SAN JUAN City – Already out of the title race this season, San Sebastian College played the role of spoilers to the hilt by shocking erstwhile solo leader and defending champion San Beda College, 98-92, in continuing action from the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament Tuesday (September 22) at the San Juan Arena. It was only the fifth win in 15 outings for the Stags while the loss sent the Red Lions into a triple tie for the lead with University of Perpetual Help and Colegio San Juan de Letran at 11-4.
With the score tied at 83-83 and 3:37 on the clock, Ranbill Tongco gave up an unsportsmanlike foul on a driving Michael Calisaan, who promptly made both free throws to break the tie, 85-83. Jerick Fabian then scored in the ensuing possession that was followed by two more Stags field goals to up their margin to eight points and 2:34 to go, 91-83.
San Beda tried to counter behind back to back baskets by Art de la Cruz and Ola Adeogun but it hardly mattered as Calisaan, Ryan Costelo and Jamil Ortuoste iced the game from the free throw line. A series of missed shots and errors down the stretch spelled doom for the Red Lions.
“I told my players to just enjoy the remaining games of the season,” said Coach Rodney Santos. “We just want to learn more lessons that are part of their growth as players and for my growth as a coach.”
It was a big relief for graduating senior center Bradwyn Guinto who finally tasted victory over San Beda. Guinto scattered 26 points and nine rebounds followed by Calisaan with 21 points and nine rebounds.
De la Cruz produced a rare triple double of 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists that went to naught. Adeogun was next with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Stags caught the Red Lions sleeping in the first period, 28-23. Guinto exploded for 10 points and Ortuoste capped the period with a miracle heave from the three-point line.
The Red Cubs made up for the Red Lions’ defeat by toying with the Staglets, 88-57. This marks the defending champions’ 15th straight win, heading into a clash with second running Malayan High School of Science on Friday (September 25).
Robi Nayve paced the Red Cubs with 12 points. Addie Velasquez and JM Lagumen followed with 10 each as four other teammates submitted nine points.
In other games, the Perpetual Help Altas earned their share of the leadership by blowing out the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 89-59. The Immaculate Conception Academy Brigadiers edged out the still winless Junior Altas, 73-72.
How They Scored:
First Game (Juniors)
SAN BEDA-RIZAL (88) – Nayve 12, Velasquez 10, Lagumen 10, Tagala 9, Mahinay 9, Alfaro 9, Abuhijle 9, Barbero 5, Bordeos 4, Nelle 3, Sese 3, Bonalos 3, de la Rosa 2, Samaniego 0, Etrata 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN (57) – Daabay 22, Tamparong, 11, Cuntapay 5, Pacis 5, Pelias 4, Sisa 3, Saliddin 2, Jabagat 2, Arellano 0, Isidro 0, Canoy 0, Adams 0, Dantis 0.
Period Scores: 18-6, 39-17, 61-40, 88-57.
Second Game (Seniors)
SAN SEBASTIAN (98) – Guinto 26, Calisaan 21, Fabian 10, Ortuoste 13, Bulanadi 10, Costelo 7, Pretta 5, Santos 0, Capobres 0.
SAN BEDA (92) – de la Cruz 30, Adeogun 17, Tankoua 10, Amer 9, Soberano 8, Mocon 7, Sorela 4, Presbitero 3, Koga 2, Tongco 2, Cabanag 0, Reyes 0.
Period Scores: 28-23, 49-45, 73-74, 98-92.