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Lion King NCAA’s player of week


Sunday, August 3, 2008

” Sam Ekwe of San Beda was chosen by the NCAA Press Corps as its Player of the Week after the Nigerian behemoth dished out a monster performance in their 71-67 win over the Letran Knights at the close of the first round of the 84th NCAA elimination.

Ekwe scored a season-high 25 points, his best offensive game since pouring 26 points in a rout of Perpetual Help last year.

The 2006 Rookie-MVP winner topped his amazing effort with 17 rebounds and four blocks to easily gain the nod of the group of sportswriters regularly covering the NCAA games.

“You just have to believe that your shots will go in,” said Ekwe on his explosive game versus the Knights…

“I don’t dwell in the past. We just have to think of the past as a learning experience,” said the gentle giant…”

What a way to welcome me back into the Red Army’s fray! San Beda vs. Letran, the hottest ticket in NCAA basketball.. The anticipation and excitement, I was in awe when I entered the Pasay Astrodome! Imagine, being away from that scene for almost a year, I was giddy when I heard the Bedan hymn being played. Goosebumps!

The San Beda-Letran game was much anticipated. The Knights were gunning for a sweep of the first round of eliminations. The Red Lions, on the other hand, were hell bent on averting an impending three game skid after losing to the JRU Heavy Bombers and CSB Blazers on 18 July 2008.

It was an intense and highly physical game right from the get go. Kojak Melegrito was ejected in the first quarter after being called for a punching foul against star guard Pong Escobal. Earlier, he also hit Borgie Hermida in the ribs. I was already screaming my lungs out in utter disgust of Melegrito.

All of the succeeding events are now blurred in my mind. I just remembered screaming and cheering like there was no tomorrow. The officiating was horrible horrible… like a Freddy Kruger flick. After the cruisin’ and bruisin’, the Red Lions came out on top 71-67, bannered by the heroics of Sam Ekwe. He shot the lights out with 25 points and reasserted his supremacy on the defensive end, with 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. It was fun to see him back to his old form. Credit goes to the coaching staff too, for clamping down on sweetshooting RJ Jazul who was “limited” to just 16 points. He had to knead through the defense thrown at him by the Red Lions. Late in the fourth, he was already limping with cramps. Upon that sight, the rainbow connection of the Letran Knights went dim.

Im so happy to be able to watch the games live again. It spells a hell of a difference!!! From skype to live, whew!

Go San Beda Fight!

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