Stags blast Generals in fight-hit tiff
MANILA, Philippines - San Sebastian outfought Emilio Aguinaldo College in another fight-marred game in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Pre-Season Cup yesterday, scoring an 83-68 victory to stretch its win run to four at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Calvin Abueva dished out a near-triple double of 19 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as the Stags got the better of the Generals (2-5) in a tumultuous showdown that led to the ejection of four players during a bench-clearing incident and one other player for committing two unsportsmanlike fouls.
SSC’s Michael Juico and Michael Miranda were thrown out along with Igee King and Jan Acebron of EAC for their involvement in a melee at the 1:39 mark of the third period with the Stags leading at 59-54.
Miranda got into a tussle with EAC's Jeff Mallari and provoked King as Juico joined the fray. Later, Miranda and King traded punches. EAC's Herdy Duran was earlier given the boot after getting slapped for two unsportsmanlike fouls.
But the Stags showed more composure after the fracas, dropping a 16-3 salvo to grab a 75-57 cushion heading into the last 5:10 .
Ian Sangalang fell a rebound short of a double-double with 17 markers and nine boards to complement Abueva, while Maiquez and Jovit Dela Cruz combined for 23 markers and 16 boards for SSC, which outrebounded EAC, 55-44.
"I want to apologize to coach Gerry (Esplana of EAC) for what happened. I was not in control of my players. It did look good. But we did what we had to do and got the win; basketball is a contact sport," said SSC coach Topex Robinson, whose wards were assessed a total of seven technical fouls.
Remy Morada and Noube Happi scored 18 points apiece for EAC Generals, who also got 13 points from John Monteclaro. Happi pulled down 13 points as Dom Pillas had five points and 10 boards.
In the first game, College of St. Benilde unleashed a 10-0 windup to complete a come-from-behind 71-66 triumph over Adamson. – Olmin Leyba/Roland Quilente