By Kristina Caramel Sy
The San Sebastian Stags are still riding on the crest of their winning momentum as they
defeated the Arellano Chiefs earlier today via 91-70 for the 1st round of the NCAA Season 88 that happened at The Arena in San Juan.
Ian Sangalang drove the Stags to the top as he garnered a double-double performance. He had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 3 steals that scorched the Chiefs' string of runs. His scoring efforts halted the attempts of Arellano to make the game close.
James Forrester, on the other hand, seemed to be absent for the Chiefs as he
only chipped-in 7 points. Good thing, AU's Rookie, Nard Pinto showed his scoring brilliance in this game as he stepped up and contributed 18 big points for Arellano. Just imagine if he was also off in this game.
The Stags started this game on a high note.
Early in the First Quarter, the Stags pressured the Chiefs and that forced them to commit a lot of turnovers early in the 1st Quarter. That led to a lot of turnover points for the Stags. The Stags were able to establish an 8 point lead, 25-17, to end the First Quarter. Since then they never looked back to Arellano as they kept on pounding the Chiefs.
The Stags' lead reached 14 points, 43-29, at the end of the First Half.
In the third quarter, the Chiefs showed some effort to trim their deficit down, but the Stags were just too much for them. The 3rd Quarter ended with the Stags having an 18 point lead, 65-47.
The Stags were unstoppable in the Final Quarter as they managed to increase their lead to 21 points, 91-70, to end the 4th and Final Quarter.
The Stags will be facing the EAC Generals on Monday. The Generals lost in their match
earlier against the Altas via a buzzer beater trey courtesy of Jett Vidal.
The final score of the game between the Generals and the Altas was 72-71 in favor of Perpetual.
San Sebastian Stags (SSC-R) 91: Sangalang 27, Abueva 22, Dela Cruz 10, Pascual 9, Binuya 8, Juico 6, Maiquez 4, Antipuesto 3, Balucanag 2, Rebollos 0, Dones 0, Miranda 0
Arellano Chiefs (AU) 70: Pinto 18, Acidre 14, Caperal 9, Hernandez 7, Forrester 7, Bangga 4, Zulueta 4, Cadavis 3, Espiras 2, Salcedo 2, Lunas 0
Scoring Per Quarter: 25-17, 43-29, 65-47, and 91-70