Nambatac bests Jalalon as Letran hands Arellano first loss

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 14, 2016 06:14 PM
Nambatac bests Jalalon as Letran hands Arellano first loss
ENGINE FAILURE. Rey Nambatac and Letran have now won the last three against Jiovani Jalalon and Arellano.

Different coach, same result for Jiovani Jalalon when taking on Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

Now under the direction of Jeff Napa in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament, JP Calvo, Mcjour Luib, and Rey Nambatac still knew how to put the brakes on “The Bus Driver.”

While Jalalon struggled, Nambatac and Luib connived for strong statistics to lead the Knights to a convincing 89-79 victory versus Arellano University on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.

Even so, it was a basket from “The Bus Driver” that punctuated a 10-1 run that pushed the Chiefs in front, 61-60. Nambatac and Letran had the answer, however, and countered with a 10-2 run that granted them an eight-point lead inside the last eight minutes.

Back-to-back bombs from Zach Nicholls pulled Arellano to within 69-71 before Luib’s own two treys ignited the Knights’ 14-6 blast to close out the contest. Talking about the key to their third consecutive victory following a season-opening loss, coach Jeff Napa said, “In-execute namin yung gameplan namin, especially on defense.”

Indeed, the defending champions shackled the reigning Player of the Week who was still able to fire 17 points, but missed 14 of his 20 shots. Kent Salado wasn’t any better as he only mustered two points.

Nambatac wound up with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Luib contributed 17 points surprisingly built on five triples.

The convincing victory pushes Letran to solo third with a 3-1 record. Just ahead of them are still perfect San Beda College and Mapua Institute of Technology.

On the other hand, the Chiefs fell for the first time and are now at fourth holding a 2-1 record.


LETRAN 89 - Nambatac 22, Luib 17, Balanza 12, Calvo 11, Quinto 10, Sollano 9, Apreku 5, Ambohot 2, Sario 1, Dela Pena 0. 

ARELLANO 79 - Jalalon 17, Nichols 15, Flores 10, Enriquez 9, Meca 8, Gumaru 4, Cadavis 4, Holts 3, Aguilar 3, Salado 2, Villoria 2, Canete 2, Gupilan 0. 

QUARTER SCORES:  24-21, 42-36, 62-61, 89-79


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