Baste strengthens hold on Final Four spot, Benilde and Perpetual take home crucial wins

The San Sebastian Golden Stags pulled off a stunning come from behind win, taking down the Lyceum Pirates. They came back from 19 points down to win, 73-71. The Stags gain some separation from the fifth seed with a 9-6 record. The Pirates’ six-game winning streak comes to an end as they drop to 12-4.

Allyn Bulanadi poured in 28 points, 19 coming in the second half to lead the charge of the Stags. RK Ilagan and Alvin Capobres combined for 20 points, nine rebounds and three triples to help their team. Rommel Calahat added seven points with four coming in the end game stretch. JC Marcelino scored 21 points to lead Lyceum.

The Pirates looked like they were going to cruise to their 13th win early in the game. Mike Nzeusseu dominated the paint, scoring nine points in the opening period to lead Lyceum to a 15-point lead. They would take their biggest lead of the game soon after.

The Stags mounted their comeback in the third period behind nine points from Bulanadi. They chopped down a 10-point halftime lead to just three points, keeping the game close all the way to the end. There, Bulanadi was able to shine. He scored 10 points in the final period to keep San Sebastian afloat. But in the end game, he was able to provide an impact through his passing.

Bulanadi found Calahat for the go-ahead bucket with less than 30 seconds left in the game. The Stags were able to force a turnover in the Pirates’ final possession to steal the win.

In the first game of the day, the Benilde Blazers finally broke the losing run that’s been plaguing them for most of the season. They down the EAC Generals, 62-56 to end their six-game losing streak. Benilde stays in the hunt for a Final Four spot at 7-8 while EAC stays at the bottom with a 3-12 slate.

Veteran Yankie Haruna led the way for the Blazers. He had 16 points and nine rebounds in the win. Justin Gutang scored 12 points on 50% shooting. JP Maguliano led the Generals with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Down by one, midway through the game, the Blazers teamed up to go on a 9-0 run to end the third quarter. That slim deficit turned into a more comfortable eight-point advantage. The Generals kept fighting in the fourth period, they were able to get the lead down to just two points in the final minute of the game.

Haruna and Robbie Nayve drilled home clutch buckets to keep the team ahead. Benilde’s defense played a big role as they shut down EAC in he final minute of the contest.

The final game of the day featured the Perpetual Altas taking home a key win against the JRU Heavy Bombers. The Altas have now won back-to-back games after the 77-66 result over the Heavy Bombers. Perpetual rises up to 5-10 while JRU is slightly below them at 4-11.

Rey Peralta had a big game. He scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Perpetual. Edgar Charcos added 13 points and nine assists. Agem Miranda led the way with 16 points.

Peralta came alive after Perpetual’s Kim Auring was disqualified for the game due to a flagrant foul he committed in the first period. Peralta scored 12 points during that stretch to lead the Altas to a seven-point lead. Perpetual continued to pound on the Heavy Bombers, progressively taking over as the game went on. Perpetual held on to their lead until the very end.