SAN JUAN City – Coach Edgar Macaraya wants to teach his San Sebastian College Stags how to win and they just learned it the hard way. The Stags had to summon all their remaining strength to survive a late surge from the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 87-78, in continuing action from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Friday (May 13) at the San Juan Arena.
“I thought I would not play anymore when Coach suddenly put me and the other starters back in the game when EAC cut our lead,” said forward Michael Calisaan. Pressed back into duty, Calisaan responded by drilling in 10 of his 25 points in the fourth period to snuff the Generals’ grand rally.
The Stags put up a splendid shooting display in the second and third periods as they turned the game into a laugher. Calisaan, Jayson David and Alfren Gayosa took turns at puncturing the hoop just before halftime, 53-30, and then turned over the cudgels to Arkie Ilagan who exploded for 16 of his 18 points in the third period to give the Stags a comfortable 75-55 edge entering the final period.
EAC did not give up easily as Hamadou Laminou and Sidney Onwubere led their uprising, cutting their deficit to as low as six markers, 78-84. “The team is still looking for its identity and character,” explained Coach Macaraya who also admitted that the team panicked amidst the Generals’ rally.
Aside from leading the team in scoring, Calisaan also had seven rebounds and three blocks. Gayosa also finished in double figures with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Laminou topped EAC with 20 and 11 rebounds while Onwubere followed with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Also contributing for the Generals were Francis Munsayac with 12 and Jeric Diego with 10.
San Sebastian evened its win-loss record to 2-2 in Group A. EAC remained winless in three starts to share the Group A cellar with idle College of Saint Benilde.
How They Scored:
SAN SEBASTIAN (87) – Calisaan 25, Ilagan 18, Gayosa 10, David 8, Sera Josef 8, Fabian 7, Capobres 5, Johnson 4, Valdez 2, Costelo 0, Bulanadi 0, Mercado 0, Quipse 0, Miguel 0, Baetiong 0.
EMILIO AGUINALDO (78) – Laminou 20, Onwubere 19, Munsayac 12, Diego 10, King 6, Corilla 5, Guzman 4, Morada 2, Mendoza 0, Pascua 0, Aguas 0, Estacio 0.
Period Scores: 20-11, 53-30, 75-55, 87-78.