Red Cubs hunting for historic eight-peat

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 27, 2016 08:13 PM
Red Cubs hunting for historic eight-peat
ON THE PROWL. San Beda hopes to again do something no other squad has ever done in Philippine basketball.

In the history of Philippine basketball, only one team has claimed the championship seven times in a row.

The rare feat, called a seven-peat, has been proven achievable by the San Beda High School Red Cubs just last year.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: University of the East won seven consecutive championships from 1965 to 1971, but one of those was a shared championship with University of Sto. Tomas.)

Why stop there, the boys from Rizal are saying. They got to seven, can they go for eight?

Full of confidence, last season's Finals MVP Evan Nelle told ABS-CBN Sports, “Yun yung main goal namin – eight-peat.”

Although far from a sure thing, team captain Sam Abuhijle said that they are already putting all of their efforts towards that goal. “Eighty percent achievable yun kasi siyempre, may malalakas din namang mga team like Mapua and Arellano,” he said.

He then continued, “So ngayon pa lang – no, actually last year pa nga – pinaghahandaan na namin yung eight-peat.”

Indeed, challenging San Beda next season will be Mapua, or the Malayan Institute of Technology, led by season MVP Mike Enriquez as well as reigning runners-up Arellano High School.

Still, along with the eight-peat, more than a few individual objectives are also set to fuel the fire in the Red Cubs. In particular, Nelle is hoping to take the next step as Rizal’s next breakout star.

Talking about the line that stretches from Renren Ritualo and Baser Amer to Arvin Tolentino and Andrei Caracut, the sharpshooter said, “I hope I can be even just half of the players they are.”

He then continued, “Proud ako sa mga nagawa ko, pero I know this is still not where I want to be. High school pa lang ’to and main goal ko talaga is PBA.”

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