23rd July, 2012
The reigning back-to-back champions, San Beda College Red Lions are banking on Nigerian centre, Ola Adeogun, as they snatched a 81-65 victory against a hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals squad last week.
At the FilOil Flying V Arena, the team grabbed the lead in the 88th season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA, in the Philippines.
Coming off a four-game suspension for his role in a volleyball match brawl last December, the 6’9” Adeogun finished with nine points along with 14 rebounds and four blocks to help the Red Lions control the paint en route to a 4-1 win-loss record.
“Adeogun is truly a blessing,” said Red Lions mentor Ronnie Magsanoc. “He showed what character he has because he was always ready. If he plays that way, our chances are very bright this season. We’ve been struggling because of our small frontline.”
Adeogun, however, got his clearance to play only a couple of hours before game time that somehow made Magsanoc and the Lions a little worried going into the EAC match.
“Adeogun got his clearance just two hours before the game that’s why we were not sure if he will be allowed to play,” said Magsanoc. “But he showed what kind of character he has by just coming in and ready to play. Now with the return of Adeogun, we’ll be a contender.”
Adeogun was just as relieved as his coach and said it was just an ordinary outing for him, and that the important thing was the win.
“I was excited to play because I was so down not playing,” said Adeogun, a native of Lagos, Nigeria. “I’m just happy that I played and coach was supportive and told me Huwag ka manggigil (Don’t be overeager).”