Stags silence Desiderio-led Maroons for sixth straight win
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 07, 2017 03:21 PM
Clearly, San Sebastian College-Recoletos head coach Egay Macaraya knows more than a thing or two about University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio.
That much was evident on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the Golden Stags clamped down on the King Maroon and came away with a 64-51 decision.
“That was the key today, stopping Desiderio and (Jun) Manzo,” a more than satisfied Macaraya expressed as his boys registered their sixth straight win following a loss to open the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
Indeed, UP leading scorer Desiderio was stifled into only two points and missed all of his eight attempts from the field.
Desiderio played, and starred, for Macaraya in the recently-concluded PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
Much of his off-game had to do with the defense of Jason David. “He’s my secret weapon. He can defend any position,” Macaraya said.
It wasn’t only on defense that the little-known recruit from Pampanga shined, however, as it was also his back-to-back triples that capped off San Sebastian’s 8-0 run to pull away. “He has the confidence now, even sa shooting,” Macaraya said.
That run increased the Stags’ seven-point lead into a 64-49 advantage inside the last three minutes. The Fighting Maroons wouldn’t be able to threaten the rest of the way.
David wound up with 13 points, six assists, four rebounds, and two steals. RK Ilagan contributed 14 markers of his own to help his team formally clinch a quarterfinals berth.
Still, Macaraya isn’t looking too far ahead. As he put it, “I’m just very happy that my team is learning how to win every game.”
Aside from Desiderio, State U lead guard Jun Manzo also struggled mightily, finishing scoreless and turning the ball over five times.
In their place, it was Ibrahim Quattara who topped the scoring column with 14 points to go along with 12 rebounds. the loss drops them to 4-2
SAN SEBASTIAN 64 – Ilagan 14, David 13, Calisaan 11, Costelo 9, Fabian 7, Capobres 3, Mercado 3, Gayosa 2, Calma 2, Bulanadi 0, Navarro 0, Baetiong 0, Baytan 0, Are 0, Valdez 0
UP 51 – Quattara 14, Dario 11, Lao 5, Prado 5, Webb 3, Jaboneta 3, Desiderio 2, Lim 2, Vito 2, Gomez de Liano 2, Harris 2, Manzo 0, Romero 0
QUARTER SCORES: 12-20, 34-34, 56-43, 64-51
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