SAN Sebastian now has one foot in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament with a 85-82 win over Arellano Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
RK Ilagan scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as he keyed a 13-3 run that turned a 67-65 deficit to a 78-70 lead with 1:26 remaining, capped off by a shot clock-beating trey from Ken Villapando.
He also grabbed six rebounds and three assists.
Allyn Bulanadi had 19 points, eight boards, six assists and one steal, while JM Calma got 15 points and nine rebounds.
Alvin Capobres had 15 points and two rebounds before exiting the game with a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter, as Villapando tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The all-out attack helped San Sebastian improve to 10-7, with a chance to lock up the fourth spot in its final assignment against Perpetual on Friday.
"I just hope we win against Perpetual so that we can go automatic sa Final Four. Sana maka-recover yung mga bata," said coach Egay Macaraya.
The Golden Stags' triumph also puts pressure on Mapua, which sits at 9-8, to topple St. Benilde in its final game also on Friday, while also wishing that the Altas play the role of the spoiler to force the playoff next week.
The Blazers, holding a 7-9 card, were the biggest casualty of this game as they bowed out of the race despite still playing JRU at posting time.
Arellano, meanwhile, had every reason to hold its head high as Kent Salado refused to lose for his side on his way to tallying 26 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Justin Arana also had 13 points and three rebounds, but hurt his back on a bad landing in the third quarter.
The Chiefs dropped to 4-13 in the standings with this third straight loss.
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.
Quarterscores: 22-18; 33-35; 57-56; 85-82.