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Saint Benilde Blazers
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
League NCAA and WNCAA
Joined 1998
Location DLS–CSB - 2544 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila (Srs.)
LSGH - 343 Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, Mandaluyong City (Jrs.)
Team colors Green, White and Black
Women's team Lady Blazers
Juniors' team La Salle Greenies
Seniors' general championships
  • NCAA: 4
    (2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2013–14)
  • WNCAA: unknown
Juniors' general championships
  • NCAA: 4
    (2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09)
    -with DLS–CSB
  • WNCAA: unknown

The Saint Benilde Blazers are the NCAA seniors varsity team of De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde.

The Blazers were formerly a member National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) before they applied and were admitted to the NCAA in 1998. They then went on to win their first NCAA seniors basketball title in 2000 was the fastest for an expansion squad.

The other senior varsity teams may also be referred to as the Blazers. The juniors team are the CSB–LSGH Junior Blazers (officially the CSB–LSGH Greenies) of La Salle Green Hills, while the women's teams (volleyball and taekwondo) are the St. Benilde Lady Blazers.

Almost all sports program of the Blazers excel in their events, leading to the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde winning its first General Championship honors in NCAA Season 81, and again in NCAA Season 83, NCAA Season 84 and in NCAA Season 89.


As homage to the school which introduced several pioneering courses in the country, the college adopted the blazer as their moniker. It is a short term for trail blazers, which emphasizes the college's commitment to set a standard for education as well as sports development.[1]

With the La Salle Green Hills Greenies[edit]

The Junior Blazers are the junior counterparts of the DLS-CSB Blazers

When De La Salle University selected De La Salle Santiago Zobel School as its junior affiliate team when it entered the UAAP in 1986, La Salle Green Hills was left without a membership in either the UAAP or the NCAA, thus starting a 17-year drought in a major collegiate league since its formal withdrawal from the NCAA in 1981.

De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde, a member school of the De La Salle University System, applied for admission to the NCAA through the efforts of then System President Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, the Greenies was selected as the junior team by then LSGH President Br. Bernard Oca FSC. Both De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and La Salle Green Hills were admitted to the NCAA in 1998.

The La Salle Greenies (officially the CSB–LSGH Junior Blazers in the NCAA) is the junior affiliate team of the St. Benilde Blazers. Since DLS–CSB is not directly connected with its high school affiliate, except that they are both administered by the Lasallian Brothers, LSGH labels "St. Benilde" instead of "La Salle" on their jerseys.

The Blazers' seniors varsity uniforms added the initials 'LSGH' in their uniforms, starting with Season 89, and during games, the CSB Pep Squad began to distribute clappers with 'La Salle' written on it. These were done to further connect both schools and their Lasallian roots.

In addition, beginning with Season 86, the Blazers replaced black with green as their primary uniform color, in time for the centennial anniversary of Lasallian education in the Philippines. Black remains as an accent color.

With De La Salle Zobel in WNCAA[edit]

In contrast to their men's junior counterparts, DLSZ represents College of St. Benilde in the WNCAA since the NCAA didn't have women's basketball in their scheme.[2]

The De La Salle Lady Junior Archers have been the WNCAA Junior Division Champions for eight straight years, from 1993 to 2000 and again in 2004.

Saint Benilde - San Sebastian Rivalry[edit]

School colors of CSB and SSC-R.

This short lived rivalry sparked when DLS-CSB, who joined only in 1998, met San Sebastian College–Recoletos (or simply Baste) in the finals of 2000, and 2002. CSB won in the Finals of 2000, bannered by what is dubbed as the best CSB Blazers team ever assembled. With former NCAA MVP Sunday Salvacion, Jondan Salvador, and Al Magpayo, the Blazers beat the formidable San Sebastian Stags and won their first NCAA seniors basketball championship title, despite joining the league a season earlier. This marks the fastest win for any new school in the league since the World War.

However, the Stags avenged their defeat and defeated the Blazers in the Finals of 2002. The Golden Stags, led by graduating players Christian Coronel, Nurjanjam Alfad, Paul Reguerra, Roy Falcasantos, and Bernardo Mercado, swept the Blazers, 2-0. Mercado later joined the SSC-R's coaching staff as an assistant coach. Leomar Najorda was adjudged as the 2002 NCAA Finals MVP.

NCAA General Champions[edit]

The CSB Blazers won three (3) General Championships in a span of four years, being runner-ups in to PCU in the 2006–07 season. They won double championships with LSGH in NCAA Season 83(2007–08 season) and NCAA Season 84 (2008–09 season). The Blazers won a fourth Seniors General Championship in NCAA Season 89 (2013–14 season).

Their junior counterparts, LSGH, won two (2) General Championships as De La Salle College and the other eight (8) General Championship as LSGH. As the DLS–CSB juniors team, LSGH won four (4) General Championships.

NCAA Season 82 Hosting[edit]

De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde served hosting rights for the first time in 2006-2007 season of the NCAA, with the theme "Proud and True at 82: Blazing Beyond Limits." Under the leadership of the Sports and Development Office (SDO), the Benildean community flocked to fill the Araneta Coliseum at opening day. The number of Benildeans in the arena was only rivaled by that of the NCAA 2000 finals, as the Dome was rocked by chants of "Animo Benilde!".

The College again hosted the NCAA after one rotation, in Season 89 (2013).

Blazie, the official mascot of the 82nd NCAA season, was created by DLS-CSB Multimedia Arts Student and Marketing Communications Office (MCO) student staff Charmaine Collen Hao.

CSB pep squad and NCAA cheerleading competition[edit]

The De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde's pep squad has been officially known as the CSB Green Peppers (from 2005) and then later on as the CSB Pep Squad (since 2007).

Since the inception of the event, the CSB Pep Squad has always placed last (7th) from 2004 and 2005, were suspended by the school in 2006, 6th in 2007, and then placed their highest rank ever as second runner-up in 2008.

Select members of the CSB pep squad, along with the DLSU, LSGH and DLSZ pep squads, performed together at halftime of Game 1 of the Ateneo-La Salle UAAP Finals on September 18, 2008, in commemoration of St. Benilde's 20th anniversary, Zobel's 30th anniversary, and the incoming 100th anniversary of La Salle in the Philippines in 2011.

Blazers Basketball Team Roster[edit]

The Blazers Basketball Team[edit]

St. Benilde Blazers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
PG 4 Philippines Argamino, RJ Edward M. 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
3rd FEU Diliman
SG 5 Philippines Nayve, Raphael Romeo D. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
3rd San Beda HS
F 7 Philippines Romero, Mark Andrei E. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
3rd FEU Diliman
PG 8 Philippines Sinco, Luis Antonio Miguel K. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
4th Ateneo HS
SF 9 Philippines Taha, Juan Paolo S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
4th Leonora S. Salapantan HS
C 10 Philippines Bartolo Jr., Roberto D. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
4th Camiling Colleges
PF 12 Philippines Carlos, Alison Brandon P. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
3rd LSGH
C 13 Philippines Ongteco, Jeffrey Ryan G. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
3rd Letran HS
G/F 14 Philippines Grey, Jonathan M. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
3rd CSA-Biñan
SF 16 Philippines Mercado, Jose Lorenzo Chris A.
Rookie LSGH
SG 17 Philippines Garcia, Dexter M. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
SG 18 Philippines Deles, Ralph Jeffrey S. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
3rd Savanna HS
C 19 Philippines De Guzman, Jericho Louie C. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
2nd AUF Integrated School
PF 21 Philippines Saavedra, Jose Alfonso 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
PG 30 United States Jonson, Travis Jerome M. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
PG 69 Philippines Dongka, Kadong 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Rookie ICTHS
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Notable Basketball Players[edit]

  • Sunday Salvacion - 1999 NCAA Rookie of the Year, 2002 NCAA Mythical Five Selection and Most Valuable Player
  • Alejandro Magpayo - 2000 NCAA Rookie of the Year, 2003 NCAA Mythical Five Selection and Defensive Player of the Year
  • Mark Magsumbol - 2000 NCAA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • Jondan Salvador - 2001 NCAA Mythical Five Selection
  • Ernie Jay Sagad - 2004 NCAA Mythical Five Selection, 2005 NCAA Most Valuable Player
  • Lou Gatumbato- Played with Air21 and Barako Bull.
  • Ron Capati- Played with Coca cola tigers and Saigon Heat