San Sebastian drops JRU in NCAA playoffs, moves on to face San Beda

JR Isaga
San Sebastian drops JRU in NCAA playoffs, moves on to face San Beda
JRU will face defending champions San Beda in another knockout match

MANILA, Philippines – The hot streak continues for the San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) Stags as they eliminate the 3rd-seeded Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers from contention, 85-73, in the NCAA Season 93 playoffs at the Mall of Asia Arena, Friday, October 27. 

After a slow start to the first quarter, the Stags charged ahead in the second quarter, led by the perfect perimeter shooting of RK Ilagan, who had 15 points off 5-of-5 shooting from downtown. By halftime, San Sebastian had completed a hot 29-point quarter to lead 41-34. 

Instead of slowing down, the Stags revved up more and piled on a huge 30-point third quarter on the hapless Heavy Bombers who could not hold on to the ball. After erupting for 36 points against Letran on Tuesday, Michael Calisaan had another mini-explosion in the third, scoring 9 in that quarter alone.

JRU mounted a comeback effort in the final frame and even managed to cut the lead down to 10, 82-72. However, the Stags held on just enough to secure the victory. All in all, the Bombers’ final rally for the season was a 27-point 4th quarter compared to the Stags’ 14. 

Ilagan finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists – a notable improvement from his average of 7 points per game. 

Host school San Sebastian now moves on to face defending champion San Beda Red Lions on Tuesday, November 7 in another knockout match for a chance to battle the undefeated Lyceum Pirates in the NCAA finals. –

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