NCAA 95: Ular, Letran muscle through JRU for share of second

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2019 06:28 PM
NCAA 95: Ular, Letran muscle through JRU for share of second
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

Ato Ular and Larry Muyang were much too much for Jose Rizal University to handle and powered Colegio de San Juan de Letran to a well-earned 81-61 win, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Ular and Muyang imposed their will on the undersized Heavy Bombers with the former finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds and the latter ending with 10 markers and five boards as the Knights charged to their second straight victory and seventh overall in 10 games in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The two did damage when it mattered most, combining for all but two points in the 14-2 run that widened a six-point edge, 61-55, to a 75-57 advantage with three minutes remaining.

That run came after Muyang appeared to be hit in the face by Chester Jungco's forearm as the two big men battled down low. "Siguro, factor yung natamaan si Larry," coach Bonnie Tan said post-game.

The lead would even go as high as 20 with Fran Yu hitting back-to-back triples in the dying moments.

Yu wound up with a season-best 16 points on top of five assists and two steals while Bonbon Batiller also added 13 markers, five rebounds, and three dimes to help Letran march forward to joint second with Lyceum of the Philippines University at 7-3. "Hopefully, talagang matuloy-tuloy ng team yung A-game na hinahanap namin," coach Bonnie said.

JL Delos Santos showed the way for the Heavy Bombers who fell to 3-7 with 14 points to go along with five assists, five rebounds, and three steals while fellow rookie John Amores chimed in 11 markers of his own.

BOX SCORES

LETRAN 81 - Ular 17, Yu 16, Batiller 13, Muyang 10, Caralipio 6, Reyson 5, Ambohot 4, Balanza 4, Balagasay 2, Javillonar 2, Sangalang 2, Guarino 0, Olivario 0.

JRU 61 - Delos Santos 14, Amores 11, Arenal 10, Miranda 8, Aguilar 6, Dela Rosa 5, Vasquez 3, Dionisio 2, Macatangay 2, Abaoag 0, Jungco 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-19, 41-34, 54-49, 81-61

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