NCAA: Bong Quinto comes up big as Letran tops CSB

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 02, 2018 06:21 PM
NCAA: Bong Quinto comes up big as Letran tops CSB
Bong Quinto showed the way in Letran's third win in a row

With the tally tied in the endgame on Thursday at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila, Colegio de San Juan de Letran turned to Bong Quinto.

The Knights’ leader did nothing but come through, hitting the tough fadeaway jumper that proved to be the go-ahead basket in their 64-60 triumph over College of St. Benilde.

Quinto wound up with 19 points as the home team defended the Walls of Intramuros in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. “Last time ko na maglalaro rito kasi last year ko na. Ayokong mapahiya kami,” he shared post-game.

His biggest shot of the game came with 1:19 remaining and the score all even at 60-all.

From a broken play, the graduating forward got the ball near the baseline and rose for a fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of Justin Gutang.

The ball found the bottom of the net and the Letran defense kept standing strong, allowing no makes the rest of the way. “Big win for us talaga. CSB is a strong team kaya na-push kami sa limit,” head coach Jeff Napa said.

He then continued, “Good thing yung character ng team, lumabas ulit. Bumalik kami sa strength namin na total team effort.”

Indeed, Quinto’s effort was only flanked by big men Larry Muyang and Christian Fajarito who combined for 20 points and 15 rebounds. JP Calvo and Jerrick Balanza had quiet games with six and two markers, respectively, but the latter iced the win with his two free throws.

Losers in their first game of the season, the Knights have now trampled their way to three wins in a row for solo third just behind Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Beda University. “Meron kaming gustong i-prove sa season na ‘to,” coach Jeff said.

For the Blazers, Yankie Haruna topped the scoring column with 13 points. Held scoreless in the last three minutes, however, they drop to 2-3 in the standings.

BOX SCORES

LETRAN 64 – Quinto 17, Muyang 10, Fajarito 10, Batiller 8, Calvo 6, Yu 4, Balanza 2, Ambohot 2, Taladua 2, Mandreza 2, Celis 1, Balagasay 0, Agbong 0

CSB 60 – Haruna 13, Leutcheu 10, Gutang 8, Dixon 8, Naboa 5, Velasco 5, Young 4, Domingo 3, Pasturan 2, Carlos 2

QUARTER SCORES: 13-17, 25-31, 43-44, 64-60

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