Monday, 11 July 2011 80 Comments
THE San Sebastian College-Recoletos offense came to life in the second half to propel last season’s second placers to a 3-0 start, defeating the hapless University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 87-60 in NCAA Season 87 last July 11 at the Arena in San Juan.
Calvin Abueva scored 22 in the second half and stuffed the stat sheet to the tune of a career-high 31 points, plus 15 rebounds and seven assists. Ronald Pascual had a personal-best 29 markers of his own, and six rebounds. The powerhouse duo’s points matched that of the entire Atlas team, and they outscored Perpetual Help in the second half, 39-29. Their performance made up for a lackluster start by the Stags that saw the score tied at 15 each after 10 minutes. “Sometimes you fall into the trap when you play against a weaker team, you play their brand of basketball,” said Stags coach Topex Robinson. “We made the necessary adjustments in the second half.”
The two teams battled back and forth early on, with Jett Vidal, Justine Alano, and Joel Jolangcob providing the offense for the Altas. In the latter part of the second quarter, a jumper by Ronald Pascual broke the fourth tie of the game, putting the Stags ahead, 29-27. Anthony Paulino tried to regain the lead for his squad on a triple but missed before Stags guard Jonathan Semira fell to the floor while trying for the rebound at the 2:56 mark. The fourth-year player had to be stretchered into the locker room and did not return.
“Hopefully he’ll be ok…[but if not] the other guards will step up,” said Robinson when asked about Semira’s injury. “Walang pop [sound on his knee when he fell] so hopefully it’s not anything grabe.”
Smelling blood, the Stags opened the second half on a 10-3 run, 45-34, with five points coming from Abueva. Jolangcob tried to incite an Atlas comeback by nailing back to back triples to trim the gap, 47-40. However, the Stags answered with seven straight by Pascual, restoring their double-digit lead. The Altas never threatened after that, though that didn’t stop San Sebastian from ending the game on a 12-0 blast.
The Atlas, playing their fourth game in 10 days, were led by Jolangcob’s 13 points and four assists before he fouled out in the fourth quarter. Vidal added 11, while three other players, Harold Sumera, Justine Alano and Cris Sison, finished with eight each.
The Stags will test their unbeaten streak against the Letran Knights next Wednesday, July 20, while Perpetual Help takes a much-needed break and will return on July 25, Monday, versus JRU.
San Sebastian 87 – Abueva 31, Pascual 29, Sangalang 10, Maiquez 5, Miranda 4, Semira 3, Antipuesto 3, del Rio 2, Ferrer 0, Balucanag 0, J. dela Cruz 0, Vitug 0
Perpetual Help 60 – Jolangcob 13, Vidal 11, Sumera 8, Alano 8, Sison 8, Arboleda 7, Elopre 3, Thompson 2, Tonggal 0, Paulino 0, Parico 0, Asuncion 0
Quarter scoring: 15-15, 35-31, 58-45, 87-60