|San Beda College Red Lions 2014 Season|
|2014 Premiere Cup: 2nd Place||Wins||7||Losses||2|
|Elimination Round (Group B)||Wins||5||Losses||1|
|2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Champions||Wins||17||Losses||5|
|1st seed Playoff (2014/10/10)||SBC||97||AU||69|
|Finals Game 1 (2014/10/20)||SBC||74||AU||66|
|Finals Game 2 (2014/10/22)||SBC||89||AU||70|
One shining moment
The SBC Red Lions won the NCAA Championship for the 5th time in a row. FIVE TIMES! It’s the second five-peat team of team patron MVP. How amazing is that!
But out of the 31 official games this team played, the best game played by the San Beda College Red Lions was their Premiere Cup quarterfinals game against the eventual UAAP Champions, National University, last June 4, 2014.
Ola Adeogun had a hard time guarding Alfred Aroga all throughout the game. Aroga was unstoppable, shooting lights-out, making 8 of 11 shots and 6 of 7 free throws. Adeogun fouled out of the game late in the 4th quarter filling-in 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The San Beda Red Lions, after a close 1st half, broke away in the 4th quarter and advanced to the Premiere Cup semifinals with an 88-81 win. Anthony Semerad made all of his 3 point shots in the game to lead SBC with 22 points.
Who’s in, who’s out
Coach Boyet Fernandez will not coach the Red Lions for this tournament as he has been promoted to the pros for NLEX. Coach Jamike Jarin will not be present as well. The head coach for the Red Lions for the PCCL will be Coach Adonis Tierra.
In addition, David and Anthony Semerad and Kyle Pascual are not lined-up for the tournament as they are in the pros as well. In their place, Donald Tankoua, Jose Presbitero, and Amiel Soberano will be promoted from Team Behold to the Red Lions.
Player to watch
Everytime I talk to a coach about who the best foreign student-athlete (I refuse to call them imports. This is not the pros ladies and gentlemen!) in recent memory, the list will always be: SBC’s Sam Ekwe, UST’s Karim Abdul, NU’s Alfred Aroga and SBC’s Ola Adeogun.
In our opinion though, Ola Adeogun has one of the highest basketball IQs in the game today. Sure he could dominate the game at any point but Adeogun also plays hard every game. And it can be seen on how he crashes the boards. He’s not the tallest center in the NCAA but he boxes out so well as seen in his 7.82 defensive rebounds per game average. Moreover, he is so unselfish. According to Coach Jude Roque, Ola’s a great teammate outside of the court. In the court, he always makes the extra pass to an open teammate. It’s unbelievable that the NCAA is banning the recruitment of FSA’s but that’s for another article to write.
Let’s all enjoy Ola because this MIGHT be the last tournament he plays on Philippine soil since he’s still pondering whether he’ll don the red and white next season.
It’s hard to peg where the San Beda Red Lions will place in this tournament. The loss of the Semerads and Kyle Pascual is a huge hit for the Red Lions. And we have no data on the games of Donald Tankoua, Jose Presbitero, and Amiel Soberano over at the FMC. If they could make a smooth transition in a span of a month, then the team has a high probability of topping Group B. But as of now, we are predicting that…
2nd place Group B, 4th place in the tournament
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