Newsroom, Manila Standard-Today
Port Area, Manila.
Its almost three months since season 89 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament came to a conclusion.
A lot of things have happened since then.
(The San Beda Red Cubs of NCAA Season 89. Photo sourced from Pula Facebook account. photographer unknown).
Early this month, the San Beda Red Cubs, “five-peat” junior champions of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, claimed another title again.
This time around, they completed a seven-game sweep of the “Christmas on the Coast International Junior Basketball Challenge” held in Palm Beach, Gold Coast, Australia.
Now, with the year coming to a close, the wait is for the fate of this year’s batch of Red Cubs.
Questions have been raised whether they will stay on, seek spots with the San Beda Red Lions in college, or will they move on to other schools.
– Victory in Australia
One of their team boosters Jude Roque wrote about the tournament in his Yahoo blog, Sharpshooter about this.
I asked his permission to mention excerpts of his piece in articles which I will write. This is when I called him to say hello.
He gladly gave it, his permission to mention his contribution. But, not after he told me about the plans the schools have for the Red Cubs of Season 89.
Anyway, in the tournament which was held from Dec. 16 to 19, and the Red Cubs captured the championship with a 94-89 triumph over a local squad, the Brisbane Indigenous Ravens.
In making it to the finals, the Red Cubs bested seven other teams, including a top junior club from Singapore.
Junior star Arvin Tolentino claimed the tournament Most Valuable Player award.
He was also voted as member of the tournament Mythical All-Star 5 along with teammate Ranbill Tongco.
Brisbane’s Jesse Ghee, Singapore’s Qing Huang, and McKinnon’s Max Cody were also in the Mythical 5.
Singapore bagged third-place honors followed by McKinnon at fourth.
The other teams in the tourney are the Pacific Pines Panthers and the Gold Coast Under-18 Waves.
The gold medal game was witnessed by a good-sized local crowd at the Tallebudgera Recreation Center.
During the championship game, the Red Cubs recovered from a slow start.
They banked on a 29-point explosion in the second quarter to seize control of the game.
In the third period, the Filipinos erected a 21-point lead, their biggest in the game(to be continued).