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NCAA 97: Ambohot powers Letran rout of JRU to remain in solo first


Colegio de San Juan de Letran ran roughshod on Jose Rizal University, taking a comprehensive 81-56 for its seventh consecutive win in the NCAA Season 97 seniors basketball, Saturday at La Salle Green Hills’ St. Benilde Gym in Mandaluyong City.

It was a wire-to-wire victory once more for the defending champions, the second one for them in the season.

Scoring just 12 points in the opening quarter, the Knights exploded to 23 in the second quarter while diffusing the Heavy Bombers to the tune of just 12 markers.

The lead went up to 33 with a highlight jam from Rhenz Abando, 72-39, with 7:04 left in the game, putting an emphatic end to the also-ran Bombers’ day.

Knight head coach Bonnie Tan shared, “Talagang we’re here to play to win. Ayaw namin sana na mabigyan sila ng confidence katulad ng nangyari sa iba naming game na kami ang cino-control so ‘yun ‘yung tall order namin sa kanila, sa mga players.”

Jeo Ambohot took charge for the Knights with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Brent Paraiso steadied their plight with 12 markers, two boards, and three assists.

Meanwhile, leading MVP candidate Abando added 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

Kurt Rayson glued things together for the Knights with seven assists with five points.

Hommer Macatangay paced the Bombers with 11 points, three rebounds, and one steal. Jason Celis turned cold off 40-percent shooting with 11 markers, two boards, and one assist, while JL Delos Santos went scoreless with one rebound, one steal, one block, and one turnover.

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RJ Arenal’s 12-rebound game also was not enough to hold the fort for JRU.

Letran inched closer to twice-to-beat in the semifinals with its 7-0 record for the solo lead. On the other hand, JRU was pushed down to 1-7.

Tan also said of the importance of that next game against the San Sebastian College-Recoletos (3-5) on April 26 at 3 p.m. “Baste ang next game namin, so we’ll work with that. We’re not yet looking forward to the game against San Beda sa ngayon. Sana mag-click ulit ‘yung game plan namin,” he said.

The Heavy Bombers will look to close out their Season 97 campaign with a win against Arellano University’s (2-5) chances in the play-in berth on April 27 at 3 p.m.

The Scores:

Letran 81 – Ambohot 14, Paraiso 12, Abando 12, Mina 9, Sangalang 7, Tolentino 7, Fajarito 6, Javillonar 6, Reyson 5, Ariar 2, Yu 1, Olivario 0, Caralipio 0, Guarino 0, Lantaya 0.

JRU 56 – Macatangay 11, Celis 11, Bongay 8, Aguilar 6, Gonzales 4, Guiab 4, Aguado 3, Agbong 3, Gonzales 3, Dionisio 2, Arenal 1, Jungco 1, Estrella 1, Dela Rama 1, Delos Santos 0.

Quarterscores: 12-6, 35-18, 59-39, 81-56.

Grew to appreciate various sports from tennis to judo. True-maroon kiddo since the new millennium. Fanboy. Singer. Occasional sports writer.


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