San Beda entrusts its dynasty to a youth movement in NCAA 95
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 06, 2019 06:29 PM
San Beda's youth movement, led by Evan Nelle and James Canlas, will still have always solid Donald Tankoua guiding it
HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 17-1, champion
YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: James Canlas, Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, Calvin Oftana, AC Soberano, Donald Tankoua
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Peter Alfaro, Prince Etrata, Ralph Penuela
GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, Joe Presbitero, Radge Tongco
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM SAN BEDA?
For the first time in a long time, the succession from proven talent to proven talent will be put on hold for San Beda University.
Canlas and Nelle have all the potential in the world to be shining stars themselves, but the young guns are still young guns – and not proven talents just yet.
“Siguro, yung challenge is how they will fill the shoes that Robert and Javee left behind. Paano sila mag-mature, yun ang challenge.” – head coach Boyet Fernandez
Still, the Filipino-Canadian scorer and the shifty playmaker have been given the keys to the castle – a castle that has housed three consecutive championships and 11 of the last 13 overall.
Nonetheless, “The Bandana Bros.” will have steady hands helping them out in the form of Cameroonian rock Donald Tankoua, two-way guard Clint Doliguez, versatile wing Calvin Oftana, and sharpshooter AC Soberano.
“Nandyan pa rin naman si AC as our captain ball. Donald will always be there for us. Then Calvin, time na rin ni Calvin.” – head coach Boyet Fernandez
WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM SAN BEDA?
Canlas already opened eyes as a rookie by showing he could score from anywhere and everywhere. Now, the 6-foot-2 swingman’s challenge is to prove he could also have an impact elsewhere.
On the other hand, Nelle saw spot minutes backing up the likes of Joe Presbitero and Radge Tongco. Still, the 5-foot-11 point guard was a blue-chip recruit coming out of San Beda’s own storied high school program and in preseason leagues, he showed everybody just that.
Without a doubt, those two could be the fuel for another championship run by the Red Lions.
WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR SAN BEDA?
Of course, it’s tough to cheer a championship-winning team which has been the league standard in nearly a decade and a half.
Still, this version of San Beda features an awesome twosome that is only entering their second season and are yet to even see their peaks.
These are not the usual Red Lions who have felt like an inevitability to claim the crown. Instead, these would be Red Lions who would have to fight tooth and claw in a field that is as wide open as it has ever been.
“Ang motivation namin is to have that winning culture. Whether it be an exhibition, a practice game, an NCAA game, we will go and try to win kasi yun ang expected from us. We don’t want to fail the school.” – head coach Boyet Fernandez
WHERE WOULD SAN BEDA BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95?
Make no mistake, San Beda isn’t going anywhere and remains one of the favorites to win it all in NCAA Season 95.
“Lalaban kami sa championship kasi if you’re a Bedan, you’re looking forward talaga na pumasok ng Finals at manalo ng championship.” – head coach Boyet Fernandez
The question about the maturity of Canlas and Nelle is a legitimate one, but that does not change the fact that those two have always been top-tier talents who just have to harness their potential.
And even so, if and when “The Bandana Bros.” show their youth, the Red Lions would still have Tankoua, Doliguez, Oftana, and Soberano to show the way.
WHEN IS SAN BEDA’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95?
San Beda’s title defense meets its first obstacle in the form of season host Arellano University on opening day, July 7 at MOA Arena.
As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream.
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