MANILA, Philippines – San Sebastian broke Perpetual’s formidable defense in the fourth quarter with a 63-58 victory and recorded his first win at the NCHA Season 97 men’s basketball La Salle Greenhills gym.
JM Kalma, Rommel Callahat and Ichi Altamirano scored in the last five minutes of the bundle when the Stags rocked Altas’ full-court press which shook them all day to improve to a 1-1 tie with their victim.
Callahat hit a layup and a three-pointer in a row to give San Sebastian a 51-49 lead for the first time. Altamirano followed it with another tray for the 54-49 lead.
“When we lost to Arellano, we took it badly,” said Calahat in the Filipino, referring to their stunning defeat in their first game. “We are really ready for this game. That was our motivation. “
Jillo Rezon sank the two charities when fellow Perpetual Gunman Kim Orin drilled a jumper and then strengthened to 6-0 and regained the lead at 55-54.
But it proved short-lived after Stags opened a 6-foot-4 JM Kalma from Three-Point Lane in its own nine-point windup.
Kalma is the highest scorer for the Stags with 17 points, while Callahat finished with 14 points.
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