San Sebastian Stags cruise past Lyceum Pirates, even with the ejection of reigning MVP, Calvin Abueva.
Even with the exit of their old head coach, the San Sebastian Stags had little trouble cruising past the Lyceum Pirates, 83-75, in their second round meeting in Season 88 of the NCAA at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
The game was dominated by the Stags from the kickoff, with San Sebastian holding on to a fifteen-point spread at the half.
In the early goings of the third, with the Stags leading the Pirates, 51-40, a 7-0 swing from Shane Ko, Joggy Laude and Chris Cayabyab’s triple made it a four-point game, 47-51 with over six minutes left in the quarter.
Then the mini fracas resulting in the untimely ejection of Calvin Abueva late in the third period happened. In a rebound play against Joggy Laude, Abueva challenged Laude for the loose ball. The two cagers fell on the floor, with Abueva hitting the floor first before Laude. In order to remove Laude, Abueva pushed Laude with closed fists.
This prompted the officials to mediate and separate the players.
The NCAA’s reigning Most Valuable Player was sent to the showers, where he punched his team’s locker room’s door, damaging it.
But the momentum did not stay at Lyceum’s side for long. The Stags, behind Ian Sangalang and Jovit Dela Cruz ignited a 12-4 run that halted LPU’s premature celebration. The Stags continued to run over the Pirates in the fourth.
“Di ko sinasabing blessing yung nangyari kay Calvin pero alam mo yung intensity ng mga bata, mas lalong di napigilan,” said interim coach Allan Trinidad.
“After our loss to EAC, nag-regroup kami. Nagpunta kami sa Pampanga, parang team building na din.”
Sangalang was a consistent bright spot for the Stags after scattering 20 points alongside seventeen rebounds.
With the ejection, Calvin Abueva is now disqualified from the MVP race as he will be serving a one-game ban on their next game which is against Arellano University on Aug 30. He will also be disqualified in the Mythical selection process.
Shane Ko made up for his lackluster performance in their 77-47 loss to San Beda but his 23-point eruption was not enough to snap Lyceum’s losing streak.
San Sebastian (83) — Sangalang 20, Abueva 16, Miranda 12, Dela Cruz 9, Antipuesto 8, Rebollos 5, Juico 4, Balucanag 4, Maiquez 3, Pascual 2, Binuya 0, Vitug 0.
Lyceum (75) — Ko 23, Mallari 15, Cayabyab 11, Laude 10, Guevarra 6, Garcia 4, Francisco 4, Alanes 2, Ambohot 0, Azores 0, Mendoza 0, Martinez 0, Edding 0.
Quarterscores: 22-13, 48-33, 72-53, 83-75.