NCAA: Ilagan makes sure Baste exacts revenge on EAC

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2018 05:43 PM
NCAA: Ilagan makes sure Baste exacts revenge on EAC
RK Ilagan and San Sebastian finally got a feel-good win in NCAA Season 94

San Sebastian College-Recoletos finally won a game with RK Ilagan in the lineup in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Ilagan and backcourt-mate Arjan Dela Cruz played big, Michael Calisaan kept doing work, and the Golden Stags got back at first round tormentor Emilio Aguinaldo College with a well-earned 78-67 win at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Friday.

Baste had lost all of its games with Ilagan in the lineup before now. “Hopefully, this will be a good start para maka-recover na kami,” head coach Egay Macaraya said post-game.

The much welcome win is their second in 11 games and evens them in the standings with Jose Rizal University. “We need to win more games and bigyan ng more confidence yung mga bata,” coach Egay said.

Still, the Generals were actually ahead by two, 52-50, early in the final frame before Ilagan’s triple punctuated a 15-0 push that mounted a 65-52 edge for San Sebastian.

The double-digit lead would hold for the remainder of the game.

Ilagan wound up with 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists – a confidence-boosting performance after his suspension in the first round. Dela Cruz chipped in 11 markers, five boards, and four dimes of his own.

Michael Calisaan contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists while Alvin Capobres also added 14 markers.

That total team effort was more than enough for the Golden Stags to exact revenge on an EAC side which upset them in the first round. “At least, nakabawi kami sa kanila,” their mentor remarked.

For the Generals, Jerome Garcia topped the scoring column with 23 points while Hamadou Laminou and JP Maguliano posted 13 points and 13 rebounds and 11 markers and 11 boards, respectively. Unable to replicate their feat in the first round, they fall to 2-8.


SAN SEBASTIAN 78 – Ilagan 16, Calisaan 15, Capobres 14, Bulanadi 12, Dela Cruz 11, Calma 6, Sumoda 4, Valdez 0, Are 0, Desoyo 0, Isidro 0, Villapando 0

EAC 67 – Garcia 23, Laminou 13, Maguliano 11, Bautista 8, Mendoza 6, Gonzales 4, Natividad 2, Cruz 0, Corilla 0, Cadua 0, Diego 0, Neri 0, Bugarin 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-14, 33-26, 50-52, 78-67


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