Flying V Preseason: DLSU vs. SBC in the Finals

11 06 2007

The stage is set for a title event to those of us who are familiar and who were there long enough to follow Philippine college basketball. After beating National University in their semi-final match, the De La Salle Green Archers, after an excellent show of force in the Nike Summer League, will face a familiar foe that dates back during the glory and violent days of the NCAA.

The San Beda Red Lions, represented by Coach Frankie Lim, which I’m very sure vividly remembers those days of confrontation with a very familiar nemesis, has claimed the right to go against DLSU in the finals with an overtime win over the UE Red Warriors, 94-92, in their semi-final game of the FilOil Flying V Invitational Tournament held at the Arena in San Juan.

In the 1st quarter, after a 7-0 run by the Red Lions catapulted by a strong start by Sam Ekwe and Borgy Hermida, UE’s Kelvin Gregorio notched the 1st deadlock of the ballgame at 7-all with 5:37 minutes left in the quarter.

After SBC’s Yousif Aljamal made 2/2 from the free throw line, UE’s Mark Borboran, Elmer Espiritu with Gregorio’s two surprising baskets from the 3-point area, sprinted to a 13-0 run to take the lead by 11-points with 2:08 minutes left. Gabby Lanete and JR Taganas only had the immediate reply for San Beda and ended the 1st 10 minutes of regulation with a 10-point deficit, 23-13.

In the 2nd quarter, after 3-point field goal by San Beda’s JR Tecson, James Martinez and Fhadzimir Bandaying ignited a 7-0 run to take a 13-point UE lead, 30-17 with 7:32 left to play in the 1st half.

In a 7-minute stretch, the Red Lions with Lanete, Aljamal, Ekwe and Ogie Menor at the helm, tried to stay within arms length of the Red Warriors. However, Borboran, Marcy Arellano and Narciso Llagas stepped up with clutch baskets to help UE boost its 2nd half campaign with a single digit lead, 42-35.

In the 3rd quarter, both teams were quick to recover. Martinez, Espiritu, Llagas, Gregorio, Lingganay and Borboran from the Red Warriors challenged the incorrigible Red Lions’ combination of Ekwe, Pong Escobal, Aljamal and the explosive Menor, for the control of the ballgame. The quarter was highlighted with Ekwe being called twice for goaltending and both teams converting thrice from 3-point range. The 3rd quarter ended with the Red Warriors on top, 67-61.

The Red Lions made their move in the 4th quarter. With the help of Lanete, Hermida, Menor and Aljamal, San Beda managed to cut the lead of UE to just 3-points, 74-71 with 6:39 minutes left in regulation. After an Espiritu basket, the Red Lions sparked a 9-0 run to take the lead since the 1st quarter, 80-76. Arellano and Llagas kept the Red Warriors above water of San Beda, 82-80 with 1:25 minutes remaining.

With Ekwe finally getting an accidental breather due to cramps with 10 seconds left, it was a blessing in disguise for the Red Lions because Coach Frankie Lim fielded players on the floor that can somehow convert from the free throw line. But things did not work out as planned.

With JR Taganas inbounding, a loose ball play occurred in the UE backcourt with an imaginary whistle being blown by a referee that could be heard from anywhere in the playing area. Escobal took it as a legitimate call and momentarily stopped. Only to find UE’s Paul Lee converting on a break away lay-up to tie the ball game at 84-all. With 4.8 seconds remaining, the Red Lions held on to their last possession and settled to try and win the game in overtime.

In the overtime period, the Red Lions got a temporary scare from UE. Field goal and free throw baskets from Llagas helped the Red Warriors take a 1-point lead, 88-87, after 2 minutes of play in OT. But Escobal has so much pride and eventually carried the scoring load for San Beda. The defending NCAA champs defended and grabbed the necessary rebounds to thwart off a UE comeback.




6 responses

12 06 2007

maganda ang laban kahapon ng san beda ue, talgang never say die victory ang ipinakita ng san beda laban sa warriors.. ito rin ang magdadala sa kanila sa finals bukas laban sa lasalle… at pati narin sa upcoming ncaa season 83 para sa back 2 back championship….

12 06 2007

go san beda fight!!!!

12 06 2007

ue bulok

15 06 2007

^ nadala lang ng emosyon yan, wag nyo na patulan. Bedista din ako, inis sa UE dahil naging red and white din pero hanggang dun na lang yon… But nice game UE. Animo San Beda!!!

15 06 2007

…pero badtrip tlga nagisip na maging red and white ang UE warriors (from which i think used to be dominantly blue)… para naman nanggaya sa red and white Indians ng san beda. lack of identity siguro kaya ginaya… Hindi ako sa UE o sa mga studyante ng UE inis, kundi sa Nagconceptualize nun at sa pilit na pag adopt ng UE sa red and white (pati PE uniforms?!?)… Anyway, everyone knows who the original RED AND WHITEs are. UE’s a good school and got good basketball players, but turning from blue to red and white jerseys just made the UE admin copycats. – no offense, just a thought.

15 06 2007

kahit pa sabihing magkaiba ang uaap and ncaa, they’re still under 1 philippine college basketball league. And a distinct identity matters. But again, nice game UE and SBC – good thing no player passed the ball to an opponent wearing red and white jersey.hehehe

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