B2B triple-doubles for Quinto, B2B wins for Letran
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 24, 2018 01:57 PM
Bong Quinto stuffed the stat sheet for the second straight game
For the second time in four days, Bong Quinto made his presence felt all over the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Friday.
The do-it-all forward recorded a triple-double for the second straight game just as the Knights registered a double-digit win for the second straight game, this one at the expense of hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 76-56.
Quinto collected 10 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, two steals and, more importantly, a win that hikes his team’s record to 6-3 in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. “Bong Quinto is truly our leader. He is setting an example kaya nagiging maganda ang takbo namin,” head coach Jeff Napa said of his main man.
With the graduating wing masterfully orchestrating it all, Letran went on a 29-point tear in the second quarter to grab both the lead and the momentum it would never relinquish.
At the half, Quinto already had six points and four rebounds and began to get going in terms of scoring come the third quarter.
Alongside him was Bonbon Batiller who also turned in his best outing in blue and red with 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists. “Sa akin kasi, I give confidence kay Bong hanggang sa last player namin kaya siguro siya sinusuportahan talaga ng teammates niya,” coach Jeff said.
For the time in the tournament, the Knights’ hulking frontline didn’t flex all of its muscles with Larry Muyang, Christian Fajarito, and Jeo Ambohot just combining for 14 points and 19 rebounds.
It didn’t matter, however, as they had much-welcome contributions from rookies Fran Yu and EJ Agbong who merged for 12 points.
With the win, they stand at solo fourth in the standings – and could rise to solo third at the end of the first round depending on the results of the assignments of University of Perpetual Help.
For the now 2-7 Generals, Hamadou Laminou and Philip Tampoc were the bright spots with a combined 27 points and 29 rebounds.
LETRAN 76 – Batiller 17, Quinto 11, Balanza 9, Calvo 9, Muyang 8, Yu 7, Agbong 5, Fajarito 4, Ambohot 2, Banez 2, Mandreza 2, Balagasay 0, Celis 0, Galvelo 0, Taladua 0.
EAC 56 – Laminou 18, Garcia 11, Tampoc 9, Bautista 6, Cadua 4, Cruz 4, Fuentes 2, Neri 2, Diego 0, Gonzales 0, Maguliano 0, Mendoza 0, Natividad 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 43-29, 57-46, 76-56.
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