Streaking Letran drops NCAA rival San Sebastian in FilOil Cup
MANILA, Philippines – The Colegio San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Knights continued their newfound winning ways at the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup, dropping their NCAA rival San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) Stags, 81-73, in San Juan, Monday, May 28.
Jerrick Balanza drained back-to-back buckets early in the 4th to give the Letran a 10-point lead, 68-58. Star Knight Bong Quinto did his usual thing in the paint with hard drives and pinpoint tip-ins, protecting their lead down the stretch for the win.
It looked like the Stags were primed to charge back and take the lead, however, midway through the the third frame. RJ Ilagan led a 17-7 rally with his two-way play, helping San Sebastian inch within 3, 46-49. But that was the closest they'd get to Letran until the final buzzer rang out.
In the other games, the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors stained the Mapua University (MU) Cardinals' spotless record with a 92-84 upset. Also, the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons muscled their way through the winless Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers. Finally, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons won their fourth straight over the also-winless Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals, 83-70, after opening the tournament with 3 consecutive losses.
La Salle 4-0
San Beda 2-1
Letran (81) - Quinto 23, Balanza 15, Calvo 13, Ambohot 9, Fajarito 7, Batiller 5, Mandreza 3, Agbong 3, Galvelo 3, Celis 0, Balagasay 0, Yu 0
SSC-R (73) - Ilagan 19, Bulanadi 13, Calisaan 10, Capobres 10, Dela Cruz 8, Calma 6, Valdez 4, Desoyo 2, Costelo 1, Sumoda 0, Vinte 0, Isidro 0
Quarter Scores: 25-12, 42-29, 61-56, 81-73