The San Beda Red Lions hoist their trophies as they celebrate their ninth NCAA championship with a sweep of the Arellano U Chiefs last season. | Joey Mendoza
Lions out to 'preserve tradition' with 12th straight finals stint
Joey Villar (philstar.com) - November 3, 2017 - 5:22am

MANILA, Philippines – San Beda has made it to the NCAA finals the last 11 seasons. It is not about to miss it now.

“We have a tradition to preserve and we will do our best to preserve it,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose Lions will battle the San Sebastian Stags at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Tuesday for the right to play the Lyceum of the Philippines U Pirates in the 93rd NCAA finals.

The Lions have been the league’s yardstick for the last decade after making it to the finals in 11 straight seasons and winning nine championships along the way.

The only two crowns that slipped San Beda’s grasp came in 2009 when San Sebastian’s “Pinatubo Three” of Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual lorded it over the field and in 2015 when Aldin Ayo’s Letran Knights came out of nowhere to reign supreme.

This year, San Beda finished No. 2 at the end of the elimination round behind sweeper LPU and a 12th straight finals stint looms over the horizon.

And only San Sebastian stands on its way.

Fernandez said they would need to rely on its league-best defense after it held opponents to 65.8 points a game.

“We’ve made it this far because of our defense and we hope to continue to play harder on that end,” he said.

San Sebastian is also as stingy as it owns the NCAA’s third-best defense by shackling their foes to 70.2 points a game.

The one-game duel will not be without drama though as Fernandez once called out to San Sebastian’s Michael Calisaan as having done “dirty plays” that did not sit well with the latter and his coach Egay Macaraya.

Fernandez though said they’ll just focus on the game.

“We just want to concentrate on this game and not be distracted with other issues,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez also rued their 19-day break.

“It was really long but we tried our best to stay in shape and we even played tune up games against other teams including a team in the ABL (ASEAN Basketball League),” he said.

Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.