THE San Sebastian Stags remained unscathed in Season 95 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, racing to their second straight win with a rout of the Mapua Cardinals, 92-68, on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Using a strong opening half, the Stags buried the Cardinals in a hole too deep from which the latter could not recover from, handing the win to San Sebastian that improved it to 2-0 early in the season for joint tournament leadership.
In the opening game, the Letran Knights (2-1) notched their second straight win, beating the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 55-43.
It was all San Sebastian over Mapua, taking the opening frame, 16-11, and bloating things up, 46-23, at the half.
The Stags continued to pile it over their opponents on the lead of veterans RK Ilagan and Alvin Capobres in the third canto.
They did not allow the Cardinals much leverage to have a comeback, keeping their 23-point cushion, 68-45, heading into the final frame.
With the match firmly under its control, San Sebastian spent the early goings of the period checking the Cardinals.
The count was at 82-53 midway into the payoff quarter, and the Stags on top, and San Sebastian cruised to the win from there.
Ilagan top-scored for San Sebastian with 20 points to go along with eight assists.
Allyn Bulanadi added 16 points and Alex Desoyo 14.
Noah Lugo, meanwhile, led Mapua (0-2) with 13 points.
Meanwhile in the first game, Letran booked back-to-back wins after opening its season campaign with a loss.
The Knights used an explosive second quarter to create distance from the Bombers on their way to the victory.
Bonbon Batiller paced Letran with 14 points.
For JRU (0-3) it was RY Dela Rosa who showed the way with 15 markers. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo