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Mocon, Tankoua set up Finals date between San Beda and LPU

San Beda University was without Robert Bolick for the 2018 Philippine Collegiate Champions League Semifinals. Still, they had NCAA Mythical selection Javee Mocon and Finals MVP Donald Tankoua. Mocon was brilliant all game long while Tankoua was big in the endgame as the Red Lions bested UAAP titlist Ateneo de Manila University, 57-52, on Monday at the FIloil Flying V Centre. The Mythical selection wound up with 22 points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block while the Finals MVP had 17-point, 13-rebound double-double on top of the win-sealing block to help their side remain unscathed in the tournament. With their fourth win in a row, they now advance to the Finals where they face off anew with rival Lyceum of the Philippines University. The boys from Mendiola had to dig deep to make it happen as team leader Bolick was ruled out due to a knee injury he sustained last Sunday. And so, San Beda found itself chasing down a five-point deficit early in the final frame until Mocon took over with seven straight points to grant his team a 46-44 edge. The Blue Eagles didn’t quit and tied the tally at 52-all inside the last 90 seconds before Matt Nieto bobbled the ball and saw Tankoua gather it and go all the way for a fastbreak layup. After defensive stops for the two teams, Mocon was then sent to the line and made good on two free throws for a 56-52 lead. Still with 19.0 ticks to make something happen, Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin designed a beautiful play to find Thirdy Ravena with a good look underneath the basket. However, Tankoua was also there to deny the attempt and shut the door once and for all. Not long after, the NCAA champions were celebrating a victory versus the UAAP champions. They are not done yet, however, and now turn their attention to the Pirates who are nothing but determined to get back at them. For the Blue Eagles, Ravena topped the scoring column with 11 points. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 57 – Mocon 21, Tankoua 15, Soberano 6, Cabanag 4, Carino 4, Abuda 3, Doliguez 2, Ejercito 2, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Noah 0, Oftana 0, Bahio 0 ATENEO 52 – Ravena 11, Verano 8, Nieto Ma 7, Maagdenberg 7, White 3, Asistio 3, Tio 3, Go 2, Mamuyac 2, Mallillin 2, Nieto Mi 2, Mendoza 2, Andrade 0 QUARTER SCORES: 12-9, 27-20, 37-37, 57-52 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 12th, 2018

Filoil Pre-season Cup: Ateneo holds off San Beda in battle of collegiate champs

UAAP champion Ateneo Blue Eagles survived a late run by NCAA titleholders San Beda Red Lions, 69-68 to remain unscathed in the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.  The Blue Eagles were up five points with 15.8 ticks remaining, 69-64, before AC Soberano launched and swished a corner triple which cut the lead to two, 67-69. Ateneo then turned the ball over, as San Beda fed the rock in the hands of their shooter Soberano, drove to the basket and got fouled inside with 10.2 left. However, Soberano missed the game-tying free throw, but the boys fro  Mendiola were able to get the ball back. Red Lion James Canlas got trapped in the corner, but passed it to the open Jayvee Mocon for the one-handed push shot, but missed it.  NCAA Season 93 Finals MVP Donald Tankoua got the rebound, but was not able to hit inside as Ateneo earns their second win in as many tries. San Beda meanwhile fell to an even 1-1 slate.  Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin clearly was not satisfied with the UAAP champion's effort, as they were sloppy throughout the contest, turning the ball over 20 times. "Well, it's only two games in but I'm kind of disappointed. Again, we are not worried about wins but our composure was poor. I think we reacted too slowly. San Beda was prepared for us and I understand that because their season is about to begin," the former Gilas Pilipinas head coach said after the game. Baldwin also ripped through his team's lackadaisical approach in the first quarter, ending up tied with their opponents at 11-apiece at the conclusion of the first ten minutes. "We played selfish in the first quarter. I think we were affected by the TV cameras. Cameras are good but we didn't do well. I'm very disappointed right now." Isaac Go was the highest scorer for Ateneo with 14 points, while new import Angelo Kouame tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds. Thirdy Ravena meanwhile recorded nine markers and 10 caroms.  Mocon led San Beda's offense with 17 points, and six rebounds, while Tankoua added 13 markers and 13 boards.  In the first game of the day, the LPU Pirates notched their first win in Group B, as they thrashed the JRU Heavy Bombers, 90-69. Four Pirates finished in double-figures, with Casper Pericas leading the way with 16 markers. Yancy Remulla tallied 15. Jarvy Ramos paced the Heavy Bombers with 12 points. In the second game, Arellano, also of Group B, got their first win at the expense of the San Sebastian Stags, 68-61.  Michael Canete scored 12 points in 31 minutes of action, while Levi Dela Cruz added 9 markers. Arjan Dela Cruz topscored for the Stags with 17 points.   THE SCORES: 1st Game: LPU (90) -- Pericas 16, Remulla 15, Pretta 11, Guinto 11, Mahinay 8, Liwag 8, Ibanes 7, Garing 6, Salo 6, Barbero 3. JRU (69) -- Ramos 12, Mendoza 9, Steinl 9, Estrella 7, Dela Virgen 7, Silvarez 6, Dulalia 6, De Guzman 5, Bordon 3, Butcon 3, Dela Rosa 2, Serafica 0, Ocay 0, Yu, 0. 2nd Game: AU (68) -- Canete 12, Dela Cruz 9, Concepcion 9, Dela Tore 8, Meca 6, Villoria 4, Alcoriza 4, Alban 3, Dumagan 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Cahigas 2, Codinera 1, Abanes 0, Sacramento 0, Chavez 0, Taywan 0, Camacho 0. SSC-R (61) -- Dela Cruz 17, Mercado 10, Sumoda 8, Villapando 7, Calma 6, Baytan 5, Cossari 3, Valdez 2, Baetiong 1, Calahat 0, Isidro 0, Risma 0, Abella 0. 3rd Game: ADMU 69 - Go 14, Kouame 12, Ravena 9, Nieto Mi. 8, Nieto Ma. 7, Navarro 6, Credo 6, Asistio 3, Mamuyac 32, Maagdenberg 2, Belangal 0, Mallillin 0. SBU 68 - Mocon Ja. 17, Tankoua 13, Soberano 7, Doliguez 6, Nelle 4, Oftana 4, Toba 4, Cuntapay 4, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Canlas 2, Tongco 0, Abadeza 0, Cabanag 0, Mocon Ju. 0. --   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

NCAA Finals rematch set as San Beda faces Lyceum for PCCL title

It will be San Beda and Lyceum for all the marbles once again. Sans Robert Bolick, the Red Lions leaned on Javee Mocon to escape Ateneo, 57-52, and advance to the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Mocon led the way with 21 points and four rebounds to make up for the absence of Bolick, who sat out due to minor knee issues. "I really commend my players for stepping up in the absence of Robert," said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who will face the Pirates in the finals. "It's really a big shoes to fill for us with Robert out." Donald Tankoua scored eight of his 15 markers, including the go-ahead three-point play wit...Keep on reading: NCAA Finals rematch set as San Beda faces Lyceum for PCCL title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

NCAA champ San Beda set to see action in Dubai Invitational

San Beda College is one of only three teams in the NCAA which will not be seeing action in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Red Lions will be getting left behind in terms of preparations. The defending champions of the NCAA will the Philippines’ representatives in the 29th Dubai International Basketball Tournament from January 19 to 26. For them, carrying the flag is nothing but an honor. “We got this rare invitation to join this prestigious tournament and represent the country against top teams in West Asia. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the top competition and a great honor to play in front of our fellow Filipinos in Dubai,” team manager Jude Roque said. Fronting the fight for San Beda will be Gilas Pilipinas 2023 prospects Robert Bolick, Kemark Carino, and Javee Mocon. “Our players will surely gain (a lot) from this experience. We expect them to come back home as a better team,” Roque said. Flanking them will be Finals MVPs Donald Tankoua and Arnaud Noah, Franz Abuda, Ben Adamos, JB Bahio, Jeramer Cabanag, Clint Doliguez, Calvin Oftana, Jomari Presbitero, AC Soberano, Eugene Toba, and Radge Tongco. The Red Lions will be mentored by multi-titled mentor Boyet Fernandez and assistant Gino Manuel along with statistician Benjie Berro, physical therapist Mike Sunga, and liaison officer Joey de Jesus. Winners of 10 of the last 12 NCAA tournaments, they will now try their luck against the likes of United Arab Emirates national team; Lebanese clubs Al-Hikma, Al-Riyadi, and Homentmen; Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek; Libyan club Al-Nasr; Moroccan club AS Sale; and Tunisian club ES Rades. A year ago, the Philippines was represented by Mighty Sports which registered a 1-5 record in the invitational tournament. San Beda, along with Arellano University and Mapua University, opted not to join the PBA D-League. Conversely, all of Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Wangs Basketball), College of St. Benilde (Go for Gold), Emilio Aguinaldo College (Batangas), Jose Rizal University, Lyceum of the Philippines University (Zark’s Burgers), San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Che’Lu Bar and Grill), and University of Perpetual Help will be seeing action in the tournament commencing on January 18. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Here come the Lions

  The magnitude of the occasion was more than enough to draw out a career game from San Beda star Javee Mocon. With his team's run of finals appearances on the line, Mocon pumped in 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as the Red Lions turned back the San Sebastian Stags, 76-71, Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena to forge a championship duel with Lyceum in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament. The Lions came out strong even after a 19-day break as Robert Bolick and Donald Tankoua also dished out solid games to keep San Beda's bid alive for a 10th title in 12 seasons. But it was Mocon's workmanlike performance in the physical and bruising duel with the Stags that stood ou...Keep on reading: Here come the Lions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

LPU barges into Finals for first time after besting San Beda in 2OT classic

Lyceum of the Philippines University is not yet done making history in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. And not even defending champion San Beda College can do anything about it – not right now, at least. CJ Perez’s star shone anew, but Mike Nzeusseu proved to be the difference as the Pirates edged out the Red Lions in a double overtime classic, 107-105, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Perez tallied 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals while Nzeusseu posted a humongous double-double effort of 27 points and 21 rebounds to go along with two blocks. “Credit goes to the players. They just didn’t wanna give up,” head coach Topex Robinson said post-game. It was also those two who made good on four of six free throws that turned a two-point deficit with under two minutes remaining to a two-point win. Arnaud Noah and Robert Bolick went back-to-back to grant San Beda a 105-103 lead with 1:29 remaining before Perez’s split from the stripe and Nzeusseu’s 2-of-2 trip at the line gave back the lead to the Intramuros-based squad. “San Beda is a strong team. It’s just a testament of working together as a solid group,” their mentor said. Down by one with 12.7 seconds left, the Red Lions gave the ball to Bolick to make something happen, but his try over the outstretched arms of MJ Ayaay and Nzeusseu only hit the front of the ring. Seconds later, another split from the stripe by Perez sealed the deal in LPU’s gritty win. With the gritty win, LPU completes an elimination round sweep last accomplished by San Beda in 2010. With the gritty win, LPU resets the best start to the season in the history of the oldest collegiate league in the country at 18-0. With the gritty win, LPU automatically advances into the championship round – their first trip there since joining the NCAA in 2011. “It’s still a long way to go. There’s still so much that we have to work on,” Robinson said. Birthday boys Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino also added a combined 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals. The Pirates were already well on their way to a win with Perez granting them a one-point lead with 1.5 ticks to go in the first overtime. The Red Lions were given a break, however, as a controversial call was assessed on Jaycee Marcelino, sending Bolick to the line. The King Lion missed the first before making the second, sending the game to another extra period. There, Bolick still tried his best to take down the league-leaders, but was thwarted by Perez and Nzeusseu. He wound up with 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Donald Tankoua was a force with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks while Javee Mocon chipped in a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double. All of it still weren’t enough to deny LPU’s shot at history. And now, San Beda will have a longer, tougher road to the Finals. With the rule change, they will no longer have any twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder playoffs despite ending the elimination round at 16-2. BOX SCORES LPU 107 – Nzeusseu 27, Perez 20, Marcelino JC 9, Caduyac 9, Pretta 8, Santos 8, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Marcelino JV 4, Ibanez 1 SAN BEDA 105 – Tankoua 34, Bolick 16, Mocon 14, Doliguez 13, Abuda 8, Presbitero 6, Soberano 5, Noah 4, Oftana 3, Cabanag 2, Potts 0, Bahio 0, Adamos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-22, 56-46, 70-69, 85-85, 97-97 (1OT), 107-105 (2OT) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

San Beda dismantles Gilas Cadets in 21-point blowout

San Beda University ripped apart a disorganized Gilas Cadets side with a punishing 91-70 blowout win Sunday to bounce back from a previous setback in Group A of the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Red Lions bared their teeth right from the get-go to bury the Asian Games-bound national team early and cruised to their second win in three outings. “My boys played today. I challenged them today that the character of the team will be tested, on how we will comeback after that loss against Ateneo,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose wards played their last game before flying to Miami, Florida next week for their US training. James Canlas led the Red Lions, who will back in the tournament on June 1 against University of the Philippines, with 16 points while Jeramer Cabanag had 15. Donald Tankoua finished with a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Javee Mocon had eight markers and 10 boards for San Beda.          The Red Lions ballooned their lead to 78-47 off a fastbreak layup from Calvin Oftana with 6:28 left in the game. Gilas tried to mount a rally that came a little too late, bringing their deficit down to 80-62 with 4:01 left off a Ricci Rivero slam dunk. But San Beda answered with a couple of baskets to quell the run and walk away with a morale-boosting win. National University Bullpup Carl Tamayo spearheaded the Gilas Cadets with 13 points while Kobe Paras and JJ Alejandro chipped in with 11 markers each.   Box scores: San Beda (91) – Canlas 16, Cabanag 15, Tankoua 13, Mocon 8, Soberano 8, Oftana 7, Carino 5, Tongco 5, Presbitero 4, Eugene 4, Abuda 2, Cuntapay 2, Mocon Ju 2, Bahio 0, Burri 0, Abadeza 0. Gilas  (70) – Tamayo 13, Paras 11, Alejandro 11, Rivero Ri 9, Tolentino Ar 7, Ambohot 7, Tuffin 4, Gozum 4, Tratter 2, Desiderio 2, Gomez de Liano Ju 0, Rivero Pr 0, Tolentino Vi 0.   Quarter scores: 20-15; 45-30; 67-43; 91-70.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Filoil: San Beda pips NU

Defending champion San Beda got its title retention bid running with a 71-61 victory over National University in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Javee Mocon led the Red Lions in the win with 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while JB Bahio got things done in the paint with his 10 points and five boards. Cameroonian big man Donald Tankoua and James Canlas both had nine. "We have been working on our individual defense and it worked when we stopped their scoring at 61 points," said coach Boyet Fernandez. San Beda was able to pull through with the win despite the absence of lead guard Robert Bolick, who is still r...Keep on reading: Filoil: San Beda pips NU.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title

Lyceum avenged its heartbreak in the NCAA Finals and got back at San Beda, 70-66, to take the national title of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Pirates limited the NCAA champions to just nine points in the fourth quarter while scoring 16 of their own en route to the crown. After San Beda took a 58-57 lead early in the fourth on Javee Mocon's free throw, Lyceum raced to a 9-0 run capped off by two charities from Jaycee Marcelino to take a 66-58 buffer with 4:21 left. The Red Lions managed to cut the deficit to four, 68-62, after Clint Doliguez converted on a three-point play, but Marcelino answered with an elbow jumper and ex...Keep on reading: Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

BEST OF 5 PART 4: Credit to coach Boyet Fernandez, says San Beda

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. Read Part 3 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. --- San Beda College has not only had top-tier players through its dynastic 12-year run, it has also had top-level coaches. Of the 10 championships in 12 years they have won, Frankie Lim called the shots for four, Boyet Fernandez led the way for three, and all of Koy Banal, Jamike Jarin, and Ronnie Magsanoc had one apiece. Next year, Fernandez has a chance to match Lim’s total. While that is not yet sure to happen, there is one thing that Fernandez is sure to do: just as he has always had, he will deflect all the praise away from himself. FOR AND AGAINST From then to now and onto the future, reporters are certain to hear the very same first four words in each and every one of Fernandez’s post-game conferences: “Credit to the boys.” From the times of Ola Adeogun and Baser Amer before to Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon now, the Red Lions’ mentor never fails to make it known that all the wins are because of his boys. He will also make it a point to laud the effort of their opponents and his counterpart coach. In fact, just in the most recent season, he had nothing but good words for Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Topex Robinson, San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Egay Macaraya, and archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Jeff Napa – coaches of teams which have trained their targets on toppling the Mendiola dynasty. BECAUSE OF YOU After steering San Beda to perhaps its most dramatic title since its drought-ending one in 2006, however, the players themselves are saying it’s high time to give Fernandez his due. “Coach Boyet really deserves this championship. I want to thank coach Boyet dahil siya ang nagtulak sa aking mag-grow sa basketball,” Robert Bolick said. “Ginawa niya akong MVP. Kaya na ako ganito dahil sa kanya.” Bolick had a solid first season in red and white under Jarin in 2016, but truly blossomed under the watch of Fernandez in 2017. From a defensive stopper, the heady guard transformed himself into a complete player and had himself recognized as PBA D-League MVP as well as one of the top talents in the NCAA. BELIEVE WHAT I SAY Not only that, Bolick has also proven himself to be one of the most clutch players in all of college. The 21-year-old dropped seven points in the last two minutes in Game 1 of the Finals and then scored seven points in the last five minutes in Game 2. And perhaps there was no shot that defined all they had to overcome than this cold-blooded triple from “Big Shot Bolick.”   Robert Bolick breaks out LeBron celebration after the dagger against LPU. #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/33kzBDvuUC — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 16, 2017   As it turns out, those shots may not have gone in if not for Fernandez. “Since the start of the season kasi, coach Boyet wants us to shoot before and after training. He always tells me na I can shoot from the outside kaya ayan, nakita na nga natin,” Bolick said. WE GOT THIS For that full faith, the Red Lions promised to win the championship for their mentor – even though just about everybody was seeing a historic season from the then league-leading Pirates. “Noong natalo kami (ng LPU) two times, nag-team building kami and I told coach na he’s going to have to trust us. For me, for all of us, the only thing na makakabawi kami for coach for everything he’s done, is with the championship,” Bolick shared. He then continued, “I always told him, ‘I got you.’ Para sa kanya talaga ‘to.” True to form, however, right after they finally won that dramatic title, Fernandez made it a point to mention his predecessor for setting the table for him. “Coach Jamike is a very good coach and he won a championship for San Beda. Kaya nga sabi ko dati pa, I will defend the crown for him,” he said. FOR LIFE Next year, it will be the crown he won himself that he will be defending. By then, there is no doubt whatsoever that Fernandez will be giving credit where credit is due – just not for himself. And for him, there is no place he’d rather be doing that in than Mendiola – for now until the foreseeable future. “Sana I’ll continue to coach San Beda. Of course, it will be up to the bosses and I will respect whatever their decision will be,” he said. He then continued, “But if I will be asked to stay with San Beda, pwede bang lifetime na?” Boyet Fernandez, lifetime head coach of San Beda? Sounds good to us. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

BEST OF 5 PART 3: Is San Beda the king of college basketball?

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. --- San Beda College is the only undisputed dynasty in all of college basketball in the Philippines. In the UAAP, since Ateneo de Manila University’s five-peat, four different teams have won the championship. In the CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.), both Southwestern University and University of Visayas have caught up with University of Cebu. In the NAASCU (National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities), Centro Escolar University had been the standard, but are no longer in the league. Compare that with what the Red Lions have done in dominating the last 12 years of the NCAA? Only twice during that span have they not been crowned as kings there – and even during those two times, they finished close second. EXTENDED EMPIRE Mendiola’s dynasty isn’t contained to their mother league, even. Teaming up with Cignal HD, they won the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. There, current players Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon were key cogs, with the former even recognized as Conference MVP. They were also the winners in two of the last three Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournaments as well as the two most recent National Collegiate Championships. Going by championships alone, there is no other collegiate team that could touch San Beda. Present day team manager Jude Roque believes as much. “Right now, it’s fair to say we have the best program in all of college basketball here if only for the number of major championships in the last five years,” he said. VISION-MISSION While all that winning has been, of course, primarily because of all the top-tier talent they have had in the last dozen years, that top-tier talent would not have been Red Lions if not for an aligned team management as well as instrumental mentors in the likes of Koy Banal, Frankie Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Boyet Fernandez, and Jamike Jarin. As Roque put it, “It’s a combination of good recruitment, good coaching, and proper team management.” He then continued, “Of the three, recruitment is still the biggest key to success in college basketball. Of course, it helps that we have generous alumni patrons led by boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan).” That much was evident right from the very beginning when, now serious about contending, they brought in Nigerian powerhouse Sam Ekwe and also reeled in Borgie Hermida, one of the top talents in Juniors then who just so happened to be a San Beda Red Cub. Ekwe proved to be the first in what is now a long line of impactful reinforcements they have had in Sudan Daniel, Ola Adeogun, and Donald Tankoua. Meanwhile, Hermida was the pioneer in Cubs turned Lions – something Renren Ritualo and LA Tenorio didn’t do before but is now a common sight in the likes of Baser Amer and Javee Mocon. CULTURE CHANGE Add to that how, right from the get-go, the Red Lions were able to mine hidden gems such as Alex Angeles and Yousif Aljamal. In fact, in Banal’s eyes, it was those two who set the tone for what is now the only undisputed dynasty in all of college basketball in the Philippines. “I believe it all starts with leadership and I was just thankful and blessed that I had captain Alex Angeles and co-captain Yousif Aljamal,” he said, looking back at that magical championship run in 2006. He then continued, “I talked to them, sabi ko lahat ‘to magsisimula sa atin. Kayo ang tinitingala ng players kaya kailangan ko ng tulong niyo. I told them na if I’m expecting somebody to finish the drills first, that (would be) you guys. The rest is history.” WINNING IS CONTAGIOUS Indeed, the rest is now history and Mendiola has, time and again, taken in promising players and turned them into championship contributors. That winning tradition has also led to even transferees choosing to go there. Such was the case for Bolick who had already won a championship with De La Salle University, but saw a greater opportunity and a bigger legacy in red and white. “I chose San Beda because of coach Jamike. He told me he will give me a chance to play,” he shared. He then continued, “But that’s just one reason. I really wanted to play in a winning culture. I wanted to win again, yun lang.” Bolick, who hailed from College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, could have been a Blazer or could have enrolled in a few other schools who had interest in him. However, he ultimately chose San Beda for its winning tradition. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER A winning tradition that was seen through from management to coaches to players to community. “Maraming magagandang schools with a solid educational program and a very good basketball program, but dito sa San Beda, everybody works hand-in-hand so we will have a consistent winning tradition year after year,” Fernandez said. A winning tradition that had been witnessed firsthand by Mocon, beginning in high school, that he didn’t even have to think twice about staying. “The unending support of MVP and the excellent support of San Beda are the key factors for this winning tradition. Talent is never wasted in San Beda – there are always results to the time and work you put in,” he said. A winning tradition that gives San Beda the most rightful claim as the only undisputed dynasty in all of college basketball in the Philippines. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Finals MVP Tankoua isn’t even at 100 percent yet

Without a doubt, it was Robert Bolick who took charge when it mattered most for San Beda College in the two-game Finals of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Also without a doubt, however, was that Donald Tankoua imposed his will all throughout both games. And so, with averages of 22 points, 18.5 rebounds, and one steal, the Cameroonian powerhouse was the runaway Most Valuable Player in the Finals. Of course, he was going to give his all after he missed out on the Finals a year ago. Last season, the Red Lions’ big man had for himself a dominant first round before tearing the ACL in his right knee. He was then forced to watch from the sidelines as his team made their way all the way to a championship. Now, Tankoua played a big part in back-to-back championships. “I really wanted to win. I did all my best because I missed this last year,” he told reporters post-game. As it turns out, however, the 23-year-old did all that while still making his way back to full health. Talking about his right knee, he shared, “It’s not yet fully healed. I still feel pain sometimes.” He then continued, “Actually, I’m still doing therapy.” Still, Tankoua said he was doing anything and everything to help San Beda. “I just went there and played my heart out to win the game. I just played, that’s all,” he said. And for that, he got nothing but good words from his teammates. “No one deserves (Finals) MVP, but him. Sinasabi ko last year pa, he’s one of the best imports here in college,” Bolick said. He then continued, “Kahit galing siyang injury, he fought with his all.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

NOTHING EASY: Potts makes his NCAA exit on top

After winning back-to-back NCAA championships, Davon Potts will have some time to celebrate before he makes the transition to the PBA. Potts, drafted by the Alaska Aces a couple of weeks ago, says that he doesn't have to report to his new team right away especially after him and the rest of the San Beda Red Lions completed a Finals sweep of the Lyceum Pirates Thursday for the NCAA Season 93 title. "I just texted coach Alex Compton right now, it's funny. He said report on Monday," Potts said after he officially wrapped his San Beda career with yet another ring. After bursting to the scene last season as the Red Lions' "Mr. Fourth Quarter", Potts had a relatively pedestrian second season with San Beda. It showed because his draft stock dropped so hard the Aces landed him late in the second round, a steal according to a lot of people. Still, despite an okay regular season, Potts saved his best for last in the Finals, helping the Red Lions take down the 18-0 Pirates. He averaged a solid 15 points a game in the Finals, a reliable  third option behind the clutch Robert Bolick and Finals MVP Donald Tankoua. "I have mixed feelings. I mean, it was really hard for me this year," he said. "It's a combination of character and attitude. I keep a lot of things at the back of my mind with my history with San Beda, I owe it to them for bringing me here. Just making sure that we live the legacy and continue the championship [tradition]. Make sure we have that winning culture here," Potts added. Winning a championship, Potts says that staying at San Beda was worth it. Even if he had some struggles along the way. "This is a testament to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how much you have to go through, you can always bounce back," he said "That is a testament to all the people that look up to me and make sure that nothing is easy, you have to earn it," Potts added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Tankoua wins NCAA Finals MVP in comeback season

Limited to a spectator in last year's Finals, Donald Tankoua watched intently as his San Beda squad celebrated another title. The Cameroonian, who tore his ACL on his right knee late in the first round, wished he could have contributed to the title romp over Arellano. With that in mind, Tankoua dilligently worked the hardest to regain his peak form in time for Season 93. READ:San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championship Though he couldn't get to the level he desired, he stayed the course and did his part in coach Boyet Fernandez' system to once again earn a spot in the Mythical Team. And in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, Tankoua made up for lost chance, averaging 22.0...Keep on reading: Tankoua wins NCAA Finals MVP in comeback season.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

San Beda’s Mocon: ‘Mas malaki ang heart namin cause we’re the champions’

Lyceum of the Philippines set the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament on fire in the elimination round. Coming into Game 1 of the best-of-three Finals, however, they didn’t have something San Beda College had in abundance – championship experience. And so, the Red Lions finally solved the puzzle that once was the Pirates to seize a 1-0 lead in the series last Friday. Along with moving one win away from their league-leading 21st title, the Mendiola-based squad wanted nothing more than to flex the muscles of their championship experience. “This is the Finals, this is a test of character. We’d like to show everybody na sinasabing Lyceum has all the heart,” veteran forward Javee Mocon said. He then continued, “We’d like to show na mas malaki ang heart namin ‘cause we’re the champions.” Indeed, that heart has been proven time and again in the last decade or so as they have won nine of the last 11 championships. Now in a series where they are the unlikely underdogs, San Beda actually has extra fuel to the fire. “We want to show everybody na we’re the best team. Lahat, pinag-uusapan sila e,” Mocon furthered. He then continued, “Kami, low-key lang, pero we will show everybody na ‘di kami mag-back down.” Indeed, being all too familiar in playing on the biggest stage and under the brightest lights is the Red Lions’ biggest advantage over their upstart challengers. “The last 12 years na Finals kami, siyempre big pressure and nako-control na namin lahat. Na-experience na namin ‘to lahat so we know how to handle everything already,” he said. And in heading into Game 2, Mocon had one more challenge for himself and his teammates. As he put it, “Sila lang nakatalo sa amin, twice pa. Na-sweep nila ang eliminations so we have to sweep them sa Finals.” Game 2 of the Finals between San Beda and LPU is on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum. All of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Even after Game 1 win, San Beda still the underdog to LPU

San Beda College has done what no other team has done in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Red Lions dealt Lyceum of the Philippines University its very first defeat in the season. Not even the defending champions themselves were able to do that in the elimination round. But now, the Pirates are perfect no more – and the 1 in their 18-1 is San Beda. Tankoua was a force with a 27-point, 20-rebound double-double. Robert Bolick had 24 points, 11 coming in the final frame, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Javee Mocon also contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. And behind those three, San Beda had more than enough to offset LPU’s run and gun game. And now, the Red Lions are one win away from their 21st championship in school history – and 10th in the last 12 years. “Ang sinabi ko lang sa kanila is i-enjoy lang namin itong championship (game) na ito because as we all know, everybody has counted us out already. Today, we proved to ourselves na kaya pala naming manalo,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said. Still, the always amiable mentor isn’t anything. “Well, I stick to the brand that we are still the underdogs. We just won one game. This is not yet over,” he said. He then continued, “We haven’t won a championship yet so we’re still the underdog. They beat us twice and they’re still the best, they’re still the favorites for this.” Fernandez went on to say that overall this season, LPU is still 18-1 while San Beda is 17-2. More than that, he has no doubt that opposing coach Topex Robinson and his crew will only bounce back in Game 2 on Thursday. “Tandaan niyo, hindi pa tapos ang laban. Alam naman natin na coach Topex is a very good coach,” he said. He then continued, “This is just one game that we won and we’ll enjoy this one, but Game 2 will be different.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Robinson takes blame for Lyceum’s first loss: ‘I made some bad decisions’

Lyceum's perfect season has come to an end after it absorbed a 94-87 defeat to San Beda in the NCAA Season 93 Finals on Friday. Head coach Topex Robinson, who is responsible for turning around the school's program this season, readily took all the blame for the loss. "I'm sorry. It's my fault. I made some bad decisions, bad coaching. San Beda was really the great team this afternoon. We really lost to a better team," he said. READ:San Beda hands Lyceum first loss of season, nears NCAA title Engaged in a tight affair late, the Pirates' small-ball lineup did not work as much as Robinson planned as Tankoua had his way in the paint in the fourth quarter. Though Lyceum kept...Keep on reading: Robinson takes blame for Lyceum’s first loss: ‘I made some bad decisions’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

San Beda topples erstwhile unbeaten LPU in Game 1 of NCAA finals

The San Beda Red Lions drew first blood in the NCAA Season 93 finals, tainting the LPU Pirates’ immaculate slate with a 94-87 win in Game One of the best-of-three finals on Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Donald Tankoua exploded for 27 points and 20 rebounds as Robert Bolick chipped in 24 points and four boards […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

San Beda outworks Letran for a shot at top-seed

Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon let San Beda College continue to be dominant in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, but it’s the contributions of guys like Franz Abuda and Clint Doliguez who let them be downright scary. That much was evident on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as Abuda and Doliguez turned the tides in favor of the Red Lions as they upended their archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran for a 73-68 decision. Abuda and Doliguez only scored six and five points, respectively, but it was their hustle and defense that proved to be the key to the defending champions’ 15th consecutive victory. “Clint and Franz made me look good today,” a more than satisfied head coach Boyet Fernandez said. The Knights took control in the third quarter and still led, 63-61, inside the last five minutes before Bolick willed a layup through the outstretched arms of Jeo Ambohot. “I will not take this game away from Letran. They really needed to win this game to make it to the Final Four, but we also had to win this game to prepare us for our next game,” Fernandez said. That tying basket was then followed up with back-to-back hits off offensive rebounds for Abuda and Doliguez. “Our glue guys really played good defense. It was defense and hustle that won us the game,” their mentor said. With those seven unanswered points, San Beda mounted a 63-63 lead with 2:24 remaining. The cushion would hold for the remainder of the game. In the end, Bolick had 13 points and six assists while Donald Tankoua pounded in 15 markers and eight rebounds of his own. Little-known Calvin Oftana also had much welcome contributions with 13 points, seven in the first quarter, to go along with five rebounds. Along with completing a season sweep of their archrivals, the Red Lions also remained in the running for the top-seed with a 16-1 standing. They will try for that when they wage war against league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University next Thursday in the same venue. On the other hand, the loss drags down Letran onto a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff berth along with also 8-9 Arellano University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Bong Quinto posted an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead them in the losing effort. That the three-way tie stays until the end of eliminations is a possibility as the Chiefs’ final assignment is up against 10th-running Mapua University, the Knights’ last opponent is ninth-running College of St. Benilde, and the Chiefs still have eighth-running University of Perpetual Help left on their schedule. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 73 – Tankoua 15, Bolick 13, Oftana 13, Mocon 8, Soberano 6, Abuda 6, Doliguez 5, Potts 3, Noah 2, Bahio 2, Adamos 0, Cabanag 0 LETRAN 68 – Quinto 18, Balanza 16, Calvo 12, Nambatac 8, Ambohot 7, Taladua 4, Vacaro 3, Balagasay 0, Gedaria 0, Mandreza 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-14, 33-31, 52-53, 73-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Blue Eagles, Tamaraws near Finals showdown

Unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University could be heading into a collision course for the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division crown after drawing first blood in their respective best-of-three semifinals series. The top seed Blue Eagles extended their winning streak to eight straight and moved a win away from a Finals berth after manhandling no. 4 ranked University of Sto. Tomas, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21, while the Tamaraws had to thread the proverbial eye of the needle to escape National University, 25-22, 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 16-14. Top Most Valuable Player contender Marck Espejo scored 11 points coming off six attacks and five kill blocks while Chumason Njigha blasted six spikes and had four kill blocks for Ateneo, who didn’t need to put too much effort in creating points as the error-plagued Tigers gave away 31 points off miscues. Ishmael Rivera scored nine points while Gian Carlo Glorioso added six for the Katipunan-based squad, which scattered 29 attacks with its bulk coming off playmaker Ish Polvorosa’s 19 excellent sets and solid net defense that resulted to 11 kill blocks. Only Arnold Bautista scored in double figures for UST, who also dropped a straight sets decision against Ateneo in the elimination round, with 10 points.   No. 2 seed FEU, on the other hand, had to comeback from a 1-2 match deficit to score a morale-boosting win and bounce back from a five-set loss to San Beda College at the end of the elims. Redihojn Paler led the balanced scoring effort of the Tams with 18 points, 16 coming off spikes. Skipper Richard Solis and Jude Garcia scored 13 each while national team member Peter Quiel and John Paul Bugaoan chipped in 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Morayta-based squad, which weathered NU’s 65 attacks and 14 kill blocks. It was a sorry loss for the Bulldogs after the brilliant offense displayed Fauzi Ismail and national team standout Bryan Bagunas. Ismail scattered 26 points anchored on 23 kills while Bagunas dropped 21 markers on a 14-kill, 4-kill block and 3-sevice winner outing. Madzlan Gampong joined the fray with 14 points as well as Kim Malabunga and skipper Francis Saura, who scored 11 each, to no vail.     Ateneo and FEU can set up a best-of-three Finals date with another win on Saturday. But expect UST and NU to fightback and extend the series to a Game 3 on October 9.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

For second straight season, San Beda ousts Perpetual

A year ago, San Beda College knocked off University of Perpetual Help in the semifinals en route to the championship. Now in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, it’s also by the defending champions’ hands that Altas find themselves eliminated from contention. Robert Bolick proved his clutch credentials anew as the Red Lions warded off desperate Perpetual for a 55-50 decision on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. It was Bolick who top-scored with 15 points on top of five rebounds all while making sure his squad stood strong in the face of their rallying opponents. “We’re happy with the win, but we got to go back and think about our priorities,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said after they registered their 13th win in a row and 14 overall in 15 games. San Beda had a nine-point lead inside the last six minutes until Keith Pido sparked a 9-4 charge that neared the Altas to 49-53 with 67 ticks to go. The King Lion would not let them get any closer, however, and fished a foul from Prinze Eze before coolly converting a couple of charities. Threatened until the last minute, Fernandez said his wards still have a lot to work on. “Our defense stepped up, but our offense is questionable. I give credit to my players, but I will not take away this game also from Perpetual,” he shared. He then continued, “They are a good defensive team. We really had a hard time so we’re happy we got this one.” Backstopping Bolick was Donald Tankoua who had 14 points and nine rebounds. Along with eliminating Perpetual, the Red Lions’ win also eliminated Eze in the MVP race. The Nigerian had been the clear-cut frontrunner, but as his team will not be advancing into the next round, he is now ineligible for the award. No Alta was in double-digits as they dropped to 4-10. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 55 – Bolick 15, Tankoua 14, Soberano 9, Mocon 8, Cabanag 6, Noah 3, Abuda 0, Adamos 0, Bahio 0, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0. PERPETUAL 50 – Coronel 9, Dagangon 9, Pido 9, Eze 8, Ylagan 7, Sadiwa 3, Lucente 2, Yuhico 2, Mangalino 1, Singontiko 0, Tamayo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-11, 27-19, 43-34, 55-50. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017