Stags finally win again after ambushing streaking Altas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 19, 2016 02:03 PM
Stags finally win again after ambushing streaking Altas
SURPRISE, SURPRISE. Perpetual's league-best six-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of San Sebastian.

University of Perpetual Help’s AJ Coronel had to bring up the ball with Allyn Bulanadi of San Sebastian College-Recoletos in his face for the entirety of the San Juan Arena floor.

Coronel eventually broke the press, but Bright Akhuetie couldn’t convert the layup.

It was that kind of day on Friday for the Altas as the Golden Stags stifled them all the way to a 71-52 shocker now in the second round of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The decision props San Sebastian back up following a nine-game winning streak while also halting the Altas who were rolling with six wins in a row. “Finally, nakabalik din. The boys played well. It’s all about defense kaya nanalo kami,” coach Egay Macaraya said.

The Stags limited their opponents into 34 percent shooting and forced 20 errors. The stifling defense was most evident in the middle quarters where they only allowed eight and then nine points.

Bright Akhuetie still had 21 points, but he had to get 10 of them from the line. San Sebastian then shut down all other Perpetual players and allowed no one else to score double-digits.

At the other end, birthday boy Alvin Capobres led three other teammates in double-digits with 13 points. The Stags outside shots were connecting and their 43-9 advantage in perimeter points proved to be the difference.

Finally winners again after a long while, 2-9 San Sebastian is hoping they could start a streak. “All I want is maka-focus kami in all of our games. We need to know how to win,”Macaraya said.

Perpetual’s surprising setback dragged them down into an 8-3 standing.

BOX SCORES

SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Capobres 13, Bulanadi 11, Ilagan 11, Fabian 10, Calisaan 9, Valdez 6, Baetiong 5, Sera Josef 4, David 2, Mercado 0, Calma 0, Johnson 0

PERPETUAL 55 – Akhuetie 21, Hao 9, Pido 6, Coronel 6, Dagangon 4, Ylagan 4, Eze 4, Sadiwa 1, Dizon 0, Singontiko 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-20, 41-28, 51-37, 71-55

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