SAN Sebastian forged a three-way tie for fourth spot in NCAA Season 93 as it ripped hapless University of Perpetual Help, 80-60, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The win gave the Stags a 9-9 card, matching the Letran Knights and the Arellano Chiefs and forging a stepladder battle for the last spot in the semifinals
The Stags, with a superior quotient, await the winner of the playoff between the Knights and the Chiefs set on Friday.
The fourth spot in the semifinals will be disputed on Tuesday.
The No. 4 team will then take on third seed JRU Heavy Bombers at the start of the semifinals stepladder.
Lyceum earned an automatic final berth with an 18-game elims sweep, while San Beda at 16-2 is the No. 2 seed.
“I guess ito na talaga yung pinagtrabahuhan na talaga ng mga bata. This is our first goal and masaya kami na andito na kami,” said San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya.
“One factor is gusto talaga ng mga bata. Matagal narin kaming hindi nakapasok sa Final Four. Medyo mahirap kasi samin is wala kaming luxury maging complacent every game. Right now, nakafocus yung mga bata na gusto talaga nila manalo.” he added.
RK Ilagan finally snapped his shooting slump, conspiring with Michael Calisaan in the second period to start the breakaway from the tough-lucked Altas.
The two combined for 14 in the period to open a 40-28 lead at the interval and the Stags never looked back, padding the lead to as many as 25 points, 80-55.
Ilagan had 23 points, making five of nine three-point attempts, to pace the Stags. Calisaan also had a quiet double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Graduating forward GJ Ylagan paced the Altas with 16 points but that wasn’t enough as the Las Pinas-based squad ended its season in ninth place with a 4-14 record after suffering their eighth straight loss.
San Sebastian 80 – Ilagan 23, Calisaan 21, Bulanadi 9, Calma 6, Costelo 6, Capobres 5, David 4, Navarro 2, Mercado 2, Gayosa 2, Baetiong 0, Valdez 0.
Perpetual 60 – Ylagan 16, Eze 12, Sadiwa 11, Coronel 10, Pido 8, Dagangon 3, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0, Mangalino 0, Clemente 0, Casas 0.
Quarterscores: 22-14; 40-28; 58-42; 80-60.