Arriba!! ;D now the real test for title contendership is the game on wednesday against baste
Arriba!! ;D now the real test for title contendership is the game on wednesday against baste
Letran rips Arellano U
by NCAA Press Release
Date posted: Fri, Jul 15, 2011, 5:29 pm
LETRAN banked on a huge second quarter explosion to flatten Arellano University, 88-70, and gain a piece of the lead in the 87th National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Flying V Arena in San Juan yesterday.
After a sluggish start in the first quarter, the Knights greeted the second frame with a renewed focus on defense, while uncorking a 21-0 blast midway in the quarter to post a 14-points spread, 39-25, to finally wrest control of the match.
The Chiefs actually started out well and even held an early nine-point lead, 23-14, with 1:12 left in the first and went to the second stanza with a 23-18 edge.
They scored the first basket of the second for a 25-18 count at the 9:40 mark before the Intramuros-based dribblers turned deadly-hot from all corners.
The Knights took the half, 42-31, carrying an 11-point bulge.
Jonathan Belorio, who had nine points in the big run, started Letran's explosion with a jumper at the 8:32 mark, and Jam Cortes capped the run with a three-point play with 2:23 left before the half.
From there, it was all Letran as it continued its assault in the second half and kept its double-digit lead up until the final buzzer.
The Knights posted their biggest lead at 21 points, 82-61, on a drive from Kevin Alas in the final 2:41.
The win was Letran's third in a row, and it shoved the Knights into a two-way tie for the lead with the San Sebastian Stags.
The Chiefs fell to 1-2.
Cortes led a balanced attack for Letran with a near double-double of 16 points and nine rebounds while Belorio came off the bench and added 15.
‘’We tightened our defense in the second period kasi nakakatakbo sila eh. Na-stop namin yung fastbreaks and sumunod yung offense namin,’’ said Letran coach Louie Alas.
‘’Maganda yung start namin ngayon. Tatlong panalo na. Sana lang masustain namin kapag nakalaban na namin yung iba pang malakas.’’
Kevin Racal added 14, Raymund Almazan had 12 while Alas chipped in 10, all in the second half.
Andrian Celada finished with a game-high 22 points, Rocky Acidre had 17 while Vergel Zulueta had 16 for Arellano but the rest of the Chiefs failed to contribute significant numbers.
That's 5 guys in double figures. That's the main difference of this Knights line-up from recent years-- offense is spread and K.Alas is taking less attempts which results to his teammates having more things to do in offense than just wait and watch him take his shots.
Now, what we should look forward to is how the new contributors in offense perform when up against the pre-season favorites. If they do as well in a more intense and pressured enviroment then Letran should be acknowledge as a contender. Double digits not necessary, basta nandun at real option sila sa offense, then Letran will again bring excitement to the competition.
We had a head start in this game. At one time we had a glorious 3rd place finish in the World Championship and was the undisputed power in Asia. But the world has learned how to play it. They may not be as good as us,but they have enough smarts to make use of their height. That is enough to beat us.
Real acid test for the Knights today against baste.
NCAA: STAGS LEAN ON 'BIG 3' TO SUBDUE KNIGHTS
MANILA, Philippines – Expecting a highly-physical affair, who else would San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson turn to than his big three.
Ian Sangalang, Calvin Abueva and Ronald Pascual muscled their way anew to lift the Stags over the feisty Letran Knights, 71-62, in the NCAA Season 87 Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.
Sangalang collected 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to help San Sebastian stave off a blistering run by Letran for a 4-0 start.
“We expected this game to be physical,” said Robinson. “Letran’s really a tough team.”
The Stags led by 13 with 2:54 left in the third period before the Knights surged to a 16-6 blitz capped by a floater by Kevin Alas that chopped down the deficit to three, 51-48.
“I told them [my players] to be composed and determined,” said Robinson.
“We know Letran’s not going to give it [the win] to us,” added Robinson.
And his players would respond. Abueva answered back with a three-point play before a Pascual side step extended San Sebastian’s advantage back to eight, 56-48. Adding more woes to Letran, Alas fouled out with still 7:05 left leaving the Knights with limited offensive options as the game went to its final stretch. Second-stringer Lyle Antipuesto would put the game out reach with a dagger triple at the 1:43 mark to give the Stags a comfortable 69-57 spread.
Abueva notched his 27th double-double with 18 points and 10 boards while the flashy Pascual chipped in with 13 points. “Calvin is going to be Calvin, at the end of the day he’s still our leader,” commended Robinson.
Sangalan, Abueva and Pascual scored all but one of San Sebastian’s 25 first quarter points.
The Knights, who absorbed their first defeat in four games, were held to just 10 points in the first period.
Alas paced Letran with 14 points while lanky big man Raymond Almazan had 11 points, 17 rebounds and five swats.
Boxscores from www.inboundpass.com:
San Sebastian 71 – Sangalang 22, Abueva 18, Pascual 13, Antipuesto 6, J. dela Cruz 4, Miranda 4, Ferrer 2, del Rio 1, Maiquez 1, Balucanag 0
Letran 62 – K. Alas 14, Almazan 11, Cortes 10, Cruz 7, Gabriel 7, Dysam 5, Racal 4, Belorio 3, Pantin 1, Espiritu 0, J. Alas 0, Mendoza 0
Quarter scoring: 25-10, 38-26, 49-44, 71-62
Poor FG% did us in in this game. We had 23 conversions out of 91 attempts (25%). Most telling was VJ Espiritu's 0 of 14, with 9 of those attempts coming from the 3-point area. This guy really has to find a way to get rid of his jitters. Most of his clunkers were open attempts.
Kevin Racal was a nonentity in this game, hoisting 7 attempts and netting only 1.
Mark Cruz, on the other hand, did a yeoman's job as back-up point guard, even scoring 7 points -- including a 4-point play -- in the process. Almazan also performed very well, backing up his 11 points with 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Kevin Alas topscored with 14, and would have done more but fouled out early. Jam Cortes had an awful 3-of-14 FG performance, but still managed to score 10 points, partly off freethrows.
Thanks to Almazan, we outrebounded the Stags, 60 - 48, 33 offensive. However, we gave up too many freethrow attempts -- 40, of which the Stags converted 26 -- while having only a 12-of-22 FT conversion rate of our own.
The Knights had 14 turnovers compared to the Stags' 20, but were only able to score 10 points off those turnovers.
Bawi na lang next time, Knights.
Nakabawi ang Letran kanina kontra sa Blazers, 112 - 91. The game was tight until the end of the third quarter, but come the fourth, the Knights turned up the defense and came away with a massive blitz to put away the Blazers for good.
Kevin Alas topscored for Letran in this game, with 19 points. Foul shots were still spotty for him though, as I believe he missed more than he made. He did have 6 assists, which should put him still at the top of the NCAA assists category. Cortes, Belorio and Almazan also contributed in terms of points, rebounds and blocks. Almazan had a spectacular block of a Carlo Lastimosa shot, wickedly bouncing the ball off the board which led to a Letran recovery.
Mark Cruz had two treys and a flurry of steals, while Franz Dysam reined in the "gigil" a bit and made significant contributions in steals and assists. VJ Espiritu woke up from his slumber and rifled in a couple of treys, and even rookies Jamil Gabawan, Andrei Mendoza and Kevin Racal had their moments. Actually, I like Gabawan's moves. I have high hopes for him becoming a more vital part of the Knights' rotation in the future.
Congrats to the Knights! looking forward for the August 1 encounter! Arriba!
Great inside defense and rebounding by the Red Lions doomed the Knights to their second loss, 77-62. There were almost no easy baskets for Letran bigs Jam Cortes, Jonathan Belorio and Raymund Almazan as the Lions' big men put up a suffocating defense inside the paint and swatted away shots and passes, oftentimes leading to turnovers. This forced Letran to look for scoring from the outside, but unfortunately, VJ Espiritu appeared to be having an offday. There were some jumpers from Alas and Cruz, but these were few and far between.
Not much teamwork today was seen today, as set plays were broken up and the boys had to rely on one-on-one forays for the most part. Our defense was also spotty. There were many missed assignments resulting in many pointblank and open shots for the likes of Lanete, Kyle Pascual, Marcelo and Villahermosa. Even Caram was left open several times and did we pay dearly for this oversight.
In another thread, I commented that the matchups of Caram vs. Alas, Villahermosa vs. Racal, Lanete vs. Espiritu, J. Pascual vs. Cortes and K. Pascual vs. Almazan would favor Letran. Although the starting lineups proved to be on the dot, my assessment was sadly mistaken. Our starting lineup got blown away by ten points right away, and the second team did worse.
Anyway, for whatever it's worth, I'm sure the boys -- and the coaching staff -- would have learned something from this debacle. Kudos to Almazan, Cruz, Alas, Cortes and Belorio. At least, you guys never gave up. Ganyan talaga. Minsan, inaalat talaga. Bawi na lang sa susunod. Arriba!
Knights over Pirates, 92 - 89, in OT. This was the first close game we've won in about two years and if only for that, I'm happy with this win. What's negative, however, was that we lost a rather substantial lead and had to scramble in the end to pull this one out. Still, a win is a win and I'm not complaining.