(San Sebastian Gym)
4 p.m. -- SSC-R vs. JRU (S)
SAN SEBASTIAN will miss its leading scorer Michael Calisaan against Jose Rizal University in the resumption of the NCAA seniors basketball tournament today.
Calisaan’s rare opportunity to play in front of his schoolmates will not happen as the Stags swingman is suspended in their 4 p.m. duel with the Bombers in Recto, Manila.
Averaging 16.5 points and nine rebounds per game this season, Calisaan was ejected late in the third quarter due to two unsportsmanlike fouls in San Sebastian’s 75-73 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday.
Even without his main man, Stags coach Egay Macaraya remains confident on his chances of pulling through and extend their winning streak to three games.
“The good thing about it is makakahanap rin ako ng ibang tao na mag-step up para kay Michael. Para sa akin, motivation ng team. And besides, hindi naman si Michael ang team,” said Macaraya.
“Mawawalan ako ng Michael, but I will always have other players that will do the job,” he added.
JRU mentor Vergel Meneses knows that San Sebastian remains solid despite Calisaan’s suspension.
“I don’t want to think about it,” said Meneses. “Minsan iyan ang nagiging problema na kapag may kulang, diyan pa nadidisgrasya. Mas gusto ko pa yung kumpleto.”
The Bombers currently sit in third place with a 4-3 record, half-a-game ahead of the fifth-running Stags (4-4).
For Meneses, this match-up will serve as a gauge for his team’s Final Four aspirations.
“It’s going to be a hard game, for sure tsaka home court pa nila. Alam naman natin kung paano maglaro ang San Sebastian, very physical silang maglaro so we have to be ready for them,” said Meneses.
JRU has also won its last two games with skipper Ervin Grospe taking the scoring mantle, averaging 16.5 points during that streak.
The Stags-Bombers clash is a make-up game of the July 27 showdown that was postponed due to bad weather.
Meanwhile, the tripleheader last Tuesday which has been cancelled due to inclement weather has been rescheduled for tomorrow at the Filoil Flying V Centre.