Calisaan erupts for 36 as Baste enters Final Four again
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 24, 2017 05:45 PM
DOUBLE TROUBLE. Michael Calisaan teamed up with Ryan Costelo to push off Letran and pull San Sebastian back into the Final Four.
Michael Calisaan wanted nothing more than to keep playing in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And so, from start to finish on Tuesday at the MOA Arena, he towed San Sebastian College-Recoletos in their knockout bout.
Scattering a career-best 36 points, Calisaan was the engine that drove the Golden Stags right through the very game Knights, 74-69, and all the way back into the Final Four.
While the versatile forward was a beast all game long, it was team captain Ryan Costelo who came through when the engine was sputtering. “These two guys are my veterans. Siguro naman, nakita rin nang lahat yun sa laro,” a more than satisfied head coach Egay Macaraya said.
Costelo scored nine of his 13 points in the last four minutes as Baste turned a two-point deficit into a one-point lead with 1:50 remaining.
After Bong Quinto tied the tally at 69-all, it was again the pint-sized point guard who made good on a short stab that proved to be the go-ahead layup.
Following a defensive stop, Calisaan then put the finishing touches in their big-win with a booming triple for the five-point edge that would eventually end up as the margin of victory.
Behind those two, San Sebastian punched a ticket into the Final Four as the four-seed. They will move on to face third-seed Jose Rizal University in another do-or-die game on Friday at the same venue
This will be their first trip onto the next round since 2013. “Deserving ang mga bata especially sa nilalaro nila ngayon. We deserve to be in the Final Four and hopefully, ito na yung start ng medyo magandang character ng San Sebastian,” Macaraya said.
Calisaan also hauled in 10 rebounds while RK Ilagan and Renzo Navarro chipped in six points apiece.
For Letran, Jeremiah Taladua topped the scoring column with 16 points while Bong Quinto posted a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The magic ran out for them, however, as they fell short this time around coming off must-win games over College of St. Benilde and Arellano University.
Rey Nambatac, playing in his last game, had 11 points and two assists while plagued by foul trouble.
SAN SEBASTIAN 74 – Calisaan 36, Costelo 13, Ilagan 6, Navarro 6, Valdez 4, David 3, Gayosa 3, Bulanadi 2, Baetiong 1, Calma 0, Capobres 0, Mercado 0
LETRAN 69 – Taladua 16, Quinto 15, Calvo 11, Nambatac 11, Vacaro 8, Ambohot 3, Balanza 3, Balagasay 2, Mandreza 0, Gedaria 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-16, 32-30, 53-54, 74-69
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