Monday, 7 September 2009 3,406 Views / 86 Comments
The San Sebastian Golden Stags posted a historic 13-0 record after defeating the Mapua Cardinals 101-65 on September 7, 2009 at the Fil Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan City and an official entry into the Final Four.
In the the 2nd half, the Golden Stags had a commanding 19 point lead after Jimbo Aquino drilled in 13-points in the 3rd quarter..Â The biggest lead of the game was at 37-points, 91-54 with 5:04 minutes remaining in the 4th period after a basket coming from Ian Sangalang.
The Cardinals however missed the services of Allan Mangahas, who was in uniform but did not play.
Jimbo Aquino, playing his 5th year with the Golden Stags had 30 points. Erwin Cornejo paced the Cardinals with 20-points and 3 rebounds while Mark Acosta had 17 points and 4 rebounds.
San Sebastian Head Coach Ato Agustin, a former PBA MVP and a member of the 25 greatest players of the pro-league has this to say about their convincing win over Mapua, â€œIf we win this game, we are already in the Final Four. Â Right now, we have achieved what we aimed for. Weâ€™re still far from over for we still have 5 more assignments in the elimination round. Weâ€™ll probably regroup over the week to be able to talk things overâ€.
â€œItâ€™s been a while since San Sebastian entered the Final Four. I donâ€™t want to promise the school that we will be crowned Champions nor be a Finalist, well at least for this moment. All I can say to them is that we will give it our best shot. After achieving our Final Four goal, weâ€™ll take the next step, which is to move to our next goal. We take it one step at a time. Iâ€™m happy we had a good head start in the 2nd round, added Coach Agustin.
SAN SEBASTIAN 101 â€“ Aquino 30, Semira 13, Abueva 13, Del Rio 8, Najorda 8, Pascual 7, Bulawan 5, Sangalang 4, Maiquez 4, Maconocido 4, Raymundo 4, E. Gatchalian 1, Bartolo 0.
MAPUA 65 â€“ Cornejo 20, Acosta 17, Guillermo 11, Soriano 6, Sarangay 6, Pascual 3, Maniego 2, Stevens 0, Parala 0, Ranises 0, Cinco 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 27-15, 50-31, 73-48, 101-65.