Continuing to pick things up, the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags demolished the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, taking an 86-65 wire-to-wire win, Friday evening at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The win catapulted San Sebastian to their third straight win, to rise to fifth in the NCAA Season 95 Seniors Basketball tournament with a 5-3 record. But beyond that, head coach Egay Macaraya is happy that his Stags were able to recover during their long one-week break.
“I guess number one thing, nakarecover yung mga bata dahil siguro sa long vacation namin. Medyo nakapahinga sila. Nung nanalo kami sa Letran, it was a good motivator kasi lahat na ng game, gusto na nila manalo e,” shared Macaraya.
And it showed in this game as San Sebastian fired on all cylinders against EAC.
The Golden Stags started the game with a 9-0 spurt and never looked back.
Basically, the Stags took turns in pounding the Generals.
Alvin Capobres provided the spark in the opening frame while Allyn Bulanadi and Itchie Altamirano connived in the second stanza. Then in the third frame, it was Rommel Calahat’s turn to shine before the trio of Capobres, Bulanadi, and Calahat finished things off.
San Sebastian led by as much as 21 points in the game.
Capobres had 20 points and seven rebounds, while Bulanadi added 14 points and seven boards. Calahat added a personal-best 12 markers.
Ilagan sprained his right ankle in the second frame and cramped up in the third frame. Still, he tallied 11 points, four assists, and three rebounds.
“We’re just focusing on one game at a time. Meron kaming tsansa na umangat sa standing, kung manalo kami sa Arellano, aangat kami sa four so magandang motivation sa team na nakapasok na kami dun,” said Macaraya, as they are currently knotted with Letran with a 5-3 slate.
EAC, who suffered their seventh straight loss to end their first-round campaign with a 1-8 slate, were led by Kriss Gurtiza’s 16 points. He scored 12 points in the first quarter alone.
JP Maguliano added 12 points but EAC, as a team, shot just 30-percent from the field.
SSC-R 86 – Capobres 20, Bulanadi 14, Calahat 12, Ilagan 11, Villapando 8, Calma 6, Altamirano 5, Desoyo 4, Sumoda 4, Loristo 2, Dela Cruz 0, Tero 0, Cosari 0
EAC 65 – Gurtiza 16, Maguliano 12, Tampoc 9, Mendoza 8, Luciano 5, Gonzales 5, Taywan 3, Cadua 3, De Guzman 3, Martin 1, Carlos 0, Corilla 0, Estacio 0, Dayrit 0, Boffa 0
Quarterscores: 23-17, 44-29, 60-44, 86-65