Final Score: San Sebastian 70-80 Mapua (September 26, 2023) // NCAA Men's Basketball

The San Sebastian Golden Stags play against the Mapúa Cardinals at 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 26 at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan in the First Round of the NCAA Season 99 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Find out the game time information, when and how to watch San Sebastian's game against Mapúa on TV and live streaming online.


Results and Scores

Quarter Scores: San Sebastian vs. Mapua (September 26, 2023)
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOTAL
San Sebastian Golden Stags 18 18 9 25 70
Mapúa Cardinals 12 27 18 23 80
[Full Game Stats]

In a thrilling season opener of the NCAA Season 99 men's basketball tournament, the Mapua Cardinals, led by the veteran presence of Warren Bonifacio, showcased their poise under pressure, securing an 80-70 victory over the San Sebastian Golden Stags.

Bonifacio, a seasoned campaigner, proved to be the catalyst for Mapua's success in their first game of the season. He displayed remarkable composure under pressure, contributing 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and an assist.

Bonifacio received valuable support from his teammates, with JC Recto and Clint Escamis contributing 15 and 12 points, respectively. Their combined efforts on both ends of the court helped Mapua overcome a challenging early deficit and take control of the game.

The Golden Stags, with Alex Desoyo leading the way, started strong and had a comfortable 23-12 lead in the second quarter. But in the third quarter, the Cardinals made a strong comeback, scoring 18 points compared to San Sebastian's 9, and increased their lead to a commanding 72-54.

San Sebastian tried to catch up late in the game, reducing the difference to seven points at 70-77 with a layup from Raymart Escubido and only 37 seconds left. But then, Warren Bonifacio sealed Mapua's victory by making an important three-pointer in the last 20 seconds, preventing any chance of a comeback.

Rafael Are led San Sebastian with 18 points, showing off his scoring ability. Despite the loss, the Golden Stags showed resilience and fighting spirit, hinting at an exciting season ahead.

The Scores:

Mapua 80 - Bonifacio 16, Recto 15, Escamis 12, Hernandez 12, Sopriano 8, Cuenco 6, Rosillo 5, Dalisay 3, Asuncion 2, Bancale 1, Morenos 0, Fornis 0.

San Sebastian 70- Are 18, Ecobido 13, Calahat 10, Desoyo 9, Felebrico 6, Una 5, Gabat 4, de Leon 3, Shanoda 2, Sumoda 0, Gabat 0, Aguilar 0.

Game Highlights

Watch the game highlights between San Sebastian College – Recoletos men's basketball team and Mapúa University men's basketball team in the First Round of the NCAA Season 99 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Video by GMA Sports PH

Preview: San Sebatian vs. Mapua

The Mapúa Cardinals are determined to bounce back from last year's setbacks as they face off against a revamped San Sebastian College-Recoletos team in an eagerly anticipated matchup in NCAA Season 99.

In the previous season, the Cardinals entered as frontrunners, thanks to their impressive second-place finish in the preceding year. Unfortunately, they encountered early challenges and couldn't stage a recovery, resulting in a disappointing seventh-place finish. Now, they are determined to turn things around and make a strong comeback in the upcoming season.

On the other side of the court, the San Sebastian Stags will also be under the spotlight with their debut in this new season. Led by newbie head coach John Kallos, the Stags aim to prove their worth and make their presence felt in the league.

As both teams set their sights on a fresh start and a successful campaign, this matchup promises to be an exciting clash of determination and talent.