San Beda Red Lions

San Beda Red Lions

The road to the NCAA championship will have to go through Mendiola. The Lions are the prohibitive favorites to annex their sixth straight NCAA title.

They still have plenty of holdovers from their previous title squads to see them through. They might not be as deep as they used to be, but they arguably have three of the best starters in the league in Baser Amer at the one-spot, Arthur dela Cruz in the power forward position, and Ola Adeogun at center. The rest are role players who know what to do and how to do it. Frightening combination if you ask me. You can't even leave Jaypee Mendoza or Michole Sorela alone because they will burn you.

It looks like it's a lean year for recruits this year as only Ice Reyes, the former Ateneo Blue Eaglet, is new to the squad. In my opinion, their singular biggest addition is head coach Jamike Jarin.

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No disrespect to any of the previous coaches but this man is a teacher, a motivator and a defensive guru all rolled into one. He will make the Red Lions individually better and bring them as whole. The summer gave the Red Lions a first look at their coach who introduced a whole new set of mind games designed to make them better. They ended the summer firm believers.

Now teams might be able to defeat the Red Lions in a game or two in the elimination round. However, as I have stipulated in previous years - beating them in two straight for the championship is altogether another matter. - Rick Olivares, contributor

Team Roster:

Adeogun, Olaide J.
Amer, Baser C.
Bonsubre Jr., Antonio R.
Cabanag, Jeramer
Dela Cruz, Arthur A.
Koga, Ryusei G.
Mocon, Javee D.
Presbitero, Jose Mari Y.
Reyes, Isaiah Gilbert T.
Sara, Roldan V. 
Sedillo, Amiel Cris R. 
Sorela, Mochole S.
Tankoua, Pierre
Tongco, Ranbill Angelo V.
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