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Mighty Stags rout Knights

Games Tomorrow
(The Arena, San Juan City)
12 noon – LSGH vs Malayan (Jrs.)
2 p.m. – CSB vs Mapua (Srs.)

4 p.m. – San San Sebastian is now doing great guns while cracks continue to get bigger for Letran.

By making a season-high 16 triples and holding Letran ace Rey Nambatac to a season-low 6 points, the Stags clobbered the Knights, 95-64, to boost their semis bid in the 93rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

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The Stags dominated the Knights throughout the match, leading by as many as 33 points to pick up their seventh victory against six defeats.

The win propelled San Sebastian to joint third place with Jose Rizal University.

Letran, for its part, skidded into solo fifth with a 7-7 card.

Showing none of the might that enabled them to beat the Stags, 79-75, in overtime, the Knights were reduced to a fumbling squad.

Of their 16 treys, four came in a telling 17-3 third quarter blast that saw them erect a 66-41 advantage.

Letran did try to launch a rally but was unsuccessful.

San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya attributed their defense to good defense and quickness.

“We die and win with our three points,” said Macaraya. “I guess malaking contribution din na masyado silang (Letran) maagang bumigay.”

Aside from their impressive shooting, the Stags had 23 steals.

“I guess malaking contribution din na masyado silang (Letran) maagang bumigay,” said Macaraya.

Jayson David bannered the Stags with 17 points, including three triples. He hauled five rebounds, and dished off three assists and four steals.

Allyn Bulanadi also sparkled with 16 points, three boards and four assists, while Michael Calisaan added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Letran came closest midway in the second period after cutting its double-digit deficit to only four, 34-30, courtesy of a three-point play from Jerrick Balanza.

SAN SEBASTIAN 95 – David 17, Bulanadi 16, Calisaan 13, Gayosa 9, Costelo 6, Navarro 6, Are 6, Capobres 4, Mercado 4, Calma 3, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Valdez 3, Baetiong 2, Quipse 0.

LETRAN 64 – Quinto 14, Balanza 13, Calvo 7, Mandreza 7, Nambatac 6, Gedaria 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 3, Vacaro 3, Pascual 2, Caralipio 1, Bernabe 0.

Quarters: 25-11, 45-38, 69-47, 95-64.

Beda vs Arellano (Srs.)

6 p.m. – San Beda vs Arellano (Jrs.)