Letran roars back to life at expense of Arellano
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2015 07:15 PM
BACK IN FORM. After back-to-back defeats, Letran looked menacing once again.
Aldin Ayo’s “magulo basketball” has once again wreaked havoc in the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Turning in a listless performance for the first 34 minutes on Friday at the San Juan Arena, the Knights transformed into the dominant team that stormed the league with a 22-6 run in the endgame for an 87-81 come from behind victory against the Arellano University Chiefs.
Jiovani Jalalon had the Chiefs in total control and his awesome fastbreak layup gave his team a 76-65 advantage inside the last six minutes. Just as they had all game long, however, Letran kept battling and finally broke through with 14 unanswered points to suddenly snatch the lead, 79-76, with 2:11 remaining.
A trey by Zach Nichols finally ended the Arellano drought and leveled the game once more before Mcjour Luib and Mark Cruz made all six of their free throws to remount an 85-79 lead for the Knights. Dioncee Holts hit a quick basket to keep Arellano threatening, but Cruz again hit his charities to put the game out of reach.
After subpar performances in their back-to-back defeats, Cruz and Rey Nambatac re-appeared at the top of the scoring column with 20 and 21 points, respectively. “’Di lang kami sumuko. Very important ‘tong game na ‘to sa amin,” he said.
Jalalon finished with 14 points, six assists, and six rebounds, but was held scoreless in the last 10 minutes. The loss sent the Chiefs into a tie for the fourth to sixth spots at 10-6.
LETRAN 87 - Nambatac 21, Cruz 20, Racal 17, Sollano 10, Calvo 9, Publico 4, Apreku 3, Luib 2, Balagasay 1, Balanza 0, Gedaria 0, Quinto 0.
ARELLANO 81 - Holts 16, Jalalon 14, Enriquez 14, Zamora 12, Meca 8, Nicholls 6, Gumaru 5, Bangga 2, Salado 2, Cadavis 2, Capara 0, Ortega 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 13-21, 38-46, 63-69, 87-81.
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