SAN Sebastian again came out victorious in its second game without its head coach, downing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-74, on Monday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Jamil Ortuoste, CJ Perez, Leo de Vera and Bradwyn Guinto delivered in the clutch as the Golden Stags’ newcomers continued to carry the fight for a team that is still without coach Topex Robinson.
The Stags last week edged College of St. Benilde, 80-78.
Assistant Raymond Valenzona handled the squad for the second straight game as Robinson, an assistant coach at Alaska in the PBA, is still in California as part of a bonus trip for the Commissioner’s Cup champion Aces and also to scout players for San Sebastian.
“Para ito kina coach Topex na wala dito. Talagang ginawa namin yung part namin,” said Valenzona, who had another double celebration as his Staglets, where he serves as head coach, beat the Brigadiers, 77-67, in juniors’ play earlier.
Ortuoste ran the plays and also scored in double figures, while Perez, De Vera and Guinto buried key baskets down the stretch for the Stags, who rolled to their fourth victory in six games for fourth spot in the standings.
Perez registered a double-double of 20 points and 15 boards, that went with four assists and one steal. He also scored the go-ahead three-pointer that made it 77-74 with 44 seconds to go.
Ortuoste chipped in 16 points, five assists, and four boards, and assisted on an alley-oop play which Guinto completed in the Stags’ next possession.
Guinto also had a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards, while De Vera scored eight of his nine points in the fourth quarter.
Jan Jamon waxed hot with four triples on the way to a 25-point effort for the Generals, who suffered their fifth loss in six games.
Behind Jamon, Jorem Morada, and Jack Arquero, the Generals ended the third quarter on top, 64-57, by scoring 13 unanswered points.
But the Stags banked on their own 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter to regain the upperhand, 69-66.
San Sebastian (81) -- Perez 20, Ortuoste 16, Guinto 15, Dela Cruz 11, De Vera 9, Gusi 5, Balucanag 3, Rebollos 2, Vergara 0, Tano 0, Magno 0.
EAC (74) -- Jamon 25, Morada 13, Happi 11, Arquero 9, Paguia 6, Onwubere 3, Monteclaro 2, King 2, Hiole Manga 2, Tayongtong 1, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Munsayac 0.
Quarterscores: 17-12; 42-36; 57-64; 81-74.