July 17, 2019
San Sebastian College-Recoletos, displaying a balanced attack, pulverized Mapua University, 92-68, to earn a share of the lead in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Veterans RK Ilagan and Ally Bulanadi led their teammates in double-digit scoring to catapult the Golden Stags to a shared lead with San Beda University in the 10-team field after the first two games of the season.
“The boys are playing well and they’re just focusing on the game plan,” said San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya, whose squad notched a fitting follow-up to its 82-51 rout of Jose Rizal University (JRU).
“Everybody is enjoying the game and playing good defense. Hopefully, this will continue,” added Macaraya.
Earlier in the day, Colegio de San Juan de Letran posted back-to-back victories after trouncing Jose Rizal U, 55-43.
Spitfire guard Ilagan fired a game-high 20 points to go with eight assists and two rebounds while versatile forward Bulanadi tallied 16 markers, five boards and two dimes. The duo’s output alone was enough to outscore Mapua in the first half, 25-23.
Alex Desoyo scored 14 points, Ken Villapando logged 13 markers, JM Calma chalked a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds even as Alvin Capobres chipped in the blowout win.
The Stags shot an efficient 43 percent from the field against the Cardinals’ 31 percent.
Off a close contest in the opening quarter, Ilagan and Bulanadi rallied to hand San Sebastian a commanding 46-23 lead at the break.
The Stags erected their biggest lead at 62-29 on Calma’s coast-to-coast layup with still 5:46 left in the third frame. San Sebastian was never threatened from then on.
Noah Lugo had 13 points, Laurenz Victoria had 11 and Warren Bonifacio 10 for Mapua that slid to 0-2.
Meanwhile, graduating guard Bonbon Batiller finally showed up with 14 points on top of four rebounds and four assists to propel Letran past JRU.
Ato Ular added eight points and five rebounds while rookie Paolo Javillonar contributed seven markers as the Knights improved to 2-1.
Coach Bonnie Tan, however, was displeased with his wards’ 24 turnovers.
“Our defense was actually not bad. But we struggled with our errors. We have to regroup and correct our mistakes,” said Tan.
Ry Dela Rosa had 15 points built on three three-pointers while MJ Dela Virgen had seven markers for the Heavy Bombers, who remained winless in three outings.
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