Friday, 2 July 2010 39 Comments
70-69 was the score. The defending champions of the NCAA were holding on to that precarious lead against a depleted University of Perpetual Help System Dalta squad with less than a minute to go. And then, Pamboy Raymundo threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Harold Sumera.
The Altas had a chance.
Jett Vidal then found himself a good look on the left wing behind the three-point line.
He let the ball fly…
Eventually, the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags went on to win the game, 73-69 last Friday, July 2, 2010 at the Arena in San Juan City. However, major concerns about the focus and discipline of the Golden Stags need to be addressed as they defend their title in the 86th Season of the NCAA.
In this contest for instance, it was surprising to see a team with a depleted lineup stay on target at the end of the game with a chance to steal the win.
“Hindi ko nga alam kung ano yung nangyayari sa amin eh. Sinasabi nga ni Coach na masyado kami nag-rerelax. Confident kami na kaya naming manalo which is wrong. Siguro, masyado lang nag-rerelax yung mga teammates ko at pati ako, hindi ako masaya sa pinapakita namin. Yung execution namin ng play, hindi maayos tsaka yung depensa namin. Yun sa tingin ko yung kailangan namin i-improve,” said the Golden Stags veteran point guard, Pamboy Raymundo.
Had Vidal, one of five former Philippine Christian University Dolphins on this Altas team knocked down the long ball, the defending champs would have been put on the ropes. Luckily for the Golden Stags, Perpetual Help was not able to capitalize on various opportunities to put the game in their favor.
Ronald Pascual muffed two free-throws with 22.8 seconds remaining but nobody boxed him out. Pascual hustled hard to grab his own miss and was fouled again. This time, he made one of two charities to give his team a two point cushion.
After a Perpetual timeout, Harold Sumera failed to score on an inbounds play that was executed with Arnold Danganan used as a decoy. Calvin Abueva then went perfect from the line to put the finals points of the game on the scoreboard.
Ronald Pascual led all scorers with 17 points and finished with a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds. Pamboy Raymundo followed with 15 points while Calvin Abueva also had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
San Sebastian became the first team to grab two wins in the tournament while the Altas have dropped both their games so far.
Playing in his final year for the red and gold, Pamboy Raymundo is looking to finish his collegiate basketball career as a winner.
“Sobrang importante sa akin to kasi last year ko na. So, kailangan ko ipakita na kaya ko pa rin idala sa championship yung team ko,” said Raymundo.
San Sebastian 73 – Pascual 17, Raymundo 15, Abueva 13, del Rio 9, Sangalang 6, Maconocido 5, Semira 3, Gorospe 3, Bulawan 2, E. Gatchalian 0.
Perpetual Help 69 – Vidal 14, Sumera 13, Danganan 10, Allen 9, Ynion 8, Elopre 6, Alano 6, Arboleda 3, Kintanar 0.
Quarter scoring: 16-15, 30-34, 51-58, 73-69.