The championship is always the goal for San Beda

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 27, 2018 07:28 PM
The championship is always the goal for San Beda
Even with back-to-back championships, Javee Mocon and San Beda are not going to stop contending anytime soon

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 19-2 overall, second-seed after eliminations, champion

YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Robert Bolick, Clint Doliguez, Javee Mocon, AC Soberano, Donald Tankoua

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: James Canlas, Damie Cuntapay, Evan Nelle

GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Ben Adamos, Davon Potts

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM SAN BEDA?

San Beda is still San Beda – meaning, it remains one of the top teams in the tournament.

“Mas gusto ko nga na hindi kami ang favorite e kasi dun kami nagkukuha ng aming effort para to prove that we’re capable of winning. Ang ginagawa namin, we’re happy that every team has improved kaya kami naman, we continue to improve as a team as well.” – head coach Boyet Fernandez

The Red Lions only lost scoring guard Davon Potts and seldom-used big Ben Adamos and will be filling those spots with former San Beda High star Evan Nelle and Filipino-Canadian James Canlas – a couple of highly-touted recruits who could very well finally hold down the point guard position – as well as ex-San Sebastian High School pillar Damie Cuntapay.

“Right now, we’re battling some injuries and some issues about players transferring so it’s really tough.” – head coach Boyet Fernandez

Just like the last two years, and last two championships, Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon will be at the forefront of the attack.

Right behind them will be Finals MVP Donald Tankoua, sharpshooter AC Soberano, two-way stud Clint Doliguez, and steady hand Joe Presbitero.

WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM SAN BEDA?

This will be the final seasons for both Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon and while San Beda’s system never lets any single player pile up the numbers, the two Gilas cadets are nothing but ready and raring to showcase their skills, now at their maximum, to the world.

Continued development should then be expected from the likes of AC Soberano, Clint Doliguez, and all the other Red Lions next in line as leaders.

It should also be interesting to see how Evan Nelle’s game will translate to the Seniors. The former Red Cub is a do-it-all guard, but he still needs to prove that his wiry thin frame could hold up against much bigger competition.

WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR SAN BEDA?

It’s tough to cheer for a dynasty, but this San Beda squad is one of the most likeable, if not the most likeable, Mendiola has trotted out.

This all starts and ends with King Lion Robert Bolick who, just recently, braved a bad stomach, heavy rains, and sudden flooding to accept the first-ever UAAP-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Year award given to an NCAA player.

WHERE WOULD SAN BEDA BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94?

Simply put, the Finals. Don’t overthink this one – whoever wants that championship has to go through the San Beda Red Lions.

“A little less than a championship is always a disappointment. You know, everybody in San Beda expects us to win a championship – that’s year-long, every year. We always look for a championship so we always practice looking for a championship.” – head coach Boyet Fernandez

WHEN IS SAN BEDA’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94?

Defending champion San Beda takes on season host Perpetual on July 7 at the MOA Arena. Oh, and for more color, new Altas mentor Frankie Lim used to call the shots for the Red Lions.

As always, all of the #GalingNCAA will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream.

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