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  1. #21

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    ^Had we lost this one, it would have dampened the team's confidence going into the last 2 games of the 1st round and allowed the Pirates to gain better positioning... mabuti na lang di bumitaw ???

    A loss could spell the difference in our f4 chances anew, where the 2 top spots already assured for SSC-SBC.

    The 3, 4 and 5th spots would most likely be a 3-cornered fight amongst the schools inside the Walls ... CSJL, MIT and LUP, thus giving apt to the title "'Battle of INTRAMUROS"

    Too early to draw the final standings but its hard to imagine Letran going past the RL/Stags ...the most the Knights can accomplish is the 3rd spot after the elimination. Ang gusto nga ni Alas is primarily to get our team back to the F4 and from there on, who knows what might happen. Mahirap kasi malagay sa #4, nasa balad na naman tayo ng alanganin niyan just like last year, at pag nagkagipitan may halo pang pressure at kaba...tapos pag nagta-talo, mabubuhay na naman ang clamor for a "change" ;D

    Arriba lang ng Aribba mga Kabalyeros!

  2. #22

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    Right you are, bro. Escalera Jr. Re this game, it shouldn't even have been that close. Our boys were given 53 free throw attempts, but we managed to convert only 25 of them, or 47%. In contrast, Lyceum had 29 attempts and converted 21, or 72%.

    This is definitely something we should improve on. Even those who used to be very good in free throw conversions -- Cruz, Almazan, Belorio -- are now performing terribly in this category. Ironically, this was one game where our boys were out-fouled by the opponents, but we were not able to take advantage. Was this a consenquence of fatigue, perhaps? Coach Louie mainly used 8 players, averaging around 26 minutes each. The most used among those was Kevin Alas, who played 40 minutes. Mabuti na lang may natirang hininga pa ito noong bandang huli at hindi tayo kinapos. I watched too many offseason games where Letran used such a short rotation and we ended up with the shorter end of the stick. It's good that this time, we were able to pull this off.

  3. #23

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    Cortes-led Knights Stun EAC

    The Letran Knights looked firm in sealing the 3rd spot in the standings after staggering the EAC Generals, 76-67 for their sixth win against two setbacks in the 87th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

    Jam Cortes, a fourth year forward and this year’s Team Captain finally dominated and delivered the goods for the Knights with 18 points and twenty rebounds.

    Cortes started the fourth period on fire as he scored five straight points, including the bucket that gave the Knights their biggest lead of the game at 14, 66-52 with 7:15 remaining.

    “I want to give it to our big men. It’s about time they dominate. But, we still have to work on our consistency and mental toughness.” Said Coach Louie Alas.

    The EAC General, who dropped to 3-5, momentarily took over the lead in the second quarter, 30-28 over four straight points from rookie Igee King.

    EAC’s rookie Jolas Paguia turned the fourth into a one-man show as he single-handedly trimmed down their deficit down to just four, 66-62 over a 10-2 EAC run.

    Cortes down the stretch provided crucial baskets to bail the Knights out of the woods.

    Letran’s Almazan and Cortes, who combined for 34 rebounds, were just 1 rebound shy of tying EAC’s total rebound output of 35. Almazan also finished with a career-high 6 blocks.

    Rookies Joshua Torralba and Jolas Paguia led the scoring for the Generals with 18 and 16 respectively.

    Earlier, in the Juniors matches, Ivan Villanueva provided the firepower for the Letran Squires as it downed the EAC Brigadiers, 77-54. The Squires are now at 6-2 while the EAC Brigadiers dropped to 5-3.

    The Arellano Braves pulled a huge upset on the CSB Greenies in a thrilling 64-61 win with Richard Lontoc leading the Legarda-based squad with 15 markers. The Braves clinched their third win for a 3-5 card while the Greenies absorbed their second loss for a 6-2 card.

  4. #24

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    Nice game from our big boys - Jam Cortez, my goodness plucking 20 rebounds! di parang palaka yan talon ng talon ;D... last time i witness such feat was when Daa had 25 rebounds in a game at napagod ako sa kinauupuan ko just watching it...and beanbole Almazan w 6 blocks, para naman pumapatay ng langaw :D!...shades of Kerby Raymundo ...i really miss watching college bball( NCAA-Uaap) live.

    Thanks bugleboy for the updates, i enjoy reading your Knights news bits after each games...panalo man o talo.

  5. #25

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    ^Thanks for the compliment, Escalera Jr. That's just my way of giving tribute to the efforts of our boys -- manalo man o matalo. BTW, we have a potential humdinger of a ballgame tomorrow against JRU. Sayang lang at hindi ako makakapanood. Grrr...

    These Bombers have come to life of late and so may be primed to make a statement that they are ready to turn their season around. On the other hand, the Knights should not take this game lightly, as we need every win to create more separation from the teams vying for fourth place, and so we can continue to contend for one of the two twice-to-beat advantages.

    I hope the Knights also remember that tomorrow will be the birthday of one of Letran's favorite sons, the late Pres. Manuel Luis Quezon. Let's win this one for ol' MLQ!

  6. #26

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    Knights, Squires chalk up double victory in the last day of the first round

    Letran College bucked a slow start but used its mastery of the boards to outmuscle Jose Rizal University en route to a 70-59 win yesterday in the 87th National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    With big men Jam Cortes and Raymond Almazan manning the boards and patrolling the paint, the Knights had little problem getting out of an early 20-20 standoff to a 39-30 spread at the half.

    Almazan, who had eight points, was a monster off the boards for Letran, hauling 11 of his game-high 17 boards in the first half, even as Mark Cruz repeatedly scored from the perimeter and scored seven points in the second quarter to keep the Heavy Bombers at bay.

    The Knights thus ended their first-round campaign with a 7-2 card and are assured of the solo third spot after today's match between San Beda and San Sebastian, which are disputing the top spot as of press time.

    JRU slid to 3-6 in a three-way tie with Emilio Aguinaldo College and Mapua.

    Kevin Alas, who had 18, had 12 in the second half and joined forces with Cortes to give Letran a sizeable 55-39 spread. Cortes finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    “It was Raymund Almazan’s game kanina. It was his rebounding. Because of the rebounding, we had a good chance,” said Letran coach Louie Alas

    In all, Letran pulled down 59 rebounds to JRU’s 35.

    In the junior division, the San Beda Red Cubs completed a nine-game sweep of the first round with a 97-69 rout of the San Sebastian Staglets.

    Van Abatayo led the Red Cubs with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Francis Abarcar had 17 points and nine boards. Arvin Tolentino chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.

    In the other juniors game, the Letran Squires (7-2) ripped JRU Light Bombes, 89-76, with McJour Luib scoring 25 points.

    Box scores from

    Letran 70 – K. Alas 18, Cortes 11, Alamazan 8, Racal 8, Cruz 7, J. Alas 7, Dysam 5, Espiritu 3, Belorio 3, Mendoza 0, Pantin 0, Cudal 0, Gabriel 0, Gabawan 0, Lituania 0

    JRU 59 – Lopez 16, Almario 14, Apinan 14, Kabigting 5, Villarias 5, Matute 3, Gaco 2, Mendoza 0, Montemayor 0, Carampil 0, Paniamogan 0, Monserat 0, de la Paz 0
    Quarter scoring: 20-20, 39-30, 55-39, 70-59

    Pertinent stats also

    LC FG% = 37% (20% FG% from 3 pt. land); FT% = 62%; 9 assists (3 from Almazan!); 59 rebounds (17 by Almazan, 11 by Cortes); 24 TO (vs. 16 by JRU). Kevin Alas had a good shooting day, 55% FG% from the 2-point area, 0 of 4 though from 3-point land. Kevin Racal also had a good day, making 8 points on 4 of 9 FG attempts. Ditto with Mark Cruz. Espiritu and Belorio were off, though.

    Good job, guys! Arriba!

  7. #27

    Re: Knights in Season 87

    Congrats to our team! Hopefully masustain na natin ang winning attitude natin sa 2nd round!


  8. #28

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    The Knights beat the Arellano Chiefs, 73 - 59, to improve their record to 8 - 2. The Knights led by double digits from the second period onwards by controlling the boards, breaking up the Chiefs' forays into the paint, and initiating turnovers. Jam Cortes and Kevin Alas had stellar ball games, with Kevin tearing up Arellano's box-and-1 to shreds with crossover moves and leak-outs that left his defenders gasping. Good passing plays into the paint were also initiated by Mark Cruz, starring recipients like Kevin Racal, Jam Cortes and Jonathan Belorio.

    Raymond Almazan didn't have a good shooting day today -- finishing the game with only four points -- as he was hounded by foul trouble throughout. Nonetheless, he did have highlight blocks and altered many Arellano shots, thereby preventing the Chiefs from coming closer. Speaking of blocks, Kevin Racal had a spectacular block of his own, erasing Palma's weak lay-up and sending it to kingdom come. In the next Letran offensive play, Racal scored on a lay-in with an and-1 to boot.

    On the whole, a great game by the Knights. Arriba!

  9. #29

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    An 8-2 record for the Knights is very impressive.

    Is this the last playing year of Jam Cortes? How many left for Almazan? Am impressed with Almazan's improvement.

  10. #30

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    ^ Impressed, too. I watched some NC games last season and in the few Letran games I saw, this kid was barely on the court

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