Stags win third straight to keep Cardinals flightless
Alvin Laqui on May 22, 2017 03:49 PM
Jerrick Fabian dropped 15 points to help the Stags keep the Cardinals winless.
The San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags won their third straight game to deal the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals their fifth straight loss, 76-63 at the FilOil Premier Cup, Monday at the Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Michael Calisaan, on the anniversary of his motorcycle accident, led the way for San Sebastian, tallying 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, while Jerick Fabian helped close out the Cardinals down the stretch with his 15 points.
The Stags held a slim 29-28 advantage at the half, but they opened the second half with a 10-2 run that gave way to their biggest lead of the game, 49-34 care off a Fabian layup with three minutes to go in the third.
The lead proved to be enough as the Stags held a commanding nine-point lead heading into the fourth, 57-48.
Fabian’s heroics continued in the payoff period, scoring seven of the Stags’ 19 points to help San Sebastian overcome 34 combined points from Mapua’s stellar backcourt of Laurence Victoria and Andoy Estrella, while keeping other Cardinals at bay.
San Sebastian improved to a 3-1 slate while Mapua fell to a 0-5 hole in the preaseason tournament.
Aside from the balanced scoring from the Stags’ San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya attributed his squad’s win to their exceptional team defense. “I guess ‘yung right approach namin, everybody is playing good defense, yung intensity pati aggressiveness nila sa defense.”
“It’s the defense that made the difference,” he said.
SAN SEBSATIAN (76) - Calisaan 16, Fabian 15, Capobres 9, Navarro 9, David 5, Bulanadi 4, Valdez 4, Sangalang 4, Are 3, Baytan 3, Calma 2, Costelo 2, Baetiong 0, Mercado 0, Gayosa 0.
MAPUA (63) - Victoria 18, Estrella 16, Bunag 8, Raflores 7, Pelayo 4, Gamboa 4, Serrano 3, Biteng 3, Nieles 0, Magboo 0, Aguirre 0.
17-15, 29-28, 57-48, 76-63.