In this year’s season of NCAA basketball, we are all in to witness the raging comeback of the San Beda Red Cubs!
Rising from the remnants of the first season where the Red Cubs failed to enter the Final Four last year, the bunch of Ato Badolato is back. Back to clinch the title for Senor Ato one last time.
In major dailies today, Badolato, the multi-titled mentor who molded the superstars out of Bedan alumni Paras, Magsanoc, Ritualo, Tenorio and Casio, is in his final year at the helm. Sir Ato expects nothing less than the Juniors basketball title, to make him, the winningest coach, and San Beda, the winningest team in the history of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Division.
The Red Cubs launched their race back to the top with a thrashing of the Mapua Red Robins, 122-42. Yes you read right. The rampage has begun.
These boys could give any seniors basketball lineup a serious run for their money. In fact, during their three day teambuilding workshop at the Subic Bay Yacht Club, the Red Cubs feasted on Region III Senior Basketball champs Lyceum Subic Sharks, 77-60. The Red Cubs boast of a towering frontline in the persons of Alfonso Gotladera, Christopher Javier, John Aldrin Lunas and Arthur dela Cruz. As if that is not enough, the backcourt crew will run you crazy, with David Moralde, leading the charge, and ably supporting him, Von Chavez, Yvan Ludovice and Davaoeno super rookies Van Adam Abatayo and Baser Amer. The supporting cast will definitely surprise the opposition with energy minutes off the bench, composed of Al Amin, Dominique Monteclaro, Dominic Nazareno, Raphael Nayve, Roldan Sara and Angelo dela Costa. Badolato has rubbed off on these players his refuse to lose, never to settle for second best attitude. (I am told that Badolato’s collection of trophies only has space for won championships. Runners-up trophies are reportedly thrown away.) This 15 man wrecking crew will look to steal back what is rightfully theirs, ready and willing to re-take the first Juniors crown since the 2004 Red Cubs team of Menor, Tecson, Taganas and Martinez.
Watching the Red Cubs in action, is like watching a tennis match. Your heads turn from left to right then left again, as they run, run and run, to the backcourt and front, with their hustle defense and gutsy plays. Since the Arena is a stone’s throw away from where we live, I’m excited to fill my M-W-F sked watching the Red Cubs in the mornings and the Red Lions in the afternoons!
The San Beda Juniors team is composed of six alumni from the Nike Elite Camp, the most coming out of any school, three from the Nokia RP Under-16 Youth Team and most, if not all of them, came out of the Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League . Such a star-studded cast! With that in mind, it is without doubt that recruiting wars will soon commence for these young dribblers. One that I hope that the Red Lions will emerge victorious in.
What a perfect season it would be if San Beda could cap its hosting stint with a double basketball championship. I say let’s rally behind both our Red Cubs and Red Lions, and watch this goal unfold before us.
Bring out the challenges, we’ll win them all!
GO. SAN BEDA. FIGHT!