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After brain surgery, 2-time champ Balanza never stopped believing

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Letran star Jerrick Balanza caps his remarkable comeback from brain surgery with a championship

 Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Back on top: Twitter revels in Letran Knights' magical run

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:57 PM

After ruling a title series to remember, the Letran Knights go all out to party in Intramuros tonight

Letran ends San Beda reign, captures NCAA crown

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Behind Jerrick Balanza, the Letran Knights spoil the San Beda Red Lions' bid for a fourth straight crown to rule NCAA Season 95 men's basketball

NCAA95 Finals Game 3 on November 19, 2019. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: San Beda vs Letran - NCAA Finals 2019 Game 3

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Expect the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights to come out swinging as the two fierce rivals fight for the NCAA crown in the do-or-die Game 3

MVP Oftana lets loose in clutch bounce-back

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Even in the face of riotous cheering and booing, Calvin Oftana knocks in the game’s biggest shot to lead San Beda’s Game 2 escape versus Letran

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda squeaks past Letran, forces do-or-die Game 3

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:56 PM

The Red Lions keep their title defense alive after fending off the Knights' huge challenge

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: San Beda vs Letran - NCAA Finals 2019 Game 2

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:43 PM

As the Letran Knights go for an unlikely NCAA championship, the shell-shocked San Beda Red Lions hope to keep their four-peat bid alive


Balanza carries infectious energy to Letran finals upset over San Beda

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Jerrick Balanza's belief in the team becomes a factor in Letran's huge upset over San Beda

BELIEF. Jerrick Balanza knows that Letran can deal three-time defending champion San Beda its first loss in 15 months. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran stuns rival San Beda to draw first blood in NCAA finals

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:22 PM

There's no season sweep for the San Beda Red Lions as the Letran Knights pull off a massive upset in Game 1 of the NCAA title series

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: San Beda vs Letran - NCAA Finals 2019 Game 1

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:31 PM

History-seeking San Beda and upset-minded Letran clash in Game 1 on Tuesday, November 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena


HIGHLIGHTS: San Beda Red Lions vs LPU Pirates - NCAA Season 94 Finals Game 2

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:58 PM

San Beda shoots for the NCAA crown against a Lyceum side that's set to see the return of star player CJ Perez

Topex Robinson won't be suspended for NCAA Finals Game 2

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson and St. Benilde's Charles Tiu will face sanctions at the end of the season

PRESENT MENTOR. Lyceum head coach Topex is given the green light to mentor the Pirates in the remaining games of the Finals series. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda outlasts Perez-less Lyceum in NCAA Finals G1

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:12 PM

(UPDATED) The San Beda Red Lions can wrap up their 5th title three-peat in Game 2, but then they have to contend with the Lyceum Pirates returning top gun CJ Perez

Lyceum not dwelling on payback vs San Beda in NCAA finals rematch

Nov 05, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson says vengeance is not in the Pirates' vocabulary

BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL. Topex Robinson and the rest of the Lyceum Pirates focus on inspiring people than getting revenge on the San Beda Red Lions. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: San Beda Red Lions vs LPU Pirates - NCAA Season 94 Finals Game 1

Nov 05, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The two powerhouse teams lock horns in a best-of-three championship duel

Lyceum star CJ Perez suspended for Game 1 of NCAA Finals 2018

Nov 05, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The NCAA apparently finds Perez to have violated a rule stating that all players must notify the league prior to submitting an application for the PBA draft

SIDELINED. CJ Perez (middle) will be turned into a spectator as the Lyceum Pirates clash with the San Beda Red Lions in Game 1 of the NCAA finals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More than a title, San Beda defends tradition in return to NCAA finals

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Winning 10 championships in the last 12 seasons, the Red Lions seek to maintain their image of dominance and consistency

THREE-PEAT. Robert Bolick and the San Beda Red Lions are gunning for a third straight NCAA title. File photo by Josh Albelda

Lyceum overwhelms Letran, coasts to 2nd straight NCAA Finals

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez lead the Lyceum charge as the Pirates get another shot at the championship

WELL DONE.  Lyceum Pirates stars Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez celebrate after sending JP Calvo and the Letran Knights home. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: NCAA Season 93 Finals Game 2 – San Beda vs Lyceum

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The San Beda Red Lions and Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila Pirates will face off in Game 2 of the NCAA Season 93 Senior Men's Basketball finals on Thursday, November 16, 3:30pm

Topex Robinson takes blame in Lyceum's Game 1 loss in the NCAA Finals

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Lyceum coach Robinson says 'it’s my fault, I made some bad decisions, bad coaching, I’ll try to lead them better come game 2' after the Pirates absorbed a 94-87 loss to San Beda

LIVE BLOG: NCAA Season 93 Finals Game 1 – San Beda vs Lyceum

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:01 PM

The San Beda Red Lions and Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila Pirates will battle it out in the NCAA Season 93 Senior Men's Basketball finals on Friday, November 10, 3 pm

International players set to shine at NCAA Final Four

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:37 PM

International players have been pivotal for 3 of the 4 teams that have made it to the US college basketball semifinals

INTERNATIONAL GAME. Gonzaga freshman Rui Hachimura is believed to be the first Japan native to play in the Final Four. Photo from Wikipedia

Jio Jalalon after NCAA Finals defeat: Arellano's time will come

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Arellano lost to San Beda all season long 5 0 and its future next season remains uncertain as Jalalon mulls the next step in his basketball career

NOT JUST YET. Jio Jalalon believes Arellano's time to become NCAA champion will come soon enough. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: San Beda reclaims NCAA crown at expense of Arellano

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:15 PM

See photos of the San Beda Red Lions championship victory over the Arellano Chiefs

THRILL. Robert Bolick and Davon Potts revel in the thrill of the NCAA Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mapua's Allwell Oraeme bags back-to-back NCAA MVP award

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:03 PM

The 6 foot 9 Nigerian wins two MVP plums in as many years in the league

BACK-TO-BACK MVP. Allwell Oraeme of Mapua is the NCAA's back-to-back Most Valuable Player for Season 92. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Perpetual Help forces rubber match against San Beda

Sep 30, 2016 - 5:09 PM

Gab Dagangon leads Perpetual with 27 points and hits the go ahead lay up to seal the win for his team

LOOK: Letran celebrates NCAA title with vengeful bonfire

Oct 30, 2015 - 5:34 PM

Letran celebrates its NCAA title win with a bonfire burning San Beda placards and shirts

VICTORY PARTY. Some are calling Letran's celebration tasteless after they burned San Beda placards and a shirt in a bonfire. Photo from NCAA Schools' (unofficial) Twitter account

Baser Amer bids heartfelt farewell to San Beda

Oct 30, 2015 - 2:42 PM

Despite the disappointment of a Game 3 loss Baser Amer remains grateful for his time with the Red Lions

TEARFUL ENDING. San Beda's Baser Amer sheds tears as his college career ends on a sour note. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cruz, Racal cherish championship moment before heading to the PBA

Oct 30, 2015 - 2:20 PM

Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal will head to the PBA riding the high of an unlikely NCAA championship

Cruz, Amer: Salute to the NCAA court generals

Oct 30, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Mark Cruz and Baser Amer were determined to end their NCAA careers on the highest note but there could only be one winner

MVP. Mark Cruz ended his NCAA career in fairy tale fashion, earning Letran its first championship in 10 years and winning the Finals MVP distinction. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pacquiao pledges P100k bonus to each Letran player

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Letran is not only bringing home NCAA Season 91 basketball championship but the Knights will also get a hefty bonus from Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao

CHAMPIONS. Letran coach Aldin Ayo (L) and team manager Manny Pacquiao smile after winning the NCAA title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran beats San Beda in Game 3, wins first NCAA title in 10 years

Oct 29, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Colegio de San Juan de Letran wins its first NCAA title since 2005

ARRIBA. Finals MVP Mark Cruz (C) and the Letran Knights celebrate their first NCAA title in 10 years. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: San Beda vs Letran - NCAA Finals Game 3

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Letran and San Beda will play one more game to decide it all

Letran remains optimistic about NCAA title hopes

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Although Letran failed to close out the series in the Finals’ Game 2 coach Aldin Ayo is still in high hopes of capturing the NCAA men’s senior basketball crown

ONE MORE NIGHT. Matters have been heated throughout the NCAA Finals, and the stakes will be at their highest in Game 3. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jarin addresses San Beda’s turnover woes in NCAA Finals

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:18 PM

After making 29 turnovers in Game 1 and 32 in Game 2 San Beda coach Jamike Jarin wants the team to limits its mistakes in a winner take all Game 3

PROTECT THE BALL. Javee Mocon (R) and Ranbill Tongco (L) are pumped up as San Beda keeps their hopes for a sixth straight title alive. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda coach expects another classic match vs Letran in Game 3

Oct 28, 2015 - 5:45 AM

It doesn’t get any better than this ” says San Beda coach Jamike Jarin

HOT GAME. Matters have been heated throughout the NCAA Finals, and the stakes will be at their highest in Game 3. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran coach defends Nambatac’s scoreless performance in Game 2

Oct 28, 2015 - 3:57 AM

Letran missed the reliable shooting of Rey Nambatac in Game 2 but coach Aldin Ayo highlights his defensive contributions in the close loss

TOUGH NIGHT. Rey Nambatac - and the rest of the Letran Knights - struggled with shooting woes in Game 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda wins Game 2, forces NCAA Finals rubber match with Letran

Oct 27, 2015 - 6:39 PM

The San Beda Red Lions and Letran Knights are headed for a winner take all Game 3 on Thursday

Javee Mocon (R) and Ranbill Tongco (L) are pumped up as San Beda keeps their hopes for a sixth straight title alive. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda’s Finals fate: Suffer 2009 downfall or repeat of 1977 magic?

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:39 PM

San Beda s back is against the wall after losing Game 1 of the NCAA Finals but it s not the first time the school has faced adversity

AGAINST THE WALL. San Beda is at risk of being swept in their bid for a sixth straight NCAA title. File photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Oraeme promises to help Mapua reach NCAA Finals next year

Oct 25, 2015 - 10:14 PM

After copping 3 major individual awards this season Allwell Oraeme sets his sights on a heftier prize

I'LL BE BACK.. Allwell Oraeme wants to add an NCAA championship trophy to his many individual awards from his rookie season. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Pacquiao’s presence fueled Letran’s drive to win, says coach

Oct 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM

Letran team manager Manny Pacquiao gave the team an inspirational speech before their Game 1 victory over 5 time defending champions San Beda

Manny Pacquiao receives a warm welcome at Mall of Asia Arena before Game 1 of the NCAA Finals. Photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

San Beda coach Jarin takes blame for NCAA Finals Game 1 loss

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:57 AM

First year San Beda coach Jamike Jarin says the team s 29 turnovers plus savvy coaching from Letran s Aldin Ayo cost them Game 1

PROTECT THE BALL. San Beda's turnovers compromised their efforts to overturn a late Letran lead in Game 1. Photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Letran coach seeks to finish NCAA Finals in Game 2

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:41 AM

Letran coach Aldin Ayo would like to end San Beda’s 5 year reign with a sweep

ONE WIN AWAY. Letran defeated San Beda in Game 1 of the NCAA Finals on Friday, putting the Red Lions on the brink of their first series loss since 2009. Photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Letran holds off San Beda to win NCAA Finals Game 1

Oct 23, 2015 - 7:10 PM

The Letran Knights strike first in the NCAA Finals winning Game 1 of their best of 3 series

KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR. From left: McJour Luib, Kevin Racal, Reynaldo Publico Jr and the rest of the Letran Knights moved one step closer to returning to NCAA Championship glory. File photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme cops NCAA MVP, Rookie of the Year awards

Oct 23, 2015 - 4:37 PM

Oraeme becomes the third player in NCAA history to bag both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards in the same year

Old foes San Beda, Letran renew heated rivalry in NCAA Finals

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:56 PM

A rivalry that spans 65 years is set to open a new chapter

Four schools battle for spot in NCAA Finals

Oct 20, 2015 - 4:13 AM

The NCAA Final Four kicks off with Letran facing Mapua and San Beda facing Jose Rizal University

KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR. From left: McJour Luib, Kevin Racal and Reynaldo Publico Jr of Letran in action against San Beda during a match in July. Letran and San Beda will face separate schools with twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four round. File photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

San Beda tangles with Letran for top seed in NCAA Final Four

Oct 11, 2015 - 6:32 PM

San Beda College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran will have to lock horns once more to determine the no 1 seed in NCAA Season 91’s Final Four on Tuesday

GUN FOR NUMBER ONE. Baser Amer (left) and the San Beda Red Lions are seeking to reestablish their claim as the top team in the NCAA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA: Wisconsin ends Kentucky's bid for undefeated season

Apr 05, 2015 - 3:08 PM

The Wisconsin Badgers handed the Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season to set up an NCAA Championship match with Duke

UPSET CITY. A 15-4 run over the last four and a half minutes earned Wisconsin the upset victory over Kentucky.Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

The Dynasty Continues: San Beda wins 5th straight NCAA title

Oct 22, 2014 - 4:26 PM

San Beda completed their 5 peat as NCAA men s basketball champions with a two game sweep of Arellano

CHAMPIONS AGAIN. San Beda celebrates after winning their fifth straight title. Photo by Josh Albelda