SSC Stags catch big fish in Altas

ALREADY out of contention for a Final Four spot,  the San Sebastian College Stags played loosely and caught one big fish in the University of Perpetual Help Altas, 91-87, in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament.

Jon Ortuoste led the Stags’ production with 27 points, while Bradwin Guinto added 25, including 14 big ones in the final period as the Stags handed the Altas their sixth setback against 11 wins.

Things turned into the Stags’ favor in the last 4:25 when Jeick Fabian drove in and Guinto drilled in two charities, allowing SSC to break free from a 71-all tie to get on top for good, 75-71. From there, the Stags played steadily to eventually hammer out the win.

“Sabi ko sa kanila, just maintain the right attitude. A positive attitude. As much as possible, I want them to go through their last games on a winning note,” said Stags’ coach Rodney Santos.  

The Stags won their eighth game out of 16 matches.

The Altas played minus suspended players Nikko Cabiltes and Nestor Bantayan and struggled against the Stags’ big men.

Gabriel Dangangon had 22 points for the Altas, who stayed at third at 11-6.

In the second game, Tey Teodoro scored a game-high 32 points for the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, who turned back the Lyceum Pirates, 64-55, to join the Altas to a share of third spot at  11-6.

Teodoro had 12 in the third as the Heavy Bombers took a 51-43 spread at the end of the third. 

“We still have one game. Now, we have an opportunity. Our fate is in our hands, “ said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

The Bombers play the Stags on Friday to boost their chances for a possible shot at a twice-to-beat advantage.

In junior action, Leeian Salazar sizzled with 22 points for the Lyceum Junior Pirates, who dumped the JRU Light Bombers, 87-63 and improve to fourth spot at 11-6.

Generoso Cecilio tallied 13 points for the Junior Pirates, who also improved their chances of reaching the Final Four.

In the other junior match, John Umali, Lance de Leon and Nick Rocero made 16 each as the Perpetual Help Junior Altas broke a 16-game losing skid with a 60-55 win over the SSC Staglets.


Games tomorrow
(San Juan Arena)

10 a.m. — LPU vs LSGH (jrs)
12 nn — San Beda vs Arellan(jrs)
2 p.m. —  LPU vs CSB (srs)
4 p.m. — San Beda vs Arellano (srs)

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