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  1. #11

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    Malakas pa rin ang team na ito para pumasok sa Finals. They have the strongest front line in the NCAA so far.
    "The end justifies the means"-from Machiavelli? Nope.  :D

  2. #12

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    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?

    Go San Beda Fight!!!

  3. #13

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    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

    ..and fear neither FIRE nor BLOOD!!!

  4. #14

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    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.

  5. #15

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    ACL for Semira. He's done for this season.

  6. #16

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    Follow the Leader: Anthony Del Rio, SSC-R
    by Mia Domingo (

    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.

  7. #17

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    ACCEL-316 NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week: Calvin Abueva, SSC-R
    by NCAA Press Corps/

    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.

  8. #18

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    Stags end San Beda’s unprecedented win run
    by Adrian Dy (

    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

  9. #19

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    "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

  10. #20

    Re: Golden Stags & Golden Staglets in the NCAA Brazen@87

    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.
    "The end justifies the means"-from Machiavelli? Nope.  :D

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