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San Sebastian returns to the NCAA Finals

Monday, 19 October 2009 4,380 Views / 279 Comments

With Jimbo Aquino now back in harness after serving his one game suspension acquired during their playoff game against San Beda, the San Sebastian Golden Stags formalized their dream match-up with the three-time defending champs via a 79-64 whiplashing of last year’s runner-up Jose Rizal University in their winner-take-all match on October 19, 2009 at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

“When we lost, we didn’t have a legitimate go-to-guy. That’s where we missed the services of Jimbo [Aquino] in our match last Friday. Everytime we run our plays it will always go to our best gunner andf that’s Jimbo, said a jubilant San Sebastian Head Coach Ato Agustin.

After dropping their game last Oct 16 against the Heavy Bombers, Jimbo Aquino easily scored 7 -points from the opening tip where the Golden Stags held JRU scoreless for almost 5 minutes with a blistering 19-0 run for a commanding 21-point advantage.
Calvin Abueva was a force tallying 10 point, 4 rebounds in just 9 minutes of action in the first half.   JRU was not able to get some decent numbers from their leading MVP candidate John Wilson who   was held to only 8 points from an 18 points per game average.

The Heavy Bombers’ were able to trim the deficit down to within 8-points, 38-46 courtesy of John Njei John Nje at the 6:34 minute mark of the 3rd quarter.

“As I’ve said, Monday will be a different ball game. We would like to have a very light practice but we wanter to execute our plays smoothly in preparation for today’s game, added Coach Ato Agustin.

The Heavy Bombers only had 12 assists in the game compared to San Sebastian’s 22 assists.

San Sebastian marks their first Finals appearance in six years, where they will face a very tall order against the reigning three-peat champions, San Beda College.

“Going into our Finals match with San Beda where Hermida did major damage on us in our two meetings last week, we have thought about our game plan. The Finals will be a different story, continued Coach Ato Agustin.

Calvin Abueva had 18 points, 6 rebounds while Jimbo Aquino added 14 points.  JR Sena tallied 13 points for JRU with Marc Cagoco and John Agas combined for 17 points.


SAN SEBASTIAN 79 – Abueva 18, Aquino 14, Najorda 9, Sangalang 8, Pascual 8, Del Rio 8, Bulawan 7, Raymundo 5, Gatchalian 2, Semira 0, Maconocido 0.

JRU 64 – Sena 13, Agas 9, Cagoco 8, Hayes 8, Wilson 8, Njei 4, Lopez 4, Etame 4, Apinan 2, Kabigting 2, Bulangis 2, Gabriel 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 29-8, 44-28, 64-44, 79-64.

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  • Hellboy says:


    Exciting comments…

    Mmmmm… Can’t wait to meet our PREYS…

    We’re hungry!


  • comment says:

    FYI for those people who keep on bashing our school’s about our imports… first of all su was was not recruited by one of our scouts in fact he voluntarily joined the try outs and eventually made it to the line up… why he did not go to other schools or to your school? it was an obvious answer… but better as him why… complaining about our line up nxt year? complain to your own basketball program not to us…

  • Calvin25 says:

    ayus ba iyung pasimple kong sapak kay hayes? pareng jimbo, learn from me my man. hindi halata ng referees kasi agawan ng bola nung nangyari, bibigay ka lang ng cheapshot eh huwag naman iyung dadalawa lang kayo at out in the open court pa.

    yes, matatapalan ko na naman si sudan sa thursday. si rome dela rosa at borgie yari sa akin ang dalawang iyan pag drive nila.


  • Arriba '06 says:

    Congratulations to the winners. It was an exciting final four and I hope it will carry over to the next season which is Season 86. I’m expecting a younger and hungrier Letran Knights team next year with the new leadership of Kevin Alas. I hope Tampus and Khobuntin will follow Kevin Alas to the seniors team and form a formidable trio of former Squires. In the seniors team of Letran, they are guaranteed a chance to shine on their debut season with Jazul and Guevarra gone next season. It’s a big clue who will step up big time with Kevin Alas next season with so many new unknown player in the roster. Just like how RJ Jazul surprised us with his revelations in Season 83.

    Arriba Letran!
    Animo Red! Animo Blue!
    Arriba Arriba!

  • Hopyster says:

    sana naman naging fair iyung mga referees kahapon sa mga tawag.

    si hayes sinuntok ni abueva di na-thrownout tapos si jeckster pinatid ni bulawan. ok naman kung talo kami eh basta sana tinawagan iyung mga dirty fouls na ganito.

    si bulawan maraming beses binigyan si sena ng siko di rin tinatawagan.

    bakit ganun, dahil ba umangal iyung mancom ref ng baste tungkol sa mga referees after nung game 1?

    sana sa finals eh patas ang tawagan, madudumi maglaro iyung mga taga baste, lalo na iyung bulawan, di lang tinatawagan.

  • hunghang says:

    @Arriba ’06

    oist huwag ka na umextra dito, eliminated na sina baba at ang knights mo.

  • Stags D'Champs says:

    we may have lost twice to san beda but people seem to forget that we weren’t at full strength during both games. during the first meeting we didn’t have bulawan in the lineup while during playoff game jimbo was suspended.

    i strongly believe that we are the better team and that san beda can’t beat us when we play our complete lineup.

    bravo baste, life continues.

  • Red Hooligan says:

    Andito ka pa? Mag-aral ka na. Finals na at mahirap ang kurso mo: BS Vulcanizing with major in Recapping.

  • NJ says:

    So this is the final game? Letran n JRU wont be playing anymore?

  • tremendous effort JRU for extending the semis. Great going Baste!!! Beda is going to be tough, really tough! But, hell, lets give it to them. Hats off to Beda for making it first to the finals. Toughen up, Baste!

  • @ calvin 25

    anung pasimpleng sapak ni abueva? mali nga tawag ng referee dapat si hayes ang natechnical. for holding to the jersey short of abueva alam natin bawal yan. inalis lang ni abueva yung kamay ni hayes dahil kung hindi mahuhubadan ng shorts si abueva.

  • colloneL MasipaG says:

    Bravo Baste!!!

  • BedistabomB says:

    @ Stags D’Champs
    .,bka nka2limutan muh,, kulang dn ang player ng San Beda,, wla p c baby shaq taganas..!!
    .,wg mxado mgmataAs,, just bring it t0 d c0urt and we’ll seE hus team is d best and d str0ngest f0r dis seas0n..

  • Keep The Faith says:

    as a jru student, I admit that ssc-r was the greatest team in the ncaa today…
    Anyways,I congratulate the Bombers for making it an exciting match,though being overpowered by the Stags, they gave it all ’til the end
    Better luck for our team nxt year =)

    Ala Vievo!
    Mabuhay Rizal!

  • watcher lng po says:

    Tanong Lang Po .

    last year nb netong mga eto ,


    iBig Sabihin .


    sa tingen ko kelangan nilang tanggalin c salazar.

    tpos kmuha cla ng mggling na 6 rookies.

    tpos babarin nla c montemayor ,

    mas mlkaz JRU nxt year pg ngyri un .

  • Bravo Baste! says:

    @BedistamonB: Seryoso kaba? Hinihintay mo pa din si Taganas? Out na sya sa buong Season, wag kana mag hintay. Injured yung tao.

  • Bravo Baste! says:

    @BedistamonB: Seryoso kaba? Hinihintay mo pa din si Taganas? Out na sya sa buong Season, wag kana mag hintay. Injured yung tao. Kung mag type ka para kang taga JRU!

  • jacer says:

    Congrats again San Sebastian! Finals na guys! Nice

    game to JRU. Tama si sir racer dapat tapos na ito nung

    Friday. Anyway, ok lang atleast bumalik na momentum ng

    Baste, parang warm up na lang sa kanila yung kahapon.

    Mahirap din pumasok sa Finals ng mahaba ang pahinga e.

    Goodluck sa dalawang school! Naniniwala ako kulang

    lang talaga nung matalo tayo sa San Beda. Atleast,

    ngayon finals complete na. Heto na kami San Beda,

    Game 1 pa lang gulatin na agad para mataranta :D

    Bravo Baste, beat San Beda!!! I called the ticketnet,

    upper B na lang ang available!! hirap maghanap, kahit

    sa Athletics ng Baste ubos na ang Patron, and Lower

    seats! Damn!!! Hirap maghanap ng ticket!!!!! waaah!

  • keno '98 says:

    Congrats Stags! Our time has come! I believe that 2009 is not the year of the Lions anymore! It’s the start of a new Dynasty! The STAGS DYNASTY!! On Thursday, the prey will kill its predator! Be ready Lions, because the Horns of the Stags will be the one to kill you. Lets roast a Lion in the jungle guys!!! Yummy!!! We Go For Victory!


  • dj bombers says:

    congrats Stags!
    congrats JRU..tinimbang ngunit kulang..

    “The Best not yet came”…kulang sa fighting spirit eh..

    di bale..kanta na lang tayo ng..
    “May Bukas pa”..

    wag damdamin…ang kasawian
    may bukas pa, sa iyong buhay
    sisikat din ang iyong araw
    ang landas mo ay mag-iilaw..

    sa daigdig ang buhay ay ganyan
    mayroong ligaya at lumbay
    maghintay at may nakalaan bukas..

    May bukas iyong buhay
    tutulungan ka ng diyos na may lalang..

    ang iyong pagdaramdam..
    idalangin mo sa maykapal..
    na sa puso mo ay mawala ng lubusan…


  • abuEBAKS of the sTHUGS says:

    bye! bye! sena laki ilong!!

  • stags rules! says:


    uu maganda recruitment nyo ng import..hahaha.. pagpatuloy nyo yan tapos pa naturalized nyo pra mkapasok sa RP team. para naman my tulong sa RP..hindi ung kuha lang kau ng kuha para sa sarili nyong mithiin sa NCAA.
    pano kita kits nalang sa huwebes at sabado.
    Bravo Baste!

  • Calvin 25 says:

    @hoy hoy ondoy

    slight correction, iyung wetpaks ko ang hinawakan ni hayes, kaya sinemplehan ko siya ng sapak. actually hindi nga hawak ginawa niya eh, sundot.

  • AK says:

    guys, saan ba makakabili ng tickets for game 1? ayaw ko na ng patron seats, upper b okay na ako.

  • Messie says:

    In the wild, Lions eat stags for lunch. =D

    Let’s all watch Animal Planet live at Araneta!

    Go Lions! eat them alive!


    Animo San Beda, beat Baste!

  • ranger says:

    im HS batch 85″ in baste, i was the team captain of the track n field in 1984 n 1985, m proud of our school that were in the finals once again, go baste! lets kill our predator in the last 2 games, bravo baste! ask ko lang kung ilan at kung sino sino ang mawawala sa line up next year, dapat ibalik yung white uniform, mas meron luck yung color na yon,

  • ASTIG NA STAG says:

    nakakatawa yung nagsabi ng “i can smell sweep this week” hahahaha! di pa nag uumpisa yung series naaamoy na nya agad na luto yung mga laban! lupit nyo talaga ng mga bedista!

  • special forces/airborne says:

    GO BASTE!!! the mighty STAGS will tore down the TOOTHLESS RED LIONS

    in the finals!!!!

  • Matitu'sNo.1Fan says:

    Tot tot tot!

    Bring it on Stags!

    Animo San Beda, Beat Baste!

  • PepMoore says:

    kayowng mga bedista kayow. wag na kayow kumuha ng import. asa kayow.

  • Melo Lim says:

    sana naman matambakan ng mga kakampi ko iyung sthugs para maipasok naman ako ni dad. ang hihina ng mga kakampi ko eh, puro dikit iyung mga panalo, hindi tuloy ako mabigya ng playing time.

  • gestabo says:

    Ang ganda ng match up ng finals… all filipino team vs. import oriented champion team…

  • JRU??? says:

    Wilson won’t be playing for JRU next year…

  • Tradition says:

    ganyan naman mga taga baste e.
    bago magstart ang game MAYAYABANG! pero pag tapos na, nananahimik nalang, napapanis mga laway kase di makapagyabang! WALA KAYONG MAIPAGMAMAYABANG MGA UGOK!

    nga pala.
    hiram muna kaya kayo ng stand ng mga drums nyo sa AUF?
    buti pa sila meron. and para hindi yung hawak hawak ng isa pang drummer para di malaglag. tsktsk. delikado yun!
    and hiram na din kayo ng mga bass drums sa UAF. baka 5 lang bass drums nyo e, kawawa naman kayo sa beda.
    lalamunin kayo.


  • tracy lords says:

    meron na daw import ang mapua at perps sa team b nila. and will play after their residency requirements

  • letran meron na rin! watch us rule the nc once again!

  • not impressive at all imports ng jru, ayun si ariel v. sibak tuloy

  • MachongLeon says:


  • john leslie says:

    @tracy lords

    2 years residency sa ncaa, kailan dumating mga imports nila?

    p.s. – kita tayo mamaya ha

  • christy canyon says:

    @debbie does dallas

    siguraduhin niyo naman na hindi peke or taga ibang planeta na naman iyang import niyo ha.

  • Baste. says:

    Win Or Lose We have already Exceeded everyone’s expectations, before the season no one expected us to be here. standing in front of the lions prepared and ready to pounce at each other in the finals.

    Stags and Lions Give us a hell of a fight!!

    Carpe Diem Stags!! Seize the day and make your life Extraordinary!!

  • MachongLeon says:

    kelan kaya matatapos ang import issue? it’s not about nationality, it’s about school pride!!!. . .

  • Asa sa Import says:

    sana manalo iyung may orig na egoy kasi kung hindi eh kahiya hiya naman.

    ganda ng lineup ng beda next season

    sudan daniel, rome dela rosa, ginno soliman and kyle pascual – usa
    tony and david semerad – australia
    olaide adeogun – nigeria

    papaano na lang iyung ibang teams?

  • jacq_the great says:

    STAGS FIGHT!!! We can beat those Bedans, lets show them how furious our team is. In finals both team are back to zero. We can bounce back to the Lions, im sure we can guys!! Lets beat the hell out of them. Dethrone the Lions! STAGS DYNASTY baby. We will show you the true taste of a 5-Peat team!! No one can do that except us. No one does it, except the San Sebastian. We’re goin to take the Game 1 on Thursday! BEAT SAN BEDA!!!!!!!

    IT’S TIME!

  • a.tan says:

    sa tingin ko maganda din basketball program sa baste

    ryan buenafe , eric salamat , yutien andrada , bringas brothers sa lasalle at feu , paul lee raffy reyes ..

    goodluck sa baste

  • waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    sa tingin ko maganda din basketball program sa baste

    ryan buenafe , eric salamat , yutien andrada , bringas brothers sa lasalle at feu , paul lee raffy reyes ..

    goodluck sa baste

  • asan na sila? says:


    eh asan na sila buenafe, leet et al ngayon? ni isa sa mga iyan di naman nag seniors sa inyo.

  • Skeptic_Bomber says:

    hmm..i smell something’s fishy on the JRU side (esp. on Wilson’s part), As we all know Wilson is a very aggressive player when it comes on winning an important game but it seems that Wilson didn’t play that aggressive as he used to. Maybe the defense of the Stags suffocated him that made him frustrated not to take his shots. Maybe. But not in 4 games that he played against the stags, not even a single game he showed a spectacular play as he always does with other teams and did no adjustments with the defense played on him. Is he really bothered on the defense of the Stags? or he has something else in his mind that made him not to be aggressive when playing with the Stags???


    How come he didn’t appear on their practice session prior to their important game against the stags?
    Why didn’t he (Wilson) joined his team mates and coaches attend their mass at Sta. Clara on Sunday before the game as they always does whenever the team faces an important game? And why he didn’t appear on their team dinner on the same date?
    (His reason “masama kasi pakiramdam ko eh tska sinisipon ako) what kind of reason was that???

    During the pre-game he (Wilson) appears to be healthy (No signs of any Flu-like symptoms) and ready to win the game. But when the game starts and ended I never seen Wilson take over the game as if the game is not that important to him and even said to his team mates after the game that I quote “Bahala na kayo jan! Hinde na ako maglalaro next season.”. As far as i know, Wilson still have one more playing year with the bombers but why in the world he (Wilson) said that to his team mates whose hearts are heavily battered after loosing an important game of their lives?

    We don’t know why JM Wilson is doing this? So I’m a bit skeptic on his actions thinking that He might been paid on cold cash by someone whose in the position to do so; so much money that he didn’t play that good against the opposing team and even wouldn’t want to play anymore next season since he’s this season’s MVP.

    Maybe I’m over reacting about his actions but there is a probability that he may or he may not. I leave it to you guys on what you think about this.

    Mabuhay Rizal!

  • May Sakit Siya says:

    @Skeptic Bomber

    may sakit kasi si wilson eh

  • etaet says:

    @skeptic Bomber

    pag talo – talo, nag iisip pa ng ibang reason. bawi na lang kayo ng next season, kung may dapat palitan , si vanguardia yon.

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