They have done it. Chalking up 14 wins in one season against a single loss in the hands of Letran, with winning margins averaging over 15 per game. Who would dare say now that we were not destined to win this one?
In sharp contrast to the 1 point win against PCU last season to claim the crown, the Red Lions annihilated the unpredictable Knights, spearheaded by RJ Jazul and Bryan Faundo, tearing them into pieces in a last quarter salvo led by mohawk-haired Finals MVP Ogie Menor. The most touching moment of the championship commotion was during an on-court interview after the game, when Menor revealed his erstwhile decision to leave San Beda, during the offseason leading to Season 81, when he was then the hottest kid on the block. He said, “Inisip kong umalis ng San Beda pero nag-stay ako. Mahal ko ang San Beda. Dito na ako lumaki.” (I thought of leaving San Beda but I opted to stay. I love San Beda. I grew up here) Yousif Aljamal capped his stellar NCAA career with a brilliant performance with 23 points,11 rebounds, 3 assists,2 blocks and 2 steals, after receiving his distinction as a member of the Mythical Five. Rookie coach Frankie Lim was awarded the Coach of the Year plum, which interestingly quarterbacked the 1977-1978 team to San Beda’s first back-to-back title.
It was a day of good cheer for San Beda. And for every sports analyst, a big sigh of relief, because all their fearless forecasts turned out to be correct. The Red Lions are once again King of the Jungle!!
And what a jungle it was… Let that be my final note 🙂
Animo San Beda!