89th NCAA season on Saturday: Lions open 4-peat bid vs Blazers

Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ] - June 19, 2013

 MEN AT THE HELM. Coaches of various NCAA teams pose during the launch of the 89th season of the country’s oldest collegiate league at the MOA Arena yesterday. They are (from left) Caloy Garcia of Letran, Topex Robinson of San Sebastian, Boyet Fernandez of San Beda, Atoy Co of Mapua, Aric Del Rosario of Perpetual Help, Gerry Esplana of Emilio Aguinaldo College, Bonnie Tan of Lyceum, Koy Banal of Arellano, assistant coach Ricky Alcantara, representing head coach Vergel Meneses of Jose Rizal University and Gabby Velasco of host St. Benilde. JUN MENDOZAMANILA, Philippines - The Red Lions kick off their drive for a fourth straight championship with a new coach, facing host the St. Benilde Blazers at 4 p.m. while last year’s runner-up Letran, also handled by a new mentor, takes on a new-look San Sebastian side in the 6 p.m. main game of an explosive twinbill ushering in Season 89 with a theme “Our Stars Will Shine.”

“This year’s theme changes the notion of being a star – from just being a superior athlete to a person who is grounded with integrity, honor and humility,” said league president Bro. Dennis Magbanua, FSC, of St. Benilde in yesterday’s press launch at the MOA Arena.

“We shift the focus from being one star in the dark to a star that enables others to shine. Above all, we wish to emphasize the star that guides and leads people to their dreams and aspirations for the good of all,” he added.

AksyonTV 41 will be the new carrying station with the league promising “an opening number to remember.”

The TV5’s UHF channel hopes to duplicate, if not surpass, the significant gains made by AKTV on IBC13 last season that marked the first of a three-year partnership between TV5 and the country’s oldest collegiate league.

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