Renzo Navarro still adjusting in his return to San Sebastian (May 11, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Renzo Navarro (left) with San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.net

Going back to his roots, Renzo Navarro admits that times truly have changed since he left San Sebastian.

“There’s still a lot of adjustment for me,” the diminutive guard said.

The same goes for him basketball-wise as the former Golden Staglet standout prepares to suit up for the Golden Stags this upcoming NCAA Season 93.

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Mapua's Oraeme, Menina to skip one year (May 04, 2017)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Mapua's Allwell Oraeme file photo. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Mapua Institute of Technology will face an uphill climb in the NCAA Season 93 men's basketball tournament after Coach Atoy Co confirmed that both Allwell Oraeme and Darell Menina will not be playing for the Cardinals this year.

Co earlier declared that Oraeme was on his way out of Mapua, and assumed that the reigning two-time NCAA MVP was being courted by other schools.

After the Cardinals' 49-64 loss to De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in the 2017 FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, however, Co clarified that Oraeme will not be transferring. Rather, he will sit out the entire Season 93 campaign as he tries to deal with some personal issues.

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‘NCAA on Tour’ to highlight Season 93 (April 22, 2017)
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NCAA Board and Management Committee during the Turnover Ceremony in San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.net

With a dream of reigniting the students’ passion for the league, the NCAA is planning on staging the games outside of the usual venues.

Incoming NCAA president Rev. Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR bared the league’s unconventional plan to expand the reach of the league through staging games in schools and other venues outside of the metro.

“We have discussed some innovations for this incoming season and were introducing the NCAA on Tour, where games will be held in schools and some other places so that we can bring the NCAA closer to the people and to the fans,” he said on Friday during the NCAA Season 93 turnover ceremony in incoming host school San Sebastian College-Recoletos in Recto.

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'Back to zero' for San Beda players under Fernandez (December 22, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Incoming San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

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.

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 San Beda is considering Boyet Fernandez to fill the Red Lions' head-coaching vacancy. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

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.

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TY Tang is new CSB head coach (November 24, 2016)
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NCAA

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.

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Jalalon confident Arellano in good hands with Salado (November 09, 2016)
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NCAA

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.

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