San Beda keeps No. 1 spot with another Unfortunate Incident

31 08 2007

San Beda College, again, stays invincible.

The SBC Red Lions took the No. 1 spot at the end of their elimination campaign after pulling-off an emotional 87-84 win over the Letran Knights last August 31 in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Without star player Yousif Aljamal, the Red Lions leaned on former Red Cubs Rogemar Menor, Borgie Hermida and former NCAA Juniors MVP Jay-R Taganas most of the way to claim their 11th win in 12 games in the two-round elimination.

“It feels good after we beat Perpetual last Wednesday,” said Menor, who was praised by head SBC coach Frankie Lim for leading the team without Aljamal. “Yes it is true we are focusing against Letran because this team beat us in the first round.”

Menor, who led the Red Cubs to their 14th NCAA Juniors title in 2004, piled up 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field along with six rebounds and three assists. While fellow Red Lion Pong Escobal added 10 of his 14 points in the second half with seven assists.

After Menor’s lay-up at the 1:32 minute mark, gave the Red Lions an 82-77 lead. RJ Jazul responded with a trey to reduce the deficit to 80-82 with 1:20 minutes remaining.

But point guard Hermida produced a career-high 17 points and dished-out eight assists, nailed a pivotal three-pointer with 33.5 seconds remaining in regulation to give San Beda a five-point cushion.

Dino Daa, not known for hitting from the outside, drilled a triple that narrowed the gap back to just two, 83-85, with only 18.8 seconds remaining.

Escobal sealed the deal for the Red Lions after making two pressure-packed free throws with only 4.8 seconds to go.

Daa almost created another miracle for the Knights but muffled his last shot from the foul line with 3.9 seconds left. But the plan did not materialize as Red Lions’ 2006 Rookie-MVP Samuel Ekwe tapped the ball away as time expired.

Letran College, with the loss, has dropped to 8-3 and needs to win its last elimination game against Jose Rizal University on Monday – the last day of the two-round elimination – to keep the second twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals.

“We fought hard but San Beda really fought harder,” said Letran Coach Louie Alas. “We need to prepare against JRU on Monday and I’m hoping we can get back on San Beda.”

Ekwe wowed the San Beda crowd with his above the rim defense along with 12 points and seven rebounds.

His first block was against a Bryan Faundo attempted slam in the early minutes of fourth period. The following shot blocks were against Jazul and Rey Guevarra.

Jay-R Taganas, a junior’s Rookie-MVP winner in 2003, filled in for Aljamal with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Raymond Maggay had eight points in 12 minutes of action.

The game was tightly fought in the first period with the Lions leading by just three points at 22-19.

The Red Lions threatened to pull away the second quarter, uncorking an 18-10 run to lead at half time, 40-29.

San Beda controlled the first three quarters of the game, leading by as many as 11, 68-57, at the end of third quarter.

The Knights, who outscored the Red Lions in the fourth quarter, 27-19, banked on Guevarra’s sixth straight-point midway thru the final period to come up to within 68-63 with still 8:03 minutes left.

The Knights even trimmed the deficit both times, 80-82 and 83-85, in the remaining minutes.

“We are back to No. 1 and we are going to retain our title,” said rookie coach Lim. “We missed Aljamal but Taganas and Maggay stepped up in his absence. Borgie also stepped up.”

San Beda avenged its 69-70 lost to Letran in first round at The Arena in San Juan City last July 25. That was the only lost of San Beda.

“We cannot afford to lose against Letran,” he said. “So everybody delivered.”

Although Letran made more threes than San Beda, 11-of-26 against San Beda’s 1-of-9, the Red Lions outscored the Knights in Total Field Goal Shooting, 37-out-of-66 (56%) against 30-out-of-78 (38%). RJ Jazul led Letran with 23 points and eight assists and Guevarra had 14 points. San Beda battles fourth seed Mapua in the Final Four.

Off the court, shortly after the ballgame, a free-for-all broke loose. With San Beda fans reportedly engaging some of Letran’s team staff in a melee. The event lasted for almost 20 minutes with the Big Dome’s security trying to pacify the situation. A statement was made by the NCAA Man Com committee members Paul Supan and Henry Atayde about the incident.

Individual Scores:

SBC 87–Menor 21, Hermida 17, Escobal 14, Ekwe 12, Taganas 9, Maggay 8, Gamalinda 4, Marcelo 2, Lanete 0, Tirona 0.

CSJL 84–Jazul 23, Guevarra 14, Quinday 12, Daa 10, Cabonce 9, Faundo 7, Gutilban 6, Dangcal 2, Melegrito 1, Reposar 0, Del Rosario 0.

Quarter scores: 22-19, 40-29, 68-57, 87-84

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26 responses

1 09 2007
TheTruth

Letran-San Beda in the finals will be a bloody one.

1 09 2007
The Green Mind

For the sake of a historical perspective, Ateneo left the NCAA in 1978 after roiotous championship game against San Beda. In 1980 La Salle left the NCAA after a violence broke out in a game against Letran.

Well it seems that the 2 teams that were left are now in the middle of similar occurrences

1 09 2007
Jayvee

True enough. Hell will come to the Araneta Coliseum.

1 09 2007
TheTruth

The Green mind, the same with La Salle and Ateneo at the UAAP. Bugbugan din yan.

1 09 2007
Wiredfreak

thegreenmind: We are not just die hard fans but a community to support our team and that’s one reason why we never left the league.

thetruth: I agree.

1 09 2007
Red/Green Bedan

we don’t just sit and watch our team to lose. and besides, we don’t wait another season for us to get excited.

1 09 2007
Red/Green Bedan

@the Green Mind: yeah you’re history helps, but CSB is more historical about the pustahan.

1 09 2007
lion,archers,eagles,knights

talagang mainit ang laro pag kasama tong apat na team na ito.san beda, la salle, ateneo and letran really has a large fan base and student supporters and specially alumni that are really passionate about the game. iwasan nalang natin ang ganitong insidente. tangapin nalang natin kung anung kakalabasan ng mga laro na parang tunay na lalake para maiwasan ang mga ganitong insidente,

1 09 2007
lion,archers,eagles,knights

maybe we can make a short tournament that will pit four teams in a single round. that would be very exciting! lions, archers, eagles and the knights against each others!

attention inboundpass writers.. can u open up such an article about this so we can see if how many would be interested.

c’mon guys this would be fun. maybe the green mind or josef ramos could make one.

1 09 2007
nash

kapag nanalo letran sa jru, maglalaban pa ba san beda-letran para sa no.1 twice to beat?

1 09 2007
Red/Green Bedan

@lion, archers,eagles,knights:

have you not watch fil oils pre season cups?!?manuod ka na lang after the UAAP and NCAA game.

1 09 2007
stewie

ang sinabi lang naman ni green mind are the reasons behind the departure of ateneo and la salle from the ncaa. and those reasons mentioned the very same schools who are now in a similar situation.

at wala din naman siyang sinabi na all is peace between la salle and ateneo. kaya lang, wala pang nangyayari between these schools na katulad sa nangyari ngayon between san beda and letran.

1 09 2007
TheTruth

Tama nga pag La Salle, Ateneo, San beda, Letran naglaban (kapag major league) bugbugan talaga. Lalo na kapag naginit mga players.

1 09 2007
nash_bedista

What if All boys pa ang mga e2. Walang girls na kasama. Mas Magulo, Mas Matakaw sa Away etc.

1 09 2007
stewie

For the sake of history Letran won the brawl during the 1980’s causing lasallians to cry in taft while letranites are throwing stones on them.

1 09 2007
tagamasid

lions,knights,eagles,archers…wow!!!…what a group of rich catholics…engaging in violence….maybe that’s the reason why our country is filled with violence…because of rich catholics?…hehe….

‘am just joking…of course it’s for passion of the game why “die-hard fans” or “community” engage in such melee…i was once a passionte NCAA Fan …but never enganged in any riot…

tagamasid mula sa ibayong dagat.

1 09 2007
The Green Mind

I played for La Salle and in 1969, I was still playing for the juniors team, we beat San Beda in the last second of the game. I made that winning shot which was pure tsamba. My parents had to escort me out of of Loyola Gym. To think juniors lang yon.

The passion that comes with the NCAA and the UAAP can never be equalled. It is because we take pride in whatever school we came from.

1 09 2007
The Green Mind

Stewie,

I am saddened by your comments that “Letran won the brawl during the 1980’s causing lasallians to cry in taft while letranites are throwing stones on them”.

Is that what makes you proud. Sorry bro, but that is not what determines winners.

1 09 2007
atom

we have vidoes taken in araneta – letran coaching staff and players punching a san beda fan…. sabihin na natin na minura talaga sila – mali yun… pero para pumunta ka sa crowd at manakit lalo na at player at coaching staff ka??? tsk tsk

si sam – nanipa dahil nasahod – suspended
si yousif – di nagpaalam – gustong isuspend
letran, coaching staff and players – nanapok sa crowd – di suspended dahil minura????

how stupid can these people be?

weird observations from supan and atayde….di bale, consistent naman…

green mind, pigilan mo please ang kamag anak mo— i think you better talk to him before he embarasses himself further…

1 09 2007
atom

supan and atayde – na TV lang – tsk tsk

delusions of grandeur….

2 09 2007
josef ramos

the real josef ramos speaks:

Yup that’s definitely wrong.

Coaches and players have no right to hurt opposing fans even the spectators keep on shouting or even sending malicious languanges against them.

It is part of the game, but It is also better for fans to know their limit in cheering…

2 09 2007
Wiredfreak

joseframos: “It is part of the game, but It is also better for fans to know their limit in cheering…”

fans must know their limit in cheering but coaching staffs must know how to control their temper.

atom: there is nothing we can do about it, they must be really adore San Beda.

Everyone, Welcome to the Lions Den!

2 09 2007
NPA

kung UAAP madrama…
NCAA maaksyon… hehe

2 09 2007
stewie

green mind,

hindi ako nag post niyan. may nagpapanggap na iba.

the real stewie.

2 09 2007
stewie

my post was at 6:09pm.

i did not post the one at 7:20pm.

the real stewie.

2 09 2007
stewie

hindi lasallista ang nag post nun at nagtatago sa pangalan na stewie. mga duwag ang ganong tao.

the real stewie.

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