Red Cubs Rule adidas Uprising

San Beda College adds another high school hoops championship to its vast collection.

TAGUIG CITY – San Beda College-Rizal A ruled the second edition of the adidas Uprising Philippines by scuttling Malayan High School of Science, 76-64, in the championship game played last May 20 at the Titan Love Court.  The Red Cubs thus survived the gruelling weeklong knockout tournament that attracted 32 high school teams composed of players aged 16 years and below.

San Beda started strong but the Red Robins stormed back with an 11-0 closing run to come within two points by halftime, 32-30.  The Red Cubs then made their move with Joshua Buenaflor and Anfernee Estacio at the firing end with Estacio hitting a dagger triple with a minute and change left for an imposing 76-59 advantage.

Estacio’s effort in the finale was enough for him to be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.  Joining him in the Mythical Five were teammates Buenaflor and Justine Sanchez and Malayan’s Lloyd Oliva and Gian Quiambao.

On the way to the title, the Red Cubs eliminated Malabon High School, University of Santo Tomas, Arellano University and Nazareth School of National University one after the other to reach the championship game.  The Red Robins’ path was just as tough as they faced Aquinas School, Jubilee Christian Academy, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite and La Salle Green Hills A.

No member of the champion team has seen action in the NCAA although majority are expected to be elevated come 2018 when the school’s first batch of Grade 12 pupils will graduate.  The team was handled by assistant coaches Manu Inigo and VL Sandalo.

Earlier in the day, Nazareth School salvaged Third Place by blowing out LSGH A, 75-34.  A Second Mythical Five of players from the game was formed consisting of Nazareth’s Kevin Quiambao and Ernest Felicilda and the LSGH trio of Kenji Duremdes, Kyle Rivera and Julian Jugo.

Adamson University ruled the first Uprising a year ago by besting nine other entries.  “Having 32 contending teams this year, we are bound to see more emerging creators in the world of Philippine basketball,” said adidas Philippines Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager Jen Dacasin.

With the success of this year’s Uprising, expect nothing else but a bigger tournament next summer as adidas provides elite high school ballers another exclusive platform for them to foster their game and skills through a series of competitions. Remember the names mentioned earlier before they might become the next set of hoops stars.

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About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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