Stags rout Altas; Cubs set recordBy Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
San Sebastian leaned on reigning Most Valuable Player Calvin Abueva to repulse Perpetual Help, 80-65, last night for its second straight victory in the 88th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Abueva, who has declared his intention to enter the pro draft this year, further boosted his stock by tallying a triple double of 15 points, 15 rebounds and a career-best 11 assists for the Stags, who boosted their record to 2-1 and tied their victims in fourth spot.
It was Abueva’s second triple double of his collegiate career. He tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over Arellano last season.
San Beda routed Lyceum, 82-67, in the second seniors game to gain a share of the lead with idle Jose Rizal University at 2-0. Lyceum fell to 0-3.
Earlier, San Beda registered the biggest winning margin in league history after demolishing Lyceum, 171-49, in the juniors division. The Red Cubs had 14 players scoring at least six points, led by Ranbill Tongco’s 27 points, on their way to the record-shattering performance.
The Stags pulled away in the third quarter after outscoring the Altas, 23-8, before Jovit dela Cruz and Michael Juico put the finishing touches to the win by combining for 11 points in the final period.
The senior scores:
SAN SEBASTIAN 80—Sangalang 23, Dela Cruz 16, Juico 15, Abueva 15, Antipuesto 5, Balucanag 4, Maiquez 2, Rebollos 0, Binuya 0, Vitug 0.
PERPETUAL HELP 65—Omorogbe 18, Alano 12, Vidal 11, Paulino 10, Thompson 6, Arboleda 3, Elopre 3, Babayemi 2, Roman 0, Cenita 0, Jolangcob 0, Allen 0.
Quarters: 19-11, 35-34, 58-42, 80-65