NCAA Finals: San Beda Red Lions goes B2B

26 09 2007

OOZING with confidence and a remarkable winning attitude in Game 2, the San Beda Red Lions has duplicated a feat they did in 1977 and 1978 – another back-to-back titles.

San Beda College, as expected, took charge in the early part and never looked back en route to a 76-64 demolition of Letran College to retain its crown last September 26, 2007 in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Pro-bound Yousif Aljamal started on fire in the first half and third year Rogemar Menor did the finishing touches in the final two quarters to give the Red Lions 13 crowns since joining the country’s oldest collegiate league in 1924.

San Beda Red Lions NCAA Season 82 and 83 Back to Back Champions:

Aljamal, who will suit up for Talk N’ Text next month in the PBA, torched the Knights’ porous defense earlier by firing 12 of his 24 points in the first period with 10 rebounds, while Menor piled up 12 of his 25 points in the payoff frame to lead his team.

“This is really memorable for me,” said Aljamal, who registered two triples, shot 6-of-8 from the field and had 6-of-10 attempts from the foul line. “For my last two years, I haven’t felt that we could win back-to-back. I’m really, really glad about this.”

Aljamal’s three-point play provided San Beda a 20-12 advantage with 2:21 minutes to go, and then back-up Bam Gamalinda scored three straight baskets to wow the Red Lions fans and close the first quarter ahead, 26-12.

“This is like my junior days when we won three straight titles from 2002 to 2005,” said Menor, who awarded as the Finals MVP after hitting 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and firing 9-of-13 shots from the filed. “I’m hoping we could also make it three next year.”

Menor tallied 23 points to lead San Beda to a 76-68 win in Game one of its best-of-three championship series.

Letran tried its best to fight back in the second period, trimming the deficit to 30-20 after Rafael Jazul’s two consecutive treys with 6:55 minutes left before halftime. But Samuel Ekwe responded with two baskets to stretch the lead again, 34-20, with 5:14 minutes to go.

San Beda kept its 14-point advantage at halftime, 43-29, after Aljamal’s buzzer-beater lay-up.

The last time the Knights tied the count was during the first quarter when Raymark Gutilban hit a triple for an 11-all deadlock.

Guard John Melegrito scored on two straight lay-ups to cut the deficit, 47-52 – the nearest for the Knights in the second half – with 1:21 minutes to go in the third.

The Red Lions delivered the coup de grace by unleashing a crippling 16-6 burst, capped by Menor’s first 10 points in last quarter and wrest the lead for good, 71-55, with still 4:16 minutes to go. San Beda’s ruckus crowd were already jumping and celebrating.

“This is very sweet especially for me,” said San Beda’s rookie coach Frankie Lim, who was the top playmaker of the Red Lions when they won the 1977 and 1978 titles. “My players really worked hard for these back-to-back titles.”

“Letran fought hard, but our desire to win the championship was undeniable,” he added.

Although Aljamal and Menor were the only Red Lions who scored in double figures, San Beda’s unbreakable defense and ball-rotation proved to be the deciding factor.

The Red Lions had more assists than the Knights, 20-9. They also dominated on the defensive end with more steals (7-5) and blocked shots (9-2). San Beda’s gang rebounding, 50-38, was also the key to a series sweep.

Pong Escobal had seven points, while Gamalinda and Borgie Hermida finished with six points each. Escobal and Hermida merged for 12 assists.

Ekwe, the last year’s Rookie-MVP, had only four points but hauled down 13 rebounds and swatted away six Letran attempts.

Bryan Faundo and Rafael Jazul scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the Knights, and lost Dino Daa and Gutilban in the early part of the last quarter in foul trouble.

“San Beda took it away and we failed to extend the series for Mikko (Quinday),” said Louie Alas, the Knights coach. “We dedicated this game to him because this is his last playing year, but we failed.”

San Beda, with its two straight titles for an overall 13 crowns, has placed them No. 3 in the list of most number of Senior Men’s Basketball titles in the NCAA. First runner-up Letran stays on top with 15, followed by former member Ateneo with 14.

In the Locker Room:

Individual scores

SBC 76: Menor 25, Aljamal 24, Escobal 7, Hermida 6, Gamalinda 6, Ekwe 4, Taganas 2,
Tirona 2, Marcelo 0, Tecson 0, Lanete 0, Maggay 0.

Letran 64: Faundo 17, Jazul 14, Melegrito 8, Guevarra 6, Quinday 5, Daa 4,, Gutilban 3,
Dangcal 2, Foronda 2, Cabonce 2, Del Rosario 1, Reposar 0.

Quarter scores: 26-12; 43-29; 57-49; 76-64.

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38 responses

26 09 2007
the_BEDAN

All HAIL the BEDANS…WE DESERVED TO WIN THIS CROWN..Hats off to the humble and insipred Bedistas that were able to keep their compsure despite a concieted effect among the opponents to get away with unsportsmanlike attitude..Prayers do make things come true. Animo San Beda!!!

26 09 2007
Leizzhy

Animo San Beda!
Congratulations to all of us! walang pasok bukas! hehe!

27 09 2007
doug

Congrats! A deserved win.

27 09 2007
mang roger

sweet!!! kita kita sa labas ng beda, guys!

27 09 2007
Justice

congrats san beda red lions…!!!animo san beda!!!

27 09 2007
Brian Faundo......FAUNDO!!

congrats mga bedans. next year bawi na lang kami ni RJ basta banggitin nyo pa rin palagi yung surname ko, masaya na ko. that in all things, God may be glorified

27 09 2007
Leon

yahoo champion ang beda!asteeg!

27 09 2007
wye

Hey guys congrats..but wait, AIR21 drafted Aljamal..who did he get traded for?

27 09 2007
letranense

Congrats mga Bedista!
Sana magkita muli tayo next year! Hanggang sa susunod. Mabuhay tayong lahat!

27 09 2007
Ramirez

Applause also goes out to the Letran Knights for giving it their all.

Animo San Beda!

27 09 2007
Bedan Alumnus

Astig talaga ang Beda! I’m sure next year San Beda will go for 3peat! Animo San Beda.. Oh la la!

San Beda is the Great! Mabuhay tayong mga Bedista…

27 09 2007
high_def

Congratulations to the whole Bedan community!
let’s three-peat it again next year!
Animo San Beda!

27 09 2007
re[d]volution

a great game galanly fought by the knights and the RED LIONS…
for letran, you guys did great this season
for SAN BEDA, we proved once again that we are serious and we are here to stay…hehehehe

ANIMO SAN BEDA!!!
CHAMPION ONCE AGAIN, WHOOOOP!!!!

27 09 2007
Son of Ekwe

SAN BEDA NO.1

27 09 2007
atom

great game by the knights…see you again next year…

ANIMO SAN BEDA!

27 09 2007
Big Indian

Oooo…Woh… Woh… Wooo…

Go! SAN BEDA Fight!

Aim for 3peat!

27 09 2007
Big Indian

Thank YOUsif for all the memories!

27 09 2007
Bedan_Californian

Congrats pa rin sa Letran Knights for a well fought game. But in the end, kailangan may manalo. Nagkataon the RED LIONS won. They were just the better team for the season. let’s go for a 3-peat.
ANIMO SAN BEDA!!!
For San Beda, Our country and GOD….

27 09 2007
kobe81

San beda is indeed the best college team basketball this year! congratulations sa redlions!!

Animo San Beda!!!

27 09 2007
kobe81

San beda is indeed the best college basketball team this year! congratulations sa redlions!!

Animo San Beda!!!

27 09 2007
red

SMB PARIN! SARAP MAGING BEDISTA!!!

WOOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!

NICE GAME LETRAN!

27 09 2007
Boy Pakwan

Nothing less than a Grand Slam/ 3peat would be the LIONS PRIDE target next year.

…got the talent,
…got a new ring,
…got the whole Bedan community,
…now get Motivated and do the sacrifices!

Thanks also to Letran and Coach Louie, they earn lots of respect.

GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!

27 09 2007
backtoback

champion na naman san beda! heheheh! ang sarap maging bedista! wuhooo!
AIM FOR 3-PEAT CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN!
GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!

27 09 2007
Justice

FIRST I WOULD TO CONGRATS THE LETRAN KNIGHTS FOR THE WELL JOB DONE AGAINST THE LIONS…YOU FOUGHT WELL!!!

NOW…FOR THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 83RD SEASON NCAA…ALL OF US BEDANS ARE SO PROUD BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS…THANK YOU FOR WINNING NOT JUST FOR YOURSELVES OR FOR YOUR YOUR TEAM BUT FOR THE BEDAN COMMUNITY…

AND TO YOUSIF ALJAMAL…DAKAL A SALAMAT KEKA (SALAMAT SA IYO) CABALEN!!!GOOD LUCK IN PBA!!!

GO FOR 3 PEAT!!!GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!!!WE’RE FROM SAN BEDA…WHO ARE YOU???!!!ANIMO BEDISTA!!!

27 09 2007
Justice

Thursday, 27th September 2007 at 6:31 pm

FIRST I WOULD TO CONGRATULATE THE LETRAN KNIGHTS FOR THE WELL JOB DONE AGAINST THE LIONS…YOU FOUGHT WELL!!!

NOW…FOR THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 83RD SEASON NCAA…ALL OF US BEDANS ARE SO PROUD BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS…THANK YOU FOR WINNING NOT JUST FOR YOURSELVES OR FOR YOUR YOUR TEAM BUT FOR THE BEDAN COMMUNITY…

AND TO YOUSIF ALJAMAL…DAKAL A SALAMAT KEKA (SALAMAT SA IYO) CABALEN!!!GOOD LUCK IN PBA!!!

GO FOR 3 PEAT!!!GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!!!WE’RE FROM SAN BEDA…WHO ARE YOU???!!!ANIMO BEDISTA!!!

28 09 2007
85

Bedans will answer the clarion’s call for San Beda Our Country and God!

28 09 2007
VIPER

we donot need foreign players in the league. . .coz in the long run Philippine basketball will not benefit at all on these kind of talents! they could not turn pros and play internationally!

SAM EKWE is the core of this team. . .if not of these guy maybe BEDA will not even grab ONE crown. . .PEACE OUT GUYS!!!

28 09 2007
Mike Abasolo

Hi Viper,

I apparently do not agree with you on the “Sam Ekwe is the core….if not of these guy….”. As I have said before, Ekwe is athletic and tall Yes but skills wise, i dont think he’ll even pass in the PBA. In other words, dont be deceived. The coaching staff will find ways to use Ekwe but he’s not the key. I firmly believe even without Ekwe, San Beda will be Champs.

The San Beda coaching staff had to make major offensive adjustments in Game 2 to pull this one off. The result, the Red Lions started to run and when they do, any team will be in trouble.

We do not need foreign players? Yes and No.

Yes, we do need them to increase the level of play and hoping that they’re arrival would make a dent into the Pinoy’s psyche that they need to step it up and work. But…they have to be limited because the Phils. is a small market. My latter explanation is relative but i hope you get the picture.

No, because of, I repeat, the relatively small market and it may hinder the Filipino players’ opportunities in the long term.

28 09 2007
namannaman

VIPER: di naman siguro si sam lang players. manuod ka ulet ng game para malaman mo na maraming contributors.

GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!

28 09 2007
redredred

ay nako bakit ba may IBANG (i’m not saying ALL) letranista na ginagawang dahilan pa ang “pag-gamefix” ng players nila? kahit naman di nag-gamefix ang Knights, mas malakas pa rin and Lions! tignan niyo naman line-up namin anong sinabi ng knights?

29 09 2007
namannaman

kc naman di matanggap tanggap na natalo kaya kung anu ano na lang ang pinagbabasehan na natalo sla, sus. eh sila rin dati may import..sus!

29 09 2007
the_BEDAN

Sore loser you VIPER!!!
U do must accept the fact the Bedistas are more better than you Letranistas..In terms of attitude and behaviour..Im proud to be a Bedista by heart,not just because of the fame of the school but because of what it teaches.. Just accept the fact that the light of the knights already faded and this is the time for Red Lions. Even if Sam was there, he was not like Kobe Bryant type of player whose a “go to” guy..You know it, we defated you not as individual..but as a team..a better team than yours.

29 09 2007
mang roger

manga jiho, bawasan na ang pagkacutting classes… lalo na sa english classes… lumalabo ang ingles naten… aus? kakahiya eh… sige kayo, sa letran nako magbebenta ng balut… joke lng, pero paki ayos naman po ang grammar… mas mabuti pang managalog nalang para matuwa pa sainyo si maam fernando… hehehe…

30 09 2007
sammy delatorre

Go San Beda fight!

Let me say that there is really no such thing as “import” in academic competition. True there are repercushions and therefore, there should be regulations. But the presence of foreigners in the Academic league should not be put on the light of “foreign imports.” To isolate foreigners merely because they are foreigners with a different skin is discriminatory. What we are fighting here is the pride, the ideal and the honor of the school and not money. Foreign or local players, wouldnt make a difference at this point. Academic competition and Freedom is not an exclusive right of a certain people with a particular skin. Academic competition is Universal.

In Professional leagues you can classify things with a varity of series such as “The All Filipino league,” “The Reinforced Conferenced”, etc. This is possible because of the Professional Nature of the business that encourages professional careers.

Academic Competition is Universal.

Sam Ekwe’s presence in collegiate basketball is nothing new. I recall the days of William Pearson of La Salle, Steve Watson of Ateneo and so forth… These guys gave these schools a lot of championships.

30 09 2007
sammy delatorre

In addition, Let me remind everyone that there are Filipinos who are playing in the NCAA here in the US. Not just Filipinos, but nationalities from all over the World!

The presence of the likes of Ekwe in the collegiate league does not hurt the league at all, It helps the Sport as a matter of fact. True the competion has become very stiff and tough, But think about it, To achieve excellence is really tough. Every Sport is morphing into something new, modern, and advanced. Not just locally, but Internationally.

We have longed to make our mark in the Sport of Basketball in the International Scene. We use to beat China as they simply beat us all the time now…. Training our young athletes in playing with and against international players would raise our quality of play, skill and intelligence wise. It is only through playing with them and against them we will find ways to get around them with what we have…

One last thing, please be reminded that Sam Ekwe only learned to play Basketball here in the Philippines. He was a Soccer player before. The Basketball part in him therefore, is very Filipino.

If we continue to call him Import, I think that is discriminatory.

30 09 2007
noynoy

We seem to focus on sam ekwe a lot. We seem to overlook the contributions of the other players in the team. I believe even without ekwe San Beda would still be the best collegiate team in the country today. They have proven early this season that they could win even without ekwe, and they could win even without al jamal. Someone from the team will surely step up in the absence of another, and they could win with pure teamwork. If you look around! other teams have imports too! others even have not just one but two. However, hindi natin nakikita kasi hindi maitim, at hindi pa nag cha champion, pag nagchampion na ? ayun saka ituturo yung import kay nag champion. Ginagawang excuse yung import kaya natalo yung other teams. We have rules to follow, and as far as San Beda is concerned, sumusunod tayo sa rules.

30 09 2007
sammy delatorre

Another point,

Should recruitment of Foreign Players be allowed?

Why not! There is nothing wrong with it. for as long as it is regulated. One or Two per team wont hurt.

Because If we really think about it, It is the decision of the foreign player whether to play or not (and not for money) as the factor that will make the difference.

Ekwe volunteered to study in San Beda in line of his planned vocation to be a priest. Another Nigerian mehemoth volunteered to study and play for San Beda and he is expected to play next year. Kenneth Emeka Udo I believe is his name.

It is true their presence or tandem will give San Beda an edge, It will assure them of great chances for more glory. But the point here is the challenge they impose to other teams, the friendship they bring and develop in this unique scenario, The wonderful contributions these Nigerians bring to the league are very obvious, unique and compelling.

What if their presence leads to an influx of Nigerians wanting to play here? Perhaps even aquiring dual citizenships so they can eventually play for our country as well? Is there anyone still complaining?

People would say, The Playing field is no longer equal… Well in any tournament, it is never equal. There is no such thing.

That’s why we have strong teams and weak teams and the element of challenge and competion is there. But the point here is, Is it fair? It still is. No Violations are being committed. Is it productive?, Of course it is. Learning to stop the likes of Ekwe gives us the opportunity to learn how to play with and stop Big Guys in general.

If such is the trend in the amateurs, just think of what it can generate and morph into the pro’s

Louis Alas himself said, San Beda is beatable! So What’s the problem?

30 09 2007
sammy delatorre

By the way,

Im a Bedan and I am from San Diego Ca. I follow the news through the Internet.

San Beda is right on course. Everything is fair with Ekwe and this new up and coming guy.

Always remember, Academic Competition is a Universal thing.

Thank you

Sam

San Diego Ca

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