MANILA, Philippines – Even players who were members of last year's championship team will have to earn their spot in the Red Lions roster for the NCAA Season 93 men's basketball tournament, according to new San Beda College coach Boyet Fernandez.
Fernandez, who replaced Jamike Jarin as San Beda head coach, is back for a second tour of duty in the Lions' Den after also spearheading their title runs in Seasons 89 and 90. Some of the players that he had two years ago, including Javee Mocon and Ranbill Tongco, are still around, but for the most part he will have to build relationships with most of the players in the team.
He gets a head-start in this regard as Fernandez is set to coach a Cignal team in the PBA D-League that will feature the core of the Red Lions.
MANILA, Philippines — Boyet Fernandez may be in line for a second stint as head coach of the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA after Jamike Jarin officially bid the school's men's basketball program goodbye.
Jarin led the Red Lions to the NCAA Season 92 championship, sweeping Arellano 2-0, but is set to leave the team after just two seasons.
Jose Mari Lacson, chairman of the NCAA management committee from San Beda, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Jarin has informed the team he is leaving, though there is no official word yet from San Beda rector Father Aloysius Maranan.
MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) has named former De La Salle University star Tyrone Tang as its new head coach, replacing Gabby Velasco who resigned after the Blazers' one-win campaign in the NCAA Season 92 men's basketball tournament.
This will be the first head coaching stint for the 32-year-old Tang, who is best known for his successes in high school with Xavier School, and in the UAAP with La Salle. He also had stints with Welcoat in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League, and in the PBA with Rain or Shine.
Velasco failed to lead the Blazers to the NCAA Final 4 in his four years in charge. He compiled a 22-50 record with CSB, which finished dead last in Season 92 with a woeful 1-17 record.
MANILA, Philippines – Jiovani Jalalon has become synonymous with the Arellano University basketball program after he led the Chiefs to the NCAA Finals twice in the four years that he spent with the school.
Behind Jalalon's spectacular playmaking ability, the Chiefs reached the Finals in Season 90 and again in Season 92, but in both instances, they were dismissed by powerhouse San Beda College.
Jalalon earned Mythical Team honors in his final three seasons with the Chiefs, but opted not to return to Arellano for his final season as he instead decided to focus on his stint with the Gilas Cadets.
MANILA, Philippines – The confetti hasn't even been swept off the court of the Mall of Asia Arena when San Beda College head coach Jamike Jarin was asked possibly defending the NCAA crown that they had just won.
The Red Lions swept the Arellano University Chiefs in two games in the NCAA Season 92 Finals to win their ninth championship in 11 seasons, and 20th overall. It was sweet, sweet redemption for the team, who failed to complete a "six-peat" last year when they lost to Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the Finals.
But San Beda seems poised to start another run of dominance as they will feature a nearly intact line-up for Season 93.
MANILA, Philippines – During perhaps the most triumphant moment of his coaching career, San Beda College coach Jamike Jarin stood off to the side and watched as his players hugged each other and celebrated in a sea of confetti that had covered the floor of the Mall of Asia Arena.
This time last season, Jarin and the San Beda Red Lions had their heads bowed, their five-year dominance of the NCAA snapped by archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. It was a defeat that fueled his players all throughout Season 92, and a defeat that took Jarin a year to overcome.
"I would be joking. I would be lying. Yes (this is redemption)," Jarin said after San Beda had won the Season 92 championship, beating Arellano in two games in the Finals. "It was a heartbreaking loss last year… it took me a year to really get back here."
The time San Beda lost its star center Donald Tankoua to a season-ending injury was also the exact same moment Arnaud Noah knew he had to elevate his game.
The Red Lions were rampaging through the competition until Tankoua went down with an ACL injury two games into the second round.
“With the loss of Donald, I thought I should really step up to help the whole team so I tried to do my best in any kind of way whether it’s on defense or offense,” Noah said.
But Noah didn’t make an impact right away and he admitted it wasn’t easy at first trying to adapt to San Beda’s system.