Knights earn twice to beat advantage

3 09 2007

NOBODY will place second behind league-leading San Beda but Letran.

The Knights made sure that they put this one in their record book – the last twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four – by prevailing over the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 74-71, in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament last September 3 at The Arena in San Juan City.

Although the host school gave them a good fight late in the game, Letran hanged tough as it denied JRU’s crucial attempts in the pivotal last minute en route to its 9-3 card to stay in second place by the end of the elimination round.

“I don’t want to lose twice heading to a crucial playoff game,” said Letran mentor Louie Alas. “Playing with low morale is hard. Anyway, I give credit to RJ (Jazul) for the leadership.”

With the loss, the Heavy Bombers relegated to third place with a 7-5 slate and they are entitled to win twice against the Knights to enter in the Finals.

But JRU head coach Ariel Vanguardia believes his players are ready to accept the challenge.

“Even if we lose this game, my players told me there is still tomorrow and they will do whatever it takes to win both games,” said Vanguardia. “Although were down by as many as 10, my players never gave up.”

Aside from the JRU-Letran game, the other semifinal game will be between San Beda (11-1) and No. 4 Mapua Tech (6-6). The Final Four will start on September 12 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Jose Rizal University, showed signs of urgency, reduced their fourth quarter 17-point deficit, 42-59, with 6:15 minutes left to just 55-59 after scorching a 15-2 burst capped by the three-point play of Maui Pradas within the 3:16 minute mark.

But the Heavy Bombers left the Knights’ deadliest shooter RJ Jazul wide open most of the remaining minutes. Jazul scored on a trey and a driving lay-up to give Letran enough breathing space, 64-55, with 2:20 minutes to go.

JRU tried its best to come within striking distance of the Knights in the remaining moments of the game, but Raymark Gutilban’s 6-of-6 shooting from the foul line in the last 45 seconds preserved the win for Letran.

Gutilban, an unexpected scorer for Alas, surprisingly served as the Knights’ leading scorer with a career-high 20 points. While ace gunner Jazul produced 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Bryan Faundo had 10 points also for Letran.

Jay-R Sena scored 19 points, while Pradas and Marvin Hayes had 15 each for JRU.

Individual scores:

Letran (74) – Gutilban 20, Jazul 19, Faundo 10, Quinday 9, Dangcal 5, Cabonce 4, Daa 3, Guevarra 2, Reposar 2, Melegrito 0, Del Rosario 0.

JRU (71) – Sena 19, Wilson 15, Pradas 15, Cagoco 12, Hayes 5, Se 3, Agas 1, Bulangis 1, Nocom 0, Cunanan 0, Kabigting 0.

Quarter Scores: 17-12; 28-26; 50-38; 74-71

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10 responses

4 09 2007
math01

one more win Letran and your in the finals! San Beda must be careful with mapua, they improved so much since the first round. If everything is set in place, we will have a BEDA-LETRAN finals. cant wait for that.. anyway, the final four games will surely be as exciting as the last couple of games in the elimination round. Hopefully, all games will now be in Araneta.

4 09 2007
redbloodedlion

siguradong pagkakaguluhan yan san beda letran match! that’s long been delayed. sana nga lang maiwasan natin ang gulo kasi ang reputasyon ng schools natin ang nasisira. ibigay nyo na lahat ng kantyaw nyo sa game pero after the game kailangan walang pikon para walang gulo!

para sa kapwa ko mga bedista pakita natin ang disiplina natin. iwasan natin ang gulo at ang nga “fy”. lets just give our loudest cheer! do the same letran students..

animo san beda!
beat letran!

4 09 2007
math01

if another brawl will happen between these two schools, sobrang tataas ratings ng ncaa sa studio23! at nsa news nanaman tyo ng gma at abs-cbn.. bad publicity nga lang yung lalabas.. hehe

5 09 2007
GenoM

Letran and San Beda faced in the finals before only once and that was during the 1950’s Given that both schools have been in the NCAA for so long its funny that they dont face each other in the finals more often. Hopefully San Beda will emerge as the winner this time around!

Animo!

5 09 2007
yellow_we

though i’m not much of an NCAA fan but I was able to watch last year’s finals between BEDA & PCU along with my bedan friends. I must say, they have a wild and amazing crowd as they dominated the seats over Pcu supporters in the coliseum. They are like ADMU and DLSU who can really bring a huge crowd in Araneta. Moreover, the Animoans, Animoers or whatever are always in a high spirit cheering for their ballers. Undoubtedly, they’ve always been part of the top-ranked teams in their respective collegiate leagues.

Enough said, Animo!

6 09 2007
red

^ That’s right. Bedans have always had a high spirit and are always there to support his kapwa bedistas – may it be in sports or any field.

I was also there and we were one of the crowds shouting “WALA KAMING BARYA!! WALA KAMING BARYA!! 100x!” before the game began after some PCU alumni accused some bedans throwing coins into their bleachers.haha! (but of course that doesn’t mean we are warfreak or anything – that was just for fun.hehehe.)

yellow_we, I think more Bedans prefer the term “RED ARMY” than Animoans, Animoers, or worse, whatever. hehe.

6 09 2007
yellow_we

Red.. yeah.. I was just laughing out loud seeing you guys doing the chants.

Hehe.. as you know, pauso ko lang ang “Animoans”, “Animoers”.. since I’m not only talking about BEDA but also ADMU and DLSU knowing that they use the same yell.
LOL! Gudluck to your next prey Lions! 🙂

10 09 2007
dhongski

Aribba Letran, Aribba Letranista, Aribba Letran……….

10 09 2007
aiza

letran peh…nu naman ariba dun ah?ah?hehe..jowk

10 09 2007
aiza

cnong mga taga ust dyan??hehehe…o kaya taga san beda

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