Picking up right where they left off last July 9, the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags handed the hapless Mapua University Cardinals a harsh 92-68 beatdown, Tuesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Not only did San Sebastian cruise to its second straight win in the NCAA Season 95 Seniors Basketball tournament, but the Golden Stags were also equally as dominant in this game, just like their 82-51 beatdown of the JRU Heavy Bombers last July 9.
Still, San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya was not too impressed with the Golden Stags’ outing.
“Sa totoo lang medyo may konti akong problema dahil they’re making a statement and every team is watching and doing a gameplan,” said Macaraya.
“For us, we’re very happy na ganun ang nangyayari, the boys playing well, focus on gameplan and enjoying the game, playing good defense. Sana matuloy tuloy na namin,” he continued.
RK Ilagan was not as on-point in this game, shooting just 5-of-14 from the field for 20 points. The proud son of Tondo made it up by dishing out eight dimes.
And with Ilagan steering the squad, San Sebastian ended up with six players in double-digits.
Allyn Bulanadi had 16 points while Alex Desoyo and Ken Villapando added 14 and 13 markers respectively.
The dynamic duo of Ilagan and Bulanadi led San Sebastian’s second-quarter spurt that saw the Golden Stags score 30 points to gain a 23-point cushion.
“If he’s always healthy, Westbrook and Harden, yun ang pakiusap ko sa dalawa,” Macaraya said about Ilagan and Bulanadi.
San Sebastian would lead by as much as 33 points in the contest.
JM Calma tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards as well.
Mapua, who fell to 0-2, was led by Noah Lugo with 13 points. Fellow ex-Red Robins Laurenz Victoria and Warren Bonifacio added 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
San Sebastian will next face the Lyceum Pirates on Tuesday, July 23 at 2:00 pm. Mapua, on the other hand, takes on the same team on Friday, July 19 at 2:00 pm.
SSC-R 92 – Ilagan 20, Bulanadi 16, Desoyo 14, Villapando 13, Calma 12, Capobres 10, Altamirano 3, Calahat 2, Loristo 2, Sumoda 0, Dela Cruz 0, Tero 0, Are 0, Suico 0
MU 68 – Lugo 13, Victoria 11, Bonifacio 10, Bunag 7, Hernandez 6, Garcia 5, Gonzales 4, Salenga 3, Gamboa 3, Aguirre 2, Serrano 2, Nieles 2, Jabel 0, Nocum 0, Dela Cruz 0
Quarterscores: 16-11, 46-23, 68-45, 92-68
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