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    Knights in Season 87

    Great win by the Knights today, 76 - 65, over the Mapua Cardinals. Kevin Alas, Jam Cortes, Kevin Racal, VJ Espiritu and Franz Dysam keyed the Knights' breakaway in the fourth quarter, thanks to their sticky defense and the foul trouble of ace MIT center Yousif Taha.

    The game was physical all throughout, with both teams dishing out almost exactly what they got in kind. It came to a head with 27 seconds left in the game and with a Letran victory all but imminent. Taha threw the ball at Kevin Alas's head and nearly ignited a free-for-all. Tsk tsk. Welcome to the NCAA, indeed.

    Still and all, great start by the Knights. For the Squires fans, we had a Mark Cruz and Zyrone Cudal sighting today, with both managing to contribute well.

    It seems that Louie Alas chose to play possum all throughout the pre-season, never quite playing with a full deck and experimenting with weird player combinations, resulting in rather disappointing Fil-Oil and FMC stints for the Knights. Perhaps these lackluster performances of the Knights were what the Cardinals had in mind when they strode into the court all a-swagger today. After all, they blew out the Knights in the two times they met in the off-season.

    Boy, were they in for a big surprise. Will this be the start of the Knights' rejuvenation? Abangan ang susunod na kabanata...

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    Re: Knights in Season 87

    Two things -- diligence and reasonable number of shots.

    The assistants of Louie Alas have been diligent in their scouting of the NCAA pre-season favorites. In the case of MIT, Letran scouted this team in both the Fil-Oil and FMC. Pinapanood ng mga assitant ni Alas ang MIT tuwing may laban ito kontra sa malalakas na team, until it got eliminated sa Fil-Oil and in the FMC finals. They even had the FMC finals on video. On the other hand I hardly saw the MIT coaching staff scouting the way their counterpart did.

    Then, an amazing thing happened in this game-- Kevin Alas took less than 20 attempts! ;D

    But as the tournament progresses, the Knights will be scouted and we have to see how the team responds when opposing teams are well prepared as they did.
    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.

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    Kevin Alas maturing as a team player is good news. Having dished out 5 apg ay parang di kapanipaniwala! not only made his teamates look good but also him as well. Mukhang sineryosa ata yung biro ng tatay during one of the dugout interviews after the opening game "...buwaya kasi to" (sabay nagtawanan).

    Having already beaten MIT in their first game, that leaves 2-3 more upper bracket teams as roadblocks. But w/ Sudan out on injuries, Letran has a better chance in their Aug 1 match-up w the RL.

    The SSC Stags, I guess would be the harder team to beat this year. Big man Ian Sanggalang has improved by leaps and bounds playing alongside a "veteran" Calvin Abueva and R. Pascual.

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    Letran puts cuffs on torpid Altas
    by Adrian Dy
    Friday, 8 July 2011

    TOURNAMENT host University of Perpetual Help System Dalta was playing its third game in seven days, and the fatigue clearly showed.

    Their roster already shortened by eligibilty issues and injuries, the Altas had no legs against a Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights squad that turned the basketball game into a track meet, running their foes to the ground to the tune of 74-43 in NCAA Season 87 last July 8, 2011 at the Arena in San Juan.

    The Knights, defending very aggressively, got 21 fastbreak points and 22 turnover points, pleasing head coach Louie Alas, who said after the game, “Na-sustain namin [the pressure defense] for 40 minutes.” VJ Espiritu led all scorers with a career-high 18 points in 20 minutes, while Kevin Alas added 10 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four swipes. Transferee Kevin Racal added 10 points of his own.

    Two charities by Jett Vidal off a foul by Jonathan Belorio at the end of the first quarter prevented an early double-digit deficit lead, getting the Altas to within eight, 17-9. Perpetual Help didn’t score again until the 6:42 mark of the second, courtesy of a triple by Vidal, which served as his last basket of the game. The Altas continued to labor and could only tally 10 more points for the quarter. The Knights, meanwhile, rallied around Espiritu, who went off for three triples, crafting a 40-22 buffer for Letran to enjoy entering halftime.

    In the third, Letran scored eight straight before Perpetual Help got on the board again, which was halfway through the period. Courtesy of a few possessions utilizing a full-court press of their own, the Altas were able to score a few points. But by then, the lead had stretched to 59-32 with a quarter left to play. After one last score by Espiritu that made it 61-34, coach Alas pulled his starters, and his reserves, led by rookie floor general Mark Cruz preserved and even extended the lead.

    Vidal was the only Alta in double-digits with 10. Scottie Thompson added nine, and Chris Elopre finished with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

    The win was Letran’s second in as many starts after an opening day upset of the Mapúa Cardinals. “Tagal na kami hindi nanalo ng consecutive wins,” said Alas. “I told the team, if we hold them to 60 [points], we have a good chance. What more if we held them to 40?” The Letran defense was so solid that the Altas’ point total was the lowest in a single NCAA game in three years. The last time a squad notched less than 43 points was, ironically, Perpetual Help as well back in 2008 when it absorbed a 68-36 beating at the hands of the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags on August 13, 2008.

    Perpetual Help slumped to 0-3. And unfortunately for the hosts, their schedule doesn’t get any easier any time soon as they’ll match up with the Stags on Monday, July 11, at 11:45 a.m.

    The scores:

    Letran 74 – Espiritu 18, K. Alas 10, Racal 10, Belorio 8, Cruz 7, Cortes 5, Dysam 4, Pantin 4, Mendoza 3, Lituania 3, Almazan 2, Gabriel 0, Cudal 0

    Perpetual Help 43 – Vidal 10, Thompson 9, Elopre 8, Sumera 4, Jolangcob 4, Alano 3, Paulino 2, Asuncion 2, Sison 1, Arboleda 0, Tonggal 0, Parico 0

    Quarter scoring: 17-9, 40-22, 59-32, 74-43

    ..and fear neither FIRE nor BLOOD!!!

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    Re: Knights in Season 87

    Thanks for the article, Spidermike.

    Re the game, this was a good breakout effort from VJ Espiritu. I had been waiting since last year to see what this fellow's got, and finally he showed up. Here's hoping that this will give him the much-needed confidence going into the more difficult games ahead.

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    Re: Knights in Season 87

    Yung Lituania mahusay maglaro yan nun nasa HS pa. Matagal nabakante. I hope he gets back his confidence.

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    Re: Knights in Season 87

    Quote Originally Posted by bugleboy
    Thanks for the article, Spidermike.

    Re the game, this was a good breakout effort from VJ Espiritu. I had been waiting since last year to see what this fellow's got, and finally he showed up. Here's hoping that this will give him the much-needed confidence going into the more difficult games ahead.
    I like VJ Espiritu's game, too. He plays tough defense but never bordering on the dirty. He is tall and athletic but needs to develop his long range shooting to make him more effective. As of now he is still a role player in the Knights' offense but if he improves his shooting, he and Kevin Alas can be a lethal 1-2 punch (figuratively :-X) for Louie Alas.

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    Re: Knights in Season 87

    A lot of potential on him. Definitely may chance ito para makapaglaro sa PBA
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    Re: Knights in Season 87

    Next game with AU hopefully ma maintain nila composure nila


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    Re: Knights in Season 87

    Knights 88 - Chiefs 70.
    Go San Beda Fight!!!

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