THE DAY AFTER: Lions cry foul, Knights claim smarts
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 30, 2015 04:10 AM
SURVIVOR. Letran outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted archrival San Beda to get crowned as the new kings of the NCAA.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran ended a decade-long title drought in Intramuros while also ending the five-year reign of their archrivals from Mendiola last Thursday.
Not long after they achieved something that had only been done twice in the last 10 years, however, the Knights’ triumph over former five-time champion San Beda College was put under fire.
A little over an hour after the final buzzer, Red Lions team manager Jude Roque posted a tweet questioning the game officials. Via Twitter:
Refs made sure the Ncaa sees a new champion— jude p. roque (@CoachJudeRoque) Oktubre 29, 2015
Roque may be alluding to the double lane violation called in the dying seconds of overtime with San Beda trailing by a single basket. Jom Sollano muffed his second attempt from the free throw line, but Mcjour Luib stepped into the paint and forced Art Dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun to follow him.
The referees called a jumpball due to the double lane violation and the possession arrow awarded the ball back to Letran. Again forced to foul, the Lions witnessed Mark Cruz split his charities to put the game out of reach.
Asked about the incident, Knights mentor Aldin Ayo said what his boys did wasn’t his call. “Idea nila yun,” he said.
Ayo was referring to Luib and Kevin Racal who were the two Letran players set to jockey for rebounding position during the free throw. “Nakita ko na sa amin yung bola kapag nag-jumpball, so nag-usap na kami ni Mcjour,” Racal shared.
For outwitting their opponents, the rookie coach who’s now a champion said he was very proud of his boys. “Isa sa strength namin, matatalino ang mga ‘to,” he said.