Ylagan saves the day to grant Altas back-to-back wins

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 01, 2017 06:27 PM
Ylagan saves the day to grant Altas back-to-back wins
MOVING ON. Perpetual now has back-to-back wins after starting the season with back-to-back losses.

If not for a jersey mix-up in their very first game, University of Perpetual Help would have three wins to show through four games in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Nonetheless, they’re taking the back-to-back wins they got on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

On the back of GJ Ylagan’s heroics on both ends, the Altas edged out struggling San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 68-65, for a well-earned win.

The contest was close up until the last minute and Ylagan’s couple of charities put his team on top by four, 66-62, with 14.6 ticks to go.

Still, Allyn Bulanadi wasn’t quitting and his long-range missile pulled the Golden Stags within one, 65-66, with 8.8 seconds remaining.

That was the closest Perpetual would allow their opponents to come, however, as sent again to the line, their team captain made good on his free throws. “Kailangan ko lang kasing ma-shoot e kasi pag na-miss ko, may chance kaming matalo. Siyempre, ayaw kong matalo,” he expressed post-game.

At the other end, Ylagan was also the one to finalize his team’s rise to 2-2 by blocking Bulanadi’s triple try that would have forced overtime. “Hinabol ko lang para at least, ma-challenge ko yung tira niya and hindi siya makatira nang madali,” he said.

In the end, the graduating forward had 15 points and was backstopped by Nigerian Prince Eze who posted a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Along with their gutsy leader, the Altas’ defense was also the key to the game as they suffocated San Sebastian into only converting 23 of their 77 attempts from the field.

This stifling defense was just enough for the Las Pinas-based squad to endure turning the ball over 34 times.

Now with back-to-back wins, Ylagan and company have now moved forward from their 0-2 start to the season – one of which came via forfeiture when they wore the wrong uniforms in their season-opener against College of St. Benilde. “Siyempre, nanghihinayang kami dun. Kaya ngayon talaga, naghahabol kami,” he expressed.

On the other hand, the struggles continue for the Golden Stags who fell for the third time in four games. Michael Calisaan and Ryan Costelo topped the scoring column for them with 14 and 13 points, respectively.


PERPETUAL 68 – Ylagan 15, Eze 12, Coronel 10, Yuhico 9, Pido 6, Dagangon 6, Singontiko 5, Sadiwa 3, Lucente 2, Tamayo 0, Mangalino 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 65 – Calisaan 14, Costelo 13, Bulanadi 12, Ilagan 8, Gayosa 7, David 7, Mercado 3, Navarro 1, Baetiong 0, Baytan 0, Valdez 0, Are 0, Calma 0, Quipse 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 30-22, 49-44, 68-65


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