'The Beast' remains NCAA basketball's best moniker in 20 years
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 27, 2020 06:14 PM
There is now more than one beast in Philippine sports - but the OG is still Calvin Abueva
We have already gone through the most memorable monikers in the UAAP since 2000.
Not to be outdone, of course, the NCAA has had its own nicknames to easily identify its shining stars.
From Baser Amer to Rey Nambatac and from CJ Perez to Robert Bolick, the Grand Old League has been a grand old stage for tantalizing talents to make a name for themselves - and even more, make a nickname for themselves.
Here, we have gathered the cream of the crop monikers for the NCAA in the last 20 years.
First and foremost, there is not one nickname that had as much of an impact as this:
THE ULTIMATE NCAA MONIKER
Without a doubt, Calvin Abueva is a beast on the court.
The now-Phoenix Fuel Master can make his presence felt anywhere and everywhere - and he has always done so even in his time in San Sebastian.
Abueva was such a problem for defenses, even dynastic San Beda's, and that's exactly why it was just perfect to call him "The Beast."
Also, did you know that "beast" is actually an anagram for Baste? How 'bout that, huh?!
More than the perfect fit, though, Abueva's nickname has also had an impact quite like "Phenom" from the UAAP.
After Abueva, San Sebastian just had to have more beasts in the form of "Baby Beast" CJ Perez and "Lady Beast" Grethcel Soltones.
MONIKERS THAT FOLLOWED SUIT
Perez's nickname isn't original - as already said, it came from Abueva's "The Beast."
Still, "Baby Beast" is a perfect fit for the top overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft - a player who can make his presence felt anywhere and everywhere.
He just does it all while standing two inches shorter and packing 20 lbs. lighter than "The Beast."
MONIKERS ABOUT DEFINING MOMENTS
Once upon a time, Robert Bolick was a bench player in La Salle.
Not getting his shot in his time as a Green Archer is his origin story - as he loves to tell.
Fast forward to his donning the red and white for San Beda and Bolick got his shot.
Once he did, not only did he deliver, he delivered big-time - hitting the biggest shots in the biggest moments in the biggest games.
That is why he was "Big Shot Bolick."
MONIKERS THAT GO TOGETHER
Abueva already has the ultimate NCAA moniker - and still, he also has the best name for a group.
"Pinatubo Trio" was an ominous moniker that denoted doom and gloom for San Sebastian's opponents.
And it wasn't just scare tactics either.
Abueva, Ronald Pascual, and Ian Sangalang are all Kapampangan and therefore, hail from Mt. Pinatubo, indeed.
It was always just a matter of time before any of them - or worse for the rest of the NCAA, all of them - erupted.
A close second was San Beda's "Bandana Bros" in James Canlas and Evan Nelle.
With Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon gone, the spotlight, all of a sudden, shone on two guards who were just entering the second seasons.
Still, Canlas and Nelle did nothing but take the challenge head-on - and the black bandanas on their foreheads game in and game out symbolized that the Red Lions' future was now.
Unfortunately, "Bandana Bros" is no more, but we will always have that "new drip."
MONIKERS THAT PLAYED ON GIVEN NAMES
When an opportunity presents itself, you just have to take it.
That's what happened with the names of these guys:
Bright Akhuetie became "Mr. Brightside"
Baser Amer became "The Hammer"
Sudan Daniel became "Superman"
Sam Ekwe became "The Equalizer"
Rey Nambatac became "Stingrey"
And Scottie Thompson became "The Pearl" (his full name is Earl Scottie Thompson)
MONIKERS THAT ARE JUST… COOL
Nothing much to explain here other than the fact that RJ Jazul, now of Phoenix, had one of the most unique nicknames in all of sports.
"So Cool" encapsulated what he was as a lead guard for Letran - and it just so happened that it rhymed so well with his last name.
All in all, "So Cool" RJ Jazul is just, well, so cool.
Of course, how could we forget how both Mark Cruz and Borgie Hermida played way bigger than their actual heights.
"Ant-man" Cruz came through time and time again for Letran while Hermida transformed into "The Mighty Kid" to take charge for San Beda.
There's also "Master Chief" for Kent Salado to definitely describe how he led Arellano into remaining a tough out even after the departure of Jiovani Jalalon - much like how Halo's supersoldier stood strong in the face of The Covenant.
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