MANILA, Philippines – San Beda will field in Cameroonian players Donald Tankoua and Arnaud Noah when it launches its bid for back-to-back titles in the NCAA Season 93 tournament on July 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“After hours of deliberation, we decided that Tankoua and Noah should stay as San Beda’s foreign players in Season 93,” said San Beda team manager Jude Roque.
Their decision means Nigerian Toba Eugene will sit out yet another season for the Red Lions.
Tankoua will make a much-awaited return after his campaign in Season 92 was cut short by an ACL injury in the second round. Noah, meanwhile, will try to build on a solid campaign that includes winning the Finals MVP trophy.
The 20-year-old Eugene will most likely make his debut next year.
Noah is expected to get the start while San Beda waits for Tankoua to fully recover, which they estimate will happen by the second round.
“Donald will play minimal minutes in the first round because we expect him to be in full strength in the second round,” said Roque.
Noah and Tankoua complete a San Beda team that is already loaded with a combination of experienced players and young but promising prospects.
Robert Bolick has emerged as the unquestioned leader of San Beda after steering the team to the championship in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup just a couple of weeks ago.
“Thanks to our preseason victory, we are all ready to defend our title,” said Roque.
Also back for the Red Lions are Javee Mocon, Joe Presbitero, Ben Adamos, and sharpshooter AC Soberano. Debuting in Season 93 are transferees Clint Doliguez and Kenmark Cariño.
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