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Ilagan makes it rain on Lyceum, helps extend Baste streak to 4



Tiebreaker Times Ilagan makes it rain on Lyceum, helps extend Baste streak to 4 Basketball LPU NCAA News SSC-R  Topex Robinson San Sebastian Seniors Basketball Regille Ilagan NCAA Season 92 Seniors Basketball NCAA Season 92 Lyceum Seniors Basketball Jerick Fabian Harry Nzeusseu Egay Macaraya Alvin Capobres Allyn Bulanadi

Another win, another Golden Stag student-athlete steps up.

The San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags played arguably its best all-around game of the season, shackling the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 77-69, to notch its fourth straight win Tuesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Leading the charge this time for the Stags was 19 year old rookie RK Ilagan. The Bulacan-native was the high point man with 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting, knocking down seven three-pointers in the win – all in the second half.

Three other Golden Stags notched double-figures with Jerick Fabian scoring 12 points while Alvin Capobres and Allyn Bulanadi adding 10 markers each. Ryan Costelo dished out ten dimes as well.

“I guess everybody wanted to win and everybody stepped up for us and played defense,” San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya said.

After a close first half with Lyceum going toe-to-toe with their opponents, Alvin Capobres’ hustle and RK Ilagan’s hot-shooting led the San Sebastian third quarter surge that broke the game wide open. Ilgan knocked down four triples in the quarter.

San Sebastian’s three-point party extended its invitation to Jayson David and Jerick Fabian in the quarter, with the latter’s triple extending the lead to a game-high 13 points, 55-42 with 1:04 remaining.

On the other end, the Pirates struggled on the offensive end, shooting just 36 percent from the field. Moreover, Lyceum shot a horrendous 29-of-50 from the charity stripe that compounded their woes.

MJ Ayaay and Wilson Baltazar tried to will Lyceum back, going on a 5-0 run late in the final frame to cut the San Sebastian lead to just six points with 1:54 remaining. However, Ilagan dampered any hopes of a Lyceum comeback, knocking down a cold blooded triple – his seventh of the game, seven seconds later.

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“Hindi naman natin maalis kay RK yung lahat ng pagtira sa three points kasi inborn na ata sa kanya yun,” Macaraya said about his recruit.

After notching its fifth win, Macaraya deflected all the credit to the team’s manager and the San Sebastian community for believing in them.

“Ang pinaka bottomline nito is yung support ng manager namin na si Joseph Dyhengco. Nagpapasalamat yung buong San Sebastian sa kanya,” he shared.

“Very supportive din yung San Sebastian community even if we lost a lot during the first round. Hindi sila nagsasawa sumoporta sa amin.”

Mike Nzeusseu was the only Pirate in double-figures with 24 points to go along with 19 rebounds.

In addition to the defensive stand they displayed, the Stags were also able to limit its turnovers to just eight in the game.

The San Sebastian Stags (8th, 5-9) look to continue the roll they are in on Friday, September 2, facing the Letran Knights at 4:00pm. On the other hand, the Lyceum Pirates (T-6th) tries to bounce back against the EAC Generals on the same day at 2:00pm.

The Scores:

SSC-R (77) – Ilagan 25, Fabian 12, Bulanadi 10, Capobres 10, David 6, Calisaan 4, Costelo 4, Meraco 2, Serajosef 2, Valdez 2, Baetiong 0, Gayosa 0, Johnson 0, Quipse 0, Calma 0.

LPU (69) – Nzeusseu 24, Caduyac 8, Serafico 8, Alban 7, Ayaay 5, Alanes 4, Magbuhos 4, Baltazar 3, Soriano 3, Rubite 2, Marata 1, Gabayni 0, Malabanan 0, Soliman 0.

Quarterscores: 13-12, 28-30, 55-47, 77-69

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