SBC Red Lions seeks to annex 6th title in 91st NCAA

June 17, 2015 5:24 am 

MANILA, June 16 — Reigning five-time champion San Beda College looks to annex one more crown for an unprecedented sixth-straight conquest in the forthcoming 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The Red Lions are bringing back the core of Art Dela Cruz, Ola Adeogun, and the country’s best pure point guard, Baser Amer for their record-breaking attempt.

The Big Three of Mendiola is responsible for 52.2% of the team’s output. Adeogun (16.1ppg, 11.5rpg) is one of only five players to average a double-double last year and does most of the heavy lifting for a Red Lions team that has surprisingly shot only 25% from downtown compared to previous seasons.

Dela Cruz, for his part, has done his job efficiently, shooting 46% and hauls down 9.4 rebounds an outing and stretches defenses by extending his game up to 20-feet, giving Adeogun all the space he needs.

Amer suffered a down year shooting the basketball, hitting only at a 35.8% clip overall, and a disappointing assist to turnover ratio of 1.5:1.

However, the biggest blow to the Lions’ campaign this season would be the loss of Anthony Semerad who shot a blistering 41% from downtown, good enough for 8.9ppg and 3.5rpg.

Kyle Pascual, who got a championship for every year he played, has also graduated and will be leaving a big question mark as to who will give Adeogun a breather but still produce in short bursts.

The verdict is still out whether the core is enough without ample bench support to net another title, and Jamike Jarin’s first in his maiden year.

The NCAA’s 91st season has generated lots of buzz not only for their return to their former home network, ABS-CBN, but because of the quality of the games they play as well.

The league is set to open festivities on June 27 in a lavish ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (PNA)

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