NCAA 95: More than MVP, Oftana wants to be role model for San Beda

From out of nowhere, Calvin Oftana is the frontrunner for MVP in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. Posting per game counts of 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.2 blocks, the fourth-year forward has been the most consistent player for league-leading San Beda University. Because of him, the Red Lions haven't missed a beat even after losing Javee Mocon - and in the same light, Robert Bolick as well. And for Oftana himself, the fact that he has given and done it all to fill the leadership of Mocon and Bolick is much more important than the monster numbers he has been putting up. "Hindi ko talaga iniisip (yung MVP). I just play my game and want to be a role model sa mga kasama ko," he said. He then continued, "Minsan, yung mga nasa bench namin, nagtatampo pag 'di nakakalaro so gusto kong tingnan nila ako na nandun lang palagi, ready to step up sa kung anong kulang sa team namin. I just wanna be a role model sa mga teammates ko para ganahan pa rin silang maglaro kahit off the bench o any second lang silang maglaro." In his first three years in red and white, the pride of Dumaguete was the backup to Mocon. Still, each and every time he was sent into the court, he turned in quality minutes. Now, Oftana is one of the leaders of a San Beda machine that has remained undefeated thus far in its quest for a four-peat. And that fourth consecutive championship remains the focus for him and his teammates. "I just want to win a championship para masaya kaming lahat. Kung nandun man (yung MVP), siguro, nag-pay off lang lahat ng hard work ko," he said. He then continued, "Wala sa akin yung award. Ang goal ko is makita kami sa championship kahit wala na yung mga Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon." Indeed, Red Lions mentor Boyet Fernandez has but one reminder for the MVP leader - as well as Evan Nelle, Donald Tankoua, and James Canlas who are also in the top five of the race. "I always make sure my players realize that individual awards come second to winning a championship. I'm happy with Calvin and I appreciate what he's been doing," he said. He then continued, "I'm happy he's the leading candidate for the individual awards, but it will be for nothing if we will not win the championship." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 12th, 2019

NCAA 95 Finals: They never gave up -- Fernandez on San Beda

Defending champion San Beda University saw its 15-0 start evaporate then had to come back from seven points down and display composure under tremendous pressure in the waning seconds of the game to stay alive in the NCAA Season 95 Seniors basketball Finals series against a gritty Letran side. The Red Lions took Game 2 after a frantic race to the finish, 79-76, on Friday to force a rubber match at the MOA Arena. It may not be a pretty one but head coach Boyet Fernandez will take it anytime.   “A win is a win, we’ll take this one. I’m just relieved we got over this Game 2 and we won this one,” said Fernandez, whose wards dodged an upset attempt by the Knights. The mentor, who is looking to steer the Red Lions to a four-peat and their 23rd title overall, lauded his wards for showing great character. “I salute my players also. They really want to prove something today. That’s what character is. We had a loss. Everybody’s all against us but the players really don’t want to lose eh so credit to them,” he said. Season Most Valuable Player Calvin Oftana played the hero’s role late in the game, completing an and-one play to put San Beda up, 77-76, with 19.1 seconds left before the Red Lions made crucial stops to deny Letran of an early celebration.    Coming off a shocking Game 1 loss – the Mendiola-based squad’s first of the tournament – Fernandez knew they had to start right. His squad did it in the first 10 minutes, opening up a 15-0 gap and held it until halftime. But Letran fought back in the second half behind sniper Fran Yu, who turned a 25-37 deficit at the half to a 56-53 lead in the third. Yu continued his hot shooting streak in the fourth as the Knights opened a 66-59 lead with 7:42 left. Oftana rallied San Beda back, hitting a triple that ignited a 13-0 run for a 72-66 lead. The Red Lions got the breaks of the game after Yu suffered cramps. “Unang-una Letran did a good job tonight. They’ve been so ready for us, they know what we’re doing, credit to their coaches. Fran Yu, wow. We’re just lucky he got cramps,” said Fernandez. Clinching a morale-boosting win, Fernandez hopes his squad will use this to fuel the Red Lions in Game 3 on Tuesday. “I hope we sustain this one. Playing a tough team like Letran that will be hard for us but again I do thank my players, thank the Lord for this,” he said. “For giving us a chance, another game to fight for and hopefully we can show them again what is San Beda basketball on Tuesday. Sana may magandang pangitain sa Tuesday.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2019

NCAA 95: San Beda s Bandana Bros got a Bolick-Mocon-sized chip on their shoulder

San Beda University has remained unscathed in its title defense in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. Through five games, the Red Lions have set themselves as the standard as they already count victories versus title hopefuls Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Even more impressive, the three-peat champions have done it with second-year stars showing the way. Thus far in their sophomore seasons, James Canlas and Evan Nelle have been as good as advertised. Canlas has looked the part of a go-to-guy with averages of 14.6 points, including 32 percent from deep, on top of 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists while Nelle seems to be the school's next in a long line of great point guards, averaging 12.2 markers, including also 32 percent from deep, to go along with 6.6 dimes, 5.8 boards, and 1.2 steals. Of course, they have had huge help from the likes of Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua and Calvin Oftana. Still, the fact remains that the "Bandana Bros." have only proven worthy to be wearing the red and white crowns of leaderships that, for them, just so happen to be, well, bandanas. Even better, rather than be dragged down by the weight of taking over for Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon, both now making waves in PBA, the challenge of being the storied squad's new leaders have actually done nothing but lift up the two. "We want to prove something to everyone that we're still a winning team without Bolick and Mocon," Canlas said. "We're still sophomores, but we just want to improve every game and show what we can do every game." And this is, apparently, just the start for San Beda's "Bandana Bros." as the rest of the league better watch out because both of them also want to prove they can also do what the other does. "Coach puts me at two and Evan at one and we switch," Canlas said. "I can also play the point guard aside from the scoring role and he can do more than just playmaking and passing." That means, Evan setting up a James score in one possession and then Nelle finishing what Canlas started the next? Without a doubt, the Red Lions are in good hands. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

Canlas sheds bandana, shifts focus to leading San Beda in NCAA 96

"The Bandana Bros." are no more. And so, James Canlas' trademark look is no more as well. With former running mate Evan Nelle having taken his talents to De La Salle University, Canlas has ditched the bandana the two had worn for all of last season. Then, the bandana represented that skillful scorer Canlas and primetime playmaker Nelle were here to lead San Beda University in the present and into the future. Now, however, "The Bandana Bros" have gone their separate ways and the Filipino-Canadian is, of course, already adjusting. "Honestly, it's very different, but we just have to play through it. He will always be my teammate, but he is just one guy," he said. With Nelle moving on, Canlas is now the Red Lions' lead guard and is nothing but ready and raring to take a step forward of his own. "This is going to be a big step for me because I have to be a leader now, I have to take charge," he said. He then continued, "But I won't rush anything. I will take it game by game." Fortunately for the 6-foot-2 guard, he doesn't have to go at it by his lonesome as Season MVP Calvin Oftana remains by his side while high school standouts Rhayyan Amsali, Justine Sanchez, and Tony Ynot are also all determined to make an immediate impact. As for his former running mate, Canlas is only wishing him well. "I was surprised, of course, by at the end of the day, that's his decision. I got love for him and I respect his decision," he said. He then continued, "Good luck to him in La Salle." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

Alfaro comes up big as San Beda claws UST out of PCCL 2020

San Beda University continues to prove it's still a force to reckon with as it continues its campaign in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League. The Red Lions remain alive and kicking in the nationwide tournament after Peter Alfaro stepped up to the plate and got together with Calvin Oftana in their well-earned 77-68 win against University of Sto. Tomas, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Alfaro totaled 13 points and six rebounds, with four markers and two boards coming in the endgame. With the Growling Tigers battling back to just within five, 62-67, inside the last five minutes, the second-year guard outmuscled Mark Nonoy for an offensive rebound and a follow-up basket. After Nonoy and Soulemane Chabi Yo botched all but one of their free throws, Alfaro was yet again at the right place, at the right time for another follow-up basket as well as a bonus. Not long after, Oftana's fastbreak layup put up San Beda, 74-63, with under two minutes to play. CJ Cansino's couple of charities cut UST's deficit to single-digits once more, but the NCAA 95 MVP shut the door on them once and for all with a booming triple. Oftana wound up with six points, four rebounds, and three assists while James Canlas chimed in 14 markers, seven boards, seven dimes, and four steals. The Red Lions now march forward to a semifinal showdown with the University of the Philippines scheduled on March 7 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. For the Growling Tigers, Cansino showed the way with 21 points and nine rebounds. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 77 - Canlas 14, Alfaro 13, Penuela 11, Carino 10, Etrata 7, Oftana 6, Villejo 6, Visser 4, Ejercito 3, Abuda 2, Bahio 1, Fornis 0, Cuntapay 0. UST 68 - Cansino 21, Paraiso 12, Concepcion 10, Nonoy 9, Chabi Yo 6, Manaytay 4, Asuncion 3, Cuajao 2, Manalang 1, Bataller 0, Ando 0, Pangilinan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-13, 39-27, 62-46, 77-68. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

San Beda gets payback on Letran for first win in PCCL

Calvin Oftana came through in a must-win game in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League NCAA-UAAP Challenge as San Beda University cut archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran down to size for a convincing 76-53 victory, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Oftana topped the scoring column with 17 points and took charge elsewhere also with nine rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocks to make sure the Red Lions got some sort of payback on the Knights who dethroned them in last year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Ralph Penuela also turned in 16 points while Peter Alfaro had his own 12 markers as the red and white's speed trumped the NCAA champions' size this time around. "I'm just happy that the whole team is really playing as a team," he said. In all, San Beda totaled 19 points in transition compared to its opponent's two. That pace took Letran out of its game and boosted the Red Lions into evening its record to 1-1. Despite the convincing victory, however, coach Boyet knew full well they haven't seen the best of their archrivals yet. "Well, they're not really in shape right now. We all know they will be a very good team come NCAA," he said. Still, the Knights remained winless in two tries in this tournament. Jeo Ambohot paced them in this one with 13 points and seven rebounds. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 76 - Oftana 17, Penuela 16, Alfaro 12, Carino 7, Cuntapay 6, Canlas 5, Villejo 5, Bahio 4, Etrata 4, Abuda 0, Fornis 0, Visser 0, Ratuiste 0, Tagala 0. LETRAN 53 - Ambohot 13, Muyang 10, Fajarito 8, Yu 6, Ular 6, Pambid 5, Brutas 3, Mina 2, Javillonar 0, Reyson 0, Rocacurva 0, Vacaro 0, Guarino 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-16, 37-29, 57-45, 76-53. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2020

PCCL: Belangel too hot to handle as Ateneo tames San Beda

Ateneo de Manila University still stands strong even now without its longtime pillars and gave a glimpse of its next well-oiled machine in an 83-69 rout of San Beda University, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in the opener of the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League's NCAA-UAAP Challenge. SJ Belangel made each and every one of his defenders pay while Filipino-American Dwight Ramos made quite the first impression in the annual showdown of collegiate champions and contenders from all over the country. Belangel totaled 25 points, including five triples, to go along with five assists and two rebounds all while energizing the kings of the UAAP to a wire-to-wire win. Ramos also added 12 points, four assists, and three rebounds while Ivorian tower Ange Kouame had eight markers, 14 boards, four blocks, two dimes, and two steals to his name to make sure Ateneo dominated even now without all of Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt. BOX SCORES ATENEO 83 - Belangel 25, D. Ramos 12, Kouame 8, Navarro 7, Mallillin 7, Mamuyac 6, Daves 6, Tio 5, Andrade 3, Credo 2, Chiu 2, P. Maagdenberg 0, Berjay 0. SAN BEDA 69 - Oftana 11, Canlas 11, Penuela 11, Bahio 10, Abuda 9, Carino 7, Cuntapay 7, Villejo 2, Visser 1, Ejercito 0, Etrata 0, Fornis 0, Alfaro 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 37-26, 57-44, 83-69......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

NCAA: James Canlas will remain in San Beda

The "Bandana Bros." are no more. Evan Nelle has, indeed, set out for a homecoming in De La Salle University while at the same time, James Canlas has reiterated his commitment to San Beda University. According to team manager Jude Roque, the Filipino-Canadian will remain a Red Lion from now until the foreseeable future. That is nothing but good news for Mendiola which had been rocked with the departure of its court general just days ago. Canlas posted per game counts of 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists as a sophomore for San Beda last year. Alongside Nelle and Season MVP Calvin Oftana, he made sure the dynastic squad did not miss a beat even without Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon. Now, however, the 6-foot-2 guard will be expected to carry a heavier burden as the Red Lions regroup from losing their championship. He will be flanked by Oftana, promising big men Kemark Carino and Damie Cuntapay, and blue-chip recruits Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Verzosa embraces role as new Queen Bomber

Dolly Verzosa embraces a bigger role for Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition. The third year hitter not only serves as the Lady Bombers’ top scoring option, but is now taking the responsibility as court leader of a young squad. Verzosa displayed an all-around game as she steered JRU to a come-from-behind, 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8, victory over San Sebastian College on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition, as the Lady Bomber opened their campaign on a high note.  The skipper delivered 21 points, capped off with the game-clinching down the line attack, while showing great floor defense with 20 digs. “Parang 'yung problema ko lang ngayon is parang bata pa 'yung teammates ko kaya kailangan ko mag step-up as a captain,” said Verzosa, who was JRU's co-captain last year with Karen Montojo.    Verzosa, one of the few holdover from the previous season, accepted that she had to step up to lead the Mia Tioseco-mentored squad, which is composed of a core of freshmen and sophomores.   “Ngayon naging matured [ako] bigla kasi 'yung mga teammates ko mga freshmen,” added Verzosa, who is now stepping out of the shadow of former JRU star and Season 93 MVP Shola Alvarez. Verzosa was instrumental in the fifth set, scoring six points in the deciding frame to help JRU extend its head-to-head winning streak over SSC-R to three. The JRU veteran rallied her squad in the fourth frame and and kept the Lady Bombers together in the fifth, which started tight before the Mandaluyong-based squad pulled away halfway in the decider.  “Sinasabi ko sa kanila na tibay lang. Tibay lang ng loob kasi puro din mga bago eh, kinakabahan pa,” said the management student. She kept reminding her teammates, especially in the crucial stretch of the last two sets of the match, of their goal.   “Sabi ko lang sa kanila na, ‘Gusto nyo nang manalo?’ Kasi yun palagi ang sinasabi ni coach Mia na yung matitira lang naman dito ay yung gustong manalo. ‘Gusto nyo bang manalo?’” she said. “Yun na-motivate sila lalo na kailangan namin ito. Kailangan naming manalo.” Verzosa’s leadership will again be tested on Saturday in a showdown with San Beda University.   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2020

Tony Ynot to keep up two-way play now for San Beda s Srs. squad

San Beda University is already stocking up on weapons as it sets out to reclaim the crown it had just lost. The Red Lions are adding promising prospect Tony Ynot to their arsenal of young guns for the NCAA 96 Men's Basketball Tournament. "Sa San Beda pa rin po ako sa Srs.," he said. Ynot, a 5-foot-11 guard, had spent the last two seasons emerging as a 3-and-D talent for the Red Cubs. In their championship run in the recently concluded season, he put up per game counts of 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 steals all while totaling the most triples for the red and white with 24. His signature moment, however, is still the time when he registered a win-sealing block on Jalen Green, one of the most prized prospects in the US NCAA, in the 2019 National Basketball Training Center League National Finals. Now, the pride of Misamis Occidental will help out Mendiola climb the mountaintop once more. Ynot joins Jrs. Finals MVP Rhayyan Amsali in the hungry core fronted by Srs. Season MVP Calvin Oftana as well as "Bandana Bros." James Canlas and Evan Nelle. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2019

San Beda is king of NCAA Jrs. jungle again for first time since 2015

San Beda High School gave Lyceum of the Philippines University no chance whatsoever in the winner-take-all Game 3 of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Finals. Finals MVP Rhayyan Amsali was a force all over the court and the rest of the Red Cubs only followed suit as they mangled the upstart Jr. Pirates, 98-77, Tuesday at MOA Arena. Amsali was definitely not alone as the his fellows at the fearsome frontcourt in Justine Sanchez and Yukien Andrada did their usual heavy lifting while Tony Ynot also made his presence felt. Following a shocker of a Game 2 loss last Friday, the red and white came out with a lot of fire to commence the contest and dropped 50 points in the first half for a 17-point lead. They only doubled down in the third quarter where they fired 31 points more and mounted a lead as big as 30. In the end, Amsali stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three steals while Ynot had his own 18 markers, eight boards, four dimes, and four pilfers. Sanchez also added 19 ponts and seven rebounds while Andrada chimed in three markers and six boards. With those four showing the way, San Beda left no doubt in claiming their first championship since 2015 - and 23rd overall. Back on the mountaintop for the first time in four years, the Red Cubs are now the winningest program in the Jrs. For the Jr. Pirates, Mac Guadana topped the scoring column in his last game in maroon and grey with 24 points on top of six rebounds and three steals. Season MVP John Barba was handcuffed to just 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Despite falling short of the title, however, the runner-up finish remains, by far, the school's best finish. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 98 - Sanchez 19, Ynot 18, Amsali 16, Llarena 19, Oftana 9, Alao 8, Cabanero 5, Pelipel 4, Andrada 3, Nicdao 3, Alcantara 2, Delfino 1, Pascual 0, Valencia 0, Peregrina 0. LPU 77 - Guadana 24, Omandac 12, Barba 11, Montano 10, Garro 6, Panganiban 5, Ragasa 5, Caduyac 2, Garing 2, Gamlanga 0, Gudmalin 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 50-33, 81-51, 98-77. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

Oftana, Red Lions kakatayin ang Knights

BAWAL nang kumurap ang defending champion San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions at Letran Knights dahil wala na silang bukas na aasahan pagkatapos ng do-or-die Game 3 ng 95th NCAA men’s basketball tournament na ikakasa ngayong alas-4:00 ng hapon sa Mall of Asia Arena sa Pasay City......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

Yu dismayado pero babawi

Maski ang season 95 NCAA men’s basketball tournament 2019 Most Improved Player ay labis ang panghihinayang sa Letran Knights na hawak ang ginto pero naging bato pa tapos bulilyasuhin ng San Beda Red Lions sa finals game two sa winning lay-up ni Calvin Oftana, 79-76......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

San Beda squeaks past Letran, forces do-or-die Game 3

    MANILA, Philippines – After completing an elimination sweep, San Beda made sure it won’t get swept. Calvin Oftana buried the go-ahead basket and James Canlas came up with big plays as the Red Lions slipped past the Letran Knights, 79-76, to force a winner-take-all for the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball championship at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

MVP Oftana lets loose in clutch bounce-back

    MANILA, Philippines – With his back against the wall, Calvin Oftana finally let loose.  In a must-win Game 2 of the NCAA Season 95 finals against streaking archrival Letran Knights, the San Beda Red Lions’ newly crowned MVP bounced back with 17 points, including a clutch go-ahead and-one, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

NCAA 95: Even San Beda left in awe by Letran breakout star Fran Yu

Calvin Oftana and James Canlas came up clutch as San Beda University edged out Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Game 2 of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Finals. Oftana hit the go-ahead three-point play while Canlas hit the insurance free throws that sent the Red Lions to a winner-take-all match with their archrival Knights. It also didn't hurt the three-time defending champions that Fran Yu, the player behind the wheel of Letran's rally, was on the bench for the last four minutes due to cramps. "Fran Yu, wow. We're just lucky he got cramps," San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said post-game. "That's why we got our momentum and got back into the game. I salute that guy." Indeed, with Yu on the bench, the red and white went on a 13-4 run to close the contest. "Lucky lang kami nawala yung Fran Yu kaya parang dun kami lumamang," Calvin Oftana said. Without a doubt, the Knights missed their playoff "MVP" who has been averaging 17 points, 5.6 assists, and four rebounds in the last three games. "Siyempre, si Fran, maganda yung linaro ngayon e. Kung andun si Fran, siyempre, ibang storya," team captain Jerrick Balanza said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2019

San Beda s three-point shot went missing in biggest game of NCAA 95

San Beda University will not be having a perfect season. That was made clear, Tuesday at MOA Arena, as the Red Lions fell to archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. That was the three-time defending champions' first loss in the tournament after having completed a clean sweep of the elimination round. And in the eyes of the red and white themselves, one thing was the clear difference between their 18 wins and this one loss. "The problem is we weren't able to convert from deep. We were the no. 1 team from three-point up to the Finals, but it left us today," head coach Boyet Fernandez said. Season MVP Calvin Oftana shared the same sentiment. As he put it, "We missed a lot of shots sa threes - yun ang problema namin. We shot a lot of them, pero anim lang ang pumasok." Indeed, San Beda only made good on six of its 40 triples tries for a 15 percent mark. This, after an elimination round which had them leading the league in terms of three-point shots - with 9.5 makes per game and an overall percentage of 33.2. That off-shooting day even came back to haunt the Red Lions in the endgame as Oftana missed on two triple tries in the last two minutes that, of course, would have changed the complexion of the contest. "Nagmintis e. Siyempre, goal talagang ipasok yun, pero 'di pumasok," he said afterward. "'Di namin na-execute yung play ni coach kaya ganun yung nangyari." Make no mistake, however, San Beda will keep playing their game and coach Boyet will keep having full faith in his wards. "It's a matter of the players' conviction that they can make it. This team is very young and this is the Finals and having a perfect slate caught up with them probable," he shared. He then continued, "This serves as a lesson for us. We are looking forward to having a fresh mind tomorrow and being ready on Friday." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

NCAA 95: Fran Yu hopes to be for Letran what Chris Ross is for SMB

With Colegio de San Juan de Letran protecting a one-point lead inside the last minute, Wednesday at MOA Arena, it forced San Beda University to settle for a triple try by Calvin Oftana. The shot hit back rim and in the ensuing rebounding sequence, it was the smallest player on the floor who hauled in the rebound. That was 5-foot-10 Fran Yu who got the board over the likes of Season MVP Calvin Oftana and Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua and even teammates and rebounding machines Larry Muyang and Ato Ular. As it turns out, he was just channeling his inner Scottie Thompson. "Basta naman precious, kailangan naming lahat kunin yung rebound. First half, puro sa kanila rebounds tapos lamang sila tapos nung second half, nakakuha kami ng rebounds at ayun, nanalo kami," he shared. He then continued, "At saka idol ko si Scottie Thompson - malakas mag-rebounds." More than Thompson, though, Yu said he wants nothing more than to emulate San Miguel two-way guard Chris Ross. "Yung pagiging point guard ni Chris Ross, yung wala yung score basta manalo yung team. Siya talaga pinaka-idol ko," he said. In the biggest game of his young career, the 21-year-old did just that - scoring just 10 points, but contributing six assists, three rebounds, and three steals. And for him, he was just doing his best to not let head coach Bonnie Tan down. "Sabi ni coach, kailangan kong may ma-prove sa Letran community. Yung chance na binigay ni coach sa akin, dapat suklian ko," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

THROWBACK: The stunning San Beda-Letran Finals face-off in Season 91

With yet another important milestone in its more than a decade-long dominance in the NCAA, the San Beda University Red Lions seek their fourth straight men’s basketball crown in Season 95. But in their roar to four, San Beda would face not just an old rival, but also a heartbreaking tormentor in the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, which denied them a colossal, record-setting six-peat in Season 91.  While carrying a spotless 18-0 slate behind MVP Calvin Oftana, Evan Nelle, James Canlas-Kwekuteye and coach Boyet Fernandez that forced the stepladder semifinals, wherein Letran emerged as the rightful finals contender, carried by skipper Jerrick Balanza, Fran Yu, Larry Muyang, and coach Bonnie Tan, with victories over San Sebastian and Lyceum, San Beda would dread a repeat of that debacle.  But definitely, the veteran Knight Balanza, moreso AC Soberano and Donald Tankoua of the present San Beda roster, along with the 20,158 individuals inside the venue couldn’t forget that long, grueling championship night on October 29, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Storied nemeses They were already part of their respective varsity rosters, with the Knights coached then by Aldin Ayo and the Red Lions mentored at that time by Jamike Jarin, when the storied nemeses met in Game 3 of the Season 91 Finals that fateful Thursday. In each of their two previous successive Finals meetings in Seasons 88 and 89 with mostly the same lineup, the Knights would bow in three games to the Red Lions, which claimed their third and fourth consecutive titles since 2010. The first San Beda-Letran NCAA Finals match in half a century happened in 2007, with San Beda winning the crown—the Red Lions’ second straight title then after a 28-year title drought. After San Beda took its fifth straight title at the expense of the Arellano Chiefs in 2014, Letran got the chance to face the Red Lions again in the Finals of Season 91, and they would go all-out to stop their bitter rival’s date with history. A six-peat? No way, the Knights would assert in their march onto the Best-of-Three with a more formidable team under the new aggressive young coach Ayo, a former Letran player, in their bid to notch its first NCAA finals victory over the Red Lions since the heydays of the Lauro Mumar vs Carlos Loyzaga duel in the 1950s. And in the Season 91 Finals, Letran took the first game, 94-90, but San Beda emerged victorious in the second, 68-61, arranging the winner-take-all. Moment of truth When that moment of truth came, the Red Lions were reenergized with their Game 2 win and became confident in snagging that sixth straight title. Faced with this, however, the Knights remained solid and unperturbed in their iron-clad “Mayhem” armor. True enough, San Beda was shut out of focus in the beginning, as the Knights romped with a raging run-and-gun, leaving the Red Lions scoreless in a key stretch, 8-0, for a 16-7 early lead. Javee Mocon and Michole Sorela would finally provide the needed stops and lead a spirited comeback for the Red Lions. But Letran’s Rey Nambatac would drop a clutch basket to give the Knights an eight-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, 20-12. JP Calvo would continue Letran’s scorching offense in the second quarter, instigating a 10-0 run in the first minutes. But San Beda will answer a 5-0 spurt of its own behind Tankoua and Soberano’s steady shooting and consistency in the charity lane. The Knights’ high-octane offense held the Red Lions at bay, but the Mendiola dribblers’ 11-of-15 free throws would still keep Muralla cagers within striking distance. By the 1:14 mark, Roldan Sara converted a triple to give San Beda its first taste of the lead, 39-38, but Nambatac provided Letran the marginal lead at halftime with his two free throws, 40-39. See-saw battle The Lions would take over at the start of the third quarter, behind a string of baskets from Mocon and Art dela Cruz. The Knights, however, would answer with a nine-point blitz from Jomari Sollano to wrest the lead back at 51-48. Mocon would extend the see-saw battle with a putback and free throws, 52-51. But a 3-0 spurt, capped off by Kier Quinto’s twinner at the end of the period still placed Letran on top at the end of the third quarter, 54-52. By the first few minutes of the final canto, San Beda seemed frustrated by Letran’s incredible defensive game. And the Knights would dictate the tempo, preventing the Red Lions to wrest control. Letran’s offensive might was also a big factor, with Kevin Racal sinking back-to-back threes, halfway in the fourth.  Graduating players Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun would prevent a Letran pull away, keeping it a manageable four-point deficit, 60-64. But after Racal and Finals MVP Cruz’s assault from three-point land gave Letran what seemed an insurmountable 75-67 lead with 1:53 left, the Knights were silenced by a shocking 8-0 barrage by the Red Lions at the end of regulation, with Amer scoring the equalizer, 13.5 seconds left, to send the game to overtime.  Extended play During the extended play, Amer scored off a gallant incursion to pad an 82-79 lead, 1:28 remaining, setting off wild chants from the San Beda gallery. But these were then muted after four unanswered points coming from Racal’s two charities off an Adeogun foul and Sollano’s midrange jumper after a 24-second violation by the Red Lions, that put Letran in the lead once more, 83-82, with 32.6 seconds left. After successive misses by Amer and Dela Cruz, Adeogun fouled Sollano as the Knights regained possession, and the Letran center marched to the charity lane for two free throws with six seconds left. Sollano would sink the first, and flub the second. In the battle for the rebound, Letran’s McJour Luib and San Beda’s Dela Cruz were then assessed a controversial double-lane violation by referee Nestor Sambrano, who awarded ball possession to the Knights under FIBA rules of “alternating possession.” With 3.7 seconds left to play, and Letran leading at 84-82, Sara had no other choice but to foul Cruz, who would also split his charities.  First title in 10 years, championship steak ended Sorela would then miss a desperation attempt near mid-court as time expired, sending the Letran crowd to a frenzy, with the Knights bagging its first title in 10 years, breaking the hearts of Bedans everywhere as the Red Lions’ five-year championship streak has ended. Racal would top-score for the Knights with 24 markers, most of which in that key stretch in the endgame. Sollano had his career game of 19 points and seven rebounds, Cruz finishing with 14, and Nambatac, 13. Dela Cruz would lead the Red Lions with a near triple-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. He added a steal and two blocks in his incredible all-around game. Adeogun completed his duty in San Beda with a monster double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow outgoing Lion Amer chipped in 14 points, which was similar to the output of the prolific Mocon. Will San Beda avenge this heartbreaking loss in their first Finals rematch against Letran since Season 91 and assert its remarkable dynasty or will the Knights frustrate the Red Lions anew and waylay them in an NCAA men’s basketball championship series for the second time in a row?  Watch Game 1 of the NCAA Season 95 Finals between the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights starting on Tuesday, November 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena and live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183,, TFC, iWant and livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

Oftana cruises to NCAA MVP award, Tankoua named best foreigner

    MANILA, Philippines – Calvin Oftana is set to cap off his impressive leap for the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA Season 95 men's basketball tournament with his first league MVP award, as revealed on Sunday, November 10. Oftana exploded in all statistical categories this season for the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2019

NCAA 95: San Beda gets better of LSGH to get into first Finals since 2016

San Beda High School took the best shot of College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills, but still came away with a well-earned 82-79 win at the start of the Final Four of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Tuesday at Cuneta Astrodome. Yukien Andrada came up big with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Rhayyan Amsali and Justine Sanchez posted double-doubles of their own as the Red Cubs claimed their first Finals berth since 2016. "Sila yung mga beterano sa team kaya dapat talagang magpakita silang 'di nape-pressure sa endgame," head coach Manu Inigo said post-game. Indeed, the veterans came up clutch, but it was Andrada who came through when it mattered most. With the tally tied at 76-all inside the last minute, he cleaned up a miss by Sanchez and got fouled in the process. The graduating forward calmly converted the bonus and at the other end, teamed up with Sanchez to force Kobe Palencia into a forced shot inside. Andrada was then again sent to the line and made good on both of his attempts to put San Beda up, 81-76, with 20.4 ticks to go. A pair of defensive stops and a split from the stripe by Tony Ynot later and they were celebrating a return to the championship round where they will continue their quest to end a four-year drought. "Siyempre, thankful kami kay God kasi matagal-tagal nang 'di nakakarating sa Finals ang San Beda," coach Manu said as they now await the winner between twice-to-beat Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos. He then continued, "Tuloy pa rin ang dasal na tuloy-tuloy na hanggang championship. Ynot wound up with eight points and three assists, Amsali finished with 12 markers and 17 rebounds, and Sanchez ended with 10 points and 17 boards. It also didn't hurt the Red Cubs' chances that LSGH main man RC Calimag was in uniform, but did not play due to injury. In his stead, JC Macalalag gave his all with 23 points and six rebounds while Jan Manansala had an 18-marker, 13-board double-double. Palencia contributed 13 points, five assists, and five rebounds in his last game in green and white. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 82 - Andrada 23, Amsali 12, Sanchez 10, Alao 10, Ynot 8, Alcantara 5, Delfino 5, Valencia 4, Llarena 3, Cabanero 2, Oftana 0. CSB-LSGH 79 - Macalalag 23, Manansala 18, Palencia 13, Quiambao 10, Reyes 8, Arguelles 4, Estil 2, Panlilio 1, Arciaga 0, Dimaunahan 0, Torrijos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-15, 35-31, 59-55, 82-79. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2019