Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

SBC, DLSU, UST & Ateneo tip off 7th Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup

This appears in the Friday, April 5, 2013 edition of the Business Mirror.

SBC, DLSU, UST & Ateneo tip off 7th Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup
by rick olivares

The seventh season of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup tips off this coming Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan with an explosive triple header.

NCAA three-peat champions San Beda take on National University at 2pm while La Salle and UST collide at the 4pm match. Five-team UAAP champions Ateneo going up against guest team Southwestern University in the 6pm nightcap.

The Red Lions will have some familiar faces in Anthony and David Semerad who are back in San Beda red following a botched transfer to Ateneo two seasons ago. They will also have a new head coach in Boyet Fernandez who recently steered Philippine Basketball Association D-League side NLex to their fourth consecutive title. Fernandez replaces Ronnie Magsanoc who in his first and only year of coaching his alma mater, steered the Mendiola-based club to the third title in its second wave of three consecutive NCAA titles in the last seven years.

The Semerad twins are expected to provide much needed experience and depth this coming college basketball season for Fernandez more so after the graduation of old reliables Jakes Pascual, Anjo Caram, and Melo Lim.

National University is without Choice Ignacio, Ajeet Singh, and Henri Betayene. The Bulldogs will be parading new Cameroonian forward center, Alfred Arogo who takes the injured Betayene’s slot in the rotation.

Title-hungry La Salle will showcase the heralded Kib Montalbo while UST returns a year older and year hungrier after being denied by Ateneo in the last UAAP season.

The new look Blue Eagles in the meantime will face Cebu-side Southwestern University Cobras and its imposing 6’10” center, Siewe Armel. Siewe replaced Ben Mbala who transferred to La Salle at the conclusion of the last school year.

Ateneo will be coached by former Powerade mentor Bo Perasol and will be led by Kiefer Ravena, Ryan Buenafe, and Juami Tiongson. The Blue Eagles are sorely lacking in the height department with the graduation of centers Greg Slaughter and Justin Chua as well as forwards Nico Salva, Oping Sumalinog, and Tonino Gonzaga.

In addition to the seniors and juniors divisions of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, a women’s division will he also held for the first time. Participating teams include Adamson University, Ateneo de Manila University, Centro Escolar University, College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, Lyceum of the Philippines University, National University, University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas.

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