Yesterday, NCAA Season 84 (2009) officially openned at the Big Dome with the usual pomp and pageantry except for some technical glitz and some boo-boos which may not be avoided on live show. But before anything else, the San Beda Red Lions, together with other Bedistas in the gallery and those watching on TV (just like me!) roared again at the start of the Season, the Red Lions beating the Mapua Cardinals by 29 points!
I am sharing here with you images and videos I took of the openning ceremony and the first game. However, please bear with poor quality because I took it straight from TV. It’s the spirit that matters this time and not so much the quality! 🙂
Here’s a video of the first basket of the season courtesy of the Ekwe-lizer pre-empted by what could have been a better shot at the basket (by Gamalinda, I think). Not so much flair but it’s still the first basket:
From the first basket, the Red Lions never looked back and the Cardinals never lead by even a point. The Red Lion’s championship experience and their training in California before the Season must have paid-off as expected. They lead as much as 31-points and won by 29 in the end. I am not a basketball officionado but what I saw in the first game, the Red Lions is still a force to reckon with even with the exit of Jousif Aljamal.
G o S a n B e d a F i g h t !!!
Before the first game featuring the host MAPUA Cardinals and defending champ SAN BEDA Red Lions, I had fun the opening ceremony. I was asking myself who was the host? Didn’t MAPUA manage to get someone younger in keeping with its theme “Bridges of the Future?” It was more of the past for me. I was just thinking it could have been better if he was younger.
I was waiting and anticipating for the traditional signature cheer of each school. While the host started with Mapua but he has to immediately halt because he had to call the guest speaker first (Bayani Fernando, alumnus of Mapua, who was represented by her daughter, an exact carbon copy of the father), probably a mistake in the sequence. Unfortunately, the school cheers were all forgotten, something which every participant in the gallery is waiting for because that’s what they have came for!
When the speaker was about to start, she was asking if the song composed by her father (when he was in high school) should be played, the idea being a background music while she is delivering the message. There was no music at all. At the middle of her speech, something suddenly played on the background which was suppose to be for the next part of the program, the opening number! She had to stop to verify and say sorry. When she’s done, the song of her father played which was plain “mabuhay, kapuri-puri ka!” repeated 5-times, and that was it!
Next part of the program. Spectators kept waiting because of delay in music cue, and when it’s finally played, it has to be re-started. It didn’t look and sound well for an NCAA Opening live on TV!
It was not all that to be fair. The part where the “past-future-and present” of basketball for each school was very symbolic. Professional players of the past marched with the present one and suppose to be the future. The opening number which was an evolution of dance participated by the school’s cheer dancers was great and well executed.
SBC Red Lions Photos:
Other Photos of NCAA Season 84: