Stags make sure they still have a fighting chance for fourth-seed

Stags make sure they still have a fighting chance for 4-seed
LOGJAM. San Sebastian will keep duking it out with Arellano and Letran for the fourth and final playoff berth.

With Arellano University and Colegio de San Juan taking care of their business to remain in contention in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, San Sebastian College-Recoletos wasn’t going to get left behind.

Behind a season-best performance from RK Ilagan and the usual effort of Michael Calisaan, the Golden Stags routed University of Perpetual Help, 80-60, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Ilagan fired 23 points by scattering five triples while Calisaan pounded in a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Baste never trailed and was never threatened as it forged a three-way tie for the fourth-seed with the also 9-9 Chiefs and Knights. “Ito na yung bunga ng pinaghirapan ng mga bata. At least, nakarating na kami rito,” a more than satisfied head coach Egay Macaraya said.

Having the superior quotient among the three teams, Baste will get a short break as Arellano and Letran duke it out for dear life on Friday still at the same venue.

The winner there will then face San Sebastian next week. Whoever triumphs in that matchup will finally complete the playoff picture.

Whatever happens, Macaraya said what is important is that they have learned a lot. “This has been a good learning experience sa mga players,” he said.

For the Altas, graduating guard GJ Ylagan topped the scoring column with 16 points.

Suffering their eighth loss in a row and 14th overall in 18 games, however, Ylagan and fellow seniors Gab Dagangon, Kervin Lucente, and Flash Sadiwa do not get a fitting sendoff.

BOX SCORES

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

QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 40-28, 58-42, 80-60

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