Letran’s tomorrow takes down UP’s future in Got Skills
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 15, 2017 04:21 PM
Photo courtesy of Milcu Got Skills Tournament
Letran and UP have both proven in the 2017 Milcu Got Skills Elite Basketball Showcase that their futures are bright.
For one day at least, however, the Knights showed that their players of tomorrow are readier than the Fighting Maroons’ via a 66-57 victory last Saturday at the Lyceum Gym in Intramuros, Manila.
Japs Pambid’s 12 points, four rebounds, four steals, and two steals showed the way for Letran which also welcomed contributions from Christian Fajarito, Fran Yu, Larry Muyang, and Bonbon Batiller.
Pambid has already played in the NCAA a season ago while the other four are transferees.
Fajarito, who once towered for CSB, had 12 points; Yu, who once showed flashes for UE, had nine markers; Muyang, who once provided an inside presence for La Salle, had eight caroms; and Batiller, who once starred for the Red Warriors, also had eight points.
Those four – along with fellow transferees Norish Decapia (San Beda) and Coy Galvelo (NU) – are expected to compete for a roster spot for the championship hopeful Knights in the next season of the NCAA.
For now, Letran is in the playoff hunt in the Under-25 Tournament with a 9-4 record. Hot on its heels is also 9-4 De Ocampo Memorial College; 8-5 NU Juniors B; NU Juniors A, Chiang Kai Shek, and University of Baguio, all 6-5; and 5-4 NU Seniors.
Despite the loss, already into the semifinals is UP which was led by Bright Akhuetie who had 12 points.
After transferring from Perpetual, the Nigerian is expected to carry State U into the Final Four in the next season of the UAAP.
With an 11-2 standing to end the eliminations, UP is assured of the top-seed in the next round of the tournament. There, the top four teams will face off with the one-seed pitted against the four-seed and then the two-seed duking it out with the three-seed.
In the Under-17 tournament, De La Salle Zobel (DLSZ) claimed a Finals berth after routing UST, 60-45.
Jack Macasaet topped the scoring column for the Junior Archers with 11 points on top of three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.
The boys from Alabang will now await the winner between twice-to-beat Chiang Kai Shek and Lyceum.