NCAA: Calisaan wins it for Baste, but CSB puts game under protest

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 11, 2018 06:34 PM
Calisaan wins it for Baste, but CSB puts game under protest
Michael Calisaan had the game-winner for San Sebastian - Justin Gutang did not have it for CSB, as per referees

Michael Calisaan shot a split from the stripe and that proved to be more than enough for San Sebastian College-Recoletos to come away with a 66-65 victory versus College of St. Benilde on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Calisaan’s aggressive drive to the hole with the tally tied at 65-all and just 22 ticks to go got for him a foul and gave him free throws, one of which he used to lift the Golden Stags to another much-needed win in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“Sa totoo lang, happy ako sa nilalaro nng mga bata kasi everybody wants to win,” head coach Egay Macaraya said. “Hindi nagma-matter sa kanila who takes the shot. Kung ganito laro namin, maraming team na medyo mahihirapan sa amin sa second round.”

That wasn’t the end of it just yet, however, as the Blazers have put the game under protest.

After Calisaan made good on the first and muffed on the second, Yankie Haruna got the rebound and forwarded the ball to Justin Gutang who himself aggressively drove to the hole.

Not long after, Gutang’s layup kissed the backboard before falling to the bottom of the net.

However, following video reviews, referees determined that the ball did not leave Gutang’s fingertips before the final buzzer sounded.

That preserved the decision in favor of Baste which improved 3-9. “Kahit anong mangyari, Benilde and Baste deserved to win this game kasi wala talagang bumitaw. I guess we’re just lucky na hindi counted,” coach Egay said.

Calisaan wound up with 18 points on top of seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals while RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi merged for 21 markers, seven boards, five dimes, and three pilfers.

San Sebastian’s gritty finish to the game overcame Gutang’s best game yet with 28 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

With his game-winner try not getting counted, however, CSB now falls to 7-4.

BOX SCORES

SAN SEBASTIAN 66 – Calisaan 18, Ilagan 11, Bulanadi 10, Capobres 10, Calma 6, Dela Cruz 5, Are 2, Valdez 2, Villapando 2, Desoyo 0, Isidro 0, Sumoda 0.

CSB 65 –  Gutang 25, Leutcheu 9, Dixon 8, Carlos 7, Haruna 7, Young 5, Belgica 3, Nayve 1, Naboa 0, Pasturan 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-12, 36-34, 53-42, 66-65.

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