by Kristel Satumbaga
(Mall of Asia Arena)
12 midday – Opening Ceremony
2 p.m. – San Beda vs San Sebastian
four p.m. – Mapua vs Arellano
Defending champion San Beda hopes to experience on the crest of its robust preseason exhibiting because it launches its title-retention bid towards host San Sebastian College at present firstly of the NCAA ’93 on the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Game is at 2 p.m. with the Red Lions getting into the season with returning coach Boyet Fernandez, who guided the college of their 2013 and 2014 titles.
Last 12 months’s finalist Arellano University, likewise, opens its title marketing campaign, this time with out spitfire pointguard Jio Jalalon, once they collide with Mapua at four p.m.
The Mapua Cardinals are additionally beginning their period with out back-to-back Most Valuable Player Allwell Oraeme, who determined to take a 12 months off.
But focus will likely be on San Beda, which displayed improved energy after profitable the preseason towards UAAP champion La Salle a number of months in the past. They completed the event undefeated in all 11 video games.
Fernandez, nonetheless, downplayed early predictions of being the “team to beat” and mentioned the sector has change into harder and extra aggressive this season.
“We’re only as good as our last championship. We need to work harder because victories won’t come easy,” mentioned Fernandez.
The Red Lions will parade a tall and intact lineup composed of 6-foot-Donald Tankoua and 6-foot-Three Benedict Adamos, whereas offense will come from Robert Bolick, adjudged Finals MVP within the preseason.
San Sebastian, which completed seventh final 12 months, is anticipated to go all out with key participant Michael Calisaan, in addition to the explosive backcourt pair of Ryan Costelo and RK Ilagan.
In the opposite pairing, Arellano faces its first recreation post-Jalalon, however Coach Jerry Codiñera is it as a constructive problem for his different stalwarts to step up their video games.
“Okay lang sa akin kahit ganito para rin maisip ng iba na mag-step up, lalo na yung mga bago,” mentioned Codiñera, who eyes Kent Salado to fill within the spot of Jalalon.
Mapua coach Atoy Co additionally has the identical predicament with out Oraeme, in addition to key gamers Shane Menina and CJ Isit, however is optimistic of his gamers.
Tags: Basketball, Boyet Fernandez, NCAA ’93, San Beda, San Sebastian College