San Sebastian cruises to 4th straight win, EAC stops JRU

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JRU’s Jordan Dela Paz (13) defends the ball against Igee King (24) of EAC and Remy Morada (11) during an NCAA Season 92 men’s basketball game on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

JRU’s Jordan Dela Paz (13) defends the ball against Igee King (24) of EAC and Remy Morada (11) during an NCAA Season 92 men’s basketball game on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

Giant-killer San Sebastian College won a fourth consecutive game while Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) stopped Jose Rizal University’s four-game winning streak on Tuesday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

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The Golden Stags, relying on a strong second half, crushed the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 77-69, behind the spectacular performance of Regille Ilagan and Jerick Fabian.

After his team trailed, 28-30, in the first half, Ilagan scored 24 of his 25 points in the second half on 7-of-13 shooting beyond the three-point zone. The Golden Stags established a 55-47 advantage at the end of the third en route to a victory that improved their win-loss record to 5-9.

“Everybody stepped up and played defense. We are very thankful to the [San Sebastian] community as well for supporting us, win or lose,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya during the post game interview. “They really wanted to win. We cannot disregard RK’s (Ilagan) three-point shooting. He’s born with that.”

Fabian finished with 12 points, while forward Alvin Capobres and Allyn Bulunadi contributed 10 points apiece also for San Sebastian. The Golden Stags bombarded the Pirates on the three-point lane, 14-2, and they also got more assists 17-5.

Lyceum couldn’t recover from an eight-point deficit throughout the final canto. Mike Nzeusseu posted 24 points and 19 rebounds, but his efforts were not enough to save the Pirates. Lyceum’s win-loss record fell to 5-8.

In the second game, the EAC Generals downed the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers, 63-60, for their fourth win. The victory snapped the Generals’ three-game losing skid and stopped the Heavy Bombers’ four-game winning streak. EAC improved its win-loss record to 4-9.

“We prepared very hard to beat them (JRU). I believe we can defeat them even in our first round encounter when we lost by only a few points because of our error,” said EAC coach Ariel Sison during the postgame interview.

“We established a good lead and we’re able to sustain it,” he added. “We are hoping we continue the winning. We have a good line-up and I’m happy that we’re playing with new character. Defensively, we’re playing good.”

Swingman Sidney Onwubere notched 12 of his 26 points in the final frame on 7-of-14 shooting in the field plus nine rebounds. Cameroo­nian Hamadou Laminou tallied 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the field along with 10 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Generals.

The Heavy Bombers’ win-loss record dropped to 7-6.

JRU, after the game, filed a protest about a non-foul call on Teytey Teodoro as he attempted a three-pointer at the buzzer. The referees disregard the call since the foul occurred after the buzzer.

Meanwhile, the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights gave the College of Saint Benilde Blazers the worst beating this season, 57-40. The Knights, the defending champion, also halted a five-game losing streak improving their win-loss record to 6-7.

Forward Rey Nambatac led Letran with 13 points and nine rebounds while John Calvo had eight points.

The Blazers, winless in 13 games, surpassed their lowest output of 45 points this season when they lost to the Perpetual Help Altas on August 25.

Christian Fajarito scored 11 points plus nine rebounds, three assists, and three blocks for the Blazers.

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