SAN BED RED LION’ OFF SEA­SON FROM HELL

Rebound Magazine - - ROSTER - by TESSA JAZMINES

Ob­servers called it the Off­sea­son from Hell. Af­ter end­ing Sea­son 87 with aplomb and show­ing to­tal dom­i­na­tion of the NCAA on Oc­to­ber 26, 2011 with a de­ci­sive win over the San Se­bas­tian Stags in Game 2 of a Best-of-Three, the Red Sea of San Beda faith­ful ex­pe­ri­enced eu­pho­ria like no other.

There they were, back on top af­ter a mo­men­tary hic­cup when the San Se­bas­tian Stags – their bit­ter ri­val on the Men­di­ola-Le­garda turf – pock­eted the NCAA tro­phy in 2010. That in­tru­sion recorded a gap in their oth­er­wise un­in­ter­rupted sovereignty of the then 87- year old league since their 28 in ’82 come­back in 2006.

So they were back as kings of the jun­gle. And the same royal rit­u­als fol­lowed -- the cel­e­bra­tions, the flow­ing spir­its, the feasts, the fire­works, and the re­plant­ing of the Bene­dic­tine stan­dards on the cas­tle lands of Men­di­ola and en­vi­rons. San Beda – bas­ket­ball power since the reign of its il­lus­tri­ous and still un­equalled King Caloy (Loyzaga), was on its way again to es­tab­lish a long-term supremacy in NCAA bas­ket­ball in mod­ern times.

That was in Oc­to­ber. The han­gover lin­gered plea­sur­ably for one month more. As De­cem­ber dawned, the good feel­ing of God in His heaven, all’s right with the world and St. Bede beam­ing a silent, benev­o­lent smile across the gothic halls of the San Beda cam­pus was rocked by sur­pris­ing news. A freak in­ci­dent inside San Beda’s St. Placid Gym on De­cem­ber 2 would of­fi­cially start the Red Lions’ “off sea­son from hell”.

Dubbed as “a Black Fri­day for Philip­pine sports” in some news­pa­pers, the in­ci­dent was a per­fect storm of frayed nerves, mis­per­cep­tions, heat-of-the-mo­ment ac­tions and re­grets. Sim­ply said, it was a scuf­fle that in­volved San Beda Red Lions coach Frankie Lim and San Se­bas­tian women’s vol­ley­ball coach Roger Go­rayeb which me­dia

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