Letran ousts Perpetual, clinches twice-to-beat

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 09, 2015 06:38 PM
Letran ousts Perpetual, clinches twice-to-beat
SHOCK AND AWE. Letran and San Beda will battle in a rubber match to determine the top-seed in the Final Four.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran and University of Perpetual Help were both playing for the biggest of implications in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament, but only one of them raised their game as high as the stakes were.

The Knights thoroughly imposed their will for the entire 40 minutes in their 93-64 demolition of the helpless Altas on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

Letran went on a 16-1 rampage to start the game and never gave their opponents any chance to cut the deficit to single-digits the rest of the way. Still frustrated with their rally against San Beda College that fell short the last time around, Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal had 26 points in the first two quarters to match the output of all the Altas at the half.

All in all, the Knights masterfully executed their trademark pressure defense and forced 32 errors which led to 33 points from turnovers. Cruz and Racal ended with 18 and 15 points, respectively, to show the way for two other players in double-digits.

Even head coach Aldin Ayo was stunned that they cruised to victory. “Perpetual, malakas yan e. Ganito naging turnout,” he mused in his post-game conference.

The shocking rout gives Letran a 13-5 standing after the elimination round along with a twice-to-beat advantage for the Final Four. They will meet archrival San Beda, who has the same record, on Tuesday to determine who between them is the top-seed.

Reigning MVP Scottie Thompson tallied seven points, four assists, and eight rebounds in his final game for Perpetual who will not advance to the next round for the first time in four years.

BOX SCORES

LETRAN 93 – Cruz 18, Racal 15, Luib 10, Publico 10, Balanza 8, Quinto 8, Sollano 6, Nambatac 6, Gedaria 5, Bernabe 3, Apreku 2, Balagasay 2, Dela Pena 0

PERPETUAL 64 – Eze 24, Akhuetie 13, Thompson 7, Pido 6, Dizon 5, Dagangon 4, Oliveria 2, Coronel 2, Ylagan 1, Tamayo 0, Bantayan 0, Gallardo 0, Sadiwa 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-10, 50-26, 72-42, 93-64

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