NCAA 83 Opening: Knights tame Cardinals

23 06 2007

After a series of lead changes plus players that were headed for the showers, the Letran Knights prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals in the second game of the 83rd season of the NCAA in Araneta Coliseum yesterday. The Knights finished off a hotly contested game, 84-80.

Both teams started off squarely with Letran only leading up to five points in the first 6 minutes of the 1st quarter. But with 3:45 minutes remaining, Anjo Latonio instantly fired a three-pointer. Followed by back to back baskets from Reymar Gutilban and King Cabonce, respectively, to spark a 7-0 run. Latonio and Cabonce’s combination again lifted Letran to give the Cardinals a 12-point deficit with 1:07 minutes left. In the last 50 seconds of the quarter, Jerbs Del Rosario and Sean Co made two points each but could only cut the Knights’ lead to eight, 22-14.

In the 2nd quarter, the Cardinals seemed to have warmed up as they exploded to a 10-0 run during the first 4:15 minutes of regulation. The run marked the 2nd deadlock of the game at 24. RJ Jazul immediately denied Mapua’s rage by completing a shot from behind the arc. Macky Acosta and TG Guillermo answered back to get the lead back on Mapua’s side. Rey Dangcal notched a field goal and a free throw, and the lead was back to 2, in favor of Letran.

With 1:13 minutes left, Kase Dela Peña’s free throw shots posted the 3rd deadlock of the game at 31. Ton Pascual scored with 0:42 seconds remaining but Jazul was left open and nailed a three that concluded the 1st half with Letran ahead by a point, 34-33.

Dela Peña, Del Rosario J., and Guillermo fueled up Coach Leo Isaac’s Mapua squad in the third quarter while power forwards Daa and Latonio led the Knights. The 3rd quarter witnessed a furry of basket exchanges.

With 6:15 minutes on the clock, Daa made back to back field goals which brought the lead up to 7 points, 47-40. But the MIT tandem of Guillermo and Dela Peña’s pushed them to within three, 47-44. Daa tried to pull the lead up again with a shot from the field but Dela Peña responded with a quick three to make it a 2-point ballgame.

However, Latonio, Co and Kojack Melegrito were there to save the day. They ignited a 10-0 run for the Knights, 57-47, with 3:13 minutes left to play in the 3rd quarter.

But Mapua was far from giving up. Acosta was fouled with 48.2 seconds left. He converted his free throws 2/2, which cut the lead down to nine, 64-55. With less than 20 seconds remaining, he nailed another two from the field. With 15 seconds left, a double technical was called against Mikko Quinday of Letran, and Guillermo of Mapua, who fouled out of the game. Both teams missed their free throws and the score remained at 64-57. With 2 seconds remaining, Acosta notched another basket and ended the quarter with only a 5-point deficit for the Cardinals, 64-59.

Letran was on fire by the start of the 4th quarter. With 8:56 minutes on the clock, Jazul finished a three and Quinday followed up with another to clinch a 74-62 lead. Pascual’s attempt to cut the lead was denied by Quinday, keeping it a 12-point lead for the Knights.

With 5:31 minutes left, Acosta’s two-point basket was followed by a shot from Pascual. Another powerful finish from Pascual cut the lead down to seven with only 2:28 minutes left to play. Daa’s two points received an immediate response from Mapua which installed a fantastic 8-0 run, after Pascual and Tan Banal both completed their three-point plays. The lead was down to a point, 81-80 for Letran. However, Jazul was fouled twice with less than 18.0 seconds left. He made 2/4 FTs. Del Rosario also made 1/2 free throws, ending the game in an 84-80 victory for the brave Knights.

Meanwhile, Coach Louie Francisco applauded his players for having such a great offense, and for just enjoying the game. “Hope we can sustain another quality offense in our succeding games” added the Letran Coach.

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3 responses

25 06 2007
rmie

i was der.. i like d game much..exciting.. viva mapua…:)

26 06 2007
rock

nice game po !! arriba letran

11 09 2011
Peter

Oh, a great analysis! No idea how you came up with this text..it’d take me days. Well worth it though, I’d assume. Have you considered selling ads on your website?

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