Knights feed on Pirates’ misses for fifth win; Lions devour Bombers
Proving that scrappiness and intense defense is the winning formula this season, league-leaders Letran College frustrated Lyceum of the Philippines University with a 61-53 win in Saturday night’s NCAA Season 89 seniors’ basketball doubleheader at The Arena in San Juan.
The Knights, led by 6’8” center Raymond Almazan, launched a 15-0 burst in the third quarter to transform as erstwhile tight ballgame into a rout.
During the run, Almazan scored eight points including a rare three-pointer–the first of three Letran three-pointers in the quarter.
Holding a nine point-lead coming into the final period, the Knights continued on its hot shooting with a 5-0 start and then playing tight halfcourt defense to keep the scoring low for the Pirates.
Moreover, Lyceum’s woes were aggravated by their paltry free throw shooting in the second half, shooting only four of 16 attempts on which forward John Azores sank nothing out of nine tries.
“Kagandahan sa mga players na ito yung individual defense nila… nasa isip na nila na higpitan ang kanilang depensa kada laro,” commented Letran’s head coach Caloy Garcia.
The Knights (5-0) were led by Almazan, who tallied 19 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks despite playing with flu. Rookie Rey Nambatac added 14 points, six rebounds, and five steals in his best NCAA game so far.
The Pirates (2-3), who scored a paltry 21 point in the second half, were led by Aziz Mbomiko, who registered 15 points and seven rebounds.
In the second game, San Beda College roared to its fourth consecutive win, this time devouring Jose Rizal University, 65-41, with the Bombers scoring the lowest output by any team this season.
Starting for the first time in place of suspended center Kyle Pascual, Ola Adeogun registered 23 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks, and a terrific 9-for-11 from the field.
“We’re happy with this win, though we still have to play good in all quarters,” San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said after the game, referring to the Red Lions four points in the third quarter, which ironically is the lowest scoring output by any team in a quarter this season.
The Bombers, who slipped to a 3-3 card, were led by Paolo Pontejos with 13 points and six rebounds.
|LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES
||53 – 61||LETRAN COLLEGE
|Quarters: 13-12, 32-31, 40-49, 53-61|
|Mbomiko – 15Zamora – 8
Lacastesantos – 3
|Almazan – 19Almazan – 17
Four players – 3