper Nhiboy Pedimonte was named tournament MVP and teammate Ali Baldo adjudged best midfielder.

    It was San Beda’s 20th title overall, moving the Mendiola-based school to just one behind former NCAA member La Salle.

  2. #1162
    Stags target Final 4 slot vs Blazers
    By Cedelf P. Tupas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    11:52 pm | Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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    San Sebastian shoots for the remaining Final Four berth when it tangles with dangerous St. Benilde in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Game time is at 4 p.m. with the Stags, running fourth with a 10-7 record, expected to go all-out to complete the semifinal cast and shut the door on Emilio Aguinaldo College’s bid to crash the Final Four for the first time.

    But the Blazers are also determined to close out a season littered with heartbreak on a positive note.

    St. Benilde, which could have easily reached the Final Four if not for a string of close losses in the first round, would love nothing more than to play spoiler to the Stags’ bid to reach the next round. The Blazers are also hoping to end a six-game slide.

    “It’s going to be tough against St. Benilde, but the players understand that this is their chance and they want to make the most out of it,” said San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson.

    A loss by the Stags and a victory by the Generals on Saturday against the Mapua Cardinals will set up a playoff for the last Final Four spot.

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  3. #1163
    Lions zero in on 18th NCAA title
    By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 12, 2013 - 12:00am
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    San Beda’s Rome dela Rosa pulls off a tough shot against Letran’s Raymond Almazan and Kevin Racal during their NCAA men’s final showdown.

    MANILA, Philippines - San Beda unleashed its full might in the fourth quarter as it turned a see-sawing, fiercely-fought game into a runaway 80-68 triumph over Letran to move a win away from a fourth straight championship in the 89th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena in Pasay City yesterday.

    Nigerian Ola Adeogun and Baser Amer bucked a sloppy start by coming through in the second half as they scored all but two of their combined 27 points in that stretch to steer the Lions to the victory and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three title series.

    John Ludovice, relegated to a bench role by Roldan Sara, made the most of his rare stint in a crucial game and poured in all his 11 points in the fourth, including five straight points he capped with a triple that sparked a telling San Beda run.

    “Ola and Baser have the hearts of champions and they showed it in this game by coming up big in the fourth quarter despite struggling early in the game,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

    “Vice (Ludovice) also stepped up big for us and so the rest of the squad when our starters couldn’t get going,” he added.

    The Lions will shoot for their 18th championship in Game Two Thursday with the beleaguered Knights, who have 16 titles, vowing to bounce back and send the series into a winner-take-all match.
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    San Beda is also gunning for its first ever four-peat feat after being denied by San Sebastian four years ago.

    Interestingly, the last team that won four straight titles was San Sebastian led by Rommel Adducul, Banjo Calpito, Brixter Encarnacion, Ulysses Tanigue and Jasper Ocampo from 1993 to 1997.

    Letran coach Caloy Garcia said they simply lost their focus in the fourth.

    “We just collapsed in the fourth quarter, that’s the story of the game,” said Garcia.

    Mark Cruz led the Knights with 22 points while Raymond Almazan, the runaway MVP this season, and Kevin Racal had 16 and 12 points, respectively, but failed to regroup in the face of San Beda’s mighty finish.

    After a tied first quarter and a two-point lead by San Beda at the half, the Knights took charge in the third and built a 53-47 lead heading to the fourth as Mark Cruz hit two free throws off a foul by Francis Abarcar at the buzzer.

    But the Red Lions roared back and outscored the Knights, 33-15, in the fourth to win pulling away.

    San Beda and Letran fought to a gruelling first half as they played through gnawing pressure and woeful outside shooting that saw them hit just 10 of 34 shots for a nightmarish 29 percent clip.

    The only edge San Beda had in the first half was it made a triple in nine tries while Letran missed all its nine attempts from beyond the arc.

    The Lions, who outrebounded the Knights, 29-22, also struggled from the line, missing seven of 12 as against four-of-four by the Knights.

  4. #1164
    Mighty Lions maul Knights in Game 1
    By Cedelf P. Tupas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    10:06 pm | Monday, November 11th, 2013
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    ROME dela Rosa (third from left) of San Beda finds no room for a drive as teammate Ola Adeogun and Letran’s Kevin Racal (left) and Raymond Almazan clog the paint.

    With a mighty finishing kick, San Beda reminded Letran why it has been on top of the NCAA the past three years.

    Displaying the composure and explosive game that marked their reign, the Red Lions pummeled the Knights, 80-68, yesterday for a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series for the 89th NCAA basketball crown at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

    Ola Adeogun threw his weight around underneath, Baser Amer orchestrated the engame attack and Ivan Ludovice came off the bench to spark the offense as the Lions roared to a 75-62 lead heading into the last two minutes.

    “We stayed with our system and kept a defensive mentality to make stops and score,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who is hoping to give the school its 18th title overall.

    “But we just won one game and it’s not over yet. We have to be ready again in Game 2.”

    The Lions, champions in seven of the last eight seasons, can wrap up their fourth straight title with a victory on Thursday.

    Shackled in the third period, the Lions finished with a flourish as Amer, Ludovice and Adeogun combined for 26 of the team’s 33 points the final quarter.

    Adeogun finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, winning his matchup against newly minted MVP Raymond Almazan, who sizzled with 14 points in the third period after going scoreless in the opening half.

    Amer and Ludovice proved deadly from beyond the arc, combining for five triples as the Lions rallied from 47-53. The duo hit back-to-back treys before Adeogun capped the Lions’ 28-9 burst to start the last period.

    “I have to give credit to Vice (Ludovice) and Amer. Baser was missing shots, but he showed the heart of a champion,” added Fernandez.

    With Rome dela Rosa in foul trouble, the Lions also found an unlikely spark in Anthony Semerad, who hit nine points.

    The Knights looked in control after a 29-point explosion in the third period with Almazan and Mark Cruz finding their rhythm.

    But the fourth period belonged to the Lions.

    “We collapsed in the fourth quarter,” admitted Letran coach Caloy Garcia. “I think we played too soft.”

    Earlier, the Red Cubs moved on the brink of a fifth straight title with a 79-68 rout of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills in Game 1 of their series. Arvin Tolentino and Rev Diputado came up with big baskets down the stretch as the Cubs held off the third seeded Greenies.

    The scores:
    First Game (Jrs)
    SAN BEDA 79—Tolentino 21, Diputado 19, Caracut 16, Tongco 12, Abuda 4, Decapia 2, Abatayo 2, Mocon 2, Abude 1, Framil 0, De Villeres 0, Gumtang 0.
    CSB-LSGH 68—Rivero 34, Dela Cruz 12, Paras 11, Barrera 4, Lanot 3, San Juan 2, Ramilo 1, Gob 1, Salonga 0, RP Rivero 0, Abadeza 0.
    Quarters: 23-12, 42-32, 62-51, 79-68
    Second Game (Srs)
    SAN BEDA 80—Adeogun 16, Amer 11, Ludovice 11, A. Semerad 9, Dela Cruz 8, Dela Rosa 8, Abarcar 6, D. Semerad 6, Pascual 5, Sara 0.
    LETRAN 68—Cruz 22, Almazan 16, Racal 12, Ruaya 4, Tambeling 4, Belorio 4, Gabawan 4, Nambatac 2, Castro 0, Luib 0, Buenaflor 0.
    Quarters: 12-12, 26-24, 47-53, 80-68

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  5. #1165
    Red Cubs roar to historic sweep, five-peat
    By Joey Villar ( | Updated November 14, 2013 - 4:26pm
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    The San Beda Red Cubs pose after winning their fifth straight and 21st overall NCAA juniors basketball championship at the Mall of Asia Arena Thursday afternooon. Cris Cayanan

    MANILA, Philippines – San Beda weathered a big fourth quarter storm as it downed La Salle-Greenhills, 65-59, and complete a historic sweep of the 89th NCAA junior basketball tournament at the MOA Arena in San Juan City Wednesday.

    Former national youth team mainstays Ranbill Tongco, Joshua Caracut, Arvin Tolentino and Rev Diputado delivered the telling blows by firing 17, 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively, as the Cubs booked their first five-peat feat and a league-high 21st title.

    The Mendiola-based school also became the first team to sweep its way to the crown since San Sebastian, then led by Ryan Buenafe and Arvie Bringas, also completed a title-sweep five years back.

    "It's really a nice feeling helping the school win a championship," said San Beda coach JB Sison, who took over from Brit Reroma last summer.

    Tolentino, who had a team-high 21 points in a 71-68 Game One victory last Monday, ended up being named the Finals MVP that the 18-year-old Angono, Rizal native considers an added blessing.

    "I just want to help the school win a championship, this finals MVP is just a bonus," said Tolentino, who is being recruited by US NCAA Division I schools Duke and Rhode Islands as well as Ateneo, La Salle, National U and San Beda.
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    The Cubs led by as much as 20 points twice, the last at 30-10 early in the second canto and appeared headed to cruising the rest of the way.

    But San Beda fell in a stupor and relaxed too much, allowing the Greenies to claw their way back to within four points the last minute.

    Prince Rivero, the reigning league MVP, had another monster effort of 15 points and 18 rebounds after 34-point, 24-rebound performance in the opener.

    Rivero, former teammates of Tolentino, Diputado, Tongco and Caracut at Energen Pilipinas and part of the Phl team that represented the country in the World Under-18 3x3 championship in Jakarta, Indonesia, however, missed some key shots in the stretch that hastened their doom.

    San Beda's dynastic reign may also end this year as it will bid goodbye to 10 seniors after this school year.

    "We will have only five players left next year including Caracut so we're back from scratch," said Sison.

    The Scores (juniors):

    San Beda (65) – Tongco 17, Caracut 14, Tolentino 12, Diputado 10, Mocon 4, Abude 3, Decapia 2, Gumtang 2, Abuda 1, Abatayo 0.

    CSB-LSGH (59) – Barrera 17, Rivero 15, Paras 11, Dela Cruz 6, Abadeza 5, Ramilo 3, Lanot 2, San Juan 0.

    Quarters: 24-8, 39-28, 51-46, 65-59.

  6. #1166
    Knights seal Game 3 title clash with Lions
    By Cedelf P. Tupas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    10:33 pm | Thursday, November 14th, 2013
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    Letran Knights beats San Beda Red Lions, 80-86, in Thursday’s game at the NCAA finals’ game 2. Video by Noy Morcoso III/

    Letran responded to the challenge with a tough and resilient stand this time, repulsing San Beda, 79-74, yesterday to forge a winner-take-all Game 3 tomorrow for the 89th NCAA basketball crown at Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Knights, who lost the title-series opener by playing soft, according to coach Caloy Garcia, came out with plenty of fire behind Mark Cruz in the second half and managed to keep their hopes for a 17th title alive.

    Earlier, the San Beda Red Cubs punctuated an amazing season with a 65-59 thumping of La Salle Green Hills for a fifth straight juniors crown.

    It was San Beda’s 21st title overall, a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that the Cubs went unbeaten in 20 games this season.

    Cruz paced Letran with 16 points, 10 of them in the final period, and the Knights’ reserves finally showed up to stun a San Beda squad that looked ready to seal the title after an explosive finish lifted the Lions to a 37-32 lead at halftime.

    McJour Luib filled in impressively when Cruz was rested in the second half, where he had three crucial baskets, while Jamil Gabawan and John Tambeling combined for 13 points as Letran’s bench outplayed their San Beda counterparts.

    “The players really stepped up,” said Garcia. “I just challenged them. Our problem in Game 1 is that we were tentative. The other players were thinking too much about the game and we needed to find a way to ease the pressure from there.”

    Game 3 is slated at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, also at MOA Arena.

    Awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy before the game, Raymond Almazan wound up with 12 points and eight boards, before going down with cramps in the final minutes.

    But Ford Ruaya and Kevin Racal also provided solid support with 12 points apiece. The Knights did not wilt in the final period this time as Ruaya, Racal and Luib combined in an 8-0 burst after a 64-all deadlock.

    The Lions cut the lead to 69-72, but Almazan, Cruz and Rey Nambatac preserved the win for the Knights with clutch baskets.

    San Beda forward Art dela Cruz sizzled with four triples on his way to a season-high 23 points that went with 12 rebounds. Dela Cruz had the San Beda faithful in delirium when he knocked in back-to-back treys in a 30-second span to close the first half.

    But Baser Amer and Ivan Ludovice couldn’t replicate their fourth-quarter heroics in Game 1. Amer struggled, going 3-of-21 from the field, while Ludovice only had two points.

    Hobbled by foul trouble, Ola Adeogun still finished with 10 points and 13 boards. Adeogun buried a triple with 17 seconds remaining to trim the gap to 74-77, but Cruz, who was rested in the third period, sealed the win with two free throws, time down to 10 seconds.

    The last team to pull off a perfect season in juniors’ play was San Sebastian in 2008.

    The scores:

    First Game

    SAN BEDA 65—Tongco 17, Caracut 14, Tolentino 12, Diputado 10, Mocon 4, Abude 3, Decapia 2, Gumtang 2, Abuda 1, Abatayo 0.

    CSB-LSGH 59—Barrera 17, Rivero 15, Paras 11, Dela Cruz 6, Abadeza 5, Ramilo 3, Lanot 2, San Juan 0.

    Quarters: 24-8, 39-28, 51-46, 65-59

    Second Game

    LETRAN 79—Cruz 16, Ruaya 12, Racal 12, Almazan 12, Tambeling 8, Luib 6, Nambatac 6, Gabawan 5, Belorio 2, Buenaflor 0.

    SAN BEDA 74—Dela Cruz 23, Adeogun 10, Dela Rosa 10, Amer 8, D. Semerad 8, A. Semerad 6, Abarcar 4, Sara 3, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 0, Pascual 0.

    Quarters: 12-17, 32-37, 54-51, 79-74

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  7. #1167
    Perpetual nails third straight NC volley title

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    11:43 pm | Thursday, February 6th, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines—Showing tremendous resolve, Perpetual Help fought back from a set down to edge Arellano, 17-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-27, 15-6, Thursday in a pulsating winner-take-all duel and captured a third straight NCAA women’s volleyball title before a sellout crowd at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Honey Royse Tubino, playing the final match of her collegiate career, capped her tournament-long brilliance with a down-the-line smash at championship point, sending Perpetual Help’s adoring throng to delirium.

    Tubino’s spike capped what had been a difficult climb by the Lady Altas, who yielded the opening set and came close to a two-set deficit after a poor start in the second frame.

    With Tubino leading the charge, the Lady Altas battled back, taking the second and third sets, before recovering their fiery form when it mattered in the final frame to win the series, 2-1.

    Tubino pumped in a career-high 35 points. The Zamboanga native shed tears of joy amid the celebration.

    “I was already tired in the fourth set but I just didn’t want us to lose,” said Tubino, who won the Finals MVP honors adding to her Season MVP plum she earlier earned.

    The Lady Chiefs, who took Game 2 in straight sets, were left to rue a missed opportunity to pin the Lady Altas on the ropes when they grabbed a seven-point cushion in the second set.

  8. #1168

    NCAA Season 94 Preview

    UNIVERSITY OF Perpetual Help System-Dalta will be the host of the 94th season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as they open its centerpiece basketball tournament on Saturday (July 7) at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Unparalleled Heights In Sports Development” is this season’s theme as the country’s oldest collegiate sports organization also aims to build the student athletes’ character, leadership skills and values. Here are capsule previews of the 10 participating basketball varsities. READ MORE

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