NCAA: Knights overpower Heavy Bombers for back-to-back wins

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 27, 2018 02:03 PM
NCAA: Knights overpower Heavy Bombers for back-to-back wins
Letran flexed its muscle in a mighty takedown of JRU

Colegio de San Juan de Letran is a big, big team in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

That much was evident on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as Larry Muyang and Christian Fajarito got together in the Knights 74-58 romp of hapless Jose Rizal University.

Muyang, Fajarito Jeo Ambohot, and Christian Balagasay were immovable down low while Bong Quinto was unstoppable all over the court as vastly improved Letran scored its second straight win following a season-opening loss. “Sabi ko talaga, kahit sino sa team, kayang mag-step up,” head coach Jeff Napa said post-game.

Both former College of St. Benilde star Fajarito and ex-De La Salle University big Muyang turned in their best games in blue and red with the former finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks and the latter ending with his own 14 markers, nine boards, and three assists.

The Heavy Bombers actually got off to a strong start with a 13-5 lead before Quinto settled down his troops.

In the second quarter, Fajarito took charge and scored eight points while in the third period, Muyang drooped 11 points as Letran seized both the lead and the momentum they would never relinquish. “Ngayong, itong dalawa yung nag-step up. Ni-backup-an nila yung dalawang leaders namin at maganda naman yung naging resulta,” coach Jeff said.

Quinto wound up with eight points, eight rebounds, and two assists while Jeo Ambohot and Christian Balagasay merged for 10 markers and 13 boards.

Jed Mendoza paced JRU with 16 points on top of five assists and four rebounds. No match for the Knights’ height and might, though, they remain winless after three games.

BOX SCORES

LETRAN 74 – Fajarito 14, Muyang 14, Calvo 9, Quinto 8, Balanza 7, Ambohot 7, Mandreza 4, Balagasay 3, Celis 3, Batiller 2, Taladua 2, Agbong 1, Yu 0, Banez 0

JRU 58 – Mendoza 16, Esguerra 11, David 10, Miranda 9, Dela Virgen 6, Bordon 4, Mallari 2, Padua 0, Silvarez 0, Dela Rosa 0, Ramos 0, Estrella 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-22, 39-31, 65-43, 74-58

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