15 October 2019
By Maxine Louise Lagman
MANILA, Philippines – San Sebastian College-Recoletos defeats tough competitor Arellano University, 85-82, on Tuesday to strengthen their Final Four bid in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
With the win, the Golden Stags improved to an 11-7 win-loss record, and is only one win away from formalizing their entry in the Final Four.
“Ang mahirap kasi, with all the injuries I have, yung playoffs, medyo mahirap pa rin sa amin,” said San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya post-game. “I just hope we win so that we can go automatic sa Final Four.”
RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi, though both of them suffering from sickness and exhaustion, led San Sebastian as they shot all crucial baskets to keep in command of the game.
Down two points in the last eight minutes of the game, 65-67, Ilagan and Bulanadi boosted the squad for a 13-3 run that overturned the scores that gave them a 78-70 advantage.
Arellano’s Kent Salado knocked down a triple, but Bulanadi and Ken Villapando answered back with their own baskets that iced the game.
Ilagan had 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Bulanadi chipped in 19 markers, eight boards, and six dimes. Other Stags contributed big-time as JM Calma added 15 points and nine rebounds, Alvin Capobres had another 15 markers along with two boards. Villapando also had 12-point, 10-rebound double-double as they improved to an 11-7 slate.
On the other hand, Salado’s 26 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals was put to waste as they dropped to a 4-13 win-loss record
SAN SEBASTIAN 85 – Ilagan 20, Bulanadi 19, Calma 15, Capobres 15, Villapando 12, Calahat 4, Tero 0, Desoyo 0, Cosari 0, Altamirano 0, Sumoda 0, Isidro 0.
ARELLANO 82 – Salado 26, Arana 13, Concepcion 10, Bayla 9, Gayosa 8, Sablan 7, Talampas 3, Espiritu 3, Oliva 2, Alcoriza 1, Sacramento 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 33-35, 57-56, 85-82.
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