Quinto makes sure Letran exacts revenge on Perps in NCAA 94
Bong Quinto and Letran are locked into the third-seed whatever happens in their last game of the elimination round
In a close contest that featured 12 lead changes and 10 deadlocks, Bong Quinto proved to be the difference for Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
It also didn’t hurt either that JP Calvo and Christian Fajarito delivered the goods on defense.
Those three made their mark when it mattered most as the Knights edged out University of Perpetual Help for a well-earned 82-80 win on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Altas were actually ahead by one with under a minute remaining and had the ball back until Kyt Jimenez got robbed by Calvo. “Yung leaders namin, nag-perform na naman sila ngayon. Yung leadership nila, nadadalata talaga nila,” head coach Jeff Napa said.
The pint-sized playmaker then wasted no time and threw up a crosscourt heave that fell into Quinto’s hands.
The skipper let a couple of defenders fly by before putting the ball into the hole for what proved to be the go-ahead basket.
In the ensuing possession, Fajarito stood his ground and forced Prince Eze into a tough midrange jumper which fell short.
A split from the stripe by Quinto then finished the job in Letan’s locking up of the third-seed. “Coming into the playoffs, gusto lang naming maging perfect yung mga gagawin namin,” coach Jeff said.
The graduating forward wound up with 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals while Calvo contributed 17 markers, seven dimes, five boards, and two pilfers.
The frontline of Fajarito, Larry Muyang, and Jeo Ambohot then merged for 25 points and 23 rebounds and held down the fort in the face of a challenge from Prince Eze.
The Knights’ latest win also made sure that they didn’t get swept in the elimination round by Perps. “Sabi ko nga, yung mga tumalo sa amin, babawian namin,” Quinto said, referring to how they have exacted revenge on both Perpetual and Lyceum of the Philippines University who downed them in the first round.
He was quick to add, however, “Sumablay lang kami sa Beda.”
For Perpetual, Tonton Peralta topped the scoring column with a career-high 17 points while Edgar Charcos had 16 points, eight assists, and five rebounds and Eze had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double.
LETRAN 82 – Quinto 22, Calvo 17, Muyang 11, Ambohot 8, Batiller 8, Fajarito 6, Galvelo 3, Celis 3, Taladua 2, Balagasay 2, Yu 0, Mandreza 0.
PERPETUAL 80 – Peralta 17, Charcos 16, Eze 14, Jimenez 13, Razon 9, Coronel 8, Mangalino 3, Aurin 0, Cuevas 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-18; 43-44; 63-63; 82-80
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