SAN JUAN City – San Sebastian College woke in time to avoid disaster and get past University of Santo Tomas, 79-71, in continuing action from the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Friday. The Stags wasted a big lead but their veterans led by Allyn Bulanadi saved the day.
Leading comfortably for nearly the entire game, the Stags relaxed and allowed the Growling Tigers to rally and grab the lead via a Marvin Lee triple at the 7:38 mark, 64-62. Bulanadi then scored SSC’s seven points until Lee restored the lead to UST for the last time by sinking three free throws, 64-62.
Suddenly, the Stags went on a 13-0 run led by RK Ilagan, JM Calma, Alvin Capobres and Bulanadi to virtually knockout the Tigers, 75-64. Ilagan then drove in the dagger triple with 48 ticks to play, 78-66, as UST simply tried to pare down the final margin.
Bulanadi stepped up in the absence of team leader Michael Calisaan with 23 points and five rebounds. Ilagan followed with four triples for 17 points while Calma had a double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds.
“We rely a lot on our veterans so we need someone to sustain the effort among the new players in this learning process,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya. “In my opinion, Allyn Bulanadi is one of the best collegiate players today.”
UST used only a nine-player rotation and was led by Lee with 23 points on six triples. Renzo Subido was next with 16 points.
How They Scored:
SAN SEBASTIAN (79) – Bulanadi 23, Ilagan 17, Calma 10, Costelo 8, Capobres 7, Baytan 5, de la Cruz 4, Sumoda 3, Calahat 2, Sera Josef 0, Isidro 0, Desoyo 0, Valdez 0, Villapando 0, Cossari 0, Jimenez 0.
SANTO TOMAS (71) – Lee 23, Subido 16, Huang 12, Zamora 9, Sta. Ana 8, Marcos 2, Caunan 1, Agustin 0, Soriano 0.
Period Scores: 23-11, 34-25, 55-47, 79-71.