Wanting to end the season strong, RK Ilagan and the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags bombarded the Mapua University Cardinals, picking up an 86-64 win in their penultimate game of the season, Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
“Every game yun naman yung lagi ko sinasabi sa mga bata na every game counts. I want everybody to be better,” said San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya, as the Stags currently sit in 7th place with a 5-12 record.
And it was Ilagan who led the way.
The third-year guard – who cost San Sebastian two wins in the first round of the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball Tournament – erupted for 26 points built on six triples. He went 10-for-15 from the field.
“It’s RK’s day. Alam naman natin na pag araw niya uulan ng tres,” beamed Macaraya.
Ilagan’s career game was capped by a blistering fourth quarter that saw him knock down three triples, helping San Sebastian gain a game-high 28-point lead late.
For Ilagan, he just wanted to end his senior Michael Calisaan’s NCAA career on a high note.
“Kami masaya kami sa future niya. Sa amin kailangan namin mag-improve,” he said.
Calisaan had 16 points and five rebounds, while Allyn Bulanadi and Ken Villapando had 10 points each.
Warren Bonifacio was the sole bright spot for Mapua with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
San Sebastian play their final game for the season on Tuesday, October 23, against the Arellano Chiefs. Mapua, on the other hand, figure in their season finale on Tuesday, October 16, against the same team.
SSC-R 86 — Ilagan 26, Calisaan 16, Bulanadi 10, Villapando 10, Capobres 6, Dela Cruz 4, Calma 4, Are 4, Sumoda 3, Valdez 3, Isidro 0, Desoyo 0.
MU 64 — Bonifacio 14, Bunag 8, Carandang 8, Victoria 7, Lugo 7, Bautista 6, Salenga 5, Pelayo 4, Jabel 2, Garcia 2, Aguirre 1, Serrano 0, Gamboa 0, Nieles 0, Biteng 0.
Quarterscores: 16-14, 43-31, 64-48, 86-64.