San Sebastian College upset reigning champion San Beda College 98-92 on Tuesday to create a three-way tie at the top of the standings of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Big man Bradwyn Guinto, who will play for Mahindra Enforcer in the Philippine Basketball Association this coming season, posted 26 points via 12-of-15 shooting in the field plus nine rebounds and four assists to lead the Golden Stags.
Michael Calisaan added 21 points and nine rebounds, Jeick Fabian had 16 points and seven assists, Jon Ortuoste notched 13 points and Allyn Bulanadi contributed 10 points for San Sebastian.
“I’m happy that the players are still playing with pride despite the fact that we’re no longer qualify to achieve a spot in the Final Four,” said San Sebastian coach Rodney Santos.
The Stags are already out of the Final Four race after posting only five wins in 15 games.
Arthur Dela Cruz notched his second triple-double with 30 points plus 12 rebounds and 10 assists while Ola Adeogun had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Lions who absorbed their fourth loss in 15 games.
In the first game, Earl Scottie Thompson posted his seventh triple-double this season to lead University of Perpetual Help System Dalta to a convincing 89-59 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC).
Shooting guard Gerald Dizon led Perpetual with 18 points and six assists with two blocks. The six-footer Thompson scored only 10 points but notched 13 assists and 14 rebounds to mark his career’s 10th triple-double.
“I really wanted to involve everyone in the team. My goal is to win every game. I don’t care if I don’t achieve a triple-double as long as we’re winning,” said the pro-bound Thompson.
The Altas, the Knights and the Red Lions are now occupying the no.1 spot all bearing identical 11-4 win-loss cards.
“They [EAC] really wanted to win that’s why they were able to narrow the gap during the fourth quarter but I told the players to keep their composure which they did,” said Perpetual coach Aric Del Rosario during a post game interview.
“My dream is to get the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, which is possible.”
Prince Eze added 11 points plus 10 rebounds and four blocks while Bright Akhuetie had nine points and eight rebounds. Gabriel Dagangon and Antonio Coronel also posted nine and eight point, respectively, also for the Altas.
The Generals absorbed their 13th loss in 15 games.
Meanwhile, the NCAA management committee is now investigating the brawl between players of Perpetual and EAC outside the venue after their game.
In the high school division, the San Beda Red Cubs routed the San Sebastian Staglets 88-57 to remain unbeaten in 15 games.