San Sebastian College routed Jose Rizal University (JRU), 85-58, on Thursday in the National Collegiate Athletic Asso-ciation Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Although it was a non-bearing game, the Golden Stags displayed dynamism in thumping the Heavy Bombers. San Sebastian finished the elimination round with eight victories against 10 losses.
“The intensity and the energy were there. They really wanted to win this one and they also played solid defense particularly against JRU’s foreign big men. The desire was there and we executed well our offense. We’re now looking forward next season,” San Sebastian College coach Egay Macaraya told The Manila Times.
Allyn Bulunadi led the Golden Stags with 14 points including four triples and seven rebounds. Ryan Castelo added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds while Michael Calisaan posted 13 points and seven rebounds. Alvin Capobres finished with 12 points also for the Golden Stags.
Though out of the Final Four race, Macaraya said he was satisfied with the performance of his wards.
“We played outstanding defense in the second round. At the same time, I don’t have any graduating players that’s why the team will stay intact next season. I also encouraged my players to keep on shooting if they’re open during offense,” added Macaraya.
Macaraya’s defensive strategy proved effective in limiting JRU’s Teytey Teodoro, Paolo Pontejos and Abdoulad Poutouochi from scoring for most part of the game. Overall, the Heavy Bombers just shot 21-of-47 in the field compared to San Sebastián’s 30-of-71.
“We don’t have any tall foreign players in our line up even in our Team B. All we have to do is play well defensively.”
Paolo Pontejos led JRU with a measly 14 points while Teodoro only had eight points on 3-of-10 shooting. Abdoulad Poutouochi finished with 10 points also for the Heavy Bombers.
After grabbing the lead, 21-17, at the end of first quarter, San Sebastián College stretched their advantage to 42-29 at halftime.
The Golden Stags stayed aggressive in the third period outscoring the Heavy Bombers 21-16 resulting in a 63-45 lead at the start of fourth period.
Alfren Gayosa’s three-pointer brought the Golden Stags’ lead to an insurmountable 81-51 with 2:33 to go. They were never threatened from that point onward.
The Heavy Bombers ended the season with a 9-9 win-loss record. Next year, JRU will lose veteran players Jordan Dela Paz, Paolo Pontejos and Mark Cruz. The Three are graduating students
In the second game, last year’s champion Colegio San Juan de Letran blasted Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 93-87, in overtime to end their elimination round campaign with a 9-9 win-loss record. Letran is sharing the fifth spot with JRU that is carrying a similar 9-9 card.
Jom Sollano scored 21 points on top of 12 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Knights. Rey Nambatac posted 15 points while John Quinto had 12 points plus seven rebounds and five assists.
The Generals finished the elimination round at No.9 with a 6-12 win-loss record.
Center Hamadou Laminou led EAC with 23 points and 18 rebounds plus two blocks while swingman Sidney Onwubere contributed 23 points and eight rebounds.