NCAA 95: San Beda's 'Bandana Bros' got a Bolick-Mocon-sized chip on their shoulder

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 15, 2019 06:21 PM
'Bandana Bros' got a Bolick-Mocon chip on their shoulder
Evan Nelle and James Canlas want nothing more than to prove San Beda remains in good hands even after the departures of Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon

San Beda University has remained unscathed in its title defense in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Through five games, the Red Lions have set themselves as the standard as they already count victories versus title hopefuls Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Even more impressive, the three-peat champions have done it with second-year stars showing the way.

Thus far in their sophomore seasons, James Canlas and Evan Nelle have been as good as advertised.

Canlas has looked the part of a go-to-guy with averages of 14.6 points, including 32 percent from deep, on top of 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists while Nelle seems to be the school's next in a long line of great point guards, averaging 12.2 markers, including also 32 percent from deep, to go along with 6.6 dimes, 5.8 boards, and 1.2 steals.

Of course, they have had huge help from the likes of Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua and Calvin Oftana.

Still, the fact remains that the "Bandana Bros." have only proven worthy to be wearing the red and white crowns of leaderships that, for them, just so happen to be, well, bandanas.

Even better, rather than be dragged down by the weight of taking over for Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon, both now making waves in PBA, the challenge of being the storied squad's new leaders have actually done nothing but lift up the two.

"We want to prove something to everyone that we're still a winning team without Bolick and Mocon," Canlas said. "We're still sophomores, but we just want to improve every game and show what we can do every game."

And this is, apparently, just the start for San Beda's "Bandana Bros." as the rest of the league better watch out because both of them also want to prove they can also do what the other does.

"Coach puts me at two and Evan at one and we switch," Canlas said. "I can also play the point guard aside from the scoring role and he can do more than just playmaking and passing."
That means, Evan setting up a James score in one possession and then Nelle finishing what Canlas started the next?

Without a doubt, the Red Lions are in good hands.

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