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Spoiler alert! San Sebastian sends Perpetual to the brink



Bradwyn Guinto continues to make the most out of his final games in the NCAA.

After defeating the San Beda Red Lions, 98-92, a week ago, Guinto played the entire game against the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas. The Smart Elite ambassador led the Stags charge in an upset win over the Altas, 91-87, Tuesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The Altas started the game on a blistering pace in gaining a 10-0 lead in the first 3:12 of the game. Thompson was all over the place in assisting on back-to-back three pointers by Gab Daganangon and scoring on a layup coming from Bright Akhuetie. The Perpetual-lead grew to a game-high 18-5 with 3:54 remaining in the opening stanza. The Golden Stags, behind Capobres and Guinto, slowly cut into the lead in penetrating the lane. A 10-4 Stags run to close the quarter had the score at 22-15 in favor of Perpetual.

The returning GJ Ylagan helped stave-off the surging Stags in the early parts of the second quarter to gain a 31-23 lead. However, the zone defense of the Rodney Santos-mentored squad forced the Altas to shoot from the outside. The shots were not falling for the Las Pinas cagers though as Akhuetie was the only one who was scoring for them. Guinto continued to pound the paint in the same span while Jamil Ortuoste was converting on his long jumpers. A Ric Gallardo foul on Ortuoste, while he was attempting a three-pointer, gave the Stags the lead for the first time 40-38 with 24 seconds to go in the second. However, the three free throws by the San Sebastian floor general was answered right back by a buzzer-beating three by Thompson to regain the lead 41-40 to end the half.

The two teams then exchanged leads and baskets to open the third canto. Dagangon was on fire in scoring the first seven points for the Altas but the Stags had answers for each basket to tie the game at 49-all. Ortuoste though continued to blitz the Perpetual defense in scoring on three jumpers in an 8-2 rally. The three-pointers continued to miss for the Altas while the breaks of the game went in favor for the Stags. An assist by Ortuoste to Ryan Costelo on the break and a jumper by him ended the quarter in favor of his team 61-57 to enter the final frame.

In the early parts of the fourth quarter, Smart Elite ambassador Bradwyn Guinto continued to pound the paint even against the towering Prince Eze to extend the Stags lead 68-64. After conversions by Eze, a huge rainbow three by Ortuoste gave the CM Recto cagers a 71-67 lead. Eze eventually tied the game but Fabian and Guinto went on an 8-4 run that maintained the lead to four. With 1:32 remaining, a putback by Thompson cut the lead to just a solitary point 83-8 but an alley-oop to Guinto and free throws by Calisaan extended the lead to four. Another putback by Thompson cut the lead back to three with 23.2 to go. After a Perpetual timeout though, Thompson missed a huge layup followed by another turnover by Dagangon. The Altas had no other recourse but to foul. Conversions by Guinto and Calisaan sealed the game for the Stags 91-87.

“As much as possible, I want to end the tournament on a winning note. Ginagamit namin tong mga last few games namin para madevelop yung good habit and mawala yung bad,” Stags head coach Rodney Santos said after the game. Santos also said that these final two games are for Guinto. “Yung last two practices namin ay para sa team and siyempre para kay Bradwyn.”

Guinto, who recorded a double-double with 25 points and 11 boards in 40 minutes of action, admitted that there is regret that they peaked this late but he’s hoping that this helps to get the team momentum for next year.

In addition to Guinto, Jamil Ortuoste also had an excellent outing as he scored 27 points on 10/15 shooting. He was 2/5 from downtown. Mike Calisaan also provided 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Stags.

For the Altas, Scottie Thompson had his eighth career triple-double with 15 points, 15 boards and 12 dimes. Thompson though shot a dismal 7/22 from the field. Akhuetie, who was nursing a left knee injury, had 21 points and 13 boards in the losing cause.

As a team, the Stags shot an outstanding 53% from the field including 55% from the inside. They were also to convert on 82% of their foul shots, 18/25, compared to just 4/6 from their opponents. Moreover, San Sebastian outran the Altas in scoring 24 transition points.

Both teams will play their final game of the regular season on Friday, October 12 as the San Sebastian Stags (6-11) face the JRU Heavy Bombers at 12:00nn while the Perpetual Altas (11-6) will have a do-or-die game against the Letran Knights at 4:00pm.

The Scores:
SSCR (91) – Ortuoste 27, Guinto 25, Calisaan 15, Fabian 9, Capobres 9, Costelo 4, Bulanadi 2, Bragais 0, Santos 0, Pretta 0.
UPHSD (87) – Dagangon 22, Akhuetie 21, Thompson 15, Eze 13, Ylagan 10, Dizon 4, Gallardo 2, Oliveria 0, Tamayo 0, Coronel 0, Elopre 0.
Quarterscores: 15-22, 40-41, 63-57, 91-87.