NCAA 95 By the Numbers: The greatest challengers
Paul Lintag on Nov 13, 2019 06:28 AM
Arriba! (Photo by Arvin Lim)
If you’ve been sleeping on NCAA Season 95, well you have no choice but to wake up now.
Game 1 of the Finals was epic, with defending champion San Beda and Letran delivering a classic.
If you were not able to watch it live or on TV, that’s too bad. But here’s the next best thing though: By the Numbers NCAA Finals edition.
Total NCAA champions in the last 13 years (duh). All won Game 1 of the series.
Are the Letran Knights, on the heels of their sensational series-opening win, headed for a huge Finals upset?
NCAA Finals game wins by Letran over San Beda in this decade.
Granted, the Knights have lost five Finals games in the same span to the Red Lions as well. The rest of the San Beda challengers though? A combined 0-12 since 2010.
A very short list of San Beda challengers include Jio Jalalon’s Arellano Chiefs and CJ Perez’s Lyceum Pirates. All of them scored zero win against the mighty Lions.
Finals game loss by San Beda in four years.
The last time the Red Lions lost a game in the Finals was on October 29, 2015 and the Mayhem Knights of Letran won the whole thing by beating San Beda in a decisive Game 3.
Total points for San Beda in the loss to Letran in Game 1.
The Knights were a terror on defense, allowing the Red Lions to post way below season averages in total points, field goals, three-points made, and total assists.
Defense win championships and Letran has a stout defense.
Consecutive points by the Knights late in the fourth that turned the game completely.
Letran was down 56-60 before Fran Yu and Jerrick Balanza hit back-to-back triples that highlighted a 7-0 run for the Knights.
San Beda never regained the lead and a couple of stops later, Letran is up 1-0 in the best-of-3 series and the Red Lion’s 32-game winning streak is gone.
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