Stags crush Blazers for record-tying 14-game win run
But Stags coach Ato Agustin preferred not to think about sweeping all their 18 games as yet.
“Mas maganda siyempre ang sweep pero hindi muna namin iniisip yun eh. Sabi ko nga sa mga bata sa practice, huwag munang iisipin ang ganon (sweep) basta ang makakalaban natin sa susunod na game, iyun muna ang focus natin," the former PBA MVP said.
While a sweep beckons, the Stags have already placed themselves in the record books as they tied the San Beda Red Lions for the longest winning streak in the league at 14 games.
The Lions did the trick three years ago when they started the season with 1-1 win-loss then swept their remaining 12 elimination round games, added a win in the Final Four and capped it with a Game One victory over Letran in their best-of-three series.
And the Stags have the opportunity to set a new win-run this year with guest team Arellano U as their next assignment on Sept. 21.
1st game (seniors)
San Sebastian 94 – Aquino 25, Sangalang 16, Abueva 12, Pascual 12, Raymundo 9, Gatchalian E. 6, Najorda 5, Maiquez 5, Maconocido 2, Semira 2, Bartolo 0, Gatchalian J. 0.
St. Benilde 61 – Tan 13, Umlas 13, Montecastro 8, De Guzman 7, Manlapaz 4, Tajonera 4, Urra 4, Wong 4, Abolucion 2, Argamino 2.
Quarterscores: 27-11; 50-25; 77-40; 94-61
2nd game (seniors)
EAC 87 - Mendoza 25, Cubo 17, L. Yaya 15, Diolanto 8, Santos 8, R. Yaya 7, Chiong 5, Liwag 2, Jabaybay 0, del Rosario 0, Sablan 0, Pingol 0, Ong 0
AUF 73 - Fuertez 16, Gigante 13, Nacu 12, Carney 10, Musni 7, Manarang 7, Gomez 6, Henson 2, Santos 0, Maniago 0
Quarterscores:15-7; 38-23; 58-39; 87-73
Such mindset worked in the Stags’ demolition of the Blazers.
MVP candidate Jimbo Aquino anchored the SSC attack, firing 20 of his 25 points in the first half to help the Stags take the game away from the Blazers’ reach, 50-25.
So dominating were the Stags that they buried the Taft-based crew by 50 points, 94-44, with 1:44 left in the game.
In the event that the Stags would not sweep the elims, they would have to settle for the twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four by winning at least 16 of their assignments.
The Blazers suffered their 10th loss in 14 outings, their bid hurt by the absence of Jeff Morial, Chuck Dalanon, Robbie Mañalac, and William Johnson due to various injuries.
In the second game, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals got back at first-round tormentor Angeles University Foundation, 87-73, to climb to sixth place in the standings with 5-10.
Argel Mendoza sizzled with 25 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and a steal as EAC posted its first three-game streak in the league.
The Great Danes fell to their 13th setback against a win, which ironically came at the expense of the Generals, 86-75. - GMANews.TV