Amer to return next year as San Beda aims for history
MANILA, Philippines - The San Beda Red Lions made history on Wednesday, October 22, beating the Arellano Chiefs in the NCAA Season 90 men's basketball tournament finals to win their fifth straight championship and eighth in the last nine years.
By clinching a fifth straight ring, San Beda tied the San Sebastian Golden Stags (1993-1997) as the only two schools in league history to achieve the rare feat.
"Masaya kasi isa to sa history. Hindi namin ito makakalimutan," San Beda star point guard Baser Amer said after the game.
(I'm happy because this is part of history. I won't ever forget it.)
Amer finished with 4 points but handed out 13 assists in the game 2 clincher, 89-70. In Game 1, he put up 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
There's been speculation as to whether or not the multi-dimensional guard will turn pro, but he says that he plans on staying for another season as the Red Lions look to complete an unprecedented 6-peat.
"Oo po," he said about coming back for his fifth year of playing eligibility. "Sayang naman po yung isang taon ko. Hindi naman ako nagmamadali."
(Yes, because I still have one more year left anyway. I'm not in a rush.)
The Red Lions’ chances of winning again next season look good despite the losses of Kyle Pascua, Anthony Semerad, David Semerad, as big men Ola Adeogun and Art Dela Cruz are expected to return along with Amer.
However, the road won't be easy.
"Mahirap kunin yun (6-peat) and kailangan mag trabaho talaga. Kailangan mag trabaho para makuha yung mga gusto mo."
(It's going to be hard to attain it and we really have to work hard. We really need to work hard for what we want to achieve.)
The Red Lions will also have to make do without their head coach, Boyet Fernandez, who is expected to take over the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, thus leaving his Red Lions coaching gig behind.
"Oo nga, mahirap," Amer said about the departure of Fernandez, who helped lead San Beda to their last two championships. "Ma mi-miss namin. Yun nga, ganon talaga. Business lang."
(Yup, it will be hard. We're going to miss him. But it's just business.) - Rappler.com
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