The San Sebastian Stags and CSB Blazers both notched their second win of the young NCAA season with impressive outings on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Stags and the Blazers are now 2-0, alongside the San Beda Red Lions.
San Sebastian's mighty duo of RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi steered the Stags to their second win, overwhelming the Mapua Cardinals, 92-68.
Ilagan poured in 20 points and dishes out eight assists. Bulanadi, who played sparingly in the Stags' previous game because of a shoulder injury, was back to his usual self with 16 points and five rebounds.
"The only problem for Allyn if he's going to be 100 percent," San Sebastian mentor Egay Macaraya said. "He can play everywhere on the court, score whenever he wants, [be a] valuable player in the team."
Led by Ilagan and Bulanadi, the Stags unloaded 30 points in the second period. They would lead by as much as 33 points in the lopsided contest.
For the Cardinals, Noah Lugo had 13 points while Laurenz Victoria added 11. Mapua is now 0-2 for the season.
The Blazers, meanwhile, got their second victory at the expense of the Perpetual Help Altas, 75-63.
"I thought the game was chippy and rough, but thats how playoff games are," said coach Ty Tang.
Carlo Young put up 14 points and Kendrix Belgica chipped in with 12 points in the highly physical contest. Justin Gutang had an all-around game of nine points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists.
Big man Clement Leutcheu added six points and seven rebounds in his first game of the season.
"Right now in the beginning of the season, we got 2-0 start and hoping we could build on that," Tang said.
Jielo Razon had 15 points for the Altas who dropped to 1-1.
In the first game, the Letran Knights notched their second straight win with a 55-43 decision over the JRU Heavy Bombers.
Bonbon Batiller emerged as the leading scorer for the Knights with 14 points after struggling with his shot in his first two games. The veteran guard also provided four rebounds and four assists. Ato Ular chipped in with eight points and five boards.
"Our defense wasn't bad but we struggled in our errors," Letran coach Bonnie Tan said in Filipino. The Knights shackled the Heavy Bombers to 28 percent field goal shooting but had to deal with their 24 turnovers.
"We weren't able to get what we wanted which is to lessen the turnovers. They're still there. We have to correct our mistakes," the coach added.
Ry Dela Rosa had 15 points for JRU which has yet to win a ball game after three tries.