NCAA Season 87 basketball tournaments

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NCAA Season 87
Host school University of Perpetual Help System DALTA

Men's Finals 1 2 Wins
San Beda school colors San Beda Red Lions
SSC-R school colors San Sebastian Stags
Duration October 24–26, 2011
Arena/s Smart Araneta Coliseum
Finals MVP San Beda's school colors Dave Marcelo
Winning coach San Beda's school colors Frankie Lim (4th title)
Semifinalists Letran school colors Letran Knights
JRU school colors JRU Heavy Bombers
TV network/s Studio 23, The Filipino Channel, Balls HD

Juniors' Finals 1 2 3 Wins
San Beda's school colors San Beda Red Cubs
CSB school colors La Salle Greenies
Duration October 24-November 3, 2011
Arena/s Smart Araneta Coliseum (Game 1)
Filoil Flying V Arena (Games 2 & 3)
Finals MVP San Beda's school colors Francis Abarcar
Winning coach San Beda's school colors Britt Reroma (2nd title)
Semifinalists Letran school colors Letran Squires
EAC school colors EAC–ICA Brigadiers
TV network/s Studio 23, Balls HD (Game 1 only)
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The basketball tournaments of NCAA Season 87 are the Philippines' National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments for basketball in its 2011–12 season. University of Perpetual Help System DALTA hosted the season, starting with an opening ceremony held on July 2, 2011 followed by a triple-header game. Games then are subsequently being held at Filoil Flying V Arena, with seniors' games on Wednesdays, Fridays and select Monday games aired by Studio 23.

In the seniors' tournament, the San Beda Red Lions successfully defended their championship, sweeping the San Sebastian Stags in a rematch of the last two championship series. Both teams started undefeated, with San Sebastian winning the first round finale against the Red Lions, finally ending San Beda's league record 26-game winning streak. The Stags extended their winning streak to 15 games until they were defeated by the Letran Knights. The Red Lions, after being beaten by the JRU Heavy Bombers, ended the second round with a six-game winning run. They beat San Sebastian in the last elimination round game to force a playoff for the first seed, a game they subsequently won. The Red Lions then met JRU in the semifinals, which also had their own six-game winning run after a 3–9 start. The Red Lions won, advancing to the finals for the sixth consecutive year. The Stags and the Knights met in the other semifinal, where the Knights extended the series to a deciding game; the Stags won on Game 2 to qualify for the finals anew. In the Finals, San Beda won Game 1 convincingly, while the Stags missed on a chance to force overtime on Game 2 to give San Beda their second consecutive title. Dave Marcelo was named the Finals MVP.

In the juniors' tournament, the San Beda Red Cubs won all 18 elimination round games to qualify outright to the finals with the thrice to beat advantage. The EAC-ICA Brigadiers, a team under probation, qualified for their first NCAA playoff appearance; they were beaten in the first round of the stepladder series by the La Salle Green Hills Greenies to face the Letran Squires in the next round. The Greenies led for much of the game until they quelled an end-game rally by Letran to clinch the school's first NCAA finals berth. The Greenies prevented a Red Cubs season sweep, winning Game 1 of the finals.


The San Sebastian Stags announced that their former coach Turo Valenzona had been named as their new head coach, four months after Ato Agustin left to coach the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Basketball Association. Valenzona had previously coached the Stags in the 1990s, winning four consecutive championships from 1993 to 1996, with the 1996 season finishing undefeated. Valenzona would be the league's oldest head coach at 68 years old.[1]

Paul Nuilan and Marlon Gomez, the two players from the UPHSD Altas who were not allowed to play last year, were cleared to play this season. This gave coach Boris Aldeguer optimism for the upcoming season.[2]

In the preseason tournaments, defending champions San Beda Red Lions were defeated by the UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eagles in the final of the Filoil Flying V Pre-Season Cup 75–56. The Red Cubs defeated the Philippines under-16 basketball team 79–70 to win the juniors event, with Francis Abarcar being named most valuable player. San Beda's Garvo Lanete and Yousef Taha of the Mapúa Cardinals were named members of the mythical team.[3] In the Father Martin Cup, Mapua was defeated by the NU Bulldogs of the UAAP in the seniors' final, 87–83 in overtime.[4]

The league announced a partnership with SM Supermalls in marketing the league; next season's basketball tournaments are to be held at the yet-to-be-finished SM Arena, as the arena is accessible to most of the member schools. Also, in an effort to "go green", the league announced that the tickets used for the basketball tournaments will be produced under an environment-friendly system. The creation of ticket-on-demand system prevents the accumulation of unsold tickets that are stored every year, and reduces the amount of paper used.[5]

The UPHSD Altas announced on June 27 that head coach Boris Aldeguer resigned. While no reason was given, sources of the Philippine Daily Inquirer stated that the non-inclusion of a UPHSD player by the NCAA board was the cause of his resignation. Aldeguer's assistant Jimwell Gican was named as the new head coach.[6] While the NCAA board allowed UPHSD player Marlon Gomez to play after sitting out last season to residency, UPHSD president Anthony Tamayo announced that he will not be entered during the games; this also came after the board disallowed another player, Paul Nuilan, who allegedly misrepresented documents on his transfer from Far Eastern University to Letran to Perpetual. Gomez was almost cleared to play for Perpetual in 2010 until JRU showed documents that he had enrolled there after transferring from Philippine Christian University.[7]

The San Sebastian Stags announced that head coach Turo Valenzona was elevated as team consultant, while Topex Robinson was named as the new head coach days prior to the opening. Robinson was Valenzona's player during San Sebastian's 1996 title run and won another title with the Stags in 1997 before turning professional.[8]

Seniors' tournament[edit]

The seniors' tournaments began on July 2, 2011 after the opening ceremonies at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City. Thereafter, the rest of the first round games are currently held at the Filoil Flying V Arena, San Juan.

Elimination round[edit]


Arellano 70–88 64–60 77–84 79–75* 74–84 70–73 67–92 79–92 71–65
Letran 73–59 112–91 76–67 70–59 92–89* 75–65 62–77 62–71 74–43
Benilde 66–64 60–72 80–68 78–77 63–75 70–67 78–79 78–86 88–83
EAC 70–78 58–80 73–82 60–76 73–67 63–80 62–103 70–77 71–58
JRU 79–69 56–75 78–63 90–77 74–68 80–79 69–77 67–73 77–79***
Lyceum 77–89 74–88 94–89* 77–73 71–65 76–73 69–89 57–82 93–87
Mapua 69-73 67–69* 94–90 98–73 64–78 80–59 68–74 66–71 65–63
San Beda 84–60 84–68 84–75 118–64 65–76 101–67 76–59 68–70 82–52
SSC-R 97–70 81–82* 86–70 99–63 78–59 80–68 72–69 70–91 87–60
UPHSD 77–60 68-53 63–57 71–77 57–64 78–73 62–65 55–69 76–77

  OT Win
  OT Loss

Postseason Teams[edit]

San Beda Red Lions[edit]

With Borgie Hermida leaving the team and Sudan Daniel not playing due to an injury, the Red Lions had to find other ways to keep its championship form. Fresh from last season's sweep, the Red Lions had an 8-game winning streak to start the season adding up to a 26-game winning streak. The streak was ended by the San Sebastian Stags, last year's runner-up. With the Red Lions hoping that it would be the only loss they will have this season, JRU gave them their second loss after a 2-week break. With that loss, the Red Lions made sure they won't have another loss this season. They defeated the Stags on the last day of elimination with both teams tied for the top spot. A playoff was held and the Red Lions won which gave them the top seed and the Stags settling for second. This was another great year for the school as they finished as champions and the juniors team also ending up as champions giving them a back-to-back double championship title.

San Sebastian Stags[edit]

Last season's runner-up was seeking for redemption against the defending champions, the Red Lions. The Stags started the season with an impressive 15-game winning streak only to be ended by the Letran Knights. Because of this, some fans thought that the 85th season would repeat as for the saying "history will repeat itself". Many were hoping that even though the Red Lions will take the top seed, the Stags will still be the champions. The loss of Borgie Hermida and Sudan Daniel made them confident that they will defeat the Red Lions in any game. They gave the Red Lions their first loss since the 85th season with the so-called Pinatubo Trio contributing most of the team's points. The second round meet-up with the Red Lions was pretty disappointing for the school with the fans confident they will take it also like they did in the first round meeting. The Pinatubo Trio was not in action during that game and their performance was pretty disappointing with the game ending at 70-91 in favor of the Red Lions. Before that meeting, the Stags already had its first loss given by the Knights with the game ending at 81-82 with overtime. As the Stags were tied up with the Red Lions for the top spot, a playoff was held with the Red Lions winning it.

Letran Knights[edit]

With the Letran Knights finishing with a disappointing 5th place last season, the team had to find depth from all the players. Last season was their first time not being in the final four in years as they are seen as one of the dominant teams, it was pretty embarrassing. They started the season with a 3-game winning streak to be ended by the Stags with a 62-71 game in favor of the opponent. Another loss was given to them by the defending champions, the Red Lions, with a lopsided 62-77 game. Although they weren't upset that they lost to these teams, th second round gave them some disappointments. They lost to the UPHSD Altas, a team seen as one of the weakest teams as they always finish in last every season recently. Although in their next game, they won against the Stags giving them their first loss of the season. The team might be celebrating from this win, their next game was against San Beda. Again, they lost to the Red Lions with their coach frustrated how they can win against the Stags but not against the Red Lions. They ended the season with a satisfactory 3rd-place finish with a record of 14-4 and a loss from San Beda.

JRU Heavy Bombers[edit]

The Bombers started the season with a back-to-back loss from the San Sebastian Stags and the Arellano Chiefs. Their first win is against the EAC Generals, the team that finished in last place this season. With the Bombers finishing 3rd place last season, the Bombers was still looking for an end to their 38-year title drought, the longest in the history of the NCAA. They were defeated by the Altas in their fifth game, frustrating their head coach and the school shocked. This was followed by another back-to-back losses from CSB Blazers and the defending champions, the San Beda Red Lions. Their first round was very disappointing and isn't showing the light for ending their title drought. Their second was, fortunately, was pretty impressive. They might have started the round with a 3-game losing streak but countered it with a 6-game winning streak up until the end of the eliminations, in it is a win against the Red Lions giving the Lions their second and last loss in the season. They finished in fourth place but this wasn't enough to end their 38-year title drought.


  1st–seed playoff Semifinals
#1 & #2 have twice-to-beat advantage
Best-of-three series
   San Beda school colors San Beda  88   1  San Beda school colors San Beda 83    
   SSC-R school colors SSC-R  85     4  JRU school colors JRU 74    
     1  San Beda school colors San Beda 75 57
     2  SSC-R school colors SSC-R 63 55
  2  SSC-R school colors SSC-R 62 63
  3  Letran school colors Letran 70 56  

First-seed playoff[edit]

October 14
88–85 SSC-R school colors San Sebastian Stags


San Beda vs JRU[edit]

October 17
83–74 JRU school colors JRU Heavy Bombers
San Beda wins series in one game

San Sebastian vs Letran[edit]

October 17
62–70 Letran school colors Letran Knights
October 19
63–56 Letran school colors Letran Knights
San Sebastian wins series in two games


October 24
75–63 SSC-R school colors San Sebastian Stags
Scoring by quarter: 20-20, 15-18, 17-14, 23-11
Pts: Jess Villahermosa 15
Rebs: Baser Amer 8
Asts: Baser Amer 7
Pts: Ronald Pascual 14
Rebs: Ronald Pascual 11
Asts: Calvin Abueva 4
October 26
57–55 SSC-R school colors San Sebastian Stags
Scoring by quarter: 14-15, 13–17, 21-18, 9-5
Pts: David Semerad 15
Rebs: Dave Marcelo 16
Asts: Dave Marcelo 3
Pts: Ronald Pascual 15
Rebs: Ian Sangalang 8
Asts: Calvin Abueva 5
San Beda wins series 2–0


The end-of-season awards were given prior to Game 1 of the seniors' finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.[9]

Players of the Week[edit]

Week Player Team
Week 1 Allan Santos Lyceum school colors Lyceum
Week 2 Calvin Abueva SSC-R school colors SSC-R
Week 3 Floricel Guevarra Lyceum school colors Lyceum
Week 4 Garvo Lanete San Beda school colors San Beda
Week 5 Carlo Lastimosa CSB school colors CSB
Week 6 Ronald Pascual SSC-R school colors SSC-R
Week 7 Calvin Abueva
Ian Sangalang
SSC-R school colors SSC-R
SSC-R school colors SSC-R
Week 8 Josan Nîmes Mapua school colors Mapúa
Week 9 Kevin Alas Letran school colors Letran
Week 10 Kevin Alas Letran school colors Letran
Week 11 Nate Matute JRU school colors JRU
Week 12 Jeckster Apinan JRU school colors JRU
Week 13 Kevin Alas Letran school colors Letran
Week 14 Garvo Lanete
Anthony Semerad
San Beda school colors San Beda
San Beda school colors San Beda
Week 15 Garvo Lanete San Beda school colors San Beda

Juniors' tournament[edit]

The juniors' tournament started on July 4 with all games being held at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Elimination round[edit]


Arellano 66–73 64–61 73–81 86–77* 115–33 74–88 70–90 63–68 81–67
Letran 66–50 77–80 77–54 89–76 107–45 72–64 72–84 74–60 69–44
LSGH 82–77 60–74 73–78 75–54 93–23 88–64 79–95 86–65 88–48
EAC 62–57 66–72 67–84 78–70 106–27 77–75 59–87 53–80 74–64
JRU 53–55 67–79 51–85 60–74 123–41 66–78 38–92 58–70 87–63
Lyceum 49–114 37–83 45–118 37–116 66–110 33–135 28–163 41–117 37–107
MHSS 62–66 73–67 64–75 73–74 63–58 127–46 56–72 80–56 107–88
SBC-R 79–59 88–63 92–80 78–57 78–60 154–35 82–75 97–68 101–62
SSC-R 75–67 65–85 53–82 68–77 48–50 100–25 64–75 68–96 75–65
UPHSD 65–96 65-94 52–78 70–75 67–98 76–46 72–100 68–113 57–89

  OT Win
  OT Loss


  First Round
Knockout game
Knockout game
Best-of-5 series with the #1 seed having a 1–0 lead
    1  San Beda school colors San Beda 82 74 69
    2  Letran school colors Letran 91     3  CSB school colors LSGH 85 73 61
  3  CSB school colors LSGH 88     3  CSB school colors LSGH 101  
  4  EAC school colors EAC–ICA 74  

First round[edit]

October 17
88–74 EAC school colors EAC–ICA Brigadiers


October 19
91–101 CSB school colors La Salle Greenies


  • San Beda has to win twice, while LSGH has to win thrice, to win the championship series.
October 24
82–85 CSB school colors La Salle Greenies
Scoring by quarter: 10-20, 28-21, 24-22, 20-22
Pts: Limuel Patenio 19
Rebs: Von Abatayo 6
Asts: Von Abatayo 3
Pts: Jon Villaruz 22
Rebs: Andre Paras 7
Asts: Andre Paras 3
October 31
74–73 CSB school colors La Salle Greenies
Scoring by quarter: 18-19, 15-19, 28-20, 13-15
Pts: Francis Abarcar 21
Rebs: Arvin Tolentino 12
Asts: Arvin Tolentino 6
Pts: Jon Villaruz 20
Rebs: Andre Paras 8
Asts: Andre Paras 2
69–61 CSB school colors La Salle Greenies
Scoring by quarter: 17-13, 12-13, 22-14, 18-21
Pts: Francis Abarcar 18
Rebs: Francis Abarcar 8
Asts: Francis Abarcar 3
Pts: Thomas Torres 25
Rebs: Thomas Torres 8
Asts: Thomas Torres 5
San Beda wins series in three games.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Payo, Jasmine W. (2011-03-01). "Valenzona returns as coach of SSC Stags". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  2. ^ Payo, Jasmine W. (2011-06-07). "Perpetual Altas now reinforced by a pair of big men". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  3. ^ Leyba, Olmin (2011-06-13). "Eagles devour Lions, clinch Flying V crown". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  4. ^ Terrado, Jonas (2011-06-19). "NU rules Fr. Martin Cup". Tempo. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  5. ^ Leyba, Olmin (2011-06-24). "NCAA adopts unique ticketing system, eyes SM Arena". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  6. ^ Giongco, Mark C. (2011-06-27). "Altas coach part ways with team before NCAA opening". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  7. ^ Cordero, Abac (2011-06-29). "Altas put accent on integrity". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  8. ^ "Robinson to coach Stags in 87th NCAA season". GMA News Online. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  9. ^ a b "San Sebastian's Calvin Abueva bags NCAA MVP award". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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Preceded by
Season 86 (2010)
NCAA basketball seasons
Season 87 (2011)
Succeeded by
Season 88 (2012)