Continuing to lift his squad back in the hunt, Allyn Bulanadi fired his career-high to lift the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags to a huge 107-90 wire-to-wire win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas, Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Bulanadi’s previous high was 27 points. This time, he fired 31 points on an efficient 11-of-19 clip from the field. He also nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a three blocks – another career-high.
“First of all, praise God na nanalo kami ngayon. Give credit to the boys kasi grabe yung nilaro nila on both ends lalo na si Allyn. Big 31 points ang ginawa niya,” said San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya.
San Sebastian raced to an early 9-2 lead to start the game. The Golden Stags then cruised to the finish, leading by as much as 24 points early in the final frame.
Alvin Capobres and RK Ilagan had 18 and 17 markers respectively for the Golden Stags as well.
With the win, San Sebastian went up to 4-3 in the NCAA Season 95 Seniors Basketball Tournament – just half-a-game behind fourth-placed Letran. Moreover, this is their second straight win after suffering three straight setbacks.
And those setbacks were because of Macaraya, according to the player himself.
“Yes, malaking bagay. It was all my fault eh. I was basing my team dun sa D-League, kaya I was frustrated in losing sa LPU,” admitted Macaraya, who returned from a one-game suspension.
“‘Kala namin may chance kami, pero kami rin pala nag-gi-give up. Nakita ko na masyado ako naging… Pangit yung reaction ko sa mga talo namin. I was hoping we could do it like D-League. Iniisip ko Superman sila,” he lamented.
Perpetual – who saw Frankie Lim return after a one-game “leave” – had six players score in double-digits.
Jeff Egan had 20 points, while Kim Aurin and Ben Adamos had 14 points each. The former also grabbed nine rebounds, while the latter hauled down 11 boards.
Edgar Charcos, who had 10 points, suffered a right ankle sprain with 55 seconds left in the first half after stepping on the foot of Ilagan.
However, it was not enough, as Perpetual fall to 3-6 to end their first round campaign.
SSC-R 107 – Bulanadi 31, Capobres 18, Ilagan 17, Calma 14, Calahat 7, Desoyo 6, Dela Cruz 5, Sumoda 4, Villapando 3, Cosari 2, Altamirano 0, Isidro 0, Tero 0.
UPHSD 90 – Egan 20, Aurin 14, Adamos 14, Razon 11, Peralta 10, Charcos 10, Lucero 5, Tamayo 3, Martel 2, Sese 1, Cuevas 0, Barasi 0.
Quarterscores: 25-19, 54-43, 82-66, 107-90.