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Red Lions survived a contact game

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 13 Comments

Never underestimate the heart of a champion.

San Beda College survived an emotionally and highly-physical game last August 22 after outplaying host Jose Rizal University, 82-74, in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

With every quarter in just every possession important for both teams and fans alike, the game became physical especially when the Heavy Bombers committed a total of 20 fouls – including three unforgiving unsportsmanlike fouls – in the game.

But the Red Lions’ championship experience prevailed in the second half after outscoring the Heavy Bombers in the third period, 31-15, to earn them a 59-51 edge at the start of the final quarter. San Beda only committed 12 fouls.

The ninth win of San Beda in 10 games has earned the first of two twice-to-beat slots at stake, while Jose Rizal University (6-4) needs to win one of its two remaining games to formalize its entry into the Final Four.

San Beda also ended Jose Rizal University’s five-game winning streak.

“I just flared up because my players were intentionally hurt,� said SBC mentor Frankie Lim. “We can play a physical game but not like this. If they want a fight, we can do it outside the court.�

Alvin Se, the younger brother of Air21 forward Homer, was called for an unsportsmanlike foul after hitting Menor hard with 1:01 minutes left in the third quarter.

It almost resulted in a fistfight between players and coaches of both teams.

Yousif Aljamal, who was drafted by Air21 at eighth in the PBA rookie draft last Sunday, exploded for 23 points and amassed nine rebounds, while Rogemar Menor hit 16 points and had 12 rebounds.

In fact, Jose Rizal University had a productive 2nd quarter. Scoring from beyond the arc and inside the shaded area. By the end of the 1st half, the Heavy Bombers were on top by 8-points, 36-28.

But San Beda’s troika of Aljamal, Menor and Escobal came up huge in the third to snatch the lead back in their favor. They merged for 22 points in the Red Lions attack.

Menor scored two straight baskets that gave San Beda its biggest lead of the game, 69-56, with still seven-minutes left in the last period. From there, the Red Lions kept their compsure and was never threatened. Coach Frankie Lim called for a time-out twice in the final 16 seconds of the game.

Pong Escobal added 15 points with five assists and last year’s Rookie-MVP Samuel Ekwe fired 14 points along with 21 rebounds and season-high eight blocks. James Sena made 18 points for JRU. The Red Lions dominated the boards, 56-39.

Individual scores:

SBC (82) – Aljamal 23, Menor 16, Escobal 15, Ekwe 14, Hermida 5, Lanete 5, Gamalinda 2, Tirona 2, Taganas 0, Maggay 0.

JRU (74) – Sena 18, Wilson 13, Hayes 13, Nocom 8, Pradas 7, Cagoco 5, Cunanan 3, Agas 3, Bulangis 2, Se 2, Lituania 0.

Quarter Scores: 12-14; 28-36; 59-51; 82-74


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13 Comments

  • TheTruth says:

    Those who committed unsportsmanlike foul should be suspended for a game just like last year;otherwise, it really shows how JRU controls the MANCOM.

    Swerte JRU konti lang nanood na Bedista

  • boredtoday says:

    JRU was so focused on physically hurting the Red Lions, they forgot they have to score to win.

    I agree, suspend those who committed those hard fouls AND those who left the bench.

    MANCOM, we’ve got our eyes on you!

  • GenoM says:

    Siempre gagawin lahat para lang manalo at mananakit pa! But the Red Lions never gave up, we fought and we won! Baseless talaga yung accusation, halata naman e! Whatever happens in the Aug 31 match with Letran will be less exciting since Aljamal will not play, if Letran wins it will be tainted. Anyway I’ll just pray for the best for our team.

    Animo San Beda!

  • stewie says:

    Tanong ko lang, how did the referees see these (hard fouls by JRU) while being obvious from the spectators’ eyes?

  • Ben says:

    HERALD THE BEDANS COMING… Go San Beda Fight… The Red Lions will be aiming for Back to Back… Go san beda fight 3X!!!

  • christian says:

    Se even gae the finger to the crowd. What a bucnch of cheapshots! Kudos to coach Frankie for showing them how to do it. Vanguardia already figured in 2 on-court near altercation, with coah Franz and coach Frankie. To quote him, “who’s got class now? when your record speaks for yourself!

  • christian says:

    Se even gave the finger to the crowd. What a bunch of cheapshots! Kudos to coach Frankie for showing them how to do it. Vanguardia already figured in 2 on-court near altercation, with coah Franz and coach Frankie. To quote him, “who’s got class now? when your record speaks for yourself!

  • christian says:

    Se even gave the finger to the crowd. What a bunch of cheapshots! Kudos to coach Frankie for showing them how to do it. Vanguardia already figured in 2 on-court near altercation, with coach Franz and coach Frankie. To quote him, “who’s got class now? when your record speaks for yourself! The whole JRU just LOST what’s left in their dignity. Cheapshots.

  • Son of Ekwe says:

    I just heard that Vanguardia lost his assistant coach job with TNT, we are in need of janitors? How can we get him. Idol ko si Ariel he is a living manifestation that man can survive without brain.

  • Timeline says:

    August 8, 2007 – Letter of Mancom suspending Aljamal

    August 15-17, 2007 – PBA Training Camp

    August 19, 2007 – PBA Draft

    August 21, 2007 – San Beda College RECEIVED the ManCom suspension Memo in the afternoon.

    August 22, 2007 – SBC secured a TRO. The Red Lions devour JRU.

    August 24, 2007 – News about the NCAA ManCom’s proposal of scrapping the 83rd NCAA Season because of the TRO

    A sinister plot? The Court will now decide.

  • Wiredfreak says:

    does rookie drafting for the pba affects the game of the ncaa?

    It only shows that San Beda is the only unbeatable team and that proves how DESPERATE the JRU team to win this Season.

  • red animo says:

    yan ang gusto ko kay coach lim.. his protecting his players against sa mga bombers na yan.. his the best coach so far i known sa beda

    Go San Beda Fight

  • rodora says:

    yada yada yada. nkita nyo lahat ng mali ng jru. eh yung pagmmura ng inyong gud coach nakita nyo ba? get over it bawi kayo ng “pisikalan’ nxtime dami nyo cnasabi plibasa ngayon nalang nagppanalo kung dipa dahil kay ekwe.

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