San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And the other mentors agreed, noting that the Pirates are no doubt the dark horses this season, thanks largely to their success in the summer leagues.“Lyceum is number one. They’re all team to beat, but I guess Lyceum will always be there,” noted San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.“Lyceum is going to be tough,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican.“Lyceum has had a good development from last year and they’ve had a great run in the preseason,” JRU assistant coach Vic Lazaro said. ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments A lot going on for Murray as Wimbledon defense begins MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 931K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kongcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Defending champion San Beda remains as the team to beat in the coming NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But for returning coach Boyet Fernandez, he knows that the Red Lions are facing a tall order in retaining their championship given that the rest of the league has gotten stronger.“We’re in for a tough season because our opponents have gotten better. It will be tough for me,” Fernandez said, as the Lions gun for their 21st overall title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn assessing the rest of the field, Fernandez believes that Lyceum is going to be the one that would give San Beda fits.“Basing on the Filoil tournament last week, I think Lyceum did a good job in the preseason,” he said. Lyceum on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves107 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES However, Pirates coach Topex Robinson said he’s taking it all in stride as he seeks to meet the early expectations handed upon his squad.“It’s an equal opportunity. All of us prepared well on putting the pressure on us, and we have every reason to feel so. But the way I see it, it’s still an even playing field for me,” he said.Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera, meanwhile, thinks it will be an open race for the last three slots in the Final Four, with favorite San Beda a lock to make it to the semifinals.“It’s open. San Beda will be there, so the second to fourth places will be open,” he said.Letran coach Jeff Napa hopes to pull off a few surprises.“You know the ones that are favored. For us, we just want to surprise them in the end.”The latest season tips off on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena, with host San Sebastian taking on San Beda in the curtain raiser before Mapua and Arellano clash in the second game.RELATED VIDEOlast_img read more

Pirates keep slate spotless, hand Knights first loss

first_imgMOST READ Romeo a champ, finally Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting St. Benilde struggled with JRU’s press, indeed, and turned the ball over 36 times but fortunately for the Blazers, the Bombers collected just 13 points from those errors.Yankie Haruna was the sole Blazer in double digits as he scored 19 points.CSB ended a two-game slide to go to 1-2 while JRU, under new head coach Louie Gonzales, fell to 0-2.In the high school division, National University survived a furious battle with La Salle Greenhills to prevail, 86-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Down 48-61 after a triple from Letran’s Fran Yu, the Pirates turned to twins JC and JV Marcelino to shred the Knights’ defense and spearhead a 9-0 run that trimmed the deficit to four.Nzeusseu finished with 20 points and 10 boards as Lyceum climbed to the Group B lead. Raymar Caduyac and JC Marcelino each added 18 while Jayson David chipped in 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAllen Mina’s 30 points went down the drain for Letran. Mina also had six triples as he helped the Knights control the match early.Yu and Tommy Olivario added 15 and 10 points respectively. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In another seniors match, the College of St. Benilde Blazers blasted the pesky Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 79-56, for their first win in three matches.The Blazers built leads of as many as 20 after a 20-6 start but the Bombers seemed to find a way to crawl back, with guard MJ dela Virgen knocking down a turnaround jumper that trimmed the lead to 55-50.But back-to-back boo-boos by the Bombers blunted their momentum and the Blazers went to Unique Naboa and Yankie Haruna for a 14-2 blast that opened up a 69-55 gap.“Their press gave us some problems and that is something we have to address especially when the NCAA season opens,” coach TY Tang said. “Luckily, our outside shots started falling for us.”“I hope that Unique will find the consistency come the NCAA season,” added Tang of his third-year point guard who grew up in New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum rallied from 13 points down to keep its slate clean and hand Letran their first defeat, 101-95, in the the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday.A couple of put-backs, one each from big man Mike Nzeusseu and guard JC Marcelino gave the Pirates a pivotal 96-93 lead in the stretch that greased Lyceum’s path to a 3-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more