NCAA: Captain Quinto leads Knights to their biggest win in the Jeff Napa era

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2018 08:30 PM
Quinto leads Knights to their biggest win in the Napa era
Bong Quinto would not be denied as he willed Letran to its biggest win in three years

Since 2017, there have been two teams that Colegio de San Juan has not defeated even once – archrival San Beda University and new power Lyceum of the Philippines University.

The Knights finally got one over one of those two on Friday, sinking the Pirates in a classic contest.

Late in the third quarter, that seemed to be a farfetched idea as they were trailing by 10 points and main man Bong Quinto was glued to the bench because of foul trouble.

Still, Letran kept coming and kept close to LPU just enough while waiting for Quinto to return. “Sobrang proud ako sa teammates ko kasi talagang nakikita ko na hindi nakakalayo (LPU). Sabi ko sa kanila, dumikit lang, amin yung laro kasi mag-iiba yung pagpasok ko e,” he said.

Indeed, once he did return, that was the turning point of the game. “Pinapaalalahanan lang ako ni coach Jeff na kailangan ako sa team so sinubukan ko lang wag manggigil kasi kung manggigil ako, makuha ko na yung huling foul ko,” he said.

With surgical precision, the graduating forward dropped 10 of his 20 points in the last seven minutes and scored his team’s last seven points, including, of course, the go-ahead and insurance baskets.

And in the end, Quinto and the Knights were finally able to send the statement they have been wanting to for the longest time. “Gusto naming patunayan na kaya naming mag-compete. Sinasabi kasi nila sa aming ‘di namin tinatalo yung dalawang (top team) e,” he said, referring to their biggest win since their championship in 2015 when head coach Jeff Napa took over.

With LPU now out of the way, archrival San Beda remains the only thorn on the side of Letran, Coach Jeff, and Quinto.

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