For reaching a desired and familiar destination in the 92nd NCAA seniors basketball tournament, host San Beda will be amply rewarded.
A trip to Boracay, aside from brand new iPhone units and an expected cash incentives from chief patron Manny V. Pangilinan awaits the Red Lions following their triumphant title redemption in the NCAA seniors cage wars at the expense of the Arellano U Chiefs last Tuesday.
Foiled by arch rival Letran last year, San Beda made up for lost ground by sweeping Arellano U for its ninth crown in the last 11 years, extending the school’s unprecedented title-haul to 20 overall.
And for achieving yet another impressive feat, the latest batch of Red Lions, led by skipper Dan Sara and Finals MVP Arnaud Noah, will have all the spoils.
“Mayroong Boracay trip ang team. Most likely during the sem(ester) break, mga last week of October,” shared San beda’s long-time team manager Jude Roque. “At least ‘yung mga players, they will also get iPhones.”
Roque added the Red Lions are also scheduled to pay a courtesy call to Pangilinan, known as “MVP” in business and sports circles, next week. “Most likely, doon na rin ia-announce ni Boss MVP ang magiging (cash) bonus ng buong team,” he said.
With skipper Dan Sara the only graduating player among the Red Lions, Roque admitted San Beda coach Jamike Jarin is expected to have his hands full in forming next year’s squad with the possibly entry of several Team B standouts, led by former Ateneo hopefuls, 6-foot-8 center Kemark Carino and guard Clint Doliguez.
“Marami-rami rin talaga ang promising players namin sa Team B,” said Roque, citing the likes of former Batang Gilas stalwart Norris Decapia and Franz Abuda, son of former San Miguel Beer great Freddie.
“‘Yan na ‘yung mga strongest contenders. Kaya kung may mawawala, baka mayroon rin bumaba from Team A to Team B para ma-accommodate ang talents na nasa team. But Coach Jamike has a better idea of what the team needs,” he added. – Jerome Lagunzad
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