NCAA 95: Squires take down formerly undefeated Jr. Altas
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2019 12:28 PM
Letran had been winless, Perpetual had been perfect - not anymore after the Squires upset the Jr. Altas (FILE PHOTO)
San Beda 3-0
San Sebastian 1-1
Colegio de San Juan de Letran has, at long last, barged into the win column in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
Not only that, the Squires did it while also sending a statement, toppling erstwhile unbeaten University of Perpetual Help, 70-52, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Gilas Pilipinas Youth forward Joshua Ramirez turned in his best game in blue and red with a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of four assists while CJ Saure also added 18 markers and five boards of his own for their breakthrough win after four games.
Letran took control right from tip-off and after a tight first quarter, dominated the middle periods, 38-20.
It didn't hurt them either that the Jr. Altas' super scorer Emman Galman was attending to a personal matter and missed his first game of the tournament.
Still, that didn't change the fact that the Squires outworked their opponents with 86 attempts from the field as compared to the other side's 65.
For Perps, Shawn Orgo topped the scoring column in place of Galman with 14 points. Unable to get into their groove, however, they suffered their first setback after back-to-back wins over defending champion Mapua High School and last year's runner-up College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills.
LETRAN 70 - Ramirez 26, Saure 18, Argente 8, Tibayan 7, Umali 4, Santiago 4, Romenez 3, Miranda 0, Cauguiran 0, Cabal 0, Omega 0, Delas Alas 0, Flauta 0
PERPETUAL 52 - Orgo 14, Escalante 10, Berwite 6, Manuel 6, Galoy 4, Nunez 4, Gelsano 4, Belazuela 2, Cuevas 2, Dela Cruz 0, Kawamura 0, Angeles 0, Ignacio 0, Banaticla 0
QUARTER SCORES: 15-10, 29-15, 53-40, 70-52
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