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Lyceum overwhelms Letran, coasts to 2nd straight NCAA Finals

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez lead the Lyceum charge as the Pirates get another shot at the championship

WELL DONE.  Lyceum Pirates stars Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez celebrate after sending JP Calvo and the Letran Knights home. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Balanza expects Letran to 'play like a champion' vs Lyceum

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Recovering Knight Jerrick Balanza believes Letran can overcome Lyceum's twice-to-beat semifinal advantage

EXCITEMENT. Jerrick Balanza is more than excited to return to the court with the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA Final Four: Lyceum vs Letran

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The Lyceum Pirates look to quickly dispatch the Letran Knights for a return stint in the NCAA Finals

SEMIS SHOWDOWN. Mike Nzeusseu and the Lyceum Pirates shoot for an NCAA Finals berth against Bong Quinto and the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran clinches 3rd seed in NCAA thriller over Perpetual

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Bong Quinto delivers in the clutch as the Knights streak to their sixth straight victory

CARDIAC GAME. Bong Quinto and the Letran Knights survive a down-to-the-wire duel versus Edgar Charcos and the Perpetual Help Altas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran clinches first NCAA Final Four in two years

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:24 PM

This is also the first playoff appearance for Letran head coach Jeff Napa since he took over from champion coach Aldin Ayo

LEADER. Despite a cold shooting night, Letran team captain Bong Quinto still contributed across the board with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks en route to their first Final Four appearance since their NCAA Season 91 title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Balanza proves to be Letran’s lucky charm in unlikely win

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:14 PM

A month after his brain surgery, Jerrick Balanza shows up at the game to surprise his Letran teammates

FEELING BETTER. Letran's Jerrick Balanza says he pleaded for clearance from his doctor just so he can watch the Knights play. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran edges Lyceum after overturned shot call

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:53 PM

In a bizarre ending, the Letran Knights pull off an upset over the Lyceum Pirates in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

ESCAPE. Bong Quinto drops 20 points in Letran's controversial one-point victory over Lyceum. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

CSB absorbs stunning loss to EAC, slips out of top 4

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The EAC Generals pull off an upset over the CSB Blazers in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

UPSET. Blazers captain Yankie Haruna scatters a team-high 18 points yet CSB still winds up falling short against lower-ranked EAC. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran bench steps up for hold on No. 3 spot

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Jeremiah Taladua and Fran Yu chip into Letran's season-high bench output of 44 points

STEP UP. Jeremiah Taladua comes off the bench to leave an impact of a team-high 15 points. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

San Beda denies late Letran surge, sweeps Knights in rematch

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The Letran Knights spearhead a massive 19-0 run to almost overcome Beda's 22-point lead in the 4th

KEY PLAYER. The San Beda Red Lions slip past Letran's comeback even without star Robert Bolick. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran dedicates win to ailing birthday boy Jerrick Balanza

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:33 PM

The Knights hope to continue the on-court battle even as Jerrick Balanza fights to recover from a brain tumor

CHEERLEADER. Despite his illness, Jerrick Balanza continues to cheer for the Letran Knights. Photo from Balanza’s Twitter account (@Iamjerrick07)

Letran scores emotional win over Arellano

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The Knights triumph despite playing with heavy hearts as teammate Jerrick Balanza recently got diagnosed with a brain tumor

TOP KNIGHT. Letran ace Bong Quinto drives past a phalanx of Arellano defenders. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Brain tumor sidelines Letran player Jerrick Balanza

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Letran starter, who needs to undergo an operation to remove the tumor, will be out for the rest of the season

SAD NEWS. Jerrick Balanza hopes to be back from a brain surgery by November. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pirates escape Knights before Lions showdown

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:09 PM

Lyceum stays unbeaten heading into the rematch of last year's NCAA finals versus San Beda

CLOSE CONTEST. Lyceum's JV Marcelino and Letran's Bong Quinto battle for possession during their teams' tight NCAA duel. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Napa wants Letran to scale NCAA's San Bedan 'Everest'

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:32 PM

'Letran, andito na. Humanda na kayo,' Napa warns the rest of the NCAA

TO THE LIMIT. The Letran Knights fell short of securing solo second spot after losing to the San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


San Beda drops rival Letran in OT thriller

Aug 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The defending champion Red Lions get the better of fierce rival Knights in their first NCAA showdown this season

UNSTOPPABLE. San Beda's Robert Bolick wriggles past the defense of Letran's Bonbon Batiller. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: The house where suspects kept kidnapped Letran student

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Inside this house, the police say a 19-year-old victim was hogtied and denied food and water almost 3 days

RESIDENTIAL SAFE HOUSE? The 19-year-old Letran student was kept hogtied in one of the small rooms of this 4-story house in Balut, Tondo, Manila City. Locals say the home belongs to the family of student suspect Ferdinand dela Vega Jr. Rappler photos

Letran breaks silence on kidnapping, vows to help in probe

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Of the 10 suspects in the kidnap-for-ransom case, 7 are from Letran, including the alleged mastermind

HELP PROMISED. Colegio de San Juan de Letran vows to help cops and the 19-year-old victim's family in the resolution of the kidnapping case.

4 arrested for kidnapping fellow student

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) The victim, a 19-year-old Letran student, is rescued in Manila after the mastermind – his classmate – confessed during interrogation

KIDNAPPED. A 19-year-old Letran student is kept inside a small room in Tondo, Manila by no less than fellow students. PNP photo

Letran completes comeback over CSB for solo 3rd

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The Knights pick up their 3rd win in 4 outings in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

Letran clamps down on the defensive end to stop St. Benilde. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA: Lyceum stretches perfect run to 5

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The Lyceum Pirates stay solo on top as the Arellano Chiefs and Letran Knights climb to a share of 3rd pkace

VICTORIOUS. Just a few days after their face-off, Lyceum and Arellano pull off separate victories. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Benilde, Letran pick up maiden wins

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Blazers clamp down late on Mapua as the Knights turn back San Sebastian in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

VETERAN LEADER. Bong Quinto powers Letran past feisty San Sebastian. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Teammates turn rivals Charcos, Batiller take the NC floor

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Former UE players Edgar Charcos and Bonbon Batiller find themselves on opposing sides this time

STILL FRIENDS. There may be on-court banter but Perpetual's Edgar Charcos (left) and Letran's Bonbon Batiller like the challenge of going up against each other. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Perpetual trips Letran in NCAA thriller

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The Altas slip past the Knights to bounce back from a narrow loss to defending champion San Beda

TOP PERFORMER. Perpetual standout Edgar Charcos splits the defense of the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Sebastian Golden Stags secure 4th seed place over Letran Knights

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:41 PM

The Golden Stags will face the 3rd seeded Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Friday, October 27

FINAL FOUR. The Letran Knights complete the final four of the NCAA Season 93. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran Knights survive San Sebastian Stags in OT thriller

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Letran grabs their 4th consecutive win with a 5 3 record while San Sebastian falls to their fourth loss against 3 wins

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran Knights escape Perpetual Altas to extend winning streak

Aug 11, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Letran holds on to a 4 3 record while the Perps suffers its 4th loss against two wins

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lyceum hammers Benilde by 43 points, Letran beats Arellano

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The Pirates cruise to a perfect 5 0 record after thrashing the Blazers

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda overcomes offensive slump to nip Letran

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The Red Lions overcome a 10 point deficit in the second quarter to win against the Knights

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Red Lions finish elims unbeaten after clobbering Ateneo Blue Eagles

Jun 16, 2017 - 7:08 PM

The Red Lions complete an 8 0 record sweep while Ben Mbala powers La Salle s win with a double double of 45 points and 17 rebounds

8-0. The San Beda Manila Red Lions successfully ran through the preseason cup unbeaten after defeating the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda Red Lions slay Letran Knights in battle of NCAA rivals

Jun 11, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The defending NCAA champions San Beda remain the only team unbeaten in the Filoil at 6 0

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda avenges loss to Letran in NCAA Finals rematch

Jun 25, 2016 - 6:18 PM

The San Beda Red Lions begin their road to redemption with a win over the defending NCAA champions

WHO BEDA THAN SAN BEDA. Donald Tankoua puts up two points against Letran. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Letran celebrates NCAA title with vengeful bonfire

Oct 30, 2015 - 5:34 PM

Letran celebrates its NCAA title win with a bonfire burning San Beda placards and shirts

VICTORY PARTY. Some are calling Letran's celebration tasteless after they burned San Beda placards and a shirt in a bonfire. Photo from NCAA Schools' (unofficial) Twitter account

Cruz, Racal cherish championship moment before heading to the PBA

Oct 30, 2015 - 2:20 PM

Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal will head to the PBA riding the high of an unlikely NCAA championship

Cruz, Amer: Salute to the NCAA court generals

Oct 30, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Mark Cruz and Baser Amer were determined to end their NCAA careers on the highest note but there could only be one winner

MVP. Mark Cruz ended his NCAA career in fairy tale fashion, earning Letran its first championship in 10 years and winning the Finals MVP distinction. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pacquiao pledges P100k bonus to each Letran player

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Letran is not only bringing home NCAA Season 91 basketball championship but the Knights will also get a hefty bonus from Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao

CHAMPIONS. Letran coach Aldin Ayo (L) and team manager Manny Pacquiao smile after winning the NCAA title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: San Beda vs Letran - NCAA Finals Game 3

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Letran and San Beda will play one more game to decide it all

Letran remains optimistic about NCAA title hopes

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Although Letran failed to close out the series in the Finals’ Game 2 coach Aldin Ayo is still in high hopes of capturing the NCAA men’s senior basketball crown

ONE MORE NIGHT. Matters have been heated throughout the NCAA Finals, and the stakes will be at their highest in Game 3. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda coach praises Amer, Mocon for Game 2 efforts

Oct 28, 2015 - 3:36 PM

“I am lost for words for these two young men ” San Beda head coach Jamike Jarin said of Mocon and Amer after their Game 2 win

Baser Amer (R) and Javee Mocon (L) had standout performances as San Beda College evened their NCAA Finals series. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran coach defends Nambatac’s scoreless performance in Game 2

Oct 28, 2015 - 3:57 AM

Letran missed the reliable shooting of Rey Nambatac in Game 2 but coach Aldin Ayo highlights his defensive contributions in the close loss

TOUGH NIGHT. Rey Nambatac - and the rest of the Letran Knights - struggled with shooting woes in Game 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda wins Game 2, forces NCAA Finals rubber match with Letran

Oct 27, 2015 - 6:39 PM

The San Beda Red Lions and Letran Knights are headed for a winner take all Game 3 on Thursday

Javee Mocon (R) and Ranbill Tongco (L) are pumped up as San Beda keeps their hopes for a sixth straight title alive. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda’s Finals fate: Suffer 2009 downfall or repeat of 1977 magic?

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:39 PM

San Beda s back is against the wall after losing Game 1 of the NCAA Finals but it s not the first time the school has faced adversity

AGAINST THE WALL. San Beda is at risk of being swept in their bid for a sixth straight NCAA title. File photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Pacquiao’s presence fueled Letran’s drive to win, says coach

Oct 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM

Letran team manager Manny Pacquiao gave the team an inspirational speech before their Game 1 victory over 5 time defending champions San Beda

Manny Pacquiao receives a warm welcome at Mall of Asia Arena before Game 1 of the NCAA Finals. Photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

San Beda coach Jarin takes blame for NCAA Finals Game 1 loss

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:57 AM

First year San Beda coach Jamike Jarin says the team s 29 turnovers plus savvy coaching from Letran s Aldin Ayo cost them Game 1

PROTECT THE BALL. San Beda's turnovers compromised their efforts to overturn a late Letran lead in Game 1. Photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Letran coach seeks to finish NCAA Finals in Game 2

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:41 AM

Letran coach Aldin Ayo would like to end San Beda’s 5 year reign with a sweep

ONE WIN AWAY. Letran defeated San Beda in Game 1 of the NCAA Finals on Friday, putting the Red Lions on the brink of their first series loss since 2009. Photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

Old foes San Beda, Letran renew heated rivalry in NCAA Finals

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:56 PM

A rivalry that spans 65 years is set to open a new chapter

Four schools battle for spot in NCAA Finals

Oct 20, 2015 - 4:13 AM

The NCAA Final Four kicks off with Letran facing Mapua and San Beda facing Jose Rizal University

KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR. From left: McJour Luib, Kevin Racal and Reynaldo Publico Jr of Letran in action against San Beda during a match in July. Letran and San Beda will face separate schools with twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four round. File photo by Czaesar Dancel/Rappler

San Beda tangles with Letran for top seed in NCAA Final Four

Oct 11, 2015 - 6:32 PM

San Beda College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran will have to lock horns once more to determine the no 1 seed in NCAA Season 91’s Final Four on Tuesday

GUN FOR NUMBER ONE. Baser Amer (left) and the San Beda Red Lions are seeking to reestablish their claim as the top team in the NCAA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran eliminates Perpetual Help, notches twice-to-beat advantage

Oct 09, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Letran will have to face San Beda once again on Tuesday October 13 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena to determine the No 1 seed in the Final Four

Mark Cruz and the Letran Knights will have to face San Beda once more to determine the number one seed. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran pulls off come-from-behind win over Arellano

Sep 25, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Colegio de San Juan de Letran regained its share of the lead on top of the league’s team standings by notching a come from behind victory over Arellano University

Kevin Racal of Letran drives to the rim. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler