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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

San Beda shut out of Seaoil-MMBL Final Four

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San Beda shut out of Seaoil-MMBL Final Four
by rick olivares

In the 31 years of the Seaoil-Metro Manila Basketball League, the country’s third oldest high school basketball competition, the San Beda Red Cubs have dominated the tournament. In all previous 30 tournaments dating back to 1983 when Benjie Paras powered the Red Cubs to the title, San Beda has always made the semifinals cast.

When the semifinals gets going in one week’s time, not one of the four San Beda teams competing across four divisions will be suiting up on their home court, the venue of Seaoil-MMBL play.

The Red Cubs who recently won their fifth consecutive NCAA Juniors title and their 21st overall was eliminated last weekend by National University, 81-70, dropping them to 2-3. They were put on the brink with a crushing 75-71 loss to Chiang Kai Shek in the previous week.

The loss means that they will not be able to defending the Seaoil-National National Basketball Training Center championship that they won last year over Hope Christian High School.

The champion of the Seaoil MMBL goes to the finals of the Seaoil-NBTC that is a championship for the top high school programs all over the Philippines.

Former San Beda juniors head coach and Seaoil-MMBL Commissioner Ato Badolato attributed to other schools’ rapid improvement. “You cannot stay on top forever,” explained Badolato. “Teams are coached much better. Recruitment is much better. It’s also good for the league that other schools are stepping up.”

The loss to NU also means that will be the last game of blue chip player Arvin Tolentino in a Red Cubs jersey as he moves to Ateneo de Manila University for college.

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