CEBU CITY – Ian Sangalang outshone Bobby Ray Parks and San Sebastian College turned back National University, 75-68, in the Southern Island phase of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Wednesday night at the Cebu Coliseum here.
Sangalang, both reigning MVP in the NCAA and PCCL, regaled the rabid Cebuano crowd by exploding for 26 big points in the second half as he validated the tag as the best big man in the amateur ranks today.
The 6-foot-6 center scored the Stags’ first 15 points in the third period, and 11 more when it mattered most in the payoff quarter. In all, Sangalang had a game-high 30 points as he won his marquee match-up with Parks, the reigning two-time UAAP MVP.
The win moved the reigning PCCL champions a step closer into reaching the Final Four of the tournament as they will face next the winner of the La Salle-Adamson duel set on Thursday at the same playing venue.
Ronald Pascual added 19 for the Stags, who no longer have one-third of their dreaded `Pinatubo Trio’ in Calvin Abueva, now playing for the Alaska Aces in the PBA.
Parks had a quiet 13 points for NU, which controlled the game until midway through the third canto as it led 40-35 behind an 11-2 run sparked by little-used forward Tristan Perez.
But the Stags were quick to retaliate behind from Sangalang, Pascual, and Jovit dela Cruz to regain the upperhand, 51-48, heading to the final quarter.
The Bulldogs threatened for the last time at 66-69, only for center Emmanuel Mbe to be slapped with a technical foul for a delay of game infraction that gave momentum back to the Stags.
Pascual converted the technical foul on Mbe into two free throws, before De La Cruz scored on an undergoal stab that made it a 73-66 San Sebastian lead in the final two minutes of the match.