By Kristina Caramel Sy
Edited by Val Macanas
Manila, Philippines - Jamil Ortuoste's 23 points made it possible for San Sebastian to grab another win in the NCAA Season 89. They dealt the 5th heartbreak loss of the DLS-CSB Blazers with a final score of 80-78. The Blazers remained win-less after losing by only 2 points for the second time this Season.
The match registered numerous deadlocks and lead changes as both teams wanted to win at all cost.
However, Lady Luck was not on the side of the Blazers as they failed to seal the win in the dying minutes of the ball game.
Paolo Taha, who produced 21 points, made the game close. The Stags had a hard time in stopping his unstoppable offensive prowess. Good thing Jaymar Perez of the Stags showed his beastly moves to counter Taha as he garnered a double-double 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals that broke the hopes of the Blazers.
Stags played without their head coach Topex Robinson, who's currently in the US for a bonus trip given by the Alaska Aces. He will be back on Wednesday, July 24, and will miss another game against EAC on Monday, July 22.
The star of the game, the one who dominated in the 3rd and 4th quarters, Mr. Jamil Ortuoste revealed that Coach Raymond Valenzona told them to focus on their defense because defense is the key in winning this game.
"Mamatay na kami basta yung game plan sundin. Yung defense talaga nagpanalo samin." Ortuoste.
Meanwhile, in the 1st game, the Perpetual Altas are still on the winning column as they toppled the AU Chiefs, 73-66.
The Altas stretched their lead to up to double-digit number in the last 20 minutes of the game. They never gave AU any chances right from the get go.