Versus the Red Lions, how do you defy the odds?

24 06 2007

The San Beda College Red Lions, the defending NCAA champs, played good.

The Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, didn’t even compete. But it is never too late for the blue and yellow Heavy Bombers to show up. It was only an opening game and there are 12 games left to play in this double-round elimination tournament format.

It seems Coach Frankie is so excited to coach this team. In fact, his body language in last Saturday’s opening game were not cool unlike his from the other bench, Ariel Vanguardia.

Vanguardia just told this writer after the game that they failed to match the Red Lions’ strength, although the best way to do now is to prepare themselves against San Sebastian – their next assignment.

Lim, being on the winner side, praised all his players who came up smoking up most of the time to easily manhandle this year’s host team.

He didn’t know what to say during interviews. “I didn’t know what to expect, but my players were really awesome,” he told reporters.

Anyway, there are four effective tips to beat the reigning champs. And these might be:

No. 1: Teams should keep Sam Ekwe out of the shaded lane. You can push him outside or force the 6’8 Ekwe to get the ball outside and quickly surround him with a double-team.

No. 2: Don’t let other players get their range particularly Yousef Aljamal, Rogemar Menor and Pong Escobal. Whole and half court trapping defense are the key to cripple the teams’ offense. I also advise you to limit your use of the zone defense. It will give their shooters open looks to shoot the three.

No 3: Attack the paint. Force their big guys to early foul trouble. Use the old Stockton-to-Malone pick-and-roll plays. Don’t take too many attempts from the outside.

No 4: Don’t let the Red Lions reach 60-70 points.

I have to admit, since Philippine Christian University is out for this season, for me, San Beda College is probably the best team so far. It’s will be difficult to determine whose second best.

The ball is round. An upset, of course, does not choose its place in time. My appreciation and hats-off to Letran College coach Louie Alas and newly-appointed San Sebastian College mentor Jorge Gallent for winning their 83rd debut. Both coaches defeated their separate rivals to join San Beda in win column.

See you at the games.

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4 responses

25 06 2007
simba

DYNASTY @ 83!!!

25 06 2007
Umasa sa Championship

i’ve read somewhere around this site that second place na lang pinaglalabanan sa NCAA. somehow, I wanted to second the motion. but then again, if the Lions peak too early, who knows if they have enough battery to run until the finals. 🙂

26 06 2007
kca

its not the talent, its not the size,its not the line up nor the coach but the spirit that makes us strong.
unity!
animo san beda!

26 06 2007
kobe

“he who doubt, dies” yan ang nasa isip ng bawat player ng red lions… mula umpisa hanggang championship ulit, magiging maganda ang bawat laro ng sbc..

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