Staglets score first back-to-back wins in season
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 24, 2017 04:04 PM
ON THE DEFENSIVE. San Sebastian successfully defended its homecourt against JRU.
San Beda 6-2
San Sebastian 4-5
After starting the season with only one win to show through four games, San Sebastian College-Recoletos is now streaking in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
Banking on a balanced attack and boosted by the intensity of head coach Melo Banua, the Staglets had their way against visiting Jose Rizal University for a 71-60 decision on Thursday at the San Sebastian Gym in Recto, Manila.
“Buti na lang nanalo kami kasi medyo kinabahan yung mga bata kanina kasi nga home court,” the young head coach said after his boys did not disappoint their home crowd and delivered their second straight win.
In the last four games, they have gone 3-1, including an upset of College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, and have now come to life in the tournament with a 4-5 standing.
After finding themselves in a 5-11 hole in the earlygoing of this one, however, Baste needed to be awoken by their head coach.
After calling a timeout where he straightened out his boys, Banue finally saw what he was looking for. From that point until halftime, both the lead and the momentum swung in their favor as they went on a 31-17 run.
San Sebastian’s lead would only grow to as big as 14 in the third quarter.
In the end, guards Rico Aguilar and Alex Desoyo scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, while forwards Romel Calahat ang Neil Villapando merged for 18 points and 23 rebounds.
In the bottom third of the standings at the onset of the tournament, the Staglets now head into the second round just behind 4-4 Lyceum of the Philippines University, 5-4 Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and 4-3 Arellano High School.
On the other hand, the Light Bombers stay stuck in the bottom third of the standings now at 1-7.
Kobe Caballero topped the scoring column for them with 12 points, but also committed six errors.
SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Aguilar 14, Desoyo 13, Calahat 9, Villapando 9, Umayao 7, Pasamante 5, Magbanua 4, Pelias 3, Rodriguez 3, Are 2, Cuntapay 2, Espiritu 0, Suico 0, Sumoda 0, Timbancaya 0
JRU 60 – Caballero 12, Agustin 11, Dionisio 10, Amores 6, Serrano 6, Sumabat 5, Buazon 5, Camua 4, Vasquez 2, Buno 0, Sabado 0, Sicat 0, Tolentino 0
QUARTER SCORES: 13-15, 36-28, 56-46, 71-60
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