San Beda University (SEU) will try to extend its dynastic reign for another year as it clashes with host school University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA on Saturday (July 7) when the 94th NCAA senior basketball tournament unfurls at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Red Lions remain as the consensus favorites after retaining the core of the team that won back-to-back championships headed by Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, and last year’s Finals MVP Donald Tankoua of Cameroon, while acquiring blue-chip rookie recruit Even Nelle from its San Beda-Taytay high school team to further boost an already loaded core.
Gone were Davon Potts and Cameroon’s Arnaud Germain Noah, who was replaced by the taller Toba Eugene of Nigeria.
Clint Doliguez, Franz Abuda, Jose Mari Presbitero, AC Soberano, Ranbill Tongco, Jerimer Cabanag and Calvin Oftana are among the players who made the roster this season for San Beda, which has made the finals 12 straight times and winning 10 championships.
San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, however, stressed the league is balanced and anyone can beat anyone.
“Yes, we have experience and we’re almost intact. But I still think it will be tough this season because teams have beefed up,” said Fernandez.
San Beda will tackle a Perpetual Help team that has tapped coach Frankie Lim, who incidentally steered the Lions to four championships more than a decade ago.
Game time is set at 2 PM.
The other much-awaited opening day duel pits last year’s runner-up Lyceum of the Philippines University, led by NCAA 93 MVP CJ Perez, with San Sebastian College-Recoletos, bannered by Michael Calisaan at 4 pm.
All games will be shown LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD, with livestreaming on All games will be shown LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD, with livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com featuring a broadcast panel led by Andrei Felix, Anton Roxas, Martin Antonio, Mico Halili, Migs Bustos, and collegiate basketball legend L.A. Tenorio. For the first time, the “Upfront” squad of Janeena Chan, Angelique Manto, Turs Daza, Martin Javier, Ricci Rivero, and Alyssa Valdez will also join the NCAA community to get to know the student athletes of NCAA.
NCAA president Anthony Tamayo of Perpetual Help bared the schedule of the “NCAA on Tour” set on July 12 at the Jose Rizal Gym, on July 19 at the Arellano U Gym, on July 26 at the Emilio Aguinaldo Gym, Aug. 2 at the Letran-Calamba Gym, and on Aug. 9 at the Perpetual Help Gym.
“For the second straight year, we will be bringing our NCAA games straight to the students with our “NCAA on Tour,” said Tamayo.
Arturo “Bai” Cristobal will be league commissioner and will tap a new set of referees also officiating in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
NCAA Management Committee chairman Frank Gusi also of Perpetual Help said this year’s theme is “NCAA Season 94: UnParalleled Heights in Sports Development.”
Catch the opening weekend of the pioneer collegiate league of the Philippines LIVE this Saturday (July 7) and Sunday (July 8), and every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for succeeding games, starting at 2 pm on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD, with livestreaming on Catch the opening weekend of the pioneer collegiate league of the Philippines LIVE this Saturday (July 7) and Sunday (July 8), and every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for succeeding games, starting at 2 pm on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD, with livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com. Take part in the conversation online by using the hashtags #NCAASeason94 and #GalingNCAA.
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