Generals bury Stags for first win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 31, 2015 02:49 PM
Generals bury Stags for first win
SWEET VICTORY. EAC is winless no more after burying San Sebastian from deep.

Andy De Guzman got the better of Rodney Santos in the battle of assistants turned head coaches in the 91st Season of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

De Guzman’s Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals are winless no more after shooting down Santos’ San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags, 77-71, on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou pounded in 18 points and 12 rebounds  and the Generals connected 10 times from deep to grant De Guzman his first win as a head coach after six tries. Last season, De Guzman was an assistant to Gerry Esplana while Rodney Santos served under Topex Robinson.

EAC uncorked 10 unanswered points to turn a 38-36 deficit into a 46-38 advantage at the 6:17 mark of the third. De Guzman's boys protected the lead until Jamil Ortuoste fired all but two points in a 12-2 run to push the Stags to 69-70 inside the last two minutes.

Back on offense, the Generals called an isolation play for Jorem Morada who then drilled a cold-blooded trey over Ortuoste for a 73-69 lead with 1:15 remaining. San Sebastian again put the ball in the hands of Ortuoste, but he was unable to make any of his last three attempts.

A very happy De Guzman entered the press room for his first-ever post-win interview and told reporters, “Ganito pala yung feeling ng first win as a head coach.” Sidney Onwubere added 13 points and 14 rebounds to lift EAC to 1-5.

Ortuoste finished with 17 points while Michael Calisaan had 19 markers to his name, but the Stags fell for the fifth time in six tries.

BOX SCORES

EAC 77 – Hamadou 18, Onwubere 13, Munsayac 11, Pascua 8, Mejos 7, Diego 7, Morada 6, Bonleon 5, Estacio 2, Pascual 0, General 0, Corilla 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Calisaan 19, Ortuoste 17, Costelo 12, Guinto 12, Fabian 7, David 4, Sibal 0, Bragais 0, Santos 0, Pretta 0, Bulanadi 0, Vera 0, Capobres 0

BOX SCORES: 15-15, 36-34, 55-50, 77-71

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