FOUR OUTSTANDING players from the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) were recently named to the 50-man pool of candidates for the national men’s basketball team that will see action at the 28th Southeast Asian Games from June 5 to 16 this year in Singapore. Reigning Most Valuable Player Samboy de Leon of back-to-back champion Centro Escolar University heads the list along with teammates Joseph Sedurifa and Alvin Abundo and Jayson Ibay of Saint Clare College.
National coach Tab Baldwin bared the list to be lead by veteran center Marcus Douthit and composed of representatives from the major college leagues, the PBA D-League, one PBA pro rookie and a high school prospect from the United States. The list was formulated with consultation from a search committee composed of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) officials who represent the various college leagues in Coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba (CeSAFI), Coach Edmundo B. Baculi (UAAP), Fr. Victor Calvo (NCAA) and Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem (NAASCU).
De Leon was the key player in the Scorpions’ repeat championship last September. Sedurifa, who like de Leon is a reliable shooter, was the MVP the previous season when CEU took its first NAASCU Seniors Division plum.
Abundo has distinguished himself as one of the best point guards in the league, emerging as the top assist man in 2014. Ibay is a versatile forward who played the last two seasons with the Saints but won back-to-back championships as a vital cog of the University of Manila Hawks in 2010 and 2011.
The three CEU Scorpions also have extensive experience in the PBA D-League with the CaféFrance Bakers. Ibay is currently with Racal Motors Alibaba after a stint with the Informatics Icons in 2012.
Aside from the four mentioned players, a trio of NAASCU alumni who later transferred to other schools also made the list. These are 2011 Rookie of the Year Jiovani Jalalon (Informatics/Arellano), Bernabe Teodoro (Our Lady of Fatima/Jose Rizal) and Bong Galanza (UM/UE).
The Philippines is the defending champion in Men’s Basketball. In the last edition held in Burma two years ago, the Filipinos under Coach Joseph Uichico won all their six games by an average of 38 points en route to the gold medal.
The team back then was composed of Douthit, Ray Parks, Kevin Alas, Jake Pascual, Keifer Ravena, Garvo Lanete, Roi Sumang, Kevin Ferrer, Jericho Cruz, Mac Belo, Roland Pascual and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser. Only Douthit, Parks, Ravena, Sumang, Lanete, Ferrer and Belo are part of the current pool.
Here is the complete list of candidates in alphabetical order:
|1||ABAD John Michael||G||UV|
|2||ABUNDO Mon Alvin T.||G||CEU||CaféFrance|
|3||AGOVIDA Keith Jasper M.||F||Arellano||Racal Motors|
|4||ALOLINO Joshua Angelo||G||National||CaféFrance|
|5||AMER Baser C.||G||San Beda||Hapee|
|7||ARBOLEDA Harold Miguel D.||G||Perpetual Help||NLEX (PBA)|
|8||ASUNCION Jaycee John R.||G||Jose Rizal||Racal Motors|
|9||BELO Rey Mark||F||FEU||MJM M-Builders|
|10||BENSIG Venezer Ian||G||San Carlos|
|12||CRUZ Mark L.||G||Letran||Jumbo Plastic|
|13||DE LEON Rodel Samboy N.||F||CEU||CaféFrance|
|14||DELA CRUZ Arthur A.||F||San Beda||Hapee|
|15||DESIDERIO Andres Paul||G||UP-Diliman|
|16||DOUTHIT Marcus Eugene||C||Providence||Blackwater (PBA)|
|17||FERRER Kevin||F||UST||Cebuana Lhuillier|
|18||GALANZA Pedrito D. Jr.||G||UE||CaféFrance|
|20||GUINTO Bradwyn M.||C||San Sebastian||ATC Livermarin|
|22||IBAY Jayson H.||F||Saint Clare||Racal Motors|
|23||JALALON Jiovani N.||G||Arellano||Bread Story|
|24||KHOBUNTIN Glenn R.||F||National||Jumbo Plastic|
|25||KOGA Ryusei G.||G||San Beda||Hapee|
|26||LANETE Garvo A.||G||San Beda||Hapee|
|27||MAGAT Nicolas Kyle||G||San Carlos|
|28||MANGAHAS Allan Edward F.||G||Mapua Tech||Cebuana Lhuillier|
|30||NAMBATAC Rey Benedict C.||G||Letran|
|32||PARAS Kobe Lorenzo F.||F||Cathedral HS|
|34||PARKS Bobby Ray B. Jr.||G||National||Hapee|
|35||PEREZ Jaymar G.||F||Ateneo|
|37||RACAL Kevin Kent R.||F||Letran||Racal Motors|
|38||RAVENA Keifer Isaac C.||G||Ateneo|
|39||ROSARIO Jeth Troy||C||National||Hapee|
|41||SARA Roldan V.||G||San Beda|
|42||SEDURIFA Joseph B.||G||CEU||CaféFrance|
|43||SUMANG Shej Roi R.||G||UE||Tanduay Light|
|44||TALLO Mark Jayven||G||Southwestern|
|45||TENG Jeron Alvin U.||F||DLSU|
|46||TEODORO Bernabe M.||G||Jose Rizal||Racal Motors|
|47||THOMPSON Earl Scottie C.||G||Perpetual Help||Hapee|
|48||TOLOMIA Christopher Michael S.||G||FEU||MJM M-Builders|
|49||TORRES Norberto DLC.||C||DLSU||Cebuana Lhuillier|
|50||VAN OPSTAL Arnold||C||DLSU||Hapee|