Wanting to avenge their opening day loss, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights were able to exact vengeance on the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas, escaping with a 82-80 win, Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Knights, who are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, were able to get back their 75-78 defeat last July 13.
“Sumablay lang kami sa Beda. Yung mga tumalo sa amin babawiin namin sabi ko nga,” said graduating Letran forward Bong Quinto.
And it was Quinto and co-captain JP Calvo who delivered in the clutch.
Down by one with less than 25 seconds left, Calvo – who was nursing four fouls – took a gamble, pickpocketing Kyt Jimenez. He then threw a beautiful outlet to Quinto for the go-ahead layup.
“Gusto ko talaga manalo. Sinabi ko sa sarili ko na kailangan ko na isugal ito,” Calvo reflected.
Off a timeout, Prince Eze tried to take things into his own hands, faking a hand-off before driving to the lane. He missed on his hook shot, however, which led to a split on the stripe for Quinto.
With no timeouts left, Jimenez ran the length of the court and found a wide-open Rommel Mangalino on the corner. Mangalino missed his jumper, snapping Perpetual’s six-game winning streak.
“Sabi ko naman sa inyo, very unpredictable yung team namin. Yung leaders namin yun nag-perform ngayon. Yung leadership nadadala talaga nila,” said third-year Knights head coach Jeff Napa.
After combining for just 11 points in their win over the San Sebastian Golden Stags last October 9, Calvo and Quinto bounced back. Calvo finished with 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals, while Quinto led all scorers with 22 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Perpetual, whose Final Four slot is being questioned as the league is currently investigating the eligibility of four of their players, were led by Tonton Peralta with 17 points. Edgar Charcos added 16 points, eight assists, and five boards.
Prince Eze played all 40 minutes of the game, tallying 14 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks.
With a 13-4 slate, Letran locked in solo third while dropping Perpetual to an 11-6 record – good for fourth.
Letran play their final game of the elimination round against the CSB Blazers on Tuesday, October 16. Perpetual, on the other hand, have their final game on Tuesday, October 23, against the San Beda Red Lions.
CSJL (82)– Quinto 22, Calvo 17, Muyang 11, Ambohot 8, Batiller 8, Fajarito 6, Galvelo 3, Celis 3, Taladua 2, Balagasay 2, Yu 0, Mandreza 0.
UPHSD (80)– Peralta 17, Charcos 16, Eze 14, Jimenez 13, Razon 9, Coronel 8, Mangalino 3, Aurin 0, Cuevas 0.
Quarterscores: 23-18, 43-44, 63-63, 82-80
Joshua Fontanilla introduces self as St. Clare-VR torches Go for Gold-CSB
Louie Polinag early header enough as UE scores another upset of Ateneo
Arvin Tolentino sees spoiled 2019 PBA Draft hopes a blessing in disguise
Cignal HD Spikers claim first win, dash PLDT
Lourdes Clemente only needs lineup announcement to make La Salle debut official
Fil-Am Jeremiah Gray carves own niche after turning down Ateneo, La Salle
SOURCES: Risa Sato to miss NU Lady Bulldogs’ Season 81 campaign
Aaron Black foregoes final year with Ateneo Blue Eagles
- DLSU4 days ago
DLSU rookie Jolina Dela Cruz comes out of nowhere to make immediate impact
- ADMU4 days ago
Perfect storm for Bea De Leon in first match of last season with Ateneo Lady Eagles
- ADMU4 days ago
Oliver Almadro on first loss: ‘They’ve seen our worst, but they haven’t seen our best’
- DLSU3 days ago
May Luna glad to have earned first start in four years with La Salle