Jayson David jolts much-needed life to Basteís playoff hopes

Jayson David jolts much-needed life to Basteís playoff hopes
UNLEASHED. Jayson David turned in his best game of the season just when San Sebastian needed it the most.

Prior to the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, head coach Egay Macaraya called Jayson David his secret weapon.

David was unleashed on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, pounding in 24 points and served as the head of the San Sebastian College-Recoletos hammer that demolished Mapua University, 97-70.

The versatile forward got all but four of his output inside the paint, powering his team to a much-needed win that raises their record to 8-9 – still alive and kicking in the playoff hunt. “Every game naman, Jayson is there. Siya ang pinaka-consistent sa amin,” head coach Egay Macaraya said of the player who showed the way in stopping their three-game skid.

The rest of his teammates only followed his lead and as a team, Baste bullied their opponents, 48-8, in inside points.

It was also David who joined forces with Alfren Gayosa for 18 points in the 31-point first quarter that granted them both the lead and the momentum they would keep until the final buzzer.

Gayosa wound up with 18 points while Alvin Capobres also added 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for San Sebastian which just sent out a statement that it will still go all-out for the fourth and final playoff berth. “Hopefully, everyone will continue playing like this,” their mentor said.

They find themselves on even ground with Arellano University for the fifth spot. Just a hair ahead of them is Colegio de San Juan de Letran at 8-8.

Of the three teams, the Chiefs have the easiest final assignment up against the lowly Cardinals. The Golden Stags will take on still dangerous University of Perpetual Help last while the Knights still have defending champion San Beda College and confident College of St. Benilde on their schedule.

“Kailangan namin yung panalo na yun. Buti, malaking bagay sa confidence ng players ‘to,” Macaraya said.

For Mapua, Cedric Pelayo topped the scoring column with 16 points.

After back-to-back wins, they are back at the bottom of the standings with a 3-13 slate.

BOX SCORES

SAN SEBASTIAN 97 – David 24, Gayosa 18, Capobres 17, Calisaan 9, Ilagan 9, Calma 6, Costelo 5, Mercado 4, Bulanadi 3, Baetiong 2, Valdez 0, Navarro 0

MAPUA 70 – Pelayo 16, Orquina 15, Bunag 13, Estrella 12, Victoria 7, Jimenez 5, Raflores 2, Aguirre 0

QUARTER SCORES: 31-20, 46-34, 69-52, 97-70

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