Stags and Knights bounce back to improve Playoff standings

The San Sebastian Stags ended their three-game losing run with a 62-59 win over the JRU Heavy Bombers. The Stags stay in the fourth spot with an 8-6 slate while JRU drops to 4-10 for the season.

Alvin Capobres stepped up for San Sebastian. He led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds. RK Ilagan scored 11 points but on a dismal 24% shooting. He did dish out six assists to help the offense out. Allyn Bulanadi was limited to just six points on 14% shooting. Thomas Vasquez led the way with 13 points for JRU.

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The rough shooting night from San Sebastian’s main gunners allowed the lower-seeded Heavy Bombers to keep in step with the Stags. San Sebastian was able to build a seven-point lead midway through the game behind Ilagan and JM Calma’s scoring in the second period. But Vasquez dropped nine points in the third period to lead the Heavy Bombers back into the game.

With less than 10 seconds left in the game, Ilagan had a chance to ice the game with his team up by two. But he botched both freebies keeping the door open. Thankfully for the Stags, Ilagan followed his miss and got the offensive board. Rommel Calahat put San Sebastian up by three and the Stags put up a strong defensive stance to force a miss, getting the win.

In the second game of the day, the Letran Knights stay alive for the second seed with a strong 97-84 win over the Arellano Chiefs. Letran rises up to 10-6 while Arellano falls to 4-11.

Bonbon Batiller led a balanced scoring attack by the Letran side. He scored 18 points on 60% shooting. Larry Muyang and Jeo Ambohot scored 15 points each and combined for 11 rebounds. Allen Mina, Fran Yu and Jerrick Balanza all scored in double-digits as well. Justin Arana paced Arellano with 19 points.

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Kent Salado caught fire in the second quarter, erupting for 11 points to lead Arellano to a three-point halftime lead. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, he was silenced the rest of the way, scoring only five points after halftime.

Conversely, it was the Knights that woke up in the third period. Batiller, Ambohot, Mina, Yu and Balanza all scored at least five points in the third period as Letran jumped out to a 34-point third period romp. That put the Knights up by 14 points, a lead they would keep at that level the rest of the way.