NCAA 95: Letran braves through scare from fast-starting EAC

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 23, 2019 06:03 PM
NCAA 95: Letran braves through scare from fast-starting EAC
Letran had to come back and then hold off EAC for its third win in a row.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran took time to get going, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre, but once it did, ran past and then away from daring Emilio Aguinaldo College, 91-89, for a fourth win in a row in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Knights fell victim to a false start out of the gates and found themselves chasing down a deficit of as much as 15.

They regrouped at halftime, however, and rampaged out of the dugout in a 30-point third quarter to, all of a sudden, get ahead, 68-55.

Marwin Taywan and Jethro Mendoza, though, pulled the Generals within one, 89-90, with 20.6 ticks to go.

The Letran defense would stand strong from there, however, and forced two misses from Renz Gonzales as a split from the stripe by Bonbon Batiller made up the difference between the two teams. "Talagang yung convincing win, 'di pa makuha, but again, we're still learning," head coach Bonnie Tan said post-game.

Batiller wound up with 17 points while Jerrick Balanza got his head back in the game with 22 markers in this one.

Ato Ular and Larry Muyang also provided big-time boosts with the former finishing 19 points and nine rebounds and the latter ending with 16 markers and 10 boards.

In the end, the Knights needed all of that to stretch their streak following a season-opening loss. "Hinahanap pa namin yung perfect combinations namin para makakuha ng magandang panalo," coach Bonnie said.

On the other hand, EAC has now lost back-to-back games and three of four overall. Taywan topped the scoring column for them with 25 points on top of four rebounds and three steals.

BOX SCORES

LETRAN 91 - Balanza 22, Ular 19, Batiller 17, Muyang 16, Yu 8, Mina 5, Caralipio 2, Ambohot 1, Javillonar 1, Olivario 0, Reyson 0, Sangalang 0, Balagasay 0

EAC 89 - Taywan 25, Gonzales 13, Maguliano 10, Luciano 8, Dayrit 7, Tampoc 6, Mendoza 5, Martin 5, Gurtiza 2, De Guzman 2, Boffa 2, Corilla 2, Cadua 2

QUARTER SCORES: 15-20, 38-48, 68-65, 91-89

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