Stags zero in on Final four
San Sebastian’s Itchie Altamirano boxes out Arellano’s Kent Salado in preparation for a rebound.
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Stags zero in on Final four
Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) - October 16, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — San Sebastian went to the dynamic duo of RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi in the fourth quarter as it edged Arellano, 85-82, yesterday to move one step closer to the Final Four in the 95th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Ilagan and Bulanadi combined for 15 points in the final canto, fuelling a decisive attack from two points down, 65-67, en route to the win that ensured the Stags of at least a playoff for a Final Four spot.

Ilagan finished with 20 points while Bulanadi 19 on top of eight rebounds, six assists and a steal as the Stags improved to 10-7.

San Sebastian takes a shot at an automatic semifinal passage as it tangles with also-ran Perpetual Help Friday.

“That is our hope, to win that game and advance to the Final Four,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya whose chargers ache to join San Beda (17-0), Lyceum of the Philippines University (13-4) and Letran (11-6) in the post-elims play.

Earlier, Mapua repulsed Perpetual Help, 85-81.

The scores:

First Game

Mapua 85 – Bonifacio 15, Victoria 14, Lugo 12, Gonzales 11, Gamboa 11, Aguirre 9, Bunag 6, Garcia 3, Salenga 2, Serrano 2, Nieles 0.

Perpetual 81 – Adamos 25, Aurin 19, Razon 18, Charcos 9, Sese 3, Labarda 2, Sevilla 2, Cuevas 0, Guissani 0, Tamayo 0.

Quarterscores: 25-18; 46-43; 65-64; 85-81

Second Game

San Sebastian 85 – Ilagan 20, Bulanadi 19, Calma 15, Capobres 15, Villapando 12, Calahat 4, Tero 0, Desoyo 0, Cosari 0, Altamirano 0, Sumoda 0, Isidro 0.

Arellano 82 – Salado 26, Arana 13, Concepcion 10, Bayla 9, Gayosa 8, Sablan 7, Talampas 3, Espiritu 3, Oliva 2, Alcoriza 1, Sacramento 0.

Quarterscores: 22-18; 33-35; 57-56; 85-82

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