Allyn Bulanadi unleashed his best scoring game as San Sebastian College turned back a stubborn Jose Rizal University, 82-75, to remain in the Final Four hunt in the 94th National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Bulanadi spewed a career-high 27 points, including 10 in the first quarter when the Stags raced to a 23-9 start.
He also had eight in the final period when they overcame repeated comebacks by the Bombers to nail their third win in row and fourth overall in 13 games.
It was a win that resuscitated San Sebastian’s flickering Final Four bid but it has to sweep its last five outings to stay in contention.
The Bombers fell to their 11th setback in 13 games and bow out of the race.
Meanwhile, Jerry Codinera resigned as Arellano University head coach after the Chiefs floundered to an unimpressive 4-7 (win-loss) start.
According to the school, Junjie Ablan will take over on the interim basis.
Ablan will make his second tour of duty as head coach after serving as one in Arellano’s first season in 2009 when it was still a guest team.
During Codinera’s time, the Chiefs went 52-31 in a little over four and a half seasons that was highlighted by a pair of finals stints in 2013 and 2015.
But after a lackluster start, Codinera bravely took the blame and stepped down.