Ilagan shoots streaking Stags over reeling Chiefs
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 31, 2017 01:20 PM
RISE. San Sebastian just keeps on impressing in the preseason, even when main man Michael Calisaan is struggling.
With its main man misfiring for the first time in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, San Sebastian College-Recoletos took the chance to show off all the other weapons in its arsenal.
Second-year sniper RK Ilagan fired six of his 14 points in the last two minutes as the Golden Stags fought off Arellano University, 71-63, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The two teams were deadlocked at 63 until Ilagan’s corner trey granted San Sebastian a three-point lead with two minutes remaining. “Swerte lang po,” he expressed in the post-game conference.
At the other end, the fiery guard then forced an offensive foul off of Kent Salado. “Gustong-gusto po kasi namin bumawi sa Arellano kasi last (NCAA) season, ‘di kami nanalo sa kanila,” Ilagan said.
Not yet done, Ilagan added another triple back in their side of the court for what proved to be the final margin in the Golden Stags’ fifth consecutive victory.
In the end, Ilagan also had four assists, two rebounds, and two steals to help make up for the off-game of Michael Calisaan who only had, for the standards he has set in the preseason, 11 points and two rebounds. “Si Michael kasi, alam natin na back-to-back na namin ‘to. Napagod na rin siya kaya binigyan ko na ng chance yung iba,” a more than satisfied coach Egay Macaraya said.
Calisaan and company also saw action last Monday.
After dropping their tournament-opener, San Sebastian has streaked all the way to the top of the standings alongside still undefeated Far Eastern University and contending Adamson University and University of the Philippines. “I think the boys right now are playing their hearts out. Give credit to them kasi ang nakikita ko, iba-iba yung nag-step up,” Macaraya expressed.
Allen Enriquez paced the Chiefs with 15 points. Salado had 15 points and eight rebounds, but only shot 25 percent from the field.
At 1-4, Arellano is still mathematically in the running, but will need help from the other squads.
SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Ilagan 14, Calisaan 11, David 8, Costelo 8, Calma 8, Capobres 5, Valdez 5, Navarro 3, Fabian 2, Baetiong 2, Are 2, Sangalang 2, Gayosa 1, Baytan 0
ARELLANO 63 – Enriquez 15, Salado 15, Flores 12, Canete 8, Nicholls 6, Villoria 5, Abanes 4, Meca 0, Concepcion 0, Rivera 0, Taywan 0, Chavez 0, Padilla 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-8, 41-24, 54-51, 71-63
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