REGILE Ilagan tallied 25 points, including seven triples to power the San Sebastian Stags to a 77-69 stopping of the Lyceum Pirates Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan.
Ilagan’s huge effort helped propel the Egay Macaraya-coached Stags to their fourth straight win in the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournamrnt at The Arena in San Juan.
The 19-year-old Ilagan unloaded all of his three pointers in the second half, with his last finding its mark with left 1:46, giving the Stags a comfortable 73-64 lead.
“Hindi naman natin maalis kay RK (Ilagan) ‘yung lahat ng pagtira sa three points kasi inborn na ata sa kanya ‘yun. But the key was our defense,” said Macaraya.
Jerick Fabian provided 12 points for the Stags, while Alvin Capobres had 10 points and seven rebounds.
LPU slid to its third straight defeat for a 5-8 slate.
Meanwhile, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals escaped with a controversial 63-60 triumph over Jose Rizal University in a game which was put under a protest.
Bernabe Teodoro’s buzzer-beating triple came after he was fouled with no time left by Remy Morada.
The Generals now have a 4-9 slate, while the Bombers have a 6-6 card in fifth.
Sidney Onwubere made 26 points for the Generals including 12 in the last period, while Mark de la Virgen provided 12.
“Nagbigay ito sa amin ng experience para mas maging composed ang team at kayanin na namin. At least ‘yung character namin nandyan na at nagbu-build na ng maayos,” said Generals coach Ariel Sison.