This appears in the Saturday, May 28, 2016 edition of the Business Mirror.
Stags take down Altas
by rick olivares
The hard-luck San Sebastian Golden Stags dedicated an impressive 80-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help to injured teammates Michael Calisaan and Rhanzelle Yong in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.
Without Calisaan, who is averaging 18.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in the tournament, Jerick Fabian and Alvin Capobres picked up the leadership and scoring slack with each scoring 20 points. The two of them alone outscored the Altas’ three double digit scorers of Gab Daganon, AJ Coronel, and Flash Sadiwa who combined for 37 points.
Calisaan was involved in a motorcycle accident last Sunday, May 22, while at a fiesta in his hometown of Sta. Rita, Pampanga. He suffered a mouth injury where he lost six teeth. He is expected to be out for at least one month but should be ready for the upcoming NCAA season. Yong is also out of the lineup for an entire season following a knee injury.
The Perpetual Help Altas were not without their own missing players as their Cameroonian reinforcements Bright Akhuetie and Prinze Eze were also unavailable for the game. Akhuetie was at the PCBL Finals with Mighty Sports while Eze stayed inside the locker room as he was under the weather.
Without their Africans, the Altas were killed off the boards by the Stags, 47-39, who scored eight second chance points while the former laid a big fat egg in that department.
The normally sharp Altas were listless and uncoordinated. They committed 23 turnovers and blew six uncontested layups including two in the dying minutes of the match.
“This was a good win for us as we all know that Perpetual Help is a very good team even without their imports,” said SSCR head coach Edgar Macaraya. “I know they did not play their usual game but that’s sports. I am proud of our defensive effort especially in the rebounds category since we aren’t very tall.”