Stags subdue Altas, bag No.3 seeding

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San Sebastian College-Recoletos outplayed University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas, 81-71, to secure the No. 3 seeding in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

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Guard Jaymark Perez led the Stags with 20 points while Bradwyn Guinto and Jovit Dela Cruz chipped in 15 and 14 markers, respectively. Also in double figures are John Kevin Ortuose (11) and Gio Vergara (10).

Nigerian Nosa Omorogbe topscored for the Altas with 21 points as Perpetual dropped to the No. 4 position.

San Sebastian will be facing No. 2 Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the Final Four while Perpetual battles top pick and defending champion San Beda College in the other Final Four pairing.

The Final Four begins on November 7.

Meanwhile, the NCAA management committee has yet to decide, as of press time, regarding the case of San Beda player Ryusei Koga.

Allegedly, Koga was seen playing in a tournament in Parañaque City on September 17. According to the NCAA rules, all players participating in the current season of the league are not allowed to take part in any commercial tournament.

San Beda finished on top of the standings with 15-3 mark after the double-round elimination phase.

If Koga found to be guilty, San Beda’s four wins [versus College of Saint Benilde (65-46), versus Perpetual (78-76 OT), versus San Sebastian College (72-68) and versus Letran (76-72 OT)]since September 17 may be forfeited.

From top seed with 15-3 mark, San Beda will drop to No. 4 with 11-7 card while Letran takes the No. 1, San Sebastian gets the No. 2 and Perpetual moves to No. 3.

Koga played in all games of the Red Lions this season except last Saturday when San Beda defeated Arellano University, 78-62.

The NCAA is expected to announce its verdict on Tuesday night.

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