NCAA: Quinto, Calvo will Letran to big-time takedown of LPU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2018 06:14 PM
NCAA: Quinto, Calvo will Letran to big-time takedown of LPU
Letran is only the second squad to down LPU in the elimination round in the last two years

Bong Quinto was glued to the Colegio de San Juan de Letran bench for majority of the second half on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Once he was sent back in with under seven minutes to go, however, he did nothing but come through for the Knights as they rallied by erstwhile league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University, 80-79, for their biggest win thus far in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Quinto dropped 10 of his 20 points with under seven minutes to go while also totaling seven rebounds and four assists to lead Letran into becoming only the second squad to down the Pirates in the elimination round in the last two years.

That wouldn’t have been possible, however, if not for the efforts of JP Calvo who held down the fort his team when their captain incurred his fourth foul at the midway mark of the third quarter.

There, the Pirates mounted a lead of as much 10 only to see Calvo spearhead the Knights’ fightback time and again.

Still, Letran was trailing by three until Quinto re-entered and wasted no time making good on a basket and a bonus to tie the tally.

The two teams remained all even inside the last three minutes until the graduating forward had another and-one which proved to be the go-ahead points.

Following a split from the stripe from Mike Nzeusseu, Quinto again had an inside bucket for an 80-77 advantage in favor of the Knights with 1:50 remaining.

A little bit of controversy emerged from there.

After the two teams traded defensive stops, Jaycee Marcelino appeared to hit a three to knot the score with 40.8 ticks to go on the clock.

Play went on from there with neither side making a basket and only after the final buzzer did game officials review Marcelino’s shot.

Apparently, he was stepping on the line and the make was therefore ruled a two-point basket.

And so, instead of overtime, Letran came away with a one-point win.

Calvo wound up with 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists and Larry Muyang also played a big part in that with 23 markers, 16 boards, and four blocks.

With the big-time win, the Knights have secured at least a playoff for a Final Four spot now at 11-4.

On the other hand, LPU dropped to 14-2 and to the second spot – the first time in two years that it is not standing atop the leaderboard in the eliminations.

Nzeusseu topped the scoring column for them with 25 points while CJ Perez also added 16 markers, none coming in the second half, on top of eight rebounds and three assists.

According to head coach Topex Robinson, they will not be pursuing any protest of the controversial finish of the game.


LETRAN 80 – Muyang 23, Quinto 20, Calvo 18, Ambohot 6, Fajarito 4, Batiller 3, Galvelo 3, Celis 2, Taladua 1, Yu 0, Balagasay 0

LPU 79 – Nzeusseu 25, Perez 16, Marcelino JC 9, Pretta 8, Marcelino JV 7, Ayaay 5, Caduyac 4, Santos 3, Ibanez 2, Serrano 0, Valdez 0, Yong 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-21, 44-48, 64-68, 80-79


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