Baste blitzes Benilde for first back-to-back wins in season

Baste blitzes Benilde for first back-to-back wins in season
HOTSHOTS. San Sebastian, known more as a defensive team, erupted for 101 points at the expense of CSB.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos has had a tough time getting going in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

But if their offensive outburst on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre is any indication, they are now ready and raring to turn it on.

Making good on 54 percent of their field goals, the Golden Stags burned down College of St. Benilde to the tune of a 30-point rout, 101-71.

On-point from start to finish, Baste became the first team to breach the 100-point mark in the tournament.

The hot shooting proved to be more than enough for their first winning streak of the season. “I guess, yung key to the game, pumapasok yung three-points namin,” a satisfied head coach Egay Macaraya said in his post-game.

Indeed, San Sebastian shot a season-high 10 triples in its convincing victory.

Alfren Gayosa started it all, firing 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter alone. “Now he is in playing form, alam naman natin na nung Juniors pa lang, isa na siya sa pinakamagaling ng San Sebastian,” Macaraya said, nothing but appreciative of the effort of his long-limbed forward.

Michael Calisaan then delivered the finishing kick, pumping in 14 of his 20 markers in the final frame where his team mounted its biggest lead at 36, 96-60.

The two definitely weren’t alone, however, as they also had five other teammates contribute at least seven points in the scoring column.

The Golden Stags stampeded through their opponents in the transition game, 25-5, en route to a 3-3 standing.

They were also able to clean up their own mess and registered a 20-4 edge in second chance points.

Still, Macaraya said they had much to do to live up to the hype that has followed them since the preseason. “Ang sa amin lang naman is, at least, maganda yung shooting namin ngayon kaya ang ganda ng score. Sana tuloy-tuloy lang ‘to,” he said.

On the other hand, the Blazers were unable to sustain their momentum and dropped back onto the loss column now with 2-5 record. Rookie Unique Naboa topped the scoring column for them with 17 points.

BOX SCORES

SAN SEBASTIAN 101 – Calisaan 20, Gayosa 15, Bulanadi 13, David 9, Mercado 8, Calma 8, Navarro 7, Baetiong 6, Capobres 5, Ilagan 4, Costelo 3, Baytan 3, Are 0, Quipse 0, Valdez 0

CSB 71 – Naboa 17, Dixon 15, Leutcheu 12, Pili 8, Sta. Maria 8, San Juan 6, Suarez 3, Castor 2, Domingo 0, Velasco 0

QUARTER SCORES: 28-21, 51-35, 74-53, 101-71

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