Rookie Regille Ilagan rained down a hail of three-pointers as the San Sebastian Golden Stags whipped the Lyceum Pirates, 77-69 for their fourth straight win in the second round of the 92nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena on Tuesday.
After a grit-and-grind first half ended at 28-30, Ilagan orchestrated a massive 16-1 run in the third frame, courtesy of his three triples as the Stags erected a 51-39 bubble.
Ilagan went on to finish with 25 points, highlighted by seven three-point shots after scoring just two points in the first half.
“Nakikita niyo naman kung gaano kabuo yung loob. It doesn’t matter kung rookie. I see in his heart that he wants to win. He has the ability to be a star,” Sa Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya said after the game on his freshman gunner.
Although the Pirates came to within 64-70 inside the the last two minutes on a Wilson Baltazar trey, Ilagan responded by burying his seventh triple off an SSC timeout to finally seal San Sebastian’s fifth win in 14 games overall.
Lyceum dropped its third straight game and fell to 5-8.
Three other Stags also scored in double figures led by Jerick Fabian’s 12, while Alvin Capobres and Allyn Bulandi added 10 points apiece.
SSC playmaker Ryan Costelo was dazzling all night after issuing 10 assists.
Meanwhile, only import Mike Nzeusseu scored in double figures for Lyceum after finishing wit 24 markers. – John Chester Fajardo