The Colegio de San Juan de Letran gave the College of St. Benilde his first loss in the NCAA Season 98 Senior Basketball Tournament, 80-75, on Friday afternoon at FilOil EcoOil Center in the city of San Juan.
Trailing 11 midway through the final frame, 66-77, the Blazers started a 9-0 run capped off by a Will Gozum bucket to reduce the deficit to two, 75-77 with 2:35 remaining. However, that was the last for them as they failed to convert anything in the final two minutes of the game.
Fran Yu sank her tray with 54 ticks remaining to bring the Knights four, 79-75. Then Louie Sanggalang blocked Will Gozum’s kick with 26 seconds left.
Coming from an inbound pass, King Caralipio stole the ball from Miguel Corteza with 11 seconds left to seal the game.
“I challenge the boys in the ‘wag magyari sana ‘yung nangyari namin of the last game against Arellano in the win by four at the end of the first half, tapos ‘yung of the third quarter ganon nanaman by nine kami. Pero, ‘result of Arellano’s young game to the other side – very frustrated young team,,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan.
Letran was leading up to 15 in the third, 71-56, thanks to a bucket from Kevin Santos right at the 1:20 mark.
Brent Paraiso shone for the Knights with 25 points (23 in the first half) on 9 of 14 shooting. He also had two rebounds, three assists and four steals. Joining him was Yu with 12 markers, nine rebounds, six assists and six steals.
to St. Benilde, Gozum opened the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Corteza finished with 18 markers and seven boards.
The Knights improved to 2-1 while the Blazers took their first loss, 3-1.
Letran will have their rematch against Mapua University on Tuesday at 3 pm. On the other hand, Benilde will try to recover against José Rizal University on Sunday, 12:00 NN.
Letter 81 — Paraiso 25, Yu 12, Javillonar 10, Monje 10, Caralipio 8, Reyson 6, Santos 6, Sangalang 4, Ariar 0, Olivario 0, Bautista 0.
Benilde 75 — Gozum 23, Corteza 18, Nayve 10, Lepalam 10, Cullar 7, Sangco 4, Pasturan 2, Flores 1, Marcos 0, Carlos 0, Dimayuga 0.
Quarters: 25-23, 50-46, 71-62, 81-75.