SAN Sebastian got back to its winning ways in the NCAA Season 94 as it fended off a tough fighting Jose Rizal University, 86-76, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Heavy Bombers showed a little more fight this time compared to their previous outing, cutting the Stags’ lead to six points late in the fourth quarter. But RK Ilagan and Michael Calisaan hit the big baskets to keep the Heavy Bombers at bay and the Stags improved to 2-2 for the tournament.
Alvin Capobres led the Stags’ hot start and posted a 51-34 lead at the half.
“Sa tingin ko championship game itong JRU. Medyo bago rin ang team ng JRU. Marami rin nawala sa amin. Atleast maganda naman, both teams naglaro,” said Macaraya.
“No. 1 (improvement) is yung rebounding namin. Last game tambak kami sa rebounding so nakabawi kami. Field goal namin tumaas,” he added.
Capobres finished with 16 points to lead the Stags, 13 of which coming in the big second quarter where they broke the game wide open for good.
Allyn Bulanadi chipped in 14 points and six rebounds, Ilagan added 13 points, five boards and five assists while Calisaan added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
MJ Dela Virgen led the Heavy Bombers with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists as Justin Padua added 13 points and eight boards.
San Sebastian 86 – Capobres 16, Bulanadi 14, Ilagan 13, Calisaan 10, Valdez 9, Are 7, Calma 6, Dela Cruz 4, Villapando 4, Sumoda 2, Desoyo 1, Arciaga 0
JRU 76 – Dela Virgen 14, Padua 13, Mendoza 8, Miranda 8, Ramos 8, Esguerra 7, Mallari 7, David 4, Santos 3, Bordon 2, Silvarez 2, Estrella 0, Aguilar 0, Dela Rosa 0
Quarterscores: 27-15; 51-34; 65-56; 86-76.