The San Sebastian Stags continue to gain steam in NCAA Season 95, notching their fifth straight win after disposing of the CSB Blazers, 83-67, Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Allyn Bulanadi delivered a signature performance, pouring in a career-high 32 points on an efficient 11-for-21 shooting clip. He also knocked down five 3-pointers, showing his complete offensive arsenal. RK Ilagan and Alvin Capobres added 13 and 12 points respectively in the lopsided victory.
"We all know that the credit belongs to the kids," said Stags head coach Egay Macaraya in Filipino. "They work, play defense, and Allyn scored 32 points. Anyone I put in played defense and rebounded. It's all about teamwork. That's what really happening to the team."
The Stags' offense was in high gear right from the get-go as they dropped 28 points in the opening frame. They stayed hot in the third quarter, outscoring the Blazers, 20-11. They closed the period on a 12-2 scoring spree and continued to blitz their opponent in the final 10 minutes of play. The lead ballooned to 25 points midway through the fourth courtesy of a fastbreak layup from Bulanadi.
"He has the green light," Macaraya said on Bulanadi. "It is his last year and I'm focusing on him that he'll be on top of his game when he leaves. One hundred percent of him playing every game can carry the team to where we need to go."
As the Stags continue to rise with a 7-3 record, the Blazers have fallen from grace. After a 5-0 record, the school's best start in history, St. Benilde has lost four of its last five matches.
Yankie Haruna tallied 16 points and nine rebounds and Robi Nayve chipped in with 10 points in the loss. Justin Gutang, one of the team's top performers in the first round, struggled with nine points on 2-for-12 shooting. He made up for his lack of scoring with 10 rebounds and eight assists. The Blazers drop to 6-4 in the standings.
Pirates thump Altas
Moving into solo second place are the Lyceum Pirates following an 89-74 victory over the Perpetual Help Altas.
Jaycee Marcelino and Mike Nzeusseu scored 21 points apiece to spearhead the Pirates, which showed their patented high-octane offense.
"We reminded them about being fearless. We always felt that after those two losses that we were not confident," said coach Topex Robinson pertaining to his squad's back-to-back defeats to close out the first round. "We reminded them that they need to be fearless and that when they make a decision, as long as they have courage, it will be okay with me."
The price to pay for the Pirates' furious pace has always been the possibility to commit errors. And though they committed 22 turnovers against the Altas, Robinson was pleased to see his players attack without hesitation.
"We lost that fire during the last three games and we want to bring it back, and that includes the mistakes." the coach went on as the Pirates improve to eight wins and three losses.
Despite the best efforts of Tonton Peralta who had 20 points and Ben Adamos' 15 points, Perpetual Help couldn't match the firepower of Lyceum. The Altas continue to slide with a 3-7 card.
SAN SEBASTIAN 83 - Bulanadi 32, Ilagan 13, Capobres 12, Desoyo 8, Calahat 7, Sumoda 6, Calma 3, Tero 2, Isidro 0, Altamirano 0, Cosari 0, Suico 0
CSB 67 - Haruna 16, Nayve 10, Gutang 9, Young 8, Naboa 7, Belgica 5, Leutcheu 3, Carlos 3, Sangco 2, Lepalam 2, Mosqueda 2, Flores 0, Lim 0
QUARTERS: 28-20, 48-39, 68-50, 83-67
LPU 89 - Marcelino JC 21, Nzeusseu 21, Caduyac 11, Marcelino JV 10, David 5, Guinto 4, Ibanez 3, Navarro 3, Tansingco 3, Pretta 2, Remulla 2, Santos 2, Valdez 2, Laurente 0, Yong 0
PERPETUAL 74 - Peralta 20, Adamos 15, Razon 12, Aurin 9, Charcos 4, Martel 4, Sevilla 4, Barasi 2, Cuevas 2, Tamayo 2, Lanoy 0
QUARTERS: 22-22, 40-39, 66-53, 80-74