San Sebastian delivers upset blow to San Beda

MANILA, Philippines – Even though San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ hopes of entering the Final Four in the ongoing NCAA Season 91 basketball tourney have already been dashed, the Golden Stags scored the biggest win by pulling off a 98-92 upset against the reigning 5-peat champion San Beda College on Tuesday, September 22 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

San Sebastian defeated San Beda with an outstanding effort from veteran center Bradwyn Guinto, who finished with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal and one block to improve the Recto-based brigade’s win-loss standing to 5-10.

“We just played with heart and with more intensity. This is my first time ever to win against San Beda,” Guinto told reporters after San Sebastian's surprising rout of the Red Lions.

Aside from Guinto, reliable shooter Jamil Ortouste converted 8 of his 13 points in the final frame for the Golden Stags.

“I just told my players to enjoy our last remaining games and let this season be a lesson for us,” San Sebastian head coach Rodney Santos said in the post-game interview.

With 2:26 left on the clock, San Sebastian gained a 91-83 edge with a lay-up by Ortouste to secure the astonishing victory, ending a 5-game losing skid against the Red Lions from Mendiola.

On the other hand, the disappointing setback sent San Beda to a 3-way tie with Colegio de San Juan de Letran and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta on top of the team standings with an 11-4 record.

Pro-bound Art Dela Cruz amassed a triple-double performance of 30 markers, 12 boards and 10 dimes for San Beda, while Ola Adeogun bagged a double-double feat of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Scores:

San Sebastian (98) – Guinto 26, Calisaan 21, Fabian 16, Ortuoste 13, Bulanadi 10, Costelo 7, Pretta 5, Santos 0, Capobres 0

San Beda (92) – Dela Cruz 30, Adeogun 17, Tankoua 10, Amer 9, Soberano 8, Mocon 7, Solera 4, Presbitero 3, Koga 2, Tongco 2, Cabanag 0, Reyes 0

Quarter scores: 28-23, 49-45, 73-74, 98-92. – Rappler.com