NCAA: Letran muscles through Arellano to make it four in a row

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 07, 2018 06:06 PM
NCAA: Letran muscles through AU to make it four in a row
Letran flexed its muscles all over Arellano to keep rolling

Jerrick Balanza’s breakout coupled with the now-usual interior dominance has Colegio de San Juan de Letran still rolling in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Balanza fronted the pivotal push in the third quarter while the Knights’ frontline stood strong all game long as they manhandled Arellano University, 88-70, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The fourth-year forward wound up with 14 points, eight coming in the 13-3 run that turned a one-point cushion into a 66-55 lead in the third quarter. “Sobrang tentative namin nung start, pero nung nag-back to square one kami, naging aggressive ulit kami, nakuha namin yung rhythm namin,” a satisfied head coach Jeff Napa said.

That edge would prove to hold all the way to Letran’s fourth consecutive victory following a loss to open the tournament.

Yet again, they proved that height is might as they kept in step with league-leaders Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Beda University. “Actually, hindi pa ito yung best performance namin. Tentative kami nung start, but yung character na maglaro as team, nanumbalik,” coach Jeff said.

The Knights owned the paint, with a 50-33 advantage in rebounds and 42-26 advantage in inside points.

Larry Muyang remained a force with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double while Christian Fajarito, Bong Quinto, and Jeo Ambohot all combined for 30 markers and 23 boards.

In all, the 18-point convincing victory is much welcome for the Intramuros-based squad as they gear up for the season’s first rivalry game against San Beda on Friday. “Ang maganda, makakasabay na kami sa kanila ngayon,” their mentor expressed.

Michael Canete paced the Chiefs with 23 points on top of eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Only with two points in the final frame, however, he saw his team drop to 2-3.

BOX SCORES

LETRAN 88 – Muyang 16, Balanza 14, Calvo 13, Quinto 11, Fajarito 11, Batiller 11, Ambohot 8, Mandreza 2, Agbong 2, Balagasay 0, Taladua 0, Yu 0, Celis 0

ARELLANO 70 – Canete 23, Alcoriza 13, Dela Cruz 11, Alban 8, Villoria 7, Concepcion 6, Dela Torre 2, Sera Josef 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Santos 0, Bayla 0, Sacramento 0, Codinera 0, Segura 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 37-36, 66-55, 88-70

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