Benilde gears up for upcoming NCAA 99th season
Benilde gears up for upcoming NCAA 99th season
Benilde gears up for upcoming NCAA 99th season
by Mhillen Nicole Borja16 August 2023
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College of Saint Benilde is not only preparing for the forthcoming 99th season of the NCAA, but is also actively getting ready for future seasons.

In anticipation of the upcoming graduation of their senior players, the Blazers have taken steps to replenish their roster by securing commitments from multiple recruits who are set to undergo a residency period this year.

"I am extremely grateful to our boosters and managers who have made the dedicated decision to fully invest in our team and program," stated Charles Tiu, the head coach of the Blazers.

At the forefront of Saint Benilde's recruitment are the trio of Tony Ynot, Justine Sanchez, and Gab Cometa, all former players of San Beda University. Alongside them are Nathan Victoria, a product of Red Cubs; Allen Liwag, previously from Emilio Aguinaldo College; and Jhomel Ancheta, a former floor general of Centro Escolar University.


Furthermore, Immaculada Concepcion College standouts Roger Ondoa and Ian Torres, Matthew Oli from San Joaquin Delta College, Tahjae Ordonio from Gavilan College (son of ex-PBA player Jon Ordonio), Irele Galas from Iloilo, and Jeric Canete from Cagayan de Oro have also committed to joining CSB.

With players like Will Gozum, Miggy Corteza, Prince Carlos, Robi Nayve, Felipe Marasigan, and Chris Flores expected to graduate at the close of the season, the reasoning behind Benilde's substantial recruitment for NCAA Season 100 becomes clear.

"It's a challenge we've never encountered before, where there is now an abundance of players vying for the same position. It's a favorable challenge, better than lacking options. They will need to compete for their spots, as we also have a surplus of players," Tiu commented.

Nevertheless, the immediate priority of the team remains focused on breaking the longstanding championship drought of the Blazers.


"Our primary focus remains on the upcoming season that is about to commence in a month or so. We still have a substantial amount of work to accomplish, and our consistency remains an issue," Tiu concluded.

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