NCAA 95: Ular energizes streaking Letran past Perpetual in OT

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2019 02:41 PM
NCAA 95: Ular energizes streaking Letran past Perps in OT
Ato Ular busted out big-time as Letran topped Perpetual in an overtime classic

Jerrick Balanza's struggles continued for the second straight game, but thanks to Ato Ular and Bonbon Batiller, Colegio de San Juan de Letran still had more than enough for its third win in a row in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, besting University of Perpetual Help in an overtime classic, 82-80, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Batiller topped the scoring column with 22 points while Ular posted a career-best 19 markers to go along with 13 rebounds and a block. "A win is a win, but we still need to learn how to close out games," head coach Bonnie Tan said post-game.

Those two also combined for seven of the Knights' 12 points in the extra period, with Batiller making good on the win-sealing free throw with 4.6 ticks to go.

The go-ahead basket, though, was courtesy of Jeo Ambohot who got the offensive rebound off of Balanza's miss and then cleaned up his own muffed shot for an 81-80 lead with 12.4 seconds remaining.

Letran's team captain was misfiring from the field, only with nine points in 3-of-16 shooting, but his defense on Edgar Charcos forced a turnover that then led to Batiller's free throw.

There was still time for the Altas to force another overtime, but Jielo Razon's jumper from the baseline fell short. "Well-coached yung kalaban, pero we stuck sa game plan," coach Bonnie said.

In the end, the Knights made a living inside, dominating the rebounding battle, 53-43, as well as the battle for second chance points, 20-10.

Of course, Larry Muyang was a big part of that with 10 points and nine rebounds while frontcourt partner Jeo Ambohot also added nine markers and 13 boards of his own.

After a season-opening loss, the blue and red has now rang off three wins in a row to charge to solo fourth in the standings.

On the other hand, Perps suffered a second straight setback after winning in the opener even after Charcos's 15-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound performance.

BOX SCORES

LETRAN 82 - Batiller 22, Ular 19, Muyang 10, Ambohot 9, Balanza 9, Caralipio 5, Sangalang 5, Yu 2, Olivario 1, Mina 0, Reyson 0, Pambid 0, Javillonar 0

PERPETUAL 80 - Charcos 15, Peralta 14, Sese 13, Adamos 12, Aurin 11, Razon 11, Sevilla 2, Egan 2, Lanoy 0, Tamayo 0, Giussani 0, Barasi 0, Cuevas 0

QUARTER SCORES: 11-17, 33-30, 56-48, 70-70, 82-80 (OT)

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