21 July 2015,
FilOil-Flying V Arena,
When Shareef Saliddin scored three crucial charities at endgame, he became an unexpected her for the San Sebastian Staglets that afternoon.
His freebies allowed the San Sebastian Staglets to turn the tables on the Letran Squires, 75-71, in their game last Tuesday, July 21, at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
And with Kobe Canoy making 15 points, the Staglets, improved their win-loss card in the junior division of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.
(Shareef Saliddin is shown here shooting his free throws).
This put the Staglets in second spot with their 3-1 win-loss record.
Shareef’s heroics came hours after the San Beda Red Cubs drew 17 points apiece from Eduardo Velasquez and Pedro Alfaro.
“Nung first half po, kagulo kami kasi kabado kami. Yung kabilang team, tough team sila,” said the 17-year old Shareef as recalled his experience after the game.
(Kobe Canoy (14)looks for an open man while players from the Letran Squires prepare to defend).
Not much is expected for Shareef in this game since most of the point production of the team goes to Kobe Canoy and Dranreb Tamparong.
Just like in this game.
But this time, Shareef made a difference.
(Patrick Daabay (left) barrels his way past Letran’s Jovito Tamayo).
That’s because, the Squires were leading for the first three quarters.
They were in charge until a triple from Tamparong and a layup from Patrick Daabay in the last seven put the Staglets in front, 63-60.
The Squires were able to move back in front, 65-64, of Jayric Villanueva’s two charities, and that was the last time Letran took the lead.
(Dranreb Tamparong (left) tries to defend while Letran’s Jayric Villanueva goes for a jumper).
A triple from Canoy and Daabay’s split put the Staglets back in front, 68-65.
As the Squires tied the match, 68-all, off Canoy’s layup and Elton Villanueva’s charity, foul trouble caught up them.
Tamparong scored on a jumper off Canoy’s feed to break the deadlock.
(Joevance Agbong grabs the loose ballwhile Letran’s Louis Montes and and SSC’s Jerico Isidro gets into position).
They managed to stay in front after Letran’s Jayric scored one of two freebies, 69-70, with a minute to go.
In the remaining 45.4 seconds, it was Saluddin’s show as he got repeatedly fouled by Marcus Arellano and Gabrielle Diaz. and he sank five of seven charities in the remaining time.
The last three came in the final 16.7 seconds.
(Letran’s Louis Montes).
They proved to be the most important points for the Staglets.
That’s because the free throws found their mark, right after Chedric Zulueta put the Recoletos boys within range, 71-72, off his two freebies.
“Buti na lang, nabawi namin ang errors namin,” said Shareef.
Coach Franco Atienza said the Staglets are lucky to escape with the win, considering the number of turnovers the team gave up, which is 42.
“No teams wins with 42 turnovers. Not with these many turnovers. We are just lucky,” said Atienza.
On the other hand, those points from Velasquez and Alfaro helped the Red Cubs swamp the the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 91-81.
This gave the Red Cubs their fourth straight triumph.
As for the Staglets, they are behind the unbeaten Red Cubs in the standings.
And so are the Mapua Red Robins and the Arellano University Braves, who are in a three-way tie with the Staglets(As of July 21,2015).
San Beda 91—Velasquez 17, Alfaro 17, Abuhijle 10, Tagala 9, Sese 9, Bordeus 8, Lagumen 8, Mahinay 6, Etrata 5, de la Rosa 2, Nelle 0.
Lyceum 81 — Jungco 16, Camacho 15, Santos 12, Guadana 11, Cecilio 11, Cunanan 10, Salazar 6, Castaneda 0, Udal 0, Wong 0, Umpad 0.
Quarterscores: 24-15, 44-41, 72-58, 91-81.
San Sebastian 75 – Canoy 15, Tamparong 14, Saliddin 13, Daabay 10, Zulueta 6, Pacis 4, Agbong 4, Isidro 4, Sisa 2, Adams 2, Cuntapay 1, Arellano 0, Jabagat 0, Pelias 0.
Letran 71- E. Villanueva 14, J. Villanueva 12, Cordero 12, Villarete 6, Sabile , Felomino 5, David 5, Tamayo 4, Caalaman 2, Maneze 2, Montes 2, Diaz 1, Castro 0.
Quarterscores: 11-22, 35-39, 52-55, 75-71.