NCAA Season 90 Record: 9-9
Offense: 9th (66.2)
Defense: 1st (66.1)
Rebounding: 6th (41.7)
Assists: 7th (13.5)
Pomp and circumstance:
Coaching replacement as 2012 NBTC coach of the year Aldin Ayo takes over the helm from current Rain or Shine assistant coach Caloy Garcia.
|Ruaya, Reneford||7.59||6.00||0.88||23.47 MPG|
|Gabawan, Jamil||7.00||5.82||1.59||74% FT%|
|Tambeling, John||4.41||1.76||0.76||81% FT%|
|Singontiko, Daryl||2.24||2.24||0.76||9.06 MPG|
|Saldua, Chester||2.18||2.55||0.45||10.91 MPG|
Preseason record: (Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup – click scores for game recap)
Elimination round (6-2)
|W, 89-66||L, 47-59||L, 75-80||W, 72-64|
|W, 58-52||W, 78-73||W, 59-56||W, 68-64|
Playoffs (Eliminated Quarterfinals)
NCAA Season 91 Depth chart:
|Sollano, Jomari (1st)||Apreku, Felix (3rd)||Racal, Kevin (5th)||Nambatac, Rey (3rd)||Cruz, Mark (5th)|
|Balagaysay, Jerrick (2nd)||Publico, Rey (5th)||Quinto, Bong (2nd)||Mcjour, Luib (4th)||Calvo, Paul (2nd)|
|Dela Pena, Crisantoni (2nd)||Balanza, Jerrick (T-1st)||Buenaflor, Kevin (2nd)||Gedaria, Tommy York (1st)|
NCAA Season 91 First Round Schedule:
|CSB||2015/07/03, 16:00||JRU||2015/07/10, 12:00||MIT|
|2015/07/16, 16:00||SBC||2015/07/23, 16:00||SSC-R||2015/07/23, 16:00|
|AU||2015/08/04, 16:00||LPU||2015/08/07, 14:00|
It was a rough year for the Letranites as they just could not get over the departures of Jonathan Belorio and Raymond Almazan. Belorio was hurt for much of his last tour of duty but Almazan was literally and figuratively what made Letran a Final Four contender.
Last year showed how much the Knights relied on Almazan to cover up defensive mistakes even as they still registered to be the best defensive unit. With no big man to funnel their opponents to, Letran was pretty much a donut. The offense surely missed the nightly 14-15 points that the Season 89 MVP provided.
Kevin Racal (15.2ppg), Mark Cruz (14.4ppg), and Rey Nambatac (9.2ppg) tried very hard to put points on the board but they were next to dead-last in that department. You even have to be surprised they even managed to snag at least 40 rebounds with that Lilliputian frontline man. Incoming rookie Jerrick Balanza seems promising to help out the trio this season although the Knights still remain thin up front and on reinforcements.
Manny Pacquiao’s support right now, while timely to repair that old gym beside their school, may not do so much in delivering W’s to the Knights. And might I add, they did recruit Aldin Ayo while Caloy Garcia was still WITH THE TEAM. Not fired. No inkling to resign. WITH THE TEAM. But as seen during the Premier Cup, Ayo, one of the brightest young coaches in the game, can go toe-to-toe with the league’s top coaches.
How to beat San Beda?
“Score more points than them. How? I think we have to bring our A-game in facing San Beda. And definitely outwork them.”
Predicted finish: 6th-8th (as high as 9-9; as low as 7-11)
|NCAA Season 91 Teams (Click image to view team)|
|AU Chiefs||CSJL Knights|
|CSB Blazers||EAC Generals|
|JRU Heavy Bombers||LPU Pirates|
|MIT Cardinals||SBC Red Lions|
|SSC-R Stags||UPHSD Altas|