POINTS OF EMPHASIS: San Beda’s Boyet Fernandez breaks down possible NCAA Season 95 Finals matchups
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 05, 2019 09:37 AM
San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez has some scouting to do in the NCAA Season 95 Men's Basketball Stepladder Semifinals
With defending champions San Beda University breezing through the elimination round of the NCAA Season 95 Men’s Basketball tournament they’ve earned themselves an outright berth into the Finals as well as a few weeks off to recover and prepare for the season-ending series.
As such, the semifinals will be decided in a stepladder format for the second time in three seasons, and the three next best teams behind the top-seeded Red Lions will battle amongst themselves for a shot at the defending champions.
Looking to make the finals will be San Sebastian, Letran, and Lyceum.
Obviously, San Beda will be watching the semifinals closely as to know who they will need to prepare for.
Here are the points of emphasis for each contending team, according to San Beda Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez:
For Coach Boyet, their main focus, should the Stags make it to the finals, will be their two main gunners in Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan. Fernandez knows fully well just how dangerous those two can be when it comes to the offensive end of the floor.
“If you look at their last game, when we saw their last game, Bulanadi scored 44, RK Ilagan scored 20, so that’s 60+ points right away. If those guys will score against us, we’ll have a problem against them because they’re scoring 60.”
Fernandez also mentioned JM Calma and Alvin Capobres as guys to look out for as well.
“Yung Calma and Capobres have been playing well, so yun ang points of emphasis namin.”
Of course, Fernandez gave due credit to Stags mentor Egay Macaraya, someone he knows very well.
“Knowing Coach Egay, I have so much respect for Coach Egay because we’ve played together before with Sta. Lucia, so medyo mahirap basahin si Coach Egay. I know what he’s doing with San Sebastian, but always may surprise si Coach Egay eh.”
The bigs will be the the focal point of San Beda’s preparation for collegiate rivals Letran, should the Knights make it back into the final dance. Letran big man Larry Muyang has been a force for the Intramuros-based squad all season long.
“When it comes to Letran, our point of emphasis is probably [Larry] Muyang because he’s really the man in the post and in the middle for Letran,” said Fernandez.
Of course, the talent around Muyang is also no joke.
“We’ll also have to limit [Bonbon] Batiller and [Jerrick] Balanza, who has been playing well, and Fran Yu has been doing good in the point guard position, and then we really have to locate and block out and control the offensive rebounding of [Ato] Ular because they’re really playing well.”
“Coach Bonnie [Tan] is also a very good coach, well-respected, and he has a very good coaching staff, so that will be the emphasis, kung ano talaga diskarte nila,” he added.
After facing the Pirates in back-to-back Finals showdowns, Fernandez already knows what to expect, and it will all come down to the health of Lyceum center Mike Harry Nzeusseu.
While Nzeusseu has been nursing an injury, Fernandez believes that the Cameroonian big man will be back in time for the post-season.
“I really don’t know what’s the status of Nzeusseu, because when we played them the last game, hindi naglaro si Nzeusseu, but with three weeks off, I still believe that he will be back and he will be playing and they will be 100 percent, so that’s the main emphasis.”
Ball-handling and protection, Fernandez says, will be something to tighten, especially against a fast-paced team like the Pirates.
“If you’re going to play LPU, you’re going to have to take care of the basketball because they’re the number one team in forcing turnovers and they’re the number one team in fastbreaks as well, so we’re going to have to sprint back and take care of that fastbreak of LPU. “
Of course, you can’t talk about Lyceum without mentioning their spectacular backcourt led by twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino.
“Also, if you’re going to play LPU, it’s not only Nzeusseu, but you also have the Marcelino twins, and you have )Reymar) Caduyac there.”
“Of course, Coach Topex will surely be ready for the Finals,” Fernandez added.